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Portrait of Todd Burnett

Todd Burnett | 503-273-5247

Acting Director

Todd Burnett, PsyD, was appointed as the Acting VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Director on March 21, 2016. Dr. Burnett previously served as the Northwest Veterans Integrated Services Network Chief of Mental Health Operations since November 2011. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Burnett served as the Director of Clinical Programs in the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities for the State of Georgia and Director of Behavioral Health and Social Services for Delnor Hospital as part of the Greater Chicago Healthcare Consortium since 1999.

Dr. Burnett is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive administrative and clinical experience as well as years of practice in direct patient care in a variety of private and public sector settings. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Masters of Divinity and Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy in Louisville, Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College.

Dr. Burnett was raised in a military family and, in a large part, grew-up on military installations across the country. He is married to Dr. Julie Burnett, also a clinical psychologist serving Veterans at VAPORHCS. They have two sons.


Portrait of Tracye B. Davis

Tracye B. Davis | 503-402-2999

Deputy Director

Tracye B. Davis was appointed Deputy Director at the VA Portland Health Care System on June 28, 2015. Ms. Davis is responsible for the health care system's administrative operations and resource management. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Davis served as Associate Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System.

Ms. Davis began her VA career in 2004 at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) as a Fellow of the Graduate Healthcare Administration Training Program working primarily in the areas of quality management, patient safety, cultural transformation for dementia care, and compliance/business integrity. At the conclusion of her Fellowship in 2005, she became the Compliance Officer at the VAPHS, a position she held until relocating to Arlington, Texas in 2007 as the Strategic Planning Program Specialist for VISN 17. In 2008, Ms. Davis became the Executive Assistant to the Director at the VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), serving in that capacity for approximately five years. During her tenure at the VANTHCS, Ms. Davis also held interim roles as the Public Affairs Officer and Chief for a 224-bed Domiciliary.

Ms. Davis is a board certified health care executive and Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a graduate of VA's 2011 Health Care Leadership Development Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas and a Master of Health Administration from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Portrait of Bernard G. Deazley

Bernard G. Deazley | 503-402-2999

Assistant Director

Bernard G. Deazley, IV was appointed as the Assistant Director VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) in January 2014. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Deazley served as the Executive Assistant to Chief of Staff at VAPORHCS. Mr. Deazley joined the VA through the student studies program 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) and 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 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 | 503-273-5247

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. 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, 2010 and 2015, 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 four-year 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.

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


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Vacant | 503-273-5005

Deputy Chief of Staff