Schwartz, who received the White House nomination in August 2013, comes into her new role after 11 years as Connecticut VA commissioner, the agency said Tuesday.
“Based on her decades of devotion and hard work on behalf of Veterans and Veterans’ causes, I know [Schwartz] will have an immediate impact in the agency’s continued mission of serving the great men and women who have proudly worn this nation’s uniform,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said.
Schwartz was a flight nurse instructor with the U.S. Air Force from 1968 to 1986 and went on to serve as a faculty member in various nursing schools and universities.
She also managed and directed many nursing organizations in Connecticut.
She is affiliated with Yale University, currently as associate clinical professor of nursing and as an alumna with a master of science degree in nursing and a Ph.D. in medicine.