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Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs


Congressional Relations Officers and Liaisons

On this page:
Legislative Team  |  Corporate Enterprise Team  |  Benefits Team  |  Congressional Outreach Team  |  Congressional Liaison Service  |  Health Team

Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs
Contact Phone
Patricia L. Ross
Assistant Secretary
Glenn Johnson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Kimberly McClain
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Aaron Scheinberg
Special Assistant
Shakti Mehrotra
Director of Operations & Administration
Meghan Raftery
Senior Advisor for Health
Heidi Calderon
Senior Advisor for Benefits
Legislative Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Vacant Director, Legislative Team
Martin Martinez
Congressional Relations Officer
All-VA Related Legislation
Andrew Gnau
Congressional Relations Officer
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressional Budget Office Requests
Victoria Thomas
Congressional Relations Officer
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressionally Mandated Reports
Corporate Enterprise Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Lesia Mandzia
Director, Corporate Team
Darrell Donnelly
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Tommy Elms
Office of Information Technology (OIT), Personal Information Security, Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM), Federal Electronic Record Modernization Office (FERM), Office of Operations, Security & Preparedness, (OSP); Construction (not CBOCs or Leases), Budget, Office of Management (OM), Debt Management Center, Contracting and Contracting Policy, Acquisitions, Supply Chain
Tommy Elms
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Darrell Donnelly
Human Resources and Administration (HRA), Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP), Minority Veterans, Center for Women Veterans, Tribal Government Relations; Veterans Experience Office (VEO), and Outreach; Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI), DoD/VA Collaboration, JEC, Small Business
Sean Pleasant
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Lesia Mandzia
GAO Activities
Benefits Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Dennis Call
Director, Benefits Team
Stacy Coggin
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Tanisha Kelly
BVA policies and programs; VBA Appeals Management Office; Compensation Service (including disability compensation claims management); Office of Field Operations
Taniesha Kelly
Congressional Relations Officer

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)
Lawrence Groom (USMC 94-04)
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Stacy Coggin
Office of Transition & Development (OTED/TAP); Veteran Readiness & Employment Service (including VSOC); Education Service (Forever GI Bill)
Congressional Outreach Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Annmarie Amaral
Director, Congressional Outreach/Congressional Liaison Service
Geisela Wimberly
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Nikki Barnes
North Atlantic – 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Nikki Barnes
Congressional Relations Officer

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

Alternate: Tyler Healey
Continental: Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
Chris McNair
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Nikki Barnes/Geisela Wimberly
Pacific: Alaska, American Samoa. Arizona. California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Marianas, Oregon, Washington
Tyler Healey
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Amanda Neumann
Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virgin Islands, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
Amanda Neumann
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Tyler Healey
Midwest: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Congressional Liaison Service
Contact Area of Responsibility
Rick Armstrong
Deputy Director, Congressional Liaison Service
Jeremy Dillard
Sr. Congressional Liaison Representative
Casework issues
Christie Smith
Congressional Liaison Representative
Casework issues
Alma Bourne
Congressional Liaison Representative
Casework issues
Michael Boudreau
Congressional Liaison Representative
Casework issues
Health Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Omara Boulware
Director, Health Team
Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Jason Melton
VHA Finance; Human Capital Management/VHA Workforce; Credentialing/Privileging; Access; Military Exposures; Public Health; Community Care; Emergency Management; VISN 5, 6, 20, 21
Jessica Martinez
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Jason Melton
Behavioral & Mental Health, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, PREVENTS, Substance Abuse, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) VHA-Sexual Assault, Women Veterans Health, Vet Centers, VISN 10, 12
Jason Melton
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Tom Garloch
Caregivers; Capital Assets; CBOCs/ Leasing/ Minor Construction; Dental, Homeless, (West LA); AIR Commission / Market Assessments; Pharmacy/Pain Management; PDMP; Population Health; Health Equity; VISN 1, 2, 4, 22
Thomas Garloch
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Connected Care; Rural Health/Telehealth Geriatrics & Extended Care; State Veterans Homes (SVH); Specialty CareTBI/Spinal Cord Injury/ Polytrauma; Specialty Care Services; Watch Officer; VISN 15, 16, 17, 19, 23
Angell Bolden-Green
Congressional Relations Officer

Alternate: Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Behavioral & Mental Health, PTSD, Suicide Prevention, Substance Abuse, Disability and Medical Assessment/Comp & Pen Exams; Academic Affiliations; Healthcare Innovation; Research & Development (Service Dogs); Rehabilitation & Prosthetics, Adaptive Sports; Vet Centers, VISN 10, 12; Women Veterans Health; Military Sexual Trauma; VHA-Sexual Assault Patient Advocacy; Nursing; Physician Assistant Services; PCCCT; Sterile Processing Services; Chaplain Services; Member Services/HEC; Quality & Patient Safety / OMI; SAIL; VISN 7, 8, 9

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OCLA Liaison Offices

  • For Caseworker Questions or Inquiries on Behalf of Individual Veterans, Dependents and Survivors Call or Visit OCLA Liaison Offices:
  • House Office
    Rayburn House Office Building
    Room 2026
    Phone: 202-225-2280
    Fax: 202-273-9988
  • Senate Office
    Russell Senate Office Building
    Room 189
    Phone: 202-224-5351
    Fax: 202-273-9988