CELEBRATING WOMEN IN NITRD

The National Coordination Office honors Women’s History Month, March 2020, by celebrating the women in NITRD who contribute so much to the NITRD Program.

"Everyone wins when we have an inclusive image of a STEM professional: this allows us to increase the talent pool, foster critical STEM skills among the broader community, and promote a healthier, more culturally sensitive workplace... An inclusive workforce provides a rich set of perspectives that enable innovation and creative discovery. I’m proud to say the NITRD Co-chairs and the NCO are committed to an inclusive NITRD, and so I challenge you with this question: What will you do today to empower a co-worker, neighbor, relative, or friend?" - Kamie Roberts, NCO Director and Co-chair, NITRD Subcommittee

Being a STEM professional can seem challenging at times. In honor of Women's History Month, NITRD is illustrating the contributions made by women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Take a journey through history with our Influential Women in STEM webpage and learn more women that have made contributions in STEM. Need a bit of inspiration? Find empowering quotes made by women in STEM who have brought great achievements to society. A different quote will be posted each day on our Inspirational Quotes by Influential Women in STEM webpage and our Twitter handle @NITRDgov. Need insight or encouragement on entering a STEM field? Check out the Insight into STEM Careers webpage, where five women give advice that would have been beneficial when they began their path in STEM. Just remember When you find your passion... run with it!


Rael Ammon

Rael Ammon

HHS

Management Analyst

Rael develops new programs to address emerging public health issues, including the opioid epidemic and natural disaster response, in America’s communities. NITRD’s collaboration offers her innovative uses for new technologies that can make a positive impact on public health nationwide.

Shannon Beck

Shannon Beck

NSF

Associate Program Director, Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program, NSF/CISE

Shannon is a computer scientist and cyber systems analyst on loan to the NSF from Los Alamos National Laboratory. Her research centers on computer security including novel application of bioinformatics approaches for malware. Shannon is passionate about cyber education, from elementary, college to professional adults and has led several efforts within the DOE as well as volunteer organizations.

Maya Bernstein

Maya Bernstein

HHS

Senior Advisor, Privacy Policy and Coordinator

Maya is a lawyer and subject matter expert with 25 years of experience in information policy.  She started her federal career at the Office of Management and Budget and also served as the Privacy Advocate of the IRS. In her current role, she represents HHS in government-wide policy discussions, especially regarding personally identifiable information and confidentiality in complex IT environments.  Her work includes the breadth of HHS activities, such as health IT, research, consumer-generated health information, social welfare, cybersecurity, sharing of administrative data, prescription drug surveillance, insider threats, and personnel privacy.

Nina Bianchi

Nina Bianchi

GSA

Director of Workforce Solutions

Nina is an entrepreneur and innovator dedicated to collaborating with Federal agencies to provide smarter, more accessible, efficient, and effective products and services to the American people, including directing IT modernization efforts focused on reskilling and training the workforce of the future.

Moria Bittmann

Moria Bittmann

NIH

Program Director

Moria is a mechanical and bioengineer who manages biomechanics and bioelectrics portfolios at NIBIB. Her professional interests include biomedical robotic technologies and computational modelling approaches to medical devices.

Laura Biven

Laura Biven

DOE

Program Manager, Computer Science, Office of Science

Laura is an applied mathematician managing a portfolio of computer science research focused on data management, analysis, and visualization; and providing strategic direction for policies related to DOE research data.

Roselie A. Bright

Roselie A. Bright

FDA

Epidemiologist, Office of Health Informatics, Office of the Chief Scientist, Office of the Commissioner

Roselie is an epidemiologist [with a Harvard Doctor of Science degree in the field] researching applications of big data tools and machine learning to FDA concerns. Her focus is modern surveillance for patient harm related to marketed FDA-regulated products.

Frances Carter-Johnson

Frances Carter-Johnson

NSF

Education Data Scientist

Frances Carter-Johnson is an Education Data Scientist in the Division of Human Resource Development within the NSF's Education and Human Resources Directorate. She is responsible for data creation, maintenance, utilization and analyses to assess outcomes of STEM broadening participation programs. She uses her background in physics, mechanical engineering, public policy and evaluation to guide data science and big data educational and workforce issues.

