Highland Rivers Health is governed by a 14-member governing board that includes a representative from every county in the agency’s service area (with two representatives from both Floyd and Polk counties) who are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners. The board has four officers (chair, vice chair, secretary and treasurer) who are selected by board members, and two standing committees: corporate compliance and finance. Members serve three-year terms, and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.
Highland Rivers’ board meets every other month (six times each year) in locations across the agency’s service area. All board meetings are open to the public and are announced in advance.
The board includes several individuals who have family members with mental illness, addictive disease or developmental disabilities, as well as representatives from the judicial system, family services, private industry, law enforcement, local government and healthcare, among others. Current members of the Highland Rivers governing board are listed below, with their professional titles (if applicable) and the county they represent.
The Honorable W. Allen Wigington, ChairChief Judge, Magistrate Court of Pickens County
Chantel Adams, Vice ChairFounder and CEO, Forever We, Inc.
Cindy Cochran, SecretaryDirector and Family Advocate, Child Advocacy Center, Family Resource Center of Gordon County
Jonathan Blackmon, TreasurerChief Deputy, Polk County Sheriff’s Office
The Honorable L. Gale BucknerChief Magistrate Judge, Magistrate Court of Murray County
Bill FannCity Manager, City of Cedartown, Ga.
Larry MaxeyFloyd County Board of Commissioners
Zab MendezVice President/Retail Marketing Manager, Cohutta Banking Company
Bonnie MoorePresident, Rome, Ga., chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Lori RakesChief Operating Officer, Cartersville Medical Center
Jean SmilieBehavioral health advocate
Todd Vande ZandeChief of Police, City of Hiram, Ga.
Faye WardBehavioral health advocate
Donna WhitenerMayor, City of Blue Ridge, Ga.