Miami VA Healthcare System
Kalautie S. JangDhari | 305-575-7000 Ext. 13124
Ms. JangDhari was appointed as the Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System in 2019, overseeing medical services for more than 58,000 Veterans in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Prior to this announcement, she served as the Director of the West Texas VA Health Care System, Big Spring, Texas for three years and the Associate Director at the Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, Florida for four years. Ms. JangDhari began her VA career in 1993 as an Administrative Fellow at the VA Long Beach Health Care System and continued in progressive positions of responsibility at several VA medical facilities, including the network level, throughout Southern California. In addition to her VA healthcare experience, she served as the National Director, Administrative Operations for VHA’s Employee Education System. Other appointments in her VA career include Network Operations Officer for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) in Long Beach, California and Associate Director of the VA Pacific Islands Health Care System, which included the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan. Born and educated in Nashville, Tennessee, Ms. JangDhari is a graduate of Meharry Medical College with a Master of Science degree in Public Health, and a Tennessee State University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.
Froylan Garza | 305-575-7000 Ext. 13203
Mr. Garza was appointed Associate Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System on July 19, 2020; where he provides executive leadership of the day-to-day administrative operations of a large and complex 1a facility serving more than 58,000 Veterans in South Florida. He recently served as the Assistant Director, Outpatient Services at VA North Texas Health Care System since 2018, which included an appointment as the Interim Director at the Amarillo VA Health Care System in early 2020. Prior to that, he served as Executive Assistant to the Director/Public Affairs Officer in 2013. Mr. Garza began his VA career in 2009 at the VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System as Public Affairs Officer, Patient Centered Care Coordinator and later as Strategic Planner/System Redesign Coordinator. Mr. Garza also served as Acting Administrative Officer at McAllen, Harlingen and Corpus Christi VA Outpatient Clinics, Acting Administrative Officer to the Associate Director and Acting Executive Assistant to the Director. Mr. Garza is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt practitioner and Master Black Belt in training. He is a graduate of the 2011 VISN 17 Leadership Development Institute, 2015 VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program and the 2017 Executive Career Development Program. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and English and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Edinburg, Texas.
Raquel Bulford-Frazier, MS, RD, LDN, FHC | 305-575-7000 Ext. 13358
Ms. Bulford-Frazier has 22 years of Healthcare Management Experience and joined VA in 2010 where she was appointed Assistant Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System in 2018. Prior to this appointment she served as the Chief of Nutrition and Food Services both at the Miami VA and as part of an integrated system with the West Palm Beach VAMC. She was selected for the 2015 “Federal Manager of the Year” Award by the South Florida Federal Executive Board. She is a 2015 VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program graduate, 2014 America College of Healthcare Executive Executive Leadership program graduate, 2012 VISN 8 Competency Development Leadership Program graduate. She has held detailed positions in VISN 8 and VISN 16 as: Acting Medical Center Associate Director, Acting Medical Center Assistant Director, Patient Safety Health System Specialist and Acting Chief, Environmental Services. She is a certified VHA Mentor at the fellow level, Advisory Board Member for both the Keiser BS and MS Nutrition and Dietetics Programs, an active member of the VISN 8 Patient Centered Care – Veteran Experience Council, Chair of the Miami VA Veteran Experience Committee and serves on the VHA NFS Performance Standard Board for Dietitians. She currently sits on the South Florida Federal Executive Board’s HR Diversity Council that coordinates the Federal interagency High Performance Leadership Program, The Federal Friends and Family Picnic and the Federal Executive Board QUAD Conference. She is a certified Presidential Fellow Assessor for the Office of Personnel Management and the past Charter President of the local South Florida Young Government Leaders Chapter. Ms. Bulford-Frazier is a graduate from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, where she obtained her undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Food and Nutrition. She also has a Culinary Degree from the Le Cordon Bleu in Chicago, Illinois.
Vincent DeGennaro, M.D. | 305-575-7000 Ext. 13157
Chief of Staff
In a fast paced and technologically advanced world, there remain special times when we pause and reflect upon people who have made significant contributions to society. Today is such a day and Dr. Vincent A. DeGennaro is such a person. Through his good works and high moral standards he has helped make our community a better place in which to live, a safer place to grow and prosper. A gifted surgeon who possesses impeccable credentials and, in an era of ever-changing medical guidelines and procedures, maintains a keen understanding of and a strong devotion to his profession. Over the years he has been an active civic leader, an astute business man, an insightful author and a consummate educator. However, he identifies his proudest achievement as that of devoted father and loving husband who together with his wife instill in their children values that will make them integral and productive members of the community in the future. As he poignantly says,” our children should intend to stay in the community, raise their children here and become vital parts of its future. It is our job to see that this happens.” A native of New Jersey, Dr. DeGennaro has been involved in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale community since 1987.He served on the Board of Directors of Leadership Broward Foundation, as Vice –Chair and Chairman of Youth Leadership Broward, and as a founding member of the Creative Arts Unit of the Boys and Girls Club. He has given his time to Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army Homeless Clinic. Dr. DeGennaro is among the most respected surgeons in the community. He has been an integral part of the medical leadership at Holy Cross Hospital serving as Medical Staff President and on its Board of Trustees and has been President of the Broward County Medical Association and Chairman of its Board of Trustees. Dr. DeGennaro was elected and served as the 136th President President of the Florida Medical Association, having served on its Board of Governors and Chairman of the Council on Economics and Science. He is currently the President of the Florida Medical Association Foundation ,serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Professionals Resource Network and is Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School Of Medicine. He is an active volunteer on the Board of Directors of Project Medishare for Haiti, traveling to Haiti on multiple occasions delivering medical and surgical care to the people of the impoverished rural central plateau and in Port Au Prince. His activities have earned him the FMA’s Harold F. Stasser Good Samaritan Award, the Humanitarian Award of the Caducean Society of Fort Lauderdale, and the University Of Miami Department Of Surgery Humanitarian Award. In 2010, he was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Florida Medical Association, its highest award.
Aimee Manion, DNP, RN-BC, NEA-BC | 305-575-7000 Ext. 14224
Associate Director, Patient Care Services
Dr. Manion recently served as the Deputy Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Southern Arizona Health Care System since 2019. She began her 20 years of VA service at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, LA through the VALOR program and then transitioned to the Atlanta VA Health Care System. Dr. Manion held numerous roles within Nursing and Patient Care Services including staff nurse in Oncology/Med-Surg, ICU and Radiology; covering Nursing Supervisor; Nurse Educator and Chief Nurse at the Atlanta VAHS. As Chief Nurse in Atlanta, she provided interim and on-going oversight for several services. As an astute leader, Dr. Manion utilizes her diverse skills to support health care initiatives within the VA system and in the community including being 46th President of the Georgia Nurses Association and past chair of the Georgia-Carolinas American Heart Association Emergency Cardiovascular Care Committee. Dr. Manion is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Georgia Army National Guard in which she holds the role of Chief Nurse. She is a proven leader with outcomes that demonstrate her ability to build sustainable coalitions and effectively manage highly complex teams and environments. She is a graduate of the VA Health Care Leadership Development Program. Dr. Manion holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Healthcare Management and Doctor of Nursing Practice with a concentration in Leadership.