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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!
Maurice Jones, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2002, is the proud new father of a baby boy: Mr. Joseph Erich Jones arrived safe and sound on Wednesday August 9th at 2:45 a.m. Both mommy and baby are doing very well.
Jones recently joined the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs as Director of Development.
We are proud to announce that Virginians connected with the Sorensen Institute continue to provide leadership at critical positions throughout the Commonwealth. Attorney General Bob McDonnell's new Government and Regulatory Reform Task Force includes Scott Rigell, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, as well as two members of our State Board: Jacquelyn Stone and Michel Zajur. The Agriculture Working Group on the Task Force also includes Hobey Bauhan, a member of the Political Leadership Program Class of 2006. The Healthcare Working Group includes Delegate Mark Sickles, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1998 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
In other news, Governor Tim Kaine has reappointed Linda Crandell to the Board of Conservation and Recreation. Linda is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005 and was recently re-elected to the Colonial Beach Town Council. Governor Kaine has also reappointed Rockbridge County's Jay Gilliam, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2001, to the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Virginia's Natural Resources.
Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Patrick O. Gottschalk, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000, was profiled in yesterday's edition of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Gottschalk's profile dovetails quite nicely with the news announced today by Forbes magazine that the Commonwealth of Virginia has been ranked the #1 business-friendly state in the nation. The top five were Virginia, Texas, North Carolina, Utah, and Colorado. The bottom five were Maine, Alaska, Mississippi, West Virginia, and Louisiana.
The Sorensen Institute is celebrating gubernatorial appointments of two of our own today. Governor Tim Kaine recently announced that "Dr. Cheryl P. Talley of Harrisonburg will continue to serve as a member of the Board of the Frontier Culture Museum. Talley is an associate professor in the School of Psychology at James Madison University and commissioner for the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board of Directors." Talley is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2000 and the Candidate Training Program Class of 2002.
Governor Kaine also reappointed William L. Nusbaum of Norfolk to serve as chair of the Board of the Virginia College Building Authority. "Nusbaum is a partner at Williams Mullen. He is a past member of the Governorâ€™s Advisory Committee on Small Business, and a former president and honorary life director of the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia.: Nusbaum is also a graduate of the Candidate Training Program Class of 2001.
Of particular interest on the same webpage are two stories recently produced by Dutchie Mirollo that explore the expanding presence of women in politics (links below). Both stories include excerpts of an interview with Delegate Shannon Valentine of Lynchburg, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005. The second story on August 8 includes an interview with Holly Hatcher, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2004.
AUG. 7, 2006 - WVTF NEWS
- For the first time since 1984, women are being discussed as possible
Presidential candidates in the United States. In fact, both Democratic
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. Elizabeth Dole are viewed as
potential candidates. Some would say women have come a long way in
politics. but if women have come a long way on the national political
scene, what about here in Virginia? WVTF's Dutchie Mirolli takes a look at
women in politics in this special report. Click here to listen to the story.
AUG. 8, 2006 - WVTF NEWS
- Virginia ranks 38th in the nation when it comes to the number of women
in elected office. That's according to Rutgers University's Center for
American Women in Politics. But a woman's chance for a successful election
in Virginia depends in part on where she's running. WVTF's Dutchie Mirolli
has that in a continued look at women in politics. Click here to listen to the story.