February 12, 2013


First Lady Michelle Obama

Dr. Jill Biden

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President

The following individuals will be seated in the box with the First Lady and Dr. Biden at the State of the Union Address:

Sergeant Sheena Adams (Vista, CA) Team Advisor & Lead Instructor, Female Engagement Team A native of Kauai, Hawaii, Sergeant Adams joined the Marine Corps in 2003 and attended recruit training in Parris Island, S.C. In 2010, Sergeant Adams joined the Female Engagement Team (FET) and was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan from September 2010 to April 2011 in direct support of 1st Battalion 8th Marines in Musa Qal’eh District. Sergeant Adams received her Combat Action Ribbon and Navy and Marine Corp Achievement Medal (second award) after successful completion of the deployment. In September 2011, Sergeant Adams returned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force Advisor Training Cell, as Team Advisor/Liaison and lead FET instructor, where she re-engineered the Period of Instruction for future FETs.

engineering and math (STEM) and has hosted two White House Science Fairs to celebrate students participating in such competitions. Susan Bumgarner (Norman. he was one of the first to sign up. Alan said. He’s studying to become a doctor and he hopes to join the Air Force.” Today. OK) Early Childhood Educator Susan Bumgarner's home state of Oklahoma is a national leader in providing access to high quality preschool for all children. Last year. In high school. Jack Andraka (Crownsville. His study resulted in over 90 percent accuracy and showed his patent-pending sensor to be 28 times faster. President Obama strongly believes that we need more students like Jack who are passionate about science. Although Alan knew he could not do those things because of his immigration status. Alan was among the first people in Nevada to get approved. Motivated by the death of his uncle due to pancreatic cancer. Alan is in his second year at the College of Southern Nevada. 28 times less expensive and over 100 times more sensitive than current tests. Alan watched his friends come of age – driving around town with their new licenses and earning some extra cash from their summer jobs at the mall. MD) Winner of the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Jack Andraka. a program of Society for Science & the Public. In that moment. he was determined to get a good education. Jack created a simple dip-stick sensor based on diabetic test paper to test blood or urine to determine whether or not a patient has early-stage pancreatic cancer. technology. I felt accepted. where he is in charge of final review for DACA applications. was awarded first place for his new method to detect pancreatic cancer at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2012. Alan is currently working at Hermandad Mexicana. of North County High School. 16. “I felt the fear vanish. Mexico. when Alan heard the news that the Obama Administration was going to provide Deferred Action for undocumented youth like him to emerge from the shadows. NV) DREAM Student Alan Aleman was born in Mexico City. and she has been an early educator in the Oklahoma system for more than twenty .Alan Aleman (Las Vegas.

a master brewer. but still needed more funding. the President signed his prosthetic arm. Sergeant Carlos Evans. USMC (Cameron. New Glarus Brewing Company Deborah Carey’s decision to start New Glarus Brewing Company was rooted in doing what was best for her family. New Glarus Brewing Company has grown to 50 full-time employees. exchanging the lease for stock in the New Glarus Brewing Company. gathered the materials. the couple worked hard to establish the brewery’s reputation for consistent quality beers and developed a very loyal customer base. a public school. taught infants and toddlers. was on his fourth overseas deployment when he sustained injuries in Afghanistan that resulted in the loss of both of his legs and his left hand. WI) Small Business Owner. . Susan has written curriculum. NC) Wounded Warrior Sergeant Evans. born in Puerto Rico. As she worked on a business plan. Biden’s efforts in Joining Forces. “My work is enthralling and my students are amazing.000 from investors. Recovering at Walter Reed Medical Center. Sergeant Evans met the First Lady and later visited the White House for a Wounded Warrior Tour. In 1993 they negotiated to rent a warehouse in New Glarus. and registered growth in profits of 123 percent from 2007 to 2009. “It is an honor to facilitate their playful transition into the formal world of learning. Deborah pitched her story to local newspapers. At that time. Today. her husband Dan.000 in seed money. he received a custom home from Operation Coming Home and now resides in North Carolina with his wife and two young daughters. and the media attention brought $200.years. and prepared parents by teaching Early Birds readiness class. In 1992 Susan began teaching pre-kindergarten at what is now Wilson Arts Integration Elementary School. In 2012. They sold their home and raised $40. intelligent people.” she said. creative. In the early days.” Deb Carey (New Glarus. becoming Wisconsin’s number one micro-brewery relative to sales volume. grains and equipment needed for start-up. trained Head Start teachers. Susan was educated at the University of Oklahoma and influenced by family members who taught and studied there. He credits the support he has received from private organizations to the First Lady and Dr.

