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Milwaukee Regional Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


Duane Honeycutt

Executive Director: Duane Honeycutt

Duane Honeycutt was appointed the Executive Director of the Milwaukee Regional Office on April 21, 2014. As the Executive Director of the Milwaukee VA Regional Office, Mr. Honeycutt is responsible for over 900 full-time employees and for administering benefits for potential clientele of over 400,000 Veterans and their dependents living in Wisconsin. Mr. Honeycutt also oversees pension and survivor benefits and a Fiduciary Hub covering midwestern states.

Mr. Honeycutt previously held the positions of Director of the Chicago Regional Office from November 2008 Through April 2014. He has completed assignments of Director (acting) at the Phoenix, Newark, and Hartford Regional Offices as well as the VBA Records Management Center in St. Louis. Mr. Honeycutt has also held leadership positions in the Cleveland Regional Office as well as VA Central Office. He began his VA career as a Veterans Claims Examiner at the Detroit VA Regional Office in November of 1993.

Mr. Honeycutt is an alumnus of the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program 2010, Assistant Director Development Program 2006, Federal Executive Institute 2005, Leadership VA Class of 2003, and Leadership Enhancement and Development Class of 1999. Mr. Honeycutt served on active duty in the US Army as an Infantry Squad Leader with the Seventh Infantry Division (Light). Using his GI education benefits, Mr. Honeycutt received an Undergraduate degree in Human Resource Development from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and has completed postgraduate work at Central Michigan University.

Keri Brezgel

Assistant Director: Keri Brezgel

Since February 2013 Keri Brezgel has served as an Assistant Director for the Milwaukee VA Regional Office (VARO). She assists the Director in managing the Veterans Service Center, Veteran Readiness and Employment, the Support Services Division, Human Resources, and three special missions including the Pension Management Center, the Benefits Eligibility Support Team, and the Fiduciary Hub. 

The Milwaukee VARO has over 900 employees and serves Veterans and their dependents across the country by receiving work through the national work queue. In addition, the VARO’s Fiduciary Hub provides fiduciary oversight for beneficiaries residing in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Minnesota, and Missouri.

Keri began her career with the Department of Veterans Affairs in December 1993 as a Rating Analyst in the Milwaukee VA Regional Office. She was later promoted to a Rating Veterans Service Representative and served in the Milwaukee VARO for seven years. Keri then worked in VA Central Office in Washington D.C. for five years, first as a Consultant for C&P Service on the Procedures and the Program Operations staffs, and then as a Management Analyst for the Associate Deputy Under Secretary for Policy and Program Management. From June 2006 until February 2013 Keri was the Assistant Director for the Chicago VA Regional Office.

Keri has a Master of Arts Degree in Communications and is a graduate of Leadership VA and the Assistant Director Development Program. She completed details as the Director of the Milwaukee VARO, Assistant Director in the San Juan VARO, and Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager in the Los Angeles VARO. Keri has contributed to articles in Human Communication Research. Her Master’s thesis is cited as a reference in several publications. 

Jesse Severe

Assistant Director: Jesse Severe

Mr. Jesse Severe was promoted to the position of Assistant Director, Milwaukee Regional Office in March 2012. At the Milwaukee RO, he provides oversight for one of VBA’s largest offices with six business lines. He has served on a number of national projects including as the Senior Field Lead for VBA’s VSR Skills Certification and Competency-Based Testing project since 2013.

Jesse began his VA career as a Veterans Service Representative at the Milwaukee Regional Office in 2001. In 2005, Jesse moved to the Nashville Regional Office. In 2008, Jesse joined the Southern Area office in Nashville first as a Management Analyst, and starting in 2009, as the Supervisory Management Analyst. He has served details in the Office of Field Operations, as Assistant Director of the Houston Regional Office, as Assistant Director of the St. Louis Regional Office, and as Assistant Director of the VBMS Program Management Office.

Jesse grew up in Sheffield, Iowa. He received a B.A. in History, Religion and Philosophy from Wartburg College in 1996 and an M.A. in Chinese language and history from the University of Iowa in 1998. He also received an M.S. in Strategic Analytics from Brandeis University in 2017. Outside of work, Jesse enjoys spending time with his wife, Rebecca, and two children.

Andrew Staff

Fiduciary Hub Manager: Andrew Staff

Andrew Staff was selected as the Milwaukee Fiduciary Hub Manager in February 2024. He is responsible for managing the fiduciary program in Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. He began his career with VA in 2003 and has held various positions, to include Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager and Benefit Eligibility Support Team Division Manager.

Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s degree in History.

Bryan Carroll

Support Services Division Chief: Bryan Carroll

Bryan Carroll began his career with the Milwaukee Regional Office in April 2008. He was selected as the Support Services Division Chief in November 2022. Bryan has spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Regional Office and has held various positions including, Supply Technician, Purchasing Agent, Support Services Specialist, Supervisory Financial Administrative Specialist, and Assistant Chief of the Support Services Division.

Michael Duke

Veteran Readiness and Employment Officer: Michael Duke

Michael Duke was selected as the Veteran Readiness & Employment Officer (VREO) in April 2023. He was a participant in the VR&E program, receiving his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of North Texas. Mr. Duke previously held the positions of Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in the Fort Worth and San Diego offices and Integrated Disability Evaluation System Counselor at the Balboa Naval Hospital. Prior to his current assignment, he served as the VREO in Boise, ID, and the Assistant VREO in the Oakland Regional Office.

Barbara Nehls

Veterans Service Center Manager: Barbara Nehls

Ms. Nehls began her career with the Milwaukee Regional Office in August 1991. She was selected as the Veterans Service Center Manager in May 2013. She has spent her entire career at the Milwaukee Regional Office and has held various positions, including Veterans Claims Examiner, Rating Specialist, Coach, and Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager. 

Ms. Nehls graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Benefits Eligibility Support Team Manager: Vacant


Chris Fischer

Pension Management Center Manager: Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer took this position in December 2008. As one of two Pension Management Center Manager, he administers approximately $3.3 billion in annual federal benefits to 262,932 beneficiaries.