Joanna Chan

Joanna Chan

HHS

Supervisor, Data and System Development Teams, HHS/ACF/ORR

Joanna supervises the Data and System Development Teams of ORR Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) program which cares for unaccompanied alien children referred by other federal agencies. The System Development Team manages a system used by over 100 stakeholder groups to track each child under ORR custody. The Data Team provides data analytics to help ensure the welfare to each child and to support timely release of the children to suitable sponsors.

Cindy A. Crump

Cindy A. Crump

DOD

Health IT Portfolio Manager

Cindy Crump as a Health IT Portfolio Manager with Irving Burton Associates, Inc., she supports the US Army Medical Research and Development Command and is currently coordinating the Artificial Intelligence in Medical Sciences Task Force. Dr. Crump has a Ph.D. in Health-Related Sciences and is a health technology researcher, entrepreneur, and telehealth subject matter expert with multiple patents in the field of mobile health.

Ewa Deelman

Ewa Deelman

University of Southern California

Research Professor & Director, Science Automation Technologies

Ewa Deelman is a Research Professor at the University of Southern California Computer Science Department and the Research Director of the Science Automation Technologies at the USC Information Sciences Institute. The USC/ISI Science Automation Technologies group explores the interplay between automation and the management of scientific workflows that include resource provisioning and data management. Dr. Deelman pioneered workflow planning for computations executing in distributed environments.

Irina Dolinskaya

Irina Dolinskaya

NSF

Program Director

Irina is an industrial engineer whose research is in transportation science and logistics focused on adaptive modeling approaches to integrate dynamic real-time information.  

Christine Dymek

Christine Dymek

AHRQ

Director, Digital Healthcare Research Division, HHS

Christine is a computer scientist and health IT researcher who is dedicated to advancing the productive use of information technology within health care. Her team focuses on providing foundational research in AI-related innovations for healthcare, health IT usability, consumer health IT, clinical decision support, health IT safety, and patient-reported outcomes.

Kjiersten Fagnan

Kjiersten Fagnan

LBNL

Chief Informatics Officer and Data Science and Informatics Leader, DOE Joint Genome Institute

Kjiersten is an applied mathematician who works at the interface of computing and biology. She leads interdisciplinary teams in the areas of laboratory information management systems, data management, workflow automation, and data accessibility.

Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

Kimberly Ferguson-Walter

Navy

Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research, DOD

Kimberly's research interests are focused on the intersection of computer security, artificial intelligence, and human behavior. Her research background includes cyber deception, reinforcement learning, transfer learning,  and intelligent tutoring systems. She is a founding member of the cybersecurity technical group at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and a representative to the NITRD Artificial Intelligence Interagency working group.

Cita M. Furlani

Cita M. Furlani

NIST

(Retired) Director of the Information Technology Lab (ITL)

Cita is a computer and electronic engineer who served as the Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) where she oversaw a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines. She also served as Director of the NCO from 2000-2002.  

Sharon Geva

Sharon Geva

University of Michigan

Director of Advanced Research Computing, The University of Michigan

Sharon Broude Geva is Director of Advanced Research Computing (ARC) at the University of Michigan (U-M) Office of Research. ARC supports and catalyzes computational research at the university through programmatic initiatives, multidisciplinary collaboration, instruction, and research computing consultation and training. Sharon's interests are in policy, business and organizational models, workforce development, and diversity initiatives for advanced research computing.

Elena Ghanaim

Elena Ghanaim

NIH

Health Science Policy Analyst, NIH

Elena Ghanaim is a Policy Analyst for the Policy and Program Analysis Branch (PPAB) at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She focuses on the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy, health privacy regulations, and human research participant protection issues.

Nada Golmie

Nada Golmie

NIST

Chief, Wireless Networks Division, Communications Technology Laboratory

Nada is a computer scientist and research engineer leading projects related to modeling and evaluation of future-generation wireless systems and protocols, serving as a cochair for the 5G mmWave Channel Model Alliance heading, with extensive research experience and publications in media access control and protocols for wireless networks.

Susan Gregurick

Susan Gregurick

NIH

Associate Director of Data Science

Susan K. Gregurick, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Director for Data Science and Director of the Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on September 16, 2019. Under Dr. Gregurick’s leadership, the ODSS leads the implementation of the NIH Strategic Plan for Data Science through scientific, technical, and operational collaboration with the institutes, centers, and offices that comprise NIH.

Carol Hawk

Carol Hawk

DOE

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Cybersecurity for Energy Delivery Systems Program, Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response, DOE/CESER

Carol is a high-energy physicist directing DOE R&D programs that promote resilience in the Nation's energy delivery cyber infrastructure to enable critical operations to continue even in the presence of cyber attacks.

