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NAVREF Board of Directors

NAVREF continues its tradition of strong voluntary leadership through the involvement of all NPCs. Each member NPC has the opportunity nominate candidates for election to the board. Each board member must be associated with a different NPC or affiliated VA medical center. Board member terms are three years and an individual may be elected for up to two consecutive terms. For details of NAVREF’s expectations of board members as well as board operations and logistics for meetings, please see "NAVREF Board Policies Expectations and Practices." Individuals interested in serving on the NAVREF board are encouraged to contact the NAVREF office.

NAVREF Board Members and VA Liaisons

As of May 2021

Name, Board Category, and Title

Organization, City, and State

Ronald W. Hakes, CPM, CSSBB
Executive Director
Cincinnati Education and Research for Veterans Foundations
Cincinnati, OH
Jeffrey Moore, PhD
Executive Director
Vice Chair
Cleveland VA Medical Research and Education Foundation
Cleveland, OH
Peggy Bradley
Executive Director
Biomedical Research and Education Foundation of Southern Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Tinesar Forrest
Executive Director
Philadelphia Research and Education Foundation
Philadelphia, PA
Matthew Collier, MPA
US Army Veteran
McLean, VA
Genet D'Arcy, MD
Associate Chief of Staff for Education
VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Denver, CO
Ali Sonel, MD
Chief of Staff
VA Pittsburgh Health Care
Pittsburgh, PA
Michele Packard-Milam, CAE
Executive Director
Dallas VA Research Corporation
Dallas, TX
Cindy Reutzel, MPA
Executive Director

Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science
Hines, IL
Rebecca Rosales, MBA
Executive Director
Northern California Institute for Research and Education
San Francisco, CA
Medical Center Director

Gery Schulteis, PhD
ACOS Research & Development
Veterans Medical Research Foundation
San Diego, CA
Alton Stocks, MD
US Navy Veteran
Chesapeake, VA

VA Liaisons:

Rachel Ramoni, DMD, ScD
Chief Research and Development Officer
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of Research and Development
Washington DC


To reach any board member, please contact the NAVREF office by sending an email to or call the NAVREF office at 301-656-5005


Board Meeting Schedule

FY 2021



Q1  December 7, 2020 VIRTUAL
Q2 March 15, 2021 VIRTUAL
Q3 June 7, 2021 Pittsburgh. PA

NAVREF board meetings are typically hosted by a member NPC. To host a board meeting, please contact the NAVREF office at

1717 K ST NW Suite 900

Washington, DC 20006

P: 301-656-5005  |

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