Micheall Myrie – Visual Information Specialist and AAFE Award Winner

Micheall Myrie – Visual Information Specialist and AAFE Award Winner

Visual Information Specialist Micheall Myrie has worked for FSIS for over seven years supporting the graphic design needs of the Office of Employee Experience and Development (OEED) and other FSIS program areas. “As a skilled visual communicator, I support my team members with concepts and ideas to help transform the way FSIS trains and develops employees,” Myrie said. Much of his work involves developing training for inspectors, where he uses his expertise in visual design to incorporate interactive videos, touch screens, and question and answer capabilities into training sessions.

Using Technology to Improve FSIS Training

Many years ago, inspection training consisted mainly of binders filled with pages of photocopied documents. In 2018, OEED began transforming FSIS inspector training by incorporating visual elements. The process began after laptops were distributed to districts so that all FSIS employees had access to the tools they needed for training.

At FSIS, Myrie uses all her skills as a designer. His role in creating training for OEED includes videography, photography, graphics and animation. A typical workday for Myrie involves responding to graphic requests from OEED clients. These requests may include PowerPoint slides, document layouts, or visual aids such as illustrated characters, icons, and buttons.

Currently, Myrie is focused on improving the visual content used by FSIS for training, incorporating 3D modeling and animation to enhance the user experience, help employees understand the material, and increase engagement during training. training session. 3D modeling and animation will be significant improvements, especially in the training components for the identification of pathologies. To ensure the accuracy of the model, Myrie works closely with Public Health Veterinarian Dr. Shoshana Tanenbaum in the District of Des Moines to obtain the close-up, high-resolution photos of a bovine head needed to creating a 3D model. Says Myrie, “I get immense satisfaction from my job because I’m part of an innovative team that has completely changed the way training and development work for FSIS.”

AAFE Award Winner

In December 2021, Myrie received the Administrator’s Award of Excellence (AAFE) in Diversity and Inclusion for her role as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Advisory Committee (EEOAC) of the OEED. He led the development of a quarterly EEOAC newsletter highlighting OEED’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Myrie said of the award: “It was totally unexpected. I was aware of the appreciation and support I received for my work, but I never imagined being recognized on this level. It was a good feeling.

Salina Nájera, Training Modernization Specialist at OEED, said, “Micheall is a creative and innovative employee who is always looking for ways to deliver cutting-edge visual content for training. When working with clients, he strives to exceed their expectations with his work product and always has an open approach to new ideas.”

Become a member of the FSIS team

He began his career at FSIS as a contract graphic designer for a year before becoming a federal employee as a visual information specialist in September 2015. The transition to the federal position made sense for Myrie, who was seeking security job to support her young family. Myrie’s first assignment was to develop a series of animated videos to train food inspectors on the export certification process. Once he finished the animated series, he was shown a slaughter video using virtual reality goggles and was excited to learn all he could about the new technology and how it could be. used to improve agency training.

Myrie describes his colleagues as the best group of people he has ever worked with professionally. Everyone wants to contribute and respects the feelings and perspectives of others. He believes it all starts at the top – that leadership inspires everyone to work with each other professionally and harmoniously. Of FSIS’s four core values ​​– Accountable, Collaborative, Empowered and Solution-Driven – Myrie said, “I think it’s essential to possess all of FSIS’s Core Values ​​equally. Leadership does a great job of encouraging employees to become new leaders, and each of these values ​​influences your success. »

Previously, as a graphic designer in the private sector, Myrie served as copywriter, content writer, marketer and project manager on numerous projects. In his current role at FSIS, he is always aware of the public when creating documents; for example, it applies diversity awareness to every mission. He doesn’t want to offend anyone with his work, so he pays attention to what’s written, how it’s written, and whether it’s appropriate for the intended audience.

Find out more about Myria

Born in Panama but raised in Montgomery County, Maryland, Myrie graduated from the University of Maryland Global Campus where he majored in Graphic Communication. He chose this major because it took him beyond the graphic designer level and taught him how to be an effective communicator.

Long before developing an interest in graphic communication, Myrie served in the United States Army from 1990 to 1994. He joined the military because, in Myrie’s words, “A young woman broke my heart and I needed a vacation”. A tracked and wheeled vehicle mechanic in the military, Myrie believes his military experience has prepared him for life and he appreciates the opportunities FSIS provides former military personnel.

Single father of Alex (9 years old) and Kaia (15 years old), Myrie enjoys cycling, swimming, weight training and playing basketball. Other hobbies include storytelling and developing cartoons. His dream is to mount an animated series of a superhero.

Briana R. Cross