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Manila Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


RimaAnn O. Nelson

Director: RimaAnn O. Nelson

RimaAnn O. Nelson was appointed Director of the Manila RO and Outpatient Clinic on July 14, 2013. She heads VA’s only RO located in a foreign country. Ms. Nelson also serves as the U.S. attache for Veterans Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Manila.

Nicholas S. Pamperin

Assistant Director: Nicholas S. Pamperin

Nicholas S. Pamperin took this position in December 2010. He is responsible for oversight and delivery of VA benefits and services and for medical care provided by the outpatient clinic.

Melinda Suzanna Hopson

Veterans Service Center Manager: Melinda Suzanna Hopson

Ms. Hopson was appointed to this position in October 2010. She is the first female Service Center Manager at the Manila RO.

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Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Counselor-in-Charge: Phebe Pendon

Phebe Pendon took her position as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and a Counselor-in-Charge in June 18, 2000. Prior to this appointment, she was a Program Nurse Supervisor & Clinical Psychologist of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section at the Philippine Heart Center. She was awarded as a distinguished Fellow of the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation in 1999. She is a Certified Veterans Rehabilitation Counselor and a VR&E Certified Employment Coordinator.  

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Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Officer: Linda Raffignone

Linda Raffignone took this position in September 2008. Prior to this appointment, she was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the San Diego RO. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor as designated by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification, a designation achieved in 2001. She is a U.S. Navy Veteran.