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For Immediate Release
May 1, 2006

The White House Announces National Finalists for the 2006-2007 White House Fellowships

WASHINGTON, May 1, 2006 -- The White House announced today that thirty-two outstanding individuals from across the country have been selected as National Finalists for the 2006-2007 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, state government, finance, science, and education. Additionally, four 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 study trips to examine U.S. policy in action. Following the Fellowship year, many Fellows 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; United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth; Former Supreme Allied Commander for Europe Wesley K. Clark; U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback; and U.S. Congressman Joe L. Barton.

Additional information about the Program is located at /fellows.

2006-2007 National Finalists and Hometowns

Christian Caballero; State Government Official; Miami, FL

Kenneth Robert Carson; Physician; Orange, CA

Jason Scott Dean; State Government Official; Jackson, MS

John Christian Dettleff; Lieutenant Commander, US Coast Guard; Shoreham, NY

Thomas Gene Drape; Major, US Air Force; Glendale, AZ

Jeffrey William Eggers; Lieutenant Commander, US Navy; Exeter, NH

Eric Michael Eisenstein; Professor; Ithaca, NY

Fatema Zahir Gunja; Graduate Student; East Brunswick, NJ

Stephanie Sue Holden; Businesswoman; Baton Rouge, LA

Miguel Damian Howe; Lieutenant Colonel, US Army; Severn, MD

Eugene J. Huang; State Government Official; Beverly Hills, CA

Bedouin Leclerc Joseph; Attorney; Elizabeth, NJ

Frederick William Kacher; Commander, US Navy; Oaktown, VA

John Thomas Langell; Physician; Manhattan Beach, CA

Matthew Stephen Meyer; Attorney; Wilmington, DE

Westley Watende Moore; Investment Banker; Pasadena, MD

Eric Dean Patterson; Professor, Political Scientist; Fallbrook, CA

Jocelyn Jones Pickford; High School Teacher; Arlington, VA

Marc Andrew Ricks; Senior Policy Advisor; New York, NY

Kendric Henry Robbins; Major, US Army; Albion, ME

George Ruiz; Physician; Passaic, NJ

Lena Sene; Investment Representative; New York, NY

Julianne Carol Smith; Senior Fellow - Researcher; Farmington, MI

Mark DuBois Smith; Major; US Air Force; Washington, DC

Jason Todd Snyder; Attorney; Palos Verdes, CA

Jeffrey Daniel Stern; Emergency Services Manager; Cabin John Park, MD

Matthew H. Stremlau; Graduate Student; Brookline, MA

Awais Sufi; Attorney; Topeka, KS

Mark Vincent Vlasic; Attorney; Thousand Oaks, CA

John William Wagner; Major; US Air Force; Battle Creek, MI

Thomas Patrick Watts; School Administrator; Liverpool, NY

Linda Maria Wayner; Attorney; Brooklyn, NY


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