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Lily ToombsLily Toombs has been appointed to Governor Northam's newly established Commission on Science, Technology Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education.

Toombs is the first female student to complete the SVHEC's Career Tech Academy-Mechatronics Program, and is a 2019 graduate of Randolph-Henry High School (Charlotte County). In addition, Toombs is the first female student, a 2019 Virginia Council on Women Essay Contest Winner, and a Siemens Mechatronics Level 1 certified technician. Toombs will provide an important voice to the Commission.

Governor Northam established the Virginia STEM Education Commission on July 17th with the signing of Executive Order 36. According to the Governor’s announcement, “The Commission will develop a State STEM plan to create a unified statewide vision and dynamic set of shared goals to strategically inform how we prepare Virginia’s students for the STEM jobs of the future.” The Commission is comprised of 43 stakeholders representing early childhood, K-12, post-secondary, out-of-school, informal, and environmental education programs, as well as workforce development, business, and industry partners from every region of Virginia.

Toombs joins an impressive panel of leading STEM stakeholders including Commission Chair, First Lady Pam Northam, The Honorable Megan Healy (Chief Workforce Development Advisor to the Governor), and Secretary of Education Atif Qarni. 

Toombs is currently employed as an Administrative Support Specialist for the SVHEC’s Research & Development Center and Career Tech Academy program. Starting this fall, she will pursue an Associate’s degree in Industrial Maintenance Technology from Southside Virginia Community College.

To learn more about the VA STEM Education Commission visit