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Leadership Team

Jennifer Vedral-Baron, MN, FAANP, FACHE, Health System Director

Jennifer Vedral-Baron, MN, FAANP, FACHE

Health System Director

Ms. Vedral-Baron is a new accession to the Veteran’s Health Administration having recently retired from 30 years of active military service with the United States Navy. Her most recent assignment was the Director of the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Fort Belvoir, VA. for which she was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. During her service she was also awarded the Legion of Merit award (three awards), Meritorious Service Medal (four awards), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (five awards). She has the distinction of the only US Navy Hospital Commanding Officer to have led her teams to a total of five Military Health System Patient Safety Awards. Ms. Vedral-Baron was selected as a Fellow by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners in 2011 and has recently been recognized as a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She maintains certification as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. CAREER CHRONOLOGY: 2014 – 2016 Director, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA 2013 – 2014 Assistant Deputy Chief, Medical Operations, USN Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Falls Church, VA 2012 – 2013 Chief of Staff, Navy Medicine National Capital Region, Bethesda, MD 2010 – 2012 Commanding Officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola, FL 2008 – 2010 Executive Officer, Naval Hospital Jacksonville, FL 2007 – 2008 Executive Assistant to the Navy Surgeon General, Washington DC 2005 – 2007 Executive Assistant to the Commander, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD EDUCATION: 1996 Masters Adult Health Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1986 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL


Suzanne L. Jené, MBA, VHA-CM, Deputy Health System Director

Suzanne L. Jené, MBA, VHA-CM | 615-225-2530

Deputy Health System Director

Suzanne Jené was appointed Deputy Health System Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) in July 2014, after serving as Chief Operating Officer since July 2012. Jené’s most recent assignment was as the TVHS Interim Health System Director from November 2015 to July 2016 where she was responsible for the oversight of one of the VA’s largest Health Systems. Ms. Jené previously served as the Associate Director at the Huntington VAMC in West Virginia where she was responsible for overseeing the administration of budgets and the business office, human resources management, capital assets planning, and building and plant management. She also had direct programs responsibility in the areas of education, safety, security, sanitation, and labor-management. Ms. Jené began her VA career in 1989 as a contract specialist trainee at the VA Medical Center in Bay Pines, Fla. Over the years, she progressively advanced in her career working in various facilities in California, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Jené earned a Bachelor's degree in Health Services/Business Administration from Point Park University, and a Master's in Business Administration/Health Services from DeVry University. She is a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI) and VHA's Executive Career Field Development course. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).


Marianne Myers, MPS, VHA-CM, Associate Director (Acting)

Marianne Myers, MPS, VHA-CM | 615-873-6972

Associate Director (Acting)

Marianne Myers was appointed Assistant Director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (TVHS) effective October 15, 2017. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Myers served as the Executive Assistant to the Health System Director at TVHS. During her career she has held numerous supervisory roles in the Business Office, Primary Care and Office of Information and Technology and has been detailed into various leadership roles throughout the organization. As Assistant Director, Ms. Myers has direct supervisory authority and responsibility for management, guidance and coordination of all operational elements of Environmental Management Service, Policy and Security, Voluntary Service, Veterans Transportation Service, Compensation and Pension Program, Community Based Outpatient Clinic oversight and Veterans Canteen Service. Ms. Myers holds a Master’s Degree in Training and Development and a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management and Communications from Middle Tennessee State University. She also holds a Master’s Certification from the George Washington University School of Business in Project Management and a Green Belt Lean Certification. Ms. Myers is a graduate of the VISN 9 Leadership Institute, the VHA Healthcare Development Leadership Program (HCLDP) and a VHA Certified Mentor. Ms. Myers is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.


Billy H. Irwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Director (Acting)

Billy H. Irwin, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | 615-225-2563

Assistant Director (Acting)

Dr. Billy Irwin serves as a speech-language pathologist and chief of audiology & speech pathology at TVHS. A Navy Veteran, Dr. Irwin has been with the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System since 2011. He also served at the Nashville VA from 1998-2002 while completing his doctorate at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Irwin is an adjunct faculty member at Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt. Prior to joining the VA, Dr. Irwin held academic and clinical positions and pursued research interests in adult neurogenic communication, voice, and swallowing disorders.


