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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Leadership Team

Portrait of Deborah Amdur

Deborah Amdur | 802-295-9363


Ms. Amdur was appointed Medical Center Director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center in December of 2012. Prior to coming to WRJ, Ms. Amdur was Chief Consultant for Care Management and Social Work Service with overall responsibility for five national programs in the Department of Veterans Affairs: National Social Work, Caregiver Support, Family Hospitality, Post Deployment Care Management, and the VA Liaison Program.

Ms. Amdur started her career as a social work intern at the St. Louis VA Medical Center over 20 years ago. She has held progressive leadership positions including Deputy Director for Health, Federal Recovery Coordination Program, Special Assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs at VA Central Office in Washington D.C. and Assistant Director at the Washington D.C. VAMC. She also served as Chief of Social Work at the Ann Arbor and D.C. VAMCs and the Director of Home Based Primary Care at the Durham VA. In her recent role as Chief Consultant, Care Management and Social Work Service, Ms. Amdur was instrumental in the development and implementation of VA's national caregiver support program.

Ms. Amdur holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University.

Portrait of Julie M Rickert

Julie M Rickert | 802.295.9363 ext. 5410

Acting Associate Director

Julie earned a BSN from the University of Iowa, College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa. She then went on to earn an MA in Education, from California State University, Long Beach, California and an MBA from the University of Iowa, School of Management, Iowa City, Iowa. She also successfully completed the VHA Executive Career Field development program.

Julie currently is serving in a detail at White River Junction VA Medical Center as the Acting Associate Director. Prior to her detail Julie was Network Prosthetics Manager for VISN 23. In this role, Julie’s program responsibilities included: strategic planning and execution; implementing, and monitoring quality improvement initiatives and tactical planning; promoting health care value related to the prosthetics program application; and maintaining business integrity and compliance standards. She was accountable for operational planning and execution of a $123 million dollar budget; compliance with national performance measures; management of acquisition, contract, and inventory functions and application; resource management and staff development, including succession planning.

Portrait of M. Ganga Hematillake

M. Ganga Hematillake | 802-295-9363 ext 5420

Chief of Staff

Dr. M. Ganga Hematillake began his duties at White River Junction VA Medical Center on March 24, 2014. Prior to his appointment at White River Junction VA he worked as a physician executive within the VA system. He was appointed as the Chief of Staff of the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in October 2011. Dr. Hematillake started his 14 year VA career as a Community Based Primary Care physician in Idaho. He has a broad range of experience in clinical care for Veterans, research and health care administration.

Dr. Hematillake is a Board Certified Physician in Internal Medicine, graduate of the St. George's University School of Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He also holds two masters degrees in the areas of Biology and Pharmacy from Idaho State University School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Portrait of Laura F. Miraldi, RN, MSN

Laura F. Miraldi, RN, MSN | 802-296-5127

Associate Director for Nursing/Patient Care Services

Laura Fisher Miraldi began her duties as the Associate Director for Nursing and Patient Care Services, White River Junction VAMC in June of 2010. Ms. Miraldi obtained her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont and her undergraduate degree from City University of New York-Hunter College. She served as the Administrative Officer for Research & Development and the Executive Director of the Collaborative Medical Research Corporation (a VA research & education not-for-profit foundation) from 1997 to 2008. Her previous professional roles have included Research Nurse Coordinator, ICU Nurse Manager and extensive experience at the NY Regional Burn Center of Cornell Medical Center, New York. Ms. Miraldi successfully completed VA's Healthcare Leadership Institute and graduated from the Executive Career Field development program in 2009. She is a member of the Vermont Organization of Nurse Leaders, the Nurses Organization of VA (NOVA), the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.