Introducing the Central Virginia Advisory Council

Leigh Sewell

President, Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital & Memorial College of Nursing

Leigh Sewell serves as the President for Bon Secours’ Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and Memorial College of Nursing. As President, Leigh is responsible for the leadership and daily operations of these three entities. The 225-bed acute-care Memorial Regional Medical Center is one of the top 50 hospitals in the nation, now celebrating 20+ years of serving the residents of Hanover and Henrico counties and Virginia’s Northern Neck. Richmond Community Hospital, 104-bed facility, offers medical, surgical and behavioral health services in the city of Richmond. The facility includes a medical office building and an outpatient infusion center, and celebrates over 100 years of service to the community. Bon Secours Sarah Garland Jones Center for Healthy Living is part of the hospital’s campus.

Leigh has been with Bon Secours for 14 years and prior to her current role, Leigh served as senior vice president of strategic operations for Bon Secours Virginia, leading business development and growth, strategic communications and the project management office. Prior to joining Bon Secours, Leigh spent 9 years at Circuit City in leadership roles in Accounting.

Leigh earned her Master of Science in Health Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and her Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

She is a passionate advocate for all children with disabilities, and helped develop the concept for Richmond Hope Therapy Center, the first intensive therapy clinic in Virginia, now a part of Bon Secours. She current serves on the board of the March of Dimes, which funds research to improve diagnoses, protocols, education and treatment for premature births and served as the 2014 Richmond March for Babies Chair and Ambassador Mom. Leigh is the former board chair for Sportable, a nonprofit that helps athletes with physical and visual disabilities achieve goals through sports. She has also served as a board member of Chamber RVA and Junior Achievement.

Leigh has been recognized as one of Style Weekly’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond. She served as the 2019 Go Red Chair for the American Heart Association in Richmond. She most recently recognized as one out of nine to receive the YWCA’s Outstanding Women’s Award in 2020.


Emily Cochran

VCU Health, Director of Clinically Integrated Networks, Executive Director of Virginia Children’s Care Network

Emily Cochran is the Director of Clinically Integrated Networks at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health System. She lead the development of VCU Health System’s first clinically integrated network, Virginia Children’s Care Network, of which she also currently serves as Executive Director. Cochran has held various roles at VCU and VCU Health System over the last 12 years in nursing, research, and quality improvement. She is passionate about developing strategic partnerships to improve healthcare access, quality, and affordability for all people. After Cochran earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from VCU, she earned her master’s degree in clinical research administration from Drexel University and her doctorate in nursing from VCU with a concentration in healthcare quality and value-based care.


Jalana McCasland

Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Vice President, Physician Practice Management

Over 20 years health care experience with the majority of it in the ambulatory setting, including practice management, call centers, telemedicine, managed care contracting and physician and regional outreach. Prior to joining CHKD, McCasland spent almost a decade at VCU Health System where she was the VP for Ambulatory Operations and the Executive Director for Regional Outreach. She also spent four years at UVA Health System overseeing their clinic operations and ten years in Texas at the University Health Science Center in Tyler. She received her  Bachelor’s of Arts in Politics and Government from the University of Texas at Dallas and Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Texas at Tyler and her Master’s of Arts in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.