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2013 NACOP Training Workshop

"Improvise, Adapt and Overcome"

During November 13-14, 2013, the National Advisory Council for Office Professionals (NACOP) hosted a training workshop for 115 office professionals in series 0303, 0318 and 0326, all nominated for attendance by their respective administrators.  After welcoming the participants, current NACOP members and the planning committee were introduced and former NACOP members in attendance were acknowledged.  With the introduction of NACOP's sponsor, Dr. Caird Rexroad, Jr., Associate Administrator, the workshop was a reality and participants were displaying high levels of interest and expectation, as well as energy. To see the information on the training conference click here.

L-R:  Kimberly (Kim) Swanson, Fargo;Janel Nierman, Clay Center;Jaime Gerdes, Manhattan;Marcia Meyer, Fargo; Audrey Myers, Mandan; Linda Parnell, Clay Center; Carol Durflinger, Fort Collins; Jill Miller, Sidney; Tawanna Ross, Manhattan; Amber Whittaker, Logan; Nicole (Nikki) Herrera, Lincoln
Not pictured:  Diona Austill, Miles City; Michelle Covert, Logan



Norman, OK

Sixteen office professionals from the Northern Plains Area went to a special training provided by the National Advisory Council of Office Professionals (NACOP) in Norman, Oklahoma, on August 18-19, 2010.

2007 Leadership Conference

The Northern Plains Area (NPA) Leadership Conference “Research Excellence: Embracing our Changing Workforce” was held April 2-5, 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Wichita, Kansas. Approximately 145 attended compiled of Administrators at HQ and area levels, Center Directors, Research Leaders, scientists, Administrative Officers, Program Support and office professionals.

Attendees networking prior to start of session.


NPASAC members organized a display for the first full day of the conference and zipline lanyards with NPASAC logo were distributed to office professionals.


A view of the display for NPA Leadership Conference 2007 in Wichita, KS.


Jill Miller received the 2006 Award of Excellence for Secretarial Support from Dr. Blackburn at the banquet held April 4, 2007 at the Prairie Rose Chuckwagon and Opera House in Wichita, KS.

2006: NACOP Conference

Fourteen office professionals represented the Northern Plains Area at the National Advisory Council for Office Professionals Conference held in St. Louis, Missouri on May 9-11, 2006 at the Millenium Hotel near the Gateway Arch. USDA ARS supported their office professionals by sponsoring this nation-wide conference attended by over 150 attendees.

NPA Office Professionals attending the 2006 National Advisory Council of Office Professionals Conference in St. Louis.

NPA Council Pictures

NPA Secretarial Advisory Council near the meeting rooms in the basement of Millenium Hotel.

A view from the Millenium Hotel main floor lobby window.

2007 Members of the NPA Council of Office Professionals.


Northern Plains Area Secretarial Advisory Council for 2006.


New Council Members during their break at their annual meeting in October 2005.

2005, council members at the area office in Ft. Collins, CO for their annual meeting, with outgoing member, Diona Austill.


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