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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Leadership Team

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.

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Danielle S Ocker, RN, BSN | 802-295-9363x5410

Associate Medical Center Director

Ms. Danielle S. Ocker began her duties as Associate Medical Center Director at the White River Junction (WRJ) VA Medical Center (VAMC) in August of 2008. She began her career at the WRJ VAMC as a student nurse in 1985. In 1986, Ms. Ocker received her Associates Degree in Nursing from New Hampshire Technical College. She continued pursuing higher education from the University of Phoenix by first earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 2001, and a Masters of Business Administration in 2009; graduating with high honors. Ms. Ocker is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Omicron Delta Chapter, and a member of the Health Financial Management Association.

Ms. Ocker has assumed many roles throughout her tenure in WRJ to include: staff nurse; Nurse Manager of the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department; and Service Line Manager for Sensory and Physical Rehabilitation Service, where she facilitated the implementation of the Polytrauma/TBI Program. Ms. Ocker was instrumental in the identification and implementation of the VISN 1 Interior Design Program, which is now deployed at all VA’s within VISN 1.

Ms. Ocker is a Certified VHA Coach and Mentor. In addition, she is a VHA Coach and Mentor Core Trainer. She is actively engaged in many coaching/mentoring relationships and has been a Coach and Mentor at VHA’s Health Care Leadership Institute.

Ms. Ocker is a trained Robert W. Carey Award examiner and has lead several examination teams throughout the country. She currently leads the VISN 1 Operational Effectiveness Baldrige Taskforce, and has been actively involved in several Baldrige Criteria based facility evaluations.

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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.

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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.

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