The Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation
Officers of the Board
President: Bobbi Doorenbos (2007-08)
Brigadier General Doorenbos attended Iowa State University, graduating with a B.B.A. in Finance in 1992. She joined the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Fighter Wing in Sioux City, Iowa, and as an F-16 pilot, she flew missions in Operation SOUTHERN WATCH and participated in drug interdiction efforts near South America. In 2002, she transitioned to the National Guard Bureau at Andrews AFB, where she worked on the Crisis Action Team following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She also continued flying the F-16 with the Washington, D.C., Air National Guard, participating in Operations NOBLE EAGLE and IRAQI FREEDOM.
Throughout her career she held various positions at the National Guard Bureau, was a White House Fellow (2007-2008), and was Special Advisor to Vice President Joe Biden for Defense Policy and Intelligence Programs. She was commander of the 214th Reconnaissance Group, where she provided combat-qualified MQ-1 Predator aircrews in support of contingency operations overseas, and then the 188th Wing, a multi-role unit operating MQ-9 Reapers. Most recently Brig Gen Doorenbos served in the role of Military Deputy for Air Force Training and Readiness. She was a senior pilot with more than 1,200 hours in the F-16C, and is now a First Officer on the Airbus 320 for American Airlines.
Vice President: Phil Cullom (1994-95)
Philip H. Cullom is a Co-Founder and Strategic Advisor of Janus Sciences LLC, a disruptive stem cell biotechnology company, and is planning the startup of an alternative energy/nanomaterial ventures group, Grphne America and Summit Sustainable Resources. In 2017 Phil transitioned from active duty, completing a 38-year career as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Readiness and Logistics. After many years in operational command of ships, Expeditionary Groups and 8,000 member Carrier Strike Groups, he led two Navy-wide Task Forces, one on Energy and the other on Innovation. These brought about sweeping technological and cultural changes to the U.S. Navy’s 283 ships and 300,000 plus Sailors. He now serves on several emergent tech corporate boards in the biotechnology, defense, energy, and emerging materials space and consults with several private equity groups in their acquisition searches. His community service includes the Board of Feynman School, assisting with a Sailing Program for Recovering Warriors, and service on the Board of Overseers for Harvard University. Phil holds a BS in Physics with Distinction, from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School. He has completed additional Executive Education at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and UNC’s Keenan-Flagler Business School.
Treasurer: Kevin N. Monroe (1996-97)
Kevin N. Monroe is a CPA and Retired Audit Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP. Kevin was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in the southwestern Iowa town of Carter Lake, Iowa. He received his B.S.B.A. with honors from Creighton University in 1983. Prior to his retirement in June 2019, Mr. Monroe served as the Professional Practice Director for the Firm’s Tennessee and Carolinas practice offices, with responsibilities for audit and accounting consultation matters, compliance, risk management, and quality control. He also served as a Partner in Deloitte’s National Office, with responsibilities for audit policy development. Mr. Monroe currently serves as the inaugural Partner-in-Residence at Lipscomb University, working with the accounting programs of the College of Business. In 1996, Mr. Monroe was selected as one of eighteen White House Fellows by the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. During his Fellowship year, Mr. Monroe served as Special Assistant to the United States Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman. In 2016, Mr. Monroe was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Accountancy. He currently serves as the Board of Accountancy Chairman. Mr. Monroe serves as the Treasurer and is a past-president of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association.
Development Officer: Pieter Boelhouwer (1998-99)
Pieter Boelhouwer is a Managing Director at RA Capital Management. Pieter’s primary responsibility at RA Capital is to lead major strategic initiatives and drive operational excellence across the firm. Pieter holds a BA from Trinity College and a JD from Yale Law School. Pieter previously worked as a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he managed a variety of healthcare engagements, including pharmaceutical mergers, biotech product launch plans, OTC product rationalization, and hospital acquisitions. He held senior management positions at two successful start-up companies that were acquired and he has over 14 years of experience investing in the global healthcare sector, both as a Partner and Managing Director at Matrix Capital Management and as a General Partner and Managing Director at Ayer Capital Management, a healthcare-focused hedge fund. He also gained extensive legislative and public policy experience early in his career as a Legislative Aide to former United States Senator David Boren, and as a Domestic Policy Advisor to former Vice President Al Gore. Pieter currently serves on the Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Imbria Pharmaceuticals.
