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For Immediate Release
March 1, 2007

The White House Announces Regional Finalists for the 2007-2008 White House Fellowships

      White House Fellows

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2007 - The White House today announced that 107 outstanding men and women from across the country have been selected as Regional Finalists for the White House Fellows Program - the Nation's most prestigious program for leadership and public service. This year's Regional Finalists are come from 29 states, as well as the District of Columbia. They represent a broad cross-section of professions, including technology, education, health care, state government, law enforcement, engineering, business, consulting, law and the non-profit sector. Additionally, four branches of the military are represented among the Regional Finalists. A complete list of the Regional Finalists is attached below.

During March and April 2007, Regional Finalists participate in a rigorous interview process. Based on the results of the interviews, approximately thirty candidates will be named National Finalists. The President's Commission on White House Fellowships will interview the National Finalists in June 2007 and then recommend candidates to President George W. Bush for a one-year appointment as White House Fellows.

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. 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 early in one's career, evidence of leadership potential, a proven commitment to public service, and the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute successfully at the highest levels of the Federal government. Throughout its history, the program has fostered leaders in many fields including Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, United Nations Foundation President and Former U.S. Senator Timothy Wirth, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, U.S. Army General Wesley Clark, U.S. Senator Samuel Brownback, and Congressman Joe Barton.

Additional information about the Program is located at /fellows.

2007-2008 White House Fellows Regional Finalists and Home Towns

Ms. Jessica B. Abo, Reporter and Producer, WCAX-TV (CBS); Bethlehem, PA

Lieutenant Commander Christopher G. Adams, US Navy Officer; Mountain Lakes, NJ

Mr. Sumit Agarwal, Product Manager, Google; Boston, MA

Ms. Shannon E. Albert-McDonough, Director, International Military Customer Programs; Hoffman Estates, IL

Dr. Brian M. Alexander, Resident Physician, Harvard Radiation Oncology Program; Southfield, MI

Mr. Jaime A. Areizaga, Global Project Finance Senior Associate, Clifford Chance US, LLP; Washington, DC

Lieutenant Michael Bahar, US Navy Officer; New Rochelle, NY

Mr. David P. Berger, Associate, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP; Buzzards Bay, MA

Mr. Mervin A. Bourne, Deputy Attorney General, New Jersey Office of the Attorney General; Plainfield, NJ

Dr. Wendy E. Braund, Resident Physician, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Fayetteville, NY

Mr. Louis W. Bremer, Vice President, Investment Banking Division, Morgan Stanley; Boosier City, LA

Mr. Mark A. Brown, Research Fellow, Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin; Dallas, TX

Ms. Kathleen E. Burke, Director, National Military Family Association; Burke, VA

Lieutenant Justin M. Carter, US Coast Guard Officer; Goldsboro, MD

Ms. Julie L. Chow, Senior Manager, Visteon Corporation; Ann Arbor, MI

Lieutenant Commander Christopher J. Conley, US Coast Guard Officer; Camarillo, CA

Dr. Patrick H. Conway, Robert Woods Johnson Clinical Scholar; College Station, TX

Mr. Matthew D. Covington, Vice President, Chanin Capital Partners; Portland, OR

Mr. Brian J. David, Vice President, Visage Mobile; San Francisco, CA

Mr. Norris A. Dodson, IV, MBA candidate, Stanford University; Washington, DC

Major Bobbi J. Doorenbos, US Air Force Officer; Carroll, IA

Major Andrew J. Drake, US Marine Corps Officer; Clinton, NY

Lieutenant Colonel Dawn M. Dunlop, US Air Force Officer; Huntington, NY

Mr. Brian K. Esterly, Senior Vice President for Corporate Development, excelleRx; Philadelphia, PA

Major Bradford R. Everman, US Air Force Officer; Marietta, GA

Mr. Keith R. Fawcett, Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; Denver, CO

Lieutenant Commander Billy D. Franklin, US Navy Officer; Murfreesboro, TN

Mr. Timothy J. Graczewski, Director, Oracle Corp.; Enfield, CT

Lieutenant Colonel Lynda M. Granfield, US Army Officer; Lincoln, NE

Major Ethan C. Griffin, US Air Force Officer; Chesterland, OH

Lieutenant Colonel Stacey T. Hawkins, US Air Force Officer; Bastrop, LA

Ms. Lisa A. Hayes, Co-Founder and Principal, Rafel Manville PLLC; Seattle, WA

Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence M. Hoffman, US Air Force Officer; Edwards AFB, CA

Ms. Juanita Irizarry, MPA candidate, Harvard Unversity ; Chicago, IL

Major Ryan M. Janovic, US Army Officer; Akron, OH

Mr. Daniel J. Keenaghan, Strategic Market Analyst, NYCE Corp.; Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Dr. Jerry William H. Keller, Director of Research, Texas School Finance Project; Plainview, TX

Ms. Christie S. Kennett, Director of Government Affairs, State Farm Insurance Co.; Quincy, IL

Major Leonard J. Kosinski, US Air Force Officer; La Quinta, CA

Dr. Megan Latshaw, Director, Association of Public Health Laboratories; Havertown, PA

Mr. Steven Leininger, MBA/MPA candidate, Harvard University; Concord, CA

Mr. Christopher D. Lepp, Central Region Operations Manager, GE Consumer and Industrial Systems; Bel Air, MD

Mr. Daniel P. Lips, Education Analyst, Heritage Foundation; Weston, CT

Dr. Keila N. Lopez, Pediatric Chief Resident Physician, University of Chicago Hospitals; Chicago, IL

