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For Immediate Release
February 28, 2005

The White House Announces Regional Finalists for the 2005-2006 Class of White House Fellows

WASHINGTON, February 28, 2005 - 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 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 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, their professions, and their 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 former 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

2005-2006 Regional Finalists and Hometowns

Matthew Bradford Aaron, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Snow Hill, MD

Douglas Howard Adams, Vice President, Comerica Bank, Jackson, MI

Alan B. Adams, Captain, United States Air Force, Simpsonville, SC

Abdul Shukoor Ahmed, Chief Executive Officer, V-Empower, Inc., Bowie, MD

Mercedes Gerardina Alonzo, Assistant Attorney General, Connecticut Attorney General's Office, Troy, MI

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

Mazda Kersey Antia, Associate, Cooley Godward LLP, Orland Park, IL

Kaush Arha, Law Student, Stanford University, Cody, WY

Colleen M. Arons, Senior Business Development Analyst, 3M Company, North Conway, NH

Kavita Bali, Graduate Student, London School of Economics, Lompoc, CA

Michael J. Baumgartner, Senior Vice President for Strategy, i4 Communications, Pullman, WA

Steven Matthew Beasley, Major, United States Air Force, Marietta, GA

Jonathan Bryan Berk, Harold Furst Associate Professor, University of California, Berkeley, CA

Candace L. Bertotti, Course Assistant, The Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, MA

Erik Paul Bethel, Partner, Compass Point Capital Partners, Miami, FL

George Walter Birsic, Lieutentant Colonel, United States Air Force, Lakewood, OH

Ramon Alfonso Brayan, National Account Executive, The Miami Herald Publishing, Miami, FL

Margaret Mary Brennan, Associate Producer and Correspondent, CNBC, Danbury, CT

Auzzie Kennedy Brown, Major, United States Army, Tuskegee, AL

Ayanna Virginia Buckner, Resident Physician, Griffin Hospital, Westwego, LA

Rodney D. Bullard, Captain, United States Air Force, Decatur, GA

John Daniel Caine, Major, United States Air National Guard, Oro Valley, AZ

Brian Woodburn Cavanaugh, Lieutenant Colonel (Select), United States Marine Corps, Baltimore, MD

Anthony John Ceraolo, Lieutenant Commander, United States Coast Guard, Nesconset, NY

Lisa Jo Chamberlain, Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Stanford University, Tempe, AZ

Peter Lawrence Clateman, General Counsel, The Sputnik Group, New York, NY

Chad Christopher Clay, Director of Enterprise Improvement, The Pragma Corporation, Annapolis, MD

Rosario P. Cortes, Associate Director for Legislation, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Freedom, CA

Heidi Elizabeth Crebo-Rediker, Managing Director, Bear Stearns International, Limited, Braintree, MA

Laura Elizabeth Cutting, Assistant Professor, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Washington, DC

Christopher Lee Day, Associate, Public Health Foundation, Louisville, KY

Michael Louis Downs, Major, United States Air Force, San Antonio, TX

Kenneth Wayne Edwards, Associate Attorney, Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Houston, TX

Kelly W. Elder, Teacher, Helena Public Schools, Helena, MT

Doug Margrave Fears, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, West Ocean City, MD

Benjamin Daniel Fishman, Co-Founder, The Grow Network/McGraw-Hill, Brooklyn, NY

James Henry Freis, Jr., Senior Counsel, Bank for International Settlements, Metuchen, NJ

Mariquita Joy Fuller, Process Manager, Humana Inc., St. Petersburg, FL

Ravin Gandhi, President and Founder, Glenborn Partners, L.P., Waukegan, IL

Simson L. Garfinkel, Graduate Student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Haverford, PA

Jared Matthew Genser, Associate, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, Rockville, MD

Fatimah Az-Zahrah Gilliam, Associate, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP, Berkeley, CA

Diana Annabelle Glassman, Director Global Risk Management and Compliance, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Manhattan, NY

Eric Robert Greitens, Lieutenant, SEAL Team one/Special Boat Team 12, St. Louis, MO

Jill Arnette-Carter Hardash, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., La Canada, CA

Scott M. Hines, Chief Executive Officer, A to Z In-Home Tutoring LLC, Grand Junction, CO

Gabriel Holguin, Captain, United States Air Force, Laredo, TX

Dana E. Hork, Municipal Bond Trader, JP Morgan Private Bank, Hopkins, MN

Jennifer Ann Jacobs, Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

Anjali Jain, Clinical Editor, BMJ Publishing Group, Springfield, VA

Barsam Kasravi, Health Policy Scholar, The California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University, Huntington Beach, CA

Rosemary Ann King, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Erie, PA

Tracey Ann Knight, National Program Manager, 100 Black Men of America, Inc., Cincinnati, OH

