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Michael "Jack" Acedo

Michael Jack A. Acedo Michael "Jack" A. Acedo

Michael "Jack" Acedo graduated from Old Dominion University's (ODU) Strome College of Business in May 2016 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, with a concentration in management. Jack Acedo was an active member of ODU's Leadership and Strategic Human Resource Management club during his senior year. He participated in a variety of organizational events and contributed in improving the overall status of the club.

Prior to joining the Veterans Affairs, Jack worked with the Department of the Navy under the Office of Civilian Human Resources Recent Graduate Pathway Program. He also successfully served eight years in the United States Navy as an aircraft structural mechanic. Although his primary duty in the Navy was to fix aircraft, he also managed collateral duties in Naval Aviation Programs such as: training and development, tool control, hazardous materials, and quality assurance. Jack wishes to continue his education in the next couple of years, hoping to obtain his Master of Business Administration. His hobbies are bodybuilding, reading books, and cooking. He spends most of his free time at the gym enjoying working out and coaching others.

Heather J. Patterson

Heather J. Patterson Heather J. Patterson

Heather began her VA career in 2014. Since this time she has served at the Asheville, NC, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, DC VA Medical Facilities. While working at the facility level, she deliberately set about gaining a ground-up understanding of a wide variety of departments and programs, and has subsequently worked in Mental Health Service, Home Based Primary Care, Public Affairs, Patient Advocate, Voluntary Services, Surgery & Anesthesia, Quality Management, and the Executive Office, arriving at the VA Central Office in 2017 to support the Deputy-Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Services.

Heather earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland, Europe, is a graduate of the VA Leadership Academy, and serves as a VA Certified Mentor.

Prior to joining VA, Heather founded a concrete producing company in Colorado, taught entrepreneurship to disadvantaged persons in South Africa, worked for a professional bullfighter in Portugal, raced motocross motorcycles and sprint cars, and served in the US Army as a Drill Sergeant. She currently races her sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay.

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