Southside Health Education Foundation
PO Box 867
Colonial Heights VA 23834
Mission Statement SHEF's mission is to develop a regional health care workforce for Southside Virginia by providing financial educational assistance to the region's residents who have the desire and ambition to become heath care providers but who lack sufficient financial resources.  SHEF also serves as a resource for information that supports health care opportunities in our community.
CEO/Executive Director Ms Deborah Barfield Williamson JD, MPA
Board Chair Mr. Tracy Turman FACHE
Board Chair Company Affiliation Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg
Contact Information
Address PO Box 867
Colonial Heights, VA 23834
Telephone 804 526-4848
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2007
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Mission SHEF's mission is to develop a regional health care workforce for Southside Virginia by providing financial educational assistance to the region's residents who have the desire and ambition to become heath care providers but who lack sufficient financial resources.  SHEF also serves as a resource for information that supports health care opportunities in our community.

SHEF has three areas of major impact for the Tri-Cities region.  Each of these Impact Areas is designed to grow the number of health care professionals who live and work in Southside. 


  1.  Since our founding in 2006, SHEF has distributed over $1M in scholarships and forgivable loans to over 300 individuals studying to pursue or enhance a health career
  2. SHEF is a regional leader in coordinating and supporting efforts of the health care industry, K-12, and post-secondary education to build a healthcare workforce pipeline for the Southside region. 
  3. Providing experiential learning opportunities for youth to discover and prepare for careers in health care.  SHEF's Southside Health Career Explorers Program is launching its 3rd year and provides experiential learning opportunities to the region's youth ages 12-20.  With Explorers, SHEF leads a regional collaborative effort that includes partnerships with Southside Regional Medical Center, Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg, Poplar Springs Hospital, John Randolph Medical Center, Southside Virginia Emergency Medical Services, Virginia State University, Richard Bland College, and John Tyler Community College.   



  1.  Make a financial gift to SHEF today to sustain our efforts to help area students pursue careers in the health professions
  2. Volunteer with SHEF through board service, mentoring a healthcare student, or working on our scholarship, special events, and finance committees. 
  3. Donate an item for our annual Wine & Dine auction which raises over $30,000 each year.
  4.  Encourage the young people you know to include science and math classes in their K-12 studies.
  5. If you are a health professional, visit a classroom and speak about your work. Mentor a teen who is interested in a health career.



One out of every 10 emerging jobs in Virginia is in the health sector. Careers in healthcare are a wonderful opportunity for many residents who wish to have more rewarding jobs and higher wages. The growth is here – over the last 15 years, employment in the Southside health sector has increased by 41.3%. The wages are here, too. Per capita income for Petersburg residents is $15,989 annually while the average area wage for a position in the health sector is $37,965. With the right training and education, residents may be able to more than double their earning potential, thus increasing the economic vitality of the entire region.

Since 2008, SHEF has raised and distributed over $$1,161,952 in scholarships/awards/forgivable loans to 304 students affiliated with the tri-cities region. 76% of those recipients who are now employed in healthcare are employed in the region. 7% of those scholarship recipients now give to SHEF. In 2010, SHEF hired its first Executive Director and has strategically grown its board of directors to include key decision makers from the region’s hospitals and institutions of higher education, as well as physicians, educators, and business leaders. Through continued work in developing strategic relationships, SHEF is now recognized as the regional leader in healthcare workforce development issues. In November 2012, SHEF hosted the Southside Healthcare Workforce Summit. At the conclusion of the Summit, participants requested that SHEF lead ongoing collaborative efforts to impact local and regional healthcare workforce issues.   The resulting initiative, the Southside Health Careers Exploring Program, launched in Fall 2013 with seed funding from the VA Healthcare Workforce Development Authority. Entering its 3rd year, the program has expanded its scope and sources of support to include Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Cameron Foundation, Richmond Community Foundation, and VA Hospital & Healthcare Association. 70 youth, age 12-20, have participated in the program; 5 have been awarded scholarships from SHEF to continue their post-secondary education.




