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Atlanta Regional Office

Meet Our Leadership Team

 

 

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Director: Tony Milons

Tony Milons was appointed Director of the Atlanta VA Regional Office (RO) in August 2021. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Milons served as the Executive Director of the Office of Administrative Review (formerly Appeals Management Office) within the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). In his current position, Mr. Milons is responsible for administering benefits and services to the estimated 696,000 Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors living in Georgia. The Atlanta RO administers approximately $1.4 billion in annual federal benefits to include compensation and Veterans readiness and employment services. Mr. Milons began his VA career as a Claims Examiner at the Chicago Regional Office and assumed positions of increasing responsibility including supervisor, Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager, Veterans Service Center Manager, and Assistant Director at various regional offices. He also served as Director at the Cleveland Regional Office. Prior to joining the Veterans Benefits Administration, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1985 to 1990. Mr. Milons holds a master's degree in Public Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

 
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Assistant Director: Angela Seelhammer

Angela Seelhammer was appointed Assistant Director of the Atlanta Regional Office (RO) in December 2018. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Seelhammer served as an Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager at the Atlanta RO. In this role, she was responsible for assisting in the administration of compensation benefits for Georgia Veterans with specific oversight for claims development, training, and quality assurance. Ms. Seelhammer began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in July 1990 as a Veterans Claims Examiner in the Atlanta Regional Processing Office (RPO). She remained in the RPO for most of her career and assumed positions of increasing responsibility. In 2008, she became the Education Officer responsible for the administration of six VA educational benefits in a multi-state region until the closure of the RPO in November 2016. Ms. Seelhammer holds master's degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University.

 

 
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Assistant Director: Patrick Zondervan

Patrick Zondervan was appointed Assistant Director at the Atlanta Regional Office (RO) in June 2015. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Veterans Service Center Manager for the San Diego Regional Office from August 2010 to June 2015. He was responsible for oversight of the delivery of compensation and Pension benefits, military outreach services, and educational benefits. He began his career as a Veterans Service Representative at the St. Petersburg Regional Office in February 2001. He assumed positions of increasing responsibility including assistant coach, coach, and assistant veterans service center manager at the VA Regional Office in Phoenix, Arizona. Prior to joining the Veterans Benefits Administration, Mr. Zondervan served as a noncommissioned officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 2005. Mr. Zondervan attended Saint Petersburg Junior College and earned an associate degree in Business Management with Honors. He also attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.

 

 
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Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) Officer: Chris Hegwood

Mr. Chris Hegwood was selected for the position of the Veteran Readiness and Employment Officer (VREO) in November 2020. Mr. Hegwood leads a staff of 54 employees in the delivery of a wide range of retraining and employment services to Service-Connected Disabled Veterans within the state of Georgia. Prior to this Appointment, Mr. Hegwood served as the Assistant Readiness and Employment Officer at the Houston VA Regional Benefit Office. Mr. Hegwood also served as a Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the St. Petersburg VA Regional Office. His past positions include serving as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the Louisville VA Regional Office. Mr. Hegwood is also a retired U.S. Army Veteran, who served in several deployments in Iraq. Mr. Hegwood graduated from the University of Kentucky and holds a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

 

 
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Veterans Service Center Manager: Adrienne Becnel-Taylor

Ms. Adrienne Becnel-Taylor was promoted to Veterans Service Center Manager in September 2021. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager at the Nashville Regional Office. She began her VA career in 1990 in the New Orleans Regional Office and has held various positions of responsibility within VA in the Office of Field Operations, the Southern Area Office (now known as the Southeast District Office), and the Montgomery and Nashville Regional Offices. She is also a 2004 graduate of Leadership VA.  Ms. Becnel-Taylor graduated from Southern University at New Orleans with a bachelor's degree in Psychology.

 

 
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Support Services Chief: Sherry McCloud

Sherry McCloud joined the Atlanta Regional Office in April 2018. She attended Orangeburg Wilkson High School and South Carolina State University (SCSU) in Orangeburg, SC. While in College, she enrolled in the Reserved Officer Training Program (ROTC). After graduating from SCSU, Ms. McCloud entered the U.S. Army as a Transportation Officer, later changed to a multifunctional Logistician and served in various positions from platoon leader to commander until her retirement. While in the Army she obtained two Master degrees: a degree from Troy University in Public Administration and the other from the Army War College in Strategic Studies.