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

Dr. Robert Buckley, Director

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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 Thomas J. Nelson, Deputy Director & Commanding Officer

Captain Thomas J. Nelson

Deputy Director & Commanding Officer

CAPT Nelson was appointed as the Deputy Director and Commanding Officer at CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) on June 30, 2020. As the deputy director, CAPT Nelson supports the director with all leadership and administration functions within the health care center. He maintains Uniformed Code of Military Justice authority and is responsible for the day-to-day operations at Lovell FHCC. CAPT Nelson, comes from an assignment as executive officer, Naval Hospital Okinawa. He is a native of Everett, Washington. He was selected for a Health Professions Scholarship while completing his undergraduate studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois and commissioned in 1991 as an Ensign. After graduating from Rush Medical College in 1995, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant and completed his general surgery residency at Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2002. In addition, he completed fellowship training in minimally invasive surgery at the Scripps Clinic in La Jolla, California in 2007.   He has served in a variety of clinical posts and leadership positions during his 23-year career. After tours at sea on USS Juneau (LPD 10) and USS John C Stennis (CVN 74), he made combat deployments to Iraq, the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan as a trauma surgeon. He has delivered surgical care at sea and in austere field hospitals around the world. He served for five years as teaching faculty at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Department of General Surgery and holds and an appointment as assistant professor of surgery from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.   From 2011-2014, he served as the chief of professional services for 1st Medical Battalion, enhancing pre-deployment preparation of deploying surgical companies using a robust didactic and skills-based curriculum, which relied heavily on simulation to ready trauma teams for deployment to Afghanistan. In this role, he was appointed the Marine Corps representative to the Combat Trauma Surgery Committee. Prior to becoming executive officer, Naval Hospital Okinawa, he was director of surgical services at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton in support of the Marines, Sailors and families of 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.   A diplomat of the American Board of Surgery, CAPT Nelson is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and active in the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and Pacific Coast Surgical Association. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Captain William Grady, Executive Officer

Captain William Grady

Executive Officer

Captain William E. Grady was appointed Executive Officer (XO) at Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center on July 8, 2019. As the XO, CAPT Grady is responsible for daily operations and oversight, and reports directly to the Commanding Officer (CO) to assist in carrying out policies and orders of the CO and the Facility Director. Prior to his current appointment, CAPT Grady was assigned for four years to Navy Medicine West, headquartered in San Diego, CA and served as the command’s Director of Administration. He was promoted to his current rank on September 1, 2018. CAPT Grady was commissioned a Lieutenant (Junior Grade), in the United States Navy in May 1999. First assigned to Naval Medical Clinic, Annapolis, he was initially the Assistant Department Head of the Managed Care Department, and later became the Department Head for Administration. CAPT Grady was next assigned to Naval Recruiting District, St. Louis in June 2002. He was selected in May 2005 to be the Legislative Liaison at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, DC. CAPT Grady deployed to Afghanistan in 2007. In February 2008, CAPT Grady was assigned as the Executive Assistant for the Deputy Commander of the new joint command charged with merging the National Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In August 2009, CAPT Grady was assigned as the Director of Healthcare Operations at Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi. After three years, CAPT Grady transferred to San Diego, California and served as their Director for Administration at the Surface Warfare Medical Institute, to serve as their Director for Administration. Originally from Toledo, Ohio, CAPT Grady graduated from Siena Heights College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and in 1987 with an associate degree in Human Services. He graduated with a dual-major MBA from the University of Toledo in 1994. And in 1999 he earned his law degree (Juris Doctorate) from the University of Notre Dame. Captain Grady’s awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (with 2 Gold Stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (1 Gold Star) and numerous unit and campaign citations.

