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This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: December 5, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas, 804-225-4262, Rachel.Thomas@governor.virginia.gov | Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: Denise Burch Denise.Burch@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 the Governor 


Brian Coy, Communications Director 

Brian Coy served as Governor McAuliffe's Press Secretary in the Governor’s Office and the transition team, and previously was the Communications Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia where he served as an adviser on numerous campaigns including McAuliffe for Governor, Tim Kaine for U.S. Senate, and Barack Obama's reelection effort. Brian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from James Madison University.


Christina Nuckols, Deputy Communications Director 

Christina Nuckols has spent 23 years in journalism, including 14 years covering state government with a particular focus on health care issues. She has worked for newspapers across Virginia, most recently as editorial page editor for The Roanoke Times.  Christina previously served in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Her responsibilities included media relations as well as internal and external communications.  She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and holds a master's degree in communication from Ohio University. She grew up in the town of Shenandoah 


Secretariat of the Commonwealth

Board Appointments


Advisory Board on Polysomnographic Technology 

  • Debbie Akers, RPSGT RRT* of Virginia Beach, Operations Coordinator, Eastern Virginia Medical School Medical Group/ EVMS Sleep Medicine
  • Anna M. Rodriguez, RPSGT, RST, CSE* of Maidens, Administrator, Arima Health, Inc.; Director,  HCA Sleep Labs, Richmond
  • Michelle Sartelle, RPSGT, RRT, RST* of Richmond, Program Head for Health Information Management, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
  • Robert D. Vorona, MD* of Virginia Beach, Associate Professor in the Division of Sleep Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School


Advisory Board on Radiological Technology 

  • Margaret E. Toxopeus, MD, of Winchester
  • Bonnie Goodbody Kettlewell of Midlothian, Senior Litigation Paralegal, Troutman Sanders LLP


Board for People with Disabilities 

  • Mark McGregor, CCTM of Charles Town, West Virginia,Chief Executive Officer/President, Virginia Regional Transit, Inc., Purcellville, Virginia


Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers 

  • Ibrahim A. Moiz, Esq. of Sterling, NOVA Business Law Group, LLP, Fairfax


Information Technology Advisory Council 

  • John Newby of Richmond, Commissioner, Department of Veterans Services


Manufacturing Development Commission 

  • Amanda N. Glover of Staunton, Director of Economic Development, Augusta County


Safety and Health Codes Board 

  • David Martinez of Ashburn, Chief Inspector – Washington D.C. Operations, Factory Mutual Insurance Company


State Board of Elections 

  • James B. Alcorn, Esq. of Midlothian, Director of Policy, the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS); former Deputy Secretary, State Board of Elections


State Building Code Technical Review Board


  • W. Shaun Pharr, Esq. of Washington, D.C., Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, The Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington


Virginia Coastal Land Management Advisory Council


  • Jill Bieri of Nassawadox, Director, Virginia Coast Reserve, The Nature Conservancy
  • Jay Davenport of Onancock, Retired Businessman
  • David M. Fick of Pungoteague, President, Nandua Oyster Company and Professional Faculty, Johns Hopkins University
  • Jay C. Ford of Painter, Executive Director, Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper and Owner and Founder, Shine and Rise Farm
  • Tom Gallivan of Franktown, Owner, Shooting Point Oyster Company and Owner, Bayford Seafarm
  • Curtis Smith of Onancock, Director of Planning, Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission


Virginia Interagency Coordinating Council


  • Sandra P. Woodward of Waynesboro,  Program Director Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children, Charlottesville


*denotes reappointment