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Donald McGahn resigns as White House Counsel

October 19, 2018: Donald F. McGahn II resigned as the White House Counsel on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 after twenty-one months in the position. Pat Cipollone has been named to succeed McGahn. Cipollone is a longtime Washington lawyer. McGahn, 50, Republican, had long planned to leave the White House in the fall of 2018. Also, in August, 2018, President Trump announced on Twitter that McGahn would be leaving office as the White House Counsel after Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court. McGahn, 50, graduated from Notre Dame and attended Widener University’s Commonwealth Law School in Pennsylvania before arriving in Washington, where he worked in private practice, specializing in election law. He also worked at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for five years. McGahn joined the Trump presidential campaign in 2015. The FEC is an independent federal government agency.

Courtney Bailey-Kanelos hired as Sacramento County, Calif., Registrar of Voters

October 19, 2018: Courtney Bailey-Kanelos has been hired as the Sacramento County, Calif., Registrar of Voters, effective on Nov. 11, 2018. Bailey-Kanelos has fourteen years of experience at Sacramento County’s Department of Voter Registration and Elections, where she has been promoted repeatedly to areas of increasing complexity and responsibility. From 2004 to 2007, she was an Election Clerk, and she was promoted to Election Assistant, a position that she held from 2007 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, Bailey-Kanelos was an Election Supervisor, supervising and conducting evaluations for the Senior Election Assistant and the Election Assistant. Since 2015, Bailey-Kanelos has been the Election Manager for Precinct Operations, where she has prepared and implemented the budget; reviewed, prepared and updated internal policies and procedures; and represented Precinct Operations to outside agencies and organizations. She is also currently a Member of the State Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee, and she is the Chairman of the Sacramento County Voting Accessibility Advisory Committee.

Charles Toups named Vice President and General Manager of newly-created Disruptive Computing and Networks division of Boeing

October 19, 2018: Charles Toups was named as the as Vice President and General Manager of the newly-created Disruptive Computing and Networks (DC&N) division of Boeing by Boeing officials on Tuesday, October 17, 2018. DC&N is scheduled to be based in Southern California and operate as a part of Boeing Engineering, Test and Technology. Toups was most recently the Vice President and General Manager of Boeing Research & Technology (BR&T). Toups previously held several senior-level engineering management and business positions at Boeing, including Vice President and General Manager of the Network and Tactical Systems division at Boeing Defense, Space & Security; Vice President of Engineering at Boeing Defense, Space & Security; and Vice President of Boeing Satellite Systems. Toups received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of California at Irvine, a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in business management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Naveed Hussain has been named to lead BR&T, the company's advanced central research and development organization. BR&T is comprised of about 4,000 engineers, scientists, technicians and technologists. In his new post, Hussain is charged with overseeing five facilities in the U.S. and six international research centers. Hussain was most recently the Vice President of Aeromechanics Technology, and he leads the BR&T facility in Southern California. He has held several managerial positions at Boeing since he joined the company as a Howard Hughes Doctoral Fellow nearly thirty years ago.

Kevin Boyle named Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, at Vectrus

October 19, 2018: Kevin Boyle has been hired as the Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at Vectrus, officials announced on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Boyle succeeds Michael Tyler. Boyle was previously a Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Vencore. Boyle led Vencore through its merger transaction with DXC Technology’s U.S. federal government division and Key Point Government Solutions to form the company now known as Perspecta. He also held leadership positions at Alion Science and Technology, MCR, General Dynamics’ Information Technology business, Vangent, Anteon International Corporation, InterWorld Corporation and Avesta Technologies. Boyle received his bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, and he received his law degree from the Tulane University Law School.

David Stilwell nominated as State Department Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs

October 19, 2018: David Stilwell was nominated as the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the U.S. Department of State on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Stilwell, of Hawaii, is a U.S. Air Force veteran, with more than thirty-five years of experience as a Pilot, Commander and Korean Linguist. He retired in 2015 with the rank of Brigadier General. Stilwell is currently the Director of the China Strategic Focus Group at the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Headquarters in Hawaii, and he is an adjunct senior fellow at the East West Center in Honolulu. Stilwell was previously the Staff Officer for Joint Staff Plans and Policy, Asia, at the U.S. Department of Defense, and he was the Defense Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. Stilwell received a B.S. degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and he received M.A. degrees from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, U.S. Air Command and Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Stilwell speaks Korean, Chinese and some Japanese.

Darren Conner named President, Dewberry Engineers, Inc., at Dewberry

October 19, 2018: Darren Conner has been named the President of Dewberry Engineers Inc., a division of Dewberry, company officials announced on Sept. 28, 2018. In his new position, Conner is charged with overseeing operations at more than fifty offices from coast to coast, with projects that focus on environmental, site and civil, structural, mechanical and electrical, energy and transportation engineering. Conner is a civil engineer, and he has worked at Dewberry for thirty-three years. He was previously the President of the company’s Southeast office, directing about five-hundred people at twenty-four offices. In his new position, Conner succeeds Dan Pleasant. Pleasant will continue to hold his position of Chief Operating Officer at Dewberry.

Mary Phee nominated as U.S. Ambassador to Qatar

October 19, 2018: Mary C. Phee was nominated as the U.S. Ambassador to Qatar on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Phee, of Illinois, is a career member of the federal government’s Senior Foreign Service. She is currently the Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation at the U.S. Department of State. She was previously the U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan; the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs; and the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She also previously worked at the White House National Security Council as the Director for Iraq. She was also the Senior Civilian Representative of the Coalition Provisional Authority to the Maysan Province, al-Amarah, Iraq. Phee received her B.A. degree from Indiana University, and she received an M.A.L.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Phee speaks Arabic.