Our Team

Our Team

Beth Bortz, MPP | President & CEO

Beth was named the President and CEO of the Virginia Center for Health Innovation (VCHI) in March 2012. Prior to joining VCHI, she served for nine years 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. 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 currently serves on its Board of Directors. She also serves as a public member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine and on the National Task Force to Reduce Low Value Healthcare. She served as Secretary of the Board of Directors of Virginia Health Information and 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: the 2014 Virginia Leader Award from LEAD Virginia, 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.

Paige Tate | Communications Coordinator

Paige serves in a unique position as the Communications Coordinator for both the Virginia Center for Health Innovation and Virginia Health Information. Paige brings years of experience in digital communications and graphic design to both organizations, having worked for a number of consulting firms and non-profits in the Richmond area. In addition to her experience in communications, Paige also has a wealth of knowledge in event planning and management and social media management, having worked in many capacities to produce large-scale corporate and personal events throughout her career. Paige received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2017.

Lauryn Walker, RN, MPH, PHD | Chief Strategy Officer

Lauryn Walker, RN, MPH, PHD joined the VCHI team as Chief Strategy Officer in February of 2023. Prior to joining VCHI, Lauryn served as the Chief Population Health Officer and Senior Strategist/Advisor to the Chief Actuary for North Carolina Medicaid, where she supported the efforts aimed at integrating behavioral health and physical health, including launching a health home initiative for Medicaid members with behavioral health and/or an intellectual/developmental disability (I/DD). Lauryn also served in several roles for Virginia Medicaid, including Senior Economic Advisor and Acting Chief Health Economist, where she led the Office of Value-Based Purchasing, the Office of Quality and Population Health, and the Office of Data Analytics. Prior to working directly with states, Lauryn researched Medicare incentive policies and other primary care incentives for low-income adults. She also served as a health fellow for the House Minority Leader for the U.S. House of Representatives. Lauryn is a registered nurse and member of the Virginia Medical Reserve Corps. She earned her Nursing degree and Masters in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Lauryn received her PhD in Health Policy and Research from Virginia Commonwealth University.