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National Capital Regional Benefits Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


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Director: Ronald S. Burke, Jr.

Ronald Burke accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in November, 2000.  Prior to his current position, Mr. Burke served in the capacity of a Rating Veterans Service Representative, Supervisory Veterans Service Representative and Veterans Service Center Manager in both the Baltimore and Winston-Salem Regional Offices.  He was appointed Director of the Appeals Management Center (AMC) in February 2009 and is responsible for the oversight of a staff of 249 employees.  As Director of the AMC, he oversees processing of cases remanded by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA).  Mr. Burke was also appointed Acting Director of the Washington Regional Office in June, 2010, and was appointed as permanent Director when the station was subsequently renamed the National Capital Region Benefits Office (NCRBO) in October, 2012.  In this capacity, he provides oversight to approximately 50 employees.  As part of the NCRBO, Mr. Burke is responsible for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Public Contact, Outreach and Military Service Coordinator responsibilities in the District of Columbia and neighboring counties within Maryland and Virginia.

Mr. Burke has completed VA’s Introduction to Leadership (ITL), Division Leadership and Management Training (DLMT), Executive Coaching, and SES Career Development Program.  He also attended the Federal Executive Institute in 2008, Leadership VA in 2011 and has been an instructor at both ITL and DLMT on numerous occasions. 

Mr. Burke was born and raised in Maryland and served his Country honorably in the United States Marine Corps.  Married with two children, Mr. Burke is an avid Washington Redskins fan and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.

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Assistant Director: Tara L. Reynolds

Tara Reynolds began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in November 2002 as an Associate Counsel at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals.  In 2007 Ms. Reynolds was promoted to the position of Counsel. 

In February 2009 Ms. Reynolds began a detail position within the Appellate Group as the Board’s Training Coordinator.  Shortly thereafter, in November 2009, she was competitively selected for the role of Senior Counsel and Chief Training Officer of the Office of Learning and Knowledge Management.  As Chief Training Officer, she provided leadership and oversight for the training needs of 64 Veterans Law Judges and 320 attorneys.

Ms. Reynolds has also served as an Acting Veterans Law Judge since 2007.  She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Dickinson College in 1998 and her Juris Doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law in 2001.  Prior to becoming an attorney for the Board, Ms. Reynolds clerked for the Administrative Judge at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County in Annapolis, Maryland.

Ms. Reynolds is a member of the District of Columbia Bar Association and the New Jersey Bar Association.  She serves on the Board of Governors of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association and is an active member of Executive Woman in Government. She attended the Federal Executive Institute in 2013. She and her husband have two children and live in Potomac Falls, Virginia.