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Class Notes

Emily V. Webb

Emily recently accepted a position at the Virginia Department of Education as the Director of the Office of Board Relations. In this new role, she will work closely with the Virginia Board of Education and Superintendent of Public Instruction to develop policies and provide leadership that improve student achievement and prepare students to succeed in postsecondary education and the workplace. Additionally, her office serves as the public's liaison to the Board of Education, assisting members of the public who wish to address the board, and is responsible for the dissemination of information regarding board meetings and actions. Emily previously worked for the Virginia School Boards Association as the Director of Govenment Relations. 

Vickie Williams-Cullins

Vickie was appointed to the Small Business Commission as a Citizen Member on Sept. 9, 2016. Vickie is executive director of OPN-Door Communications, a mediation and corporate training firm in Hampton, Virginia.

Julie Strandlie

Julie was appointed to Virginia's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism on Sept. 9, 2016. Since 2015, she has also served as Planning Commissioner for the Mason District on the Fairfax County Planning Commission.

Jessica Bowser

Jessica Virginia's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism on Sept. 9, 2016. Earlier this year, she accepted a position as Executive Director of the Virginia Coalition for Progressive Values.

John Taylor Chapman

John was a appointed to Virginia's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism on Sept. 9, 2016. He continues to serve on the Alexandria City Council, a position he was first elected to in 2012.

Traci DeShazor

On June 17, Traci was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth. She is already beginning work on a wide variety of issues including restoration of rights, pardons, and relationships with Virginia Indian Tribes. She previously served  as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Kanwar Singh

I will be graduating from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts next week. I miss my time at the Sorensen Institute. Our 2013 PLP graduation was a great experience. I especially miss Mayor Coburn and Ross's speeches/performances! Please do visit Boston and say hello when you are in the area. 

Rachel Casebolt

Rachel is nearing the end of her seventh year at the Sorensen Institute where she is the Development and Events Coordinator. Her eleventh Sorensen Gala, featuring a panel discussion with Virginia Women in Leadership, was on April 19.

She and her partner Eric have just purchased a 100-year-old home in Waynesboro, VA.

Lashrecse Aird

Lashrecse was elected to the House of Delegates in November 2015 to represent the 63rd District, which includes all of the City of Petersburg, parts of the City of Hopewell, Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George County. She holds the special distinction of being the youngest woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates.