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“Over the past three decades numerous nonprofit hospitals, health systems, health plans, and specialty care facilities have ventured into agreements… to sell, lease, merge, or otherwise reconfigure their corporate assets. Nonprofit health care conversions and other sale transactions have resulted in billions of dollars in new charitable wealth… [and are] collectively known as health legacy foundations.”

— According to industry publication Health Affairs (January 2014)

Our History

Williamsburg Health Foundation: A Health Legacy Foundation

The Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) began in September 1996 when the Williamsburg Community Hospital and Sentara Healthcare developed an affiliation agreement. As of December 2023, WHF’s corpus was approximately $146 million, and WHF had distributed over $100 million in grants. While our mission, vision, and strategy are regularly reviewed by WHF Trustees, the purpose to improve the health of those living in Greater Williamsburg remains unchanged.


Strategic Plan


Individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunities for all.


Collaborate, innovate, and invest to impact systems that improve the health and well-being of individuals living in Greater Williamsburg.


  • Advance organizations, systems, and public policy crucial to community health and well-being.
  • Target behavioral and social risk factors that influence the health of individuals throughout the life span.
  • Strengthen the healthcare safety-net for uninsured and underinsured individuals.


  • Accountable: steward community values and assets transparently.
  • Ethical: work with honesty and integrity.
  • Respectful: ensure all voices are heard and recognize those who do the work.
  • Engaged: connect and commit to the community.
  • Catalytic: instigate change to achieve real, measurable impact.

What goes into your health?

Board of Trustees 2024

M. Anderson Bradshaw


M. Anderson Bradshaw, P.C.

Beth F. Davis, Chair

Director, Acquisitions Marketing Operations

Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center

Elizabeth DeFalcon, M.D.

Staff Physician

William & Mary

Andrea M. Donnor

Director, Platform Marketing Operations

Capital One Financial, Inc.

Cheri Green

Senior Vice President, Private Wealth Advisor

Old Point National Bank

Nathan R. Green

Williamsburg and James City County Commonwealth's Attorney Office

James City County

Rhiannon Hartman


Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates

Kelli Mansel-Arbuckle

Retired Human Resources Director

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Douglas J. Myers

Senior Vice President

Morgan Stanley

Juanita M. Parks, Treasurer

Chief Financial Officer

Williamsburg Landing, Inc.

Lawrence B. Pulley

Emeritus Dean, Retired

Raymond A. Mason School of Business: The College of William & Mary

Steven R. Staples

School Superintendent/Executive Professor, Retired

School of Education: The College of William & Mary

Felicia A. Stovall, Vice Chair

SVP & Head of Administration, Wealth Management Advisor & Trust Officer

Chesapeake Wealth Management

Glenda H. Turner

Senior Director of Marketing and Public Relations

Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Adria Vanhoozier

Hospital President

Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg

Robert A. Whitehead, Sr.


New Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg

Alfred L. Woods

Former Chairman

Aegion Corporation


Deanna Van Hersh

Secretary/President and Chief Executive Officer

Williamsburg Health Foundation


Deanna Van Hersh

President and Chief Executive Officer

Adriene Bivens

Executive Assistant and Office Manager

Shelby Boltz

Grants Administrator

Karen Burden

Vice President of Finance

Deborah Fisher

Communications Specialist

Alessandra Kozek


Valerie Marshall

Analytics and Technology Manager

Kelly Metcalf-Meese

Program Officer

Bill D. Pribble

Vice President of Programs