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VA Maine Healthcare System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Ryan S. Lilly

Ryan S. Lilly | 207-623-5710


Ryan S. Lilly, MPA, was appointed Center Director at Maine VA Healthcare System effective August 26, 2012.

Mr. Lilly began his VA career in 1999 at the VA Health Administration Center (HAC) in Denver, CO, as a Presidential Management Intern. After one year as a budget analyst, he became Chief Fiscal Officer of the HAC, a position he held until relocating to White River Junction VAMC as Chief Fiscal Officer in 2002. In addition to being Chief Fiscal Officer, he served as Business Office Manager, overseeing all operations of the Business Office (Finance, Acquisitions, Contracting, Medical Records, Patient Accounts and Patient Services). He held the position of Acting Associate Director at White River Junction VAMC from February 2006 until he reported to VA Maine Healthcare System as Associate Director on June 11, 2006.

Mr. Lilly received a master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) and a Healthcare Administration certificate from West Virginia University.

Portrait of Dan Dücker

Dan Dücker | (207) 623-5750

Associate Director

Dan Dücker received his BA in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Northern Iowa in 1987. He then went on to complete a M. Ed. in Administration at the University of South Carolina in 1992 and finished another Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, Carlisle in 2010.

Mr. Dücker served in the US Army for over 33 years where he received numerous awards including the Legion of Merit for his leadership in redefining the Reserve Medical Boarding process. He also earned the Bronze Star for his leadership and meritorious service in a combat zone, while serving in Afghanistan. He recently retired from the US Army ending a career which included tours in Germany, Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. His service included time on Active Duty, in the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves in various healthcare and civil affairs leadership positions.

Dan’s civil service career began with the Department of the Army in 1997 and included serving at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, US Army Europe Headquarters, and at US Army Garrison, Schweinfurt, Germany. In 2009 he transitioned to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital serving as Health Systems Specialist to the Chief of Staff and then in 2014 he became the Clinical Operations and Business Analyst and added Group Practice Manager to his role in 2016. He has been an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 2006 and served as a primary instructor for Tampa’s Coaching/Mentoring curriculum. Dan enjoys biking, golfing, reading and spending time with his wife and two children.

Portrait of Stephen Sears, MD, MPH

Stephen Sears, MD, MPH | (207) 623-5757

Chief of Staff

Stephen D. Sears, MD, MPH, is the Chief of Staff at VA Maine Healthcare System whose focus is to improve the access and quality of primary and specialty medical care services for Veterans in Maine. Dr. Sears joins VA Maine after a series of senior management health care positions, including Chief Medical Officer at two Maine facilities. Most recently, Dr. Sears served as the State Epidemiologist for Maine.

Dr. Sears received a Doctor of Medicine from Dartmouth Medical School and his Master of Public Health Degree from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Portrait of Amy Gartley, BSN, MBA

Amy Gartley, BSN, MBA | (207) 623-8411, ext. 5419

Associate Director for Patient/Nursing Services

Amy Gartley, RN, BSN, MBA, was appointed to the position of Associate Director for Patient and Nursing Services (Chief Nurse Executive) of the VA Maine HCS in August 2010. In this role, she has oversight of nursing, education, and patient care services for Veterans throughout the state. As a member of the executive team, Ms. Gartley holds a key role in strategic planning, regulatory compliance, and resource management.

Previously, Ms. Gartley held clinical and nursing leadership roles in the private sector, assuming greater levels of responsibility throughout the years. Specific areas of clinical expertise included medical/surgical, endoscopy, and peri-operative nursing care. Ms. Gartley obtained a BSN from the University of Maine at Orono in 1991 and an MBA from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine in 2004. She was appointed as a Baldrige Examiner in 2012. Ms. Gartley is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Throughout her career, Ms. Gartley has been involved with many initiatives to improve health care quality and patient satisfaction. Within the VA system, she is a member of various local, regional, and national teams and is committed to providing excellent patient care. Ms. Gartley is honored to be a part of the VA Maine HCS community.