This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: January 6, 2017
Contacts: Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office: Denise Burch,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


RICHMOND – 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.

Office of the Governor

Heather Fluit, Deputy Communications Director
Heather Fluit has been appointed to the position of Deputy Communications Director in the Governor’s Communications Office. Prior to her appointment, Heather served as Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She began her career on Capitol Hill serving on the communications teams of U.S. Senator Jim Webb (Virginia) and U.S. Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii). Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Dakota.


Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Adrianne Bennett, Chair, Virginia Parole Board
Adrianne Bennett has served as a member of the Virginia Parole Board since her appointment in October of 2015. She has been an active member of the Virginia State Bar since 1998. Prior to her appointment to the Parole Board, she was a solo-practitioner for over 11 years, previously having been a partner in a small law firm and also having worked in both the Norfolk and Virginia Beach Public Defender’s Office. Ms. Bennett devoted the majority of her legal career to advocating in and out of court on behalf of abused, neglected and sexually exploited children as a certified Guardian ad litem. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1994, with a B.S. in Political Science and a minor in Sociology. She received her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1998.


The Honorable Jean W. Cunningham, Member, Virginia Parole Board
Jean Wooden Cunningham, a former member of the Virginia House of Delegates who served from 1986-1998, has been appointed to the Virginia Parole Board. Cunningham has served as Chair of the State Board of Elections and as a member of the State Council of Higher Education. In 2000, she retired from Alcoa, which had merged with Reynolds Metals, where she was Vice President of Human Resources for a major business unit and had for years served as an attorney. She has been a member of the McCammon mediation firm since 2004.


Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects

  • The Honorable Jim Kelly, PE of Williamsburg, Manager of Crane Engineering, Newport News Shipbuilding; Member, Williamsburg-James City County School Board


Medical Advisory Board for the Department of Motor Vehicles

  • Hetzal Hartley, MD, MPH* of Roanoke, Medical Director for Occupational Medicine, Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital; Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Ahmed Nasrullah, MD of McLean, Ophthalmologist, Dulles Eye Associates
  • Adam Rosenblatt, MD of Mechanicsville, Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Saji V. Slavin,  MD, MSHA, FACP* of Richmond, Internal Medicine Staff Physician, Piedmont Geriatric Hospital
  • Trevor D. Talbert, MD of Ashburn, Emergency Medicine Physician, Inova Fairfax Hospital


Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

  • Cullen D. Seltzer, Esq. of Richmond, Shareholder, Sands Anderson PC

*denotes reappointment