Suzanne Gordon has spent three decades reporting on health care programs, workers, and policy. She has authored or edited 21 books, is a patient advocate, and a journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The Nation, Atlantic Monthly, Washington Monthly, The American Prospect, British Medical Journal (BMJ) and many other publications. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, and was a commentator for CBS RADIO, and NPR’s Marketplace. Over the last five years Gordon has reported on the Department of Veterans Affairs and interviewed hundreds of veterans and their caregivers, lawmakers, and health care professionals about the VHA. Her first book on the subject, The Battle for Veterans’ Healthcare: Dispatches from the Frontlines of Policymaking and Patient Care, revealed how the Koch Brothers and conservative lawmakers used the VA wait list crisis to advance VA privatization. Wounds of War: How the VA Delivers Health, Healing and Hope to the Nation’s Veterans (Fall 2018), captures what could be lost if the VA — an innovative and one-of-a-kind health care system that should be the model for all of American healthcare — is dismantled.
Russell Lemle, Senior Policy Analyst
Russell B. Lemle, PhD, is the VA-Community Care Workgroup Lead for the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (AVAPL) and is Clinical Professor, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. From 1981 to 2018, he worked at the San Francisco VA Healthcare System, the last 25 years serving as the Chief Psychologist. He obtained his doctorate from SUNY at Buffalo in 1979, his pre-doctoral internship at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and postdoctoral fellowship at UCSF. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Lemle has been widely recognized for his contributions to the delivery of veterans’ healthcare, including 2005 APA Presidential Citation, 2011 APA Division 18 Harold Hildreth Award, 2013 Association of VA Psychologist Leaders’ Antonette Zeiss Distinguished Career Award and 2016 AVAPL Patrick DeLeon Advocacy Award. In 2017, the AVAPL Russell B. Lemle Leadership Award was established in his honor for those who promote leadership development to improve mental health care for veterans. He has presented at the Commission on Care, authored numerous testimonies that were entered into the official record of Congressional Committees on Veterans Affairs hearings, and published scientific articles demonstrating the downstream devastation to veterans that will occur if VHA healthcare is expanded rapidly into the community.
Jasper Craven, a Vermont native, double-majored in print journalism and political science at Boston University. He has worked for two years in the Boston Globe’s Metro and Investigative units. While at the Globe he collaborated on Shadow Campus, a three-part investigative series focused on greed and mismanagement in Boston’s off-campus student housing market. The series was a finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize. He also served for two years as VTDigger's Chief Political Reporter, covering everything from Bernie Sanders' presidential bid to the Vermont's congressional delegation.
Craven has reported for various publications, including Vermont Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, the Times Argus, MuckRock, Task & Purpose, and Vice. He has also fact-checked a series of major investigative stories that appeared in Rolling Stone, The Intercept and Bloomberg Businessweek.