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

ATC Steering Committee 2019

(L-R) Kristen Dunn-Thomason (Director, OHR/WSDD), Vicki Buckley (ATC Vice-Chair), Ellen Rolfes (ATC Chair), Tim Wheeles (ATC Past-Chair)

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 work force.

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 2019 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: ellenr@exchange.nih.gov.

Ellen Rolfes

Chair, Administrative Training Committee (2019)
Executive Officer, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Please click here for the ATC 2018-2019 Annual Report.

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.

Randy Redmond

Randy Redmond
MI Chair

Lisa Portnoy

Lisa Portnoy
MI Vice-Chair

Don Bordine

Don Bordine
MI Past-Chair

John Abrams

John Abrams
MI Program Manager

Kelly Carrington

Kelli Carrington

Kelly Lawhead

Kelly Lawhead

Jaron Lockett

Jaron Lockett
 

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Emily Neveux

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Lynn Oundo

Kristen Welch

L Kristen Welch
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.

Anita Linda

Anita Linde
PMF Chair

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson
PMF Vice-Chair

Bekah Geiger

Bekah Geiger
PMF Past-Chair

John Abrams

John Abrams
PMF Program Manager

Alexis Clark

Alexis Clark

Shannon Connelly

Shannon Connolly

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Shkeda Johnson

Charlotte Pak

Charlotte Pak

 

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Melanie Reagan

Lissa Snyders

Lissa Snyders
Extern

Ex-Officio Members

Elena Juris

Elena Juris
Director, NIHTC

Debra Chew

Debra Chew
Director, EDI

Bob Michon

Bob Michon
ATC Executive Secretary

ATC Roster, 2018-2019

  • Ellen Rolfes, Chair, Executive Officer, NHGRI
  • Vicki Buckley, Vice-Chair, Executive Officer, NIAAA
  • Tim Wheeles, Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NIDCD
  • Kristen Dunn-Thomason, Director, Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD), Office of Human Resources (OHR)
  • Randy Redmond, MI Subcommittee Chair, Chief Administrative Officer, NCATS
  • Lisa Portnoy, MI Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NIDCD
  • Don Bordine, MI Subcommittee Past-Chair, Associate Director of Operations, Office of Animal Care and Use, OD
  • Anita Linde, PMF Subcommittee Chair, Director, Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications, NIAMS
  • Scott Jackson, PMF Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Associate Director of Management, Evaluation, and Communications, OD
  • Bekah Geiger, PMF Subcommittee Past-Chair, Chief, Ethics and Management Analysis Branch, NCATS

Ex-Officio Members

  • Debra Chew, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI)
  • Elena Juris, Director, NIH Training Center, WSDD, OHR

OHR Staff and NIH Training Center Program Managers