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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release December 10, 1993


President Clinton today appointed the following individuals to senior executive service positions:

Department of Agriculture

Kenneth Ackerman, Manager, Federal Crop Insurance Corporation Neal Flieger, Deputy Adminsitrator, IGA and Disaster Assistance, Food and Nutrition Service

Department of Commerce

Sally C. Ericsson, Associate Deputy Undersecretary, Economic and Statistics Administration Susan Fruchter, Counselor to the Undersecretary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

C. Howie Hodges, II, Assistant Director for Program Development, Minority Business Development Agency

Department of Education

Naomi Katherine Karp, Special Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Education Research and Improvement

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Kevin Marchman, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Distressed and Troubled Housing, Office of Public and Indian Housing

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Department of the Interior

E. Thomas Tuchmann, Special Assistant to the Secretary

Department of Justice

Paul Bender, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Kevin V. Di Gregory, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division John M. Horgan, Special Assistant to the Attorney General H. Jefferson Powell, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel Laurie Overby Robinson, Associate Deputy Attorney General

Department of State

Johannes Albert Binnendijk, Principal Deputy Director, Policy Planning Staff

Department of Transportation

Gloria Jeff, Associate Administrator for Policy, Federal Highway Administration George Reagle, Associate Administrator, Motor Carrier

Kenneth Ackerman: Mr. Ackerman joins the Department of Agriculture from the U.S. Senate's Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry where he has served as special counsel since June of 1988. In that capacity, he was responsible for oversight of commodity futures markets and development of recently-enacted "Futures Trading Practices Act of 1992." Prior to his work at the Senate, Mr. Ackerman worked for the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission where he held various titles over a period of approximately seven years. In July of 1981, he began as counsel to the Office of Governmental Affairs until June of 1984, when he was promoted to special counsel at the Division of Trading and Markets. He was again promoted to counsel to the commissioner where he advised the commissioner on all Commodity Futures Trading Commission legal matters. From 1975 to 1981, Mr. Ackerman served as general counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on Energy, Nuclear Proliferation, and Government Processes from January to June of 1981 and as general counsel to the Minority, Full Committee prior to January of 1981. Mr. Ackerman earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1976 and his B.A. from Brown University in 1973, where his major was psychology.

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Neal Flieger: Mr. Flieger comes to the Department of Agriculture from the communications firm of Robinson, Lake, Lerer & Montgomery where he has been the vice-president since August of 1992. In that role, he was responsible for managing several significant accounts, providing clients with strategic advice on communications programs designed to achieve specific goals, and utilizing skills and knowledge of mass and targeted media, constituent group management and direct mail, congressional and executive branch communication procedures, direct press representation and government relations. From November of 1989 through August of 1992, Mr. Flieger was with the House Select Committee on Hunger in the U.S. House of Representatives where, as the communications director, he devised and implemented an innovative on-going strategy whereby a non-legislative Committee employs omnibus legislation to outline ideas and build a core constituency. Prior to the House Select Committee, Mr. Flieger was the director of radio\TV services at the Democratic National Committee where he served from April through November of 1989. In that capacity, he was responsible for all audio and video production operations of the national party. Mr. Flieger's other experiences include press advance for the Dukakis\Bentsen Presidential Campaign and serving as the assistant superintendent for the U.S. House of Representative's Radio\TV Gallery. In addition, prior to May of 1984, he worked as a program producer for WRC-AM Radio in Washington, D.C. and as a producer with WMCA Radio in New York, New York. He has also published several articles. Mr. Flieger received his education at the Catholic University of America where he attended from 1977 through 1979.

