Staff & Board
Annette Beuchler is the president and CEO of Obici Healthcare Foundation. Annette’s role is to help guide the Foundation’s grantmaking and strategic initiatives; evaluate the Foundation’s impact; provide leadership in the community; and maintain relationships with the Foundation’s partners and Board of Directors while upholding the Foundation’s mission.
Mrs. Beuchler joined Obici Healthcare Foundation in January of 2017. She comes to the Foundation with considerable philanthropic experience. She previously served as the Director of Programs & Communications at The Rapides Foundation located in Alexandria, Louisiana. Ms. Beuchler spent more than 15 years at The Rapides Foundation, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of the Foundation’s strategic initiatives including oversight of all program activities. She also led The Rapides Foundation’s internal and external communications; maintained strategic partnerships with local, state, regional and national groups; and planned, developed and marketed major programs, projects and events. Her work resulted in strengthening The Rapides Foundation’s capacity to serve its population through strategic impact-driven initiatives.
Ms. Beuchler earned both her B.S. degree and an M.B.A. in Healthcare Administration from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. She is also board certified in healthcare management as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. Since moving to Suffolk in 2017, Ms. Beuchler has become a member of the Suffolk Rotary Club and Suffolk Sister Cities International, and she looks forward to becoming involved in other community and civic organizations across the region.
Mike Brinkley serves the Foundation as its Director of Finance. He is responsible for the preparation of the Foundation’s accounting records and financial statements, as well as management of accounts payable and payroll. Mr. Brinkley has an extensive background in accounting and auditing, with concentration in the municipal field. Prior to joining the Foundation staff, he served the City of Suffolk as Assistant Director of Finance for 11 years, and then served as the Chief Financial Officer for Suffolk Public Schools as Director of Finance for over 19 years.
Mr. Brinkley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Virginia Tech. A lifelong resident of Suffolk, his health interests include tennis and biking.
Sarah Crouch is a Program Officer at the Foundation and has over 15 years of experience in helping to make communities healthier. She came to the Obici Healthcare Foundation in July 2017 from the YMCA of South Hampton Roads where she was the Association Director for Healthy Living, focusing on community health in Hampton Roads, northeastern North Carolina, and the Eastern Shore.
Sarah will be working on the Foundation’s grantmaking related to Healthy Behaviors. “I am looking forward to being a catalyst and support system for partnership and innovation in the area. Enhancing access to healthy food and creating opportunities for safe physical activity will help Western Tidewater become a healthier community. I truly believe that through collaboration we can move the mark where we live. More than that, we can create a community in which everyone not only has the opportunity to make healthy choices, but those are the choices they want to make!”
Sarah is a graduate of Old Dominion University where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.
Melissa Eggen is a Program Officer at the Foundation and has over seven years of grantmaking experience.
Prior to Obici Healthcare Foundation, she served as a Program Officer at Missouri Foundation for Health in St. Louis, developing strategy and managing diverse Foundation investments in maternal and child health, violence prevention and community health.
In her current role, Melissa manages Obici Healthcare Foundation’s investments in strengthening the safety net and maternal and child health.
She has a Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA in Anthropology and Japanese from the University of Kentucky.
Outside of work, Melissa loves to travel, take photos, read and recommend books to strangers while browsing the shelves of local bookstores.
Diane Nelms is the Communications Manager at the Foundation and is responsible for planning, developing and implementing internal and external communications. She manages the annual report, newsletters, marketing/educational materials and the website. Working with the Foundation program officers, she will assist grantees in communicating their work in the community.
Diane comes to the Obici Healthcare Foundation following an 9+ year career in the Advancement Office of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy where she was the editor of the Fleur-de-Lis magazine and Publications Coordinator. She was also on the Washington, DC, legislative staff of former United States Senator John Warner.
Diane graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College with a BA in Political Science and Economics.
Anna Roberts is the Foundation Executive Assistant. This busy role includes supporting and assisting the President and CEO with the management of a variety of projects simultaneously as well as the assisting with coordination of events to support the Board, Board Committees and the Foundation.
Other duties include: facilitation of special projects and events, the coordination of all office related functions including operations, monthly documentation of organizational activities, contracts, maintenance of office equipment, software operations and staff and leave management.
Anna comes to the Obici Healthcare Foundation with 8+ years of experience in the healthcare industry.
Lex Phillips is the Administrative Assistant at the Foundation. In this position Lex provides administrative assistance and support to the Program Officers.
Prior to this position, Lex was the Office Assistant (Intern) for the Foundation in 2014. After her internship at the Foundation, Lex worked for Southeastern Virginia Health System as the Administrative/Executive Assistant providing administrative assistance to the CEO, COO and CFO. She returns to the Foundation with three years of healthcare administration experience.
Lex is pursuing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management at ECPI University.
Fiona came to the Obici Healthcare Foundation in October 2018 from the Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast where she was the Corporate Giving Manager, a member of the council’s philanthropy department, and served as a grant writer. She sought support for capital projects, outdoor adventure programs, new STEM curriculum and various other programs.
Fiona will focus on developing the Foundation’s new strategy around Capacity Building. “I look forward to working alongside organizations throughout our service area, learning more about how they address needs and aid our communities. The Foundation’s innovative investment in capacity building will help local organizations in their continuous quest to develop, expand, and refine their quality of programs and services. I welcome the opportunity to collaboratively create solutions to help fundamentally generate more measurable and sustainable change in our impact radius.”
Fiona is a native of Saint Lucia and migrated to Virginia as a youth. She graduated from the University of Virginia where she double-majored in African and African-American Studies and Sociology. After serving as a research assistant for the Curry School of Education’s Youth-Nex Center, Fiona joined Americorps, helping improve post-secondary matriculation for students in Fluvanna County.