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PLP Alumni News
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.
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.
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.”
Bo Trumbo (PLP 2009) is the new assistant principal and athletic director at Craig County High School - Middle School. "I am looking forward with great anticipation to the next chapter and challenge in my career," Bo said. "Thanks to all of the Sorensen family for their support."
Danna Geisler (PLP 2013) has been selected as the new president of the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce, effective Sept. 16.
Chairman Brennen Keene is lauded the decision as the beginning of “an exciting, new chapter for the Chesterfield Chamber. . . . Throughout our search process, Danna demonstrated that she has the drive, experience, enthusiasm and demeanor to be a terrific leader of our Chamber. We are very excited to have Danna as our President, and we look forward to moving forward under her leadership.”
Over the weekend, Atima Omara-Alwala (PLP 2010) was elected as the first Virginian and first African-American President of the Young Democrats of America. Omara-Alwala previously served as a Vice President, Mid-Atlantic Region Director, and Chairwoman of the Women’s Caucus for the organization. She hails from Chester, Va. and graduated from George Mason University, MPA, and the University of Virginia, BA. She currently lives in Arlington, Va. More information about her election can be found at the Young Democrats of America website.
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
On Tuesday the Virginia Leadership Institute (VLI) recognized 10 outstanding African-American leaders under 40 who have made an impact on Northern Virginia. Three of the Top 10 Under 40 are Sorensen alumni: John Taylor Chapman (PLP 2010), Howard Foard (PLP 2013) and Terron Sims (PLP 2007).
“The Virginia Leadership Institute is proud to honor young African-Americans in Northern Virginia who are raising the bar in their professions and in the community,” said Virginia Leadership Institute founder and CEO Krysta Jones (PLP 2006). “Our honorees are entrepreneurs, elected officials, military veterans, executives and community leaders. Not too long ago some Blacks avoided moving to Virginia because of the long-held stereotypes associated with Virginia’s role as a slave state. These honorees prove that young African-Americans are actively working to make the commonwealth a better place for all Virginians to live and work.”
Bios of all 10 honorees are available as a PDF on VLI's website.
Ann Harbour (PLP 2012) has been appointed to the Virginia Council on Women. The purpose of the Council is to identify ways in which women can reach their potential and make their full contribution to society and the Commonwealth.
Governor McDonnell Announces Board Appointments and Additional Appointment to Administration
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced an appointment to his administration in the Secretary of Natural Resources office. He also announced appointments to three boards and commissions. Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell administration will continue to be made in the months ahead
Secretary of Natural Resources
Sara Benghauser, Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources
Sara Benghauser manages legislative affairs and the regulatory review process in the Natural Resources Secretariat, aids in policy development, and works to ensure that the governor’s natural resources and energy priorities are advanced. She also provides oversight for Natural Resource Boards and Commissions, and works on issues related to Virginia’s Indian community. Since January 2010, Ms. Benghauser has served the Secretary of Natural Resources as Special Assistant for Policy and Legislation.
Prior to her appointment in January 2010, she worked on the transition team for Governor McDonnell, working with the policy team, preparing materials for the new administration. Benghauser worked for Virginia State Senator Walter Stosch, helping track legislation and handling constituent concerns, prior to the election of Governor McDonnell.
Benghauser received her Master of Public Administration in May 2010 from Virginia Commonwealth University and her undergraduate degree in History from James Madison University in 2008.
Commission on Local Government
- Bruce C. Goodson of Williamsburg, President of Diamond/Goodson Equipment Corporation and Former Member of James City County Board of Supervisors
Virginia Council on Women
- Ann C. Harbour of Manakin Sabot, Director of Membership for the Virginia Association of Health Plans
Virginia Manufactured Housing Board
- Carey A. Brace of Chester, Senior Sales Administrator for Creative Office Environments
- Walter S. Cleaton of South Hill, Owner of Home Solutions