Beth A. Bortz | President and CEO
Beth Bortz was named the President and CEO of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) in March 2012. Prior to joining VCHI, she served as the Executive Director of the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Foundation, where she developed and led programs in health care quality improvement, medication assistance, public health awareness, and physician leadership since 2002. Ms. Bortz also served as Senior Program Officer and Deputy Director of the Virginia Health Care Foundation for seven years and as a Senior Associate Legislative Analyst for the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission for three years.
Ms. Bortz is a 2007 graduate of LEAD Virginia and recently served as its Alumni Chair. She was a founding board member of Rx Partnership, serving as Board Chair from 2006-2008. She has received several awards and recognition for her work, including: Influential Women of Virginia Award from Virginia Lawyer’s Media; Medallion Award for Community Partnership from Mutual of America; and Stettinius Award for Nonprofit Leadership from the Community Foundation representing Greater Richmond.
Ms. Bortz earned her undergraduate degree in Economics and Government and her Masters in Public Policy from the College of William and Mary. Most recently she earned a graduate certificate in Non-profit Management from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Ashley M. Edwards | Chief Innovation Officer
Ashley M. Edwards is the Chief Innovation Officer for the VCHI. In this role, she is manages several of the Center’s core research and demonstration projects, including the Virginia Health Innovation Network, and the Accountable Care Communities initiative of the Virginia Health Innovation Plan.
Prior to joining VCHI, Ms. Edwards directed the launch of the Virginia Health and Wellness Passport project at the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. A pilot initiative funded by the State Health Access Program, the Passport offered a pathway to insurance and wellness services for Virginia small businesses and their employees.
Ms. Edwards has over eight years experience in physician quality improvement. For nearly four years, she served as the Director of Programs and Quality Initiatives at the Medical Society of Virginia Foundation where she oversaw the Foundation’s nationally recognized TO GOAL™ chronic disease quality improvement initiatives and the DOC RxRelief medication assistance program for the uninsured.
Ms. Edwards is a graduate of James Madison University, where she studied Public Health and Health Information Systems. She has also completed coursework at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Leading Quality Improvement and received professional training and certification as a Health Coach, with a focus in nutrition, from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is a graduate of the 2013 class of LEAD Virginia. In 2014, she was selected as one of Style Weekly's "Top 40 Under 40".
Brenden C. Rivenbark | Program Manager
Brenden Rivenbark is the Program Manager for VCHI. He is responsible for oversight of the complex care, oral health, and behavioral health planning groups as part of the Integrated Care initiative of the CMS State Innovation Model grant received by VCHI. Brenden previously served as a Behavioral Health Innovation Program Manager at Virginia Commonwealth University's Office of Health Innovation. Mr. Rivenbark has more than four years of administrative experience in behavioral health settings ranging from in-home care to outpatient settings. Brenden received his bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in Health Services Administration with a minor in Business Administration.
Shelley K. Stinson | Recruitment Director
Shelley K. Stinson is the Recruitment Director for the Heart of Virginia Healthcare, one of seven cooperatives funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's EvidenceNOW initiative. She is leading the recruitment of 300 small- to medium sized practices that want to transform health care delivery and restore joy to the practice of primary care.
Prior to joining VCHI, Ms. Stinson was a Physician Outreach Manager for the Medical Society of Virginia for nearly eight years. There she was responsible for recruitment and retention initiatives in a 40 county territory throughout the western and southwestern part of the commonwealth. She also served as a crucial liaison for the Society to hospitals, health systems and local component societies.
Ms. Stinson is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she studied Communications and Political Science.
Anne W. Faszewski | Finance Director
Anne W. Faszewski, CPA, provides contractual financial management and accounting services to VCHI. Anne is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed with the State Board of Accountancy in Virginia, with over 30 years of experience in not-for-profit and corporate accounting, budgeting and financial reporting, auditing, tax preparation and human resources administration.
In addition to providing contractual services to VCHI, Anne is a Sole Proprietor and provides accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals and other small businesses. She maintains an active tax practice and assists small business owners and not-for-profits in developing and maintaining accounting systems and procedures.
Anne was previously the Director of Finance for the Virginia Health Care Foundation for over fifteen years where she provided all of the Foundation’s accounting services including but not limited to financial reporting and analysis, annual budget preparation, and benefit administration.
Anne is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a member of both the AICPA and VSCPA.