Drone photo of Marietta, GA

Highland Rivers Behavioral Health is governed by a 18-member governing board that includes a representative from every county in the agency’s service area. They are appointed by county leadership, primarily by each county’s respective Board of Commissioners.

Corner of Church St., in Elijay, GA

The board has an executive committee 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.

Marietta Square fountain

Highland Rivers Behavioral Health’s board meets every other month (six times each year). As a quasi-governmental state agency, we are subject to Open Meetings and all Governing board meetings are open to the public and announced in advance. The full governing board meets beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Flower Highland Rivers Behavioral Health FY2024 Governing Board

The Highland Rivers Behavioral Health governing board includes 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 services.

Tonya Riddick


Finance Manager, FREEDOM Tax & Financial Services, Retired

Founder, Smile Up Charitable Foundation

Cherokee County

Mary Ghorley

Vice Chair

Director of Risk Management
Piedmont Mountainside Hospital


Pickens County

Michael McElveen


Assistant Dean of Student Wellness
Berry College


Floyd County

Lori Rakes


CEO, Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center

Bartow County

Steve Grimsley

Paulding County Deputy Clerk


Paulding County

Lane Bennett

Gordon County Sheriff’s Office


Gordon County

Thomas Brown

Behavioral Health Advocate


Whitfield County

Michael Register

Director, Cobb County Department of Public Safety


Cobb County

Dr. Carol Holtz

Kennesaw State University, Retired


Cobb County

Jimmy Davenport

Sheriff, Murray County Sheriff’s Office


Murray County

Larry Maxey

Commissioner Floyd County Board of Commissioners


Floyd County

Chinwe Okoronkwo

Behavioral Health Advocate


Cobb County

Leland Johnson

Behavioral Health Advocate


Gilmer County

Karen Sparks

Behavioral Health Advocate


Haralson County

Connor Hooper

Asst. County Manager


Polk County

Pete Quinones

President/CEO METRO Atlanta Ambulance Service


Cobb County


Fannin County


Cherokee County

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