Prior to joining Apple. 2013. Tim also spent 12 years with IBM. Menchu de Luna Sanchez (Secaucus. a Registered Nurse. He also headed Apple’s Macintosh division and played a key role in the continued development of strategic reseller and supplier relationships. Menchu Sanchez. 2013.A. Hadiya had participated in President Obama’s public inaugural celebration on January 21. when she was shot and killed in Harsh Park on Chicago’s South Side. She was an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep High School. Pendleton Sr. (Chicago. where he was a Fuqua Scholar. ensuring flexibility in response to an increasingly demanding marketplace. devised a plan to transport . Tim was the chief operating officer of the Reseller Division at Intelligent Electronics. February 6th. Cleopatra Cowley-Pendleton and Nathaniel A. CA) CEO of Apple Before being named CEO in August 2011. Tim earned an M. most recently as director of North American Fulfillment where he led manufacturing and distribution functions for IBM’s Personal Computer Company in North and Latin America. and a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University.B. NJ) Registered Nurse. NYU Langone Medical Center When Hurricane Sandy cut the power at NYU Langone Medical Center. First Lady Michelle Obama attended Hadiya’s memorial service on Saturday.Tim Cook (Cupertino. Previous to his work at Compaq. IL) Cleopatra and Nathaniel’s daughter Hadiya Pendleton was murdered on January 29. sales activities. Tim was vice president of Corporate Materials for Compaq and was responsible for procuring and managing all of Compaq’s product inventory. including end-to-end management of Apple’s supply chain. from Duke University. and service and support in all markets and countries. Tim was Apple's Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for all of the company’s worldwide sales and operations.

and singled out Bobak for his unique haircut that captured the imagination of millions of people around the world. Bobak is an Iranian-American and science. “This is going to be my lifelong career. CA) Flight Director. He got hooked on machining in his sophomore year. raised. Bradley had taken enough vocational classes to get hired as a full-time apprentice with Atlas Machine and Supply in Louisville. Menchu currently lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.” . “I come in every day with a smile on my face. and by the time he graduated. and responsible for mentoring the next generation of apprentices. he is a card-carrying Journeyman Machinist at Atlas. Bradley has worked under a veteran machinist and is taking additional classes to earn his full certification. she thought only of protecting the babies in her care. at 23. KY) Machinist.” is a member of the Mars Curiosity rover team at NASA and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. President Obama called to congratulate the team on their success. Today. volunteers as a FIRST robotics mentor to get more boys and girls excited about STEM education. aka NASA’s “Mohawk Guy. She organized the nurses and doctors to carefully carry the babies down eight flights of stairs with only cell phones to light the way. both of whom are in college. For the past four years. engineering. Even as Menchu’s own home was flooding.” he said. and educated in the Philippines and she immigrated to the United States in the 1980s. She has worked as a nurse in New York for more than 25 years. technology. The Curiosity rover is a car-sized robot equipped with a laser. Atlas Machine and Supply Bradley Henning’s high school has one of the best machining programs in Kentucky. Mars Curiosity Rover Bobak Ferdowsi. Bobak Ferdowsi (Pasadena. and math (STEM) professional who. and drill for assessing whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms. Menchu was born. Bradley is committed to a career in manufacturing and sees a bright future ahead. Bradley Henning (Louisville. I learn something new every day…I love that.twenty at-risk infants to intensive care units around the city. After the successful landing of the Curiosity rover in August 2012. and has been at NYU since 2010. in addition to his inspiring day-to-day work on the Mars Curiosity mission. chemistry set. Kentucky.

