JACINTA TITIALI‘I, ESQ. TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO WHITEHOUSE COMMISSION FOR ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND AFFAIRS

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CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

News Release April 13, 2000

JACINTA TITIALI‘I, ESQ. TO RECEIVE PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT TO WHITE HOUSE COMMISSION FOR ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLAND AFFAIRS

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that Ms. Jacinta Titiali‘i, an American Samoan lawyer, will soon be appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders.

"This is such a thrill to hear of this appointment," said Faleomavaega. "To her credit, Ms. Titiali‘i has developed an exemplary reputation as she has traveled around the United States in several legal positions. In recognition of her talent, and in keeping with the President's desire to expand minority involvement in government affairs, this is a most welcome appointment. She will be one of 15 commissioners from a field of over 200 applicants from all over the country."

Currently Jacinta Titiali‘i is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel with Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a hospital company with 130 hospitals in 17 states, which generates $10 billion in annual revenues.

Tenet Corporation prides itself on the diversity of the facilities it operates from inner-city urban and "safety-net" hospitals to rural and sole-community providers. Ms. Titiali‘i has been involved in the health care industry for 15 years, and was selected in 1996 as one of Modern Healthcare’s "Up & Comers" for her quality work and career contributions to the field of healthcare.

The White House Commission will advise the President on the development, monitoring, and coordination of Federal efforts to improve the quality of life of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans through increased participation in Federal programs and to collect data related to Asian and Pacific Islander American populations; ways to increase public-sector, private-sector and community involvement in improving the health and well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and ways to foster research and data on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, including research and data on public health.

Jacinta was born in Tutuila, American Samoa. Her father, the Reverend Elder Folasa Titiali‘i, is the leader of the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa, Pulega of Seattle, serving the Samoan communities in the states of Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Her mother is the late Avemaoi Suitonu Titiali‘i, from the village of Aloa and also from Manu‘a.

Jacinta is married to Cooper Abbott, from Samoa, and they have one son.

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