Beth A. Bortz | President & CEO
Beth Bortz 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 Edwards is the Chief Innovation Officer for the VCHI. In this role, she is manages several of the VCHI’s core research and demonstration projects. She is also 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 at the Virginia Community Healthcare Association. 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 graduate of the 2013 class of LEAD Virginia. In 2014, she was selected as one of Style Weekly's "Top 40 Under 40".
Saraya A. Perry | Project Coordinator
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.
Anne W. Fazsewski | Part-time Finance Director
Anne W. Faszewski, CPA, provides contractual financial management and accounting services to VCHI. Anne is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed with the State Board of Accountancy in Virginia, with over 30 years of experience in not-for-profit and corporate accounting, budgeting and financial reporting, auditing, tax preparation and human resources administration.
In addition to providing contractual services to VCHI, Anne is a Sole Proprietor and provides accounting, tax and consulting services to individuals and other small businesses. She maintains an active tax practice and assists small business owners and not-for-profits in developing and maintaining accounting systems and procedures.
Anne was previously the Director of Finance for the Virginia Health Care Foundation for over fifteen years where she provided all of the Foundation’s accounting services including but not limited to financial reporting and analysis, annual budget preparation, and benefit administration.
Anne is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and a member of both the AICPA and VSCPA.