Virginia Early Childhood Foundation Elects Four Board Members

Richmond, Va. (April 2, 2019) – The Virginia Early Childhood Foundation (VECF), a statewide public-private entity that supports early childhood education and school readiness for the Commonwealth’s youngest children, elected four new board members at the organization’s quarterly board meeting on March 20, 2019.

The new board members who will serve a three-year term include:

  • Toni R. Ardabell – Market President, Bon Secours Richmond
  • Richard K. Bynum – Regional President, PNC Bank in Greater Washington and Virginia
  • Sandy L. Chung – CEO of Trusted Doctors and CEO of Health Connect IPA
  • James W. Dyke – Senior Advisor, State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC

As the president of Bon Secours Mercy Health-Richmond market, Toni R. Ardabell is responsible for all of the hospital system’s operations in Richmond. She serves on a number of boards, including Penn State University’s Dean’s Advisory Board of the College of Nursing, the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce, the Boys & Girls Club of Richmond, Bon Secours Richmond Health System and the Bon Secours Foundation. She is also an active member of Venture Richmond, the Virginia Business Council and the Management Round Table. In 2011, she chaired the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red for Women Campaign, breaking the local record for money raised for the Go Red Richmond campaign. Ardabell is committed to improving the health and well-being of children, particularly the underserved and marginalized, and to eradicating human trafficking.

In 2017, Richard  K. Bynum is the regional president of PNC Bank in Greater Washington  and Virginia. He had previously been a member of PNC’s retail executive leadership team, where he led the company’s small business division. In that role, he was responsible for targeting clients across the bank’s footprint with commercial solutions including lending, deposit services, merchant card processing and treasury management services. His experience  in executive leadership spans nearly 20 years.

Sandy L. Chung, M.D., FAAP, FACHE is CEO of Trusted Doctors, a pediatric group in Northern Virginia with over 60 providers in 13 locations. Also, she is CEO of Health Connect IPA, a primary care clinical integrated network of over 200 providers in Northern Virginia. The current president of the Virginia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she serves as medical director for a statewide pediatric mental health initiative called Virginia Mental Health Access Program and she is a member of the Connect Virginia Governing Board for Virginia’s Health Information Exchange, among many other involvements in the healthcare field.

As senior advisor for State Government Relations at McGuireWoods Consulting, LLC in Northern Virginia, James “Jim” W. Dyke has many years of leadership experience in business, in the community and in state government. He has served as Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Virginia and has been appointed to serve on boards or commissions by every Virginia governor since Governor Chuck Robb. He was recently named to Virginia Business Magazine’s list of “50 Most Influential Virginians” for the seventh consecutive year.

“We welcome Toni, Richard, Sandy and Jim to our team of talented board members,” said Bill Ermatinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va., and VECF board chair. “All of these exceptional leaders will make unique contributions to improve early childhood education across the Commonwealth and strengthen the future workforce of Virginia.”

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About the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation: VECF creates results-oriented partnerships to ensure that young children are healthy and prepared for school, life and workforce success. To learn more about VECF and the Smart Beginnings initiatives, visit


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