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NCI's Marianne Wagner Retires

Marianne Wagner, chief of NCI's Human Resources Management and Consulting Branch, retired Mar. 31 after more than 34 years in human resources at NIH.

She was born in Washington, D.C., but has spent most of her life in the Maryland suburbs. She received a B.S. in personnel administration from the University of Maryland and an M.P.A. from American University in 1986. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including PHS, NIH and NCI honor awards. Her notable achievement in the field is evidenced by her receiving, in 1989, one of the first NIH awards for outstanding service in human resources management. In 1996, the Montgomery County chapter of the International Personnel Management Association presented her with its Outstanding Public Service Award for "exemplary leadership, and innovative and resourceful approaches in directing and managing a progressive Human Resources Program."

Wagner began her career here in 1962 as a program analyst in the Office of the Director. Over the years, she held progressively more responsible positions in both HR staff and operating areas, coming to NCI in 1980 from the personnel office at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Her leadership and vision in HR management resulted in programs that are progressive and in the forefront of the field. Recently, she and her staff played a key role in a major reorganization of NCI. Using tools of quality improvement, process reengineering and benchmarking, Wagner and her staff implemented significant changes in human resource management that now serve as a model for the NIH community.

Reflecting on her many years at NIH, Wagner says, "Each day was a new challenge." She always felt that there were solutions no matter how formidable the problems, and that each person does make a difference. She is proud to have worked with the "best there is" in the human resource field, and will miss "taking those challenges and turning them into opportunities." In retirement, Wagner plans to take it easy, play some golf, travel and resume her interests in art and photography.

OD's Mary Jane Miller Retires After 22 Years at NIH

By Marina Volkov

After 22 years with NIH, Mary Jane Miller retired recently from her position as administrative assistant in OD's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). Throughout her career, she received the highest accolades for her professionalism, efficiency and organization. But perhaps even more important were the many lives she touched and the number of friendships she forged with her fellow workers at all levels of NIH.

Mary Jane Miller, shown with OBSSR director Dr. Norman Anderson, is crowned queen-for-a-day at her recent retirement celebration.

Her first position at NIH was in the Office of Extramural Programs at the National Library of Medicine, where she worked for 4 years. Following this, she moved to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, where she worked in the Pancreatic Diseases and Arthritis Programs. In 1986, Miller moved to the Office of the Director, working for Bonnie Kalberer, first in the Office of Science Policy and Legislation, then later in the Office of Science Education.

According to Kalberer, "Mary Jane is one of those special people who is the consummate professional secretary. She was our office manager, confidential assistant, and mother confessor. Her wonderful sense of humor helped us through good times as well as stressful ones. Although many of us have gone our separate ways, Mary Jane is still a very special friend, who we continue to see at our periodic soirees (otherwise known as get-togethers at the local pub)."

In 1995, Miller joined the staff of the newly formed OBSSR, where she was instrumental in getting the office up and running in only a short time. "When I first met Mary Jane, I knew almost instantly that she would be great for the office," reports Dr. Norman Anderson, OBSSR's director. "Since the OBSSR was just getting started, we needed someone who was well organized, efficient and creative, who could handle multiple and complex tasks simultaneously, while maintaining a high degree of professionalism. In Mary Jane, we got all that and more. It was really a great honor for me and my staff to have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from, this consummate professional."

Throughout her tenure at NIH, Miller touched the lives of many people. Her deep commitment to the well-being of others is exemplified by her work as a member of the Office of the Director's equal employment opportunity advisory committee, where she was an active participant in organizing many of the committee's activities and events, and her many years spent as an EEO counselor. She was a familiar face to many people in Bldgs. 1 and 31, always cheerful and always extremely supportive.

Now as she heads off to retirement and professional grandmahood, her many friends and colleagues at NIH wish her the very best.

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