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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: November 9, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Secretariat of the Commonwealth, Caroline Corl, Caroline.Corl@governor.virginia.gov

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 Intergovernmental Affairs

Benjamin Hermerding, Special Assistant
Benjamin Hermerding has been has been appointed as Special Assistant in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Benjamin is serving in this role concurrently with his position as Records Manager of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, a position he has held since 2015. He previously served as a 2015 Governor’s Fellow. Benjamin is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board of Long-Term Care Administrators

  • Shervonne Banks, MSG*of Hampton, Gerontologist, Care Corner Inc.
  • Derrick Kelly Kendall* of Chesterfield, CEO, Lucy Corr, a Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC)
  • Marjorie Pantone* of Virginia Beach, Executive Director, The Memory Center-Virginia Beach

Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation

  • Eleanor Weston Brown*of Hampton, Partner, Patten, Wornom. Hatten & Diamonstein, L.C. (Ms. Brown has been appointed to serve as Chair)
  • Beth Obenshain*of Blacksburg, Founder and former Executive Director, New River Land Trust
  • Steph Ridder* of Flint Hill, retired Law Professor, George Washington University
  • Brent Thompson*of Huntly, Managing Director of Mercury Public Affairs 

Broadband Advisory Council

  • Jimmy Carr*of Leesburg, Chief Executive Officer, All Points Broadband; Director, Wireless Internet Service Providers Association
  • Ray LaMura*of Richmond, President of the Virginia Cable Telecommunications Association
  • Duront “D.” Walton* of Richmond, Executive Director of the Virginia Telecom Industry Association (VTIA)
  • The Honorable Rosemary Wilson of Virginia Beach, Member, Virginia Beach City Council

Manufacturing Development Commission

  • Dawit Haile* of Chester, Interim Dean of the College of Engineering and Technology, Virginia State University

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

  • Karin Talbert Addison of Midlothian, Director State Affairs, Troutman Sanders Strategies
  • Madelyn R. Cahill of Burke, Student
  • Anne Reagan Hardy of Richmond, Student
  • William B. Moskowitz, MD of Richmond,  Professor of Pediatrics,  The Children’s Hospital of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Peanut Board

  • Wayne C. Barnes* of Dinwiddie, Self-employed farmer and Chairman, Virginia Peanut Board
  • Ernest L. Blount* of Elberon, Self-employed Farmer
  • Joey G. Doyle* of Dinwiddie, Self-employed farmer, Doyle and Doyle Farms
  • Michael J. Marks* of Capron, Co-owner and Producer, Marks Farms; Co-owner and President, Marks Produce


*denotes reappointment