Deputy Administrator Small Business Administration
Thursday, December 7, 2017
Thomas G. Bowman
Thomas G. Bowman was nominated by President Trump to serve as the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs and was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 3, 2017.
Before his appointment as Deputy Secretary, Mr. Bowman was the Majority Staff Director of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He has also served Veterans at VA for nearly ten years between 2002 and 2012, including assignment as Chief of Staff to two previous VA secretaries, Jim Nicholson and James Peake.</p?
Mr. Bowman’s other assignments at VA included Deputy Chief of Staff, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Legislative Affairs, Acting Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Executive Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs. For three and a half years, he served as Senior Advisor to the Director of VA’s Sunshine Healthcare Network caring for Veterans in Florida, southeast Georgia, and the Caribbean, which involved him directly in VA’s diverse field operations.
The son of a career Navy chief and enlisted pilot, who was at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked, Mr. Bowman was commissioned in the United States Marine Corps through NROTC at the University of Texas in 1969. He served 30 years in the Marine Corps as an infantry and Judge Advocate officer, including 21 years on active duty. He retired as a colonel in October 1999, after serving as Senior Military Assistant to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. He worked three years as an attorney in private practice, concentrating on military and Veterans issues, before joining VA.
Mr. Bowman holds a law degree from Western New England College School of Law in Springfield, Mass., and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin. His wife Joan died of ovarian cancer in 2013, after 41 years of marriage. He has three grown children and seven grandchildren. His younger son and daughter-in-law both serve in the United States Coast Guard.
Stella S. Fiotes, AIA
Stella S. Fiotes was named Executive Director for the Office of Construction and Facilities Management at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in January 2013. In this capacity, she is responsible for the planning, design, and construction of all major construction projects greater than $10 million. In addition, as CFM’s Executive Director, she acquires real property for use by VA elements through the purchase of land and buildings, as well as long-term lease acquisitions. Through the construction and real property programs, the Office of Construction and Facilities Management delivers to Veterans, high quality buildings, additions, large scale renovations, and structural enhancements. Ms. Fiotes also manages the crucial areas of facility sustainability, seismic corrections, physical security, and historic preservation of VA’s facilities.
Her team plans, designs, constructs, and leases facilities for the Veterans Health Administration, our nation’s largest integrated health care system, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the National Cemetery Administration. Replacement plant value of VA facilities exceeds $87 billion, with new construction and major improvements approaching $1 billion per year.
Prior to assuming this position, Ms. Fiotes was the Chief Facilities Management Officer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from 2007, where she oversaw the construction, operation and management of the NIST sites until arriving at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to her work at NIST, she managed facilities, construction and property for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at their sites across the country and led the facilities planning programs at the National Institutes of Health.
Ms. Fiotes holds a Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany. She is a Registered Architect in Washington DC and is affiliated with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Regional and Urban Design Committee, Society for College and University Planners, and Society of American Military Engineers.
Althea (“Allie”) Leslie graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1985 and subsequently
received her MBA (Law) from National University, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence
Award (Criminal Law). Ms. Leslie transitioned into the Navy Reserve in 1993. In her civilian
capacity, she has worked in both the public and private sectors in municipal and state government, retail
distribution, medical device manufacturing, and the Department of Defense. She has also worked as a
small business owner. She was most recently recalled to active duty in 2011 and until her confirmation
served as the Chief of Staff to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
(AT&L). In this role, she facilitated the Under Secretary’s leadership of AT&L across the offices of five
Assistant Secretaries of Defense, eleven directorates, and several defense agencies.