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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 Kenneth W Allensworth

Kenneth W Allensworth |

Acting Deputy Director

Kenneth W. Allensworth was appointed Acting Deputy Director for the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center January 7, 2018.

Prior to arriving in D.C., Mr. Allensworth has been serving as the Associate Medical Center Director at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center, West Virginia, since December 2014. His responsibilities include executive leadership and direction of resource management, facility management, public safety, information management, prosthetics and supply chain activities. He is a Quadrad member responsible for the delivery of health care for the 465-bed medical center.

His Department of Veterans Affairs career began in 1999 at the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. He has held various positions in medical administration, revenue cycle management and strategic planning, and was most recently the Associate Medical Center Director at the West Texas VA Health Care System.

Mr. Allensworth holds a Master of Health Care Leadership Degree from Friends University in Wichita. An Air Force Veteran, he is board certified in healthcare administration and is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.


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 Denise Boehm

Denise Boehm |

Nurse Executive

Ms. Denise Boehm was named Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Chief Nurse Executive in September, 2017.

She previously served as Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System in Clarksburg, West Virginia. from 2012 to 2017. Prior to her roles in executive leadership, she served Veterans and staff at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System as a staff nurse, critical care nurse educator, nurse manager of the Emergency Department and associate chief nurse for Primary Care.

Ms. Boehm is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has served in various professional organizations to include: local chapters of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses where she coordinated education and community support events.

She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Leadership and Education from Carlow University in Pittsburgh. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Nurse Executive-Advanced. Ms. Boehm completed the Network Executive Healthcare Leadership Institute (NEHCLI) and the Nurse Executive Leadership Program at the Federal Executive Institute and is a coach for the Healthcare Leadership Development Program. Ms. Boehm has been an Adjunct Nursing Faculty member at Carlow University and Waynesburg University in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.


Portrait of Stanley L. Staton

Stanley L. Staton |

Acting Assistant Director

Mr. Stanley Staton was named Acting Assistant Director of the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center in November 2017.

He joins the Washington DC team from Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston, Texas, where he served as Chief of Police, acting Associated Director, acting Chief, Environmental Management Services and Facility Planner.

Mr. Staton is a retired Army Veteran with 26 years of distinguished service. He is a Florida native, earning his BA in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University in Florida and his MBA at the University of Phoenix. Beyond his academic accomplishments, Mr. Staton is a graduate of the Leadership Veterans Affairs (LVA) , a Mentor (fellow level ) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


Portrait of Jon E Beidelschies

Jon E Beidelschies |

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Beidelschies was named Acting Associate Director in January 2018.

Since November 2013, Mr. Beidelschies has served as the national Program Manager for the Supply Chain Education and Talent Management branch of the VHA Procurement & Logistics Office. He has led the stand up and implementation of VHA Supply Chain education and workforce initiatives, including a national supply chain management education curriculum and the largest workforce standardization effort in VHA history.

Previously, Mr. Beidelschies served as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer for the VHA Procurement & Logistics Office, overseeing an operations portfolio including: personnel management, human resources, budget, financial management and training. Mr. Beidelschies entered federal service as a Presidential Management Fellow in Veterans Integrated Service Network 4, serving as a Special Assistant to the Network Director, with responsibilities including performance management, metrics development, budgeting, and operations.

Mr. Beidelschies is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a B.A. from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. He is the immediate past President of the Downtown Dutchtown Business Association.