HOUSTON — Arleen Ocasio was recently selected as director of the Houston VA National Cemetery. In her new post, she is responsible for all burial, maintenance, and administrative operations at the cemetery. The Houston VA National Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the region, encompassing some 419 acres of a former dairy farm in northwest Houston.
Prior to her appointment, Ocasio was the first director of the new Jacksonville VA National Cemetery in Jacksonville, Fla. She was responsible for the initial development of the cemetery through its design phase, the cemetery dedication, consecration, and the beginning of burial operations in January 2009.
Ocasio was the director of the Puerto Rico VA National Cemetery from November 2006 and assistant director at Puerto Rico from July 2005 until her appointment as director. She has also held the position of cemetery director at Salisbury VA National Cemetery Complex in North Carolina, including oversight of Salisbury VA National Cemetery and its four satellite cemeteries in North Carolina and Virginia; at Natchez VA National Cemetery in Mississippi; and Fayetteville VA National Cemetery in Arkansas. She joined the National Cemetery Administration as a cemetery representative leader at the Puerto Rico VA National Cemetery.
For approximately 10 years before joining the National Cemetery Administration, Ocasio held various positions in the VA West Side Medical Center in Chicago, Ill., where she worked with minor contracts, maintenance contracts, and budget and was the Hispanic Employment Program assistant manager. She was also assigned to the San Juan VA Medical Center where she worked with administrative processes, purchases, and budget in the Nuclear Medicine Service.
Beginning her federal career with the Federal Aviation Administration in the Air Traffic Division in 1984, Ocasio is a native of Chicago. She graduated from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2000.