Leadership Team - Orlando VA Healthcare System
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Orlando VA Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Timothy J. Cooke, Medical Center Director/CEO

Timothy J. Cooke | 407-631-1000

Medical Center Director/CEO

Timothy J. Cooke was appointed the as the Medical Center Director/CEO of the VA Healthcare System in Orlando, Florida on January 19, 2020. The Orlando VA Healthcare System (VAHCS) serves more than 120,000 Veterans in Central Florida and includes a 120-bed Community Living Center, two Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs/Domiciliaries (60-beds located at the Lake Nona Campus and 58-beds at the Lake Baldwin Campus), one Healthcare Center in Viera, a Medical Center in Orlando (Lake Baldwin Campus), a Multispecialty Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, and four Community-Based Outpatient Clinics located in Clermont, Kissimmee, Deltona, and Tavares. The Orlando VA Medical Center at Lake Nona provides outpatient, inpatient and emergency services. Orlando's 65-acre medical campus encompasses 134 acute inpatient beds, providing complex Medical/Surgical/Mental Health specialty care, advanced diagnostic services, and a large multispecialty outpatient clinic. Mr. Cooke previously served as the Director of the Martinsburg VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, West Virginia since 2014 and has held progressive leadership positions at the facility over the last 14 years. Prior to that, he worked at the VA Maryland Healthcare System before lending his expertise to the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System and served as Chief of Engineering at the Jamaica Plain Campus during the VA Boston Healthcare System integration. From 2003 to 2005, he was in the private healthcare sector as the Vice President of Facilities & Support Services at Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts. Mr. Cooke started his VA career as an Engineering Intern in 1990 and is the son of a U.S. Army World War II Veteran. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and is a graduate of multiple executive leadership development programs to include VA Senior Executive Core Training, the VA Senior Executive Strategic Leadership Course, Facility Management and Planning courses at Harvard University’s School of Design, and many others.

Sean Turner, Acting Associate Director

Sean Turner | 407-631-1000

Acting Associate Director

Mr. Sean N. Turner is currently serving as the Acting, Associate Director for Operations for the Orlando VA Healthcare System (OVAHCS). In this role, he maintains program and supervisory oversight of 1,200 personnel aligned under departments which provide administrative support to our local VA system. He has worked in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for 24 consecutive years. Mr. Turner joined the OVAHCS team on August 6, 2016. He has held the role of Chief, Health Administration Service from 2016 – 2021. He previously served in the role of Associate Director for Operations for the Fayetteville, North Carolina VAMC during 2015 -2016, the Chief, Medical Administration Service (MAS) for the North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System (2012 – 2015) and additional MAS management (Assistant Service Chief; Section Chief) roles during 2001 – 2014.He began his VA career in Psychology Service at the Bay Pines VA Medical Center, located in St. Petersburg, Florida (1996 – 2001). He is a 2019 graduate of the Central Florida Leadership Development Program (CFLDP), a 2015 graduate and fellow of the Leadership VA (LVA) program, a 2001 graduate of the one year, VISN 8 Network Succession Planning Training Program Initiative and a current member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Lisa L. Zacher, MD, FACP, FCCP, Chief of Staff

