Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: October 18, 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 Commerce and Trade

Jennifer Palestrant, Chief Deputy, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Jennifer Palestrant has been appointed Chief Deputy of the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Prior to her appointment, she served as Director of the SMART Center at Tidewater Community College. She has also served as a Senior Vice President for the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Wooster.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board of Nursing

  • Brandon Jones MSN, RN, CEN, NEA-BC of Roanoke, System Patient Experience Manager, Carilion Clinic

Virginia Nuclear Energy Consortium Authority

  • Tom DePonty* of Alexandria, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy, Framatome Inc.
  • Michael K. Lempke* of Yorktown, President, Nuclear and Environmental Group, Huntington Ingalls Industries

Virginia Solar Energy Development and Energy Storage Authority

  • John Ockerman of Newport News, CEO, Ockerman Automation Consulting, Inc.
  • Cliona Mary Robb* of Richmond, Director, ThompsonMcMullan, P.C.

*denotes reappointment

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