Leading for the Long Term

Leading for the Long Term was the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s leadership development program for leaders from Virginia health care safety net organizations.

A seven-month program, that began in September of 2008, Leading for the Long Term offered participants a variety of self-assessments, high level presentations, participatory sessions and opportunities for peer-to-peer exchange.

About the Program

Leading for the Long Term was a leadership development program, not a management training course. The program was designed to transform good managers into great leaders.

Learning occurred through a variety of self-assessments, engaging presentations, participatory sessions, and peer-to-peer exchange. Participants had the opportunity to learn from experts in the various curriculum topics and developed a range of skills critical to success as a leader. Individual leadership coaches were available for those who wanted to engage with them for help with a specific challenge or issue.


Virginia Health Care Foundation Leading for the Long Term Inaugural Class
In 2008, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Marilyn Tavenner (former CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans) joined VHCF in welcoming the inaugural class of 20 leaders from around Virginia.  Participants were selected via a competitive application process and included executive directors from free clinics and community health centers and senior leadership from three Virginia hospitals and a local medical society.

Back row, left to right:  John Baumann, Fan Free Clinic; Debra Shelor, Tri Area Health Clinic; Stewart Nelson, Halifax Regional Hospital; Jean Nelson, Northern Neck Free Clinic; Rob Bradley, Lackey Free Clinic

Middle row: Suzanne Sheridan, Rockbridge Area Free Clinic; Sally Graham, Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services; Pam Murphy, Shenandoah County Free Clinic; Vickie McClelland, Free Medical Clinic of the Northern Shenandoah Valley; Barbara Jackman, Martinsville/Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness; Charlotte Dillow; Hampton Ecumenical Lodging and Provisions;

Front Row: Michelle Brauns, Free Clinic of the New River Valley; Deborah Love, Richmond Academy of Medicine; Karen Dulaney, Lloyd F. Moss Free Clinic; Sharon Darby, Children’s Hospital; Secretary Marilyn Tavenner; Debbie Oswalt, VHCF; Marie Webb, Carilion Clinic; Peter Prizzio, Daily Planet; Kay Bradley, Gloucester Mathews Free Clinic; Judith Cash, VHCF.

Not pictured: Kristen Langlykke, Alexandria Neighborhood Health Services; Erica Vicciello, Charlottesville Free Clinic.

Last Updated on September 22, 2021