Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: November 8, 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

Advisory Board on Massage Therapy

  • Erin Osiol of Chesterfield, Licensed Massage Therapist and Owner, OpenSpace Massage + Bodywork
  • Shawnte’ Peterson LMT, MBA, MPH, CHES of Chesapeake, Massage Therapist, Health Educator, and Owner, Elements of Health

Board of Long-Term Care Administrators

  • Ali M. Faruk of Richmond, Policy Director, Families Forward Virginia
  • Martha Hunt* of Smithfield, ALF Administrator, Resident Services Director, Riverside Healthy Living Community
  • Jenny Inker PhD, MBA, LALFA of Williamsburg, Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Assisted Living Administration Specialty Area, Department of Gerontology, College of Health Professions, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Ashley Jackson LNHA, MBA of Chesapeake, Executive Director, Bay Lake Retirement Community in Virginia Beach

Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

  • Robert Barnette* of Mechanicsville, Retired State Command Chief Master Sergeant, United States Air Force
  • John Manning of Charles City, Owner, Coding Solutions LLC
  • Vernon Peters of Chester, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army and Director, Government Relations, Virginia Professional Educators

Statewide Independent Living Council

  • Kenneth Jessup* of Virginia Beach, Retired Lobbyist, Ken Jessup & Associates
  • Karen Michalski-Karney* of Glade Hill, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Independent Living Center
  • Alexis Nichols* of Chesterfield, Motivational Speaker and Advocate for People with Disabilities
  • Robert Targos* of Chesterfield, QC Manager, Evolution Labs
  • Shawn M. Utt* of Pulaski, Town Manager, Town of Pulaski

Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council

  • Kristine PJ Caalim* of Virginia Beach, CEO, CPR Branding LLC
  • Tabatha Carroll of Chesapeake, Disability Advocate
  • Bonnie Grifa* of Chesapeake, State Early Childhood Mental Health Coordinator, Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Kathleen M. McCauley* of Richmond, Attorney, Moran Reeves Conn
  • Zipporah Levi-Shackleford* of Henrico, Founder and Behavior and Education Consultant, Creative Approach Development Center

*denotes reappointment

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