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

(L-R) Sally Lee (ATC Past-Chair), Tim Wheeles (ATC Chair), Ellen Rolfes (ATC Vice-Chair), 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 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.

I am excited about the ATC goals and activities planned for 2017 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, I am always interested in hearing from you about our programs. If you have suggestions or questions, please drop me an e-mail at: wheelest@nidcd.nih.gov.

Tim Wheeles
Executive Officer
National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
ATC Chair 2016-2017

Please click here for the ATC 2017-2018 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.

Don Bordine

Don Bordine
MI Chair

Randy Redmond

Randy Redmond
MI Vice-Chair

Colleen McGowan

Colleen McGowan
MI Past-Chair

John Abrams

John Abrams
MI Program Manager

Kelly Carrington

Kelli Carrington

Jenn Dreier

Jenn Dreier

Rick Hawkins

Rick Hawkins
Extern

Kelly Lawhead

Kelly Lawhead

Debbie Pettitt

Debbie Pettitt

Lisa Portnoy

Lisa Portnoy

Dever Powell

Dever Powell

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.

Bekah Geiger

Bekah Geiger
PMF Chair

Anita Linda

Anita Linde
PMF Vice-Chair

Kathleen Stephan

Kathleen Stephan
Past-Chair

John Abrams

John Abrams
PMF Program Manager

Alexis Clark

Alexis Clark

Shannon Connolly

Shannon Connolly

Holly Evans

Holly Curtis
STEM Extern

Scott Jackson

Scott Jackson

Jennifer Loukissas

Jennifer Loukissas

Cooper McLendon

Cooper McLendon
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, 2017-2018

  • Tim Wheeles, Chair, Executive Officer, NIDCD
  • Ellen Rolfes, Vice-Chair, Executive Officer, NHGRI
  • Sally Lee, Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NIGMS
  • Kristen Dunn-Thomason, Director, Workforce Support and Development Division (WSDD), Office of Human Resources (OHR)
  • Don Bordine, MI Subcommittee Chair, Associate Director of Operations, Office of Animal Care and Use, OD
  • Randy Redmond, MI Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Chief Administrative Officer, NCATS
  • Colleen McGowan, MI Subcommittee Past-Chair, Executive Officer, Clinical Center
  • Bekah Geiger, PMF Subcommittee Chair, Chief, Ethics and Management Analysis Branch, NCATS
  • Anita Linde, PMF Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Director, Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications, NIAMS
  • Kathleen Stephan, PMF Subcommittee Past-Chair, Executive Officer, NIDCR

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