This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: May 9, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy,

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 grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth. 

 Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry 

Crafton O. Wilkes, Administrator, State Milk Commission

Crafton Wilkes currently serves as the Dairy Audit Supervisor for the State Milk Commission.  Previously, Wilkes worked as a Territory Manager for Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. in eastern New York and New England, and served a broad range of dairy veterinarians, producers, retailers, and consumers.  Throughout his career, Wilkes has worked in support of animal agriculture and the dairy industry.  He is a native of Franklin County, one of the state’s top dairy producing counties.  Wilkes earned his B.S. and M.S. in Dairy Science at Virginia Tech. 

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments  

Commerce and Trade

Virginia-Asian Advisory Council 

  • Eric Lin* of Chesterfield, Principal at Vie Group
  • Dilip Sarkar, MD* of Norfolk, Associate Professor of  Surgery (Retired) at Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Francis Stevens of Midlothian, Senior Police Officer for the Division of Capitol Police


Health and Human Resources

Statewide Independent Living Council 

  • Kenneth Jessup* of Virginia Beach, disability advocate
  • Kathryn Marks Merritt of Henrico, disability advocate
  • Lauren Snyder Roche*of Poquoson, teacher, disability advocate
  • Trisha Stevenson*of Charlottesville,freelance writer, editor


*Denotes reappointment