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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Darwin G. Goodspeed, FACHE

Darwin G. Goodspeed, FACHE | 612-725-2101

Acting Director

Darwin G. Goodspeed, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy (retired), was appointed as Acting Director of the Minneapolis VA Health Care System in May 2018.

Mr. Goodspeed is a retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander. He was on active duty for 21 years in a variety of health care leadership positions in the United States and Puerto Rico, and aboard the USS George Washington nuclear aircraft carrier. In 1997, he graduated from the U.S. Army-Baylor University Graduate Program in Healthcare Administration. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

He was appointed Director of the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System (HCS) in December 2013. Prior to this appointment, he was Associate Director of the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA HCS in Ohio and Acting Director of the Chalmers P. Wylie Ambulatory Care Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Portrait of Kent Crossley, MD, MHA

Kent Crossley, MD, MHA | 612.725.2105

Chief of Staff

Kent Crossley, M.D. was appointed Chief of Staff in June 2011. Prior to his appointment as Chief of Staff, Dr. Crossley served as Associate Chief of Staff/Education. He has held the rank of Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and a well-known expert in infectious diseases. Dr. Crossley received his clinical and research training in infectious diseases in the Channing Laboratory at Boston City Hospital. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He received a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Minnesota in 2000. Another major interest is the clinical nature and epidemiology of infections in elderly people and in nursing home residents.

Portrait of Kurt E. Thielen

Kurt E. Thielen | 612-467-4194

Associate Director

Kurt E. Thielen, US Air Force (Retired) was appointed Associate Director in January 2015. Mr. Thielen received his BS in 1986 from the University of Minnesota, MN and his Master’s in Business Administration from Golden Gate University in 1992. He was commissioned in 1986 and attended navigator training. He served as a Weapon Systems Officer in F-4E/Gs and F-15Es in the Philippines, Alaska, Virginia, and England with 2500 hours of flight time in fighter aircraft. He is an Operation Allied Force and Operation Enduring Freedom Veteran and served in assignments on the Inspector General Team and as an Operations Squadron Commander for the Alaskan Region of North American Aerospace Defense before retiring in 2007. He came to the Minneapolis VAHCS as the Director of the Business Office and during that time has served in numerous national and network capacities. He is a graduate of Leadership VA in 2011.

Portrait of Martina D. Malek

Martina D. Malek | 612-629-7377

Chief Experience Officer

Martina Malek was appointed Associate Director/Chief Experience Officer of the Minneapolis VAHCS in April 2017. She most recently served as the Director of the Health Administration Service (HAS) in Minneapolis since June 2015. Prior to HAS, Ms. Malek was the Director of the Prosthetic Treatment Center where she started her VA career in 2007. She is the daughter of a career Army soldier, a lifelong Army brat. She is a graduate of the VA's Healthcare Leadership Development Program (HCLDP). Ms. Malek holds a Master of Nonprofit and Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Portrait of Helen Pearlman, MS, RN

Helen Pearlman, MS, RN | 612-725-2101

Nurse Executive

Helen V. Pearlman, became Nurse Executive at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System on September 1, 2010. Prior to her appointment, she spent 28 years in the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining the VA, Captain Pearlman served as assistant Chief of Staff at Navy Medicine West. A graduate of D'Youville College in Buffalo, New York, she was commissioned in the Nurse Corps in 1982, upon completion of Officers Indoctrination School in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1995, she received a master's of science degree from Hampton University, with a major in community health nursing and a focus on nursing education. She was deployed with Fleet Hospital 8 to Rota, Spain, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she was the Director of Nursing Services for the 250 bed hospital. In 2004 she was selected to be the Executive Officer, Naval Hospital, Naples. In 2006 she became the Commanding Officer of U. S. Naval Hospital Sigonella, Italy.