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National Coordination Office (NCO) Staff and Personnel

Ms. Kamie Roberts

Ms. Kamie Roberts

Ms. Kamie Roberts
Director

Ms. Kamie Roberts is the Director of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program. Ms. Roberts joined the NCO in October 2017 as the Deputy Director. Prior to joining the NITRD NCO Ms. Roberts worked at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), where she served as the Associate Director of Federal and Industrial Relations and Chief of Staff for the ITL. She also served an active role in the NITRD Interagency Working Groups (IWGs) and as the NIST NITRD Subcommittee Representative.

While at NIST, Ms. Roberts led the Laboratory outreach program focused on increasing the impact of ITL research. She led the standards liaison team in coordinating national and international IT standards and testing activities internal and external to NIST. Ms. Roberts coordinates student programs ranging from high school interns to summer and full-year undergraduate students. Previously, Ms. Roberts served in a variety of roles, including leading the NIST Health Information Technology Program and the NIST Big Data Program. She has served as acting Laboratory Deputy Director and acting Division Chief of several divisions. Ms. Roberts is active in the Grace Hopper Women in Computing Conference and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.

Ms. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Computer Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Science in Computer Science from George Washington University.

Ms. Roberts succeeds Dr. Bryan Biegel, and becomes the 14th Director for the NITRD Program.

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore
Chief of Staff and Contract Program Manager

Ms. Moore is the Chief of Staff and Contract Program Manager for the NCO. She plans, manages, and directs all administrative, financial, and operational activities of the office. Ms. Moore serves as the right-hand of the Director and Deputy Director in providing oversight and critical information to facilitate executive decision making. In addition, she supervises the contract team and ensures high-level contract compliance and the timely and efficient delivery of products and deliverables that meet or exceed the customers’ expectations.

Ms. Moore is a 23-year veteran of the United States Air Force. Her last assignment was an assignment on Air Force One, where she was the liaison with White House Military Office and White House Travel Office. Ms. Moore was the point person who coordinated, validated, and cleared all passengers traveling aboard Air Force One. Ms. Moore also provided administrative support to the President, White House Staff, and other high-ranking dignitaries while performing her duties aboard Air Force One.

Jacqueline Altamirano

Jacqueline Altamirano

Jacqueline Altamirano
Executive Assistant and Coordinator

Ms. Altamirano is the Executive Assistant to the NCO Director and Deputy Director, and Executive Coordinator for the NCO and NITRD’s Interagency Working Groups. As executive assistant, she provides high-level executive support in support of the Director and Deputy Director, which includes communications and interactions with the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the NITRD Agencies. As the executive coordinator, Ms. Altamirano provides administrative, logistical, coordination and support for all NITRD Interagency Working Group (IWG) meetings, conferences, and workshops.

Prior to joining the NCO, Ms. Altamirano was the Project Control Coordinator, and provided executive support to the Vice President and Management staff with daily operations that included preparing draft inputs for various reports, assisted in preparing material and presentations for meetings, analysis of program forecasts and budgets, and supporting recruiting efforts.

Adrian Baranyuk

Adrian Baranyuk

Adrian Baranyuk
Software Engineer

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Adrian is the Software Engineer for the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). He maintains and supports NITRD public and private websites; manages and oversees NITRD social media accounts; conducts system analysis and development to keep NCO systems current with changing technologies.

Adrian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Master of Arts in Theology from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. He holds the degree of Master of Science in Information Systems from Strayer University, Alexandria, Virginia.

Nekeia J. Butler

Nekeia J. Butler

Nekeia J. Butler
Executive Secretary

Ms. Butler is the Executive Secretary for the NITRD Subcommittee. She provides the executive-level support and expertise in meeting planning, coordination, and facilitation of the NITRD Subcommittee Meetings. Ms. Butler serves as the records manager for the Subcommittee and ensures compliance in accordance with the rules governing this National Science and Technology Council. In addition, Ms. Butler supports the NITRD Subcommittee Co-chairs by preparing draft reports, emails, and other various documents on their behalf. Ms. Butler received her B.S. in Biology from Norfolk State University.

Ms. Butler received her B.S. in Biology from Norfolk State University.

Faisal D'Souza

Faisal D'Souza

Faisal D'Souza
Technical Coordinator

Mr. D'Souza is a Technical Coordinator for the NCO and the NITRD Program. He provides subject matter expertise, meeting coordination, and facilitation, in support of the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Robotics and Autonomous Systems R&D Interagency Working Groups. In addition, Mr. D’Souza provides technical writing and editorial support for various federal plans, technical documents, and other reports related to his areas of expertise, including NITRD’s Annual Supplements to the President's Budget.

