Leadership Council

Meet the 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.

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

VP Cardiovascular Institute

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

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

John Fleig

COO, MidAtlantic


Maeve Gardner

Manager, State Government Affairs


Chris Ghaemmaghami, MD

Chief Medical Officer

UVA Health System

John Gibson

Assoc. Director, State Public Policy & Government Affairs


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


Cogit Analytics

Marcos Irigaray

VP, Strategy & Marketing

VCU Health

Scott Just, MD

President, Augusta Medical Group

Augusta Health

Travis Lucas

Senior Partner

Lucas Compton Law

Thomas Lundquist, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Optima Health

Melissa Miculis

Strategic Business Director

Johnson & Johnson

Theresa Noe

VP, Strategic Innovation and Partnerships

Patient First

Debbie Oswalt

Executive Director

Virginia Health Care Foundation

Eddie Peloke



Leslie Shelton

Vice President & General Manager


Shelly Smith

Director, DNP Program, VCU Health

Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners

Brockton Steckline

Thought Leader Liaison


Lindsey Vaughn, MD


Sentara Quality Care Network

Leanne Yanni, MD

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

Bon Secours

Ross Younger, MD

Associate Chief Medical Information Officer


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