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PLP Class of 2012

Rich Anderson, Woodbridge; retired U.S. Air Force colonel (1979-2009); Delegate, 51st House District, Virginia General Assembly (2010-present); Deputy House Whip; Chair, General Assembly Military and Veterans Caucus; Chair, Virginia Commission on Civics Education; member, House Finance Committee, House Transportation Committee, House General Laws Committee, and House Science and Technology Committee.

Jenni Aulgur, Harrisonburg; Director of Appointments, Office of Governor Robert F. McDonnell; Former Program Director, Office of the Attorney General; Member, Information Technology Advisory Council; Fairways Villas Homeowners Association (Past-President); Graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute, Jennifer Byler Leadership Institute for Republican Women, and FBI Richmond Citizens Academy; and proud alumna of Virginia Tech.

Rick Batten, Williamsburg; Former Army aviation officer and currently a managing principal with a financial planning firm. Former chairman of the James City County Republican Committee, graduate of the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce as well as the Leadership Historic Triangle leadership program with Williamsburg's Chamber. Board member and chairman of the political affairs committee with the Williamsburg Land Conservancy, member of Kiwanis, and serve as the Chapter Counselor for the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter at the College of William and Mary.

Demas Boudreaux, Richmond; Director of Government Relations for The Virginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; owner of Commonwealth Birding hunting outfitter; German Club Alumni Foundation Board; Volunteer at American Legion Boys State of Virginia. Alumni Mentor, The Center for Entrepreneurship and Political Economy at Hampden-Sydney College.

Julie Brown, Danville; owner - Wright Path, LLC; Project Director for the Dan River Region Collaborative; former Director of Education & Outreach Programs at the Institute for Advanced Learning & Research (Danville); former teacher - Governor's School; Board member - United Way, Riverview Rotary, West Piedmont WIB (appointment), Danville Pittsylvania Community Services (appointment), The Arc of Southside

Anjan Chimaladinne, Chantilly; Dulles District Chair, Loudoun County Democratic Committee; Working with Tim Kaine for Senate campaign; Candidate Loudoun County School Board (from Dulles District), November 2011 ; Active member of U.S. India Political Action Committee; was a block captain in South Riding Homeowners Association (2009-2011); was in the Executive committee of Greater Washington Telugu Cultural Society (GWTCS) (2009-2011)- an Indian American Org in Washington DC metro area.

Heather Cordasco, Williamsburg; Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, have lived in Virginia 20 years. Elected to Williamsburg/James City County school board in November of 2011, vice chair of membership JCC Republican Committee, Board member Family Foundation of Virginia, 2011 Graduate of FBI Citizen Academy, married almost 25 years and mother of three.

Ryan Dunn, Goochland; Vice President of Business and Government Relations for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Virginia Prosperity Project. Former Senior Political Manager for Associated Builders and Contractors and staff to former U.S. Senator George Allen and the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Former Director with the Monacan Soil and Water Conservation District; past Vice Chairman of the Goochland Republican Party; member of Goochland Volunteer Fire Department. BA, University of Virginia.

Hunter Fairchild, Fluvanna; Small business owner; Graduate, Sorensen College Leaders Program 2008; Examiner for the Virginia Senate Productivity and Quality Award; graduate of Lynchburg College and Fork Union Military Academy.

Evan Feinman, Richmond; Born and raised in Lynchburg; BA, UVA; JD, W&L; Campaign Coordinator for The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis; Coordinator for Better Choices for Virginia; Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Young Professional Leadership Council; Metro Richmond Young Democrats.

Todd Gathje, Mechanicsville; Policy Analyst, Virginia Department of Taxation; Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, Center for Public Policy, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government, Virginia Commonwealth University; Board Member, Laurel Meadow Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association, chairman of the Bylaws and Legislative Committee; Member, Mechanicsville Christian Center; Marriage Mentor, Mechanicsville Christian Center; First Annual Virginia Wall of Honor Planning Committee, 2007; Volunteer, Chick-fil-A Charity Dodgeball Tournament.

Update: In October 2012, Todd joined the Virginia Department of Education as Tax Credit Program Specialist. He is also a member of the Hanover Republican Committee.

Clay Gravely, Martinsville; Attorney / Solo-Practitioner (2010 to Present); Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney – City of Martinsville (2008-2010); Virginia State Bar – Young Lawyers Division (Former Rep. for 21st Circuit); Virginia Museum of Natural History Foundation Board (Vice-President); Dan River Basin Association Board; Kiwanis Club of Martinsville-Henry County (Past-President); Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge Board; Trout / Ducks Unlimited of Martinsville-Henry County.

