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Portrait of Dr. Daniel S. Zomchek

Dr. Daniel S. Zomchek | 224-610-3002

Interim Director

Dr. Zomchek was appointed as the Interim Director of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC), the first integrated Department of Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense federal health care facility, on April 30, 2018.

As the Interim Director, 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. Zomchek is on detail from the Milwaukee VA Center, where he has been the director since June 27, 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Associate Director of the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital since September 2012.

Previously, he served the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts as Associate Director. Additionally, he served as Health Systems Specialist for the VA Healthcare System of Ohio (VISN 10), where he managed various programs and initiatives across the Network of five medical centers. While in his position at VISN 10, Dr. Zomchek spent two months as Acting Associate Director of the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center, and as Acting Sub-Initiative Lead for one of the Secretary’s Major Transformation Initiatives.

Dr. Zomchek’s previous VA experience includes several positions of increasing responsibility at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, including Staff Psychologist, Assistant Chief of Outpatient Mental Health, and Systems Redesign Coordinator for the facility. He served as Acting Hospital Director at Hines VA Hospital – November 2014 to February 2015 and again from June through October of 2015.

Dr. Zomchek received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 1998 and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Bowling Green State University in 2003.


Portrait of Captain Gregory T. Thier

Captain Gregory T. Thier |

Deputy Director & Commanding Officer

CAPT Thier was appointed as the Deputy Director and Commanding Officer at CAPT James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) on June 29, 2018.

As the deputy director, CAPT Thier 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.

Prior to coming to the Lovell FHCC, CAPT Thier served as the executive officer of Naval Hospital Lemoore, California. CAPT Thier’s career has taken him to both sides of the American continent as well as two overseas assignments and multiple deployments. As a board-certified family practice physician, he was the department head of the Navy’s largest overseas Family Practice clinic at Naval Hospital, Guam.

CAPT Thier’s deployments include Kuwait and Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom as part of the Expeditionary Medical Facility Kuwait. He also deployed and worked with the Expeditionary Medical Facility Djibouti on the Horn of Africa supporting troops engaged in anti-terrorism operations.

CAPT Thier has served as a senior flight surgeon and was the director of public health at Naval Hospital Rota in Rota, Spain. He also has served as a director of mental health and director of medical services. He worked at the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery as the Policy and Practice Officer in the Medical Corps Chief’s office.

CAPT Gregory Thier received an undergraduate degree in Biology/Pre-Med in 1992. He entered active duty in June 1992 while matriculating at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) medical school in Bethesda, Maryland.


Portrait of Captain Andrew Archila

Captain Andrew Archila |

Executive Officer

CAPT Archila is the Executive Officer (XO) for Lovell FHCC. He was appointed to the position June 5th, 2017.

As the XO, CAPT Archila 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 Facility Director.

Prior to his appointment as XO, he was the Associate Director for Resource Management at the FHCC and the Acting Chief for the Office of Performance Improvement.

During his military career he has served past tours at the Naval Medical Center San Diego, Naval Hospital Sigonella, Sicily, Italy, the Naval Health Clinic Great Lakes, and the Naval Branch Health Clinic Yuma. He also deployed to the Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Kuwait in 2009. He gained valuable leadership experience as an Officer in Charge (OIC) at the Naval Branch Health Clinic in Yuma, Arizona from 2011-2014.

CAPT Archila’ s awards and decorations include the Navy Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards) and the Navy Commendation Medal (4 awards). He was named the Navy’s “Junior Optometrist of the Year” in 2003 and the Armed Forces Optometric Society Navy Optometrist of the Year for 2014. He also served as the Assistant Specialty Leader for Navy Optometry.

CAPT Archila has a Bachelor of Science in Optometry and Doctor of Optometry both from the University of Houston. Before graduate school, CAPT Archila was selected for the 4-year Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program and was commissioned in 1995.

Additional education includes an MBA in Health Care Administration from the City University of New York’s prestigious Zicklin School of Business, graduating in 2007. He concurrently earned a Fellowship in Clinical Administration and Optometric Management at the State University of New York College of Optometry.


Portrait of Command Master Chief Jonathan Crisafulli

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.


Portrait of Dr. Mukesh Chaudhry

Dr. Mukesh Chaudhry |

Acting Associate Director for Clinical Support Services

Dr. Chaudhry is the Acting Associate Director Clinical Support Services for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, IL appointed July 1, 2018. She is responsible for support services including Rehabilitation, Radiology, Pathology/Laboratory, Audiology/Speech Pathology, Pharmacy, Pastoral Care and Optometry.

Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Chaudhry was the assistant head of the Public Health Department at Lovell FHCC, beginning in July 2017. She previously worked as a family physician and occupational health physician at the Marion VA Medical Center in Marion, Ill, from Dec. 2013 until July 2017 and served as a private practice family physician in Carbondale, Ill from 2007 – Nov. 2015.

