Brenda Holmes, Senior Chairperson, Program Support Assistant for the Newark, Delaware Location. Brenda Holmes is originally from Acoma, New Mexico, a Native American Indian from the Acoma Tribe now residing in Dover DE. Brenda has worked as a Program Support Assistant and Program Assistant for the USDA, ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit, Newark, DE since 1999. Always eager to take on new challenges, Brenda is the primary administrative support to the ARS Newark, DE Location. When asked what she feels are her greatest attributes that she brings to this agency, she remarked "I feel that my commitment to service before self, equal and fair treatment of others, human relations, professionalism in every situation and providing topnotch support within every aspect of my duties are among the things I consider important to me. Those are the goals I focus on most." Brenda’s motto, "Always do your part to help others."
Joanne Murphy, Co-Chairperson. Joanne is the Program Support Assistant for the Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC) Location in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.
Joanne's father worked at the Social Security Administration for 35 years and many times heard her father say "working for the government is a good, secure job". Joanne took his advice and began working at the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia in 1974. Joanne is happily married and the mother of two children and recently became a grandmother.
Joanne is the Program Support Assistant for the USDA/Eastern Regional Research Center working under the direction of Brendan Niemira, Research Leader of the Food Safety and Intervention Technologies Unit. She considers herself very lucky to be working with a dynamic, innovative group of scientists and technicians.
Tiffany Fisk, Webmaster. Tiffany is the Program Support Assistant for both the Geneva, New York and Orono/Franklin, Maine Locations.
Tiffany has been working at the USDA, ARS in Geneva, NY as a federal employee for 17 years. She received an Associates degree in Social and Behavorial Science in 1992; an Associates degree in Business Administration in 2006; and a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Economics in 2011. Tiffany and her husband Dave have two daughters.
Rebecca "Bec" Crawford, Historian. Bec is the Secretary for the Leetown, West Virginia Location.
Melody Scheffler, News Editor. Melody is a Program Support Assistant at the Ithaca, New York Location.
Diane Koch, Permanent Technical Advisor (Ex-Officio). Diane is the Executive Assistant in the Office of the Area Director for the North Atlantic Area Office in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.