Our Team

Meet our team

Beth A. Bortz

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.

Ashley M. Edwards

Chief Innovation Officer

Ashley manages several of the VCHI’s core research and demonstration projects and is the administrator of the Virginia Health Innovation Network, VCHI’s learning and collaboration community.

Prior to joining VCHI, Ms. Edwards directed the launch of the Virginia Health and Wellness Passport project, 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.

Ashley has over fifteen years experience in quality improvement and change implementation. She previously 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 received her undergraduate degree in Public Health and Health Information Systems from James Madison University. She earned at Master of Healthcare Delivery Science from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Additionally, she 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 2013 graduate of LEAD Virginia. In 2014, she was selected as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40”.

Saraya A. Perry

Project Coordinator

Saraya supports both the Smarter Care Virginia and Virginia Vaccinates programs. Prior to joining VCHI, Saraya served several nonprofit agencies while completing her education. At Healing the Children Florida, she worked in partnership with local physicians and healthcare systems to provide uninsured children with quality care at no cost. Ms. Perry also worked with the Florida Department of Health’s Office of Performance and Quality Improvement assisting with many of their community health initiatives.

Saraya has diverse experience in health policy research and development . In 2016, she served as a graduate student representative with the University of Central Florida’s School of Public Administration, working closely with the University of Seoul and the Seoul Metropolitan Government to exchange healthcare policy recommendations and foster an environment of international partnership.
Ms. Perry is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned both her Master of Public Administration and Master of Nonprofit Management degrees. She also earned a Bachelor of Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida.