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Danielle Bielenstein—Budget Management
Danielle Bielenstein is the Budget Officer for the Fogarty International Center, the international arm of the NIH. She spent 18 years at the Smithsonian Institution, with 16 of them at the National Museum of Natural History. Since her background was heavy on the biological sciences and math, it was a natural segue for her to go into budget that supports science and research.

She has a B.A. in Anthropology from Sweet Briar College, and a M.A. in Anthropology from the George Washington University. Her M.A. thesis was on Forensic Taphonomy.

Eileen Bradley -- Review
Eileen Bradley is Chief, Surgery, Radiology and Bioengineering IRG and SRA, Diagnostic Radiology Study Section at CSR. She has a D.Sc. in physiology and radiobiology from Harvard and served as a professor of radiobiology at George Washington University, where she was the PI on NIH-funded research in fast neutron therapy of cancer as well as co-investigator in radiation oncology clinical trials. She has more than ten years of experience in reviewing grant applications at NIH.

Carlos E. Caban -- Scientific Program Management, Population Tracking
Dr. Carlos E. Caban serves as the NIH Extramural Program Policy Officer in the Office of Extramural Research (OER), Office of the Director, NIH. His responsibilities include developing and implementing NIH-wide policies for extramural research program management and peer review. He currently chairs the NIH Project Officer/Program Official Forum (POPOF) policy committee, co-chairs the eRA Program Users Group, and is Vice-Chair of the NIH Review Policy Committee. He received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his Masters of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and Health Policy and Management from the Johns Hopkins University. He began his NIH career as a Research Scientist (Staff Fellow and Senior Fellow) studying complex systems of enzyme regulation, feedback and control. He then moved to the National Cancer Institute as a research administrator, where he was a Scientific Review Administrator for peer review and then a Program Director for Cancer Control Research, establishing major national research programs in cancer prevention and control, before moving the OER in 1990. His professional interests include prevention, clinical, and community intervention research, protection of human subjects in research, inclusion of women, minorities and children in research, and public health policy.

Marcia Hahn -- Grants Policy
Marcia Hahn recently joined the division of Grants Policy in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration. In this position, she handles grants policy with a focus on Electronic Research Administration. Prior to this new position, Marcia served as a Grants Management Analyst in the Grants Administration Branch of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH. In this role she was responsible for coordinating and developing policy and procedures for the branch, overseeing technology development, staff training, and special projects. She has served on JADs or Focus groups for four IMPAC II applications-SITS, GM, TA, and ICO. In addition, she chairs the IMPAC II GM Lead Users Group, a group of end users from each IC. She has 14 years of grants management experience.

Dr. Richard Ikeda – Training Activities
Dr. Richard Ikeda is a Program Director in the Division of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Biological Chemistry of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and broadened his training as a Postdoctoral Fellow in enzymology and replication at Harvard Medical School. After teaching at the Georgia Institute of Technology for 13 years, Dr. Ikeda joined the NIH in 1999. He currently manages a portfolio of research grants and postdoctoral fellowships that encompasses science from mechanistic enzymology to wound healing.

Ellen Liberman -- Receipt, Referral & Assignment
Dr. Ellen Liberman has served as a Program Director in the Division of Extramural Research of the National Eye Institute since 1992. She received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland. As a Program Director, her primary responsibility is to manage research grant portfolios. These are broad national and international portfolios that support wide-ranging science. The portfolios include not only a range of basic science areas such as pharmacology, genetics, and cell biology but also epidemiology and Phase I clinical trials testing both diagnostic instruments and treatment protocols. In addition, she represents the interests of the National Eye Institute on a number of NIH-wide committees and assumes the duties associated with her committee responsibilities. Among these additional duties, she is the referral liaison for the National Eye Institute and works with the Office of Receipt and Referral in negotiating assignment of grant applications and referral policy as it pertains to her institute.

Carol Martin -- Reporting
Carol Martin is a computer specialist with the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). She is a member of the IMPAC II Technical Group, ITMC Administrative Management Subcommittee, and ADP/EP and ADP/EP Steering Committee. Carol is also the NHGRI Information Security Officer.

