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.

Zelda Hinkle | Project Coordinator

Zelda Hinkle serves the VCHI team as a Project Coordinator. Zelda is a recent graduate of William & Mary's Mason School of Business. In her time at William & Mary, Zelda worked as a Marketing Specialist for the Dean of Students Office. She brings experience in recruitment and logistics from her time on Kappa Delta Sorority's Leadership Council. Zelda also completed a Project Management Internship with Brandito, LLC. Zelda earned her BBA in Business Analytics from William & Mary in 2023.

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.