Command Master Chief Jonathan Crisafulli, Command Master Chief

Command Master Chief Jonathan Crisafulli

Command Master Chief

CMDCM Jon Crisafulli reported as the Command Master Chief of the CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in March 2018. A native of Somerville, Massachusetts, he enlisted in the Navy in April 1994 and completed training in the Cryptologic Technician Technical (CTT) rating. His shore assignments include Naval Technical Training Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, Florida; Naval Security Group Detachment Denver, Colorado; Naval Security Group Activity, Rota, Spain; Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Space Field Activity (SSFA), Chantilly, Virginia. His operational assignments include USS HUE CITY (CG 66), Mayport, Florida; USS PORT ROYAL (CG 73), San Diego, California; Command Master Chief of USS RENTZ (FFG 46), San Diego, California; Command Master Chief of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron SEVEN ONE (HSM-71), Coronado, California; Command Master Chief of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) and USS JOHN P MURTHA (LPD 26), San Diego, California. Master Chief Crisafulli has completed multiple deployments to the FIFTH Fleet Area of Responsibility (AOR) as well as deployments to the THIRD, FOURTH and SIXTH Fleet AOR’s. He is a graduate of the Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 148) and the Command Master Chief Capstone Course (Class 71). He has earned his Enlisted Surface, Aviation and Information Warfare qualifications along with his Master Training Specialist (MTS) designation. His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards), Navy Achievement Medal (four awards), and various unit and campaign awards.

Commander Bradey Gotto, Acting Associate Director for Facility Support

Commander Bradey Gotto

Acting Associate Director for Facility Support

CDR Bradey Gotto is the Acting Associate Director for Facility Support of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC). As the Associate Director for Facility Support, CDR Gotto is responsible for the direction of administrative functions including Patient Administration, Facility Management, Logistics, Prosthetics, Police, Safety, Managed Care, Communications and Public Affairs, Education and Training, and Nutrition and Food Services.

Dr. Frank Maldonado, Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Frank Maldonado

Chief Medical Executive

Dr. Maldonado is the Chief Medical Executive for Lovell FHCC. Prior to this appointment, he was previously the Chief of Medicine at Lovell FHCC, beginning in 2001. As Chief Medical Executive, he is responsible for the direction and coordination of all clinical functions and management at the Medical Center. He currently serves as Assistant Dean for the FHCC, at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science/the Chicago Medical School (RFUMS/CMS) and holds an academic appointment as Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine. Prior to coming to Capt. James A. Lovell FHCC, he worked at the National Health Service Corps., Internal Medicine, Community Health of South Dade, Homestead, Florida. Dr. Maldonado also served as an Associate Intensivist, Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Providence Hospital, Washington, DC. Dr. Maldonado is very involved with the American College of Chest Physicians and the Association of Professor of Medicine. He has completed many research publications and abstracts. He is a recipient of the Henry Christian Award for Excellence in research, DuPont Pharmaceuticals/ACCP Young Investigator Award and the Max Harry Weil, MD Clinical Educator Award. He is also the recipient of the Vice Presidential Hammer Award for Reinventing Government for the Primary Care Program in 1994 and again in 1997 for the Compensation & Pension Joint Claims Team. Dr. Maldonado received his Medical Degree (MD) from the University of Central del Caribe, Cayey, Puerto Rico in 1982. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Providence Hospital in Washington, DC in 1986 and subsequently completed Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowships in Chicago. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He also works as a full-time Faculty and Rounding Attending in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care Medicine, and Department of Medicine at Lovell FHCC.

Captain Melissa Barnett, Associate Director Inpatient Services, Navy Nurse Executive

Captain Melissa Barnett

Associate Director Inpatient Services, Navy Nurse Executive

CAPT Melissa Barnett is the Associate Director Inpatient Services and the Navy Nurse Executive, appointed July 31, 2018. CAPT Barnett is responsible for nursing care delivery, strategic planning and for overseeing the hospital’s Critical Care Unit and Inpatient Acute Medical/Surgical wards. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Captain Barnett was commissioned into the Navy in 1995 and started her career at Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida where she worked in a variety of roles prior to attending the Navy’s Perioperative Nurse training program. Her next tours included Naval Medical Center San Diego; Naval Hospital, Naples Italy; Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida and Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. Barnett served in such roles as Charge Nurse, Assistant Department Head, Department Head, Assistant Director for Surgical Services and Director for Surgical Services. In 2003, she led the transfer of surgical services for Naval Hospital, Naples Italy from Agnano to the newly constructed hospital in Gricignano, where she supported a doubled surgical caseload without any patient care compromise. Barnett served as the Officer In Charge for the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Millington TN prior to assuming her current role. In 2011, CAPT Barnett served as an Individual Augmentee to Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait. A member of the last Navy medical team, she provided surgical treatment to active duty members forward deployed and ensured 100 percent turnover of controlled substances to the U.S. Army 325th CSH, as the Chair, Controlled Substances Inventory Board. Barnett is a Certified Nurse in the Operating Room (CNOR) and a member of the Association of periOperative Nurses. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Arts in Health Services Management and a Masters of Business Administration. Her awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (4), and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

