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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)


Leadership Team

Portrait of Paul Bockelman

Paul Bockelman | 334-272-4670

Interim Director

Paul Bockelman was designated by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as the Interim Medical Center Director of Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) effective January 23, 2016. As the senior leader of the two-campus healthcare system, he will have oversight and responsibility for administrative and clinical operations. CAVHCS provides general medical, surgical and mental health services. Primary care and mental health services are available at clinics located in Dothan, Ft. Rucker, Ft. Benning and Monroeville, AL and Columbus, GA.

For the past year, Mr. Bockelman’s role has been to provide interim senior leadership at VA organizations who have had extended vacancies in their CEO position. Mr. Bockelman has been a senior leader in the VA since 2002.

Previously he was the Acting Network Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 (VISN 8) for 9 months. VISN 8 is the nation's largest system of VA hospitals and community clinics, serving a population of more than 1.6 million veterans in FL, GA and Puerto Rico. VISN 8 has eight large Medical Centers, 55 outpatient clinics, over 26,000 employees and an operating budget of $4.4B.

Mr. Bockelman has served as the Network Director of VISN 11, a geographically diverse healthcare system serving veterans in IL, IN, MI and OH. He was also the Medical Center Director of the VA Healthcare Systems in Marion, IL and Sioux Falls, SD.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Toledo. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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Thomas Huettemann | 334-272-4670

Associate Director for Resources

Thomas Huettemann was assigned as the Associate Director for the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS) effective February 22, 2016. Since 2009 he served as the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital Chief Logistics Officer and has also served in various Acting Assistant and Associate Director roles during his tenure to include a three month detail at the West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring Texas.

Mr. Huettemann began his military career in 1975 and retired from the United States Marine Corps as Colonel in April of 2009. During his over 3 decades of military service he served in various positions to include staff and command. His most recent assignment was as the Director for Defense Policy Review between the US and the Government of Japan in order to realign plans as a step forward in the transformation of the alliance between the US and Japan to provide strategic guidance and direction for the planning and execution of military buildout actions across the Pacific Region to sustain war-fighting capabilities and to achieve force posture realignments, including necessary training range development, the identification of unit and installation facility requirements for Marines, Sailors, Government Employees and family members.

Mr. Huettemann holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Troy University in Alabama.

His current memberships include the American College of Healthcare Executives, Counsel of Logistics Management, the Retired Officers Association, the Military Officers Association of America, and is a life member of the Reserve Officers Association.

Portrait of Linda Townsend-Green

Linda Townsend-Green | 334-272-4670

Acting Associate Director, Operations

Ms. Linda Townsend-Green's career spans more than 27 years. She began her career at the Allen Park, MI VAMC. Since that time, she has served in many clinical and administrative roles. As the Scarce Medical Contract Specialist for the Detroit VAMC and Cincinnati VAMC, she specialized in contract negotiations, business and sharing agreements, and affiliation services. She was appointed as the Executive Assistant to the Director/Facility Planner and served in this role for more than five years. She was also detailed as the Acting Asst. Chief of Environmental Management Service.

Prior to her current position as Health System Specialist/Integrated Disability Evaluation System Program Manager, she was the Strategic Planner for VISN 7. Ms. Townsend-Green has served in many VISN roles including Chief Communications Officer, Contract Project Liaison Officer, and Health System Specialist. She recently served at the Acting Associate Director as the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Medical Center in Jackson, MS. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and holds a Master Degree in Public Administration, with a focus in Government Healthcare. She is a graduate of VISN Leadership Development Institute, NEHCLI Leadership, and is a Leadership VA Graduate. She is a certified Program/Project Manager and serves as a mentor for facility and VISN Leadership Development.

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Vic Malabonga, MD FCCP | 334-272-4670

Chief of Staff

Dr. Vic Malabonga, was appointed Chief of Staff effective January 10, 2016. Prior to his appointment he was the Deputy Chief of Staff at Central Texas Health Care System (CTVHCS).

Dr. Malabonga graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Medicine in Manila. He completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and his pulmonary fellowship at the SUNY-Downstate Medical Center program in Brooklyn, NY. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Malabonga brings a wealth of clinical, administrative, academic, and research experience. Prior to joining CAVHCS he was Deputy Chief of Staff at the Central Texas Veterans’ Health Care System for more than five years. He was program director and primary mentor for the Chief Resident in Quality and Safety training program and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Malabonga has held multiple clinical leadership positions in progressively more complex administrative settings. These include being Section Chief for Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine, Interim Chief of Medicine & Primary Care, Director of the Primary Care Service Line, and Director of Critical Care Quality, Research, and Academic Affairs. He has a keen understanding of the realities of VA practice in the trenches, an appreciation of the history and current transformation process of the VA system, a commitment to the educational mission, and the initiative to develop and apply innovative yet practical approaches to operational challenges in the VA system.

Portrait of Traci Solt, MSN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, CC

Traci Solt, MSN, NEA-BC, RN-BC, CRRN, CC | 334-272-4670

Associate Director for Patient Care Services