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Billie Jean Combs - Executive Assistant

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 Alicia Finley - Executive Assistant

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Mara Guttman - Technology Transfer Assistant

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Kristin Kimball - Program Analyst

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Jan Lewis - ODEO Program Manager

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Juan Ramirez - Executive Assistant

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Dr. Bruce E. Mackey - Statistician

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Dave Nicholson - Techology Transfer Coordinator

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Patricia (Trish) Roman - Program Analyst

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Billie Jean Combs is the executive assistant to the Associate Area Directors, Dr. Hao Tran. She joined ARS in 2016. Billie Jean supports PWA locations on Human Capital Management Program, ethics, travel and conference planning. 

Contact Information:
Billie.Combs@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6071

 

Alicia Finley is the executive assistant to the Pacific West Area Director and Team Lead for the Area Office Executive Assistants. She serves as the current point-of-contact for the PWA RPES cases.

Contact Information:
Alicia Finley@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6060

 

Mara Guttman is the Technology Transfer Assistant for Pacific West Area. She has worked as a support scientist in plant molecular biology research with ARS for 14 years, and joined the PWA Office Staff in 2015. Mara works with the Technology Transfer Coordinator to execute research agreements and facilitate public partnership for our scientists.

Contact Information:
Mara.Guttman@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-5619

 

Kristin Kimball is one of two Program Analyst supporting PWA. She joined ARS in 2007 as Technology Transfer Assistant. Kristin supports PWA locations on the OSQR, annual reports, headquarters-funded post-doc proposals, 115s and ARIS.

Contact Information:
Kristin.Kimball@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6158

  

Jan Lewis is the PWA Office of Outreach, Diversity and Equal Opportunity (ODEO) Program Manager. She returned to PWA in 2015 and has been with ARS since 1995. She serves in an advisory role to the Area on matters related to recruitment, outreach, diversity and equal employment for Area leadership, management and personnel. Jan has also served as a federal workplace mediator/facilitator for 19 years and received her advance mediation certification through the Justice Center of Atlanta.

Contact Information:
Jan.Lewis@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6003

Juan Ramirez is the executive assistant to Associate Area Director, Dr. William Orts. He joined ARS under the pathways program 2017. Juan serves as the current point-of-contact for PWA RPES cases.

Contact Information:
Juan. Ramirez@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6063

 

Dr. Bruce E. Mackey is the Consulting Statistician for the Office of the Area Director, PWA. He provides the Area scientists with help on experimental design, statistical methods and models, and statistical inference. He is also the contact point for the SAS and JMP software packages.

Contact Information:
Bruce.Mackey@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6078

Dave Nicholson joined the ARS in 2002 as a Patent Advisor, and since 2005 has been the Technology Transfer Coordinator for the Pacific West Area. He is responsible for managing the PWA Technology Transfer program, which involves the use use of various agreements such as the Material Transfer Agreements, Confidentiality Agreements (MTRAs), Plant Testing Agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and sometimes Funded/Non-Funded Cooperative Agreements.

Contact Information:
David.Nicholson@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-5641

Patricia (Trish) Roman is one of two Program Analyst supporting PWA. She joined ARS in 2007 as a Secretary in a Research Unit.  Trish has been a Program Analyst since 2011. She supports PAW locations on the OSQR process, annual reports, headquarters-funded post-doc proposals, 115s and ARIS.

Contact Information:
Trish.Roman@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6064