Leadership Team - Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA
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Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center - Richmond, VA


Leadership Team

J. Ronald Johnson, Director

J. Ronald Johnson | 804-675-5500


J. Ronald Johnson, FACHE, was appointed Director of the Richmond VA Medical Center in March 2019. Mr. Johnson joined Richmond VA after serving as Director at Hampton VA Medical Center and as Director at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center prior to that. In addition, Mr. Johnson served as Interim Medical Center Director of VA Puget Sound from January 2017 until April 2017. As a board-certified health care professional with more than 24 years of health administration experience, Mr. Johnson is responsible for leading a Level 1a health care organization with 349 operating beds, four community-based outpatient clinics, one of five polytrauma program within the VA system of care, and Richmond’s Epilepsy Center of Excellence. The system operates on approximately $750 million budget, has over 3,400 employees, and serves over 62,000 patients annually. In addition to his experience leading complex medical facilities, Mr. Johnson also served in the role of Associate Director at VHA’s Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center in Spokane, Washington and Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in Pensacola, Florida. Mr. Johnson brings with him extensive experience leading outpatient clinic operations, VA-DoD Collaboration Programs, and large Compensation and Pension (C&P) Programs. Mr. Johnson was awarded the Champion of TRICARE Award in 2007; the first VA employee bestowed such an honor. He graduated from both the Medical College of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and was the VA ACHE Regent’s 2006 Young Health Care Executive of the Year.

James W Dudley, Associate Director, RICVAMC

James W Dudley | 804-675-5501

Associate Director, RICVAMC

Mr. James W. Dudley, Jr., was appointed to the position of Associate Director on March 8, 2019. Prior to this position, Mr. Dudley served as the acting Associate Director since Oct. 29, 2018. He has served as the Chief Engineer at the McGuire VA Medical Center since February 4, 2007. Mr. Dudley is responsible for the facility operation at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia and four Community Based Outpatient Clinics. He also aides in Strategic Planning and capital improvements of the Medical Center. While at Richmond, Mr. Dudley has also served as Acting Police Chief. Mr. Dudley has held positions at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and the Providence VA Medical Center prior to his arrival at Richmond. He is a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines and Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA, Chief of Staff

Julie L. Beales, MD, MHA | 804-675-5511

Chief of Staff

Dr. Beales was appointed Richmond VA Medical Center’s Chief of Staff, January 27, 2013. Dr. Beales had served as the Interim Chief of Staff of the Richmond VAMC from December 2010 to January 2013. Prior to this role, Dr. Beales was appointed as the Associate Chief of Staff for Geriatrics & Extended Care (G&EC), in 2006 and continued to serve Veterans when she was appointed as Deputy Medical Center Chief of Staff, in October, 2009. As Chief of Staff, Dr. Beales is responsible for the direct supervision of four Associate Chiefs of Staff, five service lines, and 19 clinical services, providing support for a highly affiliated level one tertiary care medical center. Dr. Beales received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Richmond in 1983. In 1987, she completed a doctoral degree in Immunology followed by her Medical Doctor degree in 1996, both from the Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2002, Dr. Beales also completed a Master’s Degree in Health Administration.

Kristin Windon, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Kristin Windon | 804-675-5000 Ext. 5002

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Dr. Windon was appointed as Associate Director for Patient Care Services (ADPCS) in September 2019. Prior to this she served as acting ADPCS since April 2019. Before, Dr. Windon served as Deputy Associate Chief of Staff/Education Service since 2009. Prior to these roles, Dr. Windon served as a critical care nurse, nurse researcher, utilization review nurse, nursing professor, nursing program director, and nursing program consultant. As ADPCS, Dr. Windon is responsible for the direct supervision of Nursing Service, Chaplain Service, and Sterile Processing Service providing direct and indirect care for our Veterans. Dr. Windon received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Degrees from the University of Virginia (1983/1998) and her Doctorate in Education - Higher Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in 2011. Dr. Windon is certified and licensed as a Gerontological Clinical Nurse Specialist and is certified in Nursing Professional Development. Dr. Windon is married to a Marine and her father and three uncles served in the Navy.

Natalie Maixner, Assistant Director

Natalie Maixner | 804-675-5088

Assistant Director

Ms. Maixner was appointed to the position of Assistant Director of the McGuire VA Medical Center on May 13, 2018. Ms. Maixner previously served as the Administrator for the developing Fredericksburg Health Care Center. Prior to this, she held the role of Executive Assistant to the Director and Strategic Planner. Ms. Maixner worked as acting VISN 6 Strategic Planner, Administrative Officer for Primary Care and acting Practice Manager for the Charlottesville and Emporia Community-Based Outpatient Clinics. She began her VA career as an administrative resident. As the Assistant Director, Ms. Maixner is responsible for providing oversight to the facility’s Veteran Canteen Service, Nutrition and Food Service, Prosthetics, Voluntary Service, Systems Redesign, McGuire’s Innovators Network and chairs the Organizational Health Council. Ms. Maixner holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Master of Health Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is active in the Central Virginia Healthcare Executives Group and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.