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2008-2009 Class of White House Fellows
Since 1965, White House Fellowships have offered a select group of outstanding people a year-long opportunity to participate in government at the highest levels. Nearly 600 alumni of the program have gone on to become leaders in all fields of endeavor, fulfilling the fellowship's mission to encourage active citizenship and service to the nation.
[[[Image:dfletcher.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Daniel Fletcher ]Daniel Fletcher. Hometown: Berkeley, California. Daniel Fletcher most recently served as an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley and Deputy Division Director of Physical Biosciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. His research focuses on the development of new biomedical technologies and the study of cellular biophysics. Research honors include a National Science Foundation Career Award, National Inventors Hall of Fame Collegiate Inventors Award, and Hellman Family Faculty Fund Award. He is also co-founder of a biotechnology company focusing on needle-free drug delivery and has provided technical consulting for several high-tech ventures. Dan received a B.S. summa cum laude in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Engineering Science from Oxford University where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Biochemistry at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is part of the Berkeley Biophysics program and Nanoscale Science and Engineering program and a Faculty Affiliate of the QB3 Institute. Dan teaches undergraduate and graduate students at UC Berkeley and founded The Science Bus, an after-school science enrichment program for elementary school students.
[[[Image:ngracia.jpg|108px|Photo]] of J. Nadine Gracia ]J. Nadine Gracia. Hometown: Novato, California. Nadine Gracia is a pediatrician and violence prevention researcher. She was a general pediatrics research fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and received a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research addresses community-level risk factors for violence and the evaluation of neighborhood interventions to reduce violence. She is an associate of the Philadelphia Collaborative Violence Prevention Center. She earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She then completed pediatrics residency and served as Chief Pediatrics Resident at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. An advocate for minority and disadvantaged populations, she lectures nationwide on health disparities, diversity in education, and cultural competence. She is a National President Emeritus of the Student National Medical Association and a past Postgraduate Physician Trustee of the National Medical Association. She is a motivational speaker and career coach for thousands of students and physicians. She also conducts workshops throughout the country on leadership development, diplomacy, and strategic planning. She serves the community on issues of political awareness, health, and educational achievement through Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Fluent in French and Haitian Creole, she earned a B.A. with honors in French at Stanford University.
[[[Image:mhayes.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Michael Hayes ]Michael Hayes. Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia. Mike Hayes is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy and a United States Navy SEAL. His fifteen year career has included deployments throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East in support of the War on Drugs, operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, and Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. His most recent assignment at SEAL Team TEN included seven months as the Deputy Commander for all Special Operations Forces in Al-Anbar province, Iraq. In 2002, Mike was chosen as the Navy's "Politico-Military Fellow" and subsequently received his M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard's J.F.K. School of Government. Mike received his B.A. from Holy Cross College, where he was an active Big Brother. His military decorations include the Combat Action Ribbon and the Bronze Star (with "V") for valor in combat. Mike's work has been published by the RAND Corporation; he is active in the Knights of Columbus, and fluent in German and Spanish.
[[[Image:sjames.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Sarita James ]Sarita James.' Hometown: 'Fort Wayne', Indiana'. Sarita James most recently served as Senior Vice President of the 50-person Strategy and Policy Division at New York City Economic Development Corporation. Prior to NYCEDC, Sarita worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, where she advised clients in the technology and telecommunications industries. She began her career as a Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, where she was awarded two patents and served on the board of its 2000+-member women's organization. In 1994, she received the Grand Prize at the International Science and Engineering Fair for her research on software speech recognition. Sarita's humor writing has appeared in The New York Times, and she has received a first offer on her upcoming memoir, Indian in Indiana: Adventures of a Misfit from America's Heartland. She has run the 2003 ING New York City Marathon and cycled in the 2000 Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic, a 200-mile, one-day event. Sarita spent a formative summer volunteering with Mother Teresa's orphanage in Calcutta and serves on the board of Ankur Kala, a Calcutta-based women's non-profit. She received a B.A. in Computer Science from Harvard College and her M.B.A. from Oxford University's Said Business School.
