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Natasha Allen

Board Member

Ross Chandler

Board Member

Rev. Chandler, Bradford County Commissioner, District 1, is also the Pastor at True Vine Ministry in Starke, FL. He serves on our board to better understand the needs of mental health and to help in serving the people in his community and surrounding areas.

Kindall Crummey

Board Member

Ms. Crummey is a teacher for the Baker County School Board at J. Franklyn Keller Intermediate School. As an advocate of mental health services in her community, she works with children and families in the school setting to ensure they have the services they need to be successful in the classroom. She holds a Master of Christian Ministry from Liberty University and is currently pursuing a Master of Ed. Leadership. Ms. Crummey brings to the board a unique perspective from inside the classroom among some of the youngest members of her rural community. She hopes to bring a greater awareness of the needs of mental health to Baker County and the surrounding areas.

Jeff Feller

Board Member

Jeff Feller is currently the Chief Executive Officer of WellFlorida Council, which is one of the 11 statutorily designated local health councils in Florida and