Valerie “Val” Ackerman

Valerie B. “Val” Ackerman (College ’81) grew up in New Jersey and attended the University of Virginia, where she was a starter on the women’s basketball team for four years and twice named an Academic All-American. After graduating in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in political and social thought, she played professional basketball in France for a year before earning a law degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), in 1985. Read more

April Auger

April Auger joined the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership in August 2008 and currently serves as its director of programs. In this role, she has primary responsibility for program oversight, analysis, and evaluation. She is also responsible for coordinating and … Read more

Susan Bauer-Wu

Susan Bauer-Wu is the author of Leaves Falling Gently, a compassionate guide for those with serious and chronic illness.  Her research and scholarship focus on the effects of chronic stress and the use of contemplative approaches to bolster resilience and … Read more

Ann Laurence Baumer

Ann Laurence Baumer (College ’14, Batten ’15) is a native of Virginia Beach and a Sorensen High School Political Leaders Class of 2009 graduate. An Echols Scholar with a passion for public service, she is a third-year undergraduate double majoring … Read more

Joanne Boyle

Joanne Boyle is in her second season as head coach of the U.Va. women’s basketball team. In her first year as head coach, the Cavaliers posted 25 wins for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Prior to being named … Read more

Lisa Bullock

Lisa Bullock (College ’77) is a former senior vice president with Wachovia Securities.  After 25 years in the financial services industry, she began working with the North Carolina-based mechanical contractor and equipment manufacturer, Environmental Air Systems.  She is active in … Read more

Lindsay Burton

Lindsay Burton (College ’05) founded Kayo Advisory in June 2012 to provide M&A advisory and capital raising services to micro-cap businesses.  Prior to founding Kayo Advisory, Lindsay held positions in private equity and investment banking in New York City.  Most … Read more

Anita Clayton

Anita H. Clayton, M.D., is the David C. Wilson Professor of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences and professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.  Her research has melded women’s mental health and sexual function, … Read more

Sharon Davie

Sharon Davie is the director of the Women’s Center at the University of Virginia.  She has taught and been part of the U.Va. administration for more than 25 years.  Sharon began the Women’s Studies program in 1981 and the Women’s … Read more

Jan Dorman

Jan Dorman is an independent contractor in new venture development.  She recently worked with U.Va. faculty in the Curry School of Education, developing Teachstone Training, LLC, and serving as its executive director (2009-11), and president and CEO (2011-12). Dorman is … Read more

Dorrie Fontaine

Dorrie K. Fontaine—the Sadie Health Cabaniss Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia and associate chief nursing officer for the U.Va. Health System—has led the School of Nursing as its dean since 2008.  A passion for critical care nursing … Read more

Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Virginia and the director of the Dark Skies, Bright Kids Program for schoolchildren.  Her research focuses on understanding star formation throughout the universe. She was … Read more

Carla Jones

Carla Jones is a graduate student at U.Va. studying public health and urban and environmental planning.  Her research focuses on creating healthy communities, specifically, through farmers’ markets. She has evaluated the health and social effects of farmers’ markets on communities … Read more

Eva King

Dr. Eva King joined INDOOR Biotechnologies, a U.Va. spin-out company, in 2005 as Research Scientist, and is now Head of the Immunoassay & Molecular Diagnostics Department. Her team develops new methods and products for environmental and diagnostic testing in the … Read more

Lianne Landers

Lianne Landers works closely with U.Va. faculty entrepreneurs, helping them develop early stage innovations with commercial potential. Her focus is U.Va.’s Venture Forward start-up mentoring program that creates teams of alumni business experts to help start-up companies launched by faculty … Read more

Michele Madison

Michele Madison has spent seven seasons as head coach of the U.Va. field hockey team.  She has led the program to the NCAA Tournament six times, including national semifinal appearances in 2009 and 2010.  Two of her All-American players helped … Read more

Christine Mahoney

Christine Mahoney is an assistant professor of politics and public policy at U.Va.’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.  Her research focuses on global advocacy. Her first book, Brussels vs. the Beltway: Advocacy in The United States and … Read more

