President Clinton Appoints 1995-96 White House Fellows
President Clinton today appointed 14 men and women as 1995-96 White
House Fellows, including a Minnesota high school teacher, an Arkansas
community banker and a Philadelphia prosecutor.
The non-partisan award is based on academic, professional and civic
achievement and the class includes nine men and five women from across
the country, all working to make a difference in their communities.
The White House Fellows program places these exceptionally talented
men and women in full-time paid positions for a year at the White House
and cabinet-level agencies. It includes an education program of regular
meetings with senior government officials, top business exeuctives,
journalists and other leaders. The year begins Sept. 1.
The program's alumni include HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, CNN
President Tom Johnson, historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Tenneco CEO Dana
Mead, and former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Colin Powell.
At a recent White House ceremony celebrating the program's 30th
anniversary, the President said:
"One reason the White House Fellows program has worked so well is
that it is one of the few things in this intensely partisan town that
we've managed to make truly bipartisan. If I could turn it into a
virus, I would put it into a shot and give it to everybody who is now
working in Washington, D.C."
The nine men and five women appointed today by the President are from
the states of Pennsylvania, California, New York, New Mexico, Illinois,
Indiana, Massachusetts, Texas, Indiana, North Carolina, Minnesota and
Arkansas. The 1995-96 White House Fellows are:
David M. Albala, 39, Chicago, Ill.; associate professor of urology
at Loyola University and founder of an inner-city cancer screening
David K. (Bob) Edmonds, 38, Charlotte, N.C.; Lieutenant Colonel,
95th Fighter Squadron, U.S. Air Force and lay minister and Sunday school
James J. Eisenhower III, 39, Philadelphia, Pa.; attorney with the
firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhodes and chief counsel to
the Mayor's Commission on Police/Community Relations.
Michael E. Hatchett, 29, Kokomo, Ind.; attorney with the firm of
Sullivan and Cromwell and member of Second Circuit Task Force on Gender
Race and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.
David E. Jones, 33, Sacramento, Calif.; attorney with Legal
Services of Northern California, Inc. and board member of the
Sacramaneto Mutual Housing Association.
Teresa Leger de Fernandez, 35, Sante Fe, N.M.; attorney with the
firm of Nordhaus, Haltom, Taylor and Frye, specializing in the
representation of Native American tribes.
Robert W. Leland, 32, Albuquerque, N.M.; senior staff member at
Sandia National Laboratories and volunteer math and science public
Peter Lawrence Levin, 33, Worcester, Mass.; associate professor of
electrical and computer engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
and founder of a community recycling program.
Cynthia McCaffrey, 29, Austin, Texas,; graduate student at the LBJ
School of Public Affairs and founder of school in Malawi for vulnerable
Tanya E. Oubre, 30, Los Angeles, Calif.; attorney with Southern
California Edison Company and children's dance teacher.
Kent Pekel, 27, Bloomington, Minn.; social studies teacher at
Thomas Jefferson High School and coordinator of a summer teacher program
in Shanghai, China.
Anthony D. So, 34, Philadelphia, Pa.; medical research associate,
American College of Physicians and principal organizer of Asian American
Health Care Network.
Julia C. Vindasius, 33, Pine Bluff, Ark.; executive director of the
Good Faith Fund and board member of Pine Bluff Downtown Development
Kinney Zalesne, 29, Philadelphia, Pa.; assistant district attorney
and cantor of the Society Hill Synagogue.