VA Portland Health Care System
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).
Cheryl L. Thieschafer | 503-721-1014
Interim Deputy Director
Cheryl Thieschafer was appointed as the VAPORHCS Interim Deputy Director in March 2019. Ms. Thieschafer is responsible for the health care system's administrative operations, resource management, and strategic planning. Ms. Thieschafer accepted this assignment in Portland temporarily leaving her position at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System where she served as the Associate Director since April, 2012. At the St. Cloud VA she is responsible for the health care system financial and administrative operations. Previously, she served as an analyst and staff assistant to the St. Cloud Health Care System Director, and as the Facility Planner.
She is a graduate of the 2012 VA Health Care Leadership Development Program and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Service from North Dakota State University and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University. Her prior experience includes a number of progressively responsible appointments at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, and 13 years of service in the U.S. Army, where she attained the rank of Major while serving in positions of increasing responsibility.
Bernard G. Deazley | 503-402-2999
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 | 503-273-5005
Chief of Staff
David Kagen | 503-273-5005
Interim 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 | 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 | 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.