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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 7, 1994


President Clinton today appointed the following individuals to Senior Executive Service positions in the Administration:

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Tony Hernandez, Regional Administrator, Region 8 Joseph J. O'Hern, Regional Administrator, Region 7

Department of Agriculture

Vicki J. Hicks, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations,

Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service Mary Ann Keeffe, Deputy Administrator for Special Nutrition Programs,

Food & Nutrition Service
R. Alan King, Deputy Administrator for Commodity Operations, Agriculture

Stabilization & Conservation Service Paul W. Johnson, Chief, Soil Conservation Service

Department of Energy

Daniel C. Tate, Jr., Deputy Assistant Secretary for House Liaison,

Congressional, Intergovernmental & International Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

Denise T. Graveline, Deputy Associate Administrator, Communications and

Public Affairs

Department of Commerce

Jeffrey Hunker, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Policy and Planning Sally Yozell, Director of Congressional & Legislative Affairs, NOAA

General Services Administration

Faith A. Wohl, Director, Workshop Initiatives

Department of Health & Human Services

Carol L. Roddy, Senior Advisor to the Surgeon General

Department of the Interior

Katherine Louise Henry, Associate Solicitor for Surface Mining

Department of Justice

Paul R. Friedman, Deputy Associate Attorney General Frank Sharp Holleman, III, Deputy Assistant Attorney General,

Civil Division
Cynthia C. Lebow, Senior Council for Policy, Civil Division

Department of State

Mary Faith Mitchell, Senior Population Coordinator, Bureau of Population, Refugees & Migration

Department of the Treasury

John Paul Whitehead, Assistant to the Commissioner, Internal Revenue Service

Biographical sketches of the appointees are attached.


Tony Hernandez: Mr. Hernandez joins the Department of Housing and Urban Development from IBM where he has served as an executive consultant since 1981. In that capacity, he has conducted and facilitated business planning sessions with chief executive officers and executive staffs of private corporations, and executive directors and staffs of public sector agencies. As an account representative at IBM, Mr. Hernandez planned and managed sales territories in the manufacturing and local government industries. . In addition to his work at IBM, Mr. Hernandez has also served as a State Representative in the Colorado General Assembly, representing approximately 50,000 west-Denver constituents in House District 2 since 1984. Mr. Hernandez earned his Masters of Science in Management and Public Policy in 1981 from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He has also received his Masters of Social Work in 1975 from the University of Denver in Colorado and his Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1973.

Joseph J. O'Hern: Mr. O'Hern comes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development from the Iowa House of Representatives where he has served as the chief clerk since January of 1983. Mr. O'Hern also served as chief parliamentarian for the House of Representatives and as a senior advisor on issue development and policy objectives. While serving as chief clerk, Mr. O'Hern also was the project director for the Legislative Computer Project in 1984. From 1977 to 1982, he served as the director of the Majority/Minority Legislative Staff where he developed legislative strategy for leaders of the Iowa House of Representatives; managed and directed a research and policy staff; and served as an expert on parliamentary and official legislative procedures. From 1976 to January of 1977, Mr. O'Hern held the title of administrative assistant to the House Majority Caucus where he designed a partisan staff structure which is now used by both political parties in the House and the Senate. Mr. O'Hern graduated from Princeton University in 1971, earning his B.A. in American History.

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Vicki J. Hicks: Ms. Hicks joins the Department of Agriculture from Senator Jocelyn Birch Burdick's office where she has served as a senior legislative assistant since September of 1992, and previously for the late Senator Quentin N. Burdick, since 1987. In that capacity, she advised the Senator on issues and legislation relating to international trade, foreign affairs, agriculture and agriculture-related environmental issues. Prior to 1987, Ms. Hicks served as a policy analyst for the Office of Antiboycott Compliance at the International Trade Administration. In 1984, Ms. Hicks worked as an international trade consultant, and from 1983 to 1984, she was an associate attorney with the law firm of Balsamo & Dominiguez in Washington, D.C., From 1982 to 1983, Ms. Hicks was a staff attorney with Jackson & Campbell, also in Washington, D.C. Ms. Hicks received her J.D. in 1981 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law. In 1980, she also attended the Warsaw University Faculty of Law in Warsaw, Poland. Ms. Hicks also received her B.S. in political science from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma in 1978.

Mary Ann Keeffe: Ms. Keeffe joins the Department of Agriculture from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters where she has been the director of the research department since 1983. Prior to 1983, Ms. Keeffe was with the Library of Congress in Congressional Research Service where she was an economic analyst in business and government. She provided research and legislative analysis in multiple fields of developed expertise including: consumer affairs, postal rates, transportation, and communications. From 1966 to 1967, Ms. Keeffe worked as a congressional liaison with the Office of the Postmaster General in the U.S. Post Office Department. Ms. Keeffe has been active for over twenty years in local and national Democratic Party politics and presently is an elected member of the Maryland State Democratic Committee. Ms. Keeffe is a graduate of the Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois where she earned her B.A. in political science in 1966, receiving departmental honors.

Paul W. Johnson: An Iowa farmer, Mr. Johnson joins the Department of Agriculture as the Chief of the Soil Conservation Service. Mr. Johnson started farming in 1974, and owns a dairy, sheep, grain, and Christmas Tree farm in Iowa. He served as a representative in the Iowa General Assembly from 1984 to 1990. He received his B.S. and M.S. in forestry from the University of Michigan.

