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Hartford Regional Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


Hartford Regional Office Director: Suzanne DeNeau-Galley


Veterans Claims Examiner, Buffalo VA Regional Office - 1994

Senior Veterans Claims Examiner, Buffalo VA Regional Office - 1999

Rating Veterans Service Representative, Buffalo VA Regional Office – 2000

Operations Analyst, Compensation Service, Washington, DC - 2005

Management and Program Analyst, Office of Policy & Program Management, Washington, DC - 2006

Assistant Program Manager, Tiger Team, Cleveland VA Regional Office - 2007

Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager, Buffalo VA Regional Office - 2009

Veteran Service Center Manager, Buffalo VA Regional Office - 2011

Assistant Director, Chicago VA Regional Office – 2013

Director, Hartford VA Regional Office - 2016 

Contact the Director at

Veterans Service Center Manager: Sarah Classy

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer: James M. Lester

James M. Lester was appointed to this position in March of 2016.  He is responsible for the overall management of the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, which provides a multitude of benefits and services to Veterans, Service Members, their families, and dependents throughout the state of Connecticut.  Mr. Lester began his VA career working in the Compensation and Pension Program, elevating through several positions and came to Hartford after a recent position on the Central Office STAR and Site Survey Team.  He has been involved in many pilots, workgroups, and innovations throughout different government agencies, colleges, universities, and community organizations.  James has completed multiple certifications and leadership programs and has served on advisories, committees, and councils with dozens of organizations and agencies.  His ability to lead and make executive resolutions is noticed in the community, as he has been asked to serve on several board of directors and as oversight on major projects and organizations at local, state, and national levels.