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Huntington Regional Benefit Office

Meet Our Leadership Team


Shannon Kelley

Director: Shannon Kelley

Mr. Shannon Kelley was appointed Director of the Huntington Regional Office (RO) in May 2014. The jurisdiction includes service to our Veterans in the state of West Virginia, excluding 4 counties in the northern panhandle. The RO employs 200 full-time employees to include; Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Support Services, and the Veterans Service Center. Prior to Mr. Kelley’s current assignment, he was the Assistant Director in the Pittsburgh RO. He is a graduate of the Western Area Leadership Development Program (2008) and the Assistant Director Development Program (2010). He also served as the Acting Director in the Pittsburgh Regional Office in 2011. Mr. Kelley received a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Ohio University, and a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law.


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Anna McBarron

Veterans Service Center Manager: Anna McBarron

Ms. Anna McBarron assumed the position as the Veterans Service Center Manager in December 2013. Ms. McBarron began her career with the VA as a file clerk at the Louisville VA Medical Center in December 1988. She transferred to the Louisville VA Regional Office the following September, where she held the positions of File Clerk, Program Clerk, Adjudicator, Veterans Service Representative(VSR), Senior Veterans Service Representative(SVSR), and Rating Veterans Service Representative(RVSR). Ms. McBarron has served in numerous positions throughout VA, from the National Training Staff in Compensation & Pension Service to Coach at the Baltimore Regional Office. In addition, she served as the Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager in Huntington. Ms. McBarron is a graduate of the agency’s Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) program and has been a mentor for that program for multiple participants. She is currently participating in the Executive Leadership Coaching Program to continue her own development.


John Hewitt

Assistant Service Center Manager: John Hewitt

Mr. John Hewitt joined VA as a Rating Specialist at the Huntington Regional Office in June 2001. Prior to the VA, he worked 10 plus years in the Sport Medicine field as a Certified Athletic Trainer and Chief Operating Officer for a Private Physical Therapy Department. Mr. Hewitt has served as a Rating Specialist and Coach throughout the Veterans Service Center before assuming his new role as the Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Studies/Certification in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and Masters of Science in Adult Fitness and Exercise Science from Bloomsburg University.


Brian Kittel

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer: Brian Kittel

Mr. Brian Kittel assumed the position as the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Officer in June 2012. He began his VA career with the Philadelphia Regional Office in July 2005, where he served Veterans as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). Mr. Kittel is a Veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.


Ron Bonecutter

Support Service Chief: Ron Bonecutter

Mr. Ronald Bonecutter assumed the position of Support Services Chief in June 2009. Mr. Bonecutter leads a staff of 11 employees in the delivery of a wide range of administrative and financial functions supporting a RO staff of over 200. He is a 21-year Veteran of the Air Force having served on active duty. His Air Force career began in 1985 as an enlisted member. He was honored in 1992 as the AF Dental NCO of the Year. Mr. Bonecutter graduated in 1994 from the University of North Texas with a MEd in Education and in 2004 with a MS from Alabama State University in Counseling.