Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

David Tucker

Shakti Mehrotra

Jennifer Janowski

Heidi Calderon

Mailing Address

  • 810 Vermont Avenue, NW
    Suite 500
    Washington, DC 20420
  • (202) 461-6490 (Phone)
  • (202) 273-9988 (Fax)

Corporate Team

Lesia Mandzia

Director, Corporate Team
lesia.mandzia@va.gov

Darrell Donnelly

  • Office of Information Technology (OIT)
  • Information Technology (IT)
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA)
  • Federal Managers Financial Integrity Ac (FMFIA)
  • Cyber and Personal Security
  • Cybersecurity Supply Chain Risk Management
  • Sections 508 and 504 Compliance
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
  • Privacy Act
  • Mail Management
  • Electronic Health Record Modernization (EHRM)
  • Federal Electronic Record Modernization (FERM) Office
  • Office of Operations, Security and Preparedness, (OSP)
  • Emergency Management
  • VA’s Fourth Mission
  • VA Police
  • Human Resources and Administration (HRA)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Workforce Modernization
  • Labor Relations
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Implementation of Section 5303 of the Deborah Sampson Act
  • Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP)

Sean Pleasant

Congressional Relations Office
sean.pleasant2@va.gov
Alternate: Lesia Mandzia

  • All U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Activities within the Department

Andrew Schmidt

Congressional Relations Office
andrew.schmidt@va.gov
Alternate: Darrell Donnelly

  • Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction (OALC)
  • Major Construction (not CBOCs or Leases)
  • Acquisition
  • National and Strategic Acquisition Centers (NAC and SAC)
  • Supply Chain Modernization
  • Contracting and Contracting Policy
  • Office of Enterprise Integration (OEI)
  • Department of Defense and VA Collaboration
  • Joint Executive Committee (JEC)
  • Office of Management (OM)
  • Budget
  • Debt Management Center
  • Debt Collection
  • Financial Management Business Transformation (FMBT)
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDUBU)
  • Center for Minority Veterans
  • Center for Women Veterans
  • Tribal Government Relations
  • Veterans Experience Office (VEO)
  • Outreach

Benefits Team

Dennis Call

Director, Benefits Team
dennis.call@va.gov

Taniesha Kelly

Congressional Relations Office
taniesha.kelly@va.gov
Alternate: Lawrence Groom

  • National Cemetery Administration policies, programs, and facilities
  • Insurance Service
  • Pension and Fiduciary Service
  • Veterans Benefits Administration Office of Financial Management
  • Loan Guaranty Service
  • Presumption of service connection policies (toxic exposure, BWN, PFAS, Camp Lejeune, burn pits)

Jody Donovan

Congressional Relations Office
jody.donovan@va.gov
Alternate: Taniesha Kelly

  • Board of Veterans Appeals policies and programs
  • Veterans Benefits Administration Appeals Management Office
  • Compensation Service (including disability compensation claims management)
  • Office of Field Operations

Lawrence Groom

Congressional Relations Office
lawrence.groom2@va.gov
Alternate: Jody Donovan

  • Office of Transition and Development (OTED/TAP)
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment Service (including VSOC)
  • Education Service (Forever GI Bill)

Health Team

Omar Boulware

Director, Health Team
omar.boulware@va.gov
Alternate: Angell Bolden-Green

Omar Boulware

omar.boulware@va.gov
Alternate: Angell Bolden-Green

  • VHA Finance
  • Human Capital Management and VHA Workforce
  • Credentialing and Privileging
  • Emergency Management
  • Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) 5, 6, 20, 21

Angell Bolden-Green

Congressional Relations Officer
angell.bolden-green@va.gov
Alternate: Thomas Fales

  • Access
  • Public Health
  • Community Care
  • Caregivers
  • Capital Assets
  • CBOCs
  • Leasing and Minor Construction
  • Dental
  • Homeless (West LA)
  • AIR Commission and Market Assessments
  • Pharmacy and Pain Management
  • PDMP
  • Population Health
  • Health Equity
  • Women Veterans Health
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • Veterans Health Administration-Sexual Assault Patient Advocacy
  • VISNs 1, 2, 4, 22

Chanelle Yates

Congressional Relations Officer
chanelle.yates@va.gov
Alternate: Thomas Fales

  • Behavioral and Mental Health
  • PTSD
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant Services
  • Whole Health and PCCCT
  • Sterile Processing Services
  • Chaplain Services
  • Quality and Patient Safety
  • SAIL
  • Member Services
  • HEC
  • Geriatrics and Extended Care
  • State Veterans Homes (SVH)
  • OMI
  • VISNs 7, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 23

