VISN 12 - VA Great Lakes Health Care System
Victoria P. Brahm | 708-492-3900
Ms. Brahm was appointed Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Director on March 1, 2020. In this role, she oversees 8 medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics, 8 nursing homes, and 7 domiciliaries, offering health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside in its 4-state (Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Northwest Indiana) area. Prior to assuming the Network Director role, Ms. Brahm served as the Acting Network Director from May 2019 through January 2020. She also served as the Tomah VA Medical Center (VAMC) Director in an acting capacity from October 2016 to January 2017, with a permanent appointment in February 2017. Ms. Brahm is the Co-Chair of the Whole Health Advisory Council, Committee, Co-Lead for the VHA Lane of Effort Transformation of Healthcare Delivery, and Vice Chair for the Quality, Safety and Value (QSV) Council for Veterans Health Administration (VHA). She is a VHA Certified Mentor at the Fellowship level and is actively engaged in the mentorship of multiple SES leaders. Prior to becoming the Medical Center Director at Tomah VAMC, Ms. Brahm served as the VISN 12 Chief Nurse and Quality Management Officer (QMO) for approximately 10 years and the VHA Lead QMO for 7 years. She has also served as the VISN 12 Acting Chief Medical Officer; Acting Director of Iron Mountain VAMC, Michigan, and previously served 25 years in various leadership roles at the Milwaukee VAMC. Over her career, Ms. Brahm has served on multiple National level workgroups, committees, and councils. Ms. Brahm was the 2019 Partnership for Public Service: Samuel J. Heyman Federal Employee of the Year. Brahm earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Alverno College and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She graduated from the VHA Executive Career Field Leadership Training in 2006. Brahm was nominated as a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and is a member of the Visitor’s Bureau for the University. She serves her community as an active member with the Lisbon Fire Department Auxiliary. She is passionate about Veteran health care and has served at the VA for over 38 years.
Lynette J. Taylor | 708-492-3900
Ms. Lynette J. Taylor was appointed Deputy Director of Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 on February 18, 2018. In this role, she assists in oversight of eight VA medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, seven domiciliaries, and health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within a four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) catchment area. Taylor has been a dedicated VA employee for more than 20 years. She began her VA career as a student nurse before elevating to a Registered Nurse. Prior to her selection as VISN 12 Deputy Director, Taylor served as Relationship Manager (IL/IN) for the Veterans Experience Office- Midwest. Her VA experience also includes serving as Acting Director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago and Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Ill.; Deputy Network Director of VISN 18; and Assistant Medical Center Director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Taylor received her master’s degree in Health Administration from St. Francis (Ill.) University and a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from Olivet Nazarene University. She is a Fellow of the Leadership VA National Program and also a Fellow with the VHA National Mentor Certification Program. She is also a graduate of the Healthcare Leadership Institute (HCLI), VHA National Executive Career Field (ECF) program, and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).
Scott Pawlikowski | 708-492-3900
Acting Chief Medical Officer
Scott A. Pawlikowski, MD, serves as Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Acting Chief Medical Officer. In this role, he leads clinical care delivery coordination the Network. Dr. Pawlikowski has over 16 years of VA experience in clinical and administrative roles, including Primary Care Lead Physician/Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the VISN 12 Office as well as Associate Manager of the Medicine Service Line and Emergency Department Operations Director at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. Dr. Pawlikowski continues to work as a Primary Care provider and Academic Hospitalist at Hines VA. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center and serves as a lecturer and small group facilitator for Loyola and the Stritch School of Medicine. He is board certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Pawlikowski earned his medical degree from Loyola University Medical Center/Stritch School of Medicine and completed his internship, residency, and chief residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.
Shavetta R. Williams | 708-492-3900
Chief Nursing Officer
Ms. Shavetta R. Williams was appointed Chief Nursing Officer for Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 on April 19, 2020. In this role, she oversees multiple key clinical services and programs including nursing, establish standards of nursing practice, and ensure the continuous and timely availability of quality healthcare operations and nursing services across the Network, which provides health care to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within a four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) catchment area. Her 17 years of nursing experience in clinical, consultative and administrative roles includes previous VA experience as Deputy Associate Director of Patient Care Services at VA Saint Louis Health Care System and Infection Preventionist at the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center, in addition to Clinical, Staff, and Medical/Surgical Nurse positions in the private sector and Department of Defense. Williams earned a Master of Science degree in Public Health from Trident University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing, and an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Nursing from San Antonio College. In 2012, she was selected as the Salt Lake City VA Medical Center Woman of Distinction. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA).
Barbara Kelly | 708-492-3900
Quality Management Officer
Ms. Barbara Kelly was appointed Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 12 Quality Management Officer on October 11, 2020. In this role, she oversees the Quality Management and Performance Improvement Program for the VA Great Lakes Health Care System, which consists of eight medical centers, 41 outpatient clinics, eight nursing homes, and seven domiciliaries. VISN 12 offers health care services to almost 800,000 Veterans who reside within its four-state (Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin, and Northwest Indiana) area. Facilities in VISN 12 operate 851 medical, surgical, and psychiatric hospital beds, as well as 938 community living center beds and 442 domiciliary beds. Varying in size and complexity, VISN 12 facilities play a fundamental role in training thousands of physicians and allied health care personnel each year. Kelly has been a dedicated VA employee for more than 30 years. She began her nursing career as a Student Nurse Technician before being hired as a Registered Nurse for VA Northern Indiana Healthcare System (VANIHCS). She has served in a variety of clinical and administrative roles over the years at the VA, including staff nurse of Geriatric and Extended Care, Nurse Manager of the Acute Mental Health and Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program, Clinical Practice Guidelines Coordinator, Chief of Quality Management, and most recently Quality Management Officer. Kelly has a strong background in Quality Management and Mental Health Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Kelly has spent over a decade working as an adjunct clinical nursing professor at Indiana Wesleyan University. Kelly is a Fellow of the VISN 11 Leadership Development Program. She is a certified mentor and has served as a Mentor at the VISN and local levels.