Immediate Past President: Geoff Shepard (1969-70)
Geoff Shepard (1969-70) holds degrees from Whittier College and Harvard Law School. He was selected a White House Fellow in 1969 and assigned to the Treasury Department, where he worked under Paul Volcker, then undersecretary for monetary affairs. Following his fellowship year, Geoff joined John Ehrlichman’s Domestic Council staff where he served for five years, as a staff assistant and later associate director. His primary public policy focus was on “law and order” issues, so he worked closely with senior officials at the Department of Justice. As a result he know and had worked with virtually all of the major Watergate figures. Geoff also worked on President Nixon’s Watergate defense team, where he was principal deputy to the President’s lead lawyer, J. Fred Buzhardt. In that capacity, he helped transcribe the White House tapes, and ran the document rooms holding the seized files of H. R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman and John Dean. He left the Ford administration in 1975 and embarked on a thirty-five year career in the insurance industry, ultimately becoming senior vice president and corporate secretary of CIGNA Corporation, then senior vice president and general counsel of Reliance Insurance Company, and then president of the corporate division of Karr Barth Associates.
Executive Director: David Moore (1996-97)
David Moore is the Executive Director of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association (WHFFA). He served for 25 years as an Air Force pilot, with over 3,000 flight hours in the A-10 Warthog and F-117 Stealth Fighter. As a White House Fellow in 1996-1997 he was placed at the State Department where he coordinated Latin American and Taiwan arms-transfer policy. After the Fellowship he returned to flying and in 1999 flew numerous combat missions in the F-117 during the Air War over Serbia, later going on to command the 8th Fighter Squadron “Black Sheep”. After his command tour he served 4 years at the Pentagon as Chief of Rated Force Policy. In 2005 he returned to fly the F-117 as Vice Commander of the 49th Fighter Wing. Colonel Moore retired from the Air Force in 2007 and worked for 7 years in the defense industry in CACI’s “The Wexford Group”. In 2015 he was selected to become Executive Director of the WHFFA. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Duke University in 1979, and a Master’s Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1992. He has three grown children: Rider, Ian, and Cassandra – and one super-hero grandson: Loren Lodore. He is married to his White House Fellow classmate, Dr. Stefanie Sanford.
Bill Graham (1966-67)
Bill Graham has had a career that began in business and evolved early on into government and the philanthropic sector. Known as a natural leader as early as high school and college, running every organization he touched. That pattern continued throughout a corporate career heavily oriented to new and emerging technologies as president or CEO of public and private companies. Gravitating into venture finance, Graham ran consulting, investment banking, and investment partnerships, continuing a successful investment management career until two years ago. After his White House Fellowship serving LBJ’s domestic policy agenda, Graham served on two Presidential Commissions, consulted with the State Department and Department of Education, conferenced with African, Argentinean, and German leadership groups. He presently runs Renaissance Wilmington Foundation, focused on future excellence of NC region, among many other community service activities. Regular blogger, speaker on new technologies, regional change, overcoming issues. Runner and gym regular for 45 years. Veteran US Army.
Proudest accomplishment: 55 years of service to WHF, from active role in forming Association and Foundation, hosting first twelve years of reunions at our home, class rep/scribe from the beginning, serving as President in the “70’s, innumerable committees in post 2000 era, serving now as Director in second term.
Cara LaPointe (2013-14)
Dr. Cara LaPointe is the Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy which works to ensure that autonomous systems throughout society are safe, secure, and trustworthy. She also serves as the Program Director of the French American Foundation’s Cybersecurity Program. At Georgetown University, Dr. LaPointe is an Adjunct Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a nonresident fellow at the Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation where she created the “Blockchain Ethical Design Framework.” For more than two decades, Dr. LaPointe served as an officer within the United States Navy, most recently helping to lead the development of the Department of the Navy’s strategic vision for unmanned and autonomous systems in all domains. At the Deep Submergence Lab of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), she conducted research on autonomy and underwater robotics. Dr. LaPointe has served as an advisor to global emerging technology initiatives at the National Academy of Medicine, the United Nations, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. As a White House Fellow, she worked for First Lady Michelle Obama developing public-private partnerships in support of veterans and military families and later served as the Interim Director of the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. She is a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Educational Council, a patented engineer, and co-founder of Archytas, a strategic technology consulting firm. Dr. LaPointe holds a Doctor of Philosophy awarded jointly by MIT and WHOI, a Master of Science and a Naval Engineer degree from MIT, a Master of Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Naval Academy.
