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Barbara Glickstein, MPH,  MS, RN

Barbara Glickstein, MPH, MS, RN, is a public health nurse, health policy expert, and health reporter. She produces & hosts HealthCetera, a podcast that provides evidence-based news, analysis, and commentary on healthcare and health policy. She is a researcher and media & outreach strategist for Carolyn Jones Productions.

Ms. Glickstein has worked on feature-length documentaries The American Nurse and Defining Hope, as well as the multimedia project Dying in America. She trains national leaders in healthcare on how to be a media maker in both traditional and digital media to advance the health of the public and public policy.

Follow Ms. Glickstein on Twitter at @bglickstein.


Senator Siobhan Dunnavant
Virginia's 12th Senatorial District

As the only physician in the Senate of Virginia, Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant brings a fresh perspective to some of the most important challenges facing Virginia. Since 1999, Dr. Dunnavant has served as a well-respected OB-GYN in Henrico. In 2007, she started her own small business, OB Hospitalists Inc., which is a healthcare company that provides physician staffing for in hospital OB-GYN services.

Dr. Dunnavant was elected to the Virginia Senate in 2015, representing the 12th District. Her district covers parts of Henrico and Hanover Counties. She is a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Education and Health Committee, Joint Subcommittee for Health and Human Resources Oversight, and is Chairman of the Health Professions Subcommittee.

She holds a bachelor of arts from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Virginia, and a MD degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School.



Mary Kay Goldschmidt, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC
VNA Commissioner on Government Relations

Mary Kay Goldschmidt, DNP, RN, PHNA-BC is VNA’s commissioner on government relations and an assistant professor of nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing. Her research and clinical practice focuses on working with medically underserved populations and health policy. Dr. Goldschmidt completed a fellowship in Translational Research and Public Policy at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and is devoted to developing and advocating for health policy which supports the health and well-being of all Virginians. She is the co-director of two HRSA Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention grants, which seek to increase access to health care for medically underserved populations by strengthening the nursing workforce in community-based primary care settings. Dr. Goldschmidt serves as a volunteer with Remote Area Medical Clinics and Homeward Virginia, and continues her work with vulnerable populations such as those living in multidimensional poverty, the homeless, children, and victims of natural disaster.

Dr. Goldschmidt holds a BSN, a MSN in Public Health Nursing Leadership, and a DNP from the University of Virginia, as well as a certificate in advanced public health nursing.



Delegate T. Scott Garrett
Virginia's 23rd House District

Dr. T. Scott Garrett is a native of Lynchburg. He holds bachelor’s and MD degrees from the University of Virginia. He has practiced as a general surgeon in the Lynchburg community since 1989, including distinguished service to the Johnson Health Center, the Free Clinic of Central Virginia, the Lynchburg Health Department and the Central Virginia Training Center. He also served as the Chief of General Surgery for Lynchburg General Hospital and Virginia Baptist Hospital.

Dr. Garrett was first elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in November 2009 and recently re-elected in November 2017. He represents Virginia’s 23rd House District, which includes portions of Amherst County, Bedford County, and the City of Lynchburg. Delegate Garrett serves on the House Appropriations (where he serves as Chairman of the HHR Subcommittee), Health, Welfare, and Institutions (where he serves as Vice-Chairman), and Transportation committees, as well as the Joint Commission on Health Care (where he serves as Vice-Chairman), Joint Subcommittee on Mental Health Services in the 21st Century, Commission on Employee Retirement Security and Pension Reform, Joint Health and Human Resources Oversight Committee, Certificate of Public Need Work Group, and Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth.

Scott and his wife Whitney, along with their son Tyler, 16, and daughter Haley Gray, 13, reside in Lynchburg.