CO) Co-Founder and CEO. His focus has been on creating efficiencies within the healthcare delivery system. which emphasize federal flexibility and local accountability. and advocacy for LGBT military partners and their families. AZ) . iTriage Dr. Tracey works full time for the Department of Homeland Security as a Master Behavior Detection Officer. which provides support. education. make appointments. and empowering healthcare consumers with technology. Military Partners and Families Coalition Tracey is a co-founder of the Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC). Now in his third term. an example of government inspired innovation. Governor John Kitzhaber (D-OR) Governor John Kitzhaber has built on his experience as a former emergency room doctor to transform health care delivery in Oregon. Using open government data. She is married to the first openly gay or lesbian general officer in the military. VA) Co-Founder. Outside of her work with MPFC. Hudson launched iTriage in 2009. resources. save medication refill reminders. Army Brigadier General Tammy Smith. store their personal health records. Governor Kitzhaber is working with the Obama administration to scale up innovative models that show how government can do more with less. the co-founder and CEO of iTriage. Peter Hudson.Tracey Hepner (Arlington. diseases and procedures. Dr. Mayor Marie Lopez Rogers (Avondale. better results for our students and building the infrastructure we'll need to unleash the 21st century economy. Peter Hudson (Evergreen. are key to achieving improved health care outcomes and efficiencies. These performance partnerships. and learn about thousands of medications. a company focused on prompting citizens to actively engage in their own healthcare. smartphone users can locate nearby providers based on their symptoms. is a physician and entrepreneur with more than 15 years of experience founding and growing healthcare-related businesses. Through the app.

a mother of three.”As a result of the suit. Forrest City Grocery agreed to pay $125. Today. In Dec. she sued the company for sex discrimination. MS. She was doing many of the same duties as male salespeople. With the help of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). He gained twenty six separate certifications in everything from reading blueprints to driving forklifts. she was told by the company that the job of a salesman was too dangerous for a woman. and that she would not be a good mother if she were on the road meeting customers.000 in monetary damages and agreed to disseminate employment policies to employees and provide ongoing training for management on sex discrimination. Amanda E. “I’m doing this because it was wrong and I could never look my girls in the face and then tell them they live in America and could be anything they wanted to be. IA) Graduate. but at lower pay. Iowa. an organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. McMillan (Jackson. Kirkwood Community College Wind Technician Program In 2012. McMillan said. The lawsuit charged that Forrest City Grocery denied sales positions to an employee because she was a woman and paid McMillan less than men doing the same work. Mayor Rogers currently serves as Chair of the Maricopa Association of Governments.Marie Lopez Rogers served on the Avondale City Council for 14 years before being elected as the city’s first Latina Mayor in 2006. Amanda. Despite repeatedly asking to be officially promoted to the better and higher-paying job in sales. Mayor Rogers never imagined that she would be guiding the transformation of the region. MS) Pay Discrimination Victim For a number of years Amanda McMillan worked as a secretary for the owner of a Forrest City Grocery Company. When asked why she has pursued the case. She and her husband Ed have been married for 43 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Lee Maxwell graduated from Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids. he’s responsible for turning on the power for new wind turbines that are being built all around the country. Lee Maxwell (Wilton. 2012. she was named president of the National League of Cities. currently lives in Jackson. Kirkwood started its wind technician training program three years ago in partnership with Iowa- . Growing up in migrant farm labor camps and picking cotton alongside her parents in fields where her City Hall now stands.

