Founded in 1993, the Virginia Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) is the nation’s oldest free clinic association. We are a private, nonprofit association with members that supports the work of our member free and charitable clinics in Virginia through training, technical assistance, resource development and advocacy.

We host an annual statewide conference for clinic staff and volunteers. This provides a networking opportunity, as well as sharing best practices and learning from experts in the fields of nonprofit management, resource development and healthcare. During the General Assembly session we monitor legislation affecting the clinics and advocate on their behalf. The VAFCC is here to support the clinics in the Commonwealth as they provide healthcare to the uninsured, underinsured and underserved in Virginia.


What is a Free or Charitable Clinic?

Clinics are safety-net health care organizations that utilize a volunteer/staff model to provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals. Such clinics are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations, or operate as a program component or affiliate of a 501(c)(3) organization.

Entities that otherwise meet the above definition, but charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered free or charitable clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty or prescription health care.


The mission of the VAFCC is to support and advocate for our member clinics so that Virginia's underserved have access to quality care.


The vision of the VAFCC is a Virginia where all people have access to comprehensive, quality health care.

Financial Documents

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The work of the VAFCC and the free and charitable clinics could not be accomplished without our partners.

Learn more about our partners.

Board of Directors


Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN
President & CEO
Williamsburg Health Foundation


Sean M. Riley
Sr. VP, Business Development and Vendor Strategy
Home Care Delivered


Rick Sample, MBA, CTP
Rainbow Station International


Christina Delzingaro, MBA
Free Clinic of Central Virginia

Members at Large

Jim Beckner
Executive Director
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Carolyn Long Engelhard, MPA
Associate Professor & Health Policy Analyst
Department of Public Health Sciences, UVA School of Medicine
William Gayne, CPA, MBA
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Helen Ferguson, MPH
Chief Programs Officer
G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic
Ingram Haley, MPA, MSHA
Chief Financial Officer
Dominion Youth Services
Kim Isringhausen, BSDH, RDH, MPH
Assistant Professor & Chair
VCU School of Dentistry
C. Burke King
Retired Sr. Vice President, Large Group Segment
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Rob Marino, MSW
Executive Director
Fauquier Free Clinic
Rahman A. Parker, MS
Health Operations
Booz Allen Hamilton
Cathy Revell, RN
The Revell Group
Paul Speidell, MPA
Vice President
Sentara Healthcare & Optima Health

Board Committees

Audit Committee:

  • Bill Gayne, Chair
  • Helen Ferguson
  • C. Burke King

Board Development Committee:

  • Paul Speidell, Chair
  • Jim Beckner
  • Rahman Parker
  • Sean Riley

Executive Compensation Committee:

  • Carol Sale, Chair
  • Christina Delzingaro
  • Sean Riley

Funding & Membership Committee:

  • Carolyn Long Engelhard, Co-Chair
  • Rob Marino, Co-Chair
  • Ingram Haley
  • Kim Isringhausen
  • Cathy Revell

Finance Committee:

  • Christina Delzingaro, Chair
  • Helen Ferguson
  • Rick Sample


Are you or someone you know interested in serving on the VAFCC Board of Directors? Download an application or for more information, contact Linda Wilkinson at linda@vafreeclinics.org.