Promoting research partnerships to improve veterans’ health

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 August 2023

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
Peggy Bradley
Executive Director
Vice Chair
Biomedical Research and Education Foundation of Southern Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Rebecca Rosales, MBA, CRA
Chief Executive Officer
Northern California Institute for Research and Education
San Francisco, CA
Matthew Collier, MPA
Community Member, US Army Veteran
McLean, VA
Maggie Czarnogorski, MD, MPH
Community Member, ViiV Healthcare
 Vienna, VA
Associate Chief of Staff for Education

Leslie Hughes
Executive Director
Foundation for Atlanta Veterans Education and Research
Atlanta, GA
Waqar Malik
Executive Director
Wisconsin Corporation for Biomedical Research
Milwaukee, WI
Cindy Reutzel, MPA
Community Member, Former NPC Executive 
 Chicago, IL
Michael Kilmer
Medical Center Director

VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System
Denver, CO

Gery Schulteis, PhD
ACOS Research & Development
Veterans Medical Research Foundation
San Diego, CA
Chief of Staff

Katrina Washburn, PhD
Executive Director
South Florida VA Foundation for Research and Education
Miami, FL

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 2023



Q1  December 5, 2022 Miami, FL
Q2 March 20, 2023 San Diego, CA
Q3 June 12, 2023 Portland, OR
Q4 September 16, 2023 St. Paul, MN

FY 2024



Q1  December 4, 2023 Virtual
Q2 March 18 2024 TBD
Q3 June 10, 2024 TBD
Q4 September 14, 2024 Washington, 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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