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                       Office of the Press Secretary
                          (Grand Canyon, Arizona)

For Immediate Release January 11, 2000



The President today announced his intent to appoint Bonnie Prouty Castrey as Chair and David J. Leland as Member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel.

Ms. Bonnie Prouty Castrey, of Huntington Beach, California, is a private arbitrator and mediator. Her practice includes dispute resolution and mediation and arbitration of all types of employment, labor-management, community/public policy, and business disputes. Ms. Castrey has served as a member of the Federal Service Impasses Panel since 1995. Since 1965, Ms. Castrey has taught negotiation skills, mediation skills, and arbitration at a number of colleges and universities. She was an Adjunct Professor at Western State University College of Law. Ms. Castrey serves on the National Board of Directors of the Industrial Relations Research Association. She also serves on the boards of the California Foundation for the Improvement of Employer-Employee Relations, the Orange County Industrial Relations Research Association and has served on the boards of The Mediation Center, and the California Dispute Resolution Council. She chairs the American Arbitration Association?s Orange County Employment Mediation Advisory Council. Ms. Castrey is an elected Trustee and Vice President of the Huntington Beach Union High School District and has served as President of the Orange County School Boards Association. She is a life member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. Ms. Castrey is a past International President of the Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution. She is a former Commissioner of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

Ms. Castrey received an R.N. degree from the Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, B.S.N. degree from the California State University at Long Beach, and a J.D. degree from Western State University College of Law.

Mr. David J. Leland, of Columbus, Ohio, is currently Chair of the Ohio Democratic Party. Until 1996, he was counsel to the Columbus law firm of Schwartz, Kelm, Warren and Rubenstein. Prior to that, Mr. Leland served as Transportation Director for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, managing a staff of 140 employees and overseeing the economic and safety regulation of rail, bus, and truck transportation. Mr. Leland received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation for his work in this area. As a State Legislator, Mr. Leland was a leading advocate of Ohio's first collective bargaining law for public employees. This legislation created the first-ever statutory framework for mediation, fact-finding and conciliation for Ohio's public employees.

Mr. Leland as also served as counsel to the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, representing the Association and its members in collective bargaining, contract negotiations and grievance hearings. Active in his community, Leland has received Outstanding Citizenship Awards from The Ohio State University Alumni Association and the Columbus Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Leland received a B.A. degree from The Ohio State University, and a J.D. degree from the Capital University Law School.

The Federal Service Impasses Panel, an entity within the Federal Labor Relations Authority, is a part-time board responsible for providing assistance in resolving impediments in negotiations between Federal agencies and unions representing Federal employees.