Robert Marbut (1989-90)
As a Fellow, Dr. Marbut was assigned to President’s George HW Bush’s National Service Office and was the President’s first Daily Point of Light Coordinator. In December 2019, Robert was selected as the Executive Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and is tasked with coordinating the Federal governments’ response to the homelessness crisis with governors and mayors. Robert has worked on issues of homelessness for more than three decades and was the Founding President & CEO of Haven for Hope. Beyond homelessness issues, Robert served as a San Antonio City Councilperson and Mayor Pro-Tem, and was chief of staff to San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros. Additionally, he has extensive sports management experience serving in many capacities with the NBA Spurs and the US Olympic Committee, including serving as an USOC officer and as the Chair of the sports management council (all 45 Summer and Winter sports). Robert is a Tenured Professor at Northwest Vista College. He earned a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin. Robert has two MAs, one from UT-Austin and one from Claremont Graduate University. His undergrad degree is from Claremont McKenna College. He was a CORO Fellow of Public and Urban Affairs in Los Angeles.
Andy Ku (2017-18)
Andy is a Principal at In-Q-Tel, a venture investment firm that invests in tech startups on behalf of intelligence and national security US Government agencies. As a White House Fellow (2017 – 2018), he worked with government officials and tech companies to build artificial intelligence to match veterans to jobs. Prior to the fellowship, he worked at LinkedIn, Google, and started his own company. He has volunteered for many years with organizations that help low-income youth gain skills to achieve their career potential. Andy has a BS, Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Scott Berns (2000-01)
Dr. Scott D. Berns is President and CEO of the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality (NICHQ); and Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board for the Progeria Research Foundation (PRF). Berns is a nationally recognized expert in quality improvement science in maternal and child health and has published extensively. Prior to joining NICHQ, Berns worked as Senior Vice President of Chapter Programs and Deputy Medical Officer for the March of Dimes National Office where he provided direction in education and community services to all state-based chapters. He is a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric emergency physician and is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Clinical Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown University. Berns completed a one-year White House Fellowship and served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. His son Sam and family were featured in an HBO Emmy Award-winning documentary titled “Life According to Sam”. Berns has received the Willis Wingert Award for excellence from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a public health service award from the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the 2015 Impact Award from the White House Fellows Foundation. He received his bachelor and medical degrees from Boston University and earned his masters of public health from Harvard University.
Susan Yoshihara (1996-97)
Dr. Yoshihara is founder and president of the American Council on Women, Peace, and Security, advancing women’s leadership and their protection in crisis and conflict. She is a former U.S. Navy combat logistics helicopter pilot and a Gulf War veteran. Her scholarly work on human rights has influenced the debate at the UN for more than a decade and has popularized new ideas in fields dominated by academic dogma. She was among the earliest to alert the UN Security Council to the issue of children born of sexual violence in conflict. Her book on humanitarian intervention, Waging War to Make Peace: U.S. Intervention in Global Conflicts alerts policymakers to the moral dimension of armed conflict and Population Decline and the Remaking of Great Power Politics demonstrates how contracting population is a destabilizing force. She holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, an M.A. in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, and is an MFA candidate in creative non-fiction at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband Dr. Toshi Yoshihara and their two daughters.
Doug Kmiec (1982-83)
An American legal scholar and author, Douglas W. Kmiec served President Obama as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Malta from 2009-11. During this “Arab Spring” period of challenge, the Ambassador directed the rescue of over 100 U.S. diplomatic personnel and 228 foreign nationals from the violence in Libya. Prior to diplomatic service, Ambassador Kmiec was the Dean & St. Thomas More Professor of The Catholic University of America and Director of the Center on Law & Government at the University of Notre Dame. As head of the Office of Legal Counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and the senior President Bush, his legal opinions extended the U.S. territorial waters from 3 to 12 miles and opened the door to federal assistance for those suffering from HIV/AIDS. The author of respected legal treatises and scholarly articles, his political wit and fair-minded insight has been sought by liberal and conservative media alike, with appearances on “Meet the Press,” the “NewsHour” and even Stephen Colbert. The Ambassador holds the emeritus chair in constitutional law and human rights at Pepperdine University in California. His numerous accolades include: the Edmund Randolph prize, department-wide honors from the Department of Justice and the Department of Housing, the coveted White House fellowship, and designation as a 40th Anniversary Distinguished Fulbright Scholar (Hong Kong and Malaysia). A gifted instructor, he was named “teacher of the year” at both Notre Dame and Pepperdine. He is recipient of the Howard White Medal for Excellence and an honorary LL.D.