Robert James Kurkjian, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation, Seal Beach, CA

Gail Bronwyn Lese, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Mugar Enterprises, Bethel Park, PA

Daniel Lopez, Corporate Counsel, Clear Channel Communications, San Antonio, TX

Steven David Lurie, Police Officer, Los Angeles Police Department, East Brunswick, NJ

Usama S. Malik, Lead Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Laurel, MD

Anja Lucia Manuel, Associate Attorney, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

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

Sean Padraic McLaughlin, Chief Executive Officer, Eze Castle Software, Inc., Boston, MA

David Brigham McMullin, Assistant to the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Novartis International AG, Bountiful, UT

Vivek Mohta, Visiting Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northville, MI

Mark Arthur Moore, Director of Media Relations, The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Flint, MI

Joseph Bradley Morse, Major, United States Army, Yerington, NV

Nader Ali Mousavi, Junior Partner, Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale, and Dorr, LLP, Los Angeles, CA

Horacio Murillo, Physician Investigator, University of Texas Health Sciences, Gilroy, GA

Jon Michael Newhard, Regional Manager, Siebel Systems Inc., Allentown, PA

Thomas A. Neyarapally, Associate Attorney, Frommer, Lawrence & Haug LLP, Mystic, CT

Kin Tat Natalis Ng, Assistant Program Director, Chinatown Service Center, Los Angeles, CA

Shirlene Delacruz Ostrov, Lieutenant Colonel, United States Air Force, Mililani Town, HI

Koushik Shiek Pal, Graduate Student, Harvard University, Muncie, IN

Anand Kamlesh Parekh, Physician, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Detroit, MI

Steven Lloyd Parker, Major, United States Army, Watertown, NY

Kavita Krishnakant Patel, Physician, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, San Antonio, TX

Keith Albino Pellegrini, Major, United States Army, Westchester, IL

Elizabeth Kimberly Penfil, Partner, Call, Jensen & Ferrell, Newport Beach, CA

Marc Hampton Perry, Partner, Post & Schell, P.C., Philadelphia, PA

Neal Allen Pollard, Vice President, Hicks & Associates, Inc., Tulsa, OK

Jorey Evan Ramer, New Venture Development Manager, General Catalyst Partners, Kinnelon, NJ

Johanna Marie Ramos, Aerospace Engineer, Scitor Corporation, Temple Hills, MD

Michael Trey Rawls, Major, United States Air Force, Lexington, KY

Robert Lee Reffkin, Associate, Lazard Freres & Company LLC, Berkeley, CA

Jorge Edgardo Reynardus, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Miami, FL

Paul Martin Riegert, Major, United States Marine Corps, Alexandria, VA

Jessica Ann Sandle, Teacher, Model Secondary School for the Deaf, Westfield, NY

Steven Broughton Shepard, Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Norfolk, VA

Mitchell Darrow Silber, Graduate Student, Columbia University, Atlantic Beach, NY

Courtney Smith, Director, Client Relations, Angelo, Gordon Advisors LLC, New York, NY

Leslie Hughes Smith, Director, Plaform Learning, Inc., Philadelphia, PA

Jonathan M. Sprinkle, Electrical Engineer, University of California, Piney Flats, TN

Jeffrey Daniel Stern, Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Services, Arlington County Fire Department, Potomac, MD

Michael William Studeman, Commander, United States Navy, Great Falls, VA

Ramesh Subramani, Physician and Associate Professor, Northwestern University Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Marshal Mukaila Sulayman, Senior Tax Consultant, Deloitte Tax LLP, Houston, TX

David A. Tarantino, Jr., Commander, United States Navy, Grand Rapids, MI

Christopher Timothy Taylor, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Blackwater USA, South Buffalo, NY

Lawrence R. Vasquez, Commander, United States Navy, Bronx, NY

Mark Vincent Vlasic, Associate Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Thousand Oaks, CA

Christopher B. Vynalek, Senior Associate, Quarles & Brady Streich Lang LLP, Tucson, AZ

Richard Jon Wester, Lieutenant Commander, United States Coast Guard, Concord, NH

Craig W. Wiggers, Major, United States Marine Corps, Mobile, AL

John David W. Willis, Lieutenant Colonel (Select), United States Air Force, Memphis, TN

Cory Todd Wilson, Partner, Bradley, Arant, Rose & White LLP, Moss Point, MS

Isaiah Wilson III, Major, United States Army, West Point, NY

Arthur Rho Yoon, Manager Government Affairs, Cox Communications, Hermosa Beach, CA

Kenneth R. Zeff, School District Administrator, San Diego City Schools, Morton Grove, IL

Laurie Carmel Zephyrin, Physician, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, New York City, NY


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