Leadership Team - Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio
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Dayton VA Medical Center, Ohio


Leadership Team

Mark Murdock, MHA, FACHE, Director

Mark Murdock, MHA, FACHE | 937-262-2169


J. Thomas Hardy, DO, Chief of Staff

J. Thomas Hardy, DO | 937-262-2114

Chief of Staff

Dr. Hardy is board certified in Family Medicine and holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Medicine from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He attended Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hardy began his army career as an infantry platoon leader in the famed 101st Airborne Division, and is proud to be an Army Ranger and completed 18 months in Vietnam as an advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit prior to attending medical school in 1976. He completed his internship and family practice residency at Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Ft. Gordon, Georgia, from 1980-1983. Following his training, he served in leadership positions in both Europe and stateside prior to attending the US Army War College from 1994-1995. Dr. Hardy then commanded Irwin Army Community Hospital, Ft. Riley, Kansas, before retiring with over 20 years of active service. Dr. Hardy is an affiliate of the American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physician. He also serves as Associate Dean for Veterans Affairs for Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University. He and his wife, Victoria Nilles, have two adult children and reside in Oakwood, Ohio.

Caleb Cobane, MHA, RHIA, PMP, Associate Medical Center Director

Caleb Cobane, MHA, RHIA, PMP | 937-268-6511 Ext. 1750

Associate Medical Center Director

Caleb Cobane serves as Associate Medical Center Director of the Dayton VAMC. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Cobane worked at UK Healthcare in Lexington, KY as Business Partner Senior Specialist driving value, growth, and performance for all enterprise Perioperative Services, Endoscopy Services, Transplant Academic Service Line, Digestive Health Academic Service Line, Musculoskeletal Services, Supply Chain and College of Medicine Departments of Surgery, Anesthesiology, Plastics, Orthopaedics, and Ophthalmology. Before joining UK, Mr. Cobane worked at CJW Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA, in Richmond, VA managing Environmental Services, Patient Transport, Food & Nutrition Services, Sleep Lab and the Diabetes Center. He began his healthcare career at Johns Hopkins Health System (JHHS) in Baltimore, MD working in a financial informatics capacity supporting JHHS strategy, finance and operations for five hospitals in both global budget revenue and fee-for-service markets. He is also a proud veteran of the US Army Infantry. Mr. Cobane holds a Master of Health Administration degree from The Johns Hopkins University, Bachelor of Science in Health Administration from Eastern Kentucky University, and has obtained his Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Mr. Cobane was born and raised in New Philadelphia, OH. He and his wife, Alicia, have two children and reside in Springboro, OH. He enjoys fishing, traveling, carpentry and most of all, spending time with his family.

Carolyn Eardley, MSN, RN, Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Carolyn Eardley, MSN, RN | 937-268-6511 Ext. 2850

Associate Director for Patient Care Services

Ms. Carolyn Eardley has been appointed as the Acting Associate Director, Patient Care Services at the Dayton VAMC. Ms. Eardley has over 40 years of nursing and leadership experience. Prior to her current role, she served as the Chief, Office of Practice Innovation. She has also served as the Clinical Coordinator, Specialty Care; Nurse Manager, Outpatient Specialty Clinics; and Nursing Instructor at the Dayton VAMC. Prior to her arrival at the Dayton VAMC, she served the VA as Associate Chief Nursing Service/Education in Lake City, FL; nursing instructor in Columbia, MO; and Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) staff nurse in Columbia, MO. Prior to her VA service, Ms. Eardley was a staff nurse in the SICU in both San Diego, CA and Kansas City, MO. Ms. Eardley holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Administration from San Diego State University and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She and her husband, Bob, have one adult child and reside in Fairborn, Ohio.

Justin A. Dewberry, Psy.D., Assistant Director

Justin A. Dewberry, Psy.D. | 937-268-6511 Ext. 2101

Assistant Director

Justin Dewberry is the Assistant Director of the Dayton VA Medical Center. He first joined the VA family in 2011 as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Organization Consulting and Development for VHA's National Center for Organization Development (OD). Dr. Dewberry worked his way up to Organizational Development Psychologist and then became the National Manager for the VHA OD Professional Affiliate Network from 2014 - 2019, when he was selected for the Assistant Director position. Dr. Dewberry graduated Magna Cum Laude from Liberty University with his BS in Psychology and earned the school's Outstanding Senior Honor's Thesis. He completed his PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Regent University. Dr. Dewberry has been a member of the Society of Consulting Psychology for 12 years and is also a member of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Dewberry is an active member of the Ohio Psychological Association where he just led the completion of the association's 5 year (2019-2024) strategic plan.