Sally C. Ericsson: Ms. Ericsson joins the Economic and Statistics Administration in the Department of Commerce from the Service Employees International Union where she has been employed since 1990. At the SEIU, she serves as the assistant to the president for policy and research where she manages five major departments, participates in strategic planning and the budgeting process and develops the union's policy resolutions. Prior to 1990, Ms. Ericsson worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Senator John Kerry. In that position, she was responsible for economic, budget, tax, health, family, poverty and women's issues. Prior to 1989, Ms. Ericsson worked for U.S. Representative Sam Gejdenson as an administrative assistant. Ms. Ericsson's other experiences include working for the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives where she was a legislative assistant, working as an economic consultant in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., and as a member of the Champaign Consortium CETA Administration in Champaign, Illinois. Ms. Ericsson earned her masters degree in public policy in 1981 from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has completed some graduate study in economics from the University of Illinois-Urbana between 1976 and 1977. She has also earned her bachelor's degree in urban and regional planning in 1976, also from UI where she concentrated in housing and regional economics.

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Susan Fruchter: Ms. Fruchter comes to the Department of Commerce from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration where she has been the acting division director in Administration and Resources Management in the Office of Advanced Concepts and Technology since November of 1992. In that capacity, she manages the formulation of space technology and commercial program budget advocacy, including new initiatives. Ms. Fruchter has been at NASA since June of 1980, with the exception of several months in 1987 when she worked as a staff consultant on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology in the U.S. House of Representatives. At NASA, Ms. Fruchter has worked as the manager of the Program Support Office in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (1991-1992), the program planning specialist also in OAST (1988-1991), and as an international programs specialist in the International Affairs Division (1980-1987). Prior to her work at NASA, Ms. Fruchter was the program manager for the Center for International Visitors in San Francisco, California. Ms. Fruchter earned a certificate in the Management Program in 1992 from Smith College. She also earned her masters in international affairs at Columbia University in 1980 where she specialized in foreign policy analysis and international affairs. She graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1976 where she earned her B.A. double majoring in political science and Russian. Ms. Fruchter has received the NASA Exceptional Performance award in 1987 and 1990.

C. Howie Hodges, II: Mr. Hodges comes to the Department of Commerce from the American Bankers Association. He began at the ABA in 1987 as an assistant division manager and was soon promoted to division manager of the Security and Risk Management Division. As the division manager, Mr. Hodges coordinated regulatory and compliance lobbying activities between government relations staff and four volunteer banker committees, managed $4 million budget and staff of seven, and directed several conferences, seminars and workshops. In August of 1990, Mr. Hodges was promoted to director of the banking professions group where he managed a profit center of $6 million and staff of 14, consisting of the Agriculture, Corporate, Housing and Real Estate Finance, Small Business, and International Divisions, and the ABA Service Membership Program. In addition to his work at the ABA, Mr. Hodges has served as the secretary and treasurer of the Minbanc Capital Corporation since September of 1992. Previous to working at the ABA, Mr. Hodges was employed at First Atlanta Corporation, in Atlanta, Georgia, in the general counsel's and internal affairs offices. Mr. Hodges has written numerous articles on risk management and other security issues, and regularly speaks at banking conferences. He was awarded the Puce d'or Lutte Contre La Fraud award for presentinga paper on credit card fraud in Paris, France in 1989. Mr. Hodges has a B.A. in political science from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and has a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Law. He is also a graduate of the International Banking Summer School.

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Naomi Katherine Karp: Ms. Karp comes to the Office of Education Research and Improvement from working as a consultant in her own private business since August of 1992. As a consultant, Ms. Karp offered assistance and consultation in proposal development, curriculum development, organizational long-range planning for mental health, development disabilities, and family programs. Prior to owning her business, Ms. Karp was a partner with Family and Integration Resources where she also consulted with mental health, development disabilities and family programs. Ms. Karp previously worked with the Department of Education from 1980 through 1990 where she was a program specialist for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services. She was also appointed by assistant secretary for OSERS as family liaison for family out-reach activities in 1990 in the Department of Education. She served as advisor to OSERS Assistant Secretary in planning, organizing, and carrying out OSERS-wide initiatives pertaining to children, families, and community integration from 1983 through 1989. Prior to her involvement with the Department of Education, Ms. Karp was a teacher in the Fairfax County, Virginia Public Schools from 1978 through 1980. Ms. Karp also taught in the Tucson, Arizona Unified School District from 1965 through 1977. Ms. Karp earned her M.Ed., with honors, in special education from the University of Arizona in 1966, where she concentrated on serious emotional disorders. She also graduated with honors from the University of Arizona, earning her B.A. in psychology in 1964.

