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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 2, 1993


President Clinton announced today that he has appointed 18 individuals to Senior Executive Service positions in his administration. They are:

Denise Marie Michel, Senior Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury William E. Mounts, Director of Commercial Items and International

Systems Acquisition, Department of Defense Linton Wells, II, Director of Policy Support, Department of Defense Cynthia Gibson Beerbower, International Tax Counsel, Office of Tax Policy,

Department of the Treasury
Jeffrey A. Meeks, Chief of Staff, U.S. Customs Service Carol A. Dortch, Region IV Director, General Services Administration Parks D. Shackelford, Deputy Administrator for State & County Operations,

Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service Ann Terry Pincus, Director, Office of Research, U.S.I.A. Dawn Johnsen, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel Ilene J. Leff, Assistant Secretary for Finance & Management, Office of

Administration, Department of Housing and Urban Development Mark Bohannon, Chief Counsel, Technology Administration, Department of

Sally Susman, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Office of

Legislative/Intergovernmental Affairs Lewis S. Alexander, Chief Economist & Advisor to the Secretary of

David Satcher, Director Centers for Disease Control William F. Benson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Human

Services, Administration on Aging Grantland Johnson, HHS Regional Director, Region IX, California Wandra Gail Mitchell, General Counsel, Agency for International

Robert Kent Boyer, Deputy Assistant Administer, Bureau of Legislative

Affairs, Agency for International Development

Biographical sketches of the appointees are attached.


Denise Marie Michel: Ms. Michel joins the Office of the Secretary from the American Electronics Association where she most recently held the title of Director of Technology and Manufacturing Policy. She has been with the AEA for five years holding other positions such as senior manager for education, science and technology policy and manager of education and science policy. Prior to 1989, Ms. Michel was the manager of Legislative Affairs at the National Science Foundation where she developed and executed legislative strategies to gain enactment of the first multi-year NSF bill and helped to create the first federal global change initiative. Prior to her work at the National Science Foundation, Ms. Michel worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator Carton where she staffed the senator on environmental, nuclear, research, judiciary, and local issues. Ms. Michel received her B.A. in political science from the University of Oregon. She has also received a certificate in Total Quality Management from the American Electronics Association.

William E. Mounts: Mr. Mounts comes to the Department of Defense from P/L Limited (an entrepreneurial consultancy) where he was president and from International Business Law Firm where he was an attorney and an advisor. Since 1991, his military reserve service includes serving as an attorney/advisor in the International Law Division in the Office of the Navy Judge Advocate General. From 1987 through 1990, he also served as an attorney/advisor in the International Armaments Cooperation in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy. From 1985 to 1987, Mr. Mounts practiced law in the private sector concentrating on international maritime, business, procurement and criminal law in Seattle, Washington and in Washington, D.C. In 1987, Mr. Mounts earned his Master of Laws in law and marine affairs from the University of Washington in Seattle. He has also earned his Juris Doctor in 1972 and his Bachelor of Business Administration in 1969 from the University of Missouri in Kansas City. He is expected to earn his Doctor of Juridical Science in government contract law from George Washington University in 1994. Additionally, Mr. Mounts has authored three publications.

Linton Wells, II: With over 26 years of successful management and military command experience, Mr. Wells joins the Department of Defense in Policy Support. He has extensive experience with special access and intelligence programs from the perspectives of OSD, operational commanders, and Service Staffs. He has worked with the Defense Science Board, the Office of Net Assessment and the Navy's Advanced Technology Panel. Prior to his federal appointment, Mr. Wells was assigned as Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy-designate, in which he had direct involvement in national security decision-making at senior levels. Mr. Wells also served as Assistant for Compartmented Programs on the Navy Staff. He has also worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Program Analysis and Evaluation from 1977 through 1980. Mr. Wells earned his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, where he also earned his M.S.E. in Mathematical Sciences in 1974. He received his B.S. in Physics and Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1967. Mr. Wells also has the honor of being the first U.S. naval officer to be graduated from Japan's National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo in 1983. Additionally, Mr. Wells has written articles in both English and Japanese, and has received prizes for pieces published in professional journals.

