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Hershel Woody Williams VA Medical Center


Leadership Team

Portrait of J. Brian Nimmo

J. Brian Nimmo | 304-429-6741, ext. 2271


J. Brian Nimmo, MS, FACHE, was appointed Director of the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center effective February 23, 2014. He has overall responsibility for planning, organizing, directing, coordinating and controlling the medical, administrative and supportive operations of the medical center and its community outpatient clinics in Prestonsburg, Ky., Charleston and Lenore, W.Va., and Gallipolis, Ohio. Prior to his appointment in Huntington, Mr. Nimmo served as the Associate Director of the Beckley VA Medical Center for six years.

He began his VA career as a Safety Specialist at the Asheville VA Medical Center in 2000. Mr. Nimmo, a native of Huntington, is a Persian Gulf War Veteran who served as a Hospital Corpsman in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1995, specializing in Aviation Medicine and Aerospace Physiology.

Mr. Nimmo's background includes significant technical, administrative, and management assignments in health care. He obtained a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., and a Master of Science in Occupational Health and Safety from Marshall University, Huntington, W.Va.

He is a graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Institute and the VISN 6 Leadership Development Institute. Mr. Nimmo is a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Executives, member of the Marshall University Alumni Association and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion.

Portrait of Kenneth Mortimer

Kenneth Mortimer | (304) 429-6755x2272

Associate Director

Kenneth J. Mortimer, FACHE, was appointed Associate Medical Center Director at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center, effective July 22, 2018. In this position, Mr. Mortimer oversees administrative operations in support of healthcare delivery to nearly 30,000 Veterans across 24 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mortimer led the establishment and operations of the Charlotte VA Health Care Center in Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Mortimer served as a Program Analyst in the Office of the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Policy and Planning from 2013 to 2015, and as Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Officer of the VA Heartland Network (VISN 15) in Kansas City, Mo., from 2009 to 2013. Mr. Mortimer joined the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2007 as an Administrative Fellow at the St. Louis VA Medical Center, St. Louis, Mo.

Mr. Mortimer earned a Master’s Degrees in Health Administration and Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Military Arts and Sciences from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Ohio Northern University. Mr. Mortimer is a 2009 graduate of the VISN 15 LEAD Program and a 2017 graduate of the VHA Health Care Leadership Development Program (HCLDP).

Mr. Mortimer is board-certified in Healthcare Management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Portrait of Jeffery B Breaux, M.D.

Jeffery B Breaux, M.D. | 304-429-6741, ext. 2275

Chief of Staff

Dr. Jeffery B. Breaux, MD, FACP, was appointed as Chief of Staff at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in July 2010, after having served as the Acting Chief of Staff since September 2009. He is responsible for the clinical and quality assurance activities at the 80-bed acute medical/surgical facility.

He joined the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in 1991 as a Staff Physician and became Chief of Primary Care in 1994, subsequently being appointed as Chief of Medicine in 1997. Prior to becoming a member of the VA staff, he was Chief of Medicine at the Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla., where he was in the private practice of Internal Medicine.

Dr. Breaux is a graduate of the Ludwig Maximillian Universität in Munich, Germany (1980). He served his internship in Family Practice at the University of Illinois, Rockford Medical Education Foundation, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at East Tennessee State University, Quillin-Dishner College of Medicine in Mountain Home, Tenn. Dr. Breaux is the Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs as well as Professor of Medicine at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University.

He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

Portrait of Carrie L Hensley

Carrie L Hensley | (304) 429-6741 ext 2100


Carrie Hensley, RN, MSN, was appointed as Associate Director for Patient Care Services at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in May 2017, a position she had served in as Interim Associate Director since August 2016. Previously, Ms. Hensley served as the Chief Nurse for Surgery, Special Procedures, and Emergency Department. Hensley is part of the leadership team, with responsibility for the execution of nurse executive duties necessary to ensure achievement of identified VHA, VISN and medical center strategic goals, objectives and performance measures. In addition to Nursing Service, she oversees Learning Resources, Sterile Processing, Chaplain Service and Social Work.

She began her career at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center in 2003 as a staff nurse and later served as Case Manager for General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery and Surgical Oncology. She was selected as Nurse Manager of Surgery Clinic and Special Procedures in 2010 and later assisted in Staff Development. In August 2013, she was selected as the Cancer Care Coordinator.

Ms. Hensley served on the Nurse Professional Standards Board from 2004 to 2016, serving six years as Chair. Hensley earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing Administration from Marshall University. She is a 2010 graduate of the VISN 9 Leadership Institute, serves as a Fellow in the VA mentoring program, and completed her Lean Yellow Belt Certification in 2015.