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Vol. III, No. 6 – February 2012 | The Alumni Newsletter Highlighting Activities of JSA – Junior State of America
Congress is In Session
jeff harris JSA’s winter convention cycle is home to our popular Congress conventions.  Us old time JSA alumni are probably not familiar with these conventions as they were introduced to JSA in the early ‘90’s. Younger alumni mostly recall Congress as their favorite JSA convention. By some measures, JSA’s Congress conventions are our most popular and most educational and they certainly are our most “democratic.”  These conventions are a fun way for young people to learn about the legislative process just as many of us learned from Schoolhouse Rock back in the 1970s.

JSA launched our Congress Convention format originally as “expansion conventions” and held them in areas where we looking to expand – Fresno, San Diego, Houston, Portland, Spokane and Washington, D.C.  While not overly successful at spawning JSA chapters in new areas (only growth in Texas and Oregon can be attributed to these conventions), Congress convention attendance started rapidly growing in the early 2000’s and can be credited for some of JSA’s expansion on the East Coast and Midwest. In particular, our Washington DC conventions have grown from a couple hundred students over one weekend to three weekends with over 2,000 students combined.  Over the years, the great line up of political speakers – from Ralph Nader to Pat Robertson to Dennis Kucinich to Edwin Meese - has helped fuel this growth.

Educators have heralded JSA’s Congress Conventions as our most educational because they not only give students a chance to explore controversial issues, they also help students understand “how a bill becomes a law.”  More so than textbook accounts of how Congress works, JSA lets students experience the excitement and frustrations of lawmaking.  Through heated committee sessions and fiery speeches on the “floor” of the House and Senate, students compromise, persuade and wind up settling on solutions to the challenges facing our nation.  There are 535 folks who work in Washington DC who could learn a thing or two from our students.

Unlike debate resolutions at Fall State and Spring State, the issues discussed at JSA’s Congress Conventions come straight from ordinary JSA delegates. While appointed Debate Directors determine the resolutions for most of our conventions, the legislation debated at Congress is submitted by chapter members.  The range of topics is impressive. From lighter issues like abolishing the penny and banning Barbie dolls that make girls insecure about their body image to tough controversies like health care reform and affirmative action, students have weighed in on policies they feel Congress should consider.

At the end of the Congress Conventions, students are encouraged to get in touch with their Congressional representatives and let them know about the legislation from the weekend. Real world politicians should take note of the issues and creative solutions that capture the attention of today’s student leaders.

JSA  Alumni Association News
paul hrabalBY PAUL HRABAL: The JSA Alumni Association launched last year with a flurry of activities and initiatives.

In an effort to learn more about JSA alumni and reconnect them with each other, we surveyed over 30,000 alumni and published the first ever JSA Alumni Directory. It lists 4,500 alumni from 1940 to 2011 and is a fascinating look at what our alumni are up to today.

Hopefully many of you were able to attend one of the alumni events last November at the Fall State Conventions in Los Angeles, Santa Clara, Boston and Austin. JSA alumni had the opportunity to participate in a student-alumni debate, hear from an alum speaker and meet the current JSA Governor and cabinet in a private reception.

Coming up next month are two amazing JSA fundraising events in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice headlines an intimate gathering at a home in Atherton, CA to benefit JSA and, in Los Angeles, LA City Councilmember, JSA alum and candidate for mayor Eric Garcetti will speak at a private lunch. Find more information and purchase tickets here:  JSA Spring Fundraisers.

The JSA Alumni Steering Committee is making plans now for more alumni events later this year and will publish an updated Alumni Directory as well. Please watch your email for further information and, if you have any suggestions on what you would like to see,

New Directors Named to JSA Board

The Junior Statesmen Foundation is pleased to announce the election of five new members of its Board of Directors.  Jennifer Anastasoff, Amy Demske, Steve LaVoie, Jay Maguire and Anne Raby Gates were elected to four year terms as JSF Directors.  Short biographies of the new Directors can be found below.

Additionally, Alex Evans, June Thurber Paine, and Jim Lintott were re-elected to new terms.  The 2012 class of joins nine other civic minded alumni and friends of JSA who make up the fiduciary Board of Directors that governs the Junior Statesmen Foundation and supports the activities of the student-run Junior State of America.

The Board of Directors also elected a new slate of officers to lead the foundation.  Re-elected to their posts were Alex Evans, President; Marty Barash, Vice-President and Susan Thurman, Treasurer.  Joining them for the upcoming term with be Amy Demsky, who was elected Secretary.

New members of The Junior Statesmen Foundation Board of Directors

Jennifer Anastasoff
Co-Founder and CEO, Fuse Corps

Jennifer is a co-founder of Fuse Corps and the founding CEO. She has significant experience engaging the corporate sector in pro-bono projects in particular in education. Prior to starting Fuse Corps, Jennifer engaged top corporate professionals in pro-bono projects as well as in education as founding CEO of a teacher recruiting organization and founder of an international corporate service fellowship program. Her prior work includes teaching through Teach for America and serving as an analyst in the California Legislature. She has spoken and presented papers at Harvard University and its Business School, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Comparative International Education Society Conference. Jennifer has a Masters in Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship.