Ms. Julissa Marenco, General Manager, ZGB Communications; North Bergen, NJ

Mr. Travis W. Matheson, Washington State Patrol Officer; Olympia, WA

Ms. Stephanie N. Maxfield, PhD candidate in Neuroscience, Georgetown University; McLean, VA

Ms. Jane A. McIntosh, Director of Major Gifts, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; West Point, NY

Ms. Brigitte W. McKee, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; Santa Barbara, CA

Mr. Darin M. McKeever, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Heads Up; Westport, CT

Mr. Charles J. McLaughlin, Engagement Manager, George Group, LLC; Kennebunk, ME

Mr. Mark A. Moore, Director, Kibo Group International; Flint, MI

Ms. Katherine Mossman, Associate, Investment Banking Division, Credit Suisse Securities, LLC; Lancaster, CA

Ms. Carol A. Mullenax, Engineer, Bastion Technologies, Inc.; Dallas, TX

Ms. Anne Neuberger, Senior Vice President of Operations, American Stock Transfer and Trust Company; Brooklyn, NY

Dr. Richard Nokes, Assistant Professor, Troy University; Troy, AL

Lieutenant Frank G. Nolan, US Coast Guard Officer; Dumfries, VA

Ms. Allison J. Nyholm, Associate Director, Office of the Governor of Alaska; Soldotna, AK

Lieutenant Rebecca E. Ore, US Coast Guard Officer; Granby, CT

Mr. Carter W. Page, Vice President, Merrill Lynch; Poughkeepsie, NY

Major Robbie J. Passinault, US Air Force Officer; Frankenmuth, MI

Dr. Eric D. Patterson, William C. Foster Fellow; Fallbrook, CT

Mr. Eric D. Plaks, Teacher, Bronx Charter School for the Arts; Princeton, NJ

Mr. Zeb Portanova, Director of New Community Development, Habitat for Humanity of Sarasota; Sarasota, FL

Mr. Justin E. Porter, Attorney, Devon Energy Corp.; Edmond, OK

Major David J. Preston, US Army Officer; Belchertown, MA

Mr. Kartik N. Raghavan, Venture Partner, Trilogy Equity Partners; Los Altos, CA

Mr. Anand Raghunathan, Senior Scientist and Engineer, Schafer Corporation; Nashville, TN

Lieutenant Daniel P. Rogers, US Coast Guard Officer; Odessa, TX

Mr. Jeffrey R. Roth, Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.; Farmington, Hills, MI

Major Thomas M. Roughneen, US Air Force Officer; Mountainside, NJ

Dr. Jaewon Ryu, Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Cente; Chicago, IL

Dr. Molly Sachdev, Cardiology Fellow, The Johns Hopkins Hospital; Buffalo, NY

Mr. Christian L. Sawyer, Teacher, Hillsboro Comprehensive High School; Louisville, KY

Major Robert W. Schroder, US Marine Corps Officer; Hattiesburg, MS

Lieutenant Commander Ronald K. Schuster, US Coast Guard Officer; Edison, NJ

Mr. Mel A. Schwing, Counsel, O'Melveny & Myers, LLP; Binghamton, NY

Mr. Nathaniel Scott, President, DNA Business Services; Jacksonville, FL

Captain Andrew R. Severson, US Air Force Officer; San Diego, CA

Ms. Kristine M. Singley, Senior Project Engineer, Walt Disney World Design and Engineering; Celebration, FL

Mr. Andrew R. Smarick, Acting Chief Operating Officer, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools; Arnold, MD

Dr. Nelson F. Soohoo, Director of Education, UCLA Department of Othopaedic Surgery; Aladeda, CA

Dr. Rosemary A. Speers, Research Analyst, CAN Corporation; Perry, OH

Major Kathryn A. Spletstoser, US Army Officer; Eau Claire, WI

Mr. Robert J. Steinberger, Executive Director of Strategy & Analytics, The College Board; Washingtonville, NY

Ms. Joanne C. Stringer, Wealth Strategist, Northern Trust; Winnetka, IL

Dr. Maher Tabba, Physician; Clinical Instructor; Columbia, MO

Ms. Juanyce D. Taylor, Director, Multicultural Center Auburn University; Jackson, MS

Major Timothy T. Tenne, US Air Force Officer; Baltimore, MD

Mr. James M. Thompson, Coordinator, South Carolina Department of Education; Columbia, SC

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

Lieutenant Colonel David C. Trybula, US Army Officer; Austin, TX

Captain Aaron A. Tucker, US Air Force Officer; Knoxville, TN

Dr. Samuel P. Upham, Visiting Scholar, New York University Department of Economics; Claremont, NH

Major William M. Valentine, US Air Force Officer; Birmingham, AL

Lieutenant Commander Ann M. Vallandingham, US Navy Officer; Edgewater, MD

Ms. Paulina Vazquez Morris, Chairman, Maricopa Special Health Care District; Phoenix, AZ

Major Paul D. Villagran, US Air Force Officer; Sutherlin, OR

Major Patrick R. Ward, US Air Force Officer; River Forest, IL

Major McClendon N. Waters, III, US Marine Corps Officer; Fairhope, AL

Major Travis W. Watson, US Army Officer; Elk City, OK

Mr. Derek A. Webb, Wilson Carey McWilliams Fellow; Wyncote, PA

Lieutenant Commander Michael T. Westbrook, US Navy Officer; Murfreesboro, TN

Major Matthew J. Whiat, US Air Force Officer; San Juan Capistrano, CA

Lieutenant Commander Keith E. Williams, US Navy Officer; Derry, NH

Major Robert A. Willis, US Army Officer; Smithfield, VA

Ms. Vera L. Zakem, National Security Policy Analyst, Science Applications International Corporation; Walnut Creek, CA

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