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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Secretariat of Health and Human Resources
Vanessa Walker Harris, Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources and Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health
Vanessa Walker Harris has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources, and Senior Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health. Prior to her appointment, Vanessa served as Director of the Office of Family Health Services at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). She has also served as Director of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion in the Office of Family Health Services at VDH and as Medical Director of the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. An Ohio native, she attended medical school and completed an internal medicine residency and endocrine fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Nicky Zamostny, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Nicky Zamostny has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. She previously served as Assistant Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, where she served as the liaison to the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Virginia Parole Board, and managed legislative initiatives within the secretariat. Nicky earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Virginia Tech and a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Robert Dubé, Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Robert Dubé has been appointed Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Fire Programs. Prior to his appointment, Robert served as the Fire Chief for the City of Alexandria. He previously served as County Administrator for Louisa County after 28 years at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Robert earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety Administration and a Master of Science degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. Additionally, he received an Executive Fire Officer certification from the National Fire Academy.
Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Aerospace Advisory Council
Board of Psychology
Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals
State Rehabilitation for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Virginia Asian Advisory Board
Virginia Fire Services Board
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