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Albuquerque Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


D. Christopher Norton

Director: D. Christopher Norton

Chris Norton was appointed Director of VA’s Albuquerque Regional Office (RO) in April 2013. He is responsible for the delivery of VA benefits and services to more than 170,000 Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors living in New Mexico.

Emmett O’Meara

Veterans Service Center Manager: Emmett O’Meara

Emmett O’Meara took this position in June 2012. Before, he was the Appeals Management Center Assistant Director. He began his VA career in August 2002 at the Milwaukee RO, where he first was a Veterans Service Representative and then was promoted to rating and coach levels.

Kathryn Nelsen

Vocation Rehabilitation and Employment Officer: Kathryn Nelsen

Kathryn Nelsen took this position in April 2010. She also worked as a VRC in Albuquerque since 2001. Prior to working at VA, Ms. Nelsen was in a hospital occupational health setting and in private practice.