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Jonathan Fanene named Acting Director for DYWA

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has honored the legislature’s twice rejection of Pa’u Roy Ausage as Director for Department of Youth and Women’s Affairs, and has since named former NFL football player Jonathan Fanene as the Acting Director for DYWA, noting he’s a young man who pursued his dreams, went off island to school, graduated from University of Utah and has returned to serve his people.


Fanene 31, is the youngest cabinet member in Lolo and Lemanu’s Administration.


The announcement was made during the governor’s first cabinet meeting for 2014, held yesterday at the Lee Auditorium. The governor told Samoa News Fanene is a bright young man, who has leadership skills and will direct the youth on the right path with the assistance of Pa’u. Lolo said with the appointment of Fanene, their administration now has a full fledged cabinet — where all Departments and Agencies have directors.


Fanene, an American football defensive player  formerly played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the New England Patriots. According to wikipedia, Fanene was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft and he played college football at College of the Canyons and University of Utah.


The website says that Fanene’s major in college was sociology.


In his football career, Fanene had impressive scores, but was slowed by injuries including a hamstring injury in the off-season prior to the 2006 campaign. He was still able to play in four of the final five games of the 2006 season.


 On March 14, 2012, Fanene signed with the New England Patriots for three years and $12 million with a $3.5 million signing bonus, but was released with a "failure to disclose physical condition" designation on August 21, 2012.


Fanene is the son of the late David and Anna Fanene of Malaeimi. He’s married and they have one son. He’s a Tafuna High School graduate for the class of 2000.


In the meantime, Pa’u told Samoa News he will remain as Deputy Director alongside Tapuamanaia Galu Satele Jr, who is also Deputy Director for the same department.