What We Do:
The Digital Communications Branch is responsible for the technical operations of NIDA Web sites, social media platforms, and supporting technologies
- Manages and maintains NIDA websites
- Manages and maintains NIDA social media platforms
- Provides audiovisual support production services of science based messaging
- Manages compliance across all Institute digital communications platforms
- Provides recommendations and implementation of digital information policy, standards, guidance and tools for NIDA
- Coordinates, manages and maintains Web content related to NIDA organization structure role(s) with other service components of NIH
- Mark Fleming, M.A., Branch Chief, DCB
Mr. Fleming joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in December 2000. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in zoology from Miami University in Ohio and a Master of Arts in visual communications from Ohio University. He has worked for NIDA since 1986, both as a contractor and now as a federal employee. He established the Visual Media Unit to provide photographic and graphic arts support for NIDA intramural research. In addition, he established the NIDA web site in 1995 and has worked since then to increase its scope and exposure. Recently, his work has focused on the completion of NIDA's migration to content management systems, cloud hosting, AND responsive design. As NIDA’s 508 coordinator, Mr. Fleming and his support team work with NIDA staff to ensure all information products meet accessibility regulations.
- Josie Anderson, Visual Production Specialist
Ms. Anderson joined OSPC in October of 2012 and filled one of NIDA’s newest positions - Visual Production Specialist. Currently, she works directly with the PILB Branch Chief, while also augmenting the NIDA Director and Press Team. The Visual Production Specialist is just one example of how NIDA is progressing in the world of mass media and innovative technologies. Combining the technical skill of video production and the operational support of public relations, the possibilities for NIDA are endless in this new venture. Prior to NIDA, Ms. Anderson served in the United States Air Force (USAF) for ten years, as a Broadcast Journalist. Her military experience includes pioneering the first USAF media outreach team in Iraq, lead videographer for the USAF Thunderbirds, and was an on-location correspondent during combat, training and humanitarian missions in over 15 countries. She also attended the Defense Information School with a background in Public Affairs and Broadcast specialties.
- Tara Garwood, Social Media Strategist
Ms. Garwood joined the Digital Communications Branch in January of 2017. She supports NIDA’s public outreach using social media to raise awareness of NIDA’s research and programs. Her prior government experience includes acting as the sole Video Production Specialist in a large training division at the Food and Drug Administration and working on the U.S. Secret Service video production team.
- Janet Linton, IT Specialist
Ms. Linton joined the Office of Science Policy and Communications (OSPC) in March of 2009 to provide web support to the NIDA Webmaster. Her primary tasks include: ensuring NIDA’s content is compliant with 508 regulations, provides web, graphic, and social media support, maintains the National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® site, and creates short animations for infographics and social media as needed. Prior to joining OSPC, Ms. Linton worked as a lead operator, training and overseeing employees, at the PNC Bank Operation Center in Baltimore, MD. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Animation from Westwood College.
- Aaron Martinek, Web Analyst (Contractor)
Mr. Martinek has been a contractor with NIDA since 1999. Originally a Graphic Artist at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) in Baltimore, he switched his role to Web Analyst, and moved to Office of Science Policy and Communications in 2005 to focus on NIDA's websites. Mr. Martinek handles everything from web development to design for digital/print materials. He holds a Graphic Artist degree and has over 25 years’ experience in the field of design.
- Ann Rea, M.A., Web Analyst (Contractor)
Ms. Rea has been a contractor with NIDA for over 21 years. Originally a Medical Photographer at NIDA’s Intramural Research Program (IRP) in Baltimore, she switched her role to Graphic Artist and then to the role of Web Analyst in 1999. Ms. Rea works on the main NIDA site, specifically with NIDA Notes, International, NACDA, and publications. She has also taken a major role in the ongoing task of ensuring that the NIDA website and all of the smaller sites meet the Section 508 Guidelines. Ms. Rea holds a M.A. in English from Morgan State University.