Meet the Director

Director Nathaniel "Nate" Todd


Director Nate ToddColonel Nathaniel "Nate" Todd was appointed director of the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs by Governor Asa Hutchinson on February 24, 2017.












Assistant Directors


Assistant Director of Veteran Cemeteries

William (Bill) Wussick retired from the Air Force in 2009 after 28 years of service. He has been Manager of the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery since July 2009. He has lived in Arkansas for over 30 years.


Assistant Director of Veteran Homes

Kathie Gately has over 30 years of experience in social work and advocacy for long term care patients in both the public and private sectors. She holds a Bachelor’s in social work from Arkansas State University. She served as administrator of adult protective services and the Director of the state's Long Term Care Ombudsman program.


Assistant Director of Veteran Services

Gina Chandler served in the U.S. Air Force in 1990-1992. Since 2008, Gina has served Veterans as a Veterans service officer for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2012, she was promoted to the Outreach Coordinator and in 2015 she became the first State Veteran Service Officer.


Former Directors:

Matt Snead, Feb. 2015 - Feb. 2017 
Cissy Rucker, May 2012 - January 2015
David Fletcher, Feb. 2007 - May 2012
James Miller, Feb. 2005 - Jan. 2007
Nick Bacon, Apr. 1993 - Feb. 2005
Hershel Gober, Dec. 1987 - Apr. 1993
Grady Brown, Feb. 1983 - Dec. 1987
Orval Faubus, Sep. 1981 - Feb. 1983
Thomas Miller, Mar. 1971 - Sep. 1981
Robert Boggan, Feb.1967 - Feb. 1971
Freeman Mize, 1960 - 1967
Carl Thompson, 1955 - 1960
W. D. Kelley, 1953 - 1955
W. G. Smith, 1950 - 1953
Joe Hearne, 1946 - 1950
B. A. Brookes, 1942 - 1946
Claude Brown, 1938 - 1942
Grady Forgy
John Wilson
John Steward