Leadership Team - VA Portland Health Care System
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VA Portland Health Care System

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Leadership Team

Darwin G. Goodspeed, Director

Darwin G. Goodspeed | 503-273-5247


Darwin G. Goodspeed was appointed as Director VA Portland Health Care System by the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 25, 2018. His previous position was Director of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (SFVAHCS) since December 2013. Prior to that he was the Associate Director at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center from February 2011 to November 2013. He also served as Acting Director of the Chalmers P. Wylie VA Ambulatory Care Center from May to June 2013. Mr. Goodspeed has more than 25 years of experience in health care leadership positions within VA, Department of Defense (DOD), and the private sector. He is a retired Naval officer having served 21 years on active duty first as a hospital corpsman and then as a Medical Service Corps officer. Mr. Goodspeed enlisted in the Navy in 1982 and was subsequently commissioned in 1990 and retired at the rank of lieutenant commander in 2003. Mr. Goodspeed holds a Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire College, and a Master in Health Care Administration from Baylor University and an undergraduate degree in Business Management/Information Systems from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).

Drew DeWitt, Deputy Director

Drew DeWitt | 503-721-1014

Deputy Director

Mr. Drew DeWitt was appointed as the Deputy Director, VA Portland Health Care System on June 23, 2019. Prior to joining VAPORHCS, he was the Associate Director at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Michigan since May 2017. During this time Mr. Dewitt also served a period as the Acting Medical Center Director at the same facility. Previous to that, Mr. DeWitt was the Assistant Medical Center Director at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to include serving time as the Acting Deputy Medical Center Director and as Acting Associate Medical Center Director at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital. Mr. DeWitt began his VA career in 2004 as a Health Aid in Environmental Management Service at the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System in Gainesville, Florida and has served in various roles throughout both Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 8 and VISN 12. Mr. DeWitt is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Criminal Justice and Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration. Mr. DeWitt is a 2014 graduate of the VISN 12 Leadership Development Program and is a Fellow-Level Mentor in VHA’s national mentor certification program.

Bernard G. Deazley, Associate Director

Bernard G. Deazley | 503-402-2999

Associate 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.

Sahana Misra , Chief of Staff

Sahana Misra | 503-273-5005

Chief of Staff

Dr. Sahana Misra was appointed as the VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) Chief of Staff (COS) in September 2018. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Misra served as the Acting COS since September 2016; she was the VAPORHCS Mental Health Clinical Director from 2013 – 2016; the VAPORHCS Associate Chief of Psychiatry 2010 – 2013; and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) Associate Psychiatry Residency Training Director 2001 – 2010. Following residency, she completed a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at OHSU and began her VA career in 1998. Dr. Misra is board certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. She was a VA Cooperative Studies Career Development Award recipient and has served as a principal investigator and co-investigator on several studies. Since joining VAPORHCS she has published 12 peer review articles, two review articles and three book chapters and has been an invited presenter at multiple national, regional and local lectures and conferences. Dr. Misra earned her MD at Rush Medical College and completed her Psychiatry Residency at Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. Following residency she completed a Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at OHSU and began her VA career in 1998 with VAPORHCS as a staff clinician. Dr. Misra is board certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. In 2019, she was promoted to Professor in the OHSU Department of Psychiatry and was elected into the American College of Psychiatrists. Beyond VAPORHCS, Dr. Misra serves as OHSU’s Associate Dean of Veterans Affairs.

David Kagen, Deputy Chief of Staff

David Kagen | 503-273-5005

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. David Kagen has served as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff for VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS) since October 2016. After completing his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Dr. Kagen began his career at VAPORHCS in 2004 as a staff hospitalist. He became Section Chief for Hospital Medicine in 2007, a position he held until his appointment in 2015 as Deputy Clinical Director for the Division of Hospital & Specialty Medicine (DHSM). Dr. Kagen received his Bachelor of Science degree from Duke University in 1996 and earned his MD from the University of Maryland in 2000. He holds an appointment as Associate Professor of Medicine at OHSU.

Kathleen M. Chapman, Deputy Director for Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer

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.

Jenny Richardson, Deputy Chief Nurse Executive

Jenny Richardson | 503-220-8262 Ext. 57203

Deputy Chief Nurse Executive

In August 2018, Dr. Jenny Richardson was selected as the Deputy Chief Nurse Executive (DCNE) for VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS). Dr. Richardson joined VAPORHCS in 2006 as the Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Critical Care. In 2011, she transitioned into the CNS role in Primary Care to support implementation efforts surrounding the emerging PACT program. While in this position, she earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice – Systems Leadership degree from Rush University (2014) with support from the national NNEI scholarship program for VA nurses. In 2014, Dr. Richardson assumed the acting and then permanent role as the Chief of the Education Division and Associate Chief Nurse Executive/Education. Upon retirement of the Associate Chief Nursing Officer/Nursing Professional Services in 2016, she also assumed oversight of that department. In 2017, Dr. Richardson graduated from the 2-year national VA Healthcare Leadership Development Program. Also in 2017, she was appointed to membership on the VAPORHCS Whole Health Flagship Executive Oversight Workgroup, and became Co-Chair of the Whole Health Committee. In March of 2018, Dr. Richardson was detailed into the Acting DCNE role until her most recent appointment.