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Vol. LVIII, No. 23
November 17, 2006

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Barros Appoints Five to Top NIH Posts

Daniel Wheeland Dr. Alfred Johnson Christine Major John Bartrum Suzanne Servis
Newly named to jobs reporting to NIH Deputy Director for Management Colleen Barros are (from l) Daniel Wheeland, Dr. Alfred Johnson, Christine Major, John Bartrum and Suzanne Servis.

NIH Deputy Director for Management Colleen Barros recently named five people to complete her management team at NIH. They are Dr. Alfred C. Johnson, director of the Office of Research Services; Daniel G. Wheeland, director of the Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations; John J. Bartrum, associate director for budget; Christine M. Major, director of the Office of Human Resources; and Suzanne J. Servis, director of the Office of Management Assessment.

Johnson became ORS director on Oct. 29. ORS has overall responsibility for managing and providing technical and administrative services to all components of NIH in support of the research mission, including programs for public safety and security operations, scientific and regulatory support programs and a wide variety of other employee services.

Johnson brings over 20 years of experience as an NIH researcher and administrator to his new position. Prior to joining ORS, he concurrently held several positions: since 2005, he served as assistant director, Office of Intramural Research (OIR); since 2004, he served as acting director, Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship, OIR; since 2000, he served as director, NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program in the Office of Loan Repayment and Scholarship; and since 1996 he served as an investigator in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, NCI.

Johnson completed his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences at the University of Tennessee in 1985, and completed his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Albany State University in 1979. He performed doctoral research at the biology division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and began his NIH career in 1985 as a postdoctoral staff fellow in the NCI Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

Johnson succeeds Shirl Eller, who worked for two and a half years as acting ORS director.

Wheeland became ORFDO director Oct. 15. The office leads the entire facility management program for NIH, which extends to all components on campus and within other counties and states. Wheeland will serve as principal advisor on all phases of NIH facility planning, acquisition, construction, operation and management, including environmental protection.

He was a career officer with the Navy and has over 25 years of global facilities experience. He has managed large multi-site facilities operations with an extensive scope in design, construction, acquisitions, recapitalization, utilities and maintenance for over 80 sites including the National Naval Medical Center. Wheeland has prepared and executed plans involving A-76 and consolidations of large organizations. Since 2004 until his recent military retirement, he held the position of chief information officer for both the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and the Navy Installation Command.

Wheeland received his master’s in construction management in 1985 from the University of California at Berkeley and his undergraduate degree in civil engineering in 1981 from the University of Notre Dame. In 2002, he also became a graduate of the Wharton Executive Development Program. He is a registered professional engineer and a member of the acquisition professional community (now known as the Defense Acquisition Corps).

Wheeland succeeds Juanita Holler-Mildenberg, who spent the last year as acting ORFDO director.

Bartrum became associate director for budget on Oct. 15. He is chief budget advisor to the NIH director, to Barros, to institute and center leadership and to OD staff. He oversees the Office of Budget and has primary responsibility for NIH-wide budget policy, planning, analysis, formulation and presentation.

He comes from the Office of Management and Budget, where he served as a senior examiner in the national security division. He was responsible for management, policy and budget development for more than $40 billion in annual expenditures on health and medical activities within the Department of Defense and Defense Health Program budget.

Bartrum served 4 years of Air Force active duty beginning in 1984, and served various military appointments until 1998, receiving numerous awards for his military service. He joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1998, serving as a health policy program analyst, later becoming a senior budget/program analyst under the assistant secretary for management, Office of Budget, Medical Service.

He received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law in 2004 and is a member of the Virginia State Bar. He also received a master of business administration from Southern Illinois University in 1994, a bachelor of business administration from McKendree College in Illinois in 1990, an associate degree in bioenvironmental engineering and an associate degree in survival/rescue operations from the Community College of the Air Force in 1991 and 1988, respectively.

He succeeds Andrew Baldus, who served 14 months as acting associate director for budget.

Chris Major has over 20 years of human resources experience in federal service and has been acting director of OHR since January 2005 and acting director, Office of Strategic Management Planning, since June 2004, leading a combined staff of over 300 employees.

She was involved in improvements in various HR programs and services such as the implementation of the new HHS Performance Management System, the IC Director Compensation Model, Transition Center services and maintaining a “green” President’s Management Agenda rating in human capital for NIH. She will continue to lead the Office of Strategic Management Planning.

Prior to joining OD, Major served as personnel officer for NIAMS and as acting personnel officer for NINDS. She received her bachelor of science in personnel management from the University of Maryland. In addition, she has been an active member of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources (IPMA-HR) for 7 years, where she served as president of the Montgomery County chapter and currently as president-elect of the IPMA-HR eastern region executive board.

Servis, the OMA director since last May, heads an office that is at the center of NIH integrity issues, investigations, and internal controls and oversees the reorganization, delegations and manual issuances systems.

She received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany and came to federal service from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, where she worked in grants administration. She initially worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and became its chief grants management officer. Through an intern program during which she worked at OMB, she changed careers to budget analysis, with oversight responsibility for the budget of the National Weather Service.

Servis then joined the Department of Defense, Office of Inspector General, where she reviewed major acquisition and environmental security programs and internal controls associated with those programs. Since joining NIH in late 1999, she has worked in the Office of Management Assessment, first as director of the Division of Program Integrity and then as director of the office. At NIH, she has managed many sensitive and complex reviews of the agency. NIH Record Icon

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