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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: August 7, 2020
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena 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 Professional and Occupational Regulation

  • Nil Eguz of Fairfax, Managing Vice President, Capital One

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

  • Mia F. Mimms* of Midlothian, President, Mimms Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Richmond
  • Joseph Michael Williams of Mechanicsville, Funeral Service Licensee, Bliley’s Funeral Home

Board of Housing and Community Development

  • Claudia Cotton of Suffolk, CEO, Coastal Virginia Building Industry Association
  • Richard W. Gregory* of Goochland, Chairman, Lynx Ventures
  • Sylvia M. Hallock of Crozet, Retired Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Virginia
  • Mark Jackson of Blacksburg, Vice President, Community Housing Partners
  • Monique Johnson of Richmond, COO, Better Housing Coalition

Broadband Advisory Council

  • Richard Schollmann of Henrico, Executive Director, Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association

Soil and Water Conservation Board

  • Jay C. Ford of Belle Haven, Virginia Policy and Grassroots Advisor, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Owner, Shine and Rise Farm
  • Pamela Mason of Yorktown, Research Scientist, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

State Board of Health 

  • Holly S. Puritz MD, FACOG* of Norfolk, Physician, The Group for Women
  • Stacey Swartz PharmD* of Alexandria, Pharmacist and Co-Owner, Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray
  • Mary Margaret Whipple* of Arlington, Regional Director, Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Virginia Board for the Blind and Vision Impaired 

  • Bonnie Atwood* of Richmond, Governmental Consultant, Tall Poppies Consulting
  • Ken Jessup* of Virginia Beach, Retired Lobbyist, Ken Jessup & Associates and Contributor, Virginia Capitol Connections

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

  • Heather Lusk* of Quinby, Vice President, H.M. Terry Co., Inc.
  • James JJ Minor* of Richmond, President, Richmond Virginia Branch NAACP

Transportation District Commission of Hampton Roads

  • August B. Bullock of Newport News, Retired Teacher and School Administrator and Director, New Works Reading Series, DC Black Theater Festival
  • Reverend Dr. Kirk T. Houston, Sr. of Norfolk, Senior Pastor, Gethsemane Community Fellowship Church
  • The Honorable Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond of Virginia Beach, Founder and Chairman, Virginia African American Cultural Center, Inc.

*denotes reappointment

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