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Task Force

Task Force

The task force is co-chaired by the secretary of the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Robert Wilkie, and the director of the Domestic Policy Council, Brooke Rollins. Executive Director Barbara Van Dahlen and Deputy Executive Director Sandra (“Liz”) Barnes will oversee efforts to implement the Roadmap.

Task Force Leadership Biographies

Robert Wilkie, Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Honorable Robert Wilkie was nominated by President Trump to serve as the tenth Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Before confirmation as VA Secretary, Mr. Wilkie served Secretary James Mattis as his Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. The son of an Army artillery commander, Wilkie is a colonel in the United States Air Force Reserve. Before joining the Air Force, he served in the United States Navy Reserve with the Joint Forces Intelligence Command, Naval Special Warfare Group Two, and the Office of Naval Intelligence.

Wilkie has more than 20 years of federal service at the national and international levels, serving under Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates, and Condoleezza Rice. He holds a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, a Juris Doctor from Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, a Master of Laws in International and Comparative Law from Georgetown University, and a Master of Strategic Studies from the United States Army War College. Wilkie is a graduate of the College of Naval Command and Staff, the Air Command and Staff College, the United States Army War College, and the Joint Forces Staff College.

Barbara Van Dahlen, Ph.D., Executive Director

Barbara Van Dahlen is an expert on the psychological impact of war and a thought leader in mobilizing constituencies to create large systems change.  Prior to leading PREVENTS as executive director, Van Dahlen founded and served as president of Give an Hour, an organization dedicated to developing national networks of volunteers capable of responding to society's mental health needs. A licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing in the Washington, D.C., area for over 20 years, Van Dahlen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Maryland. In addition to being named in TIME magazine's 2012 list of the 100 most influential people in the world, Van Dahlen has received the American Psychological Association's Presidential Citation and the 2013 Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship of the Manhattan Institute. In 2014 she was named a Woman of Distinction by the Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association and honored by the chief of staff of the United States Army as an outstanding civilian who has made significant voluntary contributions to our military and the United States Army.

Task Force Members

  • Secretary of Defense
  • Secretary of Labor
  • Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
  • Secretary of Energy
  • Secretary of Education
  • Secretary of Homeland Security
  • Director of Office of Management and Budget
  • Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
  • Director of the Office Science and Technology Policy
  • Members of the Veterans Health Administration