Kevin Marchman: Mr. Marchman comes to Washington, D.C. from Denver, Colorado where he has been the executive director of the Denver Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver, Colorado since 1990. In that position, he managed DHA assets, developed additional funding sources to meet DHA objectives and developed and managed DHA human resources to enhance employee productivity and growth. Previous to his work at DHA, Mr. Marchman served as the deputy chief of staff in the office of the mayor in Denver, Colorado where he was responsible for the management and administration of the mayor's staff. From 1987 through 1988, Mr. Marchman held the title of deputy executive director of the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority where he was directly responsible for the agency budget, personnel, and long term strategic and financial planning. Prior to his promotion to deputy executive director, Mr. Marchman has held various titles at the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority since 1978 such as graduate intern (1987-1980), housing development assistant (1980-1981), housing development officer (1981-1982), senior housing officer (1982-1984), and assistant to the executive director (1984-1987). In 1980, Mr. Marchman earned his masters of public administration from the University of Colorado in Denver. Also, at the University of Colorado, he received his B.A. in political science and public administration from the Boulder, Colorado campus in 1978.

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E. Thomas Tuchmann: Mr. Tuchmann joins the Department of Interior from the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry in the U.S. Senate where has been a professional staff member since 1989. In addition to his work on the committee, Mr. Tuchmann was a legislative assistant for environmental issues in the Office of Senator Patrick Leahy. In those roles, he was responsible for all facets of the legislative process including conceiving, drafting, and negotiation legislation. He also served as the chief forestry advisor to the committee and overall environmental advisor to Senator Leahy. Prior to 1989, Mr. Tuchmann served as the director of Resource Policy at the Society of American Foresters in Bethesda, Maryland for two years. Mr. Tuchmann's other experiences include serving as an economic analyst for the National Forest Products Association (1986), an associate policy analyst for the Northeast-Midwest Institute (1986), and as a research assistant at Pennsylvania State University (1984-1986). Mr. Tuchmann has authored numerous publications and speeches since 1988 concerning forestry. In 1986, Mr. Tuchmann earned his M.S. in natural resource policy from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. In 1983, he has received his B.S. in forest management from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Paul Bender: Mr. Bender comes to the Office of the Solicitor General in the Department of Justice from Arizona State University College of Law where he has been a professor of law since 1984. At Arizona State University, he has concentrated on constitutional law, individual rights, the U.S. Supreme Court and Indian law. Prior to 1984, Mr. Bender taught at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he began as an assistant professor in 1960 and left as a full professor. Mr. Bender was previously with the Department of Justice from 1965 to 1966 and during the summers of 1963 and 1964. At the Department of Justice, he held the title of assistant to the solicitor general. Mr. Bender has had the honor of clerking for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter from 1959 to 1960 and Judge Learned Land at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 1958 to 1959. Upon graduating from law school in 1957, Mr. Bender joined the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in New York, New York where he was an associate. Mr. Bender graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, earning his LL.B. in 1957. He also earned his A.B. from Harvard College in 1954, where he majored in physics. Additionally, Mr. Bender has held major professional and academic advisory positions, most recently as Chair of the Supreme Court of Arizona Commission on Minorities in the Judiciary, Principal Legal Advisor of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Amicus Brief Committee and the American Judicature Society, and a member of the Committee on the Law School Deanship at the Association of American Law Schools. He has published two books and several book chapters, in addition to authoring numerous articles, giving several lectures and presentations and providing legislative testimony on constitutional law, Indian Law and related issues.

