new trustees

A summer social brought together five new trustees with leaders from the foundation who were excited to welcome them. Front L to R: Nupa Agarwal, J.D.; Darius Johnson, board chair; and Stephan Davis, D.N.P. Back L to R: Nadine Marsh-Carter, J.D.; Danny Avula, M.D.; Ernesto Sampson; and Margaret Ann Bollmeier, president and CEO. Photo: Eric M. Peters, MCV Foundation

MCV Foundation Welcomes Five New Trustees

Lifesaving patient care and groundbreaking medical research do not happen without the dedication of those who understand it takes a community to drive an organization’s mission. The MCV Foundation is fortunate that these types of individuals volunteer their time and talent on its board of trustees to advance the VCU Health mission.

The board elected five new trustees at its annual meeting in June, and each member brings impressive experience and expertise to the foundation’s leadership.

These men and women are extraordinarily talented, and we are excited to welcome them on our board. Our work will be strengthened on the MCV Campus and beyond thanks to their willingness to share their expertise and advice.

Margaret Ann Bollmeier, MCV Foundation President and CEO

Trustees are essential to the foundation’s success. They help shine a light on the mission and vision of VCU Health to broader audiences and potential supporters. They also secure philanthropic gifts and commitments to support the academic health system’s goals of providing excellent patient care to all, finding new pathways to healing through research, and educating future generations of health care professionals.

“We cannot thank them enough for their willingness to take on these important issues that impact our local communities here in Richmond and globally,” said Darius Johnson, chair of the MCV Foundation Board of Trustees. “VCU Health and the MCV Campus health sciences schools are renowned around the world, and our trustees play an important role in sustaining the work that drives that reputation.”

New MCV Foundation Trustees:

NUPA AGARWAL, J.D., is the founder and lead attorney at the Agarwal Law Firm. She serves as vice chair of Economic Development Authority for the City of Richmond, as a member the board of directors for VPM, and on the Canvas Advisory Committee at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. 

DANNY AVULA, M.D., is commissioner of the Virginia Department of Social Services and previously served as director of the Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts. In January 2021, the VCU School of Medicine alum was also tapped to oversee the state’s COVID-19 vaccination efforts. He was board chair for the State Board of Social Services from 2017 to 2019.

STEPHAN DAVIS, D.N.P., is associate dean of inclusive excellence and belonging for the VCU School of Nursing and the College of Health Professions. He serves as the inaugural executive director of Inclusive Leadership Education for the Department of Health Administration at the college. Davis is a fellow and national faculty member for the American College of Health Executives and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. 

NADINE MARSH-CARTER, J.D., is president of the Cameron Foundation, which is committed to serving the tri-cities area and improving access to health care. She previously was president and CEO of Children’s Home Society of Virginia, a nonprofit committed to building permanent families and lifelong relationships for Virginia’s at-risk children. She also serves on several advisory boards and councils, including at Longwood University.

ERNESTO SAMPSON is a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial, specializing in women’s financial strategies, executive compensation and benefit strategies, small business, investments and retirement planning strategies, and wealth preservation strategies. He has served as president of the board of trustees for the Virginia Military Institute Foundation, as well as vice president for the Commonwealth Catholic Charities Board of Directors.