Office of Community Liaison

NIH is proud of its membership in the Bethesda community and is devoted to remaining a good neighbor. The Office of Community Liaison has a long-standing partnership with the Bethesda and surrounding communities and is dedicated to serving the interests and well-being of our neighbors.

The mission of the NIH Office of Community Liaison is to:

  1. Advise the NIH Director on policies, programs, and issues involving the NIH and its community;
  2. Plan and direct activities to promote collaboration and cooperation between the NIH and its community;
  3. Conduct and oversee studies, projects, and evaluations designed to address problems, questions, and issues of community concern and environmental impact;
  4. Ensure that NIH activities that affect the community involve community representation at all levels of design, review, and implementation; and
  5. Ensure effective communication and collaboration on policy and programs involving the community between the Office of the Director and operating components of the NIH.

Unless otherwise noted, the Community Liaison Council (CLC) will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in the Natcher Building, lower level Conference Room D the 3rd Thursday of every other month. There are no meetings in August.

Please feel free to contact our office with your comments or concerns via e-mail at

Community Liaison Council Members


Renate Myles
Acting Associate Director, Office of Communications and Public Liaison
Acting Director, Office of Community Liaison

Amy Blackburn
Branch Chief, Visitor Center and VIP Tours
National Institutes of Health

Ginny Miller
Wyngate Citizens Association

Association Representatives

Nancy Abeles (Alternate)
Bethesda Crest Citizens Association

Kathi Haley (Alternate)
Bethesda Crest Citizens Association

Beth Volz
Locust Hill Civic Association

Margaret Dittemore
Huntington Terrace Citizens

Camelot Mews Citizens Association

Battery Park Citizens Association

Ellen Larsen
Sonoma Citizens Association

Bethesda Parkview Citizens Association

Jeannette Wade
Whitehall Condominium Association

Marilyn Mazuzan
Town of Oakmont

Glenbrook Village Association

Andrea Witt
Huntington Parkway Citizens

East Bethesda Citizens

Kira Lueders
Parkwood Residents Association

Karin Box 
Edgewood Glenwood Citizens Association

Maureen Wilkson
Maplewood Citizens Association

Liaison Representatives

Ashima Talwar
Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen

Kevin Mack
Office of Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Bob Rosenbush 
Maryland Office of Planning

Kenneth Hartman
Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional

Kathleen Connor 
Representative for District Office of U.S. Jamie Raskin

NIH Representatives

Lemuel Canady 
Chief Engineer
Office of Research Facilities Development and Operations National Institutes of Health

OCL Office

Sharon Robinson
Public Information Specialist
Office of Community Liaison

Community Liaison Council Meeting Minutes

This page last reviewed on April 15, 2024