Prior to joining the NCO, Mr. D'Souza supported USDA and GSA. He was responsible for the management of FISMA Compliance, C&A activities, Risk Management, Security Test & Evaluation, Disaster Recovery, Intrusion Detection & Prevention, and Vulnerability Scanning and Remediation. In addition, he was responsible for network design architecture, configuration, management and maintenance of Information Systems from medium to large scale enterprises.

Mr. D'Souza is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer and holds compliance certification in ITIL v2 and v3.

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson
Senior Technical Writer and Editor

Ms. Johnson is the Senior Technical Writer and Editor for the NCO and the NITRD Program. As the senior technical writer and editor, she prepares the final version of NITRD’s strategic plans, workshop reports, and other wide-ranging documents and reports. Ms. Johnson is also the editor of one of NITRD’s most high-profile products, NITRD Annual Supplements’ to the President’s Budget. Ms. Johnson also serves as the mentor for the contract staff in the preparation of reports and documents they produce.

Prior to joining the NCO, Ms. Johnson worked with the World Technology Evaluation Center, the National Nanotechnology Initiative, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering, and the Semiconductor Industry Association. She has a B.A. in Asian Studies from University of California Berkeley and a graduate certificate in instructional technology from University of Maryland Baltimore College.

Ji Hyun Lee

Ji Hyun Lee

Ji Hyun Lee
Technical Coordinator

Ms. Lee is the Technical Coordinator for the NCO and the NITRD Program. She provides subject matter expertise, support, and meeting coordination and facilitation, in support of the Big Data and High-End Computing Interagency Working Groups. In addition, Ms. Lee provides technical writing and editorial support for various federal plans, and various technical documents and reports related to her areas of expertise, including NITRD's Annual Supplements to the President's Budget.

Prior to joining NCO, Ms. Lee was a Systems Architect. As a Systems Architect, she served as technical advisor and subject matter expert for homeland security projects where she supported the clients in matters of surveillance and C4I tactical systems and modernization of legacy systems. Ms. Lee received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a certified Scrum Master Certified, SAFe Agilist, and ITIL v3 certified.

Joyce Lee

Ms. Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee
Technical Coordinator

Ms. Lee is the technical coordinator for the NCO and the NITRD Program. She provides subject matter expertise, support, and meeting coordination and facilitation, in support of the Large-Scale Networking and Wireless Spectrum R&D Interagency Working Groups. In addition, Ms. Lee provides technical writing and editorial support for various federal plans, and various technical documents and reports related to her areas of expertise, including NITRD's Annual Supplements to the President's Budget.

Prior to joining the NCO, Ms. Lee was an executive and legal counsel for an information technology company that provided energy and technology services. Ms. Lee received a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and B.A. in comparative literature from Cornell University, with a concentration in Spanish literature.

Christopher Nemr

Christopher Nemr

Christopher Nemr
Network Engineer

Mr. Nemr is the Network Engineer for the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD). His main duties include LAN administration, hardware configuration, and general network support, maintenance, and trouble shooting. Additionally, his day-to-day operations include staff support, technology research and assessment, and problem management.

Prior to joining the NCO for NITRD, Mr. Nemr served as a Systems Analyst for Fidelity Investments where he used his business acumen and problem solving skills to bridge the gap between business stakeholders and technology partners.

Mr. Nemr received his B.S. in Business Information Technology from Virginia Tech.

Fouad Ramia

Fouad Ramia

Fouad Ramia
Sr. Systems Engineer

Mr. Ramia is the Systems Engineer for the National Coordination Office (NCO) for NITRD. His main duties are managing the day-to-day operations of the NCO/NITRD IT network as well as overseeing its enhancement. He also does staff support, technology research and assessment, and problem management.

Before joining NCO in December 2009, Mr. Ramia was a Network Engineer for 3H Technology where he was responsible for the infrastructure design, support, and maintenance of the 3HT network, which included the implementation, configuration and active maintenance of a Voice-over-IP system for more than 500 users. Before that, Mr. Ramia was involved in the planning, creation and active maintenance of a disaster recovery site that provided full redundancy and a 99.9 percent uptime for the Army Emergency Relief (AER) network.

Mr. Ramia received both his M.S. and B.S. in Computer Engineering from George Mason University.

