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Office of Nursing Services (ONS)


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About VA Nursing

Vision: VA Nursing is a dynamic, diverse group of honored, respected, and compassionate professionals. VA is the leader in the creation of an organizational culture where excellence in nursing is valued as essential for quality healthcare to those who served America.

About The Office of Nursing Services (ONS)

Mission: The Office of Nursing Services (ONS) provides leadership, guidance and strategic direction on all issues related to nursing practice and nursing workforce for clinical programs across the continuum of care and across the spectrum of care delivery sites that impact our veterans.


Key ONS Staff


Donna Gage, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer

Deputy Chief Nursing Officer
(VACANT – Hiring currently in process – position closed June 1, 2015)


Karen Ott 
Karen M. Ott, DNP, RN
Director for Policy, Education and Legislation
Beverly Priefer 
Beverly Priefer, RN, PhD
Acting Director, Research & Evidence Based Practice
Beth Ann Taylor 
Beth Ann Taylor, DHA, RN, NEA-BC 
Director, Workforce and Leadership
Christine Engstrom 
Christine Engstrom, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, FAANP
Director, Clinical Practice
Roberta OkaRoberta K. Oka, PhD, RNP
Acting Associate Director, Research & Evidence Based Practice
Lisa Jensen 
Lisa Jensen, DNP, APRN 
Associate Director, Workforce and Leadership
Marthe Moseley 
Marthe Moseley, PhD, RN, CCNS 
Associate Director, Clinical Practice
210-875-2668 (Blackberry)
Suzanne Thorne-Odem 
Suzanne Thorne-Odem, DNP, APRN, ANP
Clinical Practice Program Manager
Chris Kasper 
Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, USUHS, Graduate School of Nursing
Mary Pat Coiuig 
Mary Pat Couig, MPH, RN, FAAN
Intermittent, Special Projects
Nursing Emergency Management
Storm MorganStorm L. Morgan, MSN, RN, MBA
Pressure Ulcer Prevention Coordinator
Patient Aligned Care Team 
Pressure Ulcer Prevention
706-993-8915 (Blackberry)
Michelle Lucatorto 
Michelle A. Lucatorto, DNP, RN, FNP-BC 
Clinical Program Manager, Specialty Care

Penny Kaye Jensen 
Penny Kaye Jensen, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, FAAN, FAANP
Liaison for National APRN Policy


Office Staff

Larry W. Rivers, Jr.
Executive Assistant

Evelyn Sommers, MHSA
Health Systems Specialist
Clinical Practice
Hunter Ford, MBA MHSA
Health Systems Specialist
Workforce and Leadership
Matthew Rystrom, MHA
Health System Specialist - Research and Academics

Carmen Kestner
Staff Assistant

Austin Moore, MS
Management Analyst

Kelly Morrow
Program Specialist
269-966-5600  x36431

Robert Drayton
Program Specialist

Dexter Willis
Program Specialist

Shameka Jackson
Program Specialist

Keylan Fisher
Program Specialist

Office of Nursing Services Main Telephone Number: 202-461-6700

VA Headquarters (10A1)
810 Vermont Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20420
Office Fax: 202-461-0933
email ONS