Thuc T. Hoang

Thuc T. Hoang

DOE

Program Manager, Office of Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC), DOE/NNSA

Thuc manages the ASC High Performance Computing (HPC) systems’ research, development and operation activities, including the NNSA Exascale Computing Initiative, to provide advanced simulation capabilities for the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship mission. 

Sally E. Howe

Sally E. Howe

NCO/NITRD

Associate Director of NCO/NITRD 2001-2007

Sally Howe spent her Government career at NIST, the NCO/HPCC and NCO/NITRD (the High Performance Computing and Communications Program preceded NITRD), and NIH's National Library of Medicine. At the NCO she was responsible for reports required by law and for technical coordination and support. At NLM, where the NCO was first located, she built the NCO/HPCC print archive and finding aid and wrote blog posts about HPCC and NITRD from the 1980s to 1992, 1992 to 1995, and 1996 to 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in applied mathematics from Brown University.

Chun-Ju (Janey) Hsiao

Chun-Ju (Janey) Hsiao

AHRQ

Health Scientist Administrator, AHRQ/CEPI

Chun-Ju is a health services researcher and health scientist at the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement with expertise in patient-reported outcomes, electronic health record systems, quality of care, quality of life, disability, utilization of health services in physician practices and nursing homes, and survey methodologies.

Florence Hudson

Florence Hudson

FDHint

Founder and CEO

Florence Hudson is the founder and CEO of FDHint, where she consults in advanced technology, diversity, and inclusion. She is special advisor for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence at Indiana University and the Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub at Columbia University leading EU-US collaboration on Next Generation Internet. Florence is the editor of the book "Women Securing the Future with TIPPSS for IoT". 

C. Suzanne Iacono

C. Suzanne Iacono

NSF

Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Dr. Suzi is the Head of the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Since she joined NSF in 1998, she has served in many leadership roles, including Acting Assistant Director in the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Deputy Assistant Director for CISE, Senior Science Advisor, Acting Division Director in Computer and Network Systems (CNS) and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), and Program Director in IIS.

Marlene Kaplan

Marlene Kaplan

OSTP

Deputy Director, STEM Education

As part of the Committee on STEM Education (CoSTEM) at OSTP, Marlene Kaplan works with a cross section of Federal agencies to implement actions to build STEM literacy, increase diversity, and prepare a future workforce. Prior to coming to OSTP, she was the Deputy Director of Education for NOAA. Dr. Kaplan earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in environmental science and engineering from UCLA.

Young Ah Kim

Young Ah Kim

DHS

Management & Program Analyst

Technology Modernization (TM) evaluating relevant and improved technologies that will further DHS OBIM’s mission. R&D efforts within the federal, state, local government, academia, international, and industry partners.

Chloé Kontos

Chloé Kontos

OSTP

Executive Director, National Science and Technology Council

Chloé is the NSTC Executive Director, who supports the OSTP Director in the day-to-day management of the NSTC, including organizational process, strategy, and content coordination, and who oversees the activities of the executive secretaries and ensures coordination among the various NSTC-level bodies.

Arthi Murugesan Krishna

Arthi Murugesan Krishna

USPTO

Advanced Solutions Division

Arthi is a computer scientist working at the intersection of data, analytics and AI at the USPTO. She studied AI under the guidance of Prof. Patrick Winston and obtained her PhD in Cognitive Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute under Prof. Selmer Bringsjord and Prof. Nicholas Cassimatis. Her journey at the USPTO spans user experience, customer outreach, coding, and more, all in the name of improving patent and trademark examination and processing tools. Her current work covers how AI and machine learning can yield potential new efficiencies in patent and trademark examination.

Padma Krishnaswamy

Padma Krishnaswamy

FCC

Senior Engineer, Office of Engineering and Technology, FCC/OET

Padma is a senior engineer with the Office of Engineering and Technology at the FCC. She applies her electrical and systems engineering background, together with extensive experience gained in  various Internet-related technical and program management roles in the private sector, towards contributing to  the FCC’s mission. Her professional interests include the continuing evolution in network services and technologies, network architectures, measurements and characterization, secure and trustworthy networking, and network resilience.

Alexandra (Sandy) Landsberg

Alexandra (Sandy) Landsberg

DOD

Deputy Director, High Performance Computing Modernization Program

Sandy is an aerospace engineer who is a nationally recognized leader in computational modeling, algorithm development, simulation of complex physics-based applications, and software development for high performance computing.

