Leadership Team - Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center
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Leadership Team

Dr. Robert Buckley, Director

Dr. Robert Buckley | 224-610-3002

Director

Dr. Robert Buckley was appointed as the Director of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) on Oct. 15, 2018. He is responsible for strategic leadership and operations. He leads an integrated VA/Department of Defense team of approximately 3,500 employees, serving veterans, active duty military and military dependents. Lovell FHCC is responsible for the medical readiness of more than 40,000 Navy recruits annually. Dr. Robert Buckley recently served as the Chief of Staff of the Jesse Brown Veterans Health Care System. He entered the VA in 2016 after a career in the US Navy, where he held the rank of Navy Captain, serving his last assignment as Deputy Director and Commanding Officer of Lovell FHCC. Dr. Buckley attended Northwestern University Medical School, with Distinction/Alpha Omega Alpha in 1987 and later completing a residency in Emergency Medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He went on to serve as Residency Program Director and Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Naval Medical Center San Diego, improving quality, satisfaction, overall scholarly activity, and was twice awarded top teaching awards. He had multiple deployments afloat and ashore in the Middle East to include serving as Officer-in-Charge of a US Marine Corps Shock Trauma Platoon during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Director of Clinical Services of US Navy Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait and as Force/Fleet Surgeon (CMO) in Bahrain for all US Naval Forces throughout the Middle East and in Afghanistan. He has extensive leadership experience to include serving as Chief of Staff (CMO/COO) the $1.3 billion, tri-service Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in the National Capital Area, which successfully opened and gained full accreditation in 2011 under his leadership. He has multiple peer-reviewed publications, presentations, DoD and VHA awards and commendations, and was thrice awarded the Legion of Merit.


Captain Jeremy Hawker, Deputy Director & Commanding Officer

Captain Jeremy Hawker

Deputy Director & Commanding Officer

Captain Hawker was appointed Deputy Director of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) and the Commanding Officer for Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Great Lakes, the command for all Navy personnel working at Lovell FHCC’s main hospital and clinics, on June 1, 2022. Prior to his appointment to Deputy Director and Commanding Officer, CAPT Pyles was appointed the Executive Officer of Lovell FHCC on May 24, 2021, for Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Great Lakes, the command for all Navy personnel working at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s main hospital and clinics. Captain Hawker was born in Mankato, MN and attended Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN where he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1995. Following Officer Indoctrination School, his first assignment was Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA where he served on the Internal Medicine Ward and Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Captain Hawker then transferred to Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Japan where he continued as an ICU nurse before being accepted to Perioperative Nursing School at Camp Pendleton, CA. Upon completing perioperative nursing training, he received orders to National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, MD where he served as Division Officer for Neurosurgery and deployed twice aboard USNS COMFORT (T-AH 20) supporting Rescuer/MEDCEUR 02 and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was then selected as the Ship's Nurse for USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) in Norfolk, VA where he earned his Surface Warfare Medical Department Officer qualification and assisted IKE in completing Crew Certification following its mid-life refueling and overhaul. Captain Hawker was then selected for Duty Under Instruction at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where he graduated with honors in 2008 with a Masters of Science in Nursing as a Perioperative Clinical Nurse Specialist while completing his research in "Acinetobacter baumannii in Traumatic War Wounds" and earning the Military Officer Association of America Outstanding Student Award. After graduation, Captain Hawker received orders to Naval Hospital Lemoore, CA as Department Head of the Perioperative Nursing Department, and deployed to NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar, Afghanistan where he served as the Head Air Evacuation Liaison. Returned to Naval Hospital Lemoore as Department Head for Quality Management and Staff Education and Training, and later transferred to the Surface Warfare Medical Institute (SWMI) in San Diego, California. Upon arrival to SWMI, he filled the role of Assistant Officer in Charge before selecting as Officer in Charge (OIC). On completion of his OIC tour, Captain Hawker was assigned to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, and served as Associate Director for Surgical Services, later fleeting up to Director to lead 1,000 personnel. During this time he was awarded the Military Health System, Senior Military Nursing Leadership Excellence Award and selected as Senior Nurse Executive (SNE) for Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton. As SNE, he was critical to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s COVID-19 base-wide response and led the command through a successful Joint Commission survey. Captain Hawker also established the Expeditionary Medicine Directorate within the Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) structure for NMRTC Camp Pendleton, setting the path for tracking and sustainment of Knowledge, Skills and Abilities for 1,245 active duty personnel. Captain Hawker's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various service awards.


Dr. William Cotter , Acting Chief Medical Executive

Dr. William Cotter

Acting Chief Medical Executive

Dr. William Cotter is the Acting Chief Medical Executive for Lovell FHCC, responsible for the direction and coordination of all clinical functions and management at the medical center.


Commander Angela Jordan, Executive Officer

Commander Angela Jordan

Executive Officer

CDR Angela Jordan was named the Acting Executive Officer of Lovell FHCC on June 22, 2022.


