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For Immediate Release
February 27, 2004

The White House Announces Regional Finalists for the 2004-2005 Class of White House Fellows

WASHINGTON, February 27, 2004 - The White House today announced that 108 outstanding men and women from across the country have been selected as Regional Finalists for the White House Fellows Program – one of the Nation's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. The Regional Finalists represent a broad cross-section of professions including business, education, healthcare, finance, law, local and state government, and non-profit. Additionally, five branches of the military are represented among the Regional Finalists. A complete list of the Regional Finalists is below.

The White House Fellows Program was founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This non-partisan program offers exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and in trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Following the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to repay the privilege by contributing to the Nation as better leaders in their communities, professions, and in public service.

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement early in one's career, evidence of leadership skills, a strong commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. The program has fostered leaders in many fields, including Secretary of State Colin Powell; Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao; Former CNN President Tom Johnson; American Red Cross President Marsha Evans; United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth; and U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback.

Additional information about the Program is located at www.whitehouse.gov/fellows.

Alan Adams, Captain, United States Air Force; Simpsonville, SC

Douglas Adams, Vice President, Comercia Bank; Jackson, MI

Ruben Almaguer, Division Chief for Operations, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department; Miami, FL

Walter Andonov, Assemblyman, Nevada State Legislature; Henderson, NV

Matthew Anestis, Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group; Pittsburgh, PA

Alyssa Ayres, Graduate Student, The University of Chicago; Birmingham, MI

Kira Bacal, Physician, University of Texas Medical Branch, Wyle Life Sciences; Katonah, NY

Peter Blum, Product Marketing Manager, Itron, Inc.; San Francisco, CA

John Brown, Associate Director, Corporate Executive Board; Washington, DC

Rodney Bullard, Captain, United States Air Force; Decatur, GA

Randi Burlew, Senior Research Associate, Philliber Research Associates; Cincinnati, OH

Deborah Cafarelli, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force; Addison, IL

Anthony Ceraolo, Lieutenant Commander (sel), United States Coast Guard; Nesconset, NY

Nicole Chabot, Associate Sourcing Manager, Pottery Barn; Berkeley, CA

Ronald Clark, Captain, United States Marine Corps; Westbury, NY

William Cobb, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton; Washington, DC

Douglas Denneny, Commander, United States Navy; Scottsdale, AZ

Daisy Dominguez, Associate Analyst, Moody's Investors Service; New York, NY

Robert Dooley, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force; Mountainside, NJ

Ramsey Elia, Executive Trainee, Univision Communications, Inc.; Los Angeles, CA

James Ellison, Chief Executive Officer, AES KievOblenergo; Brunswick, GA

Sarah England, Associate Professor, University of Iowa; Iowa City, IA

Cholene Espinoza, Pilot, United Airlines; Espanola, NM

J. Scot Estep, Major, United States Army; Tishomingo, OK

Theresa Feeley, Executive Director, San Francisco Works; Norcross, GA

Victoria Forlini, Copy and Production Editor, Meredith Corporation; Rock Island, IL

Harry Foster, Major, United States Air Force; Selma, AL

James Freis, Senior Counsel, Bank for International Settlements; Metuchen, NJ

Ravin Gandhi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Glenborn Partners, LP; Chicago, IL

Diana Glassman, Director, Commercial Due Diligence, PricewaterhouseCoopers Transaction Services; New York, NY

Matthew Gorin, Senior Associate, Promontory Financial Group LLC; New York, NY

Michelle Greene, Executive Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Cambridge, MA

Randy Groomes, President, Samara Financial Corporation; Donalsonville, GA

David Gurfein, Major, United States Marine Corps; Manhasset, NY

Wesley Hallman, Major, United States Air Force; Glendora, CA

Andrew Han, Senior Project Manager, Anaheim Redevelopment Agency; Los Angeles, CA

Steven Harrison, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force; Emmett, ID

Mark Ireland, Assistant Attorney General, Minnesota Office of the Attorney General; St. Paul, MN

Venilde Jeronimo, Managing Director, greenOXYGEN; Santa Clara, CA

Jerry Johnson, Vice President, Fleet Development Ventures; Atmore, AL

Sharon Kershbaum, Deputy Budget Director and Director of Special Projects, City of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, PA

Andrew Kessler, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy; New York, NY

Stephen Kezirian, Graduate Student, Harvard Business School; Los Angeles, CA

Samrat Khichi, Senior Associate Attorney, McDermott, Will & Emery; Toms River, NJ

Eric King, Strategic Investment Manager, Intel Capital; Folsom, CA

David Kleinman, Physician and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Rochester; Rochester, NY

Timothy Kolb, Major, United States Marine Corps; Lancaster, PA

Jeffrey Kuhlman, Commander and Physician, United States Navy; Collegedale, TN

Deborah Kuzmanovic, Senior Scientist, Geo-Centers, Inc.; Steubenville, OH

Andrew Lee, Executive Director, The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development; South Windsor, CT

