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PLP Alumni News
The Sorensen Institute congratulates our alumna Chris Lowrie, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000. Chris is now the new Director of Marketing and Community Affairs for the Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects and also serves as Director of Program Planning for the Virginia Center for Architecture, which is one of the few museums of architecture in the United States. Congratulations Chris!
Dyana Mason, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, joined Coy Barefoot on "Charlottesville--Right Now" last week to discuss the proposed amendment to the Virginia Constitution regarding same-sex marriage. Mason is the Executive Director of Equality Virginia and the Field Director for the Commonwealth Coalition.
Greg Schuckman, a graduate of the Political Leaders Class of 1998, is running in a nationwide election for an at-large seat on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees. Having received the nomination of the southern region, Schuckman is one of six candidates vying for three seats. The election will be held on October 13. Good luck Greg!
Katherine Imhoff, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1994, has been reappointed by Governor Tim Kaine to the Board of Trustees of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation. Imhoff is the Vice President for Planning and Facilities for the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello.
Governor Kaine recently announced additional appointments including two Sorensen leaders.
The Governor reappointed Judith L. Rosenblatt to the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University. Judith is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1995. She is a partner with Brydges, Geroe, Rosenblatt & Oâ€™Brien, PPLC and is a former member of the Virginia Beach Chesapeake Bay
Preservation Board Commission.
Governor Kaine also appointed Sorensen Institute co-founder and State Board member Leigh B. Middleditch to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. Middleditch is a partner at McGuire Woods, and has been a member of the
Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association for almost 50 years.
Alumnus Jason Miyares of Virginia Beach, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, is the author of a Letter to the Editor published in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch. Miyares, a former Aide to Senator Allen, writes, "I am proud to have worked with such an exemplary leader. The grace and
dignity with which he treats his fellow man is a wonderful example for
all who are blessed to know him."
Governor Kaine announced today that he has appointed Sorensen graduate Sandra Whitley Ryals (Political Leaders Program Class of 1999) to be the Director of the Virginia Department of Health Professions. According to a statement from the Governor's office:
Ryals was appointed by Governor Kaine in February 2006 as VDHP Chief Deputy Director. A registered nurse and nursing instructor, she served previously under Governor Warner as Executive Director of the Virginia Tobacco Settlement Foundation, and as Chief Deputy Director of the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
â€œSandy brings impressive experience to her position as director at VDHP, and I am confident that the agency will continue to provide a high level of service to both practitioners and the public under her leadership,â€ Governor Kaine said.
VDHP licenses, registers, or certifies more than 270,000 health care professionals through 14 health regulatory boards established by state law. The Department has a staff of 200 employees, with central headquarters in Henrico County and inspectors and investigators serving across the state.
Adisa Muse, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2003, was a recent guest on WINA's "Charlottesville--Right Now" with host Coy Barefoot. Adisa discussed his work as a political consultant in the historic Congolese elections, and his speedy flight from the country shortly before violence broke out in Kinshasa.
The Sorensen Institute congratulates Lonnie Craig, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 1999. Lonnie was recently elected Chairman of the Chesapeake Health Authority. Lonnie will serve in that position for two years. A former chief of the Virginia Capitol Police and Virginia Port Authority, Lonnie has been a longtime active member of the Authority.
Congratulations are also due Dr. Cynthia Romero, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, for having been elected president of the Chesapeake Health Medical Staff. She is the first female physician to hold that post. Way to go Cynthia!