Cynthia Gibson Beerbower: Ms. Beerbower comes to the Department of Treasury from the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett where she has been a partner since 1981. Prior to becoming a partner, Ms. Beerbower was an associate for five years. In addition, she is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association. Since 1988, Ms. Beerbower has given several speeches and presentations concerning tax issues such as advanced swaps, financial institutions and financial products, and interest rate and currency swaps. Ms. Beerbower earned her LL.B. with honors from Cambridge University in 1976 and her J.D. from Boston University in 1974. She graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 1971, earning her B.A. Ms. Beerbower also attended Smith College from 1969 to 1970.

Jeffrey A. Meeks: Mr. Meeks joins the Department of Treasury from the New York office of Adduci, Mastriani, Meeks & Schill where he has been a resident partner since December of 1984. In his practice of law, Mr. Meeks specializes in customs law and related trade matters, with particular emphasis on compliance issues. In addition to his work at the law firm, Mr. Meeks is also an instructor in customs law at the World Trade Institute in New York, New York where he has been since 1982. Prior to December of 1984, Mr. Meeks was an associate attorney with the law firm of Mandal & Grunfield where he represented importers and foreign manufacturers before the U.S. Customs Service and the International Trade Commission. From August of 1979 through March of 1981, he worked as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Tariff Affairs for the U.S. International Trade Commission. There, he drafted tariff provisions for the Tariff Schedules of the United States, prepared Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders implementing trade negotiations, and advised Congress on tariff and trade bills. Prior to his employment with the International Trade Commission, Mr. Meeks worked for the U.S. Customs service where he was an import specialist from December of 1971 through August of 1979. Also in 1979, Mr. Meeks earned his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1971.

Carol A. Dortch: Ms. Dortch joins General Services Administration from the Department of Administrative Services in Atlanta, Georgia where she has held the appointed titles of commissioner and director since 1983. From June of 1979 through March of 1983, Ms. Dortch was appointed to the Bureau of Budget Policy & Evaluation/Management Audit in the Department of Budget and Planning, where she served as the director. In that position, she advised the Mayor, Chief Administrative Officer and Commissioners in the development of city-wide budgetary and managerial policies. Ms. Dortch prior experiences include three years with the city of Atlanta, where she was a financial analyst and budget analyst and several months as a financial consultant for Parametric, Inc. also in Atlanta, Georgia. Ms. Dortch is affiliated with several organizations including International Facility Management, 100 Black Women and National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame. Ms. Dortch received her B.S. in commerce from Rider College in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, where she majored in accounting.

Parks B. Shackelford: Since 1987, Mr. Shackelford has served as staff director and majority consultant to the Subcommittee on Cotton, Rice, and Sugar; Committee on Agriculture of the U.S. House of Representatives. His other past experience includes legislative assistant to Congressman Richard Durbin, Illinois; legislative liaison for the National Commission on Agricultural Trade and Export Policy; and assistant to the majority consultant to the Subcommittee on Cotton, Rice, and Sugar. Mr. Shackelford is a 1983 graduate of Tulane University, New Orleans, where he earned a B.A. in Latin American Studies.

Ann Terry Pincus: Ms. Pincus has been vice president, communications, for WETA since 1987. Her duties there have included national promotion of all WETA-produced programs, local promotion of all PBS programs and the radio station, advertising, special events and publishing of the WETA magazine. Prior to that, she served as press secretary for U.S. Senator Charles Mathias, as a national publicist for National Public Radio, as director of information for the Select Committee on Population, U.S. House of Representatives, and as an editor and reporter for various publications. Ms. Pincus is a graduate of Vassar College, where she received a B.A. in 1959. She brings more than 25 years' experience in press, public affairs and governmental relations to her new position at the U.S. Information Agency.

