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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: October 15, 2021
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Office of the Governor

Craig Fifer, Director of the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
Craig Fifer has been appointed Director of the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In January 2021, Governor Northam appointed Fifer as his liaison to Virginia's local governments via an executive loan from the City of Alexandria, where Fifer served as the Director of Communications and Public Information since 2014. Fifer served in various positions with the City of Alexandria since 2003, for the City of Roanoke from 1996 to 2003, and for the Roanoke City Public Schools from 1994 to 1996. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Virginia Tech and a master's degree in public administration from George Mason University, where he is an adjunct professor of ethics for public administrators. He is also a graduate of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership and the Senior Executive Institute, both at the University of Virginia. 

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

 9-1-1 Services Board

  • Michelle Painter Lama of South Riding, Principal Corporate Counsel, T-Mobile

Advisory Board on Midwifery

  • Ildiko Baugus of Chesapeake, Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife, EVA Homebirth, LLC

Board of Psychology

  • Kathryn L. Zeanah of Earlysville, Psychologist, University of Virginia

Board of Trustees of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Lynette Allston* of Drewryville, Chief, Nottoway Indian Tribe of Virginia
  • Anne N. Edwards* of Alexandria
  • Jil Womack Harris* of Richmond, Community Volunteer
  • The Honorable Aubrey L. Layne, Jr. of Chesapeake, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, Sentara Healthcare
  • Thomas W. Papa* of Richmond, Retired, Attorney-at-Law
  • Rupa Tak* of Miami, Florida, Philanthropist

Office of New Americans Advisory Board

  • Rammy G. Barbari* of Falls Church, Partner, Price Benowitz LLP
  • Jennifer A. Crewalk* of Reston, Higher Education Professional, Georgetown University
  • Michael Hoefer* of Alexandria, Retired, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Bo Machayo of Loudoun, Regional Director, Office of United States Senator Mark Warner
  • Dr. Milton Vickerman* of Albemarle, Associate Professor, University of Virginia

Online Virginia Network Authority

  • Dr. Susan Acevedo-Moyer of Powhatan, Associate Director, Apprenticeships, American Council on Education
  • The Honorable Karen R. Jackson* of Poquoson, President, Apogee Strategic Partners, LLC

State Board of Health

  • Gary P. Critzer NRP, CCEMTP* of Waynesboro, Director, Department of Emergency Management and EMS, City of Waynesboro
  • Melissa L. Green of Hot Springs, Partner and Chief Clinical Officer, Trio Healthcare LLC
  • Lisa Ruffin Harrison* of Prince George, Realtor, Joyner Fine Properties
  • Anna Jeng* of Norfolk, Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Patricia Kinser, PhD* of Richmond, Endowed Professor and Assistant Dean of Research, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Maribel Ramos of Fairfax County, Legislative Director, National Governors Association

*denotes reappointment

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