Administrative Training Committee (ATC)

Administrative Training Committee (ATC)

The ATC’s primary responsibility is to oversee the NIH Management Intern (MI) Program and the NIH Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, fostering an atmosphere that supports the selection, development, mentoring, and placement of interns and fellows. The ATC is led by a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair. Together with a representative of the Office of Human Resources Director, they compose the ATC Steering Committee. ATC membership also includes the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair from the MI and PMF Subcommittees. The ATC develops policy/guidance for the programs, and members collaborate with the Office of Human Resources on the programs’ design, administrative supervision and management, and decision-making. Other functions include the recruitment, selection, and mentoring of the interns/fellows.

ATC Steering Committee

Keith Lamirande

Keith Lamirande
ATC Chair

Brian Trent

Brian Trent
ATC Vice-Chair

Vicki Buckley

Vicki Buckley
Past-Chair

Kristen Dunn-Thomason

Kristen Dunn-Thomason
Director, OHR/WSDD

Welcome Message from the ATC Chair

Greetings and welcome to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Administrative Training Committee’s (ATC) web site!

The ATC is the advisory body that oversees NIH’s Management Intern (MI) and Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) programs. NIH is the largest source of public funding for biomedical research in the world, investing taxpayer dollars to achieve its mission to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. Through the ATC’s activities, initiatives, and programs, we seek to recruit and hire the best talent; to train and motivate employees to achieve their greatest potential; and to constantly promote an inclusive and diverse workforce.

As valued partners with scientific staff, we foster a performance-driven culture and cultivate a highly-motivated, world-class administrative workforce. NIH is committed to having an outstanding workforce that feels valued and is committed to its mission. We have set our sights on making NIH America's model employer for the 21st century. The mission of the ATC is to invest in the NIH administrative staff and develop a highly skilled and diverse workforce of management leaders who will support and expand NIH's world-class research programs.

Participants in our internship and fellows programs are given a special opportunity to truly understand how we provide great customer service and improved administrative programs at NIH, through rotation assignments in scientific, administration, and program management; skill-building and leadership seminars; and mentoring by senior leaders. Through these experiences, graduates of our programs gain valuable experience, build important networks, and develop unique perspectives at NIH that helps them advance in their careers.

We are excited about the ATC goals and activities planned for 2021 and hope that you will take this opportunity to explore NIH’s Management Intern and Presidential Management Fellows programs. In an era of transparency and continuous improvement, we are always interested in hearing from you about our programs. If you have suggestions or questions, please drop me an e-mail at: klamiran@mail.nih.gov.

Keith Lamirande

Chair, Administrative Training Committee (2021)
Executive Officer, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

The Subcommittees

There is a corresponding subcommittee for each of the intern/fellow programs. The subcommittee structure includes a Chair, Vice-Chair, and Past-Chair. Additionally, there are several members from the NIH Institutes/Centers, recent graduates of the PMF/MI programs who serve as Externs, and a Program Manager.

Management Intern Subcommittee

The MI Program is the NIH’s longest-running intern program that is exclusively for current NIH federal employees. Established in 1957, there are over 400 interns that have graduated from this program. The program offers highly motivated NIH employees an opportunity to explore different administrative fields.

Kelly Lawhead

Kelly Lawhead
MI Chair

Emily Neveux

Emily Neveux
MI Vice-Chair

Lisa Portnoy

Lisa Portnoy
MI Past-Chair

Roxie Daneshvar

Roxie Daneshvar
MI Program Manager

Jaron Lockett

Jaron Lockett

Lynn Oundo

Lynn Oundo

Kelly Peralta

Kelly Peralta

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Christine Salaita

Kathleen Tepas

Kathleen Tepas

Dawn Wayman

Dawn Wayman

Melbourne Bull

Melbourne Bull
Extern

Presidential Management Fellows Subcommittee

NIH has been hiring At-Large and Designated PMFs since 1985 to meet its long-term succession planning needs. The PMF program provides a broad range of positions in administrative and program areas to high-potential aspiring leaders who have recently finished their degree in higher education.

Melanie Reagan

Melanie Reagan
PMF Chair

Amy Trenkle
PMF Vice-Chair

Anita Linda

Anita Linde
PMF Past-Chair

ShaRhaina Brown

ShaRhaina Brown
Program Manager

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Shkeda Johnson

Eric Johnson-Chavarria

Eric Johnson-Chavarria

Ursula Koniges
 

Shannon Silkensen

Shannon Silkensen

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Kenneth Sonnenberg

Leah Vincent

Leah Vincent

James Taylor

James Taylor
Extern

Ex-Officio Members

Elena Juris
Director, NIHTC

ATC Roster, 2020-2021

  • Keith Lamirande, Chair, Executive Officer, NCATS

  • Brian Trent, Vice-Chair, Associate Director for Management and Executive Officer, NEI
  • Vicki Buckley, Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NIAAA
  • Kristen Dunn-Thomason, Director, Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD), Office of Human Resources (OHR)

  • Kelly Lawhead, MI Subcommittee Chair, Chief, Internal Communications Branch, NCI
  • Emily Neveux, MI Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Chief, Management Analysis Workforce Development Branch, NHGRI
  • Lisa Portnoy, MI Subcommittee Past-Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NIDCD
  • Melanie Reagan, PMF Subcommittee Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NEI
  • Amy Trenkle, PMF Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Chief, Extramural Administrative Management Branch, NIDDK
  • Anita Linde, PMF Subcommittee Past-Chair, Director, Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications, NIAMS

Ex-Officio Members

  • Elena Juris, Director, NIH Training Center, WSDD, OHR

OHR Staff and NIH Training Center Program Managers

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