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Cash Arehart


Cash joined the Sorensen staff in 2015 after fourteen years with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in which time he worked as an Education Outreach Specialist and a Historic Interpreter. He was elected Class President of the  Political Leaders Program Class of 2014. 

As the Director of Student Programs and Recruitment he is responsible for facilitating and organizing recruitment efforts for all of Sorensen’s programs and for directing the high school and college programs in particular.

(434) 243-2470,
Director of Student Programs and Recruitment

Tracy Tanner Bond


Tracy Tanner Bond has made a nearly thirty year career at the University of Virginia. Before joining Sorensen in 2006, her background at the University has been diverse, from experience in the Bursar's Office, Construction and Facilities Management and Real Estate Contract Administration. Her financial and administrative experience has been a wonderful resource in managing the financial operations for this non-profit organization. 

Giving back to the community is a passion of Tracy's, and through community outreach and Alumni volunteers of the Sorensen Institute, we have been successful with food drives, book drives and serving as part of Remote Area Medical team in Wise, Virginia.

(434) 982-4943,

Office Manager, Volunteer Coordinator

Colleen Smith


Colleen Smith has held pivotal roles in the field of development and fundraising around Virginia for over 25 years, including the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier, Ash Lawn Opera, Tandem Friends School, and the University of Virginia's Darden School and McIntire School.

Colleen is currently the Deputy Director and Director of Development for the Sorensen Institute, where she continues to focus on the health and well-being of its operations.

(434) 982-4910,

Deputy Director and Director of Development

Bob Gibson


Bob Gibson has been executive director of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership since the spring of 2008. He has a pair of degrees from the University of Virginia, a B.A. in government and foreign affairs received in 1972 and a masters degree in education awarded in 2014.

Before coming to Sorensen, he spent three decades in journalism, serving as news director for WCHV radio for two years and joining The Daily Progress in August of 1976 for 32 years. Bob is a winner of several Virginia Press Association awards, the 1993 Virginia Bar Association Award in the Field of Law and Justice and the 1993 Southern Journalism Award for investigative reporting.

(434) 982-4998,


Executive Director

Rachel Casebolt


As development and events coordinator, Rachel is responsible for the logistical arrangements for all Sorensen Institute programs and special events. She also provides support in the area of development, helping with donor stewardship and cultivation. Rachel and Lauren work together to manage Sorensen’s social media presence.

(434) 982-5234,

Development and Events Coordinator

Lauren Gilbert


Lauren Gilbert is a 2010 graduate of James Madison University with a B.A. in political science. As Director of Programs, she has primary responsibility for overseeing all five Sorensen Institute programs, including curriculum development, recruitment execution, analysis and evaluation. Lauren has been instrumental in the development of Sorensen's social media presence and continues to be a key player in the development of alumni activities.

(434) 243-2844,

Director of Programs