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VA Portland Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Joanne M Krumberger

Joanne M Krumberger | 503-273-5247


Joanne M. Krumberger was appointed Director, VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) on May 19, 2014. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Krumberger served as the VA Central California Health Care System Director, from September 2012 to May 2014. During this time, Ms. Krumberger served as the Interim Network Director, VA Health Care Upstate New York (VISN 2) from November 2013 to April 2014.

Ms. Krumberger began her 35-year VA career in 1979 as a staff nurse at the Milwaukee Medical Center (VAMC). From there, she served as a Charge Nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Clinical Nurse Specialist for Acute and Critical Care, Acting Nurse Manager in the ICU, and the Performance Improvement Manager.

In 2006, Ms. Krumberger was appointed Associate Director at the VA Northern California Health Care System – East Bay Division. From January 2009 to July 2012, Ms. Krumberger served as the Deputy Director of VA Palo Alto Health Care. During this appointment, she was detailed to VA Delaware & Southern New Jersey Healthcare System for 90 days to serve as the Acting Director.

Ms. Krumberger earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing, with an emphasis in Adult Clinical/Education, at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ms. Krumberger is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Academy of Nursing. She also served five years in the United States Army Reserve and earned the rank of Captain (Nurse Corps).

Portrait of Bernard G. Deazley

Bernard G. Deazley | 503-402-2999

Acting Deputy Director

Bernard G. Deazley, IV was appointed as the Interim Deputy Director VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in January 2015. He has served as the Assistant Director VAPORHCS since October 2013. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Deazley served as the Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff at the Portland VAMC. Mr. Deazley joined the VA as coop student in 1993 following graduate school. During his VA tenure, Mr. Deazley has held positions of progressive responsibility in research and development, primary care, mental health, operative care and the executive staff. Mr. Deazley has also served at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System.

Mr. Deazley is a graduate of the Annenberg Leadership Institute and VHA’s Healthcare Leadership Develop Program. Mr. Deazley received his Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University (Salem, Oregon) in 1991. In 1993, he earned his Master of Public Administration degree at the Lewis & Clark College (Portland, Oregon).

Mr. Deazley is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Deanne H. Carlisle

Deanne H. Carlisle | 503-402-2999

Acting Assistant Director

Deanne H. Carlisle was appointed Acting Assistant Director, VA Portland Health Care System, on January 25, 2015. Mrs. Carlisle’s 25 year career with the VA has encompassed serving as the Chief, Nutrition &Food Services since April 2006 and as Operations Manager in Nutrition & Food Services since July 1989. From 1980-1989, Mrs. Carlisle worked for ARA Services in multiple capacities: Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, as Assistant Director and Production Manager of Food & Nutrition Services as well as Director of Nutrition and Housekeeping Services at Calaroga Terrace in Portland, Oregon.

Mrs. Carlisle is a graduate of Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, receiving her Magna Cum Laude in Foods and Nutrition/Biology in 1979. She completed her Dietetic Internship at OHSU 1979-1980, and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Portland in Portland, OR, in 1984. She is actively involved in several national organizations, currently serving as Chair-elect for Management in Food and Nutrition Systems of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2015), as Past President for Association for Healthcare Foodservice (AHF) in 2010-2011 and as President of the American Society for Healthcare Food Service Administrators (ASHFSA) in 2009.

Portrait of David B Coultas

David B Coultas | 503-273-5005

Chief of Staff

Dr. David Coultas was appointed Chief of Staff, VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in September 2014. Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Coultas served as the Senior Vice President for Clinical and Academic Affairs (2013-2014) and as the Vice President for Clinical and Academic Affairs (2005-2013) at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Tyler, Texas. During this time, he also served as Professor of Medicine (2005-2014) and as the Principal Investigator for the Randomized Trial of Physical Activity Self-management Intervention for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which was funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Dr. Coultas completed his medical degree at University of Florida Medical School, Gainesville, Florida in 1979. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Pulmonary Disease, completing his residency and fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

Portrait of Kathleen M. Chapman

Kathleen M. Chapman | 503-273-5001

Deputy Director for Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

Kathleen Chapman was appointed Chief Nurse Executive for the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) on April 28, 1996. She is responsible for the professional practice of 950 nursing staff at all 12 VAPORHCS facilities, as well as Critical Care, Emergency, and Acute Care, Emergency Medical Services, Critical Care Medicine, Nursing Professional Services, Nursing Research, Escort, IV and PICC Teams, Utilization Review, Imaging, Lab, Audiology, and Speech Pathology. Funded by the Primary Care Program Office, she served a 15-month detail in Washington, DC as the Nursing Program Manager for the national development of the VHA PACT Model.

In 2006 and 2010, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded VAPORHCS its highest honor, the Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing. Portland was the third VA to receive this designation, an achievement attained by only 3% of all American hospitals. Prior to her current position, Ms. Chapman served in eight private sector community, urban, and academic medical centers. She has held a number of progressively complex management, administrative, and executive positions, having been in Chief Nurse Executive positions since 1988.

Ms. Chapman received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 1975 and a Master of Science in Nursing degree in 1977, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is Board Certified from the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive, Advanced, holds Board Certification as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), is a certified VHA Mentor Fellow and serves on national VHA and professional committees. She has held membership on Oregon and VHA ACHE Regent’s Advisory Boards, having received Service Awards and the VHA Regent’s Award for Senior Leadership in 2006.

Ms. Chapman’s appointments include Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University, Adjunct Faculty at Oregon Health & Sciences University, and she is an ANCC Magnet

Portrait of MaryAnn W. Curl

MaryAnn W. Curl | 503-220-8262 ext. 54541

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. MaryAnn Curl was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff for the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in April 2013. She completed her medical degree at University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas, Texas in 1999. She is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics completing her residency and fellowship at the University of South Carolina. As she was nearing completion of her fellowship, Dr. Curl’s husband was reactivated into the Marine Corps for Operation Enduring Freedom and they moved from South Carolina to California where she completed her fellowship work and the couple began their family.

Upon completion of her husband’s military commitment, Dr. Curl joined the staff of the Charles George VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Asheville, North Carolina as a staff hospitalist. She quickly ascended to serve as the Chief of Geriatrics and Extended Care, Chief of Staff and, for eight months, Interim Medical Center Director during her eight years in Asheville. During this time, Dr. Curl graduated from the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute. In May 2011, Dr. Curl was again offered a position of increased responsibility and moved to VISN 20 as the Deputy Chief Medical Officer. Feeling the pull of the facility level work and connection to Veterans, Dr. Curl relocated to the VAPORHCS in August 2012 and was named Deputy Chief of Staff the following year.