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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
202-461-6490
Glenn Johnson
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
202-461-6490
Kimberly McClain
Deputy Assistant Secretary
202-461-6490
Aaron Scheinberg
Special Assistant
202-461-6490
Shakti Mehrotra
Director of Operations & Administration
202-215-4499
Meghan Raftery
Senior Advisor for Health
202-461-6840
Heidi Calderon
Senior Advisor for Benefits
202-632-8659
Legislative Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Vacant Director, Legislative Team
Martin Martinez
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6377
All-VA Related Legislation
Andrew Gnau
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-8330
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressional Budget Office Requests
Victoria Thomas
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6481
All-VA Related Legislation, Congressionally Mandated Reports
Corporate Enterprise Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Lesia Mandzia
202-461-6177
Director, Corporate Team
Darrell Donnelly
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-6418

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
202-461-6492

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
202-461-6936

Alternate: Lesia Mandzia
GAO Activities
Benefits Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Dennis Call
202-461-0616
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
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)
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)
Congressional Outreach Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Annmarie Amaral
202-226-9135
Director, Congressional Outreach/Congressional Liaison Service
Geisela Wimberly
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
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
Chris McNair
Congressional Relations Officer
202-304-4820

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
202-774-6856

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

Alternate: Tyler Healey
Midwest: Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Congressional Liaison Service
Contact Area of Responsibility
Rick Armstrong
202-225-2280
Deputy Director, Congressional Liaison Service
Jeremy Dillard
Sr. Congressional Liaison Representative
202-306-8246
Casework issues
Christie Smith
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-226-9132
Casework issues
Alma Bourne
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-225-2280
Casework issues
Michael Boudreau
Congressional Liaison Representative
202-867-7991
Casework issues
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Health Team
Contact Areas of Responsibility
Omara Boulware
202-461-6468
Director, Health Team
Jennifer (Janowski) Nicholson
Congressional Relations Officer
202-461-0621

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
202-461-6839

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
202-461-0623

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
202-891-9579

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
202-461-9565

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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