America’s First Ladies Luncheon on April 27 has been
to a (as yet to be determined) future date.
Please join us in welcoming
Christopher Nixon Cox and Alex Eisenhower, Grandsons of President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat Nixon;
Patti Matson, Former Assistant Press Secretary to First Ladies Pat Nixon and Betty Ford;
Ann Compton, Former White House Corre- spondent;
and Chef Roland Mesnier, Former White House Pastry Chef
America’s First Ladies Luncheon Series Presents
“First Ladies Pat Nixon and Betty Ford: Lives of Leadership, Courage and Grace”
in partnership with The White House Historical Association
Monday, April 27, 2020
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture park
Doors Open 11:30 AM – Program 12:00 Noon
$50 per person
Reservations are required: via Online RSVP, call 616-254-0396, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please call 616-254-0396 for Luncheon Sponsorship or Table Inquiries
Space is limited ~ Reservations will be accepted in the order received ~ Business attire
Thank You to Our Sponsors
Premiere Sponsor: Meijer
Platinum Sponsors: Amway, Fifth Third Bank, Spectrum Health
Biography – Christopher Nixon Cox
Christopher Nixon Cox is the son of Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward F. Cox, and grandson of President and Mrs. Nixon. Cox is Vice Chairman of Brightsphere, Inc, a $220bn asset manager listed on the NYSE. Also, he is a non-resident fellow at Princeton’s Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Previously, he was a corporate associate at the law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges in New York where he advised major private equity fund clients on acquisitions.
In 2008, Cox was the Executive Director for New York State in Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign. He holds a B.A. in politics from Princeton University, a J.D. from the New York University School of Law and a certificate in finance from New York University Stern School. He currently resides in New York City.
Biography – Alex Eisenhower
Alex Eisenhower is the grandson of President and Mrs. Richard Nixon and great-grandson of Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. After graduating with a BA in English from the University of Colorado, Alex worked as a project assistant at the Annenberg Public Policy Center until returning to earn his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Drexel University.
For the last five years, Alex has worked with psychiatric patients at the Horsham Clinic in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
Biography – Ann Compton
Ann Compton was the first woman assigned by a television network to cover the White House and her longevity and impact have been considered unmatched over the span of her 41 years on the air for ABC News. After retiring from daily coverage in 2014, Ann was brought back to cover the 2016 political conventions for ABC. Ann is also a member of the Governing Council of the Miller Center for the study of the presidency at The University of Virginia.
Ann Compton’s career at ABC News spanned 7 presidents and 10 presidential campaigns for the network. She was assigned to the White House in 1974, as the Watergate scandal came to an end. She reported for all ABC News broadcasts and online from the lawn of the White House, from Capitol Hill, from the campaign trail, and from around the globe traveling with Presidents, Vice Presidents, and First Ladies.
Biography – Chef Roland Mesnier
Chef Roland Mesnier was pastry chef for five presidents. He began his career as a pastry apprentice in France at the age of twelve and made his way up, working at the world’s most prestigious hotels. In 1979, First Lady Rosalynn Carter hired him as head pastry chef at the White House. During his twenty-five years there, he created stunning desserts for more than forty queens, kings, princes, princesses, and heads of state, and he was beloved for his famous series of gingerbread houses displayed in the State Dining Room each Christmas holiday.
He continues to educate expert and novice bakers about his craft with his books, and he travels around the world teaching pastry techniques and sharing fond memories of life at the White House. Among his many books are The White House in Gingerbread: Memories & Recipes, The Gingerbread White House: A Pop-Up Book, and A Sweet World of White House Desserts, published by the White House Historical Association.