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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 Jonathan Eckman, P.E.

Jonathan Eckman, P.E. |

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Eckman was named Acting Associate Director of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center April 18, 2017.

He has been serving the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center as the Associate Director since October 22, 2012. Mr. Eckman began his VA career in 2008 as a Project Engineer at the VA Maryland Health Care System. In 2010, he was promoted to the Project Section Supervisor and was most recently the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director for Finance. From November 2013 through June 2014, Mr. Eckman served as the Acting Medical Center Director.

As Associate Director, Mr. Eckman oversees medical center operations and the following services: Financial Management, Human Resources Management Service, Facilities Engineering Service, Office of Information & Technology, Health Administration Service, Environmental Management Service, Veterans Canteen Service, Nutrition & Food Service and Community & Congressional Affairs.

Mr. Eckman earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He also holds a Master of Engineering in Project Management from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. Mr. Eckman is a Veteran, having served as an Army Combat Engineer from 2000 until 2004. He is a Registered Professional Engineer with the State of Maryland.


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 Jereme P. Whiteman

Jereme P. Whiteman |

Assistant Medical Center Director

Jereme Whiteman was named Assistant Medical Center Director In October 2016. In this role, he is responsible for providing leadership and supervision to the Business Office, Patient Centered Care, Office of Patient Experience and Advocacy, Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service and Recreation Therapy, Chaplain Service, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, Canteen Services, and the General Practice Manager.

Prior to arriving in Washington, D.C., Mr. Whiteman served as the Assistant Chief of Health Administration Service (HAS) at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Whiteman began his VA career as a pharmacy biller in Las Vegas, NV at the West CPAC where he was promoted to Pharmacy billing supervisor, overseeing pharmacy billing for 22 VA Medical Centers.

Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, Mr. Whiteman served the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a combat Veteran who served in both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Mr. Whiteman attended Marine Corps leadership schools and taught courses in military leadership to newly promoted noncommissioned officers. In 2005 he was recognized as a finalist for the Marine Corps Institute graduate of the year. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Mr. Whiteman holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration from California State University Sacramento and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.