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Christopher J. Anderson

Veterans Affairs (joined: July 10, 2017)

Special Assistant, Office Of The Assistant Secretary For Congressional And Legislative Affairs | Financial Disclosure »

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Surafeal Asgedom

Veterans Affairs

Executive Director, Modernization Program Office | Financial Disclosure » | Financial disclosure not released because it is incomplete

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Christine Elizabeth Bader

Veterans Affairs (joined: Oct. 29, 2018)

Senior Advisor | $171,450

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Aaron Kenneth Bailey

Veterans Affairs (joined: April 2, 2018)

Senior Advisor for Investigations, Office of the Secretary and Deputy | Financial Disclosure »

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David J. Balland

Veterans Affairs

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional Affairs | Financial Disclosure »

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Ashleigh Barry departed March 2, 2022

Veterans Affairs (joined: March 3, 2019)

Executive Director | $0

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Jason Roberts Beardsley

Veterans Affairs (joined: June 18, 2018)

Senior Advisor and Veterans Service Organization Liaison, Office of the Secretary and Deputy | $134,789

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Lydia B. BlahaTransferred to Small Business Administration

Veterans Affairs (joined: Jan. 23, 2017)

Special Assistant/Deputy Press Secretary | $87,693 | Financial Disclosure »

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Thomas Gray Bowman departed June 15, 2018

Veterans Affairs (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs | $165,300 | Financial Disclosure »

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Karen Luann Brazell

Veterans Affairs (joined: Aug. 5, 2018)

Principal Executive Director, Office of Acquisitions, Logistics and Construction | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs:

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mrs. Brazell served as Chief of Staff for the White House Military Office where she oversaw strategic planning, engagement planning, communication product development, staff coordination and integration, special projects, policy development, and resource management. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Director of the Acquisition and Resource Integration, Naval Facilities Command, responsible for enterprise-wide acquisition and resource integration for the White House Military Office, Policy, Plans and Requirements directorate. Mrs. Brazell is a United States Army Veteran.

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James Byrne

Veterans Affairs (joined: Aug. 3, 2017)

General Counsel | Financial Disclosure »

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Curtis E. Cashour

Veterans Affairs (joined: June 8, 2017)

Press Secretary | Financial Disclosure »

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Katherine Childress

Veterans Affairs (joined: Nov. 1, 2018)

Dircetor, Office of Support and Mission Operations | $114,590

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Lawrence Connell departed April 19, 2019

Veterans Affairs (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior Advisor | Chief of Staff | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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Lynda C. Davis

Veterans Affairs (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Veteran Experience | Senior Advisor/ Chief Veteran Experience Officer | $168,000 | Financial Disclosure »

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Melissa Sue Decker

Veterans Affairs (joined: July 22, 2018)

Senior Advisor, National Cemetery Administration | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Experienced Senior Policy Advisor with a demonstrated history of working in the government administration industry. Skilled in International Relations, Politics, Homeland Security, Legislative Research, and Defense. Strong community and social services professional graduated from Syracuse University - Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

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Stephen Bryant Dillard

Veterans Affairs (joined: Nov. 25, 2018)

Director, Center for Minority Veterans | $164,980

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Robert Fischer

Veterans Affairs (joined: Nov. 26, 2017)

Executive Director, Medical Center (Spokane) | $285,000

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John Nicholas Fish

Veterans Affairs (joined: Sept. 4, 2018)

Director, State and Local Government Relations | $164,200

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Heather Flick

Veterans Affairs (joined: April 1, 2019)

Manager Consultant and Professional Negotiator

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James Paul Gfrerer

Veterans Affairs (joined: Jan. 4, 2019)

Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology | $0

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Melissa Sue Glynn

Veterans Affairs (joined: Nov. 8, 2017)

Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning | Financial Disclosure »

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Cathleen A. Haverstock

Veterans Affairs (joined: June 28, 2017)

Special Assistant | Financial Disclosure »

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Jacquelyn Hayes-Byrd

Veterans Affairs (joined: Feb. 6, 2017)

Senior Advisor, Office Of Accountability And Whistleblower Protection | Financial disclosure not released because it is incomplete

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Stephen R. Holt

Veterans Affairs (joined: Dec. 10, 2017)

Executive Director, Medical Center (Dallas) | $265,000

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James Eric Hutton

Veterans Affairs (joined: June 25, 2017)

Director for Public Affairs | Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office Of Public Affairs | Financial Disclosure »

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Richard Kaufmann departed Dec. 31, 2018

Veterans Affairs (joined: May 14, 2017)

Chief Medical Officer Visn 9 | $275,000

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Paul R. Lawrence

Veterans Affairs (joined: Feb. 21, 2018)

Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Benefits | Financial Disclosure »

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Andrea Lee

Veterans Affairs (joined: Sept. 16, 2018)

Senior Advisor, Strategic Change Management | Financial Disclosure »

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Bio, via LinkedIn:

Human Capital leader with 15+ years of experience designing and delivering Talent Management, Business Systems Modernization and Organizational Change Management solutions within Professional Services, Healthcare, Oil & Gas, Telecommunications and Public sectors. Andrea employs deep focus on strategy execution and program management that results in leadership alignment, employee engagement and desired organizational outcomes. Human Capital Experience: - Organization design and program governance structure - Full talent management lifecycle strategy and program execution Strategic Communications Experience: - Plan, counsel and execute internal and external communications in support of business transformation and change - Collaborate with senior leaders to counsel on business decisions, communications requirements and risk management in an effort to influence degree of impact to organizational reputation - Conduct communication channel inventory and effectiveness assessments - Develop core messages, business cases and tailored messaging for varied audiences and constituencies Organizational Change Management Experience: - Organizational risk/impact assessments - Strategy development - Leadership alignment - Change readiness assessments - Stakeholder assessments - Workforce transition as it relates to employee roles and responsibilities - Labor relations and union engagement Learning and Development Experience: - Learning needs assessments - Strategy design - Curriculum and course design of blended learning programs - Course facilitation and instruction Business Development Experience: - BD lifecycle management - CRM management - Certified SPI Solution Selling - Commercial and Federal proposal development

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Thomas Jacob Leinenkugel departed July 27, 2018

Veterans Affairs (joined: Jan. 20, 2017)

Senior White House Advisor | $179,700 | Financial Disclosure »

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