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Public and Congressional Affairs - VAPORHCS

The VAPORHCS Public & Congressional Affairs Office is responsible for the following;

     • Oversees all media activities for the health care system, publishes all VAPORHCS press releases, responds to all media inquiries, and maintains the responsibility as the official spokespeople for VAPORHCS.
     • Manages VAPORHCS social media sites (Facebook and Twitter) and the VAPORHCS website.
     • Produces and distributers the internal E-News employee newsletter and the external Veteran Connection newsletters.
     • Maintains relationships with congressional offices and manages any congressional member or elected officials' visits, and responses to congressional inquiries (Note: Veteran-specific inquiries are managed by Office of Veteran Experience/Patient Advocate Office).
     • Coordinates and/or provides oversight of outreach activities including special events, VIP and other special visitors and performance groups.
     • Reviews and distributes VAPORHCS-produced brochures, pamphlets, posters and other material intended for internal or external audiences.
     • Coordinates and collaborates with VAPORHCS departments to promote information about their programs and activities.

For media inquiries, please contact...

     Chief of Public and Congressional Affairs (Public Affairs Officer)- Daniel Herrigstad

     Email -

     Phone - Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (503) 402-2975  or via cell phone at (971) 221-4920 after hours.


     Assistant Public Affairs Officer (Vancouver Campus) - Kelli Roesch

     Phone - Monday through Friday 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. (360) 759-1935 or via cell phone (503) 381-7161 after hours. 

Public and Congressional Affair Office location; Portland VA Medical Center, Bldg. 101, Rm. 120

Contact Info


  • Bldg 101, Room 120, 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239
    Vancouver Campus

Contact Number(s)

  • 503-402-2975
  • 360-759-1935

Hours of Operation

  • Public and Congressional Affairs staff are generally available M-F 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    After hours media contact, please call the PAO cell phone at 971-221-4920