Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: February 8, 2019
Contacts: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Secretariat of Veterans and Defense Affairs

Kathleen Jabs, Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs
Kathleen Jabs has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. Prior to her appointment, Kathleen served as the Deputy Director of Management and Public Affairs Officer at the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Kathleen retired from the Navy as a Captain with twenty-seven years of service. Kathleen earned a Master of Fine Arts from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Certified Interior Designers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects

  • Vinay Nair of Alexandria, Manager, Deloitte Advisory

Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Carol Ann Bischoff of Arlington, Attorney
  • Gilbert Bland of Virginia Beach, President and CEO, Urban League of Hampton Roads
  • Joan Brock of Virginia Beach, Community Volunteer
  • Marland E. Buckner of Richmond, Co-Founder and Principal, MB2 Solutions
  • Edie H. Cabaniss of Richmond
  • Margaret N. Gottwald* of Richmond
  • Dr. Monroe E. Harris, Jr.* of Richmond, Oral Surgeon, Virginia Oral and Facial Surgery
  • Jeffrey L. Humber, Jr. of Washington D.C., Senior Vice President, PNC Bank
  • Andrew Lewis of Richmond, Associate Professor of Mathematics, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Suzy Szasz Palmer of Richmond, Retired, Dean of the Library, Longwood University
  • Pamela J. Royal, M.D.* of Richmond, President and Owner, Royal Dermatology
  • Charles N. Whitaker of Richmond, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer, and Chief Compliance Officer, Altria Group, Inc.

Medical Advisory Board for the Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Firas Beitinjaneh, M.D. of Norfolk, Neurologist, Neurology Consultants of Tidewater, PLLC
  • Susan R. DiGiovanni, M.D.* of Midlothian, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
  • Mark Sochor, M.D.* of Charlottesville, Emergency Medicine Physician, University of Virginia Medical Center

Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority

  • Christopher S. Bailey of Richmond, Executive Vice President, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Washington Metrorail Safety Commission

  • Michael Rush of Reston, Senior Vice President, Association of American Railroads

*denotes reappointment

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