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Administrative Management Branch

  • Francie Kitzmiller, Branch Chief
  • Becky Preston, Deputy Branch Chief
  • Ann Fox, Administrative Officer
  • Martha Gordon, Administrative Officer
  • Valerie Leftwood, Administrative Officer
  • Sharon Peeples, Administrative Officer
  • Wanda Dupuis, Administrative Officer
  • Lisa Deveaux, Administrative Officer
  • Lynn Buckholdt, Administrative Officer
  • Josephine Evans, Administrative Officer

The Administrative Management Branch (AMB) in the Division of Intramural Research (DIR), NICHD, assists in the planning and managing of a variety of administrative management projects in support of the DIR. The AMB provides administrative oversight for adherence to the rules and regulations and expertise in administrative services to assure that the NICHD continues to move forward in its mission. The AMB staff are a key component and resource to the Scientific Director for the management and overall planning for the DIR.

The senior leadership within the AMB work directly with the Scientific Director and Deputy Scientific Director, particularly on strategic planning and administrative oversight, and play a key role in maximizing the resources available in the DIR. The leadership provides guidance for all aspects of administration, represents the DIR at various NICHD programs and NIH-wide committees as well as focus groups concerned with administration.

The AMB administrative staff provide professional, technical, and administrative support in functional areas that further the mission of the DIR. These functional areas include, but are not limited to, budget and financial management, human resources, visas, travel, simplified acquisition, contract management and project officer support, safety and security, building and facilities management, timekeeping, human resources, program planning and evaluation, and general administrative services.

The AMB staff serve as a liaison between the laboratories/branches that they serve and the many other entities at NIH, such as the Office of the Scientific Director, NICHD; the Office of the Director, NICHD; Office of Intramural Research, OD; Fogarty International Center; Human Resources offices; Office of Research Services including the Division of International Services; Office of Research Facilities; and Technology Transfer Branch.

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