John H. Nadeau, M.D., Chief of Staff

John H. Nadeau, M.D. | 615-873-6969

Chief of Staff

Dr. John Nadeau was appointed Chief of Staff of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System (VA TVHS) effective January 22, 2017. As the Chief of Staff, Dr. Nadeau is responsible for leading several clinical departments including: Dental Service, Geriatric Extended Care, Geriatric Research, Medical Service, Medical Imaging, Mental Health Care Line, Neurology, Pathology & Laboratory Service, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Research & Development, Social Work Service, Surgical Service, Transplant Service, Anesthesiology and Audiology. Prior to this assignment, Dr. Nadeau served as the Deputy Chief of Medicine. Dr. Nadeau joined TVHS in 1982 where he has worked in our out-patient Cardiology Clinic and supervises house staff for our in-patient Medical Service. He is a board certified internist and has practiced internal medicine, preventative cardiology and conducted hypertension research at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Nadeau is also a Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserve and has deployed twice during Operation Iraqi Freedom as the Battalion Force Surgeon for a Reserve Marine Battalion. He received his medical degree from University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine and has practiced medicine for more than 35 years.


Eduardo Ortiz, MD, MPH, Deputy Chief of Staff

Eduardo Ortiz, MD, MPH | 615-225-6590

Deputy Chief of Staff


Cynthia L. Johnson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Cynthia L. Johnson, RN, MSHCA, NEA-BC | 615-873-6943

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Prior to joining Tennessee Valley Health Care System as the Associate Director of Patient Care Services, Cynthia L. Johnson served as VISN 9 Quality Management Officer (QMO). As QMO, Ms. Johnson was responsible for providing oversight of all aspects of Quality Management, Process Improvement/Redesign, Performance Management, Patient Safety, Compliance Business Integrity, Ethics, Financial Quality Management, Utilization Management, Accreditation Readiness, Risk Management, and Nursing Liaison across VISN 9 facilities. Before joining VISN 9, Ms. Johnson served as the Chief of Quality and Performance Management at VA Northern California Healthcare System. Previously, Ms. Johnson served at James A Haley VAMC and Orlando VAMC as the Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care and Surgery. Ms. Johnson began her VA career at the Lexington VAMC where she served in roles such as Patient Safety Manager and Extended Care Coordinator. Prior to joining the VA, Ms. Johnson worked as a Director of Nursing for Life Care Centers of America. Ms. Johnson received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from University of Kentucky, holds a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration from Bellevue University and is Board Certified as Nurse Executive, Advanced by ANCC. She completed the VHA ECF/HCLI training program in 2009 and Federal Nurse Executive Institute in 2007.


Kathleen Nieves , Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Kathleen Nieves | 615-873-6700

Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Nieves earned a bachelor of science in nursing in 2005. She went on to earn a master of science in nursing and master in health administration in 2011. Ms. Nieves is ANCC Nurse Executive Board certified and ANCC Medical-Surgical Board certified. She completed the Veterans Administration’s Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2016. She is a VHA-certified coach and mentor, Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt and Green Belt certified, and has participated in numerous systems redesign projects. Ms. Nieves chaired the Nurse Professional Standards Board for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System from 2011 to 2017 and a member since 2009. She has served as an adjunct professor of the Nursing program at Florida Gateway College in Lake City, Florida since 2014. Ms. Nieves was also a clinical instructor at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida from 2012 to 2016. Ms. Nieves comes to TVHS after serving in a variety of roles for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Prior to her appointment as the deputy ADPCS at TVHS, she served as the acting deputy ADPCS for North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System. Prior to that, she was the chief nurse of medicine and routinely covered as acting associate director for patient care services. Ms. Nieves has also served as acting chief nurse for Geriatric Extended Care and Medicine prior to this appointment. Ms. Nieves was nurse manager of inpatient medical/surgical units and outpatient medical/specialty clinics for approximately four years. She began her nursing VA career as a registered nurse on the surgical unit at the Gainesville VA Medical Center in 2005. As the deputy ADPCS, Ms. Nieves will provide primary assistance to the TVHS associate director patient care services (ADPCS) in guiding the overall management of the practice and the profession of nursing across the Tennessee Valley Health Care System.