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Kevin V. Di Gregory: With more than thirteen years of experience in practicing law, Mr. Di Gregory joins the Department of Justice from the Office of the State Attorney, Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami, Florida. Mr. Di Gregory began at the Office of the State Attorney in 1982 as a felony trial assistant and was soon promoted to division chief, a title he held for two years. He then became a trial attorney in the major crimes division where he supervised and coordinated police-initiated, local, interstate and international investigations of capital murders from 1986 through April of 1990. In July of 1987, Mr. Di Gregory was promoted to deputy chief assistant for felony litigation where he supervised a staff of 65 trial attorneys, in addition to his duties as a trial attorney. Lastly, in 1990, he earned the title of chief assistant for major crimes where he remained until joining the Department of Justice. As the chief assistant and as a member of the State Attorney's Executive Staff, he served as a policy maker and a supervisor of the following three trial divisions: major crimes, sexual battery and career criminal/robbery. Prior to his experience at the Office of the State Attorney in Florida, Mr. Di Gregory was an assistant district attorney with the Office of the District Attorney in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mr. Di Gregory earned his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 and his B.A. in political science from Allegheny College where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976.

John M. Hogan: Mr. Hogan comes to Washington, D.C. from Miami, Florida where he has served as Chief Assistant State Attorney for the felony division since 1989. From 1987 through 1989, he served as the state of Florida's first statewide prosecutor and as the regional director for south Florida. Prior to 1987, Mr. Hogan worked for the State Attorney's office in Miami, Florida, where he began as the assistant state attorney and rose to the level of chief assistant state attorney. In addition to supervising all felony prosecutors, he handled various cases, such as State v. Fuster, et al. which was the nation's first successfully prosecuted mass sex abuse case involving preschool aged children and State v. Koenig which involved a police officer in an on-duty shooting. From 1977 through 1979, Mr. Hogan was an associate in the litigation section of the law firm of Shutts and Bowen. Mr. Hogan was awarded the 1993 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for the Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation. He has lectured nationally on the topic of child sex abuse. He has also lectured on new approaches to fighting organized drug cartels and how to investigate and try a high publicity case. Mr. Hogan earned his J.D. from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida in 1977 and his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1972.


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H. Jefferson Powell: Mr. Powell joins the Office of Legal Counsel in the Department of Justice from the Office of the Attorney General in the state of North Carolina where he served as special counsel to the attorney general. In addition, Mr. Powell has been a professor of law at Duke University since 1989; however, presently, he is on leave. Prior to 1989, he was at the University of Iowa where he began as an associate professor in 1984 and in 1988, became a full professor of law. In addition, Mr. Powell was a visiting professor at the University of North Carolina in 1991 to 1992 and at Duke University in 1988 to 1989, and a visiting associate professor at Duke University from 1987 to 1988 and at Yale University from 1986 to 1987. From September of 1983 through June of 1984, Mr. Powell was a research associate at Yale Law School. He has also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sam J. Ervin, II at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Mr. Powell has authored numerous publications on a range of topics concerning constitutional law. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, and the Selden Society. Mr. Powell earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in 1991, his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982, and his M.Div. in 1979 from Yale Divinity School. In addition, Mr. Powell has his A.B. from Duke University and his B.A. from St. David's University College at the University of Wales.

Laurie Overby Robinson: Ms. Robinson comes to the Department of Justice from the American Bar Association where she has been since 1972. She began as the assistant staff director at the ABA Criminal Justice Section where she staffed section committees on issues ranging from the federal criminal code to grand jury reform and crime victims. In 1979, Ms. Robinson was promoted to the director of the ABA Criminal Justice Section where she has had responsibility for substantively directing and fiscally managing Section operations and additional specially-funded projects. Since 1986, she has simultaneously headed the 80- person Professional Services Division as the director, as well as her duties as the director of the Criminal Justice Section. Prior to her experience at the ABA, Ms. Robinson worked as a reporter and editor of the Community News Service in New York, New York from 1968 to 1971. Ms. Robinson has been chair of the National Forum on Criminal Justice since 1991, a member of the advisory board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter since 1990, on the Board of Regents at the National College of District Attorneys since 1979, a member of the National Committee on Community Corrections since 1990, and a ABA Bar Executive Associate since 1973. Ms. Robinson has published numerous articles in bar publications, law reviews, criminal justice periodicals, the ABA Journal, and legal newspapers. She has researched and written major sections of Criminal Justice policy reports in such areas as grand jury reform legislation and the federal criminal code. Additionally, Ms. Robinson has guest lectured at Georgetown University Law Center on such topics as federal criminal code legislation. Ms. Robinson earned her A.B. from Pembroke College in Brown University in June of 1968 as a political science major, graduating magna cum laude.