Kate Higgins-Bloom (2014-15)
Commander Kate Higgins-Bloom is currently the Director of Project Evergreen, the U.S. Coast Guard’s strategic foresight initiative. As a White House Fellow, Kate worked for First Lady Michelle Obama developing public-private partnerships in support of veteran employment, mental health, and entrepreneurship.
She has held a variety of operational leadership roles, including Command Center Chief and SAR Mission Coordinator for Sector Hampton Roads, Incident Management Chief for Sector Boston, and Commanding Officer of USCGC BARANOF. Over the course of those tours, Kate specialized in leading complex security, inter-agency crisis response, and search and rescue operations. She has deployed throughout the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific, to the Arabian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and to numerous domestic responses, including Hurricane Katrina.
Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She also served as a Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is a member of the 2020-2021 cohort of MIT Seminar XXI.
Rodney D. Lewis (2011-12)
Brig. Gen. Rodney D. Lewis is currently the Deputy Director for Operations, Operations Team One, National Joint Operations and Intelligence Center, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia. Brig. Gen. Lewis leads a Joint Staff team conducting worldwide monitoring, crisis action, strategic nuclear and current operational watch functions.
He earned his commission in 1991 upon graduation from the United States Air Force Academy, where he was selected as the General John Hester Award winner for displaying the highest degree of loyalty, integrity and courage in his graduating class. Prior to his current position, the general served as Director, Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Executive Action Group.
A command pilot with more than 3,600 flying hours, principally in the C-17A Globemaster III, Brig. Gen. Lewis served in operations from Bosnia to Iraq. As a C-17A Instructor Pilot, he commanded combat-ready aircrews in various mission scenarios.
Brig. Gen. Lewis holds several degrees and certificates: Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University Legislative Studies; Aspen Institute Executive Seminar on Leadership, Values, and the Good Society; Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program; Georgetown Public Policy Institute Executive Certificate Nonprofit Management; and he was selected as a United States-Japan Foundation Leadership Program Fellow.
Rachel J. Thornton (2010-11)
Rachel Thornton, MD, PhD is Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Associate Director for Policy for the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Equity, and Associate Medical Director for Pediatric Managed Care in the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians where she provides leadership and expertise to advance healthcare system transformation. A practicing pediatrician, she studies the impacts of social and behavioral factors on children’s health, focusing on childhood obesity and long-term cardiovascular disease risk. She also examines impacts of multi-sector policies on children’s health and family well-being. Her research has been spotlighted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and is published in leading medical, policy and public health journals. She is motivated by a fundamental desire to improve children’s health and well-being. A graduate of New York University, she received her MD and PhD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health respectively where she also completed her Pediatrics residency and General Academic Pediatrics Fellowship. Dr. Thornton remains dedicated to teaching and mentoring. And as a WHFFA Member-At-Large, she is committed to stewarding the WHF program and ensuring that future fellows continue to embody excellence, diversity, and a commitment to public service.
Joseph Van Valen (2018-19)
Immediate Past Class Director for 2018-19
Major Joseph R. Van Valen is a Special Air Missions pilot in the United States Air Force and operates highly sensitive C-32 (Boeing 757) missions in support of the Vice President of the United States and other national leaders. As a White House Fellow, he served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy where he led an expansive policy portfolio on automated vehicles, unmanned aircraft systems, civil supersonic flight, and advanced air mobility. Joseph is a career United States Air Force officer and previously served as a Contingency Response Element Commander and USNORTHCOM liaison to FEMA during Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In 2016, while deployed to Iraq, Joseph advised Department of State and Government of Iraq officials on logistics challenges preceding the Iraqi-led push to recapture Mosul from ISIS. As a former Instructor Pilot on the $202 million C-17 aircraft, Joseph has flown over 270 combat hours in Afghanistan and Iraq, delivering the first M1A1 Abrams tank into Afghanistan in 2010. Prior to entering the Air Force, Joseph was a Senior Software Engineer for America Online, Inc., and is a named inventor on three U.S. technology patents. Joseph graduated high school at the age of 15. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and an M.A.S. in Criminology, Law and Society from the University of California, Irvine.
The Commission Office Director and Staff
The Current Commissioners
The Commissioners who currently serve on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships include:
Chairman: Robert M. “Mike” Duncan
Vice Chair: Aldona Wos
Justin Reilly Clark
Ryan E. Mackenzie
Sean Michael Spicer