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Portrait of Tracye B. Davis

Tracye B. Davis | 503-273-5247

Interim Director

Tracye B. Davis was appointed as Interim Director of VA Portland Health Care System on October 14, 2018.

Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Davis was the Deputy Director at VA Portland Health Care System appointed on June 28, 2015. Ms. Davis is responsible for the health care system's administrative operations, resource management, and strategic planning. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Davis served as Associate Director at the VA Maine Healthcare System from 2013-2015. She also served as the Interim Medical Center Director at VA Long Beach Healthcare System from August through December 2016 and Interim Medical Center Director at Mann-Grandstaff VA in Spokane, WA from June through December 2017.

Ms. Davis began her VA career in 2004 at 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. After her Fellowship in 2005, she became the Compliance Officer at 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 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 Karla Azcuy

Karla Azcuy | 503-721-1014

Acting Deputy Director

Karla M. Azcuy was appointed as the VAPORHCS Acting Deputy Director in October 2018.

Ms. Azcuy received her BS in Health Sciences from Clemson University in South Carolina and her Master’s in Health Administration from the University of North Florida in 2009.

Ms. Azcuy began her VA career in 2009 as an Administrative Resident at the VISN 20 Network Office in Vancouver, Washington followed by serving as an HR Specialist (Staffing) in the VAPORHCS Operative Care Division. In October 2012, she became the Administrative Officer for Primary Care and in December 2014, she became the Administrative Director for Primary Care. Starting in July 2017, Ms. Azcuy served as the Acting HR Officer and permanently accepted the position in January 2018.


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.


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Sahana Misra | 503-273-5005

Chief of Staff


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David Kagen | 503-273-5005

Interim Deputy Chief of Staff


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.


Portrait of Jenny Richardson

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.