Leadership Team - VA Northwest Health Network
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VA Northwest Health Network


Leadership Team

Dr. Teresa Boyd, Network Director

Dr. Teresa Boyd | 360-619-5925

Network Director

Teresa D. Boyd, D.O., is Network Director for VISN20. Dr. Boyd represents Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 20, the VA Northwest Health Network, which includes the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, most of Idaho and one county each in Montana and California. The 135 counties cover 817,417 square miles, approximately 23% of the United States land mass, making it the largest VISN geographically. As of the end of fiscal year (FY) 19, approximately 42.2% of enrollees and 39.7% of patients reside in rural or highly rural areas. In FY19, we provided services to 335,340 unique patients, a 2% increase over FY18. VISN 20 is also home to 273 federally recognized American Indian/Alaskan Native tribes, 229 of which reside in Alaska. The medical centers currently operate 1,283 inpatient beds for acute medical/surgical, mental health, nursing home and rehabilitative care. VISN 20 facilities recorded 3,684,494 outpatient visits in fiscal year 2019. Dr. Boyd is a diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians. She has attended various VA training seminars and received numerous certifications, including System Wide Ongoing Assessment & Review Strategy (SOARS) consultant training, Administrative Investigation Board (AIB) Training, and HCLI. Dr. Boyd is a member of a variety of society memberships, including American College of Healthcare Executives, American Osteopathic Association, Texas Osteopathic Medical Association, American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and Mensa. Teresa is married to Jack Mynier and they have three adult children. Her hobbies are hiking, cooking, gardening, music, and photography.

John A. Mendoza, Deputy Network Director

John A. Mendoza | 360-619-5943

Deputy Network Director

John A. Mendoza was appointed Deputy Network Director of VISN 20 effective November 16, 2014. He is responsible for overseeing the administration functions of VISN 20, a system of 8 medical centers and 31 clinics in a four state region. Prior to his appointment at VISN 20, he served as the Director at the El Paso VA Health Care System, effective December 16, 2012. El Paso VAHCS is a Joint Commission accredited, complexity level three, outpatient facility serving Veterans in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. From April 2006 until his appointment at El Paso VAHCS, Mr. Mendoza served as the Associate Director, Sacramento Valley Division, VA Northern California Health Care System. Mr. Mendoza is a long-time VA employee who has served across VA in roles of increasing responsibility. From August 2001-March 2006, he served as Director, Business Office/Medical Administration Service of the South Texas VA Health Care System in San Antonio. In this position, he was responsible for 325 Full Time Employee Equivalent (FTEE) in two hospital divisions and six satellite outpatient clinics, covering areas in Ambulatory Care and Processing, Eligibility, Unit Administration, Fee Basis, Health Information Management, Coding and Revenue Office. He also held the position of Deputy Director, Business Office/Medical Administration Service at the South Texas Veterans Affairs Health Care System from August 1999 through August 2001. Mr. Mendoza began his VA career as a Hospital Administration Resident at the West Los Angeles VAMC in 1988. He graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology, and received his Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Trinity University in San Antonio. Mr. Mendoza is a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute (2004) and VHA Executive Career Field Program (2006).

Christopher J. Curry, DMD, Chief Medical Officer

Christopher J. Curry, DMD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Christopher J. Curry, DMD was officially appointed Chief Medical Officer of VISN 20 effective April 12, 2020. Dr. Curry has been serving as our Acting CMO since March of 2019. Prior to that, he served as the Acting Chief of Staff at the VA Roseburg Health Care System, and their Acting Chief of Surgery. His permanent position was Chief of Dental Service, also at Roseburg. Dr. Curry has extensive experience in clinical management, acquired through progressively complex assignments at the local and regional levels. Within VISN 20, he has also worked at the VA Portland HCS and the Spokane VAMC. Dr. Curry received his DMD from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Dental Medicine in May 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science from the Oregon Institute of Technology which he received in June 1999.

Terisa M Sjue-Loring, Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Terisa M Sjue-Loring | 360-619-5930

Chief Nursing Officer (CNO)

Terisa Sjue-Loring, MN, RN was appointed Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) of VISN 20 effective December 6, 2020. Prior to her appointment as the CNO she served in a dual role as the QMO/CNO since April 28, 2018. She is responsible for multiple key clinical services and programs including nursing, which have direct impact of healthcare operations at the VISN level. Serving a core member of the VISN senior executive leadership team she is involved in strategic planning, organizational assessment, and program development. Her experience includes acute care in the inpatient and outpatient setting as well as quality program oversight, direction, coordination and leadership in the private and public sector. Her career in VHA started at the Portland VA Healthcare Center over 18 years ago. Mrs. Sjue-Loring earned her associate degree of nursing in 2003 at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. In 2004, she received her bachelor degree of science in nursing at Oregon Health Science University and in 2014 she acquired her master degree of science in nursing with a focus on advanced population health at Washington State University.

Adam S Merryweather, Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Adam S Merryweather | 360-567-4651

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)