Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Williamsburg Health Foundation Names New President and CEO

(Williamsburg Health Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — Williamsburg Health Foundation announced Deanna Van Hersh has been named its new President and Chief Executive Officer by the Board of Trustees.

Van Hersh, who started in her new role on March 6, succeeds Carol Sale, who recently retired after five years of leadership. 

Van Hersh, an internal candidate who most recently served as the Director of Health and Wellness, was selected after an extensive search process, according to a press release. 

“The Board of Trustees is delighted to name Deanna as the President and CEO,” said Chairman Beth Davis. “Her accomplishments and leadership skills coupled with her philanthropic experience makes Deanna the perfect person to lead the Foundation’s efforts to provide healthy options and lifestyles for those living in the Greater Williamsburg area.” 

In her previous role, she led the grantmaking for Advanced Primary Care, Medication Access, Integrated Care, and the Foundation’s increasing focus on the needs of older adults, it said. She managed over $2 million in grants and contracts; including oversight of the Greater Williamsburg Chronic Care Collaborative, which works to strengthen the area safety net.

Van Hersh is involved in several professional organizations, including the Virginia Funders Network, Grantmakers in Health, and Grantmakers in Aging. 

Prior to joining the Williamsburg Health Foundation, Van Hersh spent 23 years with the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), culminating with roles of Interim Executive Vice President and Vice President for Programs. 

“The Board of Trustees is confident that Deanna’s impressive track record of identifying opportunities, building partnerships and her high level of integrity and respect for others will serve to advance the Foundation’s mission to inspire collaboration, encourage innovation, and commit to investing in systems that improve the health and well-being of individuals in the community,” said Davis. 

“I am honored by this opportunity to lead the Williamsburg Health Foundation,” said Van Hersh. “And I look forward to collaborating with community partners, this dedicated staff and Board of Trustees to work toward a shared vision of health opportunities for all.” 

For more information on the Williamsburg Health Foundation, visit 

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