Meet the Team
Who Are We?
Dr. Sydney Heimbrock, Executive Director
Sydney leads the PMF Program as part of OPM's Center for
Leadership Development. Sydney's passion is building an
innovative public sector workforce through strategic human capital
initiatives. Sydney also serves as Executive Director of
OPM's Innovation Lab and Provost of HR University. Before
joining the PMF team, Sydney led OPM's Strategic Workforce Planning
efforts to close government-wide skills gaps through evidence-based
initiatives. Prior to joining OPM, she led the U.S.
Department of Labor's International Technical Cooperation Program,
partnering with international organizations to build strong
workforce policies and programs worldwide. Sydney holds
degrees from Stanford, Syracuse, the London School of Economics and
Political Science, and Miami University of Ohio. She is a
frequent speaker and published researcher in workforce development
and evidence-based policy making. Sydney spends her personal
time supporting her two daughters' exploration of their creative,
intellectual, and spiritual selves.
Cheronn Collins, Team Leader
Cheronn comes to us from the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security (DHS). During her 15 years in Federal service she has
worked in various human resources positions. She began her Federal
career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the
Staffing and Classification team for the National Heart Lung and
Blood Institute (NHLBI). She later transitioned to the NIH Training
Center as the Program Manager for the Management Intern and PMF
Programs. The next step in her career led her to the DHS' Federal
Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) where she worked with leadership
to enhance their current PMF Program. After a year, she
transitioned to DHS headquarters as the Pathways Programs Officer
to roll out the three programs that are part of Pathways. Cheronn
holds a BS in Business and has a variety of HR-related
Rob Timmins, Senior 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 (NSEP), Scholarship for Service (SFS),
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 15+ 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 the Commonwealth of
Virginia for 5 years. Rob is the oldest of 6, is married to his
husband, Jeff, and lives in the Georgetown area of Washington,
Natasha Perreault, Personnel Research
Natasha joins the PMF Program Office from OPM's Classification
and Assessment Policy where she conducted government-wide job
analysis and competency modeling studies, delivered training on
assessment-related topics for human resources specialists and
hiring managers, and assisted with the development of OPM's on-line
testing platform. Prior to joining OPM, she developed, validated,
and administered promotional tests for public safety
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)