[[[Image:rjanovic.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Ryan Janovic ]Ryan Janovic. Hometown: Akron', Ohio'. Ryan Janovic is a Major in the United States Army and a credentialed Special Agent with fifteen years of experience within the national intelligence community. He deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where he worked political, military, and economic effects coordination within the U.S. Embassy - Baghdad. He facilitated and directly participated in bilateral engagements with four of Iraq's neighbors, to include unprecedented talks in Syria and Saudi Arabia. Currently, Ryan is the Operations Officer for the Army's largest strategic counterintelligence unit, responsible for sensitive espionage and counterterrorism investigations and operations throughout the United States and overseas. As a Captain, he was one of only eighteen officers throughout the Army selected to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. As the youngest ever Eagle Scout in Summit County, Ryan represented Ohio at the World Jamboree in Sydney, Australia. He remains very involved with Scouting and assisting victims of violent crimes as part of the Victim Witness Assistance Program. A graduate of the Command and General Staff College, he holds an additional qualifier as an Army Strategist. He received his B.S. degree from the United States Military Academy and his M.B.A. from Webster University.
[[[Image:dloaiza.jpg|108px|Photo]] of David Loaiza ]David Loaiza. Hometown: Santa Fe', New Mexico'. David Loaiza most recently served as a technical staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and an advisor to the Department of Energy's Office of Dismantlement and Transparency. He contributed to the development of U.S. non-proliferation policy at the national and international level. He worked as a technical team lead for U.S. Delegations monitoring the denuclearization of North Korea and additionally provides technical briefs and training to the International Atomic Energy Agency. David has fourteen years of experience leading research programs in radiation detection and critical mass experiments. He has performed experiments with highly enriched uranium, plutonium and neptunium to support the DOE Nuclear Spent Fuel, Nuclear Criticality Safety and Nonproliferation Programs as well as Yucca Mountain Project and NASA. He has published and presented his work at national and international conferences. His interests include running marathons, playing polo, soccer, and ballroom dancing. David is proficient in Spanish, French, Italian and Russian. He holds a B.S., M.S., and PhD. in Nuclear Engineering and an M.B.A. from the University of New Mexico.
[[[Image:nmalchowski.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Nicole Malachowski ]Nicole Malachowski. Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada. Nicole M. E. Malachowski is a Major in the United States Air Force with over 2,100 flying hours. She flew the F-15E in three operational fighter squadrons, gaining combat hours in Operation DELIBERATE FORGE and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, and was honored to provide air cover over Baghdad, Iraq, on their historic election day. Nicole also flew the F-16C/D as Thunderbird #3 with the USAF Air Demonstration Squadron and was the first woman to fly on any Department of Defense military jet demonstration team. She proudly served alongside the United States Army 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea, as an Air Liaison Officer. Malachowski most recently served as Deputy Chief, Commander's Action Group, at the United States Air Force Warfare Center. She received her B.S. in Management, with a minor in French, from the USAF Academy and recently earned an M.A., with honors, in National Security Policy from American Military University. Recognized for her community contributions, Nicole was honored with a Nevada State Assembly Resolution and inducted to the "Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame." Dedicated to mentoring the next generation of Americans, she is a frequent motivational speaker at local, state, and national events.
[[[Image:cmeyer.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Christopher Meyer. ]Christopher Meyer. Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana. Chris Meyer recently was a Health Policy Fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. In 2004, he became a Teach For America Corps Member in New Orleans, where he taught high school social studies and coached basketball. After Hurricane Katrina, he led over 200 evacuee students to achieve significant academic gains. In recognition of his teaching success and dedication to the New Orleans community, Meyer was selected as a school principal for Teach For America's summer institute. Beyond the classroom, Meyer has served as a Policy Coordinator for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. He owns a small business in his hometown, Shreveport, LA, and has volunteered and interned at the White House, in Congress, and in the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Meyer is the youngest person to be elected as a Louisiana delegate to the Republican National Convention, where in 2004 he spoke about education reform. He recently received his M.P.P from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government where he was a Public Service Fellow and teaching assistant. He is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Tulane University where he received his B.A. in Political Science and Political Economy. He and his wife Alice are committed to working to strengthen Louisiana.
