CTP Alumni News

Vanderhye appointed to arts commission
Mar 4 2014 - 12:13pm

On Feb. 28, Gov. McAuliffe announced he has appointed Margi Vanderhye (CTP 2005, PLP 2006, Sorensen State Advisory Board) to serve as Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Margi served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 to 2010 representing the 34th district (McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Herndon and Vienna). She served for six years as a Presidential appointee to the National Capital Planning Commission during the Clinton administration. Margi chaired the Commission’s Joint Memorials and Museums Task Force which developed a nationally award winning master plan for monuments, memorials, and museums.

Margi currently serves as Vice Chair of the McLean Project for the Arts promoting the important connection between a vibrant arts curriculum and workforce preparedness. She served in the 1990’s as an appointee to the northern Virginia Advisory Panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Cordasco appointed to Regional Issues Committee
Feb 25 2014 - 6:39pm

Heather Cordasco (PLP 2012, CTP 2012) was appointed to the Regional Issues Committee on Feb. 11 for a three year term. The Committee serves as an advisory committee to the planning commissions and governing bodies of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg.


McAuliffe Appoints Sorensen Alumni
Jan 14 2014 - 2:24pm


Sorensen alumni have been chosen for key positions in Gov. McAuliffe's administration.

Governor's Administration

Brian Coy (CLP 2006), Press Secretary, Office of the Governor
Victoria Cochran (PLP 2007), Deputy Secretary of Public Safety
Evan Feinman (PLP 2012), Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources
Grindly Johnson (PLP 1996), Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Aubrey Layne (PLP 2011), Secretary of Transportation
John Newby (PLP 2011), Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Maribel Ramos (PLP 2007), Director of the Virginia Legislative Office
Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Jr. (PLP 2004), Legislative Director, Office of the Governor

Congratulations to all!

Congratulations also go out to the following Sorensen alumni who have been hard at work on the Governor's transition team and inaugural committee.

"Common Ground for Virginia" Transition Committee:
Del. Jennifer McClellan, Chair (PLP 2001, CTP 2005) 
Jaime Areizaga-Soto (PLP 2009)
Del. Alfonso Lopez (PLP 2003)
Del. Chris Peace (PLP 2004)
Jody Wagner (PLP 1994, Fall)

Inaugural Committee:
Judy Anderson (PLP 1994, Fall)
Sen. Adam Ebbin (PLP 2000)
Del. Mark Keam (PLP 2012)
Margi Vanderhye (CTP 2005, PLP 2006)


Photo courtesy of Virginia National Guard Public Affairs Office

Hughes appointed to Va. College Building Authority
Nov 1 2013 - 10:35am

Alicia Hughes (CTP Winter 2009, PLP 2009) was recently appointed to the Virginia College Building Authority (VCBA) by Governor Bob McDonnell.

The VCBA is authorized to issue revenue bonds and notes to finance (1) capital projects of public institutions of higher education under the Pooled Bond Program; (2) capital projects of public institutions of higher education under the 21st Century College and Equipment Programs; and (3) loans to private, non-profit institutions of higher education within the Commonwealth. The VCBA most recently issued $333 million in tax-exempt bonds to bolster the research efforts of 23 universities across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rhode is Secretary of Public Safety
Oct 14 2013 - 12:47pm

Effective Nov. 1, Bryan Rhode (PLP 2008, CTP 2009) will serve as Virginia's Secretary of Public Safety. Since January of 2013, Bryan has served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety. Bryan was previously appointed as a Commissioner of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in April of 2012.

"I'm looking forward to continuing to work with the many incredible public safety professionals who keep Virginia safe every day," Bryan said.


Reeves, Anderson honored by veterans group
Sep 24 2013 - 3:11pm

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) recognized Del. Rich Anderson (PLP 2012, CTP Winter 2009) and Sen. Bryce Reeves (PLP 2009, CTP Winter 2010) with its "2013 Virginia Legislator of the Year Award".  

The award recognizes Rich and Bryce for their work as co-chairs of the General Assembly Military and Veteran Caucus. Since 2011, Rich has chaired the General Assembly Military and Veteran Caucus. He was joined by Bryce as co-chair in 2012. The body serves as the legislative clearing house for bills that are introduced on behalf of veterans and military missions based in Virginia. 

