Karen Simonton is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Lynchburg region of OrthoVirginia, the largest independent, private practice of musculoskeletal physicians and advanced practice practitioners in Virginia. She has enjoyed an active leadership role with OrthoVirginia and its predecessor practices in Lynchburg dating back as early as 1995. The consistent theme of her professional career has been advocacy for independent business in all of its forms including the private practice of medicine. Her current leadership responsibilities at OrthoVirginia are both local and statewide to include private practice advocacy, compliance, recruitment and provider relations, community outreach, long range strategic planning including execution and financial oversight. In addition to working with a dedicated group of physicians and other healthcare providers, she enjoys regular collaboration with a team of resourceful administrative professionals across the disciplines of quality care delivery, audit, finance and revenue cycle management, operations, human resources, IT, community outreach and marketing. Ms. Simonton also supports her independent business advocacy as a member of The Ortho Forum’s Advocacy Council (a nationwide consortium of musculoskeletal practices), the National Federation of Independent Business’ Virginia Leadership Council, the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliances’ Legislative Affairs Committee, the American Association of Orthopedic Executives’ (AAOE) Advocacy Council and the Chair of AAOE’s State Society Committee. Civically, Ms. Simonton continues to advocate for Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) and its student body through her CVCC Education Foundation board membership. Her heart and mind are also tied to Jubilee Family Development Center where she serves as a Board member and active contributor. Karen Simonton is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting from Lynchburg College and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Central Virginia Community College. She lives in Lynchburg, Virginia with her husband, Robert, a local residential contractor, and her son, Leighton, an E.C. Glass Junior and active Hilltopper athlete. Her daughter, Katherine, is a first year Hokie and one of the inaugural graduates of CVCC’s Early College program for Lynchburg City Schools.