CEO Statement

SHEF Alumni say it best!  Here's what they said to us:

“The scholarship was an amazing help.  It actually made nursing school possible.  Working full time and being in nursing school was craziness! The scholarship let me cut back on waiting tables to only part time,” Heather Moody, Colonial Heights, Post-Operative RN, SRMC.

 “My advice to people who want to go into the health profession is “Don’t give up!”  I’m a prime example of being able to beat the odds.  I had my first child at 15.  But I didn’t give up.  I was an LPN for many years, but I knew I could be more.  SHEF scholarships are a wonderful tool for people who need extra assistance to meet their dreams.  It was a blessing,” Takara Jackson, Chester, Oncology RN, John Randolph Medical Center.

 “I have three kids and I’m a single parent.  What SHEF gave me really saved me.  I couldn’t have made it without SHEF’s help,” Laurie Marston, Lawrenceville, Radiologic Technology Student

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Tri-cities Region
Dinwiddie County
Prince George County
Sussex County
Chesterfield County
SHEF serves the Tri-Cities of Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights and Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex and southeastern Chesterfield Counties. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Tracy Turman FACHE
Company Affiliation Health South Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. Audrey Blystone RNJohn Randolph Medical Center
Mr. Kenneth Lawrence Cortright Financial Advisor, LPL Financial, LLC
Dr. Jody Dodd MDRichard Bland College
Dr. Fred I Ende MDPhysician, Ende Medical Practice
Dr. Karen Faison RN, PHDVirginia State University
Ms. Deborah Garter Financial Services Professional, New York Life Insurance Company
Mr. Jerad Hanlon COO Southside Regional Medical Center
Dr. Betty Sue Hrouda RN, PhDRetired Faculty, Southside Regional Medical Center School of Nursing
Ms. Nancy McNeer Retired, Colonial Heights Public Schools
Mr. Morris Mitchell Poplar Springs Hospital
Mr. Tracy Turman FACHEHealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Petersburg
Dr. Johanna Weiss PhDJohn Tyler Community College
Mr. Richard "Mike" Yates Colonial Heights School Board
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 100
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms Deborah Barfield Williamson JD, MPA
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 60
Contractors 3
Retention Rate 100
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?

Southside Healthcare Careers Exploring Program is a regional response to develop and implement a health careers pipeline program for students from 16 to 20 years of age.  SHEF brings together area hospitals, health care providers, colleges and universities to partner in this this 40+ hour program which will provide students with experiential learning of an array of health careers available in the region.

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $40,000.00
Short Term Success 80% of enrolled students will complete the ten month program.
Long Term Success SHEF is committed to growing the number of healthcare workers who live and work in Southside.  Ultimate success will be reached when children growing up in the Southside community are able to reach their goals of entering and remaining in healthcare careers in our area.

SHEF currently administers the Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship fund for registered nursing students, the SHEF Special Gifts Awards which is presented to one graduating senior from each of the eleven public high schools in our area; the Jerolien Tanner Titmus Fund and additional scholarship and forgivable loan programs.


Population Served Adults
Budget $250,000.00
Short Term Success Students receiving scholarship assistance complete health career education.
Long Term Success Long term success is measured by the number of healthcare workers who live and work in Southside.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Endowment Value $1,500,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$25,600
Individual Contributions$18,097$26,420$28,226
Investment Income, Net of Losses$34,260$130,423$4,337
Membership Dues------
Special Events$944$18,360$12,488
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$416,513$317,403$247,097
Administration Expense$26,276$14,120$22,956
Fundraising Expense$1,968--$52,298
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.511.08
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%96%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$2,138,765$2,213,393$714,878
Current Assets$488,289$571,332$288,593
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$13,566$2,645$1,193
Total Net Assets$2,125,199$2,210,748$713,685
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities35.99216.00241.91
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
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Solicitations Permit
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