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.

Ashley Edwards, MHDS | Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer

Ashley was the second staff member hired at VCHI and has been with the organization from the start in 2012. She leads several of VCHI’s core projects and oversees the organization's strategy and communications. Ashley has over fifteen years experience in healthcare quality improvement, learning collaboratives, and nonprofit management. Before joining VCHI she spent time at the Virginia Community Healthcare Association, The Medical Society of Virginia Foundation, and Bon Secours Richmond Health System. She is a proud Duke and 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. Ashley completed supplemental 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". Ashley serves on the board of Early Impact Virginia.

Saraya Perry, MPA, MNM | Project Coordinator

Saraya supports all of VCHI's core projects and research efforts. 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.