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President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

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May 9, 2014

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

 

May 09, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

  • Julie Ann Petty - Chair, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Peter V. Berns - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Jack Martin Brandt - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Kenneth Capone - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Micah Fialka-Feldman - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Zachary W. Holler - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Lisa Pugh - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Michelle C. Reynolds - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Deborah M. Spitalnik - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Elizabeth Weintraub - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Sheryl White-Scott - Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

President Obama said, "The extraordinary dedication these men and women bring to their new roles will greatly serve the American people.  I am grateful they have agreed to serve in this Administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

President Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to key Administration posts:

Julie Ann Petty, Appointee for Chair, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Julie Ann Petty is a Project Trainer at Partners for Inclusive Communities at the University of Arkansas.  She has worked in the violence prevention and intervention field since 2008.  She was the State Coordinator for Arkansas People First from 1998 to 2007.  Ms. Petty has served as National Chairperson for Self Advocates Becoming Empowered and Co-Chair of the Alliance for Full Participation.  She was first appointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011.  Ms. Petty received a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Arkansas.

Peter V. Berns, Appointee for Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Peter V. Berns is CEO of The Arc, a position he has held since 2008.  Previously, he was Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations from 1992 to 2008.  He was CEO of the Standards for Excellence Institute from 2004 to 2008.  Earlier in his career, he held positions in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, including Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of Consumer Protection.  Mr. Berns was first appointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2011.  He has been named to TheNonprofit Times' Power and Influence Top 50 list five times over the past decade.  Mr. Berns received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an L.L.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Jack Martin Brandt, Appointee for Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Jack Martin Brandt is the Disability Policy Specialist for the Partnership for People with Disabilities at Virginia Commonwealth University, a position he has held since 2010.  He is also an accomplished artist.  Previously, he was a Disability Rights Advocate at the Virginia Office for Protection and Advocacy from 2008 to 2010, and a Disability Policy Consultant for the State of Virginia from 2006 to 2008.  He was also a Virginia Governor's Fellow at the Office of Community Integration for People with Disabilities in 2006.  He was first appointed to the President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities in 2010.  Mr. Brandt served on the Virginia Community Integration Advisory Commission and the Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council until 2012.  He received the Colorado Award from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitation Services in 2013, the Participatory Action Research Award from The Arc of the U.S. in 2012, and the Jackie Crews Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities in 2006.  Mr. Brandt received a B.A. from James Madison University and an M.S. from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Kenneth Capone, Appointee for Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Kenneth Capone is Public Policy Coordinator for People on the Go of Maryland, a position he has held since 2010.  Previously, he served as Director of the Cross Disability Rights Coalition of Maryland from 2004 to 2010 and also as a Legislative Intern with People on the Go of Maryland from 2004 to 2007.  He was an Interviewer at The Arc Maryland from 2002 to 2006.  He is a member of the Developmental Disabilities Coalition, the Civil Rights Coalition, and Community First Choice.  Mr. Capone received a Certificate in Computer Technology/Programming from The Johns Hopkins University.

Micah Fialka-Feldman, Appointee for Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Micah Fialka-Feldman is a Teaching Assistant/Peer Trainer with Peer2Peer at Syracuse University, a position he has held since 2012.  He was an intern at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2013.  He has served on a number of boards, including the Governing Board for National Youth Leadership Network, the National Project Advisory Committee for the Center for Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education, and the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service.  Additionally, he maintains a blog about challenges he faces as an adult with intellectual disabilities.  In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Family Voices.  Mr. Fialka-Feldman graduated from the Options Program at Oakland University.

Zachary W. Holler, Appointee for Member, President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Zachary W. Holler is a graduate student and 2014 candidate for a Masters in Divinity at the United Theological Seminary.  Previously, he was Youth Development Coordinator at Access Center for Independent Living in Dayton, Ohio from 2011 to 2013.  He worked as a Deaf Role Model at the Sinclair Community College ASL Lab from 2010 to 2011, as a Human Resource Assistant Intern at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2009, and as an intern at the American Association of Persons with Disabilities in Washington, D.C.  Mr. Holler has served as a member of the …

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