For Immediate Release
The Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Health Foundation has unanimously named Carol L. Sale, currently Executive Director of the Lackey Clinic in York County, VA, and a leader in healthcare quality improvement, as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation. She will begin on May 16.
Sale will follow Jeanne Zeidler, who is retiring after the better part of a decade with the Williamsburg Health Foundation.
“The Board of Trustees is delighted to make this announcement and welcomes Carol Sale to the Foundation,” said Chairman James R. Golden. “We are pleased to have an experienced nonprofit administrator, a healthcare professional and a prominent leader from one our own grantee organizations take on the President and CEO role,” Golden explained.
“Carol has managed teams of highly-skilled professionals in all three of our local health systems: Sentara Healthcare, Riverside Health System, and Bon Secours Health System; and currently serves as a passionate and articulate advocate for the uninsured and underserved at our grantee organization — the Lackey Clinic,” he added.
Since taking the reins at the Lackey Clinic in 2012, she has led a staff of 31 full and part-time employees providing care to nearly 2,000 patients seeking 15,000 medical visits each year. She has also worked very closely with the leadership of three other local clinics through the Foundation’s Chronic Care Collaborative. She is a frequent public speaker on healthcare and wellness and understands the importance of strategic management, financial affairs, and data oversight. In addition to her role at the Lackey Clinic, Sale currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.
“The Board of Trustees is confident that Carol’s strong administrative experience and deep understanding of the many factors that impact health status will serve to advance the Foundation’s mission to inspire collaboration, mobilize resources, and encourage innovation to enhance the health and well-being of people living in Greater Williamsburg,” said Golden.
“It is an honor to be selected to serve as the President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation,” Sale said. “Under Jeanne Zeidler’s leadership, the Williamsburg Health Foundation has become a bold innovator and more skilled at using good evidence and performance data to make its funding decisions. The Foundation has also expanded its role as a convener of collaborative partners to more efficiently and effectively use all the resources available to create the opportunity for everyone in our community to make healthy choices.”
She added, “I look forward to working with the Foundation’s talented, dedicated staff. Together we will continue to rely upon the very strong committee structure of the Board of Trustees, and knowledge of the community and expertise about health represented on the board, to build an even better culture of health in Greater Williamsburg.”
The search for a new leader at the Foundation started in November and was carried out by nine members of the 21-member board. It was a national search that ultimately led to the Foundation’s own backyard and someone who is already well-known in the community and who also knows well the community served by the Foundation.
“We don’t anticipate any changes in our strategic direction,” said Golden. “We are delighted to have found a chief executive who can continue to build on Jeanne Zeidler’s highly successful leadership.”