Vice President for Programs, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
Virginia joined the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund--a philanthropy established to advance health, healing, and wholeness throughout Kansas--in 1997. She manages a portfolio of more than 150 grants each year representing approximately $6 million. In her role with the Health Fund, she is also responsible for researching and developing strategic direction in health issue areas identified for focused funding. She has played a key role in recent years in the transition of the Health Fund into more strategic grantmaking. Virginia is a member of Council on Foundations, Grantmakers in Health, and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations.
Before entering the field of philanthropy, Virginia was engaged in public relations and marketing for more than 20 years including serving as a principal in an advertising agency. She has been involved in the development of a number of award-winning communications campaigns including two public information campaigns with the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund that received national recognition from the Council on Foundations.
Virginia is frequently invited to lead workshops on marketing and grantmaking topics. Nationally, she has recently been invited to speak at a national health conference sponsored by the United Methodist Church and an international conference on behavioral health. She also gives dozens of presentations on the state level each year.
Virginia has a personal commitment to environmental issues and became an early investor in Earth Protect.