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St. Cloud VA Health Care System


Leadership Team

Portrait of Stephen D. Black

Stephen D. Black | 320-252-1670 Ext. 6315

Health Care System Director

Stephen D. Black, serves the St. Cloud VA Health Care System in the position of VA Health Care System Director. He also serves as the Director of the Extended Care and Rehabilitation Service Line for VISN 23. Prior to this appointment, Black served as Associate Director of the Durham VA Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina from April 5, 2015, and also served as the Acting Director of the Hampton VA Medical Center from January 9, 2017 to April 1, 2017.

Previously, he served as the Assistant Director of the Durham VAMC beginning in April 2013. Before arriving at the Durham VA in 2013, Black spent five years working at the Indianapolis VAMC in different roles and capacities: Coordinator of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Chief of Prosthetics, Ethics Consultation Coordinator and System Redesign Coordinator. Black also spent seven years in private sector, working as a Physical Therapist and Healthcare Administrator before coming to the VA in 2008. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, with an Athletic Training Certification from Franklin College in Franklin, IN, and a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a VA certified mentor.

Portrait of Cheryl L. Thieschafer

Cheryl L. Thieschafer | 320-252-1670 x6779

Associate Director

Cheryl Thieschafer currently serves as the Associate Director of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. Appointed in April, 2012, she is responsible for the financial and administrative operations of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. Previously, she served as an Analyst and Staff Assistant to the Health Care System Director, and as the Facility Planner.

She is a graduate of the 2012 VA Health Care Leadership Program and is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Food Service from North Dakota State University and a Master of Health Administration from Baylor University. Her prior experience includes a number of progressively responsible appointments at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System, and 13 years of service in the U.S. Army, where she attained the rank of Major while serving in positions of increasing responsibility.

Portrait of Scott C. Bartley, MD

Scott C. Bartley, MD | 320-252-1670 ext. 6317

Chief of Staff

Scott Bartley, MD, was appointed as Chief of Staff, St. Cloud VA Health Care System, on October 1, 2017. Prior to his appointment, he served as the St. Cloud VA’s Acting Chief of Staff beginning June 16, 2017, and, beginning in October 2016, as Associate Chief of Staff/Education and Chief of Imaging. Dr. Bartley has been instrumental in implementing Family Medicine Residency rotations at the St. Cloud VA through affiliation with the University of Minnesota/CentraCare Residency Program. Dr. Bartley’s previous experience includes several successful appointments within the VA, including Associate Chief of Staff for Credentialing and Privileging at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Interim Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff at the VA Tennessee Valley Health Care System, Acting Chief Medical Officer for VISN 7, and a detail to the Assistant Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management, Clinical Operations, in Washington, DC. A nuclear medicine physician by training, Dr. Bartley completed his medical degree at St. George’s University School of Medicine, St. George’s, Grenada. He completed his nuclear medicine residency and PET fellowship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and is a board certified nuclear medicine physician. Dr. Bartley is an active professional member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the American College of Nuclear Medicine, and the AMA CPT and RUC Committees.

Portrait of Mark Aberle, MS, RN, APRN-BC, NP-C

Mark Aberle, MS, RN, APRN-BC, NP-C | 320-252-1670 ext. 7618

Associate Director of Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive

Mark Aberle serves Veterans as the Associate Director for Patient Care Services/Nurse Executive, at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System. In this role, Aberle is a member of the executive leadership team and is responsible for patient care services, including nursing, nutrition and food service, education and library, sterile processing services, nursing education and social work. He collaborates with the Health Care System’s executive leadership on strategic planning, decision-making and setting organizational priorities.

Locally and regionally, he collaborates with others to integrate nursing with other professional disciplines in the development and achievement of organizational goals. He is responsible for assuring consistency in nursing standards and practice, working with service line leadership to support compliance, and standardization of high quality patient care. Aberle entered VA service in 1992, and he has served as a Nurse Practitioner at the Sioux Falls VA Medical Center and the Montevideo and Alexandria VA Clinics. Most recently, Aberle served as the Extended Care and Rehabilitation Administrative Director/Nurse Administrator at the St. Cloud VA Medical Center. Aberle earned a Master of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University, and is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.

He is a Veteran with more than 20 years of active duty and reserve service and is currently serving as a Lieutenant Colonel and Commander of a US Army Reserve unit at Fort Snelling, MN.