After 14 years as executive officer at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Charles "Chick" Leasure has moved to the National Human Genome Research Institute as the new associate director for administrative management. He has been an employee at NIH since 1965. As a lover of golf and old-time country and bluegrass music, Leasure will miss North Carolina, but is happy to return to his native Washington, D.C., where his two grandchildren live.
Pedro J. Morales recently joined the NIH Office of Equal Opportunity as deputy director. For more than 20 years, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, first as the OASH EEO complaints manager, and in recent years, as director of the PHS EEO office, which had oversight for EEO programs in all PHS agencies. Following the recent streamlining of PHS, he became director, OEO, Civil Rights, and Small and Disadvantaged Businesses for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Morales received his undergraduate degree from the Inter-American University in San German, Puerto Rico. He is a graduate of the law school of the State University of New York, Buffalo.
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