Valerie Nagoshiner Named Chief of Staff

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 | 01:10pm

NASHVILLE – Valerie Nagoshiner, MBA has been appointed chief of staff for the Tennessee Department of Health. She comes to this position after serving as the TDH assistant commissioner for legislative affairs since 2011.

“Valerie brings extensive business, legislative and public policy experience to her role as our new chief of staff,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “Her deep knowledge of the department and state government, coupled 

with a focus on strategic improvements to internal processes and on external partnering and engaging will accelerate our department’s progress in rising to our aspirational vision: accelerating Tennessee to a top 10 healthiest state.“

In her role as chief of staff, Nagoshiner will serve as a key member of the senior leadership team responsible for coordination and orchestration of high priority projects and commitments while actively identifying issues that promote overall success.

“I am honored to serve in this new capacity and look forward to helping create new opportunities for us to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of Tennesseans,” said Nagoshiner.

Nagoshiner was promoted from her position as TDH assistant commissioner for legislative affairs, where she directed and oversaw the department’s legislative efforts and initiatives. She developed and coordinated departmental legislative proposals and assisted legislators on public health-related issues.

Nagoshiner joined TDH after serving as member support manager for the National Federation of Independent Business, where she led grassroots activities in four states in the organization’s South region. At NFIB, she also developed and supported area action councils and member meetings to provide networking and educational opportunities, and coordinated special events to increase membership. Nagoshiner’s experience also includes serving as marketing director for a private medical practice, where she developed and coordinated activities to increase the business’s market share.

Nagoshiner also has prior experience in Tennessee state government, having served as legislative liaison for the Department of Economic and Community Development. In that position, she coordinated departmental initiatives and special projects for executive staff members and the Governor’s Office, and guided administration initiatives through the Tennessee General Assembly.

Nagoshiner holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Belmont University in Nashville, and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration degree at Lambuth University in Jackson.

The mission of the Tennessee Department of Health is to protect, promote and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee. TDH has facilities in all 95 counties and provides direct services for more than one in five Tennesseans annually as well as indirect services for everyone in the state, including emergency response to health threats, licensure of health professionals, regulation of health care facilities and inspection of food service establishments. Learn more about TDH services and programs at