White House Announces Additional Guests in the First Lady's Box -- State of the Union Address

Jo-Carolyn Goode | , Style Magazine Newswire | 1/28/2014, 4:14 p.m.
First Lady Michelle Obama

In addition to the 17 individuals previously announced, today the White House announced additional guests will be seated in the box with the First Lady, Dr. Biden and Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, at the State of the Union Address tonight. The list below includes all the guests who will be seated in the box tonight.

The guests who have been invited to sit with the First Lady represent the stories of millions of Americans across the country, who are working hard to better their communities, improve their own economic outcomes and help restore opportunity for all.

Information about these guests and news about the State of the Union is available at WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU.

Misty DeMars (Oak Park, IL)

Misty DeMars lives in Oak Park, Illinois with her husband and two young sons. At the end of May, 2013 – just a week after purchasing the home they intended to raise their family in – Misty lost her job of eight years due to budget cuts. Misty, who had been steadily employed since high school and who put herself through college, wrote to the President upon the expiration of her emergency unemployment insurance, explaining: “We stand to lose everything we’ve worked for years to build in the matter of months.” Misty is one of millions who is left with limited resources, difficult decisions and an uncertain future as she looks for work without the crucial economic lifeline of emergency unemployment insurance.

Peter Mouskondis (Salt Lake City, UT)

President and CEO, Nicholas & Company, Inc.

Peter Mouskondis is the CEO and President of Nicholas & Company, Inc., a third generation family-owned and operated broadline foodservice distribution company, employing roughly 500 people. Nicholas & Company is known for its culture of mutual respect and care among and for its employees, emphasizing work-life balance and benefits, including maternity, paternity, and bereavement leave, among others. The atmosphere that Peter and the leaders at Nicholas & Company have developed is paying off – the workforce is more productive and the company is expanding. Peter says “Our success at Nicholas & Company is directly related to our family-friendly approach and the work of my grandmother, mother, and wife in making work-life balance an essential part of our culture.” Nicholas & Company has been honored with many awards under Peter’s leadership including: the Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility, 2013; the Utah Department of Work Force Services Work/Life Award Legacy, 2001-2012; and the Utah Business Magazine, Best Companies to Work For, 2005, 2011, 2013.

Cory Remsburg and Craig Remsburg (Phoenix, AZ)

US Army Ranger Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg has met President Obama on three separate occasions – once overseas and twice since a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan on his 10th deployment left him in a coma for three months, partially paralyzed and brain-damaged. He currently endures six hours of occupational, physical and speech therapy per day, and his father, Craig, along with Cory’s step-mom Annie, is the caretaker by Cory’s side as he continues his recovery. Craig is the Vice President of Human Resources for Telgian Corporation and a retired US Air Force Reserve firefighter. A native of Arizona, Sergeant First Class Remsburg joined the Army on his 18th birthday after Craig refused to sign the papers for the 17-year-old Cory to join on his own. Sergeant First Class Remsburg says “I won’t give up.” Sergeant First Class Remsburg has been awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.