Naomi Lefkovitz

Naomi Lefkovitz

NIST

Senior Privacy Policy Advisor, NIST/ITL

Naomi is leading the team developing the NIST Privacy Framework, her work focuses on privacy and cybersecurity risk management and integrating solutions for protecting individuals’ privacy into information technologies, including digital identity services, Internet of Things, smart cities, big data, mobile and artificial intelligence.

Leslie Leonard

Leslie Leonard

DOD

Computer Scientist, DOD

Leslie Leonard, a Computer Scientist at the U.S Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), serves as the Cybersecurity Research lead for the High Performance Computer Modernization Program's (HPCMP) Security team. Dr. Leonard leads research and development for new technologies, tools, and techniques that enable the HPCMP to defend, mitigate, and secure five Defense Supercomputing Resource Centers and the Defense Research and Engineering Network. 

Kathy Lyons-Burke

Kathy Lyons-Burke

NRC

Senior Level Advisor for Information Security, Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)

Kathy Lyons-Burke serves as the Senior Level Advisor for Information Security for the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). During her 40 years of computer security experience, she has been an Associate Department Head in the Special Projects Department of the Center for Integrated Intelligence Systems at the MITRE Corporation before she joined NIST and then NRC.

National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

Mekisha Marshall

National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office

Chief S&T Advisor, The Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Mekisha Marshall serves as the Chief Science and Technology (S&T) Advisor at the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO), which is the National Intelligence Manager advising the Office of the Director of National Intelligence on the maritime domain. She focuses primarily on countering new threats to US national security and new technologies promising to improve maritime security and marine conservation.

Mary McGinley

Mary McGinley

DHS

Director, Physical and Cyber Security, DHS S&T

Mary is responsible for management of work for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Transportation Security Administration, selected DHS law enforcement components, and Intelligence and Analysis.

Elena Messina

Elena Messina

NIST

Program Manager, Measurement Science for Manufacturing Robotics Leader, NIST/ISD

Elena is an engineer and roboticist who is internationally recognized for her work in the development of methodologies and metrics for evaluating the performances of robotic and autonomous systems.

Melissa Midzor

Melissa Midzor

NIST

Program Manager, National Advanced Spectrum and Communications Test Network (NASCTN), NIST/CTL

Melissa is a physicist working on complex spectrum sharing measurements between Commercial and Federal system.  NASCTN is a multi-agency organization that provides trusted and validated data to accelerate the design and deployment of spectrum sharing technologies.  She is the former Director for Electronic Warfare Integrated Laboratories (EWIL) at NAVAIR, Pt. Mugu CA.

Heidi Lee Morgan

Heidi Lee Morgan

University of Southern California

Senior Computer Scientist

Heidi MORGAN, Ph. D. is a Senior Computer Scientist in the Networking and Cybersecurity Division at USC-ISI. Dr. Morgan moved to ISI in 2016 from Florida International University where she was the Director and Co-Founder of the Center for Internet Augmented Research and Assessment. CIARA fosters a domain-specific tailoring of Internet technologies to support faculty research, and in the process improve graduate education.

Wendy J. Nilsen

Wendy J. Nilsen

NSF

Program Director, CISE/IIS, Smart and Connected Health

Wendy is a clinical psychologist whose work focuses on interdisciplinary intersections between technology and health, including methods for health data collection and analytics in sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data, robotics, and manufacturing.

Lynne Parker

Lynne Parker

OSTP

Assistant CTO

Lynne is a computer scientist who provides research leadership and strategic planning expertise in the areas of information and intelligent systems; areas of specialization include artificial intelligence, machine learning, intelligent systems, sensor networks, and robotics, including human-robotic interaction.

Nora Pasion

Nora Pasion

Army

Director for the Science and Technology (S&T) Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence

Ms. Nora Pasion is the Director for the Science and Technology (S&T) Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) Portfolio, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army, Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, ASA(ALT), Arlington, VA. In this assignment she oversees the Army C3I program focused on Network C3I, Assured Positioning, Navigation and Timing, and Tactical Space technologies, and serves as the senior advisor for these investments. Ms. Pasion is a defense acquisition professional with over 30 years of experience in Army test and evaluation, science and technology, and policy development.