[[[Image:emiller.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Eyrique Miller ]Eyrique Miller. Hometown: Middletown, New Jersey'. Eyrique Miller most recently worked on behalf of Citi as the Director of Entrepreneur Services for Endeavor, a non-profit focused on high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Prior to assuming this role, Eyrique was a Vice President in Citi's Global Technology Investment Banking Group providing technology clients with advice on a broad range of transactions including both mergers and acquisitions and financing, and was responsible for managing all aspects of transaction execution. Eyrique earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School. Prior to Wharton, he worked at Lucent Technologies as a systems engineer in Optical Networking and Communications Software. He holds an M.S.E. in Telecommunications and Networking from the University of Pennsylvania. Eyrique graduated from Rutgers University cum laude with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering as a NACME Corporate Scholar. In his community, he serves on the board of The York Street Project, an organization that provides housing, education and daycare services to homeless women and their children and has been a volunteer with Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization dedicated to the economic empowerment of low-income communities through entrepreneurship, and New York Cares as part of their annual Secret Santa Program.
[[[Image:drawlingson.jpg|108px|Photo]] of David Rawlinson ]David Rawlinson. Hometown: Rock Hill, South Carolina'. David Rawlinson served as the class commencement speaker at his recent graduation from Harvard Business School where he earned his M.B.A. While attending Harvard, he served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Harbus, the historic Harvard Business School weekly. Prior to enrolling in business school, David practiced with the law firms of Locke, Liddell & Sapp, and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham (K&L). His practice included representing Fortune 100 companies before domestic and international agencies and courts. David served as the associate representative to K&L's management committee. He frequently presents on subjects related to his legal expertise, including submitting testimony to the U.S. Congress. David received a J.D. from the University of South Carolina. He received his B.A. in Political Science from The Citadel. David was appointed in 1997 to the White House Conference on Youth, Drugs and Violence. He also served on the Dallas Tax Increment Finance Board, graduated from Leadership Dallas, and is a Truman Scholar. He has also served on numerous non-profit boards of directors, including the board of Bryan's House, a pediatric HIV/AIDS organization.
[[[Image:jsnyder.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Jason Snyder ]Jason Snyder'. Hometown: 'Los Angeles', California. Jason Snyder most recently served as a social studies teacher at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. He has taught government, history, and economics for six years in public secondary schools and for one year at the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing. Prior to teaching at Wakefield High School, Jason practiced education and appellate law at Hogan & Hartson LLP, where he advised school districts and drafted briefs in appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also served as a law clerk to a federal judge at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Among his community activities, Jason founded a Cub Scout pack in a public housing development, represented children as a guardian ad litem, and served on the Board of Trustees of a public charter school. Jason earned a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law, a M.Ed. from U.C.L.A., and an A.B., with honors, in Public Policy from Stanford University. He served as Stanford student body co-president and Editor-in-Chief of the California Law Review at Berkeley. Jason is currently pursuing a doctorate in urban education leadership from Columbia University Teachers College. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and young daughter.
[[[Image:espain.jpg|108px|Photo]] of Everett Spain ]Everett' Spain'. Hometown: 'Pensacola', Florida'. Everett S. Spain is a United States Army Officer. He recently returned from 18 months as the Aide-de-Camp to the Commanding General, Multi-National Force-Iraq. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor at West Point, where he designed the course Leading Organizations through Change, served as the Director for the Cubbies Club (seventy toddlers), and volunteered for the Orange County Special Olympics. As a Company Commander in Europe and Kosovo, his outfit received the Itschner Award, given annually to the most outstanding engineer company in the United States Army. As a junior officer at Fort Bragg, Everett won the 82d Airborne Division Best Ranger Team Competition. An undergraduate at West Point, Everett competed on the Triathlon Team, served as the Brigade Executive Officer, and received the Association of Graduates Award for finishing third in his class. While earning his M.B.A. from Duke University, he was selected by his peers for the Spaulding Award for Leadership. Everett has published several articles on leadership and received the MacArthur Leadership Writing Award. Everett is also the recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Master Parachutist Wings, and the Purple Heart. Everett and Julia Spain are the proud parents of four children.
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