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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 Thomas Huettemann

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 Garth Miller

Garth Miller | 334-272-4670

Interim Associate Director, Operations

Mr. Garth G. Miller is the Interim Associate Director for Operations for the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare System (CAVHCS); he splits his time between the Montgomery and Tuskegee campuses. In his permanent position, he serves as the Chief Human Capital Officer for the VA Southeast Network (VISN 7).

Mr. Miller came to VISN 7 from Little Rock, AR, where he served in his previous role as Deputy Director for VHA Recruitment and Staffing Services. He was recently assigned as the Acting Assistant Director for the Birmingham VA Medical Center and the Interim Associate Director for the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center.

the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade, including overseas assignments in Italy, Austria, and Germany. He is a combat Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, having served from 2005-2006 at Forward Operating Base Sharana in Paktika Province, Afghanistan; he also proudly chooses to receive outstanding health care from a VA Patient-Aligned Care Team (PACT).

Mr. Miller earned his Master of Health Services Administration degree in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, as well as his Master of Education in Leadership from Grand Valley State University, and his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Kalamazoo College. He was also twice named as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) All American for one meter and three meter diving.

Mr. Miller completed VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program in 2015, he is a member of the American College of Health Care Executives, and serves as a VHA Certified Mentor. He earned his Green Belt Certification in Lean/Six Sigma for Healthcare from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed his Black Belt training through the VA Acquisition Academy.

Portrait of Vic Malabonga, MD FCCP

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.

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Carolyn Caver-Gordon | 334-272-4670

Acting Associate Director for Patient Care Services