Lisa L. Zacher, MD, FACP, FCCP | 407-631-1000

Chief of Staff

Lisa L. Zacher, M.D., MACP, is Chief of Staff (COS) for the Orlando VA Medical Center. She was officially named to this position on November 29, 2015 and in this capacity oversees the care of more than 120,000 Central Florida Veterans, while serving as the core medical administrator of the Orlando VA Medical Center’s 12 points of patient care. Prior to her appointment Dr. Zacher served as Chief of Medicine at the Orlando VAMC (July 2013-Nov 2015), where she worked diligently to activate the new Lake Nona inpatient facility and expand clinical services in a variety of medical specialties. Dr. Zacher is a retired U. S. Army Colonel with 24 years of active duty service. She received her medical degree in 1989 from the University of South Dakota, and then completed her Internal Medicine residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas (1992), and Pulmonary/Critical Care training at Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA (1995). She served at Tripler Army Medical Center from 1995-1999 and was fortunate to participate in two Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) missions to Laos, searching for remains from the Vietnam War. She returned to WBAMC in 1999 to eventually serve as Chief, Pulmonary/Critical Care and Internal Medicine Program Director. Colonel Zacher’s last Army assignment (2005-2013) was as Chief of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. At this Level 1 trauma facility she supervised 14 medical services, accounting for more than 1,000 civilian and military employees, and over 200 residents and fellows. She successfully enacted the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) merger of the U.S. Air Force’s flagship Wilford Hall hospital with BAMC to form the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Her clinical expertise in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine was recognized by her receipt of the “A” Designator (civilian equivalent of tenured Professor), but more importantly, she was appointed as Pulmonary Consultant to the Army Surgeon General from 2008-2013. Colonel Zacher completed two combat deployments in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. During her first tour (2008-2009) she served as an Intensive Care physician in the Green Zone (Ibn Sina Hospital) as part of the 28th Combat Support Hospital (Ft Bragg) and 86th CSH (Ft Campbell). In 2011, she again deployed as the Deputy Command Surgeon for United States Forces – Iraq (Camp Victory), where she was the Chief of Staff equivalent for the entire theatre. Her military awards included the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Defense Meritorious Service medal. Dr. Zacher is active in many professional organizations. She served as the American College of Physicians (ACP) Army Chapter Governor from 2009-2013, and was recently selected for Mastership in the ACP (MACP). She is the Vice Chair of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Network Steering Committee, American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Zacher has conducted several research projects and posted publications related to post deployment lung injury secondary to airborne hazards. She maintains extensive academic affiliations including appointments as Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Her medical expertise and demonstrated leadership continue to inspire numerous efforts at the Orlando VAMC to enhance clinical operations, and education and research aimed at enhancing Veteran care and access.

Suzette McNeil, RN,MS, Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Suzette McNeil, RN,MS | 407-631-1000

Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Suzette McNeil RN, MS, is the Acting Associate Director Patient Care Services. Her Master level education in Health Management and Policy from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, NY, coupled with her over 25 years in nursing have yielded extensive knowledge in healthcare management and a wide-ranging background in nursing administration, leadership, quality management and geriatrics. Most recently, Ms. McNeil served as our Chief Nurse of Geriatric and Extended Care, leading the ORLANDO VA CLC to earn the coveted national recognition as a FIVE STAR facility. She is well recognized for her outstanding leadership skills and is a recent graduate of the competitive Central Florida Leadership Development program.

Christina White, Assistant Director

Christina White | 407-631-1000

Assistant Director

Christina White is the Assistant Director of the VA Healthcare System in Orlando, Florida. She is responsible for the Orlando VA Healthcare System’s Nutrition and Food Service, Voluntary Service, Prosthetics, Police Service, Activations, Logistics, Facility Planning, and Innovation. Prior to her appointment, Christina White served as a Health System Specialist (HSS) in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Operations and Management (DUSHOM) with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA), in Washington, DC. Ms. White is a senior HSS in the Office of Network Support and serves as a liaison between Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) and VHA Leadership in the area of operations. She has been in her current position as an HSS with the DUSHOM since April 2010. Ms. White began her VA career at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi as an Administrative Officer in Medicine Service in 1996. She then worked as a Staff Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Network Director in VISN 16 from 1998 until 2001. She has over 19 years of extensive field experience in clinical administration at the Jackson, Mississippi, Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado VA Medical Centers, including several years in the Office of Strategic Initiatives implementing the decisions of the Capital Asset Realignment for the Enhancement of Services Plan in VA Central Office. In addition to her administrative duties, Ms. White also served as the Public Affairs Officer in Denver, Colorado. She completed her GHATP residency in the Health Systems Management role at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center and continues to participate in VHA leadership development programs. Prior to her career with the VA, Ms. White worked as a Program Analyst with the US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service in the Fruits and Vegetables, Processed Products inspection and grading division in South Bend, Indiana. Ms. White studied Agricultural Economics at The Pennsylvania State University and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from The Catholic University. She is currently pursuing a Master Degree in Fine Arts at Harvard University. Ms. White is an American Legion Auxiliary member and served on the St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Vestry Board through 2018.