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Michelle Obama Shares Limelight With EPA Staff

By Ed O'Keefe

First lady Michelle Obama, flanked by several EPA employees, waves as she speaks today during her visit to the EPA's Washington, D.C. headquarters. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

First Lady Michelle Obama made her sixth visit to a federal agency today, speaking to at least 1,000 employees at the Environmental Protection Agency. She was joined on stage by several managers of special programs and "charter employees" who have been with EPA since its inception 39 years ago.

Here's the list:

EPA Charter Employees:

Diane Bazzle, office of the administrator

Naomi Jones, office of administration and resources management

Margaret Hawkins, office of research and development

Stephen Heare, office of water

Helen Morrison, office of enforcement and compliance assurance

Joseph Rauscher, office of solid waste and emergency response

Frank Sanders, office of prevention, pesticides and toxic substances

Linda Travers, office of environmental information

Special Emphasis Program Leads:

Marza Baig, affirmative employment program manager (5 yr employee)

Christopher Emanuel, disability employment program manager (8 yrs)

David Gomez, national chair, Hispanic employment program (22 yrs)

Secody Hubbard, American Indian employment program manager (7 yrs)

Jerome King, diversity program manager (19 yrs)

June Turner, Asian Pacific Islander employment program manager (7 yrs)

Cleveland Williams, black employment program manager (2 yrs)

Alease Wright, women’s employment program manager (16 yrs)

Source: EPA

UPDATE: The Post's First Lady Correspondent DeNeen L. Brown filed a video report of the First Lady's EPA visit.

By Ed O'Keefe  | February 26, 2009; 2:46 PM ET
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