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Williamsburg Health Foundation Announces Promotions And New Staff Members

WILLIAMSBURG—The Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) recently announced community partnerships, an extended strategic plan, staff promotions, and new staff members.

“It is a pleasure to celebrate the promotion of two long-time staff and welcome three new employees,” said Deanne Van Hersh, WHF president and CEO, in a press release. “Staff has been focused on strengthening relationships with community partners by listening and learning about their priorities, their view of the needs in our community, and their view of the foundation and our work. We will continue to listen as we introduce new staff and feed what we learn back into our work.”

The foundation is now in its twenty-seventh year of service. While there are some new faces at the foundation, the mission, vision, and strategic focus remain the same.

The promotions announcement included Bill Pribble, former senior program officer, who has been promoted to vice president of programs. Shelby Boltz, former WHF executive assistant and office manager, was promoted to grants administrator.

On the new staff member side, Adriene Bivens joins WHF as executive assistant and office manager. Kelly Metcalf-Meese is the new program officer, and Deb Fisher will serve as communications specialist. These three professionals bring more than six decades of combined experience, and each brings the value and skill sets to complement the foundation’s mission to ‘Collaborate, innovate, and invest to impact the health and well-being of individuals living in Greater Williamsburg.’

In addition to announcing the promotions and new additions, WHF also announced that its trustees’ recently voted to extend WHF’s current strategic plan from three to five years (through 2025); the Community Access Network (CAN) has completed an information-gathering process to integrate care needs in the Greater Williamsburg area; and the National Academy of Medicine recently formed the Commission Investment Imperatives for a Healthy Nation and has invited the WHF to join the local funder coalition to help inform the commission’s deliberations on priorities and strategies to strengthen cross-sector alignment of health.

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