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2015 Sorensen Alumni Day
Aug 5 2015 - 5:19pm

Sorensen will host a day-long program for Sorensen alumni and their guests on Saturday, August 29th in Charlottesville focusing on "Virginia's Evolving Justice System."  Our 2015 Alumni Day is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow Sorensen alums while engaging with leaders in the justice system.

Alumni Day Schedule: Saturday, August 29th
11:30am - 12:30pm: Optional dutch-treat lunch at Brick & Mortar (18% gratuity included)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: Tour of Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail
3:30pm - 5:30pm: Meet at CitySpace for panel
     Virginia Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Victoria Cochran,
     Charlottesville Sheriff James Brown,
     Former U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy,
     Retired General District Judge Steve Helvin, and
     ACLU Executive Director Claire Guthrie Gastañaga

5:30pm: Adjourn for optional dutch-treat dinner at Café Caturra

The cost of attending is a tax-deductible $29.00 per person minimum contribution.  All proceeds will go to Sorensen's scholarship fund to support those in need.  Both steps must be completed for you to be considered registered for the event!  The deadline to register is Monday, August 24th.

Step 1: Paying your registration fee
Visit and input a contribution of $29.00 per person attending.
Click "Save and Continue"
On the Special Instructions page, in the "Special Instructions" box on the second half of the page, input "Alumni Day Scholarship"
Click "Save and Continue"
Fill out the Donor Information and Billing pages, review, and submit!

Step 2: RSVPing for the weekend's activities
Fill out our survey for the weekend.


Coordinate with other alumni:  Once you've registered, join the Facebook event for the Sorensen Alumni Day to coordinate rides, room shares, and schedules.


Sorensen has arranged for room blocks at two area hotels for those who wish to stay overnight on Friday, August 29th to make reservations.  There are limited rooms available, so book early!

The Graduate Hotel Charlottesville (located on The Corner)
Rate with two Queen beds: $189.00 + tax
Rate with one King bed: $179.00 + tax
Front Desk: 434-295-4333
Cutoff date: TBA
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

The Cavalier Inn (University area)
Rate: $139.00 + tax (breakfast included)
Front Desk: 434-296-8111
Cutoff date: 8/21
Ask for the "Sorensen Institute block"

Charlottesville has many other hotels in the area if you prefer to book with an alternate location.  Other hotels include:
Charlottesville Omni (Downtown Mall); Rate: approx $269.00 + tax
Hampton Inn & Suites (The Corner); Rate: approx $214.00 + tax
Courtyard Marriott (The Corner); Rate: approx $239.00 + tax
Hampton Inn (29 Corridor); Rate: approx $159.00 + tax
Hilton Garden Inn (Pantops); Rate: approx $169.00 + tax


Questions? Email Bob Gibson at

We look forward to seeing you on August 29th!

9th Annual Legislative Reception, Feb. 17
Jan 15 2015 - 11:55am

You Are Invited!

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership
9th Annual Legislative Reception

Tuesday, Feb. 17
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Location Change: 27 Bistro
27 West Broad Street, Richmond

by Tuesday, Feb. 10 


This event, which has become a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, recognizes our alumni in the Virginia General Assembly. Sorensen is proud to honor our 25 alumni currently serving in the General Assembly and statewide office.

This event is free and open to all Sorensen alumni, supporters and members of the Virginia General Assembly.

It's not too late to become a sponsor of Sorensen's Legislative Reception! To learn more, contact Colleen Smith at (434) 982‑4910 or

Sorensen wishes to thank our Event Sponsors:
Advantus Strategies
Alliance Group
Care Advantage
Cornerstone Government Affairs
Davis Consultants, Inc.
Haley Buick GMC
Kemper Consulting
Lindl Corporation
National Filter Service
The Vectre Corporation
Virginia Association of Health Plans
Williams Mullen


*Image courtesy Taber Andrew Bain.

Legislative Reception Feb. 17 in Richmond
Dec 18 2014 - 2:22pm

Sorensen's Legislative Reception, a must-attend gathering in the Richmond political social calendar, recognizes our 25 alumni currently serving in the General Assembly and statewide office. This Feb. 17 event at Williams Mullen in Richmond begins at 5 p.m. and is free and open to all Sorensen alumni and friends.

It's not too late to join our Legislative Reception sponsors in supporting this event, which regularly draws more than 200 attendees, including members of the General Assembly, their staffers, and other leaders in Richmond. Contact Colleen Smith at 424-982-4910 or

Join us in bidding "Adieu" to April Auger
Dec 10 2014 - 11:26am

Join us in bidding "Adieu" to April Auger as she leaves The Sorensen Institute after six years with us.  April has moved to Richmond and is pursuing a masters degree in nonprofit management at the University of Richmond.  She has a great future in the world of nonprofit management and in whatever endeavors she chooses to pursue.  She'll be greatly missed as a member of the Sorensen team!