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Johannes Albert Binnendijk: Mr. Binnendijk comes to the Department of State from the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University where he has been the director since May of 1991. From 1988 through 1991, he was the deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London and the editor of Survival. Mr. Binnendijk was with the Department of State previously where he held the title of director of the Center for the Study of Foreign Affairs from 1985 to 1987. There he earned the Superior Honor Award in 1987. From 1977 through 1985, Mr. Binnendijk was with the Foreign Relations Committee in the U.S. Senate where he was the deputy staff director and legislative director (1980-1985) and a senior staff member responsible for international security, arms control and foreign aid (1977-1979). Mr. Binnendijk also has experience on the National Security Council Staff as a foreign affairs officer for Canada, Europe and Ocean Policy, and as an examiner for international economics programs at the Office of Management and Budget. In addition, he has lectured at Georgetown University and Sophia University in Tokyo, worked as an analyst for the Congressional Research Service, and as a political reporter for the Virginia Sentinel. Mr. Binnendijk is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, International Institute for Strategic Studies, CSIS Research Council, a counsellor for the Atlantic Council, and an advisor at the Albert Einstein Institution. Mr. Binnendijk has authored numerous publications. He earned his Ph.D. with distinction from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in June of 1972. He also has earned his M.A. and M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School in 1970 and 1971, and his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968.

Gloria Jeff: Ms. Jeff joins the Federal Highway Administration from the Michigan Department of Transportation where she has held various titles since 1981. Ms. Jeff began as the division administrator in the Urban Transportation Planning Division and was promoted after three years to the Bureau of Transportation Planning where she held the title of assistant deputy director from 1985 to 1990. She was named the deputy director of the Bureau in 1990 and has been responsible for day-to-day operations, policy development and follow-through, technical direction, and personnel management, as well as advising the chief deputy director and director on policy matters, and serving as the chief spokesperson with federal, state and local governments and organizations, legislators, and the public and private sector. In addition to her work at MDOT, Ms. Jeff has been an adjunct professor at the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning since 1988. Prior to Ms. Jeff's experience at MDOT, she was with the Southeastern Michigan Transportation Authority where she held the title of principal planner, program analyst and engineer from 1976 through 1981. She has also worked as an engineer with A.J. Etkin Construction Company. Ms. Jeff has earned her B.S.E. in 1974 and her M.S.E. in civil engineering in 1976 from the University of Michigan in addition to her Masters in Urban Planning in 1976.

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George Reagle: Mr. Reagle comes to the Department of Transportation from the National Transportation Safety Board where he has been the director of the Office of Surface Transportation Safety since 1990. In that capacity, he has been responsible for highway safety, railroad safety, marine safety and pipeline safety as well as human performance and survival factors across these modes. Prior to his experience at the NTSB, Mr. Reagle was with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration for 22 years. There he served in a number of progressively responsible positions including special assistant to the regional coordinator; special assistant to NHTSA Administrator; and chairman of Task Forces on Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard; and as the Director of the Office of State Program Assistance, Traffic Safety Programs. In 1979, Mr. Reagle was appointed to the position as director of the Office of Driver and Pedestrian Programs, Traffic Safety Programs; in 1982, he was appointed associate administrator for Traffic Safety Programs; and in 1989, he was promoted to the associate administrator of Enforcement. Mr. Reagle received his B.S. from the University of Maryland and has done graduate work at the George Washington University and the University of Iowa.

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