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Sue La Fratta detailed to serve as OPP Executive Officer

Arctic and Antarctic regions seen from above

Arctic and Antarctic regions seen from above


December 15, 2009

I am pleased to announce that Ms. Sue LaFratta has been detailed to serve as OPP's Executive Officer. Ms. LaFratta has been with OPP since January 2003, first as the Deputy for what was then known as the Polar Research Support Section and more recently as Senior Advisor in OPP's Front Office. Before joining OPP, she held positions in NSF's Office of Inspector General and in Budget, Finance and Award Management, where she was instrumental in developing NSF's Large Facilities Office.

Ms. LaFratta has degrees in business and law, and brings to the position significant management experience, including 13 years managing research laboratories at Harvard Medical School. A major objective for the detail is for Ms. LaFratta to use her unique background and skills to improve and document OPP's business practices, procedures and policies to better align them with the Agency's Strategic Plan goals.

I look forward to her continuing service on the OPP senior management team in this new capacity.

Ms. LaFratta replaces Dr. Michael Van Woert, who is currently Acting Office Head, Polar
Environment, Health & Safety.

Ms. LaFratta is located in Room 755 and may be reached at 703/292-8030.

Karl Erb
Director, Office of Polar Programs

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