Promoting Partnerships To Improve Veterans’ Health

NAVREF Board of Directors

The Board of Directors enables NAVREF to continue to meet the evolving needs of our members and advance our mission.

NAVREF Board Members and VA Liaisons

As of April 2024

Name, Board Category, and Title

Organization, City, and State

Peggy Bradley
Executive Director
Board Chair
Biomedical Research and Education Foundation of Southern Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Rebecca Rosales, MBA, CRA
Chief Executive Officer
Vice Chair
Northern California Institute for Research and Education
San Francisco, CA
Leslie Hughes
Executive Director

Foundation for Atlanta Veterans Education and Research
Atlanta, GA
Matthew Collier, MPA
Community Member
McLean, VA
Maggie Czarnogorski, MD, MPH
Community Member
 Vienna, VA
David Cennimo
Associate Chief of Staff for Education

New Jersey VA Health System

Union City, NJ

Waqar Malik
Executive Director
Wisconsin Corporation for Biomedical Research
Milwaukee, WI
Cindy Reutzel, MPA
Community Member
 Chicago, IL
Michael Kilmer
Medical Center Director

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Denver, CO

Jose Huizar, MD
ACOS Research & Development

Central Virginia VA Health System

Richmond, VA

Chief of Staff

Katrina Washburn, PhD

Executive Director

South Florida VA Foundation for Research and Education
Miami, FL

Birgit Roller

Executive Director 

Veterans Research and Education Association

Ann Arbor, MI 

 Chris Wood

Executive Director

Dorn Research Institute

Columbia, SC 

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


Board Meeting Schedule

FY 2024



Q1 December 4, 2023Virtual
Q2March 12, 2024Houston
Q3June 12, 2024Kansas City
Q4September 14, 2024Washington, DC

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

202-951-7701  |

FEIN: 52-1784596

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