Leadership Council

Meet the Leadership Council
The VCHI Leadership Council is open to organizations with a Virginia presence that are interested in improving the value of the Commonwealth’s health system. This diverse group of health plans, health systems, medical professionals, laboratory and pharmaceutical companies, health safety net providers, state agency leadership, consumer advocates and employers meets quarterly with the VCHI Board of Directors to inform program development and accelerate VCHI’s mission.

Member Benefits

  • Member organization’s designee invited to join VCHI’s Board of Directors for quarterly Board meetings and work group meetings
  • Be the first to hear of new VCHI grant opportunities and have preferred eligibility for partnership and participation in VCHI programs and events
  • Unparalleled networking opportunities and access to other LC members that often lead to new strategic partnerships
  • Acknowledgment on VCHI website
  • Access to the VCHI quarterly newsletter
  • Access to the VCHI Board and Leadership Council directory
I am convinced that what we are doing can lend a cohesive argument for focusing on high value care that is not driven by special interests or partisanship.
I mean, look at the membership; you have providers, hospital systems, insurers, quality and operations people all at the same table discussing optimal outcomes with significantly different perspectives on how to get things done.
The value of participating in the Leadership Council to me has been the ability to discuss important drivers of healthcare quality in such a diverse group.
The VCHI Leadership council has been a robust and exciting group to be a part of. I have been surprised by the complexity of each issue and appreciate the diverse expertise in the group. The leadership of Beth and Ashley has been outstanding to involve everyone and also be on the leading edge. I commend them both and thank them for their tireless efforts.
Getting agreement on things like the Value Dashboard, in a group setting, from so many different players really resonates with me.
By joining the Leadership Council, we have been able to leverage and build relationships with stakeholders across the healthcare delivery system. These partnerships, and having a seat at the table, have been the stepping stone to the development of some of the innovative work we bring to our member organizations.


Michael Abbott


Carilion Clinic

Robert Avis

Strategic Account Manager


Chris Bailey

Senior Vice President

Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association

Sarah Bedard Holland


Virginia Health Catalyst

Debbie Benyo

Regional Account Executive, Mid-Atlantic


Anne Berry

State Government Affairs

Novo Nordisk

Eric Beyer

Market President, Mid-Atlantic

Privia Health

Robert Brinker

Key Account Manager


Rachel Clark

Account Executive, Public & Labor


Christy Connolly

President & CEO

PATH Foundation

Marcos Dachary

Director MedInsight Product Management

Milliman MedInsight

Lara D'Antonio

Director of Business Strategy & Innovation

Virginia Community Healthcare Association

Melina Davis

Chief Executive Officer & EVP, MSV

MSV Foundation

David Debiasi

Associate State Director - Advocacy

AARP Virginia

Maureen Dempsey, MD

Senior Clinical Officer, Care Management


Tony Droppleman

Area Health Supervisor, Richmond/Tidewater


David Ellington, MD

Past President

Virginia Academy of Family Physicians

Chani Feldman

Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs

Maxim Healthcare Services

Gerard Filicko

Vice President

HCA | Virginia Care Partners

Maeve Gardner

Manager, State Government Affairs


HoChong Gilles, DNP

McGuire Department of Veterans Affairs

Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Neeta Goel, MD

Medical Director, Quality & Population Health

Inova Health System

Doug Gray

Executive Director

Virginia Association of Health Plans

Linda Hines

President & CEO

Virginia Premier

Rick Hinton

CEO & Founder

Valerius Consulting

Wendy Horton

Chief Operating Officer

UVA Health

Marcos Irigaray

VP, Strategy & Marketing

VCU Health

Travis Lucas

Senior Partner

Lucas Compton Law

Thomas Lundquist, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Optima Health

Tayloe Negus

Partner, Enterprise Client Leader


John Newby

Chief Executive Officer

Virginia Bio

Theresa Noe

VP, Strategic Innovation and Partnerships

Patient First

Daniel O'Connor, MSA

VP, Population Health

Augusta Health

Debbie Oswalt

Executive Director

Virginia Health Care Foundation

Leslie Shelton

Vice President & General Manager


Lindsey Vaughn, MD


Sentara Quality Care Network

Joe Winn

Director, State Government Affairs


Ashley Wood

Strategic Market Director

Johnson & Johnson

Ross Younger, MD

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer


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