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For Immediate Release

President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

·         Kevin F. O’Malley – Ambassador to Ireland, Department of State

·         Jessie H. Roberson – Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and upon appointment to be designated Vice Chair

·         Daniel J. Santos – Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

President Obama said, “I am proud to nominate such impressive men and women to these important roles, and I am grateful they have agreed to lend their considerable talents to this Administration. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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

Kevin F. O’Malley, Nominee for Ambassador to Ireland, Department of State

Kevin F. O’Malley is an officer in the Litigation Department at Greensfelder, Hemker and Gale in St. Louis, Missouri and has been a practicing trial lawyer for over 35 years.  Mr. O’Malley has been an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law since 2013, and taught at St. Louis University School of Law from 1979 to 1985.  He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in St. Louis from 1979 to 1983 and was a Special Attorney in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice from 1974 to 1979.  In 2009, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Mr. O’Malley to the Missouri Board of Healing Arts.  Mr. O'Malley served as a legal instructor for the American Bar Association's Central and East European Law Initiative in Moscow in 1996 and Warsaw in 1999.  He received an A.B. and a J.D. from Saint Louis University.

Jessie H. Roberson, Nominee for Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, and upon appointment to be designated Vice Chair

Jessie H. Roberson is currently Vice Chair and Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB), positions she has held since 2010. In 2007, Ms. Roberson was the Senior Vice President for Environmental Affairs at Atlantic Sea Harbor Group/Safe Harbor Energy. From 2006 to 2007, Ms. Roberson served as the Director of the Nuclear Services Division at CH2M Hill. She was the Director of Nuclear Regulatory Programs at Exelon Corporation from 2004 to 2006. From 2001 to 2004, Ms. Roberson served at the Department of Energy as Assistant Secretary for the Environmental Management Program. She was a member of the DNFSB from 2000 to 2001. From 1994 to 2000, Ms. Roberson served as a Site Manager for the Rocky Flats Environmental Technology Site. She was a Waste Management and Environmental Deputy Assistant Manager for the Department of Energy from 1989 to 1994. Ms. Roberson worked for Georgia Power Company as a Senior Systems Electrical Engineer from 1987 to 1989. She was also a Nuclear Operations Manager at the Savannah River Plant for E.I. DuPont from 1981 to 1987. Ms. Roberson received a B.S. from the University of Tennessee.

Daniel J. Santos, Nominee for Member, Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board

Daniel J. Santos is currently Senior Technical Advisor at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), a position he has held since 2007. Since 2011, Mr. Santos has served at the NRC as the Chairman of the Multinational Design Evaluation Program in the Digital Instrumentation and Controls Group. Prior to joining the NRC, Mr. Santos served in a number of positions at the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Headquarters in the Instrumentation and Control Division from 1997 to 2007, including Deputy Manager from 2004 to 2007 and Senior Engineer from 2002 to 2004. He began his career as an Officer in the United States Navy in 1997. Mr. Santos received a B.S. from the University of Puerto Rico, an M.S. from the Naval Postgraduate School, and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland.