Carol L. Sale Named President and CEO of Williamsburg Health Foundation


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.”

Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards Over One Million in Grants

WILLIAMSBURG, VA – On December 4, 2017, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees met and approved just over one million dollars to programs in Greater Williamsburg.

Of the 15 grants approved, five focus on behavioral health. “As the opioid abuse epidemic in Virginia illustrates, investment in programs that promote well-being has never been more urgent,” said Foundation President and CEO, Jeanne Zeidler. “We are starting to support some opioid-addiction treatment,” said Zeidler, “but we are continuing to invest heavily in family counseling, violence prevention, and many other proven methods of behavioral health treatment.”

Not all programs need a large investment of money to be effective. A grant of five thousand dollars will help ensure that Williamsburg has a safety net for new moms and dads who may struggle with postpartum depression. Williamsburg Health Foundation’s grant for $5,000 to Postpartum Support Virginia will help staff and promote Williamsburg’s Maternal Mental Health Coalition which includes obstetricians, pediatricians, Sentara Williamsburg, private counselors, Child Development Resources (CDR), breastfeeding groups, Colonial Behavioral Health, others. “All these partners checking in with new moms and asking the same questions about their mental health creates a safety net built not on program dollars but on collaboration and cooperation,” said Zeidler.

A complete list of grants is available at
The Williamsburg Health Foundation has a vision of individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all. “All of us have a role to play in making ours a healthier community that promotes well-being,” says Zeidler. “Whether you read to a young child so they enter school ready to learn, donate healthy foods to the foodbank, or check in on a friend or neighbor who lives alone, we want everyone in our community to promote health and the positive experiences that create a healthier community.”

The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and the former Williamsburg Community Hospital. Since its inception, the foundation has granted over 74 million dollars.

Grant Cycle 2017 2-Year Summary (Excel)

Press Release (Word)

WHF Annual Awards 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Award Recipient

Colonial Area Crisis Intervention Team (CIT)

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Main Image Caption:
Front Row from left to right: Jeanne Zeidler, Williamsburg Health Foundation; Al Boswell, Colonial Behavioral Health; John R. Kuplinski, Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail; Jim Golden, Williamsburg Health Foundation; David Coe, Colonial Behavioral Health; Jane Burnette, James McCorry and Adria van Hoozier , Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg. Back Row from left to right: Jay Sexton, Williamsburg Police (Ret); Tim Renwick, James City County Police; Jay Faggart; Don Janderup, Williamsburg Police; Corey Trench, NAMI Williamsburg; Brad Rinehimer, James City County Police.