Dr. Chaudhry is a board-certified family physician. She completed her residency in family medicine at Lutheran and Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY in 2002 She earned medical degrees, including a post-graduate degree in obstetrics and gynecology, from Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi, India in 1991.


Portrait of Captain Grace Lumaban Key

Captain Grace Lumaban Key |

Associate Director of Dental Services

CAPT Key is the Associate Director for Dental Services at Lovell FHCC. She was appointed to the position September 6, 2016. She is responsible for all dental operations at the Lovell FHCC and Naval Station Great Lakes.

Prior to her appointment, CAPT Key was the Department Head and Periodontics Division Officer at Fisher Dental Clinic at Lovell FHCC.

CAPT Key’s first assignment was with 3D Dental Battalion/U. S. Naval Dental Center in Okinawa, Japan as Assistant Dental Officer at Camp Schwab Branch Dental Clinic in 1998. She also served as the Assistant Dental Officer at Camp Pendleton, California and Quantico, Virginia. In 2006, she became the Periodontics Department Head and Division Officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point Branch Dental Clinic at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In 2013, she returned to 3D Dental Battalion/U. S. Naval Dental Center in Okinawa, Japan as Director of Clinical Services.

CAPT Key attended the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, graduating with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1997. After graduation from dental school and Officer Indoctrination School, Newport, Rhode Island in 1997, she completed her residency at the Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) in Norfolk, Virginia.

CAPT Key’s awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (two awards).


Portrait of Ms. Judy T. Finley

Ms. Judy T. Finley |

Associate Director for Facility Support

Ms. Judy Finley was appointed as the Associate Director for Facility Support of Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center (Lovell FHCC) on December 7, 2017.

As the Associate Director for Facility Support, Ms. Finley 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.

Prior to this position, Ms. Finley was the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network which includes eight VA health care systems in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. She also served as the Associate Director at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Ms. Finley’s experience includes 13 years as a Clinical Data Analyst and 10 years in Quality and Utilization Management. She served as the Chief Nursing Officer in the southeast VA Network which covers Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina and the Quality Management Officer in the Heart of Texas Health Care Network which covers most of Texas.

She has worked in several details during her career to include acting as a Chief Financial Officer, Quality Management Officer, Assistant Director, and Director.

Before joining the Department of Veterans Affairs in July 1985, Ms. Finley was the Diagnosis-Related Group Coordinator and Medicare Skilled Care Specialist at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee and the Shelby County Health Care Center in Memphis, Tennessee as a Staff Development and Infection Control Nurse.

Ms. Finley holds an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Jr. College, Raymond, Mississippi, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Union University, Jackson, Tennessee.


Portrait of Commander Cynthia S. Sikorski

Commander Cynthia S. Sikorski |

Associate Director for Fleet Medicine

CDR Sikorski is the Associate Director for Fleet Medicine for Lovell FHCC. She was appointed August 7, 2017. Prior to her appointment, CDR Sikorski served as the Preventive Medicine Officer at Lovell FHCC.

She is responsible for the strategic leadership and overall operations of the Fleet Medicine Directorate, which encompasses three medical clinics located on the Naval Station and Recruit Training Command. The clinics provide primary outpatient care, military medical screenings and evaluations for the active duty military population, over 40,000 U.S. Navy Recruits that enter Naval Service each year.

CDR Cynthia Sikorski entered naval service through the health professions scholarship program. She deployed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany to care for wounded warriors in support of Operation Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

In Norfolk, Virginia, she served as lead medical epidemiologist and successfully directed several disease outbreak investigations before deploying to Afghanistan in 2012 where she worked as a Preventive Medicine Mentor for a NATO Training Mission. She helped build public health infrastructure and bio-surveillance capacities for the Afghanistan National Security Forces and established the first ever combined Infectious Disease and Preventive Medicine Residency for Afghan National Army physicians.

CDR Sikorski later served as the Senior Medical Officer at Navy Personnel Command and the Navy’s manager for the Limited Duty program. She helped to establish the Deployability Assessment Branch, which focused on sailor readiness.

CDR Sikorski completed her medical degree at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her residency in Internal Medicine at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Virginia. In 2009, she completed her Master of Public Health degree and a second residency in Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Service University School of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.


Portrait of Ms. Lisa Noe

Ms. Lisa Noe |

Associate Director for Geriatrics, Extended Care and Mental Health

Lisa Noe is the Associate Director for Geriatrics & Mental Health Services for the Lovell FHCC. She was appointed March, 2016. Prior to her appointment, she was the Mental Health Chief for the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Wisconsin for nine years.

Ms. Noe is responsible for the delivery of geriatric and mental health care, which includes 309 acute and extended care inpatient beds, care for chronic medically and mental health challenged patients, outpatient mental health clinics, and specialized programs for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, homelessness, vocational and physical rehabilitation, home health care, hospice, and palliative care.