We'll be gathering one last time to spend time with April before her departure at the end of the month, and all are welcome!  April is excited to spend time catching up with alumni, board members, and friends, so join us for this fun, festive gathering at one of April's favorite places on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall.

Bid "Adieu" to April!

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
Start time: 5:00pm

Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar

(Upstairs Bar)
422 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA
Attire: Holiday Festive or "Come as you are!"

All are welcome!
RSVP on Facebook

PHOTOS: Sorensen 2014 Autumn Gala
Nov 20 2014 - 6:52pm

Last Friday, Sorensen alumni and friends attended the 2014 Autumn Gala in Arlington. Coming on the heels of election season, this gathering of political leaders from both sides of the aisle was a reminder that our political differences do not have to divide us.

The event featured remarks from retiring Rep. Jim Moran, as well as his newly-elected successor Don Beyer and Sorensen alumni Rep. Robert Hurt and Rep. Scott Rigell.

The Sorensen Institute would like to thank all of our Autumn Gala Partners. Sorensen's programs would not be possible without their generous support.

Commonwealth Partners
Barbara J. Fried
Rolls-Royce North America

Table Hosts
Aldrich Capital Partners
David Bailey Associates
Virginia Automobile Dealers Association (VADA)

Half-Table Hosts
Cox Communications
Kaiser Permanente
State Farm

Matt Calkins
Jean Jensen
Maggie & Art Major
Shannon Valentine
Margi Vanderhye



Sorensen to host Senate candidate forum in Danville
Sep 26 2014 - 2:11pm

Sorensen is pleased to announce the next two installments of the Southern Virginia Public Leadership Series. Both events will be held at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research in Danville, and are free and open to the public. 

Town Hall on Redistricting Reform
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 7 p.m.

Join us for an exciting discussion on redistricting reform in the Commonwealth. Panelists include former delegate Shannon Valentine, former state senator Charles Hawkins, and Bill Bolling, former lieutenant governor of Virginia.

Candidate Issues Forum with Warner and Gillespie
Tuesday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

U.S. Senator Mark Warner and GOP challenger Ed Gillespie will appear at a Sorensen Institute candidate forum, cosponsored by WSET-TV and the Danville Register & Bee.
Join our Facebook Event for more information.

Sorensen to host second Autumn Gala on Nov. 14
Sep 12 2014 - 2:34pm

Join new friends and old at the Sorensen Institute's Autumn Gala on Friday, Nov. 14. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City.

You can have your business or organization sponsor a table! Contact Colleen Smith at 434-982-4910.

Speakers include Jim Moran and Sorensen alumni Robert Hurt and Scott Rigell.

After dinner, the evening continues at a special alumni afterparty at Siné Irish Pub in Pentagon Row beginning at 9 p.m. All Sorensen alumni, including those who cannot attend the Gala, are invited to the afterparty. Potential PLP and CTP applicants are also welcome. (There is no dress code for the afterparty—cocktail and casual attire are equally appropriate.)

To purchase Gala tickets, visit To RSVP for the free alumni afterparty, email

Sorensen Partners with Appalachian School of Law and Wellmont Health System for Healthcare Symposium
Aug 26 2014 - 2:14pm

The Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia is partnering with the Appalachian School of Law and Wellmont Health System to sponsor a day-long symposium on the future of health care on Sept. 22 that will feature keynote addresses by Dr. Bill Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources; Thomas P. Miller of the American Enterprise Institute, a critic of Obamacare; and Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The symposium, "The Future of Health Care: Moving from Policy to Implementation," will be hosted by Wellmont in Bristol, Tenn., on Monday, Sept. 22, and will feature health care experts, officials and providers from Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The media is invited to cover the health law symposium at Wellmont's Monarch Auditorium. Continuing Legal Education Credit has been approved in Virginia and Tennessee and is pending in Kentucky.

The sponsors intend to provide rational debate and civil discourse among experts in the field who disagree on many of the basic issues. Public airing of different points of view on these issues can inform the debate and educate stakeholders and the public about problems and possible solutions that confront us in the complex arena of health care and health law.

The symposium agenda can be found below.

If you have questions about the Healthcare Symposium and wish to speak with a representative, please contact Beth Rhinehart at or (423) 230-8405; Bob Gibson at or (434) 982-4998; or Donna Weaver at or (276) 244-1241.

