The Women’s Health Circle (WHC) seeks to empower the health of the community through education, conversation, and connection. This group of dedicated women take pride in supporting Virginia Hospital Center and play a pivotal role in raising awareness of the overall health of the community by active promotion, dialogue on relevant women’s health topics, and in-depth conversations circling around highly targeted issues. They accomplish this mission by hosting community events that are open to the public, such as the bi-annual Community Forums.


The Women’s Health Circle is led by an Advisory Council, which is composed of active and dedicated WHC members and steered by Co-Chairs. WHC was founded in 2014 and originally led by Co-Chairs and current members, Nancy Popovich and Paula Poskon.



Women’s Health Circle members commit to supporting Virginia Hospital Center by pledging $5,000 or more, to be paid over a period of five years.

An exclusive benefit to members is an invitation to bi-annual exclusive Salons, where a discussion on a female-focused health topic is led by a Virginia Hospital Center Provider.


Funding Priority

The dollars raised through membership are directed towards a specific Hospital priority voted on by WHC members.

In January 2018 it was voted that for the following three years (2018 - 2020), WHC’s funds would be directed to the expansion of the Women’s Imaging Center in the new Outpatient Pavilion.



The Women’s Health Circle serves as the host to biannual Community Forums that are free and open to the public.

Check out our upcoming events!


“Having a group of active, empowered women advocating for the hospital in this exciting time of expansion and program growth is both incredibly valuable and needed.”

— 2019WHC Co-Chairs

To learn more, please contact Colleen Hughes, Major Gifts Officer: or 703.717.4424

WHC Advisory Board

  • Amanda Henneberg, Co-Chair
  • Cynthia Miller, Co-Chair
  • Bergitta Cotroneo
  • Marybeth Fraser
  • Danine Fresch Gray, DDS
  • Janice Fitzgibbon
  • Erica Gasparott
  • Denise Hanna
  • Beth Larson


  • Kathy Lash
  • Katy Montgomery
  • Kathy Neal
  • Eileen O’Grady, RN, NP, PhD
  • Susan Pascocello
  • Nancy Perry
  • Susanne Lashgari Prather, MD
  • Angie Wilcox