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

Rodney Rivera

Rodney Rivera
ATC Chair

Ginger Betson

Ginger Betson
ATC Vice-Chair

Keith Lamirande

Keith Lamirande
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 2022 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: riverarod@mail.nih.gov.

Rodney Rivera

Chair, Administrative Training Committee (2022)
Executive Officer,
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

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.

Emily Neveux

Emily Neveux
MI Chair

Alyson Bennington

Alyson Bennington
MI Vice-Chair

Kelly Lawhead

Kelly Lawhead
MI Past-Chair

Rick Hawkins

Rick Hawkins
MI Program Manager

Justin Hentges

Justin Hentges

Ann Fitzpatrick

Ann Fitzpatrick

Kelly Peralta

Kelly Peralta

Christine Salaita

Christine Salaita

Kathleen Tepas

Kathleen Tepas

Dawn Wayman

Dawn Wayman

LaShawn Lewis

LaShawn Lewis
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.

Amy Trenkle

Amy Trenkle
PMF Chair

Leah Vincent
PMF Vice-Chair

Melanie Reagan

Melanie Reagan
PMF Past-Chair

ShaRhaina Brown

ShaRhaina Brown
Program Manager

Kristine Allred

Kristine Allred

Erin Manor

Erin Manor

Cooper McLendon

Shannon Silkensen

Shannon Silkensen

Kelly Yager

Kelly Yager

Ellen Mintz

Ellen Mintz
Extern

Alissa Meister
Extern 

Ex-Officio Members

Elena Juris
Director, NIHTC

ATC Roster, 2021-2022

  • Rodney Rivera, Chair, Associate Director for Administration and Executive Officer, NICHD

  • Ginger Betson, Vice-Chair, Executive Officer, NCCIH
  • Keith Lamirande, Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NCATS
  • Kristen Dunn-Thomason, Director, Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD), Office of Human Resources (OHR)

  • Emily Neveux, MI Subcommittee Chair, Chief, Management Analysis Workforce Development Branch, NHGRI
  • Alyson Bennington, MI Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Senior Administrative Officer, CC
  • Kelly Lawhead, MI Subcommittee Past-Chair, Chief, Internal Communications Branch, NCI
  • Amy Trenkle, PMF Subcommittee Chair, Chief, Extramural Administrative Management Branch, NIDDK
  • Leah Vincent, PMF Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Health Scientist Administrator, NIAID
  • Melanie Reagan, PMF Subcommittee Past-Chair, Deputy Executive Officer, NEI

Ex-Officio Members

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

OHR Staff and NIH Training Center Program Managers

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