Kimberlee Potter

Kimberlee Potter

VA

Scientific Portfolio Manager for Restorative Medicine

Kimberlee Potter is the Scientific Review Officer for Surgery, Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and Endocrinology-Bone Merit Review panels and the Portfolio Manager of Restorative Medicine at the Office of Research and Development for the Veterans Affairs. Previously, Dr. Potter was at the National Institutes of Health where she developed novel techniques for the non-invasive assessment of engineered tissue constructs. She received her PhD from Cambridge University.

Lavanya Ramakrishnan

Lavanya Ramakrishnan

LBNL

Staff Scientist, Computational Research Division

Lavanya is a computer scientist building software tools for computational and data-intensive science, especially for workflow, resource, and data management. More recently, she and her team have been using user research methodologies to complement technical insights with user and social perspectives to improve the design of computational tools and technologies.

Jean Rice

Jean Rice

NTIA

Senior Broadband Program Specialist, Broadband USA

Jean is a telecommunications expert and educator working with Federal agencies; tribal, local, and state governments; industry; universities; and nonprofits on Smart Cities and Communities projects and technical assistance efforts to support widespread deployment of smart broadband infrastructure.

Kamie Roberts

Kamie Roberts

NCO/NITRD

Director, NITRD National Coordination Office (NCO), NCO/NITRD

Kamie is a computer scientist on loan to NCO from NIST’s Information Technology Laboratory, where she provided leadership to a wide range of programs, including IT standards, networking, health IT, big data, and future computing technologies. She leads NITRD work to coordinate Federal R&D in networking and IT with an enhanced focus on transitioning the results into use for the Nation’s benefit.

Sonia Sachs

Sonia Sachs

DOE

Computer Scientist, Program Manager, DOE/SC

Sonia Sachs is a computer scientist and Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) Program Manager in the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. She also manages the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF). Previously, Sonia managed the ASCR computer science portfolio in the areas of exascale programming models, programming languages, compilers, runtime systems, operating systems, performance & productivity tools, and hardware architectures. Her Ph.D. is in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Amarda Shehu

Amarda Shehu

NSF

Program Director, NSF CISE/IIS

Amarda is a computer scientist on loan to NSF from George Mason University, where she heads the Center for Advancing Human-Machine Partnerships. Amarda’s research focuses on novel algorithms in artificial intelligence and machine learning to bridge between computer and information science, engineering, and the life sciences. Research in her laboratory emphasizes problem solving, search, planning, optimization, and learning for the simulation, analysis, and characterization of complex dynamic systems operating in the presence of constraints.

Merrill Smith

Merrill Smith

DOE

Senior Advisor, Office of Electricity, DOE

Merrill is an engineer working on DOE initiatives targeting smart grid technologies that will increase the resiliency and reliability of the power grid, including microgrids and related technologies, such as clean distributed energy generation, combined heat and power, renewables and advanced power systems.

Heidi Sofia

Heidi Sofia

NIH

Program Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH/NHGRI

Heidi is a biochemist and computational biologist who manages NIH genomics, data science, and informatics portfolios, with interests in enabling technologies and next-generation standards for challenging problems in genomic biology and health, including secure data sharing with privacy.

Riju Srimal

Riju Srimal

DOS

Senior Foreign Affairs Officer, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, DOS/OES

Riju is a neuroscientist who monitors the nexus of artificial intelligence and foreign policy and leads scientific engagement with Middle East countries.

Ceren Susut

Ceren Susut

DOE

Program Manager, Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) Division, DOE/ASCR

Ceren is a chemist managing multi-institutional collaborations and partnership programs in high-performance and quantum computing, physical sciences, and computational science research.

Elham Tabassi

Elham Tabassi

NIST

Acting Chief of Staff, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST/ITL

Elham is the acting chief of staff of the Information Technology Laboratory at NIST where she has worked in the past 20 years with a technical focus on computer vision, machine learning, and biometrics.  

Ngwe Thawdar

Ngwe Thawdar

AFRL

Electronics Engineeer, AFRL

Ngwe is an electrical engineer and researcher who has led diverse teams to design, implement and demonstrate cutting edge technologies in wireless communications and networking. She is currently the technical lead for AFRL’s Terahertz Communications portfolio.

Jeannette Wing

Jeannette Wing

Columbia University

Avanessians Director of the Data Science Institute and Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University

Jeannette is a computer scientist who served as Cochair of the NITRD Subcommittee during her tenure at the National Science Foundation. She has also worked at Microsoft and Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests are in trustworthy AI, security and privacy, formal methods, and programming languages.

