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Miami VA Healthcare System

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Leadership Team

Portrait of Paul M. Russo, MHSA, FACHE, RD

Paul M. Russo, MHSA, FACHE, RD | 305-575-7000, ext. 3124


Mr. Russo was appointed Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System March 30, 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Russo served as Director, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina.

Mr. Russo received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1982 in clinical nutrition. He obtained his registered dietitian (R.D.) status in October 1982. He began his VA career as a staff dietitian at the Buffalo VA Medical Center, eventually working his way to the chief of the Integrated Nutrition and Food Service Department between Miami and West Palm Beach VA Healthcare Systems. He then served as the assistant director of the Miami VA Healthcare System prior to his appointment as associate director of the West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System from 1994 through 2010.

Mr. Russo is also a graduate of Leadership VA class of 1997 and a graduate of the Veterans Health Administration Executive Career Field class 2003. He is also a certified mentor at the fellow level and several of his mentees have progressed to senior executive positions within the Veterans Health Administration.

He received his master's degree in health systems administration at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2005 and is board certified as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a recipient of the Administrators Hands and Heart Award in 1985 and Secretary's Award for Dietitian of the Year in 1996. He is a senior member of the American Society for Quality and has maintained his registered dietitian status.

In 2006 he received the ACHE Regents Award for establishing the Treasure Coast Health Care Executive Network, a local chapter of ACHE. He served as President of the chapter from 2006-2008 and board member thereafter. In 2011 he received the ACHE Distinguished Service Award. He currently serves on the VHA Regents Advisory Board of ACHE.

Portrait of Loyman R Marin

Loyman R Marin | 305-575-7000 ext 3203

Acting, Associate Director

Loyman Marin has been the Chief of Human Resources at the Miami VA Healthcare System since 2012. Prior to this assignment, he held different leadership roles at the Miami VA Healthcare System and in the United States Marine Corps. Marin obtained his MBA from Nova South Eastern University in 2008, completed a Leadership program at Nova South Eastern University in 2014 and completed the Authentic Leadership Executive training program at the Harvard Business School in 2016.

Portrait of Lisa J Simoneau, FACHE, PMP

Lisa J Simoneau, FACHE, PMP | 305-575-7000, ext. 3358

Assistant Director

Lisa Simoneau has 24 years of VA experience and joined the Miami VA Healthcare System as the Assistant Director in August 2013. Her background includes healthcare administration, logistics, contracting, strategic and capital planning, budgeting, data center management, quality assurance, data management, and construction project management.

In 2013, Ms. Simoneau completed the Health Care Executive Fellows Program at the CAPT James A Lovell Federal Health Care Center, North Chicago, IL. During her Fellowship, she also served as the Acting Assistant Director for Resources for ten months. The Lovell FHCC is an integrated Navy / VA medical facility serving veterans, active duty members, and dependents.

Ms. Simoneau joined the VA in 1989 as a Supply Representative in the Hines Supply Depot and later transferred to the Los Angeles Depot. Her first VA Medical Center position was as the Distribution Facilities Manager at the West Palm Beach VAMC. She has also held positions at VAMCs in Fayetteville, NC, Dublin, GA and Phoenix, AZ. In 2007 she joined the Office of Information & Technology as the Associate Director of the Philadelphia Information Technology Center. Ms. Simoneau has been detailed to VA Central Office to work on the Draft National CARES Plan and later to work in VHA Legislative Affairs. She is one of the authors of the VA's FAC-P/PM Senior Level Curriculum.

Ms. Simoneau is from Lewiston, Maine. She completed her undergraduate degree in 1989 at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA including a Junior Year at the University of Reading, England. She completed a Masters of Public Administration in 1999 at Florida Atlantic University. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) and certified at the senior level in FAC-P/PM. She is a graduate of Leadership VA Class of 2006.

Portrait of Vincent DeGennaro, M.D.

Vincent DeGennaro, M.D. | 305-575-7000, ext. 3157

Chief of Staff

Dr. DeGennaro 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.

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.

Currently Dr. DeGennaro is Chairman of the Council on Education and Science of the Florida Medical Association as serves on its Board of Governors and as President Elect. He is a Voluntary Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Miami School Of Medicine and serves our Veterans as Assistant Chief of Surgical Services at the VA Medical Center in Miami.

He is an active volunteer and 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.

Portrait of Marcia Lysaght, RN, MSN

Marcia Lysaght, RN, MSN | 305-575-7000, ext. 4224

Associate Director, Patient Care Services

Mrs. Lysaght joined the VA system in 2003 and was appointed the Associate Director for Patient Care Services on April 12, 2010. Prior to assuming this position, Mrs. Lysaght served as the Director of Case Management & Utilization Management at the Culinary Health Fund and Director of Quality for the Health Services Coalition in Las Vegas which included 23 health plans encompassing 350 thousand lives. In addition, she previously held academic and leadership/administrative positions at the Loma Linda VAMC, Victor Valley California College, St. Jude California Medical Center, Santa Ana Western Medical Center, and the Desert Valley Hospital in California.

Mrs. Lysaght has an extensive background as a case manager, educator, quality management specialist, and administrator. She received her Bachelor's in Science from the California State University-Fullerton (CSUF), and her Master's in Science in Nursing with emphasis on Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Mrs. Lysaght was born in Trinidad and enjoys cultural festivities. She manages to effectively balance a successful and demanding nursing leadership position with work and family life. She is a wife, mother and grandmother.