Leadership Team - Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
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Leadership Team

Michael L. Kiefer, MHA, FACHE, Director

Michael L. Kiefer, MHA, FACHE | 254-743-2306

Director

Mr. Kiefer was appointed Director for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) effective July 21, 2019. As Director, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this multi-million-dollar VA HCS with an annual budget of approximately $810 million and over 4,200 employees. In FY18, CTVHCS logged over 1.3 million outpatient visits and 8,700 admissions for approximately 107,000 unique Veteran patients. CTVHCS is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level 1-A facility serving Veterans in 39 Central Texas counties. CTVHCS is comprised of 2 major VAMCs in Temple and Waco, a large outpatient clinic in Austin, and 5 community-based outpatient clinics located in Brownwood, College Station, Cedar Park, LaGrange, and Palestine, plus a Clinic Annex in Temple and a Joint VA/DoD Sleep Center in Killeen. Kiefer is a retired Army colonel who has over 32 years of service with an emphasis in health care leadership. His prior experience includes: Director, Amarillo VA HCS; Acting Network Director, VA Heart of Texas Health Care Network (VISN 17); Director, West Texas VA HCS; Regional Chief of Staff, Northern Regional Medical Command, Fort Belvoir, VA; Commander, Weed Army Medical Center, Fort Irwin, CA; Regional Chief of Staff, Pacific Regional Medical Command, Tripler Army MC, HI; as well as Chief of Staff, Carl R. Darnall Army MC, Fort Hood, Texas. Kiefer earned a master’s degree from Baylor University and a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh University, PA.


Andrew T. Garcia, MHA, Associate Director

Andrew T. Garcia, MHA | 254-743-2332

Associate Director

Andrew T. Garcia was appointed Associate Director for CTVHCS on March 5, 2017. In this role, he is responsible for managing Finance, Human Resources Management, Medical Administration, Patient Administration, Logistics, VA Police and Security, and Finance, and oversees the Office of Information and Technology Service and the Information Security Officers. From March 3, 2019, to July 20, 2019, he served as Interim Director for CTVHCS. As Interim Director, Mr. Garcia was responsible for the day-to-day operations of this multi-million dollar health care system. Previously, Mr. Garcia served as the Assistant Director for Operations, with responsibility for day-to-day operations at the Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Medical Center in Temple. From November 1, 2011 until his transfer to Central Texas, he served as Acting Assistant Director at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System (STVHCS). In this capacity, he had oversight for an annual budget of approximately $20 million and management responsibility of more than 300 personnel in Environmental Management Service, Police Service, Voluntary Service, Recreation Service, Engineering Service, Facility Planning and Emergency Management. He was also responsible for coordinating with the Office of Information Technology and Veterans Canteen Service on behalf of STVHCS. He also served as the STVHCS’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and managed a budget of almost $600 million. Prior to his appointment at STVHCS, Mr. Garcia served 3 years as VISN17 Deputy Network CFO; Assistant CFO for North Texas VHCS; and Management Analyst for the Chief Medical Officer, VISN 17. Mr. Garcia began his VA career in 2003 as an Administrative Resident at the Olin E. Teague Veterans Medical Center in Temple, Texas. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Mr. Garcia completed his Masters of Health Administration at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Tex


Olawale O. Fashina, MD, MHSA, CPE, Chief of Staff

Olawale O. Fashina, MD, MHSA, CPE | 254-743-2323

Chief of Staff

Olawale O. Fashina., M.D, was appointed the Chief of Staff for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) effective July 13, 2014. Dr. Fashina is responsible for all medical programs, policies and medical operations of this multi-million-dollar VA health care system. It is comprised of the Temple and Waco VA medical centers, a large stand-alone outpatient clinic in Austin, and Community Based Outpatient Clinics located in Brownwood, Bryan/College Station, Palestine, and Cedar Park, and a rural outreach clinic in La Grange. Prior to this appointment, Dr. .Fashina served as the Associate Chief of Staff for Ambulatory Care from 2007-2014 with responsibility for Primary Care, C&P, Women Veterans’ Health, and Patient Education. He served as VISN 17 Lead for Primary Care. Dr. Fashina earned his medical degree from the University of Lagos in 1982. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and holds a Masters’ Degree in Health Administration. Dr. Fashina is a Certified Physician Executive and an assistant professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine.


