Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: April 30, 2021
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

Shawn Soares, Deputy Director of Appointments and Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach
Shawn Soares has been appointed Deputy Director of Appointments and will continue to serve as Director of Asian American and Pacific Islander Outreach, a role he has held since July 2020. Prior to joining the Northam Administration, Shawn served as a Legislative Assistant to Delegate Suhas Subramanyam during the 2020 General Assembly session. Originally from Loudoun County, Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Commonwealth University where he studied Business Administration and Marketing.

Board Appointments

Citizens Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion

  • Leah Brown of Farmville, Assistant Director for Education, Robert Russa Moton Museum

Commission on School Construction and Modernization

  • Keith Perrigan of Bristol, Superintendent, Bristol Virginia Public Schools

Medical Advisory Board for the Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Dr. Surbhi Bansal of Glen Allen, Physician, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Firas Beitinjaneh* of Virginia Beach, Neurologist, Neurology Consultants of Tidewater, PLLC
  • Jawad Wazir Bhatti, MD of Midlothian, President, Virginia Pain Network and Clinics and Healing Hands of Virginia, PLLC
  • Lisa Jenkins Haynie, MD of Reedville, Physician, Riverside Medical Group
  • Saji V. Slavin, MD, MSHA, FACP* of Richmond, Staff Physician, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital

Virginia Housing Development Authority

  • William C. (Bill) Shelton* of North Garden, Retired Director, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development

*denotes reappointment

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