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Lieutenant Governor Northam Named to Board of SE Virginia American Red Cross

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Lieutenant Governor Northam Named to the Board of the Southeastern Virginia American Red Cross

Honorary Appointment Continues Tradition Started in 1917.


NORFOLK, Virginia, Thursday, September 11, 2014— As the Commonwealth of Virginia celebrates National Preparedness Month, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam has been awarded an honorary appointment to the board of the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Northam’s appointment continues a tradition that was started in 1917 when Lieutenant Governor James Taylor Ellyson was named to the board of the Richmond Red Cross.


“As an Army veteran and pediatric neurologist, I am honored to come onto the Board of Directors of the Southeastern Virginia Chapter of the Red Cross,”said Lieutenant Governor, Ralph Northam. “The Red Cross does invaluable work in our communities, assisting tens of thousands of members of the armed services, and their families, and helping to provide relief to victims of disasters and help prevent and respond to emergencies. With today, September 11, being proclaimed by Governor McAuliffe the Day to Serve and September being National Preparedness Month, I can’t think of a better way to give back then to join the Board of the Red Cross.”


The Southeastern Virginia Red Cross Board consists of 25 business and community leaders from across South Hampton Roads. The board helps generate support from the community to ensure that the Red Cross is ready to respond when disasters strike.


"I feel incredibly fortunate that Dr. Northam has agreed to join our wonderful advisory board,” said Red Cross Community Executive, Erin Zabel. “Every day, our local staff and volunteers serve hundreds of individuals through disaster relief and recovery, preparedness education, emergency communications and other support services for the military, and through lifesaving health and safety courses. To have the Lieutenant Governor recognize this crucial work and wish to be part of our volunteer leadership is a true gift to our local efforts. We are so looking forward to working with Dr. Northam to further the critical mission of the American Red Cross in our community."


For more information about the Southeastern Virginia Red Cross, visit



During National Preparedness Month, organizations from across Virginia are partnering to help build a more prepared and resilient commonwealth. From community events, to social media we will be engaging with communities to empower families and business to get ready for disasters both big and small. Follow the conversation and share how you are getting prepared by following #GetReadyVa


About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


About Lieutentant Governor Northam

Born and raised in Onancock on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Ralph Northam grew up working on the Chesapeake Bay before attending Virginia Military Institute. After serving eight years active duty in the United States Army, Ralph began practicing pediatric neurology at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk where he continues to practice today. From 2008-2013, Ralph served as a State Senator and was elected Lieutenant Governor on November 5, 2013. Ralph lives in Norfolk with his wife Pam, a long-time Elementary School teacher who currently works for the local conservation organization Lynnhaven River NOW. They have two adult children, Wes and Aubrey.