Ruth Pollard, new VOACC Board Chair

Lanham, MD., August 25, 2021: Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas is proud to announce the appointment of Ruth Pollard as our new Board of Directors Chair until the end of her term in 2023.

“We are thrilled to have such an accomplished leader willing to serve our faith based nonprofit.” Said Russ Snyder, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas. “Ruth is becoming the Chair at the ideal time for our non-profit to lead and work with the Board of Directors and our management team on our VISION 2025 Strategic Plan initiatives which will strengthen our organization for years to come.”

Ms. Pollard is an executive strategy and advocacy leader in Washington D.C., within the field of healthcare. Currently sharing her leadership as a consultant, Ruth most recently served as Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer with Providence Hospital and as Executive Director of Advocacy and Community Affairs for Children’s National Hospital, both in Washington D.C.

“I am most looking forward to the people and the work,” said Ms. Pollard. “I’m rooting for every person that we have the opportunity to serve, every staff member that has the spirit to serve, every leader who has the courage to lead, every partner who has the faith to invest, and every Board member who voluntarily serves to advance the mission of VOACC.”

Ruth acknowledges the leadership of the immediate past Board Chair, Dr. Sharon Jones-Eversley, who helped to reposition VOACC during an important transitional period and prepared her to take the helm and accelerate growth. The pandemic has only exacerbated the growing need for more integrated and innovative solutions to address gaps in behavioral health, primary care and affordable housing for underserved communities. Over the next two years, Ruth will collaborate with VOACC staff to implement structures, processes and systems that strengthen our overall service delivery, support scaling, and foster community partnerships for new and expanding opportunities.

“I see my role as the steward of the talent, resources and strategy of the organization,” Ruth explains. “So, rest assure that I will be that person who asks lots of questions, purposely disrupts the norm, and at the same time, champion our organization to the end.”