Appointments March 17, 2011

•President Obama intends to nominate Paul Wohlers to be ambassador to Macedonia. Wohlers is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service and currently serves as deputy executive secretary at the State Department. He has held diplomatic postings at embassies in Bucharest, Romania; Moscow; and Nicosia, Cyprus, and also served as a Naval flight officer after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned a law degree from the University of Washington.

• The president plans to nominate Lewis Lukens as ambassador to the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of Guinea-Bissau. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Lukens is the executive director of the State Department’s Executive Secretariat. He has served as consul general in Vancouver and as executive secretary at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Princeton University.

• The president will nominate Madelyn R. Creedon as assistant secretary of Defense for global strategic affairs. Creedon is counsel for the Senate Armed Services Committee, where she is responsible for the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, in addition to threat reduction and nuclear nonproliferation issues. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Evansville and a law degree from St. Louis University.

• President Obama plans to nominate Alan F. Estevez to be assistant secretary of Defense for logistics and materiel readiness. He currently is the principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for logistics and materiel readiness, and previously served as assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense for supply-chain integrations. He has received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award, as well as the 2005 Service to America Medal awarded by the Partnership for Public Service. He received a master’s degree in national security resource strategy from the Industrial College of Armed Forces, and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University.

• President Obama nominated Mary Geiger Lewis as judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. She is currently a partner at Columbia, S.C., law firm Lewis & Babcock, where she represents plaintiffs and defendants on civil matters. She worked as a law clerk for the Senate Judiciary Committee of the South Carolina Legislature. She received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University.

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