Leadership Team - VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
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VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System


Leadership Team

A. Rudy Klopfer, FACHE/VHA-CM, Director

A. Rudy Klopfer, FACHE/VHA-CM | 785-350-3111


Mr. A. Rudy Klopfer was appointed by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs as Director, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System on August 31, 2012. Mr. Klopfer is responsible for a two campus VA Health Care System in Topeka and Leavenworth, Kansas. VA Eastern Kansas is a 1c complexity health care system comprising 450 operating beds which includes 138 long term care beds, a 150-bed domiciliary, and 8 community-based clinics in eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri. He provides care to over 41,500 Veterans in a 37-county area with more than 2000 employees. VAEKHCS offers significant inpatient and outpatient services with a focus on primary care, mental health treatment and extended care. Mr. Klopfer’s last assignment was at Durham, North Carolina VA Medical Center where he served as Associate Director from August 2009. He also served as Acting Director at the Durham VAMC from February to July 2012. From July-August 2013, Mr. Klopfer served a 45-day detail as the Acting Director at St. Louis VA.

Lisa Curnes, MHA, RN, BSN, Associate Director

Lisa Curnes, MHA, RN, BSN | 913-682-2000

Associate Director

Lisa Curnes was appointed as the Associate Director of the Eastern Kansas Health Care System on September 2, 2018. She has over 24 years of health care experience in the provision of care to Veterans within the VA Health Care System. Ms. Curnes graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nursing from the University of Iowa in 2003 and received her Master’s Degree in Health Administration from Des Moines University in 2006. She also currently holds certifications as Fellow Mentor and Facility Planning/Project Management. She has held numerous roles of increasing responsibility to include her previous role as the Chief of Prosthetics, Acting Associate Director, Acting VISN 23 Prosthetic Manager and Acting Chief of Logistics. In 2011 Ms. Curnes Prosthetic team received the Prosthetic Service of the Year award from across the nation. Ms. Curnes is currently enrolled in the Corporate Executive Development Training (CEDT) Program for 2018 and was a recent graduate of the Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). In 2016 she was named by the Under Secretary of Health as a Gold Status Fellow for her work with the development and spread of the promising practice of the JumpStart program which is an onboarding program for new employees at VHA that has been spread across the enterprise to multiple VA Health Care Systems.

Michael Leeson, MD, Chief of Staff

Michael Leeson, MD | 785-350-3111 Ext. 52788

Chief of Staff

Dr. Leeson completed a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Immunology as well as his M.D. at The University of Kansas. He is residency trained in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Leeson held the role of Interim Chief of Staff for VAEKHCS beginning in September 2017 before being announced as the permanent Chief of Staff in January of 2018. Prior to coming to the VA, Dr. Leeson practiced psychiatry in the community mental health setting, as well as, the state hospital system. His non-VA leadership experience has included serving as the Clinical Director at Rainbow Mental Health Facility, serving as the clinical lead for a Kansas Mental Health pharmacy benefits management system, and serving as the Chief Medical Officer for Kansas Health Solutions, a Kansas Medicaid Mental Health Managed Care Organization. He joined VA EKHCS in 2008 as a fee-basis psychiatrist, coming on board as a fulltime staff member in 2012. He served as the Behavioral Health Service Line Manager from 2014 through 2017.

Justin Peters, FACHE, MPH, BS, Assistant Director

Justin Peters, FACHE, MPH, BS | 785-350-3111

Assistant Director

Mr. Justin Peters was appointed as the Assistant Director on November 11th, 2018. Mr. Peters completed a 60-day detail as Associate Director at Chillicothe VAMC. Prior to that Mr. Peters served as the Ambulatory Care Operations Director, Acting Chief of the Diagnostics Service Line, and routinely served as Acting Associate Director at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Healthcare System in Saginaw, MI. Prior to joining the VA Saginaw team, he held positions as Deputy Chief of Health Administration Service at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and as a Health System Specialist at the VISN 10 Network Office. Other previous positions included Management Analyst at VA Central Office (detail), Purchasing Agent, and Veteran Service Representative (VBA) to name a few. He completed the VHA Graduate Health Systems Management Training Program (GHATP), VHA VISN Leadership Development Institute, and VHA National Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). Mr. Peters is Board Certified in Healthcare Management and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Mr. Justin Peters graduated from Rochester College, a Christian Liberal Arts College in Rochester Hills Michigan with a Bachelor of Science Degree including a major in Theology. He also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. Mr. Peters is a military Veteran and currently serves as a Navy Reserve Officer.

Dennis Clapp, MSN, RN, Assoc. Dir., Pt Care Svcs

Dennis Clapp, MSN, RN | 785-350-3111

Assoc. Dir., Pt Care Svcs

Dennis Clapp was appointed as the Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System (VAEKHCS) on September 1, 2019. Mr. Clapp is responsible for executive oversight of the provision of care and professional nursing practice in the Primary and Specialty Care Outpatient Clinics, Home Based Primary Care, Telephone Triage, Telehealth, Inpatient Acute Care Units, Surgical Services Department, Ambulatory Procedure Units, Emergency Departments, Inpatient/Outpatient Behavioral Health Units, and Community Living Centers. Mr. Clapp also has executive oversight for the Sterile Processing Service and Community Care Network Service Line. A native of central Iowa, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing from the University of Iowa in 1991. He received a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing for Health Care Systems Management from Loyola University New Orleans in 2007. Mr. Clapp has 23 years of service working for VA and joins us here at VAEKHCS from Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital where he was an Associate Chief Nurse since June 2017.