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VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network


Leadership Team

Portrait of Marie L Weldon

Marie L Weldon | 562-826-5963

Network Director

Ms. Marie L. Weldon was appointed Network Director of VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) effective March 2015. In this role she has responsibility for the five Network healthcare systems providing care to 1.2 million Veterans living in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Prior to this role, she served as the Director at South Texas Veterans Health Care System since August 2009.

From January 2007 until August 2009, Ms. Weldon was the Director for the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Ms. Weldon also served as Associate Director of the Columbia VA Medical Center from July 2004 – January 2007.

Ms. Weldon began her career with VA in 1989 as a Quality Improvement Coordinator at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, Iowa. She was the Strategic Planner at the VA Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, from 2000-2001. Additionally, Ms. Weldon was the Clinical Support Manager at VISN 17 office in Arlington, Texas, from 2001 to 2004. She completed the first class of the Executive Career Field Development Program and trained as an Associate Director at the VA Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Portrait of Randy Quinton

Randy Quinton | 562-826-5963

Deputy Network Director

Randy Quinton was appointed Deputy Network Director of VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) in September 2013. In this role he has responsibility for the eight Network healthcare systems providing care to 1.2 million Veterans living in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Prior to this role, he served as Network Chief Information Officer for VISN 22 under the Office of Information and Technology.

Mr. Quinton previously served in variety of Office of Information Technology leadership positions, including acting Regional Director and Facility Chief Information Officer for VA Sepulveda and VA West Los Angeles. He began his VA career as a graduate of the VA Clinical Engineering training program and subsequently served as a supervisory Biomedical Engineer for thirteen years before moving into IT. He has served on national workgroups and projects both as an engineer and IT professional.

Mr. Quinton has undergraduate degrees in Journalism from the University of Tulsa and Bioengineering from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Masters Degree in Information Technology from the Azusa Pacific University. He has 29 years of VA experience.

Portrait of Jimmie Bates

Jimmie Bates | 562-826-5963

Quality Management Officer

Jimmie Bates was appointed Quality Management Officer/Chief Nursing Officer at the Desert Pacific Healthcare Network (VISN 22) effective November, 2013. Previously, Ms. Bates was the Quality Management Officer (QMO) at the VA Heartland Network (VISN 15) and has held a wide variety of nursing positions with progressive responsibility at VHA and private healthcare organizations.

Ms. Bates began her VA Nursing Career as a staff nurse at the Long Beach Healthcare System and Northern Arizona VA Health Care System (Prescott, AZ) in 1987. Her nursing experience includes staff nurse in Medical/Surgical, ICU, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. Ms. Bates has also held a number of Management positions including Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Manager, Nurse Manager, Nursing Education Manager, Risk Manager and Quality Programs Manager. Prior to assuming the responsibilities of the VISN 15 QMO, she was the Quality Manager at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and Northern Arizona VA Health Care System in Prescott, Arizona. Ms. Bates has also enjoyed the opportunity of assuming Acting Leadership positions as Associate Director of Patient Care Services at the Northern Arizona VA Health Care System and Quality Management Officer for the Southwest Health Care Network (VISN 18).

Ms. Bates obtained her Bachelor in Science of Nursing from Point Loma College in 1975, and a Master in Science of Nursing from University of Phoenix in 1998. She maintains certification as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM). Ms. Bates is a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute (HCLI) in 2013.

Portrait of Janine Genovese

Janine Genovese | 562-826-5963

Network Chief Financial Officer

Janine Genovese is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the VA Desert Pacific Healthcare Network. Ms. Genovese assumed her current position in January of 2009. As Network 22 CFO, she is responsible for the $2.2 billion General Purpose budget. Ms. Genovese oversees the allocation and execution of these budgetary funds throughout the Network. Network 22 serves Veterans in Arizona, New Mexico and Southern California. Ms. Genovese is responsible for ensuring financial viability as well as for ensuring expenditures match resource allocation for each of the facilities and its combined 29 community based outpatient clinics.

Before Ms. Genovese’s current position, she held the position as Assistant CFO at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System (VALBHS). As Assistant CFO, Ms. Genovese was responsible for the VALBHS’s financial and budgetary operations, which exceeded $300 million. Prior to that, Ms. Genovese was the facility budget analyst at the VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System.

Ms. Genovese is participating in the Healthcare Leadership Development Institute. Additionally, she was a member of the Financial Management Advisory Council, which supports the Veterans Health Administration on a nation-wide level. She is also a member of the triad for the Network 22 Administrative Services Council. Currently, Ms. Genovese has 14 years of service with the Department of Veterans Affairs and completed the Network 21/22 Leadership Development Institute in 2006. Ms. Genovese received her B.S. in Accounting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and completed her Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach in 2009.