This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: October 23, 2015
Contacts: Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office: Denise Burch,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s Administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth. 

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments 

Board of Dentistry 

  • Carol R. Russek, JD of Midlothian, former Assistant Attorney General of Virginia  

Board of Directors of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Authority 

  • Gopinath R. Jadhav, MD, FACP of Richmond,retiredgastroenterologist 

Board of Directors of the Virginia Tourism Authority 

  • Phyllis A. Terrell of Williamsburg, Director of Communications, Fort Monroe Authority 

Board of Trustees of the A.L. Philpott Manufacturing Extension Partnership (dba GENEDGE) 

  • Tiffany McKillip Franks, EdD* of Danville, President, Averett University 

Charitable Gaming Board 

  • James Lewis* of Alexandria, Communications Director, U.S. House of Representatives 

Southern Virginia Higher Education Center Board of Trustees 

  • The Honorable W. W. “Ted” Bennett, Jr.* of Halifax, Chairman, Halifax Education Foundation; former Member, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Gerald “Jay” Burnett, Jr. of South Boston, President, Halifax County World of Sports LLC; member, Halifax Education Foundation
  • Mattie M. Cowan of South Boston, Lead Process Analyst, CenturyLink 

Virginia Commonwealth University 

  • Tyrone Nelson of Henrico, Pastor, Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church-Richmond; Vice-Chair, Henrico County Board of Supervisors 

Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority 

  • Ralph R. Clark, III, MD* of Richmond, Chief Medical Officer of the VCU Health System and Associate Dean for Clinical Activities in the VCU School of Medicine
  • R. Neal Graham* of Richmond, Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Community Healthcare Association
  • Lori A. Rutherford, RN, LNP* of Roanoke, Nurse Practitioner, Veterans Health Administration 

Virginia Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees 

  • Arthur V. Evans, DSc of Richmond, Entomologist 

Virginia Soil and Water Conservation Board 

  • Janette Farley Kennedy of Wise, Senior Environmental Analyst, Micronic Technologies
  • Barry L. Marten of Williamsburg, retired
  • Richard A. Street* of Fredericksburg, Environmental Engineer, Spotsylvania County 

*denotes reappointment