Phil Griffin, Winchester; Educated at the University of Virginia, JD, University of Richmond; Solo Practitioner, Corporate Litigation Attorney; co-founding member of Virginia Bar Association Blue Ridge Advisory Committee, named one of America’s Best Lawyers by Forbes Business and Newsweek; Chairman of the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, General Counsel for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival, former National Trust Belle Grove’s Board President for two years, former Virginia 4H Board Member, active with National Republican Senatorial Committee since 2004, Winchester Rotarian, LEAD VA Class of 2011.

Ann Harbour, Manakin Sabot; Director of Membership, Virginia Association of Health Plans; Campaign Manager for Bob Minnick for Goochland Board of Supervisors; former Agenda/Communications Clerk, Virginia House of Delegates; Girl Scouts Commonwealth Council, Troop 5164 Leader. BJ, The University of Texas at Austin, MPA, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lani Hay, Centreville; Born and raised in Manassas; Founder, President and CEO of Lanmark Technology Inc. headquartered in Vienna; Executive Producer of factually inspired television shows and documentaries relating to the United States military. Former Naval Intelligence Officer; BS in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, MBA from the College of William and Mary's Mason School of Business, LEAD Virginia Class of 2011.

Mark Keam, Vienna; Member, Virginia House of Delegates; senior advisor, Verizon; board member, VA Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, VA Literacy Foundation; member, Vienna Rotary, Oakton-Vienna Optimist Club, Vienna-Tysons Chamber of Commerce, Vienna Presbyterian Church.

Charles Kelley, Richmond; Grassroots Consultant & Digital Media Specialist, McGuireWoods Consulting LLC; Owner, Riverfront Consulting LLC; Former Virginia Deputy State Director, Americans for Prosperity; Former Executive Director, Virginia Joint Legislative Conservative Caucus.

Tammi Lambert, Woodbridge; Federal Employee; Veteran, U.S. Army; Advisory Council Member, Women Veteran's Interactive; Board Member, Mentoring International Institute.

Brent McKenzie, Virginia Beach; Member - Virginia Beach School Board, Teen Leadership Teacher - Norview High School, Former Legislative Assistant Delegate Bobby Mathieson, Former Member Governor's Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, Former Constituent Service Clerk Virginia Beach Commissioner of The Revenue.

Jeremy McPike, Prince William County; Director, Department of General Services for the City of Alexandria; President, Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Foundation; Life Member, Dale City Volunteer Fire Department; President, Fire Services Group – a fire service consulting firm; Chairman, Occoquan Democratic Committee (2000-2001); National Committeeman, Virginia Young Democrats (1994-1995); MPA, Northern Virginia Fellows Program at George Mason University; BA, George Mason University.

Willa Neale, Charlottesville; Project Manager/Analyst, UVA Medical Center; Board Member, Charlottesville City School Board (2012-2015); Board Member, Charlottesville-Albemarle Technical Education Center; Member, Charlottesville City Schools Capital Improvement Projects Committee.

Doug Palmore, Goochland; Vice President, Environmental Design and Development, Luck Companies; Chair, Legal Taskforce NSSGA; Board of Directors for the Capital Region Land Conservancy and the Fredericksburg Regional Alliance.

Jeff Pennington, Pulaski; Director, New River UniServ Unit for the Virginia Education Association. Former Vice-President, Portsmouth Education Association, former Secretary, Vann H. Lefcoe Alumni Association. Former Special Education Teacher in Portsmouth, VA and Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Tony Pham, Richmond; Born in Saigon, Vietnam and raised in Virginia since 1975; Educated at the College of William and Mary and the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond; General Counsel, Richmond City Sheriff’s Office; Board Member- Virginia Asian Advisory Board; Board Member- Henrico County Bar Association; Immediate Past President- Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia; Chairman of the Third District Disciplinary Committee, Section 2 for the Virginia State Bar; Faculty Member- Justice Carrico Professionalism Course for the Virginia State Bar; Member- Henrico County Republican Committee; 2011 Virginia Business Magazine- Legal Elite in Criminal Law; 2011 Voice of Vietnamese Americans’ Leader in Public Safety; 2010 Virginia Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law; 2010 Style Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Married for 10 years and father of two.