Richard Morris -- Knowledge Discovery
Dr. Richard Morris is an epidemiologist and computer scientist. Since 1999 he has served as Health Science Administrator and Senior Technology Officer for the Director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation (DAIT), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Since that time, Dr. Morris has represented NIAID on the trans-NIH, Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI). In 2002, Dr. Morris was appointed Senior Advisor on Technology to the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (OASPHEP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to joining NIH, Dr. Morris was Program Manager at the Advanced Technology Program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with responsibilities in bioinformatics, instructional technology, knowledge management, and medical informatics. Over the course of his career as a program manager, he co-founded and/or managed the Adaptive Learning Systems Focused Program (NIST), the University of Texas Institute of Biotechnology, and the Bioprocessing and Pharmaceutical Research Center of Excellence (NASA). Dr. Morris has led systems integration and institutional building initiatives for Andersen Consulting, Science Applications International Corporation, the U.S. National Research Council, and the World Bank. He developed or managed programs for the central technology ministries of Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, and Indonesia, as well as various U.S. federal and state technology agencies. In particular, he counseled the German government on programming in informatics, innovation, and life sciences research. While at Andersen Consulting and the World Bank, Dr. Morris played a leadership role in telecommunications restructuring and Internet infrastructure development in Indonesia. He has held faculty appointments at St. Joseph’s University, St. Mary's University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, teaching courses in epidemiology, healthcare administration, psycholinguistics, and toxicology.

In 2001, Dr. Morris received the National Institutes of Health Award of Merit for his efforts on behalf of NIH scientific community in bioengineering and bioimaging. He is a fellow of the American Academy, Robert Bosch Foundation, and Sigma Xi. In the past, outside activities have included work with the NIH Project eRA Knowledge Management Initiative (in electronic science administration), Life Sciences Research Domain Taskforce of OMG, and the NIST Committee on Diversity. Morris is trained in engineering/technology management (MSE, University of Pennsylvania/Wharton) and public health/behavioral sciences (Ph.D., Rice University).

(Oliver) Pete Morton -- Center for Information Technology Liaison/ and Query-View-Report (QVR)
Pete Morton is the interim Customer Support Services director in the Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS). He was a manager in CIT and has worked with IMPAC I and IMPAC II for more than 25 years, serving on the development teams for Electronic Council Book (ECB) and Query/View/Reporting System (QVR). Pete oversees the eRA Helpdesk, training and documentation, test and production operations, and customer relationship management. He continues to provide a link between CIT services and the technical requirements of IMPAC II and the eRA project, and serve as the Advocate for ECB and QVR.

John Salzman -- Extramural Invention and Patent Reporting (Interagency Edison)

John Salzman is Assistant Extramural Inventions Policy Officer and Information Technology Policy Analyst in the Division of Extramural Inventions and Technology Resources, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA). He has worked in the areas of Invention and Patent Reporting compliance and implementing federal regulations using computer systems in OPERA for the past seven years. He represents NIH in this area to other federal agencies and at national meetings to further interagency coordination efforts. He conducts public sessions on regulatory compliance, and is responsible for managing the data and deriving reports documenting the progress of NIH in reaching its policy objectives for invention and patent reporting. He has previously worked in computer systems and network support at NCI. He has an M.S. degree in Computer Science from American University.

Walter Schaffer -- Training Activities
Dr. Walter Schaffer is an NIH Research Training Officer in the Office of Extramural Research. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1978, with a dissertation on oxidative metabolism in rat brains. He then served as a Staff and Senior Staff Fellow in the Lab of Metabolism at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. In 1986 Dr. Schaffer began a career as a Research Training Officer. He is a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Anna P. Snouffer -- Committee Management
Anna Snouffer is the deputy director of the Office of Federal Advisory Committee Policy (OFACP), Office of the Director (OD). She has 25 years of NIH experience, including ten years at OFACP, and has been involved with the Committee Management (CM) module since 1996. She served on the original CM Joint Application Development (JAD) team, tested the module’s functionality, and trained new users. She has remained active in supporting the CM module and its move to Web (J2EE) functionality and participates in eRA user groups. At OFACP, Anna provides specific advice on the use of advisory committees and their activities, and develops NIH policies on committee management, procedures for committee management functions, and statistical data about NIH advisory committees and their members.

Janna P. Wehrle--Scientific Program Management
Dr. Janna Wehrle has been a Program Director in the Division of Cell Biology and Biophysics at NIGMS since 1995. She is responsible for portfolios of grants in protein folding and dynamics, NMR spectroscopic methods, and macromolecular computation. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Following a post-doctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins, she joined the faculty there in a research division of the Department of Radiology, developing noninvasive NMR methods for prediction and monitoring of response to cancer therapies.

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