In 1984, she received her certification as a Developmental Aide for the Mentally and Developmentally Disabled at the Central Virginia Training Center, Lynchburg, Virginia, where she worked as a Developmental and Behavioral Health aide and more than 20 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. She earned her license in practical nursing and thereafter her Associate in Science in Registered Nursing with honors, at Minnesota State College Southeast.

She served as a nurse while contracted with Premier Medical Staffing Services of Milwaukee, Wisconsin from 2000 to present. Ms. Noe served as a nurse for the State of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services Division of Disability and Elder Services at the Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center in Mauston, Wisconsin from 2001 to 2008.

Ms. Noe received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2008, with honors, and her graduate nursing degree with an additional focus on education and teaching, in 2010, from Chamberlain School of Nursing, with high honors.


Portrait of Dr. Frank Maldonado

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.


Portrait of Commander David M. You

Commander David M. You |

Associate Director for Primary Care

CDR You was appointed as the Associate Director of Primary Care at the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago, Illinois. on July 24, 2017.

In 2009, he was deployed to Afghanistan where he served at NATO Headquarters in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The following year he transferred to Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) for his Gastroenterology Fellowship. At the completion of his training in 2013, he assumed duties as the Associate Program Director for the Gastroenterology Fellowship program at NMCSD and he also served as the Gastroenterology Research Head at NMCSD. He was awarded the Richard Daly Internal Medicine Staff Teacher of the Year in 2014.

In July 2014, he transferred to the Captain James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center as the Assistant Director of Specialty Care and staff gastroenterologist. He oversaw 16 surgical and medicine subspecialty sections and the Emergency Room. He concurrently spearheaded the expansion of medical services and improved patient satisfaction for VA ambulatory surgery. During his tenure, as Assistant Director of Specialty Care, access and quality of specialty care medicine was one of the highest in the country.

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Augustana College and Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude at both schools. He was awarded the Intern of the Year at the National Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center). He was also named Internal Medicine Resident Teacher of the Year.


Portrait of Captain Melissa Barnett

Captain Melissa Barnett |

Associate Director Inpatient Services, Navy Nurse Executive

CAPT Melissa Barnett is the Associate Director Inpatient Services and the Navy Nurse Executive for the Lovell FHCC. She was appointed July 31, 2018.

As the Associate Director Inpatient Services, 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.


Portrait of Dr. Sarah V. Fouse

Dr. Sarah V. Fouse |

Associate Director Nursing Practice/Senior VA Nurse Executive

Dr. Fouse is the Associate Director of Nursing Practice for the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. She was appointed to the position April 4th, 2011.

In this position, Dr. Fouse 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. Dr. Fouse is the organization’s executive level nursing leader with full responsibility for the direction of nursing care delivery.

Prior to her current position, Dr. Fouse was the Acting Associate Director, Patient Services/Nurses Executive for the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center (December 2009 to April 2011). Prior to this appointment, Dr. Fouse served as the Associate Chief Nurse, Mental Health Services at the North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Illinois, (November 2008 to December 2009). At the Medical Center, she was also the Clinical Coordinator for Mental Health (January 1992 to November 2008).

Dr. Fouse currently services as the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Nursing Services (ONS) Nurse Professional Standards Board (NPSB) Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Consultant. She also served as the chairperson of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 12 Diversity Committee.

Dr. Fouse graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI, with a PhD in Nursing and a Master’s of Science in Nursing. She graduated from Alverno College, Wisconsin with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and minor in Communication.


Portrait of Commander Jared McKendall

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.


Portrait of CDR Josephine Nguyen

CDR Josephine Nguyen |

Acting Associate Director for Specialty Care

As the Acting Associate Director for Specialty Care, CDR Nguyen is responsible for the strategic leadership and overall operations of 18 surgical and medicine subspecialty sections and Special Medical Examinations.

CDR Nguyen completed her undergraduate studies at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she graduated second in her class. Dr. Nguyen graduated from Stanford School of Medicine, completed her Dermatology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds a Master’s Degree in the Science of Healthcare Delivery from Dartmouth University. Most recently, she completed a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship serving as the sole physician advisor to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the House of Representatives of the U.S. Congress.

From 2005-2007, CDR Nguyen served as a flight surgeon with the forward deployed Carrier Air Wing Five, in Japan. In 2012, she served as the Director for Medical Student Accessions for the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and developed a comprehensive, fair selection process for Navy Medical Health Professions Scholarship students. From 2014-2016, CDR Nguyen served as sole dermatologist at Naval Hospital Bremerton in Washington state, and she was the most productive dermatologist in all of Navy Medicine for 2015. She also initiated a tele-dermatology program that recaptured $500K in care within one year.

From October 2017 to March 2018, CDR Nguyen served as the Assistant Director for Specialty Care at Lovell FHCC and significantly increased access in three of the busiest clinics in the hospital. She is the Chair of the Dermatology Regulatory Policy Committee for the American Academy of Dermatology; Vice-President of the Association of Military Dermatologists; and a Delegate of the American Medical Association, representing 76,000 female physicians across the United States.