THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 3, 1993
PRESIDENT CLINTON TODAY NAMES EIGHT TO SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE POSITIONS IN AGRICULTURE AND
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The President today appointed eight individuals to senior executive service posts in the departments of Agriculture and Transportation.
"I am pleased that these eight men and women have agreed to join our team and certain they will each work hard to support the great work being done by Secretaries Espy and Pena to make their departments work better for the American people," the President said.
Job titles and biographical sketches of the President's appointees follow.
U. S. Department of Agriculture
Grant B. Buntrock Administrator/Agricultural Stabilization & Conservation Service Grant Buntrock is the director of the National Farmers Organization, Washington office. His background is in family farming. He served as the director of Cotton, Grain and Rice Price Support Division from 1980 to 1985 and was the ASCS assistant deputy administrator from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Buntrock has also worked in the Common Program Provision and as a grain marketing specialist for ASCS. He began his career with ASCS as a compliance clerk and county executive director in South Dakota.
Wayne H. Fawbush Deputy Administrator/FMHA Wayne Fawbush manages his family's farm in Oregon. He is currently the co-chair of the Oregon Joint Legislative Committee on Trade and Economic Development. He has served as a State Senator from 1989 to 1993 and a State Representative from 1977 to 1989. Mr. Fawbush holds a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of Oregon.
(U. S. Department of Agriculture Cont.)
Lon Shoso Hatamiya Administrator/Agricultural Marketing Service Lon Shoso Hatamiya is the farm manager of H.B. Orchards Company, a family farm in Marysville, California. He also manages the Hatamiya Receiving Station, a peach inspection and weighing operation. Mr. Hatamiya is the founder and president of BHP Associates, Inc. in Sacramento, an international consulting firm that assists clients in developing export markets for agricultural products. Mr. Hatamiya holds an A.B. from Harvard University and a J.D. and M.B.A. from University of California at Los Angeles. Patricia A. Jensen Deputy Assistant Secretary/Marketing & Inspection Service Patricia Jensen is the executive director and attorney for the Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has previously served as the executive director of the Legislative Water Commission, the Minnesota Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture, and the director of government relations for the Pillsbury Company. Ms. Jensen has also been a partner in the law firms of Jensen & Jensen and Popham, Haik, Schnobrich & Kaufman. She holds a B.A. from St. Catherine's College and a J.D. from the William Mitchell College of Law. Bonnie Luken Deputy General Counsel Bonnie L. Luken served as deputy assistant general counsel for USDA's Food and Nutrition Division from 1988-89. Additionally, her work experience with USDA dates back to 1976, when she began as an Office of General Counsel (OGC) staff attorney. Ms. Luken is currently at home with her two children. She holds a B. S. from the University of Illinois.
Wilbur T. Peer Associate Administrator of the Rural Development Agency Wilbur T. Peer served as director of the Placement, Economic Development, & Seasonal Farm Worker Program for the Phillips County Community College in Arkansas. Additionally, Mr. Peer has served as resource director and projects developer for the Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation, where he supervised the Youth Enterprise in Agriculture program. He currently serves on the University of Arkansas Extension Task Force for Sustainable Agriculture, and was appointed in 1990 by then-Governor Clinton as commissioner for the Arkansas Industrial Development Commission. From 1977 to 1987, Mr. Peer farmed 150 acres of wheat, soybeans and produce crops in Arkansas. He holds a B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and a Masters from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. U. S. Department of Transportation Antonio Califa Director/Office of Civil Rights Antonio J. Califa has been with American University since August 1992 and was a member of the Justice/Civil Rights Cluster Group for the Clinton/Gore Transition. He served as legislative counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union in Washington, DC from 1985 to 1992, and was deputy assistant secretary/director for litigation, enforcement and policy in the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Education from 1980 to 1985. Califa holds a JD from Yale Law School and a BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
Frank Weaver Director/Commercial Space Transportation Frank Weaver has been president of UNET Communications, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in marketing communications satellite and launch vehicle systems, since 1990. He has held a variety of positions in the U. S. satellite and launch industry, including serving as director of General Dynamics' Commercial Launch Services' Washington, DC office from 1988 to 1990. Weaver holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Howard University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Washington Space Business Roundtable, is a Senior Fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the National Space Club.