Williamsburg Health Foundation president announces retirement

sbirkenmeyer@vagazette.com

After serving as president and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation for the better part of a decade, Jeanne Zeidler has announced her plans to retire.

“I am deeply honored to have been in this role for over seven years,” Zeidler in a news release. “The Health Foundation does so much for so many in our community that it is very hard to leave, but retirement is best for my family.”

Before Zeidler joined the foundation in May 2010, she served as mayor of Williamsburg for 12 years in addition to roles on City Council and Williamsburg-James City County School Board. She currently works as vice chairwoman of the board for the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

At the foundation, Zeidler’s accomplishments include expanding the School Health Initiative Program, streamlining the grants process and collaborating with other area organizations to further shared goals. Zeidler said she will remain with the foundation until a new CEO takes the position.

“We are putting the final touches on our next strategic plan,” Jim Golden, chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees, said in the release. “That process benefited from Jeanne’s vision and has confirmed the directions she championed. We hope to find a chief executive who can continue to build on Jeanne’s very successful leadership.”

Birkenmeyer can be reached by phone at 757-790-3029.

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