Catherine Davis,  FNP-BC, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Catherine Davis, FNP-BC | 254-743-2385

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Davis started at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System April 1, 2019 as Associate Director for Patient Care Services. In this capacity, she serves as a member of the senior leadership team having executive oversight of Nursing Service, Social Work Service, Sterile Processing, and Infection Control. Mrs. Davis began her VA healthcare career in 2001. Her 18 years of VA experience include Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Manager at Daytona Beach VA Outpatient Clinic, and Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care at the Orlando VA Healthcare System. Mrs. Davis received her Associate Degree from South Georgia College in 1992, Bachelor's Degree in 1995 from Valdosta State University, and Master’s in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner Degree from Georgia Southern University in 1997. She was the recipient of the 2010 Nursing Excellence Award, Expanded Role. Mrs. Davis is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an Advanced Nurse Executive and Family Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Davis is a graduate of the VISN 8 Competency Development for Leaders Program graduate, a 2016 Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP) graduate and a VA Mentor Fellow to enhance motivation, morale, perceptions, and job performance. Her transformational and servant leadership skills are crucial leading employees to seek new, innovative modalities in providing effective and efficient patient care which are cornerstones to transforming a large multifaceted healthcare system. She and her husband Keith have a great interest in biblical studies, outdoor activities, and community events. Being a daughter of an Army Veteran, her career with VA has been especially rewarding.


Amy L Maynard, Assistant Director, Waco

Amy L Maynard | 254-297-3158

Assistant Director, Waco

Ms. Maynard was appointed Assistant Director for Operations at Waco for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System August 12, 2016. In this capacity, she is responsible for the day-to-day operations at the Waco VA Medical Center in Waco as well as responsible for managing Voluntary Service. Previously, Ms. Maynard served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System since July 2010, the Assistant Financial Officer at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System from 2008 to 2010, and the Chief Accountant also at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System from 2006 to 2008. Ms. Maynard holds a Master of Business degree from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor and a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.


Robert Farias, Interim Assistant Director, Austin

Robert Farias | 512-823-4202

Interim Assistant Director, Austin

Mr. Farias was appointed Interim Assistant Director for Operations at Austin for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System June 7, 2020. In this capacity, he has the primary oversight for the administrative, regulatory, capital investments, labor relations, customer service and community partnership functions at the clinic; plus, he provides oversight of Voluntary, Chaplain, Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, and Veteran Experience across CTVHCS. Mr. Farias began his VA career in June 2011 as an Administrative Fellow at the VA Maine Health Care System. In May 2012, Mr. Farias relocated to the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System to become the Administrative Officer for Mental Health. In January 2014, he was selected as the Executive Assistant to the Director at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System. Mr. Farias was appointed as the Executive Assistant to the Director at the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System in October 2015. Mr. Farias is LEAN Six Sigma Black Belt certified and a 2014 graduate of the VISN 17 Leadership Development Institute (LDI) Program. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Mr. Farias received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Texas A&M University.


Solomon Williams, MD, Deputy Chief of Staff

Solomon Williams, MD | 254-743-2307

Deputy Chief of Staff

Dr. Solomon Williams was selected as Deputy Chief of Staff in February 2019. In this capacity, he serves as a member of the senior leadership team with primary oversight of medical care provided at the Austin Outpatient Clinic (OPC). He also has executive oversight of Mental Health & Behavioral Medicine (MH&BM), Dental, Compensation and Pension, Environmental Health, Imaging, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Anesthesia Services. Dr. Williams was a primary care and occupational medicine physician for a multi-national petroleum prospecting firm for several years prior to completing his residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeth's/Department of Health Services program in Washington D.C., and a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. He is board certified in general psychiatry. Dr. Williams joined CTVHCS as a staff general adult and geriatric psychiatrist in July 2004. He soon became involved in systems redesign processes in line with CTVHCS’ quest to improve quality of care. His passion for systems and organizational change led to the assignment of progressive leadership roles, including Chief of Outpatient Mental Health programs and Acting Chief of Psychiatry. In 2010, Dr. Williams was appointed Associate Chief of Staff for MH&BM. Dr. Williams has completed multiple leadership trainings, including the Health Leadership Development Program (HCLDP) and is a graduate of the Harvard-Kennedy Senior Executive Fellows Program.