BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Virginia Health Workforce Development Authority is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board has 15 members: 3 legislative members, 9 non-legislative citizen members appointed by the Governor, and 3 ex officio members: the Commissioner of Health or their designee, the Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System or their designee, and the Director of the Department of Health Professions or their designee.

Executive Committee

The Honorable Rodney Willett
Chair; Delegate, 58th District Virginia House of Delegates

The Honorable Ghazala Hashmi
Vice-Chair; Senator, 15th District, Senate of Virginia

Shelly Smith, DNP, APRN-BC, FNAP
Secretary; Associate Professor of Nursing And Public Policy, Advanced Practice Program Sub-Director for MSN Program
University of Virginia

Vanessa Walker Harris, MD
Treasurer; Director, Office of Family Health Services, Virginia Department of Health

Members of the Board

David Abraham
President & Chief Executive Officer, Beth Sholom Village

Shanna W. Akers, EdD, MSN/MBA-HC, RN, CNE, NEA-BC
Dean, Scott & White School of Nursing, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. Provost and Executive VP of Academic Affairs, Covenant Journey Academy. Commissioner for Nursing Education, Virginia Nurses Association

Sharon Alexander
Director of Workforce Initiative, Virginia Hospital and Health Care Association

Karen Faison, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Virginia State University

Alexis Gerdes
Executive Neuroscience Sales Specialist, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jesse Goodrich
Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Riverside Medical System

The Honorable Keith Hodges
Delegate, 98th District, Virginia House of Delegates

Arne W. Owens
Director, Virginia Department of Health Professions

Philmika W. Reid, M.Ed
Director, Healthcare Workforce and Community Engagement, Virginia Community College System

Shannon Showalter
Vice President and Chief Executive Officer, Ballad Health

Brian Yates
Dean of the College of Applied Studies and Academic Success, Liberty University

STAFF

Harrison Hayes
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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Amy Paul, MD
DIRECTOR OF DATA, IMPACT, AND ENGAGEMENT
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Amy Taloma
DIRECTOR OF VIRGINIA AHEC & PROGRAMS
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Arthur "Art" Kellermann, MD, MPH
SENIOR ADVISORY
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Lauren Winston
DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
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STAFF

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