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). Governing board meetings are open to the public and announced in advance. In Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020), all meetings of the Highland Rivers governing board will be held at the Bartow Recovery and Wellness Center, 650 Joe Frank Harris Parkway, in Cartersville, which is centrally located in Highland Rivers' service area. Dates of governing board meetings in FY20 are:
- August 28, 2019
- October 23, 2019
- December 11, 2019
- February 26, 2020
- April 22, 2020
- June 24, 2020
On board meeting days, the compliance and finance committees meet at 9:30 a.m., and the full governing board meets beginning at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Highland Rivers Health FY2020 Governing Board
The Honorable W. Allen Wigington, ChairChief Judge, Magistrate Court of Pickens County
Bill Fann, Vice ChairCity Manager, City of Cedartown, Ga.
Sherman Ross, SecretaryRockmart City Council
Chris Mosley, TreasurerChief Executive Officer, Cartersville Medical Center
Chantel AdamsFounder and CEO, Forever We, Inc.
Cynthia BartonDirector, Providence Women's Recovery
Steve GrimsleyDeputy Paulding County Clerk
Leland JohnsonBehavioral health advocate
Larry MaxeyFloyd County Board of Commissioners
Jean SmilieBehavioral health advocate
Ad hoc member (Gilmer County)
Karen SparksBehavioral health advocate
Donna WhitenerMayor, City of Blue Ridge, Ga.