Governing Board

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

Past Governing Board meeting minutes

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

Chantel Adams, Acting Chair

Founder and CEO, Forever We, Inc.
Cherokee County

Bill Fann, Vice Chair

City Manager, City of Cedartown, Ga.
Polk County

Sherman Ross, Secretary

Mayor, City of Rockmart, Ga.
Polk County

Chris Mosley, Treasurer

Chief Executive Officer, Cartersville Medical Center
Bartow County

Steve Grimsley

Deputy Paulding County Clerk
Paulding County

Leland Johnson

Behavioral health advocate
Gilmer County

Michael McElveen

Assistant Dean of Student Wellness, Berry College
Floyd County

Larry Maxey

Floyd County Board of Commissioners
Floyd County

Jean Smilie, Ad hoc member

Behavioral health advocate
Gilmer County

Karen Sparks

Behavioral health advocate
Haralson County

Donna Whitener

Mayor, City of Blue Ridge, Ga.
Fannin County


Gordon County


Murray County


Pickens County


Whitfield County