CLP Alumni News

Mick Joins MICG
Feb 8 2008 - 2:06pm


Ashley (Boyd) Mick, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2004, joined MICG Investment Management as a Financial Consultant last May. In September she married David Mick, and they live in Portsmouth. 

Ashley has gotten involved in the community there through the Junior League of Hampton Roads, Churchland Rotary Club, and the Lefcoe Leadership Development Program.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for Virginia21, the Todi Music Fest, and the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society. She continues to stay involved in politics, especially on the state and local levels.

Chris Wrobel Joins Sorensen Staff
Jan 14 2008 - 8:50pm

We are proud to announce that Chris Wrobel, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005 and a Youth Programs Manager for the HSLP 2005 and full 2006 season, has recently joined the staff at the Sorensen Institute.

Chris will be working through the spring as an Assistant to Marc Johnson, Director of Youth Programs, providing support in the planning and recruitment for the College and High School Leaders Programs. 

Chris graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007 where he studied History and Economics. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, and the Raven Society. Chris was also the recipient of the Katherine Underwood Murray Scholarship in 2006, which is awarded on the basis of merit to a student with a future in public service.

The Sorensen Institute is currently accepting applications for the College Leaders Program Class of 2008 and the High School Leaders Program Class of 2008—both of which will be held this summer on grounds at the University of Virginia. Click here to access the online applications or contact Chris Wrobel for more information at (434) 243-2470 or



CLP's Lamar Joins Rhumb Line
Jan 14 2008 - 8:53am

THIS JUST IN: Andrew Lamar, an alumnus of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, has joined the professional staff at Rhumb Line, a full-service state government affairs firm in Richmond.

Rhumb Line describes their new hire as follows: "Having most recently served as campaign manager for Speaker Bill Howell’s successful re-election campaign, Andrew Lamar is currently a Virginia coordinator
for Huckabee for President, and continues to play an active, leading
role in political campaigns in the Commonwealth. Drawing on his
campaign and issue research experience, he will assist clients with
grassroots management, issue research, and government affairs outreach.
A rising star in Virginia politics, Andrew brings campaign-style enthusiasm and focus to Rhumb Line – joining with us to continue to
produce bottom-line results for our clients.

is a graduate of the Sorensen Institute's College Leaders Program and
the University of Mary Washington, where he earned a degree in
Economics and Political Science."

Congratulations Andrew!

CLP 2007 Updates
Jan 14 2008 - 8:37am

Some recent news from graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2007:

Christian Amendola, University of Richmond, spent his winter break tutoring students at the King/Robinson Inter-district Magnet School; K-8 grade public school in New Haven, CT. He taught second graders at the international baccalaureate school.

Ara Freidman, Randolph College, will be interning during the spring semester with Senator Jim Webb in Washington, D.C. through the American University Capitol Semester program.

Amy Richardson has accepted a position as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Redistricting Coalition, a bipartisan effort to create a fair and balanced redistricting process in Virginia.

Johnson Earns MA in Education
Jan 14 2008 - 8:02am


Marc Johnson, Director of Youth Programs at the Sorensen Institute and himself a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003, recently earned his Master's Degree in Education from the Curry School at UVA.

Marc earned his degree in the Curry School's department of Leadership, Foundations and Policy.  The degree is in Social Foundations of Education, a field that is concerned with placing education in its historical, social and cultural context in order to better understand educational goals and practices. 

Marc focused his studies on education policy and civic education. He wrote his master's thesis on teacher training reform, surveying best practices in how different countries prepare and certify their teachers with the goal of determining ways to improve U.S. policy in this area.

Way to go Marc!


CLP Grad Is Engaged
Jan 14 2008 - 7:52am

Congratulations to Shonda Copeland, a gradate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006. Shonda recently announced her engagement to be married to Dudley Ridley.

Shonda is currently attending the University of Michigan School of Law. Dudley is an Electrical Engineer currently earning his Master's Degree at Norfolk State University.

Click here to watch a video of Dudley's proposal.


Sorensen at the General Assembly
Jan 9 2008 - 10:11am


The Virginia General Assembly's 2008 session got underway today, and representatives of the Sorensen Institute were there. In this photo from left to right is Curtis Walton, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006 and soon to be a Program Manager for our youth programs this summer; Marc Johnson, Director of Sorensen's Youth Programs and a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2003; and Keri Markiewicz, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007.



We also saw (from left to right) Kelly Porell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2007; Amy Richardson, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2007; and Chelsea Rock, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006 and Vice-Chair of the Sorensen Institute's Richmond Regional Board.

Ray Leads College Republicans
Nov 12 2007 - 10:40am

Jarrett Ray, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, serves as Chairman of the College Republican Federation of Virginia. He also led the successful re-election campaign this year for Delegate  Matt Lohr in the 26th House District.

Jarrett was interviewed recently for a Harrisonburg publication regarding young people, technology, and politics. Click here to read that story.

CLP06 Grad Off to South America
Sep 27 2007 - 7:19am

Catherine Bauman, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006, and a 2007 graduate of the University of Virginia, has recently left the country for French Guiana in South America where she will be teaching English to elementary and middle school children. Catherine plans to work in the field of international development in the future. Way to go Catherine!

BREAKING: Sorensen Grads Make Top 40 List in Richmond
Sep 26 2007 - 7:23am

THIS JUST IN: Richmond Style Weekly has just released its annual Top 40 Under 40, which recognizes "the young men and women who are transforming Richmond." As in years past, we are proud to say that Sorensen graduates have made the list.

This year's Top 40 Under 40 includes Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Jr., a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2004. Felix is now a Special Assistant to Governor Tim Kaine. An excerpt from the Style Weekly's profile of Felix includes this:

As part of his post-college strategy for a career in government, he
attended the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the
University of Virginia, practically a prerequisite for running for
office in the state. When Henrico Delegate Jack Reid stepped down this
year, many people urged Sarfo-Kantanka to run. He decided the timing
wasn’t right, but keep an eye on him. As he says, he didn’t go to
Sorensen for nothing.

This year's Top 40 Under 40 also includes Brian Cannon, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2002. An excerpt from Brian's profile:

At 25, Cannon seems to understand the Richmond axiom “It’s who you
know.” He was student body president at William & Mary concurrent
with Jim Ukrop’s term as alumni association president. He often wound
up sitting next to Ukrop’s wife, Bobbie, who was on the board of
visitors. Sure enough, the Ukrops came calling this year, inviting
Canon to direct a new program called YRichmond, designed to showcase
Richmond and help lure college interns for locally based corporate
sponsors. Jonathan Rhudy, whose PR firm has done pro bono work
for YRichmond, says of Cannon, “He’s exactly the kind of young,
visionary leader that Richmond needs.”

And the Style Weekly's 2007 Top 40 Under 40 list also includes Sorensen alumnus the Reverend C. Douglas Smith, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005. Doug's profile includes this:

Since the Rev. Doug Smith became executive director of the Virginia
Interfaith Center in 2004, the budget has tripled, the staff has
quadrupled, and the center now offers a fellowship program for master’s
degree students. Smith says the mission of the center is to inspire
Virginians to work for the betterment of their community, through
education, research and “the support of public policies that create

Congratulations to Felix, Brian, and Doug, and to all the Sorensen alumni who are working hard each day to demonstrate the positive leadership Virginia needs! We are very proud of you.

Featured Alumni

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    Alfonso Lopez

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2003

    Alfonso was the Director of the Virginia Liaison Office during the Kaine administration. In 2011 he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in the 49th District. He also serves on the Sorensen Institute's Northern Virginia Regional Board.