Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System
Bryan C. Matthews, MBA | 228-523-5766
Medical Center Director
Bryan C. Matthews, MBA, was appointed Medical Center Director for the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System on January 22, 2018. Prior to arriving in Biloxi, Mr. Matthews was the Director for Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. Mr. Matthews prior experience includes serving as the Associate Medical Center Director for both the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, DC and the Associate Medical Center Director for the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In this capacity, he served as the Chief Operating Officer charged with day-to-day operations and management of the annual budget, and a number of major medical center operations including Facilities and Environmental Management Services, Human Resource Management, Fiscal, Police and Logistics services to name a few. Mr. Matthews began his VA career at the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, MI, as the Chief of Supply, Processing and Distribution, and later as the Administrative Assistant to the Associate Director. He then transferred to the VA Maryland Healthcare System in Baltimore, MD, where he served as the Executive Assistant to the Associate Director. Prior to joining the Department of Veterans Affairs, he served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and received his Masters of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Management from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of the 2010 Executive Career Field Career Development Program.
Michael D. Payne, Jr., MSP, CLSSBB, ACHE
Associate Medical Center Director
In his role as Associate Medical Center Director, Michael D. Payne, Jr., assumes oversight of Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Police, Medical Media, Vet Center, Biloxi Canteen, Fiscal, Human Resource Management and Environmental Management services. Payne will also have oversight of Information Security, Privacy, and the Office of Information Technology operations. Previously with the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System in San Antonio, Texas, where he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer, Payne most recently served as the Interim Associate Director of the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System from September 2019 until March 2020. Prior to his assignment at the South Texas Veterans Healthcare System, he served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Additionally, Payne served as the Associate Director of Employment and Processing at VHA Central Office, Office of Community Care/WMC, where he directed the Recruitment/Placement Programs, Classification, Compensation, and Position Management Programs, and Employee Benefits Program. He also served as the Director of Human Resources for the U.S. Army Garrison Okinawa (USAG-O), Torii Station, Okinawa, Japan, where he directed the organization, development, synchronization, and execution of military and civilian human resources installation services to include but not limit: Military Personnel, Substance Abuse Prevention, Continuing Education, Administrative Services, Recruitment/Placement, and Classification to a population of more than 6000 active duty servicemembers, Department of Army Civilians, contractors and DoD personnel. Prior to this, he served in various DoD (Army) Civilian assignments. Payne has served on active duty with the United States Army in various locations in Germany and Fort Drum, New York, along with deployments with the 1st Infantry Division to Tikrit, Iraq. He holds a Master of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from the Savannah State University in Savannah, Georgia, a Bachelor of Science in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona, and an Associates of Arts in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. Payne is a graduate of the Department of Veteran Affairs Health Care Leadership Development (HCLDP) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He is also a graduate of the Army Management and Staff College: Foundation, Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses, U.S. Army Logistics Management College Manpower and Force Management Course, Army Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Course, and the National Society of Leadership and Success Advanced and Executive Course. Mr. Payne also holds six Army Civilian Service Awards: three Superior Service Awards and three Commanders Awards for Civilian Service.
Brian H. Foresman, D.O., MS, FACOI
Chief of Staff
In his role as Chief of Staff, Dr. Foresman maintains oversight of the GCVHCS Audiology and Speech Pathology, Academic Affiliations, Behavioral Health, Dental, Geriatrics and Extended Care, Imaging, Medicine, Pathology and Laboratory, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Primary Care, Social Work, and Surgery Services. Before this assignment, Foresman most recently served as the El Paso Veterans Health Care System Chief of Staff in El Paso, Texas. Prior to that, he served as the Chief Health Informatics Officer for VISN 17 for six years. Foresman has also served as the Director of Health Informatics, Chief Health Informatics Officer and Staff Physician for the Sleep Medicine Program at Central Texas Veterans Health Care System; Medical Director for the Sleep Medicine Program at Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center; Physician Informaticist and Sleep Physician at Cascade Healthcare; Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine; and Assistant Professor for the Department of Medicine, Pulmonary/Critical Care at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. Foresman received a Bachelor of Science in Zoology and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University. He also received a Master of Science in Integrative Physiology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
M. Christopher Saslo DNS, ARNP-BC, FAANP
Associate Director Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive
Dr. M. Christopher Saslo joined the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System in July of 2014 as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Saslo was with West Palm Beach VAMC for 18 years where he served as Chief Nurse for Clinical Practice since May 2009. Between May 1998 and May 2009, he was a practicing Adult Nurse Practitioner; and, from May 1996 to September 1998, he served as Primary Care Program Manager. Dr. Saslo has over 30 years of nursing experience with 20 of those years being with VHA. In 1984, Dr. Saslo began his nursing career as an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). In 1990, he received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from Marywood University, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, followed by his Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1995. He received his Doctor of Nursing Science from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, in 2007. Dr. Saslo is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and has been recognized both at the Florida state and local Advanced Practice Nurses Association for his contributions to the profession. He has also worked at the local and national level in HIV and has held a position as the National VA Ethics Advisory Chair for the Clinical Case Registry research program. He is a graduate of the VHA Class of 2013 Health Care Leadership Development Program.
Alicia C. Miller, MHA
Associate Director for Outpatient Operations
Ms. Miller has more than 14 years of VHA experience. Prior to this appointment, she was a Senior Health Systems Specialist in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer in VISN 7. Ms. Miller started her VA career in the Graduate Health Administrative Trainee Program in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, followed by the Health Systems Management Trainee Program in VISN 18. She has also served as the Executive Assistant to the Medical Center Director in Augusta, Georgia; 10N Liaison in VA Central Office; Lead Consultant in the Office of Reporting, Analytics, Performance Improvement, and Deployment (RAPID); Operations Manager for Geriatrics and Extended Care and Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff in Wichita, Kansas; as well as Administrative Officer for Community Outpatient Clinics in Tucson, Arizona. Ms. Miller has held multiple leadership and program management roles. Her experiences include: program management and oversight of the VISN 7 SAIL program, My HealtheVet Program, Clinical Executive Training Program, Clinical Consultant Program, and Administrative Officer Academy. She has also served on the National VA-DOD Mental Health Workgroup and as a VA-DOD Liaison responsible for the management of an interagency sharing agreement and Joint Incentive Funds. Additionally, Ms. Miller has assisted with the implementation of Telehealth and Rural Health programs. She has also facilitated the building and management of Community Based Outpatient Clinics. Ms. Miller, a proud graduate of THE University of Oklahoma, holds a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sports Sciences, and a Master’s degree in Health Administration and Policy. She is a certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt and a 2017 graduate of the VHA’s Health Care Leadership Development Program.