Command Master Chief Veronica L. Brittenum, Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Veronica L. Brittenum

Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Brittenum was appointed Command Master Chief on April 19, 2021, serving as the senior enlisted leader of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Great Lakes, the command for all Navy personnel working at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center’s main hospital and clinics. Master Chief Brittenum is a native of Memphis, Tennessee where she graduated from Whitehaven High School in 1986. She enlisted in the United States Navy and reported to Recruit Training Command, Orlando, Florida in March of 1993. Immediately upon completion of basic training, she attended Hospital Corpsman “A” School in Great Lakes, Illinois. Her first assignment was at Naval Hospital Millington in Millington, Tennessee. Her shore assignments include National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, Navy Personnel Command, Millington, Tennessee, and Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois where she served as a Recruit Division Commander and earned the Distinguished Leadership Award and her Master Training Specialist certification. She also served as the Senior Enlisted Leader for Naval Branch Health Clinic Belle Chasse, New Orleans, Louisiana. Her sea tours include Fleet Surgical Team One, San Diego, California where she completed two deployments in the Western Pacific and earned her Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist and Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist qualifications. In June 2011, she returned to San Diego where she had the distinction of being the first crew member, Plank Owner, and Health Services Department Leading Chief Petty Officer onboard USS SOMERSET (LPD 25). A member of Class 169 (Green), she attended the Senior Enlisted Academy Resident Course where she graduated as the Honor Graduate and received the City of Newport Academic Excellence Award and the Surface Navy Association Military Heritage Award. She is also a graduate of the Command Master Chief course, class 184. In April 2018, Master Chief Brittenum reported aboard Strike Fighter Squadron ONE THREE SEVEN, Lemoore, California and assumed the duties as Command Master Chief. She is currently assigned as the Command Master Chief of Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command Great lakes, IL. Her personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (four awards), and various campaign, personal, and unit citations.


Commander Jeremy Pyles, Acting Associate Director for Facility Support

Commander Jeremy Pyles

Acting Associate Director for Facility Support

CDR Jeremy S. Pyles was born in Bradenton, Florida, and enlisted in the Navy in 1995. After basic training, Hospital Corps School, and Advanced Laboratory Technician School he was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic (NBHC), Key West, FL (1997-2000). While in Key West, he received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Saint Leo University and was commissioned an Ensign under the Medical Service Corps In-service Procurement Program. Upon completion of Officer Indoctrination School, CDR Pyles reported to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka. At Naval Hospital Yokosuka he served as the Assistant Department Head, Information Management/Information Technology (2000-2002) and Department Head, TRICARE Operations (2002-2003). During his tour in Yokosuka, he completed his Master of Science in Management from Troy University. He then transferred to Naval Recruiting District New Orleans, LA (2003-2006) and served as the Medical Programs Officer for the states of Louisiana and Arkansas. CDR Pyles was then selected and served as the Executive Assistant to the Naval Medical Inspector General, Bethesda, MD (2006-2009). In 2009, he reported back to NBHC Key West, this time as the Administrative Officer, and shortly thereafter deployed as an Individual Augmentee in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following eight weeks of pre-deployment training at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA he completed a 12-month deployment as a member of a Medical Embedded Training Team responsible for providing mentorship and guidance to the Afghan National Police Surgeon General’s staff in Kabul, Afghanistan. Upon redeployment, he completed his tour at NBHC Key West in June 2011 and served two consecutive assignments as the Director for Administration for 3d Dental Battalion/U.S. Naval Dental Center Okinawa (2011-2014) and Naval Medical Research Unit Dayton, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH (2014-2017). He then completed a tour as the Officer-in-Charge for Naval Branch Health Clinic, Albany, GA (2017-2020). On August 25, 2020, he was appointed as the Director for Administration/Associate Director for Resources at the Captain James. A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, and currently serves in that roll. Personal decorations includes; Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one star, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with one star, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with three stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Good Conduct, National Defense, Fleet Marine Force, and Various other service and unit awards.


CAPT Kevin Burns, Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive

CAPT Kevin Burns

Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive

CAPT Kevin Burns is the Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive responsible for nursing care delivery, strategic planning and for overseeing the hospital’s Critical Care Unit and Inpatient Acute Medical/Surgical wards.


Ms. Yolanda Martinez , Acting Associate Director Resources

Ms. Yolanda Martinez

Acting Associate Director Resources

Ms. Yolanda Martinez was appointed the Acting Associate Director or Resource Management in June of 2022. Previously, Ms. Martinez was appointed the Assistant Director/Chief Finance Officer of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), in January 2021. In this role she has direct full-line authority and responsibility for Fiscal Management, Patient Administration, General Practice Management, Education and Training, Healthcare Business and Human Resources Services. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director at the FHCC, Ms. Martinez served as the Finance Officer at the Edward G. Hines VA Hospital for 14 years. Ms. Martinez began her federal career with the General Services Administration (GSA) in various administrative roles. She went on to work for the Treasury Franchise Fund FedSource (a customer-driven, voluntary interagency mechanism for managing and funding administrative support services) as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer/Chief Finance Officer. Ms. Martinez has a strong background in Government Finance. Ms. Martinez earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.


Ms. Anne Soucheck, Acting Assistant Director, Plans and Operations

Ms. Anne Soucheck

Acting Assistant Director, Plans and Operations

Ms. Anne Soucheck has been temporarily appointed as the Assistant Director Plans and Operations Department effective June 2022. Previously, Ms. Soucheck was the Health System Specialist/Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director. Prior to, she was the Division Officer of the DoD Medial Operations division within the Managed Care Department. She served in the US Navy for 20 years as a Hospital Corpsman in multiple capacities. She began her career as a ward Corpsman in the ICU of Portsmouth Naval Hospital. She then took an overseas tour to London England where she worked various aspects of an outpatient clinic. She was an instructor at Hospital Corpsman ‘A’ school where she earned her Master Training Specialist designator. During her tour with the 1st Marine Field Service Support Group, she worked for the Group Surgeon and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In an effort to shape and influence today’s Sailor, she accepted orders to Recruit Training Center as a Recruit Division Commander (RDC). Because of her diversified background she was she was hand-picked to develop the BUDS Preparatory School. Her final tour with the US Navy was at Naval Hospital Great Lakes. She was instrumental in the Integration of the Naval Hospital and the North Chicago VA which is now the FHCC. Ms. Soucheck retired from the Navy in 2012.