As a student at Pacifica High School, Jennifer served as the Northern California
Governor for JSA and attended the JSA Summer Schools at Stanford and Georgetown.

Amy J. Demske
Senior Government Relations Director, Arent Fox LLP

Amy has spent more than twenty years helping shape state and federal health policy. Since 2003, Amy has worked as a senior lobbyist for the law firm Arent Fox, representing healthcare innovators on federal legislative and regulatory matters. Amy’s practice consists of hospitals, health systems, device and drug manufacturers and provider organizations and she writes and speaks to groups about the implications and intersection of legislative and regulatory changes to the Medicaid and Medicare programs, healthcare system and delivery change, implementation of the Affordable Care Act and coverage and payment for emerging technologies. Amy also provides professional services to non-profit and charitable organizations, and received the firm’s Pro Bono award in 2009 for outstanding contributions to the public interest.

Prior to joining Arent Fox, Amy directed the federal operations for Broydrick &Associates, a Wisconsin-based government relations firm, and managed the health care practice at the Carmen Group. Amy served on the legislative and budget team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (then Health Care Financing Administration) during passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, focusing on federal budgeting, Medicaid’s charity care program for public hospitals, state financing programs, demonstration programs, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Amy received the Administrator’s top award for service for the development of the President’s FY 1998 Medicare and Medicaid legislative program. In 1991, Amy served as a leadership aide to Florida House Majority Leader Anne Mackenzie, and in 1994 assumed the role of Legislative Director for Florida’s health care agency and as Governor Lawton Chiles’ legislative liaison. In this role, Amy led a statewide campaign in support of the Governor’s comprehensive health care reform legislation to increase access to care for Floridians.

Amy is the immediate Past Chair of the Montgomery County Board of Social Services, responsible for advocating for programs and services to support the county’s safety net. Amy has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), representing foster children that have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect.

As a student at Watchung Hills High School in New Jersey, Amy was the first JSA student leader on the East Coast and organized the first JSA convention on the East Coast after attending the JSA Summer School at Georgetown University.

Anne Raby Gates
Exec. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Disney Consumer Products

Anne returned to her role as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Disney Consumer Products (DCP) in October 2009. She is responsible for DCP’s finance and accounting functions and leads budgetary and strategic planning reviews. Gates also oversees franchise development and management, the North America Sales team, and the division’s information technology function. Previously, Anne was Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Europe and Emerging Markets. She was responsible for all merchandise licensing and support functions for DCP’s European region, which consists of United Kingdom; France; Benelux; Iberia; GAS (includes Germany, Austria, Switzerland); Nordic and Italy. In addition, Gates was responsible for DCP’s Emerging Markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America and oversaw the Disney Store Europe.

Anne’s experience at The Walt Disney Company began in 1991 as a Senior Manager for Operations and Planning. In 1993, she was promoted to Vice President, Division Finance and Planning and was named Vice President, Planning and Business Development at Disney Interactive in 1997. Following an assignment as vice president, Operations Planning, The Walt Disney Company, Anne was promoted to Senior Vice President and named DCP’s Chief Financial Officer in 2000. She was promoted again to Executive Vice President in 2001. Prior to joining Disney, Anne worked for PepsiCo. Her roles included a position as manager, Business Development for KFC International, based in London, for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Anne received a bachelor of arts in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley and a master of science in operations research from Columbia University.

Anne was a JSA leader at Cubberley High School in Palo Alto and attended the Junior Statesmen Summer School at UC Davis.

Steven LaVoie
Chairman and CEO, Arrowstream

Steve founded ArrowStream in 2000 and serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Steve’s extensive experience in foodservice and finance, combined with his passion and commitment to building trust among trading partners, has helped him develop a unique vision for reshaping the foodservice supply chain. Since founding ArrowStream, he and his team have been dedicated to building the world’s most efficient supply chains. Prior to forming ArrowStream, Steve was President of the Sterno Division at Blyth Industries, a $1.3 billion global consumer products company. Previously, Steve held several positions at Blyth Industries including Vice President of International and Corporate Controller.

Steve earned his Master’s degree in public and private management (MPPM) from the Yale School of Management and his Bachelor of Arts from The University of California, Berkeley. Steve has earned many professional recognitions including: Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Midwest honoree, finalist for the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) 2010 CEO of the Year, and Supply and Demand Chain Executives’ 2009 Pros to Know. He serves on the Board of the Chicago Institute of Psychoanalysis and chairs its investment committee. He has been involved with the International Foodservice Manufacturers Association since 1999.

Originally from Sonoma, CA, one of Steve’s teachers gave him the announcement about The Junior Statesmen Summer School. He gave up a baseball road trip that summer to attend the program at U.C. Davis and the experience had a deep affect on his life.

Jay Maguire
Principal, Maguire Strategies

Jay provides business development services, political strategy advice and direct legislative advocacy to an array of clients in Washington, DC and in Austin, Texas, with interests in procurement, appropriations, transportation, health care, renewable energy, insurance, tobacco regulation, biotech, pharmaceuticals, and tax matters.

