Mr. Patrick C. Prieb was appointed Director of the San Diego VA Regional Benefit Office on July 27, 2014. Mr. Prieb leads a dedicated workforce of over 681 full-time employees, of which 83 percent are Veterans. He is responsible for administering VA benefits to Veterans and their dependents in San Diego, Riverside, Imperial, and Orange counties.
Mr. Gary Chesterton was appointed Assistant Director of the San Diego VA Regional Benefit Office on October 19, 2014. Previously, Mr. Chesterton served as the Pension Management Center Manager at the St. Paul Regional Benefit Office. In this role, he was responsible for the administration of the VA Pension program for over 283,000 beneficiaries throughout the Western United States, Central America, and South America.
Ms. Andrea Lapinksi was appointed Assistant Director of the San Diego VA Regional Benefit Office on July 12, 2015. Previously, Ms. Lapinski served as the Special Assistant of Health Affairs to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy on military health, benefits, and personnel matters. In this role, she served as the designated Navy Secretary's representative on the Joint Executive Council, Benefits Executive Council, and the Interagency Care Coordination Committee.
Mr. Marvin Rivas was appointed Veteran Service Center Manager of the San Diego VA Regional Office in October of 2018. Marvin began his VA career as a Veteran Service Representative (VSR) at the Los Angeles Regional Office (LARO) in October of 2006. As a Veteran himself, he wanted to help as many Veterans as possible.
Ashley Johnson was appointed as the Supervisory Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor at the San Diego VA Regional Office in March of 2016. Prior to this appointment, she was a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the San Diego and Seattle VA Regional Offices. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) as designated by the Commission of Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.
Kevin McGrew became the Support Services Division Chief in June 2010. As principal adviser to the Director, he oversees the direction and operation of all financial and administrative activities for the San Diego VA Regional Office.