The Highland Rivers Health governing board seated two members at its most recent meeting in October.

Cynthia Barton, director of women's recovery at Providence Recovery Center in Dalton, will serve as Whitfield County representative on the board, and Leland "Lee" Johnson, a former administrator at the state Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities who retired in 2017, will represent Gilmer County. Longtime Gilmer County board member Jean Smilie is transitioning into an ad-hoc board representative, per the governing board's bylaws.

"As a former administrator at DBHDD, Lee brings a tremendous level of knowledge and operational insight to the board, while Cynthia, as an addiction treatment provider and an individual in long-term recovery, brings a recovery and advocacy perspective that is invaluable," said Melanie Dallas, Highland Rivers Health CEO. "We are obviously very fortunate to have both of them join the Highland Rivers governing board, making what is already one of the best community service board governing boards in the state even stronger."

Highland Rivers Health is governed by a 14-member board that includes a representative from each 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. Members serve three-year terms, and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.

The board includes several individuals who have professional or personal experience with mental illness, addictive disease or developmental disabilities, and includes representatives from local government, the judicial system, family services, private industry, law enforcement and health care, among others.

For more information about the Highland Rivers Health governing board, including a list of members, meeting schedule and meeting minutes, visit the Highland Rivers website board page at http://high landrivershealth.com/gov erning-board/.

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