Alanna Caffas


Chief Executive Officer
Email: [email protected]

Administrative Team

Veterans Health Foundation

Shannon Austermann Hula, PhD


Grants and Contracts Manager
Email: [email protected]

Veterans Health Foundation

Jennifer Mock


Finance & Operations Manager
Email: [email protected]


Laura Soule


Post Award Grant Analyst
Email: [email protected]

Board of Directors

Veterans Health Foundation

Ali F. Sonel, MD, FACC, FACP

Chairman of the Board
Chief of Staff, VA Pittsburgh


Walid Gellad, MD, PhD

Associate Chief of Staff for Research & Development, VA Pittsburgh

Veterans Health Foundation

Donald E. Koenig, JD

Medical Center Director, VA Pittsburgh


Russell E. Lloyd

Medical Center Director, VA Wilkes-Barre

Veterans Health Foundation

Frank DeCarlo, Esq.

Major/U.S. Army
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Liberty Tire and Recycling


Vamsee Potluri

Medical Center Director, VA Wilmington

Veterans Health Foundation

Ronald Poropatich, MD

Colonel/Retired/U.S. Army
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine

Executive Director, Center for Military Medicine Research, Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

Veterans Health Foundation

Thomas C. Grau, MD, EdD, Col (ret), USAF

Associate Chief of Staff for Education and Innovative Learning, VA Pittsburgh

Veterans Health Foundation

Jim McMahon, CPA

MBA Bronder & Company

Lyndsay Tkach

Lyndsay Tkach, MS, CBIS

Mental Health/Brain Health Services Director
Wounded Warrior Project


Phil Hahn

U.S. Air Force
Deputy Director, AFWERX

Veterans Health Foundation

John Innocenti, MBA

UPMC Presbyterian and Shadyside Hospitals


Akshar B. Abbott, MD

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VISN 23 Clinical Resource Hub-Ophthalmologist

VHA Innovation Ecosystem-Entrepreneur in Residence