The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strives to advance diversity and inclusion at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and ensure that the civil rights of all employees are protected. The Portfolio for People with Disabilities is directed at ensuring that this constituency remains a successful part of a broader diversity and inclusion strategy for the NIH. This Portfolio is federally mandated, its authority grounded in Presidential Executive Orders dating back to 1998.


We recognize the talent that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace and understand that by creating an inclusive environment for everyone, we provide universal opportunity for success. Inclusion means we are committed to equal employment opportunity, a workplace free of discrimination and harassment, and a workplace that supports reasonable accommodations.

From recruitment to recognition, from training to promotion, we are dedicated to the oversight of disability employment and actively promote the universal thinking that attracts and retains a skilled and diverse workforce. EDI works in partnership with the Office of Human Resources (OHR), the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), and NIH leadership across the NIH to support the Disability Portfolio. Together, we develop collaborations to advance the representation of our employees with disabilities in all occupations of the NIH workforce and to support this constituency in achieving their fullest potential.

At NIH, we understand that our responsibility to diverse groups extends well beyond federal mandates. We define diversity broadly to include all elements of our human identities and encompass every aspect of difference. Within EDI, we are interested in leveraging the ideas of each NIH employee to fuel innovation and drive health discovery. The disability constituency is a critical piece of our overall diversity strategy.

“Disability need not be an obstacle to success.” – Stephan W. Hawking


Renee King

Renee King

Ms. King holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and has years of federal service. Over her 20-year career, she has served in various roles in the area of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity Management. She has received training in the fields of Counseling, Investigation, Acceptance/Dismissals and Mediation from both the Small Business Administration and Department of Veterans Affairs.

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The committee recommends strategies to eliminate barriers to the employment, promotion, and advancement of individuals with disabilities. Below are the members of FY2014 committee of the Portfolio for People with Disabilities.

Chris Booher
Grants Management Specialist
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Kathleen Moore, Ph.D.
Associate Ombudsman,
Office of the Ombudsman, Center for Conflict Resolution

Lynn Morin
Public Health Analyst | Health Equity Diversity & Inclusion
National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Sheila Monroe
NIH Selective Placement Coordinator
Office of Human Resources

Steve Peterson
Emergency Management Specialist
Division of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination

Larry Pearce
Biologist, Molecular Mechanisms of Tumor Promotion Section
Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Teresa (Shea) Booher
Relationship Specialist
Office of the Chief Information Officer

Larry Chloupek
Management Liaison Director
Office of the Director

David P. Rice Jr.
Management Analyst,
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Kathy Mann Koepke
Director, Math & Science Cognition, Reasoning, & Learning - Development & Disorders Program
Child Development and Behavior (CDB) Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD)