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New White House usher brings Jamaican charm

Angella Reid is photographed in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Washington. Next month, Reid becomes White House chief usher, only the ninth person to hold the job and the first woman in the position. She replaces retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, who moved to the Department of Homeland Security. Angella Reid is photographed in Lafayette Park in front of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Washington. Next month, Reid becomes White House chief usher, only the ninth person to hold the job and the first woman in the position. She replaces retired Rear Adm. Stephen Rochon, who moved to the Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
By Nancy Benac
Associated Press / October 23, 2011

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WASHINGTON—Angella Reid was fresh out of high school in Kingston, Jamaica, when she discovered her life's calling in the hotel business.

She quickly learned about the sacrifices that come with a job in which workers are expected to put other people's comfort first.

Now, after more than three decades working in hospitality, Reid is ready to take charge at one of the world's most exclusive residential establishments -- the White House.

Next month, Reid becomes White House chief usher. She'll be only the ninth person to hold the job and the first woman in the position.

Chief usher is a quaint title for a demanding position: Reid's job will be to oversee day-to-day operations at the president's home, a 132-room mansion with a staff of more than 90 people.