Senator George L. Barker
Virginia's 39th Senatorial District

Senator George L. Barker represents Virginia’s 39th District, which includes parts of Alexandria City, southern Fairfax, and northern Prince William counties. Elected to the Senate of Virginia in 2007, he currently sits on the Finance, Education & Health, and General Laws & Technology Committees. He is also a member of the Joint Commission on Healthcare, Deeds’ Commission, Virginia Housing Commission, Health Workforce Development Authority, and the Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission.

Since moving to Virginia over 35 years ago, Senator Barker has been involved with a wide variety of local issues and has been an active member of a number of civic and community organizations. As the chair of Fairfax County's Transportation Advisory Commission and vice-chair of the Tysons Task Force, Senator Barker worked to improve transportation conditions and helped to re-design Tysons Corner. He has also chaired several other state, county, and regional organizations related to health care, human resources, and transportation.

With a background in healthcare management and policy, Senator Barker has worked tirelessly to address the rising costs of quality healthcare for Virginia families.

Scott and his wife Whitney, along with their son Tyler, 16, and daughter Haley Gray, 13, reside in Lynchburg.


Delegate Dawn Adams
Virginia's 68th House District

Dr. Dawn Adams, DNP, ANP-BC is a nurse practitioner and member of the Virginia House of Delegates. She represents District 68, which includes parts of Chesterfield County, Henrico County, and the City of Richmond.

For more than 24 years, Dr. Adams has lived and worked in Richmond as a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, access to care researcher, health advocate and most recently, as the Director for the Office of Integrated Health for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). As a first year delegate, Dawn submitted legislation intended to improve the lives of all Virginians, focusing on healthcare, education, protecting our seniors, fair voting practices, and ensuring a clean environment.

Dr. Adams holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University, a master’s degree from the University of Virginia, a post-master’s certificate from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a doctor of nursing practice degree from Old Dominion University. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Nurses Association.


Shirley Gibson, DNP, MSHA, RN, FACHE
Associate Vice President of Support Services and Planning
VCU Health System

Shirley Gibson, DNP, MSHA, RN, FACHE is currently Associate Vice President of Support Services and Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. Ms. Gibson has been involved in healthcare for 50 years in VA.  After working as a staff nurse at Johnston-Willis Hospital, she made her way into the Nurse Executive role at HCA Henrico Doctors’ Hospital and later to the Nurse Executive role at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital.  She then served as Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer for 8 years at Mary Washington Hospital, MediCorp Health System, in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Associate Vice President of Nursing at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System for 8 years.

Ms. Gibson has a long history of service to the nursing community, including a term as the president of the Virginia Nurses Association and two terms as president of the Virginia Nurses Foundation. She was awarded the organization’s highest honor, the Nancy Vance Award, in 2003. She has held leadership positions in nursing organizations across the state and represented Virginia on a number of nationwide councils.

Ms. Gibson received her diploma in nursing from Johnston-Willis Hospital School of Nursing, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice in Executive Leadership from American Sentinel University. She is currently a member of the Leadership Council for the Virginia Center for Health Innovation. Her greatest passion is advocacy for patients.
 
Jennifer S. Lee, MD
Director
Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services

Dr. Jennifer Lee is the Director of the Department of Medical Assistance Services. DMAS is the state agency responsible for Medicaid, providing health coverage for over one million Virginians. 

She previously served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. While at the Department of Veterans Affairs, she was responsible for overseeing national policy and leading key initiatives for the nation’s largest integrated health care system. From 2014 to 2016, Dr. Lee served in former Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration as Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Resources. She helped launch his “A Healthy Virginia” plan, which improved access to care for people with mental illness and addressed the opioid crisis through innovative Medicaid waivers and programs; led the Governor’s bioscience initiative; and spearheaded new employment opportunities for former combat medics and corpsmen. 

From 2008 to 2011, she served on the Virginia Board of Medicine. Dr. Lee has also served as a White House Fellow; a health policy fellow on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee; and a policy research scholar and associate professor at George Washington University. 

She received her bachelor’s degree in biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine, and completed her residency at Johns Hopkins. She is a board-certified, practicing emergency physician and a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. 

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