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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 

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

Christine Engstrom 

Christine Engstrom, PhD, CRNP, AOCN, FAANP
Acting Deputy Chief Nursing Officer


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
Suzanne Thorne-Odem 
Suzanne Thorne-Odem, DNP, APRN, ANP
Acting Director, Clinical Practice
Chris Kasper 
Christine E. Kasper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Professor, USUHS, Graduate School of Nursing
Roberta Oka 
Roberta 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)
Mary Pat Coiuig 
Mary Pat Couig, MPH, RN, FAAN
Intermittent, Special Projects
 Storm Morgan 
Storm L. Morgan, MSN, RN, MBA
ONS PACT Program Manager
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
Prince Davis
Health Systems Specialist

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
Dexter Willis
Program Specialist
Robert Drayton
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