United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA Sunshine Healthcare Network



 Joleen Clark, Deputy Network Director, VISN 8

Joleen Clark, MBA, FACHE
VISN 8 Network Director

Joleen Clark serves as the Network Director for VISN 8. In this role since July 2013, she has oversight and responsibility for the delivery of health care to more than 570,000 Veterans and an operating budget of $4.2 billion. She previously served as the VISN 8 Deputy Network Director and prior to that, as Chief Officer, Workforce Management and Consulting in VHA, Central Office. She has been employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs for over 30 years, with a primary focus in Human Resources, Workforce Planning and Development and Financial Management at the facility, network and national levels. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Southwest University, and received her undergraduate degree from Auburn University Montgomery. Ms. Clark is a graduate of Leadership VA, the Executive Career Field Development Program and the Health Care Leadership Institute and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the Society of Human Resources Management.

Dr Zbogar 

Michela Zbogar, MD, MBA
VISN 8 Chief Medical Officer 

Dr. Michela Zbogar is responsible for the quality of the clinical programs within  VISN 8, focusing on the four missions of the VA: patient care, academics, research, and emergency preparedness. She also functions as the VISN 8 Academic Affiliation  Officer and Medical Director of the Telecare program. Dr. Zbogar came to VISN 8 from the Lebanon VA Medical Center, where she served as Chief of Staff. She also served as Chief of Medicine/Product Line Manager for Primary Care at the Erie VAMC and was key in their receiving the Carey Award for Health Care in 1993. She started her VA career in 1988 at the Bay Pines VAMC where she served as Section Chief for Internal Medicine. Dr. Zbogar is board certified in internal medicine, and completed a Master’s degree in business administration in 2000. She is a graduate of the Wayne State University College of Medicine, and completed her residency in the Medical Center hospitals in Detroit. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.  

David Whitmer

David L. Whitmer
VISN 8 Chief Operations Officer 

David L. Whitmer has been the VISN 8 Chief Operations Officer since May 2014. Mr. Whitmer’s previous position was working for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) serving as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Eye Institute (NEI) and as the principal advisor to the Director in all matters affecting human capital management and workforce planning; grants, contracts and procurement management; management analysis; information management, information technology, and information systems; technology transfer and development (including patents, employee inventions, and licenses); research space and facilities planning; and other general administrative support functions/activities. He previously held executive roles with the Division of Management Services, Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and as chief of the Management Policy and Administrative Services Branch of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). Whitmer holds a master's degree in public administration and political science from the University of South Florida in Tampa.










About Us
VISN 8 - The VA Sunshine Healthcare Network

Executive Leadership 
Joleen Clark, FACHE, Deputy Network Director
Michela Zbogar, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Leadership
Miami VA Healthcare System Leadership
North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System Leadership
Orlando VA Healthcare System Leadership
James A. Haley Veterans Hospital and Clinics Leadership 
West Palm Beach VA Healthcare System Leadership
VA Caribbean Healthcare System Leadership