THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1, 2018
*President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts*
*Joseph Ryan Gruters of Florida, to be a Member of the Amtrak Board of Directors for the remainder of a five-year term expiring October 4, 2022. *Mr. Gruters currently works as a Certified Public Accountantand owns Paoli & Gruters Certified Public Accountants. He has been active in political and community organizations during the last 20 years and has been the appointed twice by Governor Rick Scott of Florida to serve as a member of the Florida State University Board of Trustees, where he has chaired the Finance and Audit Committee. He has also served as Co-Chairman of the Florida for President Donald J. Trumps Presidential campaign and as the former campaign manager of Congressman Vern Buchanan. Mr. Gruters is a fourth generation Sarasotan and is currently a member of the Florida House of Representatives for District 73, where he represents Manatee and Sarasota Counties. He is a graduate of both Florida State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree, and the University of South Florida, where he earned an M.B.A.. Mr. Gruters is married to his wife Sydney and they have three children: Spencer, Jack, and Elizabeth.
*William R. Evanina of Pennsylvania, to be Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center.* Mr. Evanina currently serves as the Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Mr. Evanina has held this post since June of 2014. In this role, Mr. Evanina serves as the head of Counterintelligence (CI) for the U.S. Government and as the principal CI and Security advisor to the Director of National Intelligence. Before holding this role, Mr. Evanina served at the Central Intelligence Agency as the Chief of the Counterespionage Group. Mr. Evanina was born and raised in Peckville, Pennsylvania. He holds a bachelors degree in public administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, and a masters degree in educational leadership from Arcadia University in Philadelphia. Mr. Evanina and his wife JulieAnne live in Alexandria and have two children.
*John E. Whitley of Virginia, to be an Assistant Secretary of the Army (Financial Management & Comptroller).* Mr. Whitley currently serves as a senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for Naval Analysis, and research director at the Crime Prevention Research Center. Mr. Whitley previously served as a health care analyst at the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission, and an adjunct professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Additionally, Mr. Whitley served as director of program analysis and evaluation at the Department of Homeland Security, and an operations research analyst within the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Whitley served in the United States Army, and completed the Ranger Indoctrination Program, Ranger School, Parachute School, Special Forces Assessment and Selection, the Primary Leadership and Development Course, Special Operations Medical Course, and the Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Course. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and the University of Chicago.
*President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Appoint Personnel to Key Administration Posts*
*The following individuals to be a Member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, Department of Justice, for the remainder of a three year term expiring September 30, 2020:*
Patrick Hovakimian of California
*The following individuals to be a Member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority for a term of six years, expiring November 11, 2023:*
Alan E. Cobb of Kansas