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Board of Directors

AVAHO 2022-2023 Board of Directors

Due to rotational schedules, AVAHO elected candidates for four (3) three members and elected three (3) new Advisory (ex-officio) positions. We are excited to expand our board and its impact on member services.


Janice Schwartz, MSN, RN, OCN


Cancer Care Coordinator Surgical Service
New Mexico VA Health Care System
Albuquerque, NM

Cindy Bowman Photo

Cindy Bowman, MSN, RN, OCN


Oncology Nurse Navigator
Cancer Care Navigation Program Coordinator
Ethics Consultation Team (Co-Chair)
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

SEPTEMBER 25, 2021:  DENVER, CO: Portraits at the AVAHO 2021 Annual Meeting in Denver on Saturday, September 25, 2021.  (Photo by Cyrus McCrimmon for AVAHO)

Bernadette Heron, PharmD, BCOP

Past President

National PBM Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager
Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Pharmacy Benefits Management
Pittsburgh, PA




Kourtney LaPlant, PharmD, BCOP

Acting Secretary

Clinical Pharmacy Program Manager
Academic Detailer in Oncology and Sterile Product Preparations
VISN8 Pharmacy Benefits


Nicholas Burwick, MD

Acting Treasurer

Associate Professor of Medicine, Divison of Hematology
University of Washington
VA Puget Sound Healthcare System

Julie Beck photo

Julie Beck, RN, MSN, MPH, APRN-BC

Board Member

Oncology Nurse Practitioner
Cancer Care Coordinator
Moderator, VISN1 Echo Cancer Care Conference
VA Connecticut Healthcare System

Dwight Eplin

Dwight "David" Eplin, PharmD, BCOP

Board Member

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist - Stem cell transplant/CAR-T cell
Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
Nashville, TN


Angela Schoppet, CTR

Board Member

Cancer Registrar at VA National Oncology Program 
Department of Veteran Affairs

Advisory (Ex-Officio) Board Members


Russell (Rusty) Crawford, B Pharm (Ret)

Past President

Clinical Pharmacist, Hematology/Oncology Clinical Specialist, Retired


Tony Quang, MD, JD

Past President

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
Seattle, WA


William Wachsman, MD, PhD

Past President

Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCSD School of Medicine
San Diego VA Healthcare System