Thomas Fales

Congressional Relations Officer
thomas.fales@va.gov
Alternate: Chanelle Yates

  • VHA Pact Act Implementation
  • Military Exposures
  • Disability and Medical Assessment
  • Compensation and Pension Exams
  • Academic Affiliations
  • Healthcare Innovation
  • Research and Development (Service Dogs)
  • Rehabilitation and Prosthetics
  • Adaptive Sports
  • Connected Care
  • Rural Health
  • Telehealth
  • Specialty Care Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, and Polytrauma
  • Specialty Care Services
    Vet Centers
  • VISNs 10, 12, 19

Alex Harmon

Program Analyst
alexander.harmon2@va.gov

  • CRS
  • Trip Packs
  • Questions for the Record
  • Transcripts

Legislative Team

Sonia Valedez-Pender

Director, Legislative Team
sonia.valedez-pender@va.gov

Legislative Review Process, Interagency and Budget and Appropriations:

  • Annual LRP Review
  • CBO (multi-part bills)
  • Geriatric Care
  • Telehealth
  • Mental Health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Homelessness

Staff Offices:

  • Office of Enterprise Integration
  • Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Office of General Council
  • Office of Management

Eric Aumiller

Congressional Relations Office
eric.aumiller@va.gov
Alternate: Drew Behling

Benefits – Veteran Readiness and Current Operations:

  • Benefits and Compensation
  • Transition and Development (Education, Employment, Readiness)
  • Loan Guaranty
  • Presumption of service connection policies
  • Homelessness
  • Disability claims
  • Annual Legislative Proposal Review (co-lead)

Staff Offices:

  • Veterans Benefits Administration
  • Veterans Experience Office
  • Board of Veterans Appeals
  • VSOL
  • Office of Employment Discrimination Complaint Adjudication
  • Office of Survivors Assistance
  • Center for Minority Veterans

Andrew Gnau

Congressional Relations Office
andrew.gnau@va.gov
Alternate: Eric Aumiller

National Cemetery Administration (NCA) and Corporate:

  • NCA policies, programs and facilities
  • Electronic Health Record Modernization
  • Office of Information Technology
  • Acquisition and Logistics
  • Veterans Health Administration Finance
  • AIR Commission or Market Assessments
  • Capital Assets
  • Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs)
  • Leasing
  • Minor Construction
  • Leases

Staff Offices:

  • NCA
  • Office of Acquisition, Logistics and Construction
  • Office of Information and Technology
  • Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization
  • Office of Electronic Health Record Modernization
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Victoria Thomas

Congressional Relations Office
victoria.thomas1@va.gov
Alternate: Sonia Valadez-Pender

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and Personnel Policy:

  • Human Capital Management and VHA Workforce
  • VA Workforce Policy
  • Women Veterans Health
  • Military Sexual Trauma
  • VHA-Sexual Assault Patient Advocacy
  • Nursing
  • Physician Assistant Services

Staff Offices:

  • VHA
  • HRA and Operations, Security, and Preparedness
  • PREVENTS Task Force
  • ODECA
  • Center for Women Veterans

Angela Smith Williams

Congressional Relations Office
angela.smithwilliams@va.gov
Alternate: Victoria Thomas

VHA and LRP Review:

  • Farm Bill and NDAA Lead

Staff Offices:

  • Veterans Health Administration

Drew Behling

Program Analyst
drew.behling@va.gov
Alternate: Andrew Gnau

CMR, Legislative Proposal Tracker:

  • Lead CMR and CTR analyst
  • Bill enrollments
  • CBO and CRS requests
  • Legislative Services Data analytics
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Office of Resolution Management, Diversity and Inclusion (ORMDI)
  • Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection (OAWP)

Staff Offices:

  • Executive Secretariat
  • ORMDI
  • OAWP

Congressional Outreach Team

Annmarie Amaral

Director, Congressional Outreach and Congressional Liaison Service Liaison Service
annmarie.amaral@va.gov

Calito Keith

Congressional Relations Office
calito.keith@va.gov
Alternate: Nikki Barnes

  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont

Nikki Barnes

Congressional Relations Office
nikki.barnes@va.gov
Alternate: Calito Keith

  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia

Amanda Neumann

Congressional Relations Office
amanda.neumann@va.gov
Alternate: Tyler Healey

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Chris McNair

Congressional Relations Office
christopher.mcnair1@va.gov
Alternate: Tom Garloch

  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Northern Marianas
  • Oregon
  • Washington

Tyler Healey

Congressional Relations Office
tyler.healey@va.gov
Alternate: Amanda Neumann

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virgin Islands

Tom Garloch

Congressional Relations Office
thomas.garloch@va.gov
Alternate: Chris McNair