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Leadership Team

Duane B Gill, Interim Director, Director's Office

Duane B Gill | 720-723-6509

Interim Director, Director's Office

Duane Gill is VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Interim Director. For three years he served as Associate Director of VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System. He also served as Senior Health System Specialist and Acting Assistant Director at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Columbus, MO. Gill has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is also a U.S. Navy Veteran.


Mary S. Newell, Acting Deputy Director

Mary S. Newell | 720-723-6508

Acting Deputy Director

Shannon Newell is currently the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Acting Deputy Director. Newell has held vital positions within this healthcare system to include Assistant Director and the Executive in Charge for Project Eagle, overseeing the completion of the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Newell is a U.S. Army Veteran and West Point graduate.


Nelida Flores, Executive in Charge of Operations

Nelida Flores | 720-723-6656

Executive in Charge of Operations

Nelida Flores, Chief of Pharmacy, is currently the acting Executive in Charge of Operation for VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Flores earned a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Flores has been committed to the Veterans of VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System completing her Post Graduate Year One Pharmacy Practice Residency and her Post Graduate Year Two Ambulatory Care Specialty Residency.


Clifford L Parmley, Chief of Staff

Clifford L Parmley | 720-723-6539

Chief of Staff

Dr. Clifford Parmley is VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System Chief of Staff. Parmley joined VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System in October 2018 from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he served as Chief of Staff. Parmley, a U.S. Air Force Veteran, attended medical school at Loma Linda University in California through an Air Force scholarship program and was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base for his anesthesiology residency. He is board certified in Anesthesiology and Critical Care and is a Fellow of both the American College of Legal Medicine and American College of Critical Care Medicine.


Keith Harmon RN, BSN, MBA, Nurse Executive

Keith Harmon RN, BSN, MBA | 720-723-6510

Nurse Executive

Keith Harmon is the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care Systems Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive. Harmon joined VA in 2007, and has served as the Chief of Organizational Improvement, the Systems Redesign and Performance Measure Coordinator, Health System Specialist to the Associate Director and Director, where he performed duties which included VISN 19 Systems Redesign Coordinator, Facility Planner, Public Affairs Officer, Webmaster and Chief of Compensation and Pension. Harmon received his bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of St. Francis Joliet, Illinois and completed his Master’s in Business Administration from University of Phoenix.


Claudia Blakeley, Assistant Director

Claudia Blakeley | 720-723-4800

Assistant Director

Claudia Blakeley is the Human Resources Officer and is currently the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System acting Assistant Director. Thorough her career, she has served in various human resources roles while working for VA Veterans Integrated Service Networks seven and ten, and at the VA Ann Arbor Health Care System. Blakeley is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.