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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont


Leadership Team

Portrait of Brett Rusch, MD

Brett Rusch, MD | 802-295-9363 ext 5400

Acting Director

Brett Rusch, MD, was appointed the Chief of Staff at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in December 2016. Prior to assuming this position, he served the organization as the Chief of Mental Health and Behavioral Science Service. Additionally, Dr. Rusch has an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine. Dr. Rusch received a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin and completed medical school and a psychiatry residency at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (UWSMPH).
Prior to joining the White River Junction VA Medical Center in 2015, Dr. Rusch served as Director of Inpatient and Intensive Outpatient Mental Health Services at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison, WI, and as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the UWSMPH. He is an experienced educator and received the UWSMPH Department of Psychiatry's Award for Excellence in Resident Education for the three consecutive academic years bridging 2012-2015.

Portrait of Becky Rhoads

Becky Rhoads | 802-295-9363 ext 5410

Associate Director

Dr. Becky (Daley) Rhoads, Au.D., was appointed as the facility’s Associate Director in August, 2018.

Dr. Becky Rhoads began her VA career at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in June, 2009. She was a staff audiologist and was then selected for the Chief of Audiology position. She has extensive experience in clinical care for Veterans and health care administration. Dr. Rhoads moved to health care administration in 2016 and has served Veterans through the Executive Assistant to the Director role since that time. She is a 2017 graduate of the premier VA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).

Dr. Rhoads is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a dual degree in Communication Sciences and Psychology. She earned a Doctorate in Audiology from Northeastern University in 2008. Dr. Rhoads is a Rutland, Vermont native and she currently resides in the Upper Valley with her family.

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, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, was appointed to the position of Associate Director, Nursing and Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive at the White River Junction VAMC in June of 2010. Mrs. Miraldi has responsibility for all Nursing programs and personnel, as well Geriatrics and Extended Care, Social Work Service, Home Based Primary Care, Case Management, Office of Education, Sterile Processing Services, Infection Control and Chaplaincy, programs serving Veterans across the state of Vermont and four counties in New Hampshire.

Mrs. Miraldi began her career at the NY Regional Burn Center at NY Hospital/Cornell/Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, in 1980. In 1985 she began her work at the White River Junction VAMC, first as a staff nurse, then Nurse Manager, in the Intensive Care Unit. She worked as a clinical research coordinator, Administrative Officer for Research & Development and the Executive Director of the Collaborative Medical Research Corporation from 1997 to 2008. Ms. Miraldi obtained her Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of Vermont in 1998, with a focus on community health and nursing administration.

Mrs. Miraldi successfully completed the VA's Healthcare Leadership Institute and graduated from the Executive Career Field Development Program in 2009. She participated in the Federal Executive Institute's Federal Executive Leadership Program, is LEAN Yellow Belt Certified, and is a VHA Certified Mentor at the Fellow-Level. Throughout her career, Mrs. Miraldi has focused on initiatives to improve the quality of patient care and patient satisfaction, and empowerment and development of nurses and others.

Mrs. Miraldi is the daughter of a Veteran of the Korean war, and the mother of two active duty Army soldiers. Mrs. Miraldi is proud to be a long serving member of the White River Junction VA community and honored to provide leadership in promoting excellent patient care for our Veterans.