The website for the symposium is

The online registration site is


7:15 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
8:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M.
  • Greg Neal - President, Wellmont BRMC, Bristol, Tennessee
  • David Bailey - President, David Bailey Associates, Richmond, Virginia
  • Dr. Len Nichols - Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
8:30 A.M. - 9:00 A.M. Keynote:
  • Marilyn Tavenner - Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington D.C.
9:00 A.M. - 10:30 A.M. Panel 1 - Business Implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
  • Karen Harned (moderator) - Executive Director, NFIB Small Business Legal Center, Richmond, Virginia
  • Jenny S. Kiesewetter - Attorney, Butler Snow LLP, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Mike Cole - Benefits Manager, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
  • Carl Knoblock - Virginia District Director, US Small Business Administrator
  • Debbie Stocks - President, Your Benefits Partner, LLC
  • Stewart Harris - Professor, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia
10:30 A.M. - 10:45 A.M. Break
10:45 A.M. - 12:15 P.M. Panel 2 - Health Care Innovations under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act along with Conflicts and Challenges:
  • Chris Bailey (moderator) - Senior Vice President, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association, Richmond, Virginia
  • Beth Bortz - President & CEO, Virginia Center for Health Innovation, Richmond, Virginia
  • Reginia Sayers - Appalachian Agency for Senior Citizens, Cedar Bluff, Virginia
  • William T. Lee - Pharmacy System Director, Carilion Medical Center, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Karen Remley - Chief Medical Director - Virginia, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
12:15 P.M. - 1:15 P.M. Lunch
1:15 P.M. - 1:45 P.M. Keynote:
  • Dr. Bill Hazel - Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Richmond, Virginia
1:45 P.M. - 3:15 P.M. Panel 3 - Health Benefit Exchanges under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act:
  • Martin Kent (moderator) - President, The United Company, Bristol, Virginia
  • Jacqueline K. Cunningham - Commissioner of Insurance, Bureau of Insurance, State Corporation Commission, Richmond, Virginia
  • Julie M. McPeak - Commissioner, Department of Commerce & Insurance, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Dr. Miriam Fordham - Director of Health Care Policy Administrator, Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, Frankfort, Kentucky
  • Scott Johnson - Director, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., Glen Allen, Virginia
3:15 P.M. - 3:45 P.M. Keynote:
  • Thomas P. Miller - Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute, Alexandria, Virginia, and co-author of "Why Obamacare is Wrong for America"
3:45 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Break
4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. Panel 4 - From Policy To Implementation with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: How Do We Get There?:
  • Dr. Nichols (moderator) - Director, Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
  • David C. Smith - Vice President, Health & Welfare at Ebenconcepts, Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Priscilla Harris - Associate Professor, Appalachian School of Law, Grundy, Virginia
  • Dixie Tooke-Rawlins D.O. - Provost, Dean and Executive Vice President, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia
5:00 P.M.



Sorensen Alumni Weekend, June 6-7 at Montpelier
May 1 2014 - 3:23pm

We are delighted to be hosting our first Sorensen Alumni Weekend, June 6 -7, at James Madison's Montpelier.

This event, modeled after a PLP weekend, begins with a tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women on Friday, and wraps up on Saturday with a discussion with U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy and others, including a retired judge and a co-director of the Innocence Project. In between are many chances to meet and mingle with other alumni, and we expect friendly discussions about politics and policy will continue into the night.

This event is open to all alumni.  The cost is $125 per person. If you would like to stay overnight at Montpelier the cost will be an additional $75 (shared room) or $150 (private room).  

To secure your spot, please call Tracy Tanner Bond (434-982-4943) by Tuesday with your payment information.

Sorensen Alumni Weekend
June 6 – 7, 2014
James Madison’s Montpelier
Orange, Va.

Friday, June 6
Noon          Optional lunch
2 p.m.        Tour of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women with Albemarle County Sheriff, Chip Harding (CTP ’06)
5:30 p.m.    Reception and heavy hors d’ oeuvres at Montpelier
7:00 p.m.    Alumni after hours gathering
Saturday, June 7
8:30 a.m.     Breakfast
9 a.m.         Volunteer debates
9:30 a.m.     U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Va., Timothy Heaphy (PLP 2005)
10:30 a.m.   Panel Discussion with: Judge Steve Helvin, retired Albemarle General District Court Judge, Deirdre Enright, Director of Investigation for the Innocence Project Clinic at UVA Law
Noon           Adjourn

Featured Alumni

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    Ann Mallek

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2007

    Shortly after graduating from the Candidate Training Program, Ann announced her candidacy for the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors in the White Hall District. She won the election in November 2007 and still serves.