Ms. Teresa Edgren, Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive

Ms. Teresa Edgren

Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive

Ms. Teresa Edgren is the Associate Director of Nursing Practice for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. She is responsible for the operation and evaluation for all nursing practice, SPS, Patient Centered Care, the Magnet Journey and safe patient handling within the health care center. Ms. Edgren has over 30 years of combined management experience in the retail and healthcare industry. She started her career in the private sector as a staff nurse in the Medical Surgical Unit, Intensive Care Unit, and Intermediate Care. Most recently she served as the Associate Chief Nurse of Emergent and Transitional Care Service which included the Emergency Room, CLC, Inpatient Mental Health, Speech and Audiology. On September 2nd, 2019, she reported as the VA Nurse Executive of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. Ms. Edgren is the organization’s executive level nursing leader with full responsibility for the direction of nursing care delivery at the facility.

Commander Jared McKendall, Associate Director Resources

Commander Jared McKendall

Associate Director Resources

CDR Jared McKendall was appointed as the Associate Director of Resources and the Director for Administration for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center on September 18, 2017. Prior to coming to Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, CDR McKendall was assigned to Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton where he successfully served as the Administrative Officer, responsible for Managed Care, Materials Management, Patient Administration, Human Resources, Facilities, Emergency Management, and Operations Management. His naval career began at Naval Hospital Great Lakes in 2003. He served as Deputy Comptroller. After 20 months, he was selected to become the Comptroller at Naval Medical Research Unit Two in Jakarta, Indonesia in support of a variety of tropical medicine research areas including Avian Influenza and Dengue Fever. In 2007, CDR McKendall arrived in San Diego, CA as the Medical Regulating Control Officer. He served as the Lead Medical Administrator for human itarian civic assistance mission and coordinated several critical medical evacuations. In 2009, he was assigned to Naval Hospital Sigonella, IT where he served as Department Head, Human Resources and the Legal Officer. In 2011 he served as Assistant Director, Medical Programs - Limited Duty and Disability Retirements (PERS-82), and later as Director, Disability Separations and Retirements. CDR McKendall graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. He earned a Master of Healthcare Administration from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine while concurrently completing a hospital management residency at West Jefferson Medical Center in Marrero, Louisiana.

Ms. Kathleen Kennedy, Assistant Director, Plans and Operations

Ms. Kathleen Kennedy

Assistant Director, Plans and Operations

Ms. Kathleen Kennedy was appointed Assistant Director, Plans and Operations, of the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (FHCC), in February 2020. In this role she has direct full-line authority and responsibility for Strategic Planning, Voluntary Service, Communications, Emergency Management, Patient Advocate/Customer Service, Staff Experience and Pastoral Services. Ms. Kennedy also has oversight, and provides operational support to the Veteran Canteen Service. Ms. Kennedy has managed the implementation of the Defense Medical Logistics Standard Supply system at the FHCC since May 2018 and continues these responsibilities of supply chain modernization in her new role. Ms. Kennedy serves as the primary liaison for the FHCC Advisory Board, managing communications and strategic initiatives with stakeholders from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12, the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and the Defense Health Agency. Ms. Kennedy is a member of the Shared Resources Working Group, representing the field for VHA. Ms. Kennedy is certified in Change Management through the National Center for Organizational Development (NCOD) Prosci model. Prior to becoming the Assistant Director at the FHCC, Ms. Kennedy served as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Undersecretary for Healthcare Operations and Management. She served two years as the Executive Assistant to the Network Director in VISN 12 and has completed two rotations at VA Central Office. Ms. Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Nazareth College, Rochester, NY and a Master’s in Health Care Administration from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Ms. Kennedy began her career in the VA as an administrative fellow at the FHCC. Ms. Kennedy received a commendation from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2017 for her leadership in the initiative to provide emergency mental health care services to Veterans with an Other Than Honorable discharge.