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Leading from the Front: VA Executives Receive Women in Leadership Awards

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  • Published on: November 24, 2021

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to recognizing, advancing, and providing opportunities for women in the workplace. Gender-diverse and inclusive organizations achieve better business outcomes, and VA’s Office of Information and Technology (OIT) is proud to spotlight five individuals who received¬†Leading for Impact, Women in Leadership Awards for their exemplary efforts managing mission-focused strategic programs over the past year:

  • Ms. Pamela Smith, Deputy Chief of Staff;
  • Ms. Martha Orr, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Quality, Performance, and Risk;
  • Ms. Merissa Larson, Executive Director for Quality, Performance, and Risk;
  • Ms. Kim Heermann-Do, Acting Interoperability Workstream Director, Federal Electronic Health Record Modernization Program Office; and
  • Ms. Tracey Morgan, Chief, Agile Center of Excellence, Metrics and Analytics.

Women are powerful agents of change, and this award is a testament to each person’s tenacity, collaboration, and leadership. “OIT is committed to investing in our people, and Ms. Smith, Ms. Orr, Ms. Larson, Ms. Heermann-Do, and Ms. Morgan have continuously demonstrated excellence, dedication to VA’s mission, and are unquestionably deserving of this outstanding recognition,” said VA’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer, Dr. Neil Evans.

This year’s awardees are truly inspirations within the Department, and they represent OIT’s third consecutive year in which the office has celebrated team members who received Women in Leadership Awards.

Our commitment to digital and IT transformation is shaped by daily dedication to customer service and the close collaboration of our workforce, managers, and leaders. Ready to join us in improving Veterans’ care? Check out all current information and technology career opportunities on DigitalVA. You can also contact VA’s Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer at 512-326-6600, Monday thru Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST or by submitting a resume to

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