Lana McKenzie has devoted more than 20 years of her career to helping severely disabled veterans live longer, healthier lives. She has worked as a champion for veterans in various capacities, from a bedside nurse at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to a clinical executive in nonprofit veteran advocacy. Ms. McKenzie’s experience has offered her the opportunity to lead teams through process improvements, cost saving, and organizational development initiatives. From both a clinical and an advocate perspective, she is expertly trained in meeting the needs of the disabled population. In recognition of her contributions in 1999, the Presidential Committee for People with Disabilities recognized her for leading an international project towards improving the quality of life for the disabled population in Vietnam.
Most recently, before joining Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ms. McKenzie worked as the Chief Medical Executive for American Veterans (AMVETS) and Associate Executive Director for Paralyzed Veterans of America. In her role as a member of non-profit leadership, she championed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ specialized care and led a team of clinicians and architects on hundreds of site visits, resulting in vast improvements in access to and quality of care for catastrophically disabled veterans, as well as policy revisions that helped standardize how disabled veterans received specialized care. She also served as chairperson for seven consecutive years for the world’s largest continuing education conference for neuro-medicine healthcare professionals, convening nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading clinicians and researchers in specialized healthcare.
Ms. McKenzie holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Healthcare Administration.