Appointment of B. Jay Cooper as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary

 

October 23, 1988

 

The President today announced the appointment of B. Jay Cooper as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.

 

Since September 8, 1987, Mr. Cooper has served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary. He had been Director of Public Affairs and Press Secretary at the Department of Commerce since September 1983. He first came to the Commerce Department as the Secretary's speechwriter in March 1981. Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Cooper was an editor for the Waterbury (Connecticut) Republican-American newspapers. He served as a reporter for those newspapers for about 8 years and also wrote a weekly political column. In 1980, he took a leave of absence and served as communications director for the Connecticut Reagan-Bush campaign. While at the Waterbury newspapers, he won several awards, including the UPI New England Community Service Award.

 

Mr. Cooper graduated from Northeastern University (B.A., 1973). He was born June 9, 1950, and is a native of Waterbury, CT. He currently resides in Arlington, VA, and has three daughters.

 

Appointment of Leslye A. Arsht as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary

 

October 23, 1988

 

The President today announced the appointment of Leslye A. Arsht as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary.

 

Ms. Arsht has served as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary since March 16, 1987. Prior to joining the White House staff, she spent 7 months working on her first novel. Previously she was director of public affairs for the Boston-based Cabot Corp. (1983 - 1986), where she also served as manager of corporate communications (1979 - 1983). From 1975 to 1979, Ms. Arsht was associated with Union Carbide Corp.; she was named manager of public relations for Union Carbide's Washington office in 1976. Ms. Arsht has served as a public information specialist for the Environmental Protection Agency (1973 - 1975) and as a writer and editor for the White House News Summary (1969 - 1972). In 1981 she was named Communicator of the Year by the Yankee Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. She was a recipient of the YMCA's 1985 Twin Award (Tribute to Women in International Industry).

 

Ms. Arsht graduated from the University of Houston (B.A., political science, 1968). Ms. Arsht is a native of Houston, TX, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

 

Appointment of Roman Popadiuk as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs

 

October 23, 1988

 

The President today announced the appointment of Roman Popadiuk as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs.

 

Mr. Popadiuk has served since March 14, 1988, as Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs and had previously served as an Assistant Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs since July 1986. Mr. Popadiuk has been a career Foreign Service officer since 1981. He served in Mexico City from 1982 to 1984, where he did consular and political work and was special assistant to the Ambassador. From 1984 to 1986, he had a tour with the Department of State and the National Security Council. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he was an adjunct lecturer in political science at Brooklyn College in New York City.

 

Mr. Popadiuk graduated from Hunter College (B.A., 1973) and the City University of New York (Ph.D., 1981). He is married to the former Judith Ann Fedkiw. They have four children and reside in Bethesda, MD.