Shira Levine, Senior Marketing Manager, eBay, Inc.; Atlanta, GA

Ellen Levy, Managing Director and Vice President of Corporate Development, NeoCarta Ventures; San Francisco, CA

J. May Liang, Executive Director, The Epilepsy Cure Project; Manhattan, KS

Melissa Long, Graduate Student, University of Rochester; Williamsville, NY

Raja Mahajan, President and Co-Founder, Kiodex, Inc.; Los Altos Hills, CA

Martin Makary, Physician and Assistant Chief of Service, The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Danville, PA

R. Rimmy Malhotra, Graduate Student, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; Huntington, NY

Paul Maykish, Captain, United States Air Force; West Caldwell, NJ

Patrick McClanahan, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy; Crofton, MD

Charles McNairy, Executive Vice President, Pack-Rat Portable Mini-Storage; Raleigh, NC

Catherine Merrill, Director of Operations, ACS, Inc.; Annapolis, MD

Matthew Meyer, Staff Attorney, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc.; Wilmington, DE

Yesenia Monsour, Executive Director, Buenanueva Foundation; Monrovia, CA

Robert Moss, Lieutenant Commander, United States Navy; Stockton, CA

James Muro, Firefighter and Paramedic, City of Boca Raton; Boca Raton, FL

Scott Murphy, Assistant Principal, Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools; Frederick, MD

Monique Nadeau, Managing Director for Corporate and Markets Division, Dresdner; Kleinwort Wasserstein; London, England

Sreela Nandi, Advanced Studies Program Fellow, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Boulder, CO

Dufirstson Neree, Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank; Miami, FL

Joanna Nunan, Commander, United States Coast Guard; Bridgeport, CT

Patrick O'Hanlon, Vice President for Finance, MBIA; Westfield, NJ

Louis O'Neill, Assistant District Attorney, New York County District Attorney's Office; New York, NY

Daniel Orcutt, Major, United States Air Force; Indianapolis, IN

Ignacio Ortiz, Senior Assistant to the City Manager, City of Miami, Florida; Miami, FL

David Pakman, Partner, Dimensional Associates, LLC; Abington, PA

Grace Park, Graduate Student, Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Government; Fairfax, VA

Maria Patchan, Global Corporate Development Manager, The Boston Consulting Group; Silver Spring, MD

Alex Peterson, Major, United States Marine Corps; Price, UT

Tracey Pettengill, Chief Financial Officer, ApproTEC; Glastonbury, CT

William Pruitt, Director for Strategy and Corporate Development, Hewlett- Packard Company; Arlington, TX

Jorey Ramer, Senior Account Executive, TIBCO Software; Kinnelon, NJ

T. Conley Rollins, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff, NYC Economic Development Corporation; Charleston, SC

Silvana Rubino-Hallman, International Consultant, Office of the President of El Salvador; Montevideo, Uruguay

Ahmed Saeed, Managing Director and Founder, NextCom Venture Partners; Rockville, MD

Shelley Scipione, Finance Manager for Planning, Systems and Analysis, Wells Fargo Bank; Richmond, VT
Shelby Settles, Associate Attorney, Monteau & Pebbles, LLP; Muskogee, OK

Steven Shepard, Lieutenant Commander United States Navy; Norfolk, VA

Jason Smith, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Ventura County; Bozeman, MT

Martin Spake, Director for Mergers and Aquistions and Investor Relations, Chicago Bridge and Iron Company; Willams Bay, WI

Gelvina Stevenson, Legislative Attorney, New York City Council; Bronx, NY

Brett Sylvia, Captain, United States Army; Hilton Head Island, SC

Alison Thompson, Captain, United States Marine Corps; Mt. Clemens, MI

Cameron Torrens, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force; Montesano, WA

Rakesh Tripathi, Assistant Director, Texas Department of Transportation; Houston, TX

Joseph Truesdale, Assistant Dean and Professor, The Culver Academies; Hopkinton, NH

Elizabeth Turpen, Senior Associate, The Henry L. Stimson Center; Albuquerque, NM

Morgan Van Arsdall, Senior Research Engineer, Lockheed Martin; Annapolis, MD

John Varones, Senior Vice President, Apollo Housing Capital; Highwood, IL

Lawrence Vasquez, Commander, United States Navy; Bronx, NY

Edward Walters, Brand Manager, Graduate Student, Harvard Kennedy School of Government; Grayslake, IL
Eric Westendorf, Graduate Student, Stanford School of Business; Briarcliff Manor, NY

Amy Wilkinson, Associate, McKinsey & Company; Portland, OR

Eric Willinghan, Agribusiness Consultant Specialist, MBA Enterprise Corps; Baltimore, MD

Scott Wunsch, Senior Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories; Circleville, OH

William Young, Major, United States Air Force; Fairfield, CA

Norman Yung, Sales and Marketing Project Leader, General Electric Medical Systems -- IT; Randolph, NJ

John Zimmerman, Commander, United States Navy; Bloomington, IL

Lauren Zucker, Analyst, the Maritime Intelligence Group; Hamden, CT