Promoting research partnerships to improve veterans’ health

Meet Our Team

Rashi Romanoff

Chief Executive Officer

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Rashi is an experienced health care leader with a demonstrated history of working across the public and private sectors. From 2010 to 2017, Rashi worked at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), starting as a Presidential Management Fellow and eventually serving as the Director of Operations for the VA Center for Strategic Partnerships in the Office of the Secretary. In this role, she was responsible for directing collaborative projects valued at more than $150 million to better serve our nation’s Veterans and their families. She departed the VA in 2017 to work at America's Health Insurance Plans as the Executive Director for Prevention & Population Health. Prior to joining the NAVREF, Rashi served as the Executive Vice President of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation where she oversaw groundbreaking new research and expanded programs and supports available for the nation's military and veteran caregiving families. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Rashi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Public Policy and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Policy & Management. She is also the previous recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship (2008) and Presidential Management Fellowship (2010).

Hawk Tran, MPH

Chief Operating Officer

Hawk Tran joined NAVREF in 2014 with a background in military health affairs, epidemiology, and public health administration. After his service in the United States Army Medical Service Corps, Hawk worked in public health focusing on STD/HIV Epidemiology where his main activities included disease investigation, applied intervention, as well as community health education. A short-term Army assignment at the Pentagon within the Office of the Secretary of Defense brought Hawk to Washington, DC where he resides today. Hawk holds a Master of Public Health degree from American Public University, a B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University, and a graduate certificate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology from the University of South Florida. He is also a graduate of the Health Administration Officer Program at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, and the Tropical Medicine Course at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Silver Spring, MD.

Derwood Haskell, JD

General Counsel

Woody Haskell joined NAVREF as General Counsel after retiring from more than 30 years’ service in VA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC). During his VA career, Woody provided legal advice and services to agency officials at the highest level and in virtually every segment of VA operations, including several years of service on OGC’s Specialty Team Advising Research. He has an impressive record representing VA in employment law and intellectual property rights litigation. He served in the United States Marine Corps infantry reserve and U.S. Army JAG Corps reserve. Woody is a graduate of Bates College and New England Law.

Peter Martin

Member Relations Administrator

Peter Martin joined NAVREF in 2022, and serves as our Member Relations Administrator after spending time in the education sector. Peter attended the University of Denver where he earned his BA in International Studies with focuses on human rights, non-governmental organizations, and security. After graduating in 2019, Peter spent time abroad teaching English in both vocational and secondary schools in the suburbs of Paris. After his arrival to the District, he quickly enveloped himself in the DC community by service as a media and communications intern for Green Neighbors DC, helping proliferate community climate action within the city. Bolstered by credentials in Spanish and French, Peter last served as content specialist for foreign language standardized testing.

Elizabeth Stout

Communications and Public Policy Administrator

Elizabeth Stout serves as the Communications and Public Policy Administrator on the NAVREF team while pursuing her graduate degree in Mass Communication and specializing in Public Interest Communications. She earned double majors in Political Science and Anthropology, a minor in Innovation, and a certificate in International Relations at the University of Florida during her undergraduate career. Before she moved to Washington D.C., Elizabeth grew up in South Florida and attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where on February 14, 2018, Elizabeth survived a deadly mass school shooting in which 17 people were killed and 17 were injured. With adequate care and resources, Elizabeth overcame her PTSD after battling it for over four years and ultimately found her passion for advocacy.

Priscilla West, MPH

Development Advisor 

Priscilla West joins NAVREF with over 30 years of experience in research administration and program development. She served for ten years as Executive Director of VERANNE, the VA nonprofit corporation serving northern New England. Prior to that, she was Associate Director of the Clinical Research Office at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Cancer Center. She is dedicated to helping VA nonprofit corporations make optimal use of local and national resources, so they can reach their maximum potential in serving Veterans. Her personal passion is broadening and facilitating Veteran access to clinical trials, capitalizing on the rich administrative and data resources available through both VA and NPC organizations. Ms. West is a graduate of Bates College and holds a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology from Yale University.

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