Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: July 12, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board for Agriculture and Consumer Services

  • Shelley S. Butler Barlow* of Chuckatuck, Co-Owner, Cotton Plains Farm, Inc. 
  • Cecil E. Shell of Kenbridge, Owner and Farmer, Shell’s Farm
  • Margaret Ann Smith of Lexington, Cattle Producer and Owner, Southlex Cattle Company, LLC
  • Kay Johnson Smith* of Arlington, President and CEO, Animal Agriculture Alliance
  • O. Bryan Taliaferro, Jr.* of Center Cross, Vice President, Montague Farms, Inc.

Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation

  • Joseph M. Montano of Manassas, Government Affairs Manager, Expedia Group

Board of Directors of the Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority

  • Ronald L. Lanier of Henrico, Retired
  • Sarah A. Liddle, MS* of Waynesboro, Advocate for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Board of Veterans Services

  • Captain Thurraya S. Kent of Annandale, United States Navy (Retired)
  • Kathleen P. Owens of Virginia Beach, President, Beach Development Group and Commander, United States Navy (Retired)

Cave Board

  • Daniel H. Doctor* of Reston, Research Geologist, United States Geological Survey
  • John H. H. Graves* of Luray, President and CEO, Luray Caverns Corporation
  • Meredith Hall Weberg* of Woodbridge, Freelance Editor

Indigent Defense Commission

  • Henry L. Chambers, Jr.* of Henrico, Professor of Law, University of Richmond
  • Adeola Ogunkeyede of Richmond, Legal Director, Legal Aid Justice Center

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority

  • Marilyn C. Crouther of Herndon, Principal Consultant, Crouther Consulting LLC
  • Bernard Mustafa* of Ashburn, Senior Vice President and General Manager, PVBS

Science Museum of Virginia

  • Dr. Richard S. Groover* of Hanover, Associate Dean of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, Reynolds Community College
  • Eucharia N. Jackson* of Richmond, Community Volunteer
  • Tiffany Jana* of Richmond, Founder, TMI Consulting Inc.

Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority Board of Directors

  • May H. Fox* of Richmond, Government Relations Consultant
  • Michelle Whitehurst-Cook, MD* of Highland Springs, Senior Associate Dean for Admissions and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

Virginia Housing Commission

  • J. Forest Hayes of Waterford, Senior Advisor, District of Columbia Housing Authority

*denotes reappointment

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