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Leadership Team

Portrait of Lawrence B. Connell

Lawrence B. Connell |

Acting Medical Center Director

Prior to being appointed acting medical center director at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Colonel (retired) Lawrence B. Connell served as a senior advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Mr. Connell graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and earned a Master’s degree from Troy State University in International Relations.

He entered the Army in August of 1985, is a Distinguished Military Graduate and received a Regular Army appointment in Army Aviation.

Mr. Connell’s most recent active duty assignment was Deputy Chief, Operations, Joint Cyber Center at USPACOM. Other assignments include: Section Leader and Operations Officer for the 236th Medical Detachment, Germany; Platoon Leader for the 236th Medical Company, Saudi Arabia, during Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Executive Officer for the 236th Medical Company, Germany; Company Commander, US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, Fort Rucker, Ala.; Operations Officer, 62nd Medical Brigade; Commander, 54th Medical Company, Fort Lewis, Wash.; S-3, 62d Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.; Chief Plans and Operations, I Corps Surgeon, Fort Lewis, Wash.; Chief, Operations Division, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Honolulu, Hawaii; Deputy Chief of Staff, Medical, US Army Pacific, Executive Officer, 62nd Medical Brigade, Fort Lewis, Wash.; Commander, 43rd Area Support Medical Battalion (P), Fort Lewis, Wash.; Command Inspector General, Army Medical Department Center and School and Fort Sam Houston, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Commander, US Army Health Clinic, Stuttgart Germany; and Chief of Staff, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.

He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, as well as a graduate of the Disney Institute for Health Care Excellence.

Portrait of Jill Dietrich

Jill Dietrich |

Acting Deputy Director

Ms. Jill Dietrich was named Acting Deputy Director of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center in July 2017. Ms. Dietrich arrived at the medical center in May 2017 to serve as the Acting Associate Director.

She has been serving the VA Long Beach Healthcare System as the Associate Director since June 14, 2015. In this capacity, Ms. Dietrich oversees major administrative services including Engineering, Fiscal, Human Resources, Logistics, Health Administration Service (HAS), Health Information Management Service (HIMS) and Strategic/Facility Planning. She most recently served as the Assistant Director at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center from July 2013 – June 2015. Prior to her roles in Executive Leadership, Ms. Dietrich held progressively higher leadership positions at VA facilities in Lebanon, Pa.; Columbus, Ohio; and Columbia, S.C.

Ms. Dietrich is an Indiana native, earning her BA in Political Science and Psychology from Indiana University and her JD/MBA from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Beyond her academic accomplishments, Ms. Dietrich is a graduate of the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) program, the VISN 10 Leadership Development Institute, the Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP), and the Harvard University Senior Executive Fellows Program. She was recently accepted into the 2017 Leadership VA Class and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). Her community involvement has extended to work with Veterans Service Organizations and the American Red Cross, where she has served as a Board Member or Officer in three different communities.

Portrait of Charles Faselis

Charles Faselis |

Chief of Staff

Dr. Charles Faselis was named Chief of Staff in April, 2016. He is the author of over 40 manuscripts and two books in Internal Medicine. He has received several teaching awards including: Attending-of-the-Year, the Osler award for teaching and the Golden Apple. He is the president of the local chapter of the American Society of Hypertension and is a member of the American College of physicians and the American Society of Hypertension. Since 2000, he has been a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.

Dr. Faselis is a clinician educator who enjoys teaching residents and students in the inpatient and outpatient setting. His research interests include hypertension, diabetes, patient safety and medical education.
He received his medical degree from the University Of Athens School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cook County Hospital and Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.

Prior to being appointed the Chief of Medical Services, Dr. Faselis served as the Associate Chief of Medicine, the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency program and also as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Academic Affairs. He currently is on the faculty of the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Portrait of Teresa A Tungseth

Teresa A Tungseth |

Acting Chief Nurse Executive

Teresa Tungseth became the Acting, Chief Nurse Executive (CNE) on April 24, 2017. Ms. Tungseth received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1995 from the University of St. Catherine’s in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She received a Master of Education and Leadership in 2002 from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minn. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Tungseth has been an employee at the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System for the past 22 years.

Ms. Tungseth comes to the medical center with experience in a broad range of staff nursing positions in surgery, medicine, step-down unit, education, nursing management, as well as two years acting nurse executive and 10 years in her previous role as the Deputy Nurse Executive.

Ms. Tungseth is a certified Franklin Covey facilitator, a certified VA mentor at the fellowship level, and a long standing VISN and facility- level LEAD mentor.

Portrait of Todd A Williams

Todd A Williams |

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Todd Williams was named Acting Associate Director July 2017. In this position, he oversees facility operations as well as finance and accounting.

Prior to accepting the Acting Associate Director’s role he was appointed the Chief of Facilities Management Service for the Washington DC VA Medical Center in October 2014. In this position he has administrative responsibility for facility operations, maintenance, construction, biomedical engineering, transportation, grounds, and utilities.

He joined the Medical Center in February 2013 as the Assistant Chief, Facilities Management Service, and previously served as a Construction Project Engineer at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2009-2012.

Mr. Williams brings with him years of experience in construction engineering, design, project management, and facility operations. He is Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he supported base-level facility operations, disaster preparedness, and environmental programs as a civil engineer. He also served in one of the Air Force’s heavy construction combat engineering units, known as RED HORSE, where he participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Mr. Williams is a graduate of The United States Air Force Academy, with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He also holds an MBA from Florida State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.