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Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)


Leadership Team

Portrait of Linda L. Boyle

Linda L. Boyle | 334-272-4670


Linda L. Boyle was designated by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as the Medical Center Director for Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS). As the senior leader of the two-campus healthcare system, she has 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, Columbus, GA and Monroeville, AL.

Prior to Dr. Boyle’s appointment, she served as the Associate Director for Patient Care and Nursing Services (ADPNS) at Alaska VA Health Care System (AVAHS) from September 1, 2001 to November 13, 2016 . Due to her proven track record, she also served as the AVAHS Interim Director from August 1, 2015 to July 9, 2016.

Dr. Boyle is a Certified VA mentor, actively involved in systems redesign as a National Transformational Coach, member of the National Veterans Experience Committee (VEC) and co-chair of the Education and Training Subcommittee of the VEC.

Before joining VA, Dr. Boyle served 24 years as a Nurse Corps officer in the United States Air Force, retiring as a colonel. Her last assignment on active duty was as the 45th Medical Group Commander at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.

Dr. Boyle obtained her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership in 2014 from the University of Phoenix. She obtained her nursing diploma from Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and then her BSN and MSN from the University of Pennsylvania.

Portrait of Valerie Russell

Valerie Russell | 334-272-4670

Deputy Director

Valerie Russell, FAC-P/PM, MSM
Deputy Director

Valerie Russell was appointed Deputy Director at the Central Alabama VA Health Care System (CAVHCS) effective November 26, 2017. She comes to CAVHCS from the South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) in Ridgeland, Mississippi as the Prosthetic and Sensory Aids Service Program Manager.

Mrs. Russell recently completed a two-year assignment at the Alexandria VA Health Care System (AVAHCS). She served as Assistant Director to Activations where she successfully activated two large outpatient clinics in Lake Charles and Lafayette, Louisiana. During her time at AVAHCS, she also served as Acting Medical Center Director

Prior to her detail as Assistant Director to Activations, she served as Acting Associate Director at AVAHCS. She also served as Acting Assistant Director at the Oklahoma City VA Health Care System.

Mrs. Russell began her career in 1994 at the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System in Tucson, Arizona as a Program Support Assistant. Mrs. Russell has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama; and a Master’s Degree in Business also from Troy University. She is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

She is the proud wife of a retired 30-year Air Force Veteran (Chief Msgt). In addition, she is the proud mother of two children – her youngest son is an honor student and her other son is currently an Active Duty Air Force service member.

Portrait of Thomas Huettemann

Thomas Huettemann | 334-272-4670

Associate Director

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 Carolyn Caver-Gordon

Carolyn Caver-Gordon | 334-272-4670

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Mrs. Caver-Gordon was assigned as the Associate Director for Patient Care Service in February 2017. She began her Nursing Career as a Student Nurse Technician at Tuskegee VA Medical Center from February 1981 to February 1982 in Psychiatry. Upon graduation in May 1983, she worked as a Staff Nurse in Acute Psychiatry. She was promoted to Head Nurse for the Substance Abuse Program in 1988, where she was instrumental in the development and expansion of the treatment program for alcohol and substance use and the nursing role in the treatment of addictive disorders in Veterans. During her tenure, the unit expanded to include a 30 bed Specialized Intensive Post Traumatic Stress Disorder program that focused on recovery for combat veterans. In February 1997, she served as Acting Patient Care Coordinator for Mental Health and was selected as Nurse Executive (Associate Chief Nurse) for Mental Health in May of 1998. Mrs. Caver-Gordon served as the Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services at CAVHCS from March 2004-September 2005 and July 2009 to December 2010; Acting Deputy ADPCS from February 2007-July 2009 and Acting Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health from January 2014 to December 2014. Mrs. Caver-Gordon has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus in Management and Organizational Leadership.

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Janet L Henderson | 334-272-4670

Acting Chief of Staff