Dawn Johnsen: Ms. Johnsen joins the Justice Department from the National Abortion Rights Action League where she has been legal director since 1988. Prior to that, she was a staff counsel fellow for one year with the American Civil Liberties Union, Reproductive Freedom Project in New York City. Ms. Johnsen received her juris doctor from Yale Law School in 1986, and her bachelor of arts in economics and political science, also from Yale, in 1983.

Ilene J. Leff: Ms. Leff has operated the Leff Management Consulting firm since 1988. She served as a senior delegate to the Sino-U.S. Conference on Economic Relations and Trade in Beijing and Shanghai; as a U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Business Research Advisory Council Executive Council member and Chairman of the Committee on Employment and Unemployment. Also during that time Ms. Leff was employed in increasingly responsible jobs at Revlon, Inc., ending as senior human resources executive in 1986. Other employment included APM, Inc., McKinsey & Co., Inc., and as a teacher in Newark, New Jersey. Ms. Leff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964, where she majored in sociology; she received a master of arts in sociology from Columbia University in 1969.

Mark Bohannon: Mr. Bohannon joins the Commerce Department with nearly 15 years' experience in strategic planning, operations management and political analysis. He has served as director of strategic planning, election analysis and planning and operations for the Democratic National Committee. Mr. Bohannon holds a bachelor's degree in foreign service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, and a J.D. from the National Law Center, George Washington University.

Sally Susman: A graduate of Connecticut College, Ms. Susman comes to the Commerce Department from American Express Travel Related Services Co., Inc., New York City. While at American Express, she served as vice president, a policy and industry affairs director and manager of public relations. Ms. Susman has U.S. Senate staff experience in the areas of trade and foreign investment.

Lewis S. Alexander Mr. Alexander has been serving as senior economist, Division of International Finance for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System since 1985. his recent work has focused on economic reform and options for U.S. policy with additional research on the introduction of new currencies, particularly in Eastern Europe. Other previous employment includes assignments with the Bank for International Settlements, Basl, Switzerland; the natural Resources and Commerce Division of the Congressional Budget Office; and the Financial Operations Department of the World Bank. Mr. Alexander is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale where he obtained a master's and doctorate in economics, concentrating on macroeconomics and international finance. He has published extensively in the field of economics.

David Satcher: Dr. Satcher, born in Alabama, a graduate of Moorehouse College, Atlanta and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, has been president of the Meharry Medical College, Nashville, since 1982. Prior to that he was professor and chairman of the Department of Community Medicine and Family Practice, School of Medicine, at Moorehouse, his alma mater. Dr. Satcher was a member of the U.S. delegation to the World Health Assembly in Geneva in 1993.

William F. Benson: Following nearly eight years of Capitol Hill staff experience for various legislative subcommittees on aging, Mr. Benson recently joined Spectrum Management, Inc., a small consulting firm specializing in aging, health and social services. He has worked on behalf of older Americans for over 20 years. Mr. Benson, a former California resident, is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, where he earned a B.A. in political science and journalism.

Grantland Johnson: A county supervisor for Sacramento County, California since 1987, Mr. Johnson has helped to implement various significant health, housing and environmental improvements for his over 2000,000 constituents. He is a graduate of California State university at Sacramento where he studied government and public administration. He also attended the JFK School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at Harvard University.

Wandra Gail Mitchell: Ms. Mitchell has benn senior vice president and general counsel to Sequoia Advisors, Inc. of Mount Vernon, New York, since 1991. Prior to that she served as international counsel: New York and Fairfax, for Mobil Oil Corporation. And from 1985-88, she was regional legal advisor for AID, U.S. Embassy, Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Ms. Mitchell received her J.D. from Yale and a B.A. in political science form Fisk University.

Robert Kent Boyer: Mr. Boyer has been a staff consultant to the Committee on Foreign Affairs since 1971, and since 1977 has served as senior consultant. He has worked on issues of international organization policy, budget and operations, refugee policy, international narcotics control programs and international terrorism and diplomatic security. Mr. Boyer holds a bachelor's degree in education from Eastern Illinois University and a master of arts degree in international relations from American University.

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