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Personnel News

Staff Honors

Srinivas and Buzas Recognized for Work in “Evergreening”
In October, Dr. R.V. Srinivas, Chief of the Extramural Project Review Branch, and Dr. Beata Buzas, Scientific Review Officer, received the NIH Office of the Director Honor Award for their exceptional performance. Drs. Srinivas and Buzas assisted in the “evergreening of peer review,” initiated by the Office of Extramural Research’s electronic Research Administration (eRA). The initiative had two goals: to identify ways of making NIH review staff’s daily work more efficient and to provide input on the redesign of the peer-review electronic systems which support that work.

New Appointments

Mr. Keith Lamirande, M.B.A.,was appointed Executive Officer, NIAAA. Previously, Mr. Lamirande served as the Acting Executive Officer and the Deputy Ethics Counselor, in addition to his role as the Deputy Executive Officer, all for NIAAA. As Acting Executive Officer, Mr. Lamirande implemented a number of administrative efficiencies and undertook key initiatives to provide for a more flexible workforce, including broadening telework and flexible work schedules. 

Mr. Lamirande began his career at NIH as a biologist, working in Laboratory Animal Sciences within the National Center for Research Resources. In 1993, he was accepted into the NIH Management Intern program. Following graduation from the intern program, he worked in numerous administrative positions, with both the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He first joined NIAAA in 2001, serving as a Senior Budget Analyst, and was promoted to the position of NIAAA Budget Officer in 2004.

Mr. Lamirande has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Bates College and a Master of Business Administration from Loyola College in Maryland. 

Ms. Jenny Czajkowski, M.S., was appointed Deputy Executive Officer, NIAAA. Ms. Czajkowski has worked at NIH for 15 years. Previously, she was Chief of the Planning, Evaluation, and Communications Office and the Communications Director for the Center for Information Technology (CIT) at NIH.

Over the past 7 years, Ms. Czajkowski also has been involved with the NIH Administrative Training Committee’s intern programs and the Health and Human Services Mentoring Program.

Ms. Czajkowski has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Information Systems from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Telecommunications from Johns Hopkins University.

Ms. Monique Hill, was appointed Committee Management Specialist in the NIAAA Office of Extramural Activities in January 2012. As Committee Management Specialist, Ms. Hill is responsible for managing and providing policy analysis and support to Federal Advisory Committees at NIAAA.  Ms. Hill came to NIAAA in August 2002 as a secretary and worked with former Deputy Director Dr. Faye Calhoun.

In July 2008, she was promoted to Correspondence Coordinator in the Office of the Director. Before coming to NIAAA, Ms. Hill worked for Northup Grumman in the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Center for Excellence. In August 2010, she completed her Masters in Health Administration/Informatics at the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Judit O’Connor was appointed Budget Officer for NIAAA. Previously, Ms. O’Connor served as Team Lead/Senior Budget Analyst for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Prior to that she worked in the NIH Office of Budget as a Budget Analyst. She also has experience with the HHS Office of Global Health Affairs and private-sector experience working as a Senior Manager with Development Finance International.

Ms. O’Connor has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Trade from the University of Foreign Trade and Economics in Hungary and a Master of Arts in Economics from The George Washington University.

Ms. Megan Ryan was appointed to the NIAAA Division of Treatment and Recovery Research as a Clinical Trials Coordinator. Since April 2007, Ms. Ryan had been the Project Study Manager for the NIAAA Clinical Investigations Group (NCIG).

In her current position, Ms. Ryan coordinates the efforts of the NIAAA Medications Development Extramural Research Team, the Clinical Research Organization, clinical investigative sites, the Data and Safety Monitoring Board, medical monitors, and pharmaceutical partners. She also serves as the Data and Safety Monitoring Board Executive Secretary for the NCIG trials.

Ms. Ryan has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Towson University in Towson, Maryland, and is working on a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College with an expected graduation in August 2012.