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Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

 

Congressional Relations Officers and Liaisons

Legislative Team
ContactAreas of Responsibility
David Ballenger, JD
202-461-6464
Director, Legislative Team
Martin Martinez (USMC 06-10)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6377
All-VA Related Legislation
Aja (AJ) Brooks, JD, HCISPP
Congressional Relations Officer
202-758-7811
All-VA Related Legislation
Andrew Gnau (USN 95 – 05)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-8330
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressional Budget Office Requests
Andrew Asgarali-Hoffman
Program Analyst
202-461-6481
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressionally Mandated Reports
Corporate Enterprise Team
ContactAreas of Responsibility
Lesia Mandzia
202-461-6177
Director, Corporate Team
Jeremy Wheeler (USA)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-658-8299

Alternate: Darrell Donnelly
Construction (not CBOCs or Leases), DoD/VA Collaboration, JEC, Interagency Program Office (IPO), Financial Management -PPBE/Strategic Planning, Budget, Contracting and Contracting Policy, Acquisitions, Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP), Small Business,
Darrell Donnelly (USMC 85-93)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6418

Alternate: Tom Fales
Information Technology (IT), Personal Information Security, Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM), Office of Operations Security & Preparedness
Tom Fales (on detail) (USN 07-09; USNR 09-11)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-695-9349

Alternate: Jeremy Wheeler
Human Resources and Administration (HR&A) Minority Veterans, Center for Women Veterans, Tribal Government Relations; Veterans Experience
Sean Pleasant
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6936

Alternate: Lesia Mandzia
GAO Activities
[Vacant]
Program Analyst
Program Analyst (GAO)
Benefits Team
ContactAreas of Responsibility
Dennis Call (USA 03 -17: USAR 17 - present)
202-461-0616
Acting Director, Benefits Team
Stacy Coggin
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6412

Alternate: Tanisha Kelly
BVA policies and programs; VBA Appeals Management Office; Compensation Service (including disability compensation claims management); Office of Field Operations
Lawrence Groom (USMC 94-04)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-8468

Alternate: Stacy Coggin
Office of Transition & Development (OTED/TAP); Veteran Readiness & Employment Service (including VSOC); Education Service (Forever GI Bill);
Taniesha Kelly
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-0624

Alternate: Lawrence Groom
NCA policies, programs, and facilities; Insurance Service; Pension and Fiduciary Service; VBA Office of Financial Management; Loan Guaranty Service; Presumption of service connection policies (toxic exposure, BWN, PFAS, Camp Lejeune, burn pits)
Tommy Elms (USN 10- 14)
Program Analyst
202-461-6492
Database Management, Questions for the Record, Transcripts, Press Releases, Weekly Report
Congressional Outreach Team
ContactAreas of Responsibility
Annmarie Amaral (USA 86-14)
202-226-9135
Director, Congressional Outreach/Congressional Liaison Service
Geisela Wimberly (USA 98-02)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-263-9568

Alternate: Nikki Barnes
North Atlantic – 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Nikki Barnes (MDARNG 96-11)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-615-8349

Alternate: Geisela Wimberly
North Atlantic – 2: Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Washington DC, West Virginia
Amanda Neumann
Congressional Relations Officer
202-957-2170

Alternate: Tyler Healey
Continental: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Nikki Barnes (MDARNG 96-11)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-615-8349

Alternate: Geisela Wimberly
Pacific: Alaska, American Samoa. Arizona. California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Marianas, Oregon, Washington
Tyler Healey (USMC 01 – 05)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-774-6856

Alternate: Amanda Neumann
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands
Amanda Neumann
Congressional Relations Officer
202-957-2170

Alternate: Tyler Healey
Midwest: Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Congressional Liaison Service
ContactArea of Responsibility
Rick Armstrong
202-225-2280
Deputy Director, Congressional Liaison Service
Jeremy Dillard (USAF)
Sr. Congressional Liaison Representative
202-306-8246
Casework issues
Christie Smith LCSW-C, LICSW
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-226-9132
Casework issues
Alma Bourne
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-225-2280
Casework issues
Michael Boudreau (USMC 06 – 11)
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-867-7991
Casework issues
Health Team
ContactAreas of Responsibility
Omara Boulware (USN 96-00; USNR 00 – 21)
202-461-6468
Acting Director, Health Team
Jessica Martinez (USAF 01-06)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6839

Alternate: Ernest Robinson
Behavioral & Mental Health, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, PREVENTS, Substance Abuse, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) VHA-Sexual Assault, Women Veterans Health, Vet Centers, VISN 10, 12
Angela Prudhomme JD
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6471

Alternate: Thomas Garloch
On detail until 04/14/2021
Thomas Garloch (USA 01-03)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-891-9579

Alternate: Angela Prudhomme
Connected Care/Rural Health/Telehealth Geriatrics, State Veterans Homes (SVH) Diabetes/ Dialysis/ TBI/Spinal Cord Injury/ Polytrauma & other specialty care services VISN 15, 16, 17, 19, 23
Jason Melton (USAF 00-06; USAFNG 06-Current)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-0623

Alternate: Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Capital Assets, CBOCs/ Leasing/ Minor Construction, Dental, Homeless, (West LA), Academic Affiliations/VA Medical Research (Service Dogs, Prosthetics, Adaptive Sports), MISSION--Caregivers, Access, VISN 1, 2, 4, 22
Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-0621

Alternate: Jason Melton
HR/Workforce (Staffing/Recruitment/ Privilege/ Credentialing), Environmental Public Health (AO, GW, BWN, Camp Lejeune, Burn Pits), Nursing, Emergency Management/Cache Program; Quality/Organizational Excellence, MISSION--Care in the Community, CBO/ Prompt Payment, VA/Care Collections, VISN 5, 6, 20, 21
Ernest Robinson (USMC 00-10)
Congressional Relations Officer
202-316-3512

Alternate: Jessica Martinez
Pharmacy/Pain Management (Opioids/VA-DoD Formulary/State Prescription Drug Monitoring/HEP-C) Information Technology (EHR, VISTA, MASS); Enrollment/ Eligibility; Minority Veterans Health, Chaplaincy; VISN 7, 8, 9
[Vacant]
Program Analyst
Questions for the Record, Transcripts

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