This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: December 9, 2016
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.


Secretariat of Agriculture and Forestry

Desiré Branch-Ellis, Executive Assistant
Desiré Branch-Ellis has been appointed to the position of Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Prior to this appointment, Desiré served as a Special Assistant in the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Restoration of Rights Office. Desiré is a native of Richmond and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Secretariat of the Commonwealth

Board of Trustees of the Science Museum of Virginia

  • David B. Botkins* of Henrico, Director of Media Relations, Virginia Dominion Power
  • Elsa Q. Falls, MA of Richmond, Professor Emerita of Biology, Randolph-Macon College
  • Patricia Nicoson of Reston, President, Dulles Corridor Rail Association
  • Pamela Thomas Northam of Norfolk, retired science educator; current Community Outreach Coordinator, Lynnhaven River NOW


The Center for Rural Virginia Board of Trustees

  • Hope F. Cupit, CPA of Forest, President & CEO, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project
  • Greg White* of Tappahannock, President & CEO, Northern Neck Electric Cooperative


Virginia Public School Authority

  • Bonnie France of Henrico, retired attorney. Will serve as Chairman
  • Vik G. Murthy of Richmond, President and Owner, River Rock Consulting; Land Use and Development Manager, Luck Companies
  • The Honorable Cardell C. Patillo Jr. of Portsmouth, Member, Portsmouth School Board; Youth and Young Adult Pastor, Grove Baptist Church


*denotes reappointment