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Cathy Troutman – US Army
Management Analyst, National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute (NHLBI)
How did you become an NIH employee?
My military experience as a Chief Information Officer (CIO), Clinical Information Officer, Telemedicine Officer and culminating as the Deputy Program Director, Pharmacovigilence and Deputy Program Director, Automated Neuropsychological Program for Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries was a key determining factor in being selected as a Administrative Specialist and within 6 months being promoted to a Management Analyst. Leadership knew the challenges faced by a CIO on a daily basis and found that I could do anything I put my mind to—which was and still is the case. After an illustrious career as a CIO and Biomedical Information Systems Officer, I wanted change. NIH offered an opportunity for positive change.
What inspired you to want to work at NIH?
The mission of NIH is what inspired me. The work/life balance was a top priority after retiring from the military. NIH offered that and more. NIH offered an opportunity for positive change. NIH is a phenomenal place to work. It offers an array of opportunities. With those opportunities come challenges. Challenges inspire you to work hard to accomplish the mission—just as it was in the military.
Was it difficult transitioning from the military into NIH?
It was not difficult to transition. I welcomed change—with each new assignment came change. Change affords me another opportunity to seek out new goals and new opportunities. My military background has provided me with the ability to “hit the ground running” in any environment.
What is your role at NIH?
I am currently a Management Analyst and the Institute’s Property Accountability Officer. As a management analyst, I have worked as a Contracting Officer Technical Representative. I have worked with the Special Projects Office and Risk Management. As the Institute’s Property Accountability Officer, I am responsible for management oversight, recording, accounting, and reporting of $114M worth of property.
How do you think other veterans can benefit from joining NIH?
NIH offers an array of opportunities. I believe that any veteran can continue to serve in the capability in which he/she served. Your abilities and desire will take you as far as you want to go. Every job is challenging.
Veterans can benefit by sharing their knowledge and leadership skills. By inspiring others, it’s a “win win” situation—joining forces to accomplish a world’s mission. With knowledge comes power. With power comes more responsibility. With responsibility comes top notch service to our nation.