Alexander Thai

Alexander Thai

Alexander Thai
Technical Coordinator

Mr. Thai is the Technical Coordinator for the NCO and the NITRD Program. He provides subject matter expertise, meeting coordination, and facilitation, in support of the Health Information Technology R&D Interagency Working Group and the Video and Image Analytics Taskforce. In addition, Mr. Thai provides technical writing and editorial support for various federal plans, technical documents, and other reports related to his areas of expertise, including NITRD's Annual Supplements to the President's Budget.

Prior to joining the NCO, Mr. Thai served as a Project Manager for the DHS Federal Protective Service. He was responsible for managing the Post Tracking System, which is a web-based application that provides time and attendance as well as identity verification for FPS Protective Security Officers.

Mr. Thai holds a B.S. in Information Systems and Operations Management from George Mason University. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional, SAFe Agilist, and ITIL v3 certified.

Diane Theiss

Diane Theiss

Diane Theiss
Financial Analyst and Deputy Chief of Staff

Ms. Theiss is the Financial Analyst and Deputy Chief of Staff for the NCO. As the financial analyst, Ms. Theiss supports the Director in budget planning and management, to include forecasting and the formulation of the budget; tracking and reporting income and expenses and ensuring financial accountability and integrity of the transactions and establishing internal controls that are consistent with OMB Circular A-123. She also provides support to the Chief of Staff in managing the internal operations of the office, to include responsibility for supervising and managing the contract staff and accountability for the contract deliverables. Ms. Theiss is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and is George Washington University Certified in Project Management.

Tomas Vagoun, Ph.D.

Tomas Vagoun, Ph.D.

Dr. Tomas Vagoun
Technical Coordinator

Dr. Vagoun is a Technical Coordinator for the NCO and the NITRD Program. He provides subject matter expertise, meeting coordination, and facilitation, in support of the Cybersecurity and Privacy R&D Interagency Working Groups. In addition, Dr. Vagoun provides technical writing and editorial support for various federal plans, technical documents, and other reports related to his areas of expertise, including NITRD’s Annual Supplements to the President’s Budget.

Prior to joining the NCO, Dr. Vagoun led the implementation of software development projects for major federal civilian and defense agencies. He also led the development of webhosting and telecommunications services at several global telecommunications providers.

Dr. Vagoun received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Maryland, a M.S. and a B.S. in Computer Science from West Virginia University.

Dr. Diana Weber

Dr. Diana Weber

Dr. Diana Weber
Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator

Dr. Diana Weber joined the NCO team in April 2019 as the Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator for the NITRD Program. Dr. Weber is the liaison in communications for NITRD with the OSTP Comms office. Before her Ph.D., Dr. Weber was a marketing manager, during which time she managed the marketing, advertising, and public relations for ten markets in the western U.S., providing her the experience to communicate to different types of audiences and liaise on outreach and partnership development.

Dr. Weber is developing communication and outreach materials to increase awareness of NITRD’s IT and networking priorities with different stakeholders, e.g., students, Congress, and the media. She is drawing on her extensive experience as an Assistant Professor, where she taught numerous college courses on marine biology, conservation, and science communication. Dr. Weber taught her students how to communicate science to different types of audiences, including the general public.

Recently, Dr. Weber was a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow at the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease (EEID) Program. As part of this work, Dr. Weber served on the WH NSTC Task Force on Science and Technology for Zika Vector Control and participated in the development of the report for the President. Dr. Weber is a marine biologist and her research encompasses the disciplines of genetics, immunology/disease ecology, and wildlife trade in both marine and Arctic environments. She was awarded two NSF grants to examine the genetic diversity in the immune system in Arctic mammals during her postdoctoral fellowship, which was conducted at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Weber earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences/Population Genetics from the University at Albany, SUNY. She obtained her marine expertise from California State University, Long Beach and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Wendy Wigen

Wendy Wigen

Wendy Wigen
Technical Writer and Consultant

Ms. Wigen is a Technical Writer for the NCO and the NITRD Program. As the technical writer, she supports the writing and editing of NSTC Federal strategic plans; technical and workshop reports; and other general plans and documents. Ms. Wigen also provides support in workshop management and coordination for the NITRD Program.

Before joining the NCO, Ms. Wigen served as a government relations officer for EDUCAUSE, an association of over 2000 college and university IT professionals. Ms. Wigen received a B.A. in History from the University of Puget Sound and M.S. in Information Management from Syracuse University.