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For Immediate Release
May 2, 2005

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

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2005 -- The White House today announced that thirty-one outstanding individuals from across the country have been selected as National Finalists for the 2005-2006 White House Fellows Program – one of the Nation’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. The National Finalists represent a diverse cross-section of professions, including business, medicine, law, non-profit, finance, management consulting, science, and education. Additionally, five branches of the military are represented among the National Finalists. A complete list of the National Finalists appears below.

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

Selection as a White House Fellow is highly competitive and based on a record of remarkable professional achievement, 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 National Finalists and Hometowns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Robert Greitens, Navy SEAL Lieutenant, SEAL Team One, St. Louis, MO

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

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

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

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

Sean Padraic McLaughlin, Chairman, CEO, Founder, Eze Castle Software, Inc., Boston, MA

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

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

Koushik Shiek Pal, Antitrust Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Muncie, IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kenneth R. Zeff, Operations Specialist, San Diego City Schools, Morton Grove, IL

Laurie Carmel Zephyrin, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Fellow, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, New York City, NY

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