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The White House Announces Regional Finalists for the 2009-2010 Class of White House Fellows

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 For Immediate Release
March 4, 2009

Contact:  Janet Slaughter Eissenstat
WASHINGTON, DC The White House announced today that 108 outstanding men and women from across the country have been selected as Regional Finalists for the White House Fellows Program. Founded in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, the White House Fellows Program is the nation's most prestigious program for leadership and public service.
This year's Regional Finalists represent a broad cross-section of professions, including technology, education, health care, state government, engineering, business, consulting, law, the non-profit sector, and the military. A complete list of the Regional Finalists is included below.
During March and April 2009, Regional Finalists will participate in a rigorous interview process. Based on the results of these interviews, approximately thirty candidates will be named National Finalists. The President's Commission on White House Fellowships will interview the National Finalists in June 2009 and then recommend candidates to President Barack Obama for a one-year appointment as White House Fellows.

White House Fellows spend a year working as full-time, paid special assistants to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. 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.
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. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis. The program has fostered a legacy of leadership, with nearly 600 alumni who are respected leaders. Alumni include former Secretary of State Colin Powell, CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Travelocity CEO Michelle Peluso, and Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.
2009-2010 White House Fellows Regional Finalists:

Chisaraokwu N. Asomugha               Hamden, CT
Laura M. Bacon                                Cambridge, MA
Andrew J. Baldwin                            Washington, DC
Komal Bazaz Smith                          Arlington, VA
Scott A. Berkowitz                            Columbia, MD
Trevor P. Blair                                 San Diego, CA
Eric H. Blinderman                           New York, NY
Jeremy N. Block                               Durham, NC
Christina Boiler                                New York, NY
Jacquelyn R. Bonner                         Washington, DC
Sudip K. Bose                                  Chicago, IL
Nicole E. Campbell                           Brooklyn, NY
Dimitri C. Cassimatis                        Landstuhl, Germany
Robert C. Castelli                             Southern Pines, NC
Sreekanth K. Chaguturu                    Boston, MA
Carolyn N. Choi                                Los Altos, CA
Aysha A. Chowdhry                          Chevy Chase, MD
Bowen Chung                                   Santa Monica, CA
David W. Cooper                              Waldorf, MD
Chad A. Crank                                 Little Rock, AR
Gery B. Cummings                            Manhattan, KS
Luqman K. Dad                                Buffalo, NY
Amar A. Desai                                 Westlake Village, CA
Kyle W. Dietrich                                Southlake, TX
John E. Ethridge                               Alexandria, VA
Jose M. Fernandez                           San Francisco, CA
Jonathan J. Finer                              New Haven, CT
Theodore S. Fish                              Santa Fe, NM
Eric T. Fleckten                                Kirkville, NY
David C. Foley                                 Clarksville, TN
Daniel P. Gallagher                          Havertown, PA
Rebekah E. Gee                               Philadelphia, PA
Elisha P. Gilliam                               Baltimore, MD
Victor J. Glover                                Ridgecrest, CA
Shawn-Pavan M. Golhar                    Santa Monica, CA
John T. Green                                  San Diego, CA
Peter F. Halvorsen                           Norfolk, VA
Kenneth E. Harbaugh                       Hamden, CT
Sarah A. Harris                                Indianapolis, IN
Garry A. Harsanyi                            Princeton, NJ
Alexander J. Hartemink                    Durham, NC
Kellie M. Hawkins                             Los Angeles, CA
Michael J. Hillyard                            Jacksonville, FL
Zheng Y. Huang                               San Jose, CA
Ellen C. Hunter                                Atlanta, GA
Erica L. Jacquez Santos                    Lakewood, CA
Kellee T. James                               Chicago, IL
Sarah S. Johnson                              Cambridge, MA
Timothy Johnson                              Crofton, MD
Joanna T. Katzman                          Abuja, Nigeria
Moushumi M. Khan                           Ann Arbor, MI
Maureen E. Kinder                           Washington, DC
Michael E. Kopko                             Fort Lauderdale, FL
Robert E. Kopp                                Princeton, NJ
Benjamin L. Kornell                          Palo Alto, CA
Emma L. Kurnat-Thoma                   Bethesda, MD
H Clay Lyle                                      Woodbridge, VA
Robert K. Lyman                              Niceville, FL
James H. Mackey                             Brussels, Belgium
Anish P. Mahajan                             Los Angeles, CA
Mehret Mandefro                             Philadelphia, PA
Brett H. Mandel                               Philadelphia, PA
Ann T. Maxwell                                Santa Barbara, CA
Loren Z. McArthur                            Lexington, MA
Matthew Meyer                                Brooklyn, NY
Emil G. Michael                                Miami Beach, FL
Suzanne M. Miller                             Washington, DC
Lisa K. Miller                                    South Orange, NJ
Kristin E. Misner                               New York, NY
James H. Moran                               Washington, DC
Katherine Mossman                          Palmdale, CA
Ali Nouri                                          Washington, DC
James E. O'Harrah                           Fernandina Beach, FL
Patrick H. O'Mahoney                       Corpus Christi, TX
Collin P. O'Mara                               Berkeley, CA
Abimbola T. Omoniyi                       New York, NY
Obinna A. Onyeagoro                       New York, NY
Brandon D. Parker                           Montgomery, AL
Allen J. Pepper                                Springfield, VA
Omar M. Rashid                              Richmond, VA
Kyle A. Rasmussen                          Mason, OH
Kristin A. Resnansky                        New York, NY
Kendric H. Robbins                         Iraq
Cindy L. Rodriguez                          Lutz, FL
Allison I. Rogers                              Providence, RI
Matthew A. Rojansky                       Washington, DC
Adam R. Rosenthal                         San Diego, CA
Mark A. Rothert                              Canton, IL
Anthony L. Russell                           Stafford, VA
Manish K. Sethi                               Brookline, MA
Minesh P. Shah                               Bronx, NY
Raj M. Shah                                    Philadelphia, PA
Rachel G. Skerritt                            Roxbury, MA
Brooke K. Stearns Lawson                Venice, CA
Marc S. Sternberg                           New York, NY
Maura C. Sullivan                            Palo Alto, CA
Scott A. Suozzi                                Washington, DC
Brian K. Surratt                               Seattle, WA
Natasha Tarpley                             Chicago, IL
Adam R. Taylor                              Washington, DC
Presiliano R. Torrez                        Albuquerque, NM
Christopher J. Voorhees                  Altadena, CA
Chris E. Wallace                              Irving, TX
Michael E. Webber                          Austin, TX
Laura I. Weinbaum                          Philadelphia, PA
Sonia A. Zeledon                             Washington, DC
Wei Lily Zhou                                   Sparta, TN
David E. Zipper                               Brooklyn, NY