Alumna Imhoff Reappointed by Governor Kaine
Sep 6 2006 - 11:22am

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.

Political Leaders 2006 Profile: Blanton Marchese
Sep 6 2006 - 8:35am

Name: L. Blanton Marchese
Age: 30
Born: Born and raised in Chesterfield County
Current digs: I’m still a resident of Chesterfield but work in the surrounding counties as a Paramedic.
Occupation: Small Business owner, Flight Paramedic, Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and what ever else looks fun at the time.
Favorite part about the job: As far as co-owning a company, the best part is being able to always speak my mind. Being an investigator is a completely different challenge from being a Paramedic. It’s interesting when I get to help figure out a complex case. As far as flying as a Paramedic, not sure since I’ve only been doing this for a couple months.
First job ever? First real job was as a bellman at a local hotel. It was a great learning experience and helped build interpersonal communication skills.
Whom do you admire and why? My wife, She is required by law to put up with me everyday no matter how bad I get.
Favorite book? Anything by John Grisham
Comfort food? Pasta any way you can fix it.
What's in your car CD player right now? Word Smart and no, it has not helped me very much.
Next journey? Nothing planned right now. I recently spent three very long weeks in Phoenix.
Last gift you received? A really cool telescope my parents bought me. I have only been able to see the moon so far.
Best advice you ever got? Early is on time and on time is late and of course the six P rule.
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why?  I like eating with my family and friends. I always feel like strangers look at me funny because I eat fast.
Describe a perfect day. Wake up and go for a five-mile run. Eat a big hot breakfast with my wife and dog. Then pack a bag and hit the road to anywhere my cell phone won’t work.
One thing most people might be surprised to learn about you? I like everyone at first. And my first name is Lindsey.
Ambition, political or otherwise? I would like to start a few more companies; raise a great family and retire young; then run for public office and win by a huge margin…

New Alumni Association to Hold First Statewide Meeting
Sep 5 2006 - 10:40am

A quick announcement from Sorensen's Director of Alumni Relations, Coy Barefoot:

The new Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Alumni Association will hold its first statewide gathering on Saturday, October 14 at 4:30pm sharp in the Roosevelt Room at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. All members of the Chapter Interim Executive Committees are strongly encouraged to attend in addition to any alumni who would like to help launch an alumni chapter in your home region. We will be discussing the nuts and bolts of the new Association and making plans to get a chapter started in your region. This important meeting will take place just prior to the reception and dinner at the 2006 Annual Alumni Reunion. The meeting will last no more than half an hour. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hutchison Begins New Career with RJI
Sep 5 2006 - 9:44am

Lucy Hutchinson, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005 has recently joined RJI Capital, an international consulting firm. She will be working with the Government Strategies office in Washington. Congratulations Lucy!

CLP Grad Takes Leadership Post With College Republicans
Sep 5 2006 - 9:23am


Congratulations to Jarrett Ray, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2006 and a Junior at James Madison University. Jarrett was recently elected the State Treasurer for the College Republican Federation of Virginia.

Bloggers Kenney and Feld on "Charlottesville--Right Now"
Sep 2 2006 - 1:29pm

Coy Barefoot took a journey into the blogosphere this past week on "Charlottesville--Right Now" when he interviewed two of the Commonwealth's most well-read and respected political bloggers: Republican Shaun Kenney of and Democrat Lowell Feld of RaisingKaine. Both interviews focused on the Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb--including a discussion of the impact, if any, of Allen's "macaca" remark.


The Sorensen Report for Friday September 1
Sep 2 2006 - 1:02pm

This Week: What's in a Name?


Governor Kaine Appoints Sorensen Leaders
Sep 1 2006 - 12:23pm

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 & O’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.

UVA's Miller Center and WVPT to Partner in Broadcasts
Sep 1 2006 - 12:05pm

The University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs and WVPT-Virginia's Public Television announced today that they are teaming up to broadcast  the "Milller Center Forums" in markets throughout the Commonwealth. The press release reads in part:

Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET, WVPT will broadcast the Forums, held in the Miller Center's Newman Pavilion, to audiences throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region, and offer them to public
television stations throughout Virginia.

"Working with WVPT provides an important opportunity to bring even more people into the kind of thoughtful conversations that the Forums are known for," said George Gilliam, assistant director for public programs at the
Miller Center. "It allows us to expand what we've accomplished with our live audiences and webcasts to provide a genuine give-and-take on the most critical questions that we face as a nation."

"The Miller Center provides a venue for some of our greatest thinkers," said Bert Schmidt, president and general manger of WVPT-Virginia's Public Television.  "It's an important asset for the entire country and WVPT is proud to bring these Forums to a larger viewing audience."

The Sorensen Institute congratulates the Miller Center and WVPT on this exciting endeavor. 

Lt. Gov. Bolling on "Charlottesville--Right Now"
Aug 31 2006 - 5:47pm

Bill Bolling, the Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth, joined Coy Barefoot on "Charlottesville--Right Now" on Wednesday to discuss his "Steptember Initiative" to improve the health of Virginians. Bolling also announced his own personal goal to lose 30 lbs. by the end of the year.


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    Mike Taylor

    Candidate Training Program

    Class of 2006

    The first person to graduate from three Sorensen programs, Mike was elected Sheriff of Pittsylvania County in November 2007. He is also a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006 and the Danville-Southside Leaders Program Class of 2005.