Acting Chancellor<br />VA Acquisition Academy - Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)
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Office of Acquisition and Logistics (OAL)


Acting Chancellor
VA Acquisition Academy

Picture of Stephanie BelellaStephanie Belella

Stephanie Belella is Acting Chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy (VAAA), where she directs and oversees the training of VA’s acquisition workforce. As Acting Chancellor, she serves as executive leader for the Academy’s unique business units whose purpose is to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of VA acquisitions. Further, she oversees and manages Government-wide impacts on the Federal acquisition workforce by leveraging the Academy’s efficiencies, professionalism, standardization, and effectiveness to provide acquisition workforce training across the Department as well as to other Government Agencies.

Ms. Belella also serves as VAAA Deputy Chancellor and Senior Advisor, where she directs multi-million-dollar acquisition workforce development programs, manages the budget, and assists with day-to-day operations of the Academy. She also formulates and recommends policies, plans, and strategies for acquisition workforce training and career development initiatives that enable the VA acquisition workforce to more effectively and efficiently acquire the supplies, equipment and services required for the provision of benefits and medical care to the Nation’s Veterans.

Prior to becoming Deputy Chancellor, Ms. Belella served as Vice-Chancellor of the VA Acquisition Academy Internship School, where she oversaw the training of VA acquisition interns, growing the next generation of contracting professionals and creating trusted business partners. As Vice-Chancellor, she led the growth of the Warriors to Workforce program from one to three cohorts per year and developed the “bridge concept” for the Acquisition Intern Program which fills open training seats from field activities and most effectively focuses the funding resources for the benefit of contracting specialists.

Ms. Belella has more than 30 years of leadership, management, program management, training and employee development experience. Ms. Belella’s duties and responsibilities at VAAA include working closely with other acquisition senior leaders and supervisors throughout the organization to align the VAAA curriculum with the business and mission needs of VA.

Prior to her role as Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Belella was the Director of Operations for the Acquisition Internship School and has been with the Department of Veterans Affairs since 2010. She has a wealth of leadership, knowledge and understanding in the field of career development and acquisition. During her time with the VA Acquisition Academy, Mrs. Belella has developed strong partnerships with internal and external stakeholders including VA administrations and program offices and external business colleagues.

Before coming to VA, she served as the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) Training Coordinator at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) leading a mandated country wide inspection training program for the Division of Mammography Quality and Radiation Programs and then Scientific and Regulatory Team Lead for CDRH’s Staff College providing the leadership, program direction and general oversight of the Center’s science, medical device application review, and regulatory development training program for more than 1,500 employees.

In addition, she served as Clinical Radiologic Instructor at Hagerstown Community College responsible for the training, supervision and clinical education of radiography students at multiple training sites. There, she provided supervision, instruction, training, and career development through cooperative arrangements with local hospital radiology departments and evaluated student skills for competency and radiographic quality to support student performance and evaluations.

Mrs. Belella has more than 27 years of federal service and has been recognized for her contributions and outstanding work with program implementation and education while at FDA including: Conference of Radiation Control Program Board of Director’s Award for Meritorious Service; Conference of Radiation Control Program Board of Director’s Award for Outstanding Achievement; CDRH’s Director’s Award of Excellence; and CDRH’s Director’s Agency Group Recognition Award.

Mrs. Belella earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Radiologic Technology from Hood College and an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Education and Management from Frostburg State University.

March 2022