PLP Alumni News

Heaphy joins Hunton & Williams
Feb 25 2015 - 5:15pm

Tim Heaphy (PLP 2005) has joined the law firm Hunton & Williams as a partner in its Washington and Richmond offices. He will become head of the firm’s white collar defense and internal investigations practice.

Tim has previously served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Virginia since 2009 where he led cases related to national security, financial and health care fraud, public corruption, organized crime, environmental crime, money laundering, and civil rights, among others.

Chenery to direct Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Feb 24 2015 - 3:10pm

Carrie Hileman Chenery (PLP 2013) has been selected as the new executive director of the Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), a public/private partnership providing marketing and business assistance for the Shenandoah Valley region.

Carrie is a Valley native who previously served as the Commonwealth's Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry.


Pham announces CA candidacy
Feb 23 2015 - 8:07pm

Tony Pham (PLP 2012) announces his campaign for Henrico Commonwealth's Attorney.

“Henrico County is where we began our journey as Americans,” said Tony Pham. “This is where I started my own family. I am excited to represent the County I love and restore leadership, trust, and transparency to an office that has immense authority over our lives.”

More information about Tony's campaign can be found on his campaign website at

Good luck, Tony!

Utt appointed to Recreational Facilities Authority
Jan 2 2015 - 5:58pm

Shawn Utt (PLP 2006) was appointed on Dec. 19 to the board of directors for the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority. The Authority was created in 1986 to

  • provide a high quality recreational attraction in the western part of the Commonwealth
  • expand the historical knowledge of adults and children;
  • promote tourism and economic development in the Commonwealth;
  • set aside and conserve scenic and natural areas along the Roanoke River and preserve open-space lands; and
  • enhance and expand research and educational programs.

Shawn is the town manager for the Town of Pulaski and serves on the Sorensen Institute's Roanoke Regional Advisory Board.

Bien Receives Appointments
Nov 11 2014 - 12:41pm

Lettie Bien (PLP 2013, CTP 2013) received two appointments in the past months.

The first appointment is a place on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Volunteerism and National Service.  The Advisory Board communicates with the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries on national and community service programs in Virginia and on fulfilling the responsibilities and duties prescribed by the federal Corporation for National and Community Service related to the AmeriCorps program.

The second appointment is serving as the US Army Reserve Ambassador for the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The function of the Ambassador is similar to that of Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army, and carries a protocol status equivalent of a Major General that is a key means by which Ambassadors are able to effectively execute their responsibilities. Ambassadors are Special Government Employees who represent the Chief of the Army Reserve.  Ambassadors provides Community Outreach assistance to Army Reserve members/families, other military personnel/families as needed, and provide feedback on plans, programs and needs to the Commander of the Army Reserve, the Regional Support Commander and to local USAR Commanders.

Congratulations, Lettie!

Sorensen Alumni Receive Appointments
Oct 23 2014 - 11:27am

Alam, Coburn, Holland, and Yeatts all recently received appointments from the McAuliffe administration.

Naila Alam (PLP 2014, CTP Spring 2009): Public Guardian and Conservator Advisory Board

Lee Coburn (PLP 2013): Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Paul Holland (PLP 2011): Potomac River Basin Commission of Virginia

Todd Yeatts
(Southside Program Class of 2003): Aerospace Advisory Council

Congratulations to all!

Lambert Announced as Veterans Committee Chair for NCBW
Oct 13 2014 - 10:34am

Tammi Lambert (PLP 2012) was formally announced as the National Chair for the National Congress of Black Women’s new Veterans Committee.  The NCBW is dedicated to the educational, political, and cultural development of African American women and youth.  Currectly, NCBW trains women for leadership and decision-making positions in government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.  The position is a new community partnership between the NCBW and Women Veterans ROCK, which works to engage and empower women veterans to excel in post-military life.

Congratulations, Tammi!

Chenery joins Secretariat of Agriculture
Sep 22 2014 - 11:30am

Gov. McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration on Friday including Carrie Hileman Chenery (PLP 2013), the new Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. Carrie most recently served as the Manager of Legislation & Policy for the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.

Three other Sorensen alumni were also among the administration appointments announced Friday.

Board for Contractors
Vance T. Ayres of King George, National Coordinator, EIWPF; PLP 2007, CTP 2008

Legislative Advisory Council to the Southern Regional Education Board
Hon. David L. Bulova of Fairfax, Member, Virginia House of Delegates; PLP 1997
Hon. Jennifer L. McClellan of Richmond, Member, Virginia House of Delegates; PLP 2001, CTP 2005

Chimaladinne Recieves Appointment to ITAC
Sep 22 2014 - 11:27am

Anjan Chimaladinne (PLP 2012) has been appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Information Technology Advisory Council.  The ITAC is responsible for advising the CIO and the Secretary of Technology on the planning, budgeting, acquiring, using, disposing, managing, and administering of information technology and appointing a health information technology standards advisory committee in the Commonwealth.

Congratulations, Anjan!

McAuliffe appoints Sorensen alumni
Aug 16 2014 - 5:12pm

Sorensen alumni were among the individuals that Governor McAuliffe appointed to Virginia's boards and commissions this summer. Congratulations to them all!

Advisory Board on Respiratory Care
Hollee Freeman (PLP 2014)

Board for Professional and Occupational Regulation 
Shelly Simonds (CTP 2012)

Council on Aging
Shewling Moy Wong (CTP 2005)

Family and Children’s Trust Fund, Board of Trustees
Andria McClellan (PLP 2013)

Governor’s Advisory Council on Revenue Estimates
Jody Wagner (PLP Fall 1994)

Governor’s Commemorative Commission Honoring the Contributions of the Women of Virginia
Krysta Jones (PLP 2006)

Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission
Missy Neff Gould (PLP 2006)

Secure Commonwealth Panel
Mike Hamlar (CTP Winter 2010)

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Board of Trustees
Steve Cochran (PLP 2009)

The Library Board
David Skiles (PLP 2014)

Virginia-Asian Advisory Board
Julia Kim (ELP 2012)

Virginia Aviation Board 
Dak Hardwick (PLP 2011)

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities
Atima Omara (PLP 2010)

Virginia-Israel Advisory Board
Will Frank (PLP 2008)

Virginia Latino Advisory Board
Carolina Espinal (PLP 2009)
Gloria Rockhold (PLP 2010)

Virginia Military Advisory Council
Terron Sims, II (PLP 2007)

Virginia Museum of Natural History Board of Trustees
Christine Baggerly (Danville 2004)

Featured Alumni

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    Chuck Smith

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2005

    Chuck is a self-employed attorney and current candidate for Virginia Beach City Council. He is a a former Marine and U.S. Navy JAG Officer (Retired). From 2006 to 2008, Chuck served as Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia Beach.