Dana Wolff-Hughes

Dana Wolff-Hughes

NIH

Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), NIH

Dana is a physical activity epidemiologist providing direction for OBSSR research efforts related to the development of and evaluation of mobile and wireless health technologies utilized in behavioral and social sciences research.   

Patricia Wolfhope

Patricia Wolfhope

DHS

Senior Subject Matter Expert, DHS

Ms. Wolfhope manages and transitions digital forensic systems and is responsible for developing, testing, integrating, and delivering technical solutions to Federal, State and local law enforcement agencies. 

Goli Yamini

Goli Yamini

NSF

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow, NSF

Goli Yamini is an AAAS S&T Policy Fellow in CISE, Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, at NSF. She works with the Smart and Connected Health program to address key health questions. Prior to her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences/Biophysics, Dr. Yamini was a fellow at the Laboratory of Neurogenetics at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in NIH.

Teresa Zayas-Cabán

Teresa Zayas-Cabán

HHS

Chief Scientist, HHS/ONC

Teresa is an industrial and systems engineer with a specialization in human factors and health systems.  As Chief Scientist she is responsible for developing and evaluating ONC’s overall scientific efforts and activities.  She directs ONC’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) and patient-centered outcomes research activities.  Prior to joining ONC she was Chief of Health IT Research and Acting Director of the division of health IT at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).     

NITRD NCO Staff

Jacqueline Altamirano

Jacqueline Altamirano

NCO/NITRD

Executive Assistant and Coordinator (contractor)

Jacqueline provides high-level executive support to the NCO Director and Deputy Director. She is the NCO administrative liaison to the White House, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Directorate.

Nekeia Butler

Nekeia Butler

NCO/NITRD

Executive Secretary (contractor)

Nekeia is an administrative professional, biologist, and writer providing executive support to the Federal agency members of the NITRD Program and high-ranking government officials and serving as liaison to the NSTC Executive Director.     

Pat Johnson

Pat Johnson

NCO/NITRD

Senior Technical Writer and Editor (contractor)

Pat is the staff technical writer and a former instructional technology specialist who provides writing, editing, and document management expertise for policy, planning, and technical documents for the NITRD program.

Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee

NCO/NITRD

Technical Coordinator (contractor)

Joyce is an attorney with a background in technology, law and federal energy regulation.     

Ji Hyun Lee

Ji Hyun Lee

NCO/NITRD

Technical Coordinator (contractor)

Ji is an information management specialist and a former systems architect who has worked in topic areas including RF communications, information and tactical systems.

Virginia Moore

Virginia Moore

NCO/NITRD

Chief of Staff and Contract Program Manager (contractor)

Virginia manages the internal operations and the contract deliverables for NITRD National Coordinating Office.

Diane Theiss

Diane Theiss

NCO/NITRD

Financial Analyst and Deputy Chief of Staff (contractor)

Diane manages all areas of finance and operations for the NITRD NCO.

Diana Weber

Diana Weber

NCO/NITRD

Communications and Public Affairs Coordinator (contractor)

Diana is a marine biologist and former Assistant Professor in marine science, conservation, and science communication who loves learning new things. She earned her Ph.D. in population genetics at the University at Albany-SUNY and her research has included genetic diversity, disease ecology, and wildlife trade in marine/Arctic environments.

Wendy Wigen

Wendy Wigen

NCO/NITRD

Technical Writer and Consultant (contractor)

Wendy is an information management specialist and a former educator who has worked in topic areas including wireless spectrum, broadband, Big Data, and Internet policy.

The National Coordination Office celebrates #WomenInNITRD to recognize the women who strengthen the Federal science and technology research organizations through their leadership, passion, and fortitude. This webpage is being launched as part of National Women’s History Month, which traces its origins back to women protesting for better working conditions in 1857, the advent of the International Women’s Day in 1909, and National Women’s History Week established by Congress in 1981 (P.L. No: 97-28) and expanded in 1987 (P.L. No: 100-9) to the month of March. On March 1, 2019, President Donald J. Trump signed the 2019 Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month.

Standing on the shoulders of women of previous generations, women in NITRD have been able to overcome difficult cultural and social barriers to sit in the classroom and at the conference table, raise families, build careers, and provide senior-level leadership in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We offer this recognition and appreciation, knowing that girls of today will see women in NITRD as role models who worked hard and chose demanding fields of study and research to help improve our world.


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