Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Courtesy of Appalachian School of Law.

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin announced more staff members on Thursday and two names from Southwest Virginia were among those named to administration posts.

Jesse Lynch, named director of legislative affairs, is a former aide to Del. Chris Head, R-Botetourt County.

Nikki Thacker, named chief deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth, is a former aide to state Sen. David Suetterlein, R-Roanoke County.

Here’s the list Youngkin released, which includes cabinet secretaries previously announced:

Office of the Governor

Policy and Legislative Affairs                     

  • Ali Ahmad, Director of Policy
  • Jesse Lynch, Director of Legislative Affairs
  • Nicole Bunce Ogburn, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs
  • Travis Rickman, Legislative Liaison
  • Hallie Pence, Senior Policy Analyst
  • Amber Salter, Policy Analyst


  • Macaulay Porter, Press Secretary
  • Christian Martinez, Deputy Press Secretary
  • Rachel Leppert, Creative Director

First Lady of Virginia                      

  • Colleen Messick, Chief of Staff
  • Georgia Esposito, Executive Director
  • Julia Norfleet, Special Assistant
  • Carlin Maurer, Scheduler

Secretary of Administration   

  • Aliscia Andrews, Deputy Secretary

Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry                                          

  • Parker Slaybaugh, Deputy Secretary
  • Beth Green, Deputy Secretary 

Secretary of Commonwealth                                  

  • Nikki Thacker, Chief Deputy Secretary
  • Jennifer “Jenna” Moon, Deputy Secretary

Secretary of Commerce and Trade                                                         

  • Garrison Coward, Deputy Secretary
  • Bryan Horn, Director of the Department of Housing & Community Development 
  • Todd Weinstein, Chief Deputy Director of the Department of Housing & Community Development

Secretary of Finance

  • Charles Kennington, Deputy Secretary

Secretary of Health & Human Resources            

  • Colin Greene, Acting Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health 
  • Nelson Smith, Commissioner of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

Secretary of Labor                      

  • Nicole Riley, Deputy Secretary
  • Demetrios “Mitch” Melis, Director of the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations

Secretary of Transportation  

  • Jen Deci, Deputy Secretary

Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security

  • Sonny Daniels, Assistant Secretary
  • Ashley Traficant, Assistant Secretary
  • Shawn Talmadge, State Coordinator of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Amy Floriano, Director of the Department of Juvenile Justice

Secretary of Veterans and Military Affairs

  • Jason Pak, Deputy Secretary