Meet the Team
Who Are We?
Latonia joined the PMF Program in September 2012 as the Student
Programs Manager. In this role, she has oversight of all student
programs, including the Pathways Programs, of which includes the
PMF Program. As a proud PMF alumna (Class of 2001), Latonia is
deeply committed to advancing the Pathways Programs for which she
provides oversight and guidance; particularly the prestigious
flagship PMF Program. Prior to joining the team, Latonia served as
the Executive-in-Residence at OPM's Eastern Management Development
Center (EMDC). With her experience in career education and
development services for government leaders, Latonia brings a
wealth of operational and managerial experience to address the
challenges faced by public sector organizations. Before her time at
OPM, Latonia served in a variety of leadership and managerial
positions at the Food and Drug Administration. A Gulf War veteran,
Latonia served eight years in the United States Air Force. In
addition to a degree in social work from Texas Tech University,
Latonia holds a Master's of Science from the University of Texas at
Rob Timmins, PMF Program
Rob first started his Federal career at the U.S. Naval Sea
Systems Command and a year later transferred to the U.S. Office of
Personnel Management (OPM). During his 20+ year history with OPM,
Rob worked on Government-wide programs such as the National
Security Education Program, Scholarship for Service, and the former
Presidential Management Intern (PMI) Program, which is now the PMF
Program. He has been a member of the PMF Program Office for 10+
years and serves as the lead on policy, guidance, and changes in
participant status. In addition, Rob was a Search and Rescue
Officer with the Civil Air Patrol and a Police Officer with the
Fairfax County Police Department in Virginia for 5 years. Rob is
the oldest of 6, is married to his husband, Jeff, and lives in the
Georgetown area of Washington, DC.
Deidre Sexton, PMF Program
Deidre joined the PMF Program staff in May 2010. She came from
the Defense Contract Management Agency where she was the Program
Manager of the Tomorrow's Leaders Initiative. Deidre has over 20
years of service with the Federal Government where she has worked
in the areas of publications, public affairs, and human resources.
Deidre is the lead for training and development of PMFs.
Channing Martin, PMF
Channing joined the PMF Program Office in August 2013 after
graduating with a Master's of Science in Public Policy and
Management from Heinz College Carnegie Mellon University. Channing
serves as the assessment lead for the PMF application. Prior to her
work in the PMF Program Office, she was a student intern at OPM in
the Senior Executive Resources and CHCO Council Offices. Channing
is genuinely committed to the recruitment and retention of quality
talent to the Federal Government and excited to be a member of the
Kamille Smith, Student
Kamille Smith has been with OPM since 2008. She began at OPM in
Strategic Human Capital before joining the Student Programs team in
February 2013. In this role, Kamille assists agencies with policy
guidance and implementation of the Pathways Programs. Her
background includes banking and recruitment. She received a
Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree from Hampton
University and a Master's of Science degree in Public
Administration from Central Michigan University.
What Do We Do?
- Perform overall management of the PMF Program.
- Develop strategies for attracting and recruiting graduate
students with diverse backgrounds into the PMF Program.
- Develop and conduct a rigorous application, assessment, and
selection process to determine a pool of Finalists.
- Market the PMF Program to Federal agencies and departments and
to accredited graduate schools.
- Provide structured development programs and activities
including orientation and training sessions.
- Serve as a conduit for effective communication among all
members of the PMF Program community: Agency PMF Coordinators,
hiring officials, supervisors, educational institutions, assessors,
applicants, and Fellows.
- Provide agencies with access to systems and information needed
to administer the Program in their agency.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the PMF Program.
In general, we help to bring the best new leaders into the
Have questions or comments?
Presidential Management Fellows Program
U.S. Office of Personnel Management
1900 E Street, NW, Room 6500
Washington, DC 20415
(Application and Assessment Inquiries)