Wisconsin. was one of thousands of Americans who shared stories about what paying $2. Lt. Lisa Richards (Arlington. and took fifteen bullets to his head.” Today. Sandy Hook Elementary School Kaitlin Roig has taught first grade for six years at Sandy Hook Elementary. he waved them off and told them to protect the threatened citizens who remained in the temple. two years worth of gasoline. Murphy is on medical leave from the force and still recovering from his injuries. and has always had a passion for education and working with children. Kaitlin Roig (Greenwich. Murphy responded. Lisa has called the Washington. neck. He lives with his wife and children in Oak Creek. Murphy directly confronted the shooter. DC area home for more than 25 years. Wisconsin last August.200 more in taxes would mean for her family by using #My2K. WI) Lieutenant Brian Murphy was the first police officer to arrive at the scene of the tragic Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek. where .” With the passage of the middle class tax cuts at the beginning of the year. When asked how he was able to respond with such bravery.based Clipper Windpower. a single mom. She wrote. Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Oak Creek. She now lives in Arlington. VA) #My2K Participant Lisa Richards. Virginia with her seven-year-old daughter working freelance and contract work for a variety of website clients. Lt. When his fellow officers moved to assist him. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New York and Dallas. and body before the rest of the police force arrived. Lt. six months of utilities. CT) 1st Grade Teacher. “It's 20 weeks of groceries. Lt. 1/3 of a new roof (which I need). Murphy has served as a police officer for more than twenty years and previously served in the Marine Corps and the United National security force. combining an industry-based curriculum and donated equipment to give students the hands-on experience they need to succeed. Lisa and millions of Americans like her did not see did not see an income tax increase. She attended and received her Master’s degree from the NEAG School of Education at the University of Connecticut. “That’s just the way we’re made.

Kaitlin also started a running club called Marathon Mondays for third and fourth grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary. Chef Consultant for Hyatt Hotels. Abby was influenced by her experiences growing up with a chronic illness. She created the Healthy Girl Adventures Club to inspire girls to embrace healthy habits. Haile is also the Youth Spokesperson and Jr. Abby is a member of TakeAction Minnesota’s healthcare team. and produces online cooking videos aimed at encouraging kids to get cooking. and the NEAG honor society.A. citizen from Haiti and retired farmworker. a local library.. and advocacy about proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. active lifestyle) Festival on Global Youth Service Day in Tucson. wait times were up to six . Haile Thomas (Tucson. outreach. is 102 years old. When she arrived at 10:00 a. a grassroots organization that advocates for progressive policies ranging from health care to economic reform. She will be running the New York City Marathon this year. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota. FL) Desiline Victor. Desiline went to vote at her polling place. an Arizona nonprofit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of youth through education. Desiline Victor (Miami.she was a member of the Order of Omega Honor Society. (healthy eating. On October 28. and the privileges that come with being insured. a naturalized U.E. In addition to her teaching. Haile hosts an annual H. Abby would have lost coverage upon turning 21 and would not have been able to obtain care due to her several pre-existing conditions.S. Abby hopes to work in public policy.m. the first Sunday of early voting in Florida.L. Abby Schanfield (Minneapolis. AZ) Let’s Move! Champion Haile Thomas is a 12 year-old Youth Advisory Board member with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. She is Co-Founder/Director of the HAPPY Organization. MN) ACA Beneficiary Prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act. The Historical Honor Society. focusing on women’s and community health.

she enjoys attending church services and cooking her own meals.m. until 1:00 p. but because of Desiline they would continue to stand and wait.hours. she was finally able to cast her ballot. When she emerged from the building with her “I Voted” sticker. A spirited and independent centenarian. Several voters remarked that the lines were long. Determined to vote. where she is lovingly known as “Granny” among the city’s Haitian community. a poll worker asked Desiline to come back at a later time. . and they needed to get home. the crowd of thousands of waiting voters erupted into applause. she stood in line for three hours. After citizen advocates complained that the elderly woman was struggling on her feet. On Desiline’s second visit that evening. Desiline resides in North Miami.