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R. Alan King: Mr. King rejoins the Agriculture Stabilization & Conservation Service from the ASCS where he had been a career employee on the county level from 1967 to 1992. During that time, he served in various positions including: assistant to the deputy administrator, Missouri State executive director, and county executive director. From 1973 to 1991, Mr. King was the president and owner of Red Tail, Inc., dba Red Barn Restaurant. From 1962 to 1975, Mr. King was the majority stockholder and manager of King Farms, Inc. and King Investments. A few of Mr. King's many affiliations include: county president of the Missouri Farm Bureau; state president of the Missouri Cattlemens Association; board member of the National Cattlemens Association; president of the Missouri Hereford Association; and state president of the Missouri Future Farmers of America. In 1957, Mr. King received his B.S. in agricultural education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He completed some graduate work in 1960 at Drury College in Springfield, Missouri. In 1981, he completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program at the U.S. Dairy Association.

Daniel C. Tate, Jr.: Mr. Tate joins the Department of Energy from U.S. Congressman W.J. "Billy" Tauzin's office where he began as a legislative assistant in 1989. Since then, Mr. Tate has been promoted to legislative administrator, then to legislative director. In 1988, Mr. Tate served as an issues aid for Robb for Senate where he compiled information and analyzed data for policy papers and candidate debates. From 1988 to 1989, he worked in Special Events at the Cable News Network, where he managed floor access and served as a liaison for foreign and domestic broadcasters covering the Democratic National Convention. In 1988, Mr. Tate graduated with honors from Amherst College in Massachusetts, earning his B.A. in political science and english.

Denise T. Graveline: Ms. Graveline joins the Environmental Protection Agency from the American Association for the Advancement of Science where she has been the director of the Office of Communications. Prior to her work at the AAAS, Ms. Graveline served as the communications officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in Princeton, New Jersey. Prior to 1987, Ms. Graveline worked as an independent writer and consultant for more than three years where she specialized in writing, editing and policy research for national publications and organizations. From June of 1981 through April of 1984, she was with Whittle Communications where she was the magazine editor, writer and developer. Ms. Graveline earned her B.S. from Boston University School of Public Communications where she graduated magna cum laude. She also received the Association Award for outstanding undergraduate leadership.

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Jeffrey Hunker: Mr. Hunker joins the Department of Commerce from Kidder, Peabody & Co., Incorporated in New York, New York, where he has been the Vice President in Corporate Finance since 1987. In that capacity, he created and was the head of the Automotive and Industrial Group, where he provided financial advice and raised capital for diversified industrial businesses - U.S., Japanese and European - with special emphasis on the automotive industry. From 1982 to 1987, Mr. Hunker served as the project manager and consultant for the Boston Consulting Group. Prior to 1982, he worked as a senior research associate at Harvard Business School. In 1981, Mr. Hunker earned his doctorate in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in managerial economics. He graduated with honors from Harvard College in Engineering and Applied Science.

Sally Yozell: The former Deputy Legislative Director from 1987 to 1992 for Senator John Kerry, Sally Yozell will be the Director of Congressional & Legislative Affairs at NOAA. As a senior policy advisor for the Senator, Ms. Yozell was responsible for all issues pertaining to the environment, marine resources and energy. From 1985 to 1987, Ms. Yozell was the Minority Staff Director on the Senate Subcommittee on the Handicapped. Prior to that, she was a policy analyst with the Massachusetts Office of Federal State Relations. Ms. Yozell holds a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

Faith A. Wohl: Mrs. Wohl joins the General Service Administration after almost 20 years with the DuPont Company. Her career at DuPont spanned from editor in Public Affairs to most recently, Director of Work Force Partnering. Mrs. Wohl spent the last three years as the vice chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Delaware. Mrs. Wohl graduated summa cum laude from Adelphi University with a B.A. in economics.

Carol L. Roddy: Ms. Roddy joins the Surgeon General's Office from the Arkansas Department of Health. She also has served as a Staff Attorney for the Bureau of Legislative Research and the Department of Human Services in Arkansas. Ms. Roddy's J.D. was earned at the University of Arkansas, as was her B.A. in Sociology.

Katherine Louise Henry: Ms. Henry joins the Department of Interior from the Coastal Corporation where she served as a Senior Attorney. Her primary responsibilities targeted federal regulatory issues affecting interstate natural gas pipeline subsidiaries. Ms. Henry's career as an attorney has spanned from private practice to Assistant US Attorney. She earned her J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1975.

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Paul R. Friedman: For the past 5 1/2 years Mr. Friedman was a sole practitioner in Washington, DC. Prior to 1988, he was a Managing Partner for Ennis, Friedman & Bersoff. In 1972 he co- founded and was the first Director of the Mental Health Law Project. Mr. Friedman earned his J.D. at Yale Law School . He received his M.A. and B.A. at Cambridge and Princeton, respectively.

Frank Sharp Holleman, III: Mr. Holleman joins the Civil Division of the Department of Justice from the offices of Wyche, Burgess, Freeman & Parham in South Carolina. Before working in South Carolina, Mr. Holleman was a U.S. Supreme Court Clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun from 1981 to 1982. Mr. Holleman has a M.Sc. in British Government from the London School of Economics, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.A. from Furman University.

Cynthia C. Lebow: Ms. Lebow is joining the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. Most recently, she worked for the firm, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Her experiences include being the Finance Director for California for the Dukakis/Bentsen campaign in 1988, and General Counsel from 1986 to 1988 and Minority Staff Director from 1984 to 1986 for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ms. Lebow earned her J.D. and B.A. at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Mary Faith Mitchell: Ms. Mitchell joins the Department of State from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. At the Foundation her responsibilities included research on population and international family planning. Prior to her Foundation work, Ms. Mitchell was an assistant professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She has a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology and a M.S. in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Michigan.

John Paul Whitehead: Mr. Whitehead is joining the Internal Revenue Service after serving in the Office of Tax Policy of the Treasury Department. Prior to working in the government, Mr. Whitehead was a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young in their national office in Washington, D.C. Mr. Whitehead has a M.S. in Taxation with highest class ranking from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Accounting, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Georgia.

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