Leadership Team - VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire
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VAMC Manchester, New Hampshire


Leadership Team

Kevin M. Forrest, FACHE, Interim Medical Center Director

Kevin M. Forrest, FACHE | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6000

Interim Medical Center Director

Kevin Forrest is currently the Interim Medical Center Director, Manchester VA Medical Center and is permanently assigned as the Associate Director. Kevin is a retired Army Veteran. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in 1986. Upon graduation from the University of New Hampshire in 1989, he received his commission in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. He subsequently earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and is a graduate of the Department of Veteran Affairs Leadership VA program. Previous positions include: Acting Assistant Director-Brockton/Jamaica Plain Campuses and Health System Specialist, VA Boston Healthcare System; Senior Director of Operations, Wentworth Health Partners, Dover, NH; Deputy Commander for Administration/Chief Operating Officer, Winn Army Community Hospital, Fort Stewart, Georgia; Executive Officer for Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Chief, Population Health Programs and Data Management, TRICARE Europe; and other Army assignments. Kevin is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is married to the former Eileen Margaret Carr. They are proud parents of their daughter Erin (17) and son Johnny (13).

Paul Zimmerman, DDS, Chief of Staff

Paul Zimmerman, DDS | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6519

Chief of Staff

Paul Zimmerman, DDS Chief of Staff Dr. Zimmerman was appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff for Manchester VA on July 20, 2017. He launched his VA career in 2002 with VA Maine as a Staff Dentist. In 2007 he was appointed Chief of Dental Services. He transitioned to the White River Junction VA Medical Center in 2015 as the Chief of Dentistry to help bring a dental presence back for the Veterans of Vermont and New Hampshire. Most recently he was Acting Chief of Quality Management and Deputy Associate Chief of Staff for Medical and Dental Education. Dr. Paul Zimmerman is a Graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and began his career with the US Army serving in Mannheim, Germany, before moving on to private practice in Augusta, Maine. Dr. Zimmerman served on the Audit and Budget Committees of the American Dental Association and is a past president of the Maine Dental Association. In 2013 he was the Associate Dean of the University New England College of Dental Medicine.

Daniel T. Wilson, Interim Associate Director

Daniel T. Wilson | 603-624-4366 Ext. 6001

Interim Associate Director

Effective October 13, 2019, Daniel Wilson will serve as the Acting Associate Director for a 120-day detail. Following this detail, Mr. Wilson will return to his position as Chief Financial Officer, Manchester VAMC. Mr. Wilson retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the NH Army National Guard. During his military career he held many challenging leadership assignments including company and battalion command. He also served with the 197th Field Artillery Brigade as their logistics officer in Operation Iraqi Freedom and as their executive officer during Operation New Dawn. As the executive officer of the 197th Field Artillery Brigade he directed, supervised, trained and synchronized the work of over 30 staff managers supporting complex combat objectives of an organization with 2,300 members. His terminal assignment was the Director of Property and Fiscal Operations for the NH National Guard. He collaborated with his division managers and program directors, both Army and Air, to execute over $57m in federal and state funds to ensuring compliance with fiscal laws regulations. He actively participated in developing and executing strategic plans and in building communities of excellence (Malcolm Baldridge). He also has experience in public affairs participating in international exercises in the U.S., Europe and Central America. Mr. Wilson developed public affairs briefings and conducted interviews with international journalists to foster positive relationships with the media and host nations. Currently, Mr. Wilson is working to complete his Masters of Science in Government Information Leadership with a Chief Financial Officer concentration from the National Defense University at Ft. McNair. He is also Department of Defense Level III Financial Management Certified. As a decorated Veteran, and coming from a family of Veterans, Mr. Wilson is passionate about serving and ensuring an extraordinary experience for all Veterans.

Bernadette Y. Jao, Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Bernadette Y. Jao | 603-624-4366

Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Bernadette Y. Jao, DNP, MSN, RN-BC Associate Director Patient/Nursing Services Dr. Jao joined Manchester VA Medical Center's leadership team on January 22, 2018 and brings with her 34 years of Nursing experience and over 18 years of progressive leadership within VA. Dr. Jao served as a nurse leader and member of the leadership team at VISNs 8, 5, 2 & 4 Wilmington VA Medical Center in Delaware. A proven leader within VA, Dr. Jao holds a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) from Old Dominion University, Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of the City of Manila. Dr. Jao is Board Certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse. Dr. Jao is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, Sigma Theta Tau International and Golden Key Honor Society. As a graduate and member of the VHA internal consultants' team, she has been serving as a Mental Health resource person for VA Medical Centers. She is a member of VA Central Office Nursing Services, Mental Health Field Advisory Committee since 2008 and remains as an ad-hoc member. Dr. Jao is the Chair of VISN 1 Organizational Health Committee, Co-Chair of Mentor-Mentee Training and serves on the VISN 1 Nursing Professional Standards Board committee. Dr. Jao led the efforts related to Manchester VA's Pathway to Excellence Journey. Most recently, the VA Secretary named Dr. Jao the Nurse Executive Winner of the 2019 VA Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Nursing and Advancement of Nursing. Dr. Jao's personal leadership philosophy is Working Together, Building Partnerships and Embracing Differences.