|Office of the Area Directors Staff|
Billie Jean Combs - Executive Assistant
Alicia Finley - Executive Assistant
Mara Guttman - Technology Transfer Assistant
Kristin Kimball - Program Analyst
Jan Lewis - ODEO Program Manager
Juan Ramirez - Executive Assistant
Dr. Bruce E. Mackey - Statistician
Dave Nicholson - Techology Transfer Coordinator
Patricia (Trish) Roman - Program Analyst
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trish.Roman@ars.usda.gov (510) 559-6064