Carol Manning

Carol Manning is the director of U.Va.’s Memory Disorders Clinic and of its Neurobehavioral Assessment Laboratory. She is also an associate professor of neurology and vice chair for faculty development in the Department of Neurology.  Her clinical interests include diagnostic … Read more

Jennifer McCall

Jennifer McCall is a partner in the New York and Silicon Valley offices of the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. She is the chair of the estates, trusts & tax planning practice section.  McCall focuses on the representation … Read more

Jennifer McClellan

Jennifer McClellan (Law ’97) was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from the 71st District in 2005. She serves on the House Committees for Commerce & Labor, Courts of Justice, and Education. McClellan is a member of the Virginia … Read more

Katie McFarland

Katie McFarland served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize. Her experience in Belize ignited her passion for working with youth, as well as creating sustainable social change. Katie was able to fuse her passions for movement … Read more

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore is a fourth-year student from Harrisonburg, Virginia.  She is studying cognitive science and plans to move to Richmond next year to work for Capital One, a family of financial services companies.  She has been involved with a number … Read more

Willa Neale

Willa Neale (College ’90) has spent most of her career working in the field of healthcare IT project management.  In 2011, she won election to the City of Charlottesville’s School Board.  She also serves as vice chair of the Charlottesville-Albemarle … Read more

Susanna Nicholson

Susanna Nicholson is the founder of Practicum Partners, a hospital-based mind-body practice serving cancer and cardiac patients, clinicians, and other individuals seeking to master excess stress.  The practice consists of mindfulness-based coaching, including Duke Integrative Health Coaching, Presence-Based Coaching for … Read more

Jacqueline Novogratz

Jacqueline Novogratz (College ’83), the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna of the Year; the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund; and the author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World. Read more

Generra Peck

Generra Peck serves as assistant director of legislative affairs and strategic initiatives in the Office of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Peck aids in the development of legislative strategy, helps develop the governor’s policy agenda and works to advance his … Read more

J. Kim Penberthy

J. Kim Penberthy is an associate professor of psychiatry & neurobehavioral sciences at the U.Va. School of Medicine.  Her areas of teaching, research, and clinical expertise include the development and study of psychosocial interventions, including the clinician-patient relationship.  A U.Va. … Read more

Sonja Hoel Perkins

Managing Director of Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund; Founder of Broadway Angels, an investment group made up senior women venture capitalists and executives; and Founder of Project Glimmer, a nonprofit that brings holiday joy to at-risk teens and women. Read more

Lili Powell

Elizabeth A. “Lili” Powell is an assistant professor of business administration in U.Va.’s Darden School of Business.  She heads the Management Communication course at Darden, and conducts research on corporate culture, corporate reputation, and diversity. Powell is also a communications consultant … Read more

Nancy Rivers

Nancy Rivers is in her 24th year at the University of Virginia, and her 8th year as Chief of Staff for the President and Associate Vice President for Administration.  Ms. Rivers joined UVa as an Associate Director for Intramural-Recreational Sports … Read more

Natalie Roper

Natalie Roper is a fourth-year student at U.Va. studying American politics and a graduate student at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy where she is pursuing an accelerated master’s degree.  For the past two years, she has … Read more

Denise Stewart

Denise Stewart, an actor who received her MFA in playwrighting from UVa, will perform her one woman show, Dirty Barbie and other girlhood tales, which received several four-star reviews at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. “Effortlessly honest and wonderfully cathartic…this is that rare play that many people can connect with, regardless of sex or nationality.” –Three Weeks Magazine Denise will also present a breakout session on creativity. Read more

Erica Stratton

Erica Stratton is a third-year student at U.Va. studying urban and environmental planning and environmental science. For the past two years, she has worked as a sustainability employee at the University, specializing in water and energy conservation initiatives on Grounds, … Read more

President Teresa A. Sullivan

Teresa A. Sullivan became the University of Virginia’s eighth president on August 1, 2010. She came from the University of Michigan, where she had served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs since 2006. She was also professor of sociology in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Read more

Steve Swanson

Steve Swanson is in his 13th season as head coach of the U.Va. women’s soccer team.  One of the most respected coaches in collegiate soccer, Swanson came to Virginia in 2000, after two highly successful stops as head coach at … Read more