State of the Union: The First Lady's Box

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room (White House photo)

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in the Blue Room (White House photo)

Tonight, First Lady Michelle Obama will host a number of guests at the State of the Union. The guests in the First Lady's box has varied in the past from the famous to the not-so-famous. Take a look at a few of tonight's guests...and keep scrolling down for a photo gallery.

Ambassador Raymond Joseph

In 1990 Raymond Joseph was called to be Haiti's Chargé d'Affaires in Washington and his country's representative at the Organization of American States.  After helping with the first democratic elections in December 1990, he returned to the Haiti Observateur where he remained until he was called back to Washington in March 2004, where he is currently the Ambassador.

Joseph is a graduate pastor from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, a B. A. holder in Anthropology from Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.  He also has a Master's degree in Social Anthropology/Linguistics from the University of Chicago.

Sgt Kimberly Munley

Kimberly was born and raised in North Carolina. In 1999, she completed Basic Law Enforcement Training and began her career in law enforcement. Kimberly spent the next 11 years working as a University of North Carolina, Wilmington undercover vice/narcotics agent, a Wrightsville Beach uniformed patrol officer and beach patrol officer, a Special Police Officer for New Hanover County Regional Medical Center, a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Operations Specialist Soldier in the United States Army, and is currently a federal police officer serving on the Special Reaction Team for the Fort Hood Police Department in Fort Hood, Texas.

Mark Todd

Mark Todd was born and raised in San Diego, California.  Todd enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Policeman in 1985.  He was selected to attend Military Working Dog Handlers Course and later assigned as a K-9 handler at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Fort Polk, Louisiana, and Wurezburg, Germany.  Later he was assigned as a K-9 Trainer and Instructor at Lackland Air Force Base Texas. Todd earned an Associate in Applied Science - Instructor of Technology and Military Science from the Community College of the Air Force in 1997.  His last two assignments were Grafenwoehr, Germany and Fort Hood, Texas.  In 2007, he joined the Directorate of Emergency Services and is currently the Lead Police Officer, Military Working Dog Branch - Acting Chief at Fort Hood Texas.  Todd is married to Lisa Dalton and together they have three children; Jennifer, Mark Jr., and Kristyn; and two grandsons.

Tina Dixon

Tina is currently employed by Lehigh Valley Health Network as a Technical Partner Trainee, a job that she was able to secure through the EARN program (Employment Advancement and Retention Network - a program focused primarily on Paid Work Experience placement) at the Allentown, Pennsylvania CareerLink in preparation to re-enter the workforce after years as a stay-at-home mother to three girls, Olivia, Allison, and Lauren.

It was at CareerLink that Tina met President Obama on the first White House to Main Street Tour in December 2009

Sergeant First Class Andrew Rubin

Sergeant First Class Andrew Rubin entered the Army in 1997 from Boston, Massachusetts and completed One Station Unit Training, Airborne Training and Ranger Assessment and Selection at Fort Benning, Georgia before becoming a Ranger assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. 

Andrew has spent his entire military career serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment in positions of increasing responsibility.  He is currently assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, headquartered in Savannah, Georgia, which recently redeployed from a combat tour supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan in December 2009. 

SFC Rubin currently leads 45 Rangers as a Rifle Company Platoon Sergeant.  In the Regiment, he has also served as an anti-tank gunner, sniper, sniper team leader, sniper section leader, and rifle squad leader, Ranger Assessment and Selection Instructor, and Rifle Platoon Sergeant.

SFC Rubin has served four combat tours in Iraq and two combat tours in Afghanistan.  He has been involved in countless fire fights, was wounded on two separate occasions and has received two awards for Valor.  During his recent deployment to Iraq, he was shot by enemy forces while risking his life to save one of his Rangers who lay wounded and immobilized in the streets of As Sadiyah, Iraq during an intense firefight.  For that action, he received the Bronze Star with Valor and the Purple Heart.  Previously, he was wounded in Afghanistan when he was hit by a rocket propelled grenade during an enemy ambush.

SFC Rubin and his wife Megan have three children, Michael, Joseph and Kendal.


Janell Holloway

Janell was a DC Scholar with the White House Domestic Policy Council during the summer of 2009.  She is currently a freshman at Harvard University where she is a member of the Harvard College chapter of the American Red Cross, dances with the CityStep dance troupe, and is active in the Black Student Association. Janell is interested in the connection between child abuse and youth violence and has served as a volunteer at Safe Shores: DC Children's Advocacy Center for more than three years. She is a native of Washington, DC and graduated from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School.


Clayton Armstrong  

Clayton was a DC Scholar with the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs during the summer of 2009.  He is currently a freshman at the University of Arizona.  Clayton grew up in Southeast Washington, DC and graduated from Ballou High School where he was the captain of the football team.