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Staff Bios

James Albino, Director

James Albino, Director, VA Center for Minority VeteransJames Albino is the Director, Center for Minority Veterans. As Director, Mr. Albino serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the adoption and implementation of policies and programs affecting Veterans who are minorities.

Mr. Albino, a Navy Veteran, previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) until January 2017. In that role Mr. Albino was responsible for the oversight of two of the eight divisional directorates. Mr. Albino oversaw the office of primary responsibility for all relations between VA and international, state, county, municipal, and tribal governments.

Prior to joining the VA in September 2015, Mr. Albino served as Executive Director of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico in the White House. He initiated, led, and coordinated a White House supported Deputy Secretary level engagement that sought the commitment and resources of each Federal cabinet level leadership to improve the operations of Federal programs in Puerto Rico.

For more information, see the VAntage Point blog “Supporting minority Veterans: Interview with Center for Minority Veterans Director James Albino.”

Dennis O. May, Deputy Director

Mr. Dennis May, Deputy Director, VA Center for Minority VeteransDennis O. May was assigned as Deputy Director, Center for Minority Veterans in October 2017. He previously served as Director, Veterans Employment Coordination Service, Deputy Director, Veteran Employment Services Office and Deputy Director, Central Office Human Resources Service.

Mr. May came to VA after a successful career in the Air Force, where he retired in the grade of Colonel, in 2007.  He was commissioned in 1981 as a graduate of the Air Force ROTC program at the University of Arkansas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration.  He later earned a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Science in Human Resources Management from Strayer University.  He is also a 2013 graduate of the Federal Executive Institute’s Leadership for a Democratic Society.

While on active duty, Mr. May held a variety of key assignments in administration, manpower and personnel career fields.  He served on the Air Staff, at Joint Commands and at Major Command levels.  He commanded the 17th Mission Support Squadron, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, which was twice named best mission support squadron in Air Education and Training Command.  He served in the Pentagon as Director of the Headquarters Air Force Executive Secretariat, as well as Chief of Personnel Issues for the Secretary of the Air Force’s Executive Issues Team.

Mr. May’s military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.  He also earned “Best in the Air Force” recognition as Air Force Senior Personnel Manager of the year for 2000.

Mr. May is a Life Member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. He’s also the recipient of the 2013 University of Arkansas Distinguished Alumni Citation. He and his wife, Teresa are the parents of three adult daughters.

Carmen Drummond, Senior Program Manager

Carmen Drummond was assigned as a Senior Program Manager at the Center for Minority Veterans, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in May 2022. As the Minority Veterans Program Coordinators (MVPCs) Program Manager, she manages a cadre of 276 MVPCs located at VA facilities nationwide. MVPCs are VA employees who are appointed this collateral duty by the facility Directors throughout VA. MVPCs ensure targeted outreach activities are conducted nationwide for minority Veterans. Ms. Drummond provides guidance in identifying best practices, approaches and educational outreach opportunities which highlight and increase awareness of VA benefits to minority Veterans.

Carmen is an Army Veteran and a Qualified Inclusive Leader with a background in advancing diversity efforts with particular emphasis on Veteran services. She focused on seeking solutions to Veteran unemployment early on in her career since she too lacked a home or means of living after transitioning out of the military.

Ms. Drummond holds multiple degrees and certifications, including a graduate certificate from University of Southern Florida Muma College for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as a Qualified Inclusive Leader Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI).

Working closely with vulnerable populations, Carmen has been an inspiration in her dedication to correcting workplace and social injustices. She adds value to the VA's mission by ensuring access, advocacy, and awareness for veteran issues through innovation and technology.

Ronald M. Sagudan, Program Analyst

Mr. Sagudan joined the Center for Minority Veterans as a Program Analyst in April 2007.  He serves as the Center’s Veteran Liaison for the Asian American /Pacific Islander American Veterans’ community.  As Liaison for the Asian American/Pacific Islander American Veteran’s community, he is constantly engaged in different events that promote cultural diversity.  He also identifies issues that effect Asian American/Pacific Islander American.

Before coming to the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Sagudan worked for several healthcare organizations prior to joining the Center.  These agencies include:  Integrated Health Services, Inc., The American Red Cross, and HCIA-Sachs, and Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic.  Mr. Sagudan is the son of retired United States Navy Vietnam Veteran, the nephew of Philippines Scout, and grandson was a World War II Filipino Veteran.  He has been an active member of several organizations in the Asian American/Pacific Islander community.

Mr. Sagudan has a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Science from Towson State University, and is working on his Graduate Certificate in Health Information Systems at George Mason University.

Dwayne E. Campbell, Program Analyst

Mr. Campbell joined the Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) as a program Analyst in November 2009.  He serves as the Center’s Veteran Liaison for the Hispanic American Veterans’ community.  As Liaison for the Hispanic American Veteran’s community, he is constantly engaged in different events that promote cultural diversity.  He also identifies issues that are unique and affect the Hispanic American Veteran community.

Prior to joining the Center, Mr. Campbell was a Health Insurance Specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Mr. Campbell served as CMS; Veterans outreach coordinator, the National Medicare Education Program coordinator and co-coordinator for the Advisory Panel on Medicare Education.  He was awarded the CMS Administrator Achievement Award for outstanding support during Medicare’s Part D first open enrollment campaign.

Mr. Campbell worked as a Staff Officer II in the Office of the Governor, Mississippi Division of Medicaid.  In this capacity he assisted the Deputy Executive Director for Administration in developing general Medicaid policies and guidelines that had significant statewide impact.  In addition, he served on active duty in the Army for nine years and is a Desert Storm Veteran.

Mr. Campbell earned his Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications at Jackson State University.

D’Andrea “Dee” Jacobs, Program Analyst

D’Andrea “Dee” Jacobs, a Dallas native, joined the VA and Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) as a Program Support Assistant in May 2016.  She then accepted a position as Program Analyst – Hispanic Veterans Liaison in October 2017.  Prior to joining the Center, she served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 15 years.  She enlisted as a computer systems Program Manager and later cross-trained to become a Medical Laboratory Science technician.

She has received her Associate’s in Information Systems Management and Associate’s in Clinical Laboratory Science from the Community College of the Air Force in Montgomery, Alabama.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences from University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) and is currently pursuing her Master of Business Administration at UMGC.  Her military decorations include: Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 1 Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the NATO Medal.

Carl B. McPherson Jr., Program Support Assistant

Carl B. McPherson Jr. joined the Center for Minority Veterans (CMV) as a Program Support Assistant in March 2018.  Prior to joining the Center, Mr. McPherson was a warehouse supervisor for the Property Management Division at the Department of Veteran Affairs.  Mr. McPherson came to the VA after serving in the U.S. Air Force for 13 years, separating in 2008.  His military achievements include AF Outstanding Unit Award with 4 oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary medal, and a Global War on Terrorism medal.  He has received his Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Northern Virginia Community College and is currently in pursuit of his Bachelor’s Degree.

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