Speaking to the group, Rich said that “as a 30-year Air Force veteran, I’m committed to quality-of-life initiatives for our veterans in Virginia."

In accepting the award, Bryce stated that “it’s been a singular honor to work on behalf of Virginians who have worn the uniform of our country. Virginia has a nationally recognized reputation as one of the most veteran-friendly states in the country, and I’m pleased to be part of the leadership team that has worked to make that happen.”

Alumni appointed to Virginia boards
Jul 18 2013 - 12:53pm

Sorensen alumni were appointed on July 12 to the following Virginia boards:

Board for Behavioral Health and Developmental Services
• Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond (CTP 2011, PLP 2012) of Virginia Beach, Director of Service Learning and Distinguished Professor, Civics Engagement with Norfolk State University and Council Member for the City of Virginia Beach

Virginia Fire Services Board
• Felix Sarfo-Kantanka, Jr.* (PLP 2004) of Richmond, Assistant Vice President of State Government Relations for McGuireWoods Consulting

*Denotes re-appointment 

Anderson, Reeves Appointed to Governor's Commission
Apr 9 2013 - 9:19am

Del. Rich Anderson (PLP 2012, CTP Winter 2009) and Sen. Bryce Reeves (PLP 2009, CTP Winter 2010) were appointed by Governor McDonnell to the Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities.














Governor McDonnell Announces Board and Commission Appointments
RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell today announced appointments to five boards and commissions. Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell administration will continue to be made in the months ahead.
Board Appointments
Board of Forestry
·         John W. Burke, III of Woodford
·         Thomas W. Evelyn of New Kent, Executive Vice President of Charles City Timber and Mat
Commission on Military Installations and Defense Activities
·         The Honorable Richard L. Anderson of Woodbridge, Member of the House of Delegates
·         The Honorable Richard D. Brown of Henrico, Secretary of Finance
·         The Honorable Jim Cheng of McLean, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
·         The Honorable Marla Graff Decker of Henrico, Secretary of Public Safety
·         Lieutenant General (USAF-Ret) Al Edmonds of Alexandria
·         Lieutenant General (USMC-Ret) Emerson N. Gardner of Arlington
·         Admiral (USN-Ret) John C. Harvey, Jr. of Charlottesville
·         The Honorable Bryce E. Reeves of Spotsylvania, Member of the Virginia Senate
·         The Honorable Terrie L. Suit of Stafford, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
·         Lieutenant General (USA-Ret) John R. Wood of Alexandria
Family and Children’s Trust Fund
·         Dawn Wadiak Chillon of Rockville, Executive Director and Child and Family Therapist with The Foundation for Family Healing
Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
·         Richard A. Mansfield, CMSgt, (Ret). of Hampton, Director of Business Relations, Enspyr, LLC
·         Brett P. Reistad of Manassas
Virginia Council on Women
·         Carey Lyon Sousa of Mechanicsville, Mortgage Loan Officer with Monarch Mortgage

Rhode is Deputy Secretary of Public Safety
Jan 21 2013 - 12:25pm

Bryan Rhode (PLP 2008, CTP Winter 2009) has been appointed to serve as Gov. McDonnell's Deputy Secretary of Public Safety.

Sorensen Alumni Win Office
Nov 7 2012 - 5:02pm

Congratulations to the Sorensen alumni who won on election day!

Jonathan Baliles, Richmond City Council
Kelly Carmichael Booz, Alexandria School Board
Dave Butler, Leesburg Town Council
John Taylor Chapman, Alexandria City Council
Glenn Davis, Virginia Beach City Council
Dan Edwards, Virginia Beach School Board
Kimberly Gray, Richmond City School Board
Robert Hurt, U.S. House of Representatives
Scott Rigell, U.S. House of Representatives
Dave Roberts, San Diego County Board of Supervisors
Amelia Ross-Hammond, Virginia Beach City Council
Paul Smedberg, Alexandria City Council
Leonard Tengco, Virginia Beach School Board
Justin Wilson, Alexandria City Council
Rosemary Wilson, Virginia Beach City Council

If you know of someone we missed, please let us know at news@sorenseninstitute.org with their name and office.


Featured Alumni

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    Mike Taylor

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    The first person to graduate from three Sorensen programs, Mike was elected Sheriff of Pittsylvania County in November 2007. He is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Danville-Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005.