EVENTS > April 23, 2021: Inaugural Operations Career Development & Networking Workshop

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Inaugural Operations Career Development & Networking Workshop
Friday, April 23, 2021, 2:00-3:30p.m.

The inaugural Operations Career Development & Networking Workshop was held on Friday, April 23, 2:00-3:30p.m. The purpose of this event and future workshops is to highlight and serve the interests, talents, and professional development of current and future business operations staff at Berkeley Lab.

Link to recording | Workshop Slide Deck


Final Agenda

  • 2:00 p.m. Welcome with Suksham Barun, Arica Chhay, Natalie Roe, Michelle Lee

  • 2:10 p.m. Inaugural address by Mike Witherell

  • 2:15 p.m. Panel Session + Q&A

  • 3:05 p.m. Breakout Rooms

  • 3:20 p.m. Overview Operations Career Development Groups

  • 3:25 p.m. Conclusion & Open Forum


  • Carolyn Charles, Senior HR Partner, Panel Consultant

  • Jeremy Coyne, OCFO Indirect Budget Manager

  • Ellen Ford, Deputy Chief Operating Officer

  • Bill Johansen, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research

  • Janie Pinterits, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager

  • Meg Rodriguez, Program Manager, Career Pathways Office

View the event flyer with panelist bios.


Carolyn Charles

Senior HR Partner, Panel Consultant. Carolyn has been at the Lab for twenty years, primarily in Sr. HR Division Partner roles supporting various scientific divisions in the Physical Sciences Area. She is very excited to be joining this inaugural event to provide a human resources perspective and consultation for panelist Q&A.

Jeremy Coyne

OCFO Indirect Budget Manager. As OCFO’s Indirect Budget Manager, Jeremy Coyne oversees the Lab’s indirect budget formulation and execution of the Laboratory’s distributed operating budgets, including managing the Lab’s overall indirect rate structure and collections estimates. Coyne brings over twenty years of progressively increasing responsibility and accountability for financial, business, and management and operations experience to this key position. Having worked with many areas and divisions, he is widely respected across the Lab for providing financial support and highly complex consultative advice, and for his extensive knowledge of the Lab’s financial processes and systems. He has also respected for his technical leadership in effectively managing financial compliance in the National Laboratory environment, and for a demonstrated ability to build strong successful teams. Prior to becoming the OCFO Indirect Budget Manager, Coyne was the ALS Senior Business Manager providing leadership, direction, and management for all business support activities and the division’s entire financial portfolio. Before the ALS, Coyne was a Finance Manager and Resource Analyst in the OCFO Field Finance Department, and a Project Controls Manager in the Engineering Division supporting major EVMS projects across the Lab. Coyne is passionate about fostering responsible stewardship of the Lab’s resources and has built a reputation at the Lab for a collaborative leadership style and tenacity in finding solutions to complex problems.

Ellen Ford

Deputy Chief Operating Officer. Ellen Ford joined Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in 2002 as the Business Manager for the Physical Biosciences Division where she managed financial and administrative operations. She was a key contributor to the successfully awarded Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) proposal in 2006, and was subsequently named as the COO of JBEI. She served in that position for seven years. In 2014 Ellen, joined the LBNL Operations Directorate as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Operating Officer. Beginning in 2017, she held two central operations leadership positions as the Interim Chief of the Projects and Construction Office for 10 months, followed by 6 months as the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer. In 2019, Ellen became the Deputy COO for LBNL and served in a dual role as the Interim Projects and Infrastructure Modernization Division Director for 7 months in 2020. Before her career at LBNL, Ellen was the Director for Corporate Operations at the Gap Inc.

Bill Johansen

Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research. As Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Research, Bill Johansen provides high-level managerial and administrative support to the Deputy Lab Director. Bill has a long history at the Lab; he first started working at LBNL in 1987 as a student assistant in the Technical Information Dept. when he was still in high school. While completing his undergraduate degree, Bill continued in various Lab positions until 1993, when he went to work first on Capitol Hill for the House Natural Resources Committee, and then later as Deputy Director for the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1996, Bill re-joined LBNL in the Life Sciences Division, taking on a series of roles that included Manager of the Biosciences Proposal Development Center, Senior Business Manager, and Division Deputy for Operations. From 2007-2009, Bill also served as the fourth Staff Advisor to the UC Board of Regents. He was named Senior Advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director in 2012. Bill has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.P.A. from California State University, East Bay.

Janie Pinterits

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Program Manager. Dr. Pinterits promotes solutions for inclusive leadership and belonging in organizations. As the former Diversity Officer, former Assistant Provost, and Associate Professor at Alliant University’s California School of Professional Psychology, she oversaw all DEI committees across six campuses. She supported 80+ events and projects per year for affinity groups related to: Accessibility, African-American, Allies, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indigenous Peoples, Latinx, Pride/LGBTQ, Veterans, Women, and more. Dr. Pinterits has conducted 100+ engaging workshops and presentations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including implicit bias and microaggressions. She has been awarded grants to support pipeline programs for underrepresented students in behavioral science careers. Her publications related to DEI have appeared in The Journal of Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education and Supervision, PsycCRITIQUES, and The Oxford Handbook of Social Class in Counseling. She earned the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Society of Counseling Psychology Section on Ethnic and Racial Diversity’s 2013 Outstanding Service to Diverse/Underserved Communities award. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. An avid bicyclist, she is a recipient of East Bay Bike Coalition’s Bicycle Commuter of the Year award.

Meg Rodriguez

Program Manager, Career Pathways Office. Meg Rodriguez has been employed at Berkeley Lab since 2017 starting as the

Postdoctoral Program Manager before transitioning to the Career Pathways Manager which oversees the development of Graduate Students, Postdocs and Early Career Scientists. In addition, the Career Pathways Office supports the Laboratory Staffing Committee on Senior Scientist cases for promotion. Meg earned her Bachelor's Degree from Sacramento State University in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Human Resources and is currently pursuing Masters in Education at the University of San Francisco. She is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and currently serves as the co-chair for the University of California Postdoctoral Office working group. Ms. Rodriguez is passionate about her work in the Career Pathways Office and assisting early-career scientists in career development. She has piloted large projects including Berkeley Lab's annual Lab-wide Research SLAM and, in collaboration with the Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association (BLPA), the first Postdoc Career Fair.