He joined the Washington offices of the Chicago-based law firm of Bell, Boyd and Lloyd in 1997 as Legislative Representative for clients of the firm. He provided lobbying, media relations, crisis management and campaign finance services and advice to clients in a wide range of industries—from the mutual fund trade association to a major ship-husbanding contractor. He represented Computer Associates, then the world’s largest software manufacturer before the US Congress and the Virginia legislature, where he obtained solid results against an entrenched special interest which sought to legally infringe the intellectual property rights of the client. He successfully managed a multi-state project over five years to prevent the implementation of selective taxation of small tobacco manufacturers to the benefit of Big Tobacco.

In 2005, he left Bell, Boyd and formed Maguire Strategies, a boutique government affairs shop with clients in Florida, Texas and Washington, DC and strategic partnerships with lobby shops and law firms in several capital cities.

As a student at Pasadena High School in Texas, Jay attended the Junior Statesmen Summer School at Georgetown University. Subsequently, Jay also worked as a counselor and speakers program assistant at the program and served as a counselor and assistant director at the JSA Summer School at UT Austin. Jay currently serves as chair of the JSA Texas Advisory Committee.

JSA Adds a Veteran and New Blood to Management Team

JSA is pleased to announce to key additions to our management team.  Larry Guillemette rejoins the staff as Chief Academic Officer and Matt Patchell comes on board as Chief Development Officer.

larry guillemetteLarry has over 25 years experience working in the fields of civic and experiential education.  Larry began his relationship with The Junior Statesmen Foundation more than 20 years ago when he opened the JSF’s first office in Washington, DC while serving as the Director of East Coast and Texas Programs for the Junior State.  In 1992, he moved on to serve as the Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at the Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University and later served as the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

For more than 10 years, Larry was the principal of a boutique meeting and event management consulting firm that organized and executed major events including international conferences and trade shows, product launches and fund raising events.   Prior to rejoining the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Larry was the Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Academic Travel Abroad, an industry leader in providing in-depth adult travel learning programs.  At ATA, Larry worked closely with arts, educational and other cultural non-profit organizations as that use travel as part of their fund raising strategies.

Larry’s work in civic education began when he served as the Director of Educational Programs for the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, where he was responsible for such programs as the National Young Leaders Conference, the Washington Journalism Conference and the Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference. 

matt patchellMatt started his career in Washington DC, working as the Deputy Political Director for Business Executives for National Security, a non-partisan education and advocacy organization that seeks to inject business principles into national security planning.

After graduate school he went to work for AT&T and later AT&T Wireless in a several sales, marketing, sales management and business development roles. During this time he was responsible for the business relationship with several of the largest and most recognizable Bay Area based Fortune 500 companies.

Matt received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Masters degree emphasizing international relations and business management from the University of California San Diego.  His Masters’ work included a two-year graduate research project at Japan’s Tohoku University as a sponsored Monbusho (Department of Education) Fellow.

Karen’s Corner: By Karen Prosser
Karen Prosser Greetings, dear reader:

Good news from the East Coast:  Liz Lempert, a former JSA Lt. Governor in Northern California and Summer School graduate in 1983, is running for Mayor of Princeton, NJ in the upcoming June 5 Democratic primary election.  

"The next few years offer a great opportunity to show how we can continue to build on the consolidation of our two municipalities -- Princeton Borough and Princeton Township -- and remake ourselves into a Princeton that will be stronger, more vibrant and even more extraordinary than before," Lempert said in a press release announcing her candidacy. "I want to make sure consolidation works well for all residents. If we do it right, we'll be a model for others -- a fitting role for a town with so much renowned history."

Something you don't hear often enough from political leaders, and JSA alumna Janice Rutherford led the way:

San Bernardino County supervisors rolled back their own health and retirement benefits Tuesday, approving a proposal to reduce their compensation by 18 percent.

The board, voting unanimously, took the step following a county civil grand jury report last July that criticized supervisors' benefits as "overly generous" compared to surrounding counties.  A survey requested by Supervisor Rutherford found that San Bernardino supervisors received the second highest salary and benefits among seven Southern California counties.  Only Los Angeles County supervisors receive more.

"We were way out of whack with comparable counties in Southern California," said Rutherford, who proposed the cut and described their benefits as "gold-plated." Janice is a Republican who is serving her first term as a San Bernardino County Supervisor.

Ed Prosser, 1987 JSA Summer School at Stanford and Los Angeles Symposium and Stanford Summer School Resident-Advisor, and his wife, Maria are expecting their first child in October.

Julia Curtis, JSA Northern California Governor, JSA Georgetown Summer School graduate and Resident Advisor at several JSA summer programs gave birth recently to Cornelia Piquette, known as Coco. Mom and Babe are living in Florence, Italy.

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In This Issue
  ‣ JSA's Congress Conventions
  ‣ alumni association news
  New jsa directors Named
  ‣ jsa management team
  Karen’s Corner
Events calendar
March 17, 2012
 Spring Fundraiser with L.A. City Councilman and JSA Alum Eric Garcetti in conversation with Dan Schnur

March 29, 2012
 Spring Fundraiser with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in conversation with former California Contoller Steve Westly

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