Leadership Council


The Virginia Center for Health Innovation's Leadership Council meets quarterly with the Board of Directors to participate in high-level discussions of issues important to the development and implementation of VCHI's initiatives.  Members have the opportunity to serve on one or more work groups and provide actionable recommendations on program design and execution.

Interested in joining?

All professional and trade associations, charitable foundations, health care companies, health systems, and employers are eligible for membership.



David DeBiasi
Associate State Director - Advocacy


Rachel Clark
Account Executive, Public and Labor Sector


Maureen Dempsey, MD
Senior Clinical Officer, Care Management


Michele Arling
President & CEO

Augusta Health

Scott Just, MD
President, Augusta Medical Group and VP Augusta Health

Ballad Health

Anthony Keck

EVP, Chief Population Health Officer


Brockton Steckline

Thought Leader Liaison


Debbie Benyo

Regional Account Executive, MidAtlantic

Bon Secours

Leanne Yanni, MD

Medical Director, Palliative Care and Executive Medical Director, Comprehensive Care


Michael Abbott
VP Cardiovascular Institute


Christina Stasiuk, DO

Market Medical Executive MidAtlantic

Cogit Analytics

Rick Hinton



Maeve Gardner

Manager, State Government Affairs

HCA | Virginia Care Partners

Gerard Filicko

Vice President


Neeta Goel, MD

Medical Director, Quality and Population Health

Johnson & Johnson

Melissa Miculis

Strategic Business Director


Leslie Shelton

Vice President & General Manager

Maxim Healthcare Services

Chani Feldman

Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Medical Society of Virginia Foundation

Melina Davis

Chief Executive Officer & EVP
Medical Society of Virginia


Robert Avis

Strategic Account Manager

Novo Nordisk

Carla Peck

State Government Affairs


Thomas Lundquist, MD
Chief Medical Officer

PATH Foundation

Christy Connolly

President & CEO

Patient First

Theresa Noe

VP, Strategic Innovation & Partnerships


Robert Brinker

Key Account Manager


Nicole Palya Wood

Regional Director, State Advocacy

Privia Health

Eric Beyer
Market President, MidAtlantic

Riverside Health System

Ross Younger, MD

Associate CMIO


Brian Lloyd

Regional Account Executive

Sentara Quality Care Network

Lindsey Vaughn, MD, CPE



John Fleig

COO UnitedHealthcare MidAtlantic

UVA Health System

New representative pending...

Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

David Ellington, MD
Past President

Virginai Association of Health Plans

Doug Gray
Executive Director

VCU Health

Marcos Irigaray
VP, Strategy & Marketing

Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Shelly Smith, DNP
Director, DNP Program and Clinical Assistant Professor, VCU

Virginia Community Healthcare Association

Lara D'Antonio
Coordinator of Network Operations

Virginia Health Care Foundation

Debbie Oswalt
Executive Director

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Chris Bailey

Senior Vice President

Virginia Nurses Association

Shirley Gibson, DNP
AVP of Nursing, VCU Health

Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Sarah Bedard Holland
Executive Director

Virginia Premier

Linda Hines
President and CEO


Tony Droppleman
Area Health Supervisor, Richmond/Tidewater


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