Dorothea E. de Zafra-Atwell, MPIA

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Title: Director of Science Education, Retired Senior Program Analyst
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Location: Rochester, New York, United States

Dorothea E. de Zafra-Atwell, MPIA, Retired Senior Program Analyst at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Management.

Ms. de Zafra-Atwell is proud of leading a federal inter-agency work group in creating the first government-wide standards in information systems security across civilian agencies. She was inspired by President John F. Kennedy to work for public service, and attributes her success to her parents’ encouragement to make a positive difference in the world. Though she has encountered obstacles due to her gender, Ms. de Zafra-Atwell served the American public in various roles from 1967 to 2002, winning 1997 Educator of the Year from the Federal Information Systems Security Educators’ Association and a 2006 Volunteer Service Award as the Commencement Speaker of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Born in Rochester, New York to Carlos de Zafra Jr. and Dorothea Schwartz de Zafra, Ms. de Zafra-Atwell earned a BA, magna cum laude, in non-western civilizations from the University of Rochester in 1963, and went on to complete a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1965. She entered the U.S. Public Health Service as a management intern, later earning a diploma in information resources management from the National Defense University in 1994. Ms. de-Zafra-Atwell has held a series of positions, including privacy act officer, information systems security program manager, and legislative program and management analyst for the Service. She has also participated in numerous conferences on aging, equal employment opportunity, and security training.

A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Ms. de Zafra-Atwell has been featured in Who’s Who of American Women, and intends to offer her expertise in a collegiate setting in the coming years. She remains active on the Lifelong Learning Advisory Council of the University of Rochester, and is the author of such books as “Personal Steps to a Healthy Choice: A Woman’s Guide” and articles like “Identification of At-Risk Drinking and Intervention with Women of Child-Bearing Age: A Guide for Primary Care Providers.” In her free time, Ms. de Zafra-Atwell enjoys volunteer work, gardening, educational travel, mentoring, history, archaeology, current events, and elder advocacy.

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