Cass Rasnick, Richmond; Born and raised in Botetourt County, Virginia; State Scheduler and Trip Director for U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Member, Virginia State Society; Member, Botetourt County Historical Society; Volunteer, American Red Cross and SPCA; B.A. from James Madison University.

Cornelia Robinson, Alexandria and Arlington; originally from Pensacola, FL. Contracts Specialist at Northern Virginia consulting firm. Former Director, Purvis & Robinson LLC (Nashville, TN). Vice Finance Chair, Arlington County Democratic Committee. Volunteer Project Manager, Greater DC Cares. BA from Spelman College; JD from Vanderbilt University.

Amelia Ross-Hammond, Virginia Beach; Distinguished Faculty & Professor of Music; Director of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, Norfolk State University; 2nd District Rep, Virginia Democratic Women Caucus, Member, Board of Directors, Virginia Beach Community Development Corp., Young Audiences of Virginia, and Southside Boys and Girls Club, Inc., Former Vice Chairman, Electoral Board, City of Virginia Beach.

James Schroll, Arlington; Deputy Clerk, Arlington Circuit Court; President, Arlington County Civic Federation; President, Ballston-Virginia Square Civic Association; Campaign Manager, Delegate Bob Brink; Former Junior Legislative Associate for Labor Policy, House Committee on Education and Labor; Former Vice-Chair for Precinct Operations, Arlington County Democratic Committee.

Stewart Schwartz, Richmond and Alexandria; Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth; Retired U.S. Navy Captain (Active/Reserve service); Board member Virginia Conservation Network, Partnership for Smarter Growth - Richmond, and Washington Sustainable Growth Alliance; Former Board member Virginia Public Access Project; Former consultant to President’s Council for Sustainable Development and Land Trust Alliance; Member, Virginia State Bar.

Gerrie Smith, McLean; former faculty, St. John School, McLean; Lee & Smith, P.C., Washington, D.C.: research assistant; BA, English, GMU; Corcoran School of Art; Chairman, Dranesville Magisterial District, Fairfax County GOP; former Operations Chairman, Dranesville Distict; current Cub Scout Leader, Pack #825; former counselor, Hope of Northern Virginia, crisis pregnancy counseling center; JBI graduate; former member, At Large appointee, Child Care Advisory Council, Fairfax County.

Catherine Mika, Glen Allen; Manager in US Card at Capital One. Innsbrook Rotary Member, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church Sunday School Teacher. BA from UVA and JD from Washington and Lee School of Law.

Joe Topham, Richmond; Public Information Officer/Operations Assistant, King William County. Formerly served as District Liaison for Representative Tom Perriello (2009-2011). B.A. in Political Science, VCU. Member, King William Historical Society, Stony Point Presbyterian Church, and the National Association of Railroad Passengers.

James Toscano, Norfolk; Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Tidewater Community College; Former Vice President of Communications at Hampton Roads Transit; Former aide to then-Delegate Bob McDonnell and Governor’s Fellow under Gov. Mark Warner; Member of Boards of Directors at VisitNorfolk (tourism bureau) and Old Dominion University Alumni Association.

Nathan Uldricks, Arlington; Management Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton; Pro-bono Consultant, Compass; Founder and President, Everyday Hero Foundation; Chairman, Next Generation for Free Enterprise; President, Purdue Engineering Alumni Association; Strategic Adviser, Purdue Global Policy Research Institute; Alumnus Adviser, Kappa Sigma Fraternity at the George Washington University; Editorial Writer, Washington Examiner; Member, CrossFit Arlington; Classical Acting Student, Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Mick Vollmer, Hampton Roads; Born in California, raised on the US East Coast and Ohio; CTO and Acting CIO for the City of Virginia Beach; Chairman, ORION (Hampton Roads Public Safety Radio System); Future of Hampton Roads Board, Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center Board, BS from Old Dominion University, MS IT and MBA from University of Maryland; LEAD Virginia Class of 2011; Lead Hampton Roads Class of 2011.

Chris West, Alexandria; Reserve Components Integration Plans Chief, Office of the Chief, U.S. Army Public Affairs, Headquarters, Department of the Army, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Fellow, the Academy of Political Science, New York, N.Y.; Executive Public Management Fellow, the University of Maryland at College Park, School of Public Policy; Member, Research Board of Advisors, the American Biographical Institute, Raleigh, N.C.


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