Central Texas Veterans Health Care System
Christopher R. Sandles, MBA, FACHE | 254-743-2306
Christopher R. Sandles, MBA, FACHE, was appointed Director for the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (CTVHCS) effective February 19, 2017. As Director, Mr. Sandles is responsible for the day-to-day operations of this multi-million dollar VA health care system with an annual budget of approximately $603 million and more than 3,700 employees.
Mr. Sandles has 14 years of progressively responsible healthcare leadership roles beginning his healthcare career in 2002 at Covenant Health System in Lubbock, Texas. In 2003, he was accepted into the Government Health Administration Training Program (GHATP) and served his post graduate fellowship with VA North Texas Healthcare System in Dallas Texas. His years of VA service include positions as Associate Director of the Houston VA Medical Center, Assistant Director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Chief of Health Administration Service at VA Loma Linda Health Care System, Assistant Chief of Medical Administration at VA North Texas Health Care System, Special Assistant to the Director-VA North Texas Health Care System, and Administrative Director for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at VA North Texas Health Care System.
Mr. Sandles received both his Bachelor's degree in Business and his Masters of Healthcare Administration from Texas Tech University, and holds a green belt certification in Lean Six-Sigma from Villanova University. Mr. Sandles is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and is on the faculty for the Veteran Health Administrations New Executive Training Program (NExT). In January 2017 Mr. Sandles was accepted into the United States Navy Reserve Medical Services Corps and will be commissioned as a Lieutenant.
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.
Bryan W. Sisk, RN, BSN, MPH | 254-743-2385
Associate Director for Patient Care Services
Bryan Sisk, RN, BSN, MPH, was appointed Associate Director for Patient Care Services for Central Texas Veterans Health Care System April 6, 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for all nursing, nutrition and food, sterile processing, and infection control services.
Mr. Sisk formerly served as the Deputy Nurse Executive and Associate Chief Nurse for Ambulatory Care at CTVHCS in Temple, Texas. Mr. Sisk entered the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2008. Prior to that, he spent more than 20 years in the Army where he held multiple leadership, academic and clinical roles.
Mr. Sisk holds a Master of Public Health from Texas A&M University’s School of Rural Public Health, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.
Andrew Garcia, MHA | 254-743-2332
Assistant Director for Operations at Temple
Andrew T. Garcia was appointed Assistant Director for Operations at Temple for CTVHCS February 24, 2013. In this capacity, he is responsible for the 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. In this capacity, he was charged with oversite for an annual budget of approximately $20 million and management responsibility of more than 300 employees 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 South Texas VHCS. He also served as the South Texas Veterans Health Care System Chief Financial Officer (CFO), in that position he managed a budget of almost $600 million.
Prior to his appointment at South Texas, Mr. Garcia served three 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, Texas.
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.
Assistant Director, Austin