Nominations & Appointments, March 18, 1985

Nomination of Fernando Enrique Rondon To Be United States Ambassador to Ecuador

March 18, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Fernando Enrique Rondon, of Virginia, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-Counselor, as Ambassador to Ecuador. He would succeed Samuel Friedlander Hart.

Mr. Rondon entered the Foreign Service in 1961 and was vice consul in Tehran in 1962 - 1964. He attended French language training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1964 - 1965 and Arabic language training in Tangier in 1965 - 1966. He was principal officer in Constantine (1966 - 1967), consular officer in Algiers (1967 - 1968), and political officer in Antananarivo (1968 - 1970). He served on the National Security Council at the White House in 1970 - 1973. He attended the National War College in 1975 - 1976 and was Alternate Director of the Office of East Coast Affairs in the Department in 1976 - 1978. He was deputy chief of mission in Tegucigalpa in 1978 - 1980. In 1980 - 1983 he served as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Madagascar. Since that time he has been Director, Office of Andean Affairs.

He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (B.S., 1960). His foreign languages are Spanish, French, Arabic, and Persian. He is married, has three children, and resides in Falls Church, VA. He was born May 6, 1936, in Los Angeles, CA.

Nomination of Faith Ryan Whittlesey To Be United States Ambassador to Switzerland

March 18, 1985

The President today announced his intention to nominate Faith Ryan Whittlesey, of Pennsylvania, as Ambassador to Switzerland. She would succeed John Davis Lodge.

Mrs. Whittlesey was a substitute teacher in the Philadelphia School District in Pennsylvania in 1962 - 1964. She was with the Pennsylvania Department of Justice as special assistant attorney general (1964 - 1965) and as special assistant attorney general in the Department of Public Welfare (1967 - 1970). In 1965 she was law clerk to the Honorable Francis L. Van Dusen of the United States District Court (Eastern District of Pennsylvania). In 1972 - 1976 she was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, serving on the committees of judiciary, consumer protection, education, health and welfare, and urban affairs. She was a member of the Delaware County Council in Media, PA, in 1980 - 1981 having been elected as chairman and vice chairman (1976 - 1981). She was an attorney in the law firm of Wolf, Block, Schorr and Solis-Cohen of Philadelphia (1980 - 1981). Mrs. Whittlesey served as Ambassador to Switzerland in 1981 - 1983. And from 1983 to the present, she has been Assistant to the President for Public Liaison.

Mrs. Whittlesey graduated cum laude (B.A.) in 1960 from Wells College and received her J.D. in 1963 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 1962 she attended the Academy of International Law at The Hague, Netherlands. She has three children and resides in Washington, DC. She was born February 21, 1939, in Jersey City, NJ.

Appointment of Jack L. Courtemanche as Executive Director of the National White House Conference on Small Business

March 18, 1985

The President today announced his intention to appoint Jack L. Courtemanche to be executive director of the National White House Conference on Small Business. This is a new position.

Since October 1983 Mr. Courtemanche has been serving as Deputy Assistant to the President for Public Liaison. Previously he was executive director of the White House Conference on Productivity. Prior to joining the White House staff, he served as president of Crown Coach Corp. in Los Angeles, CA. In 1970 - 1975 he was vice president of Mack Trucks, Inc., Allentown, PA, in charge of the western region. In 1961 - 1970 he was president of Automotive Equipment Co. in Portland, OR, and Los Angeles, CA.

Mr. Courtemanche attended the University of Oregon. He served in the United States Army in 1956 - 1958. He is married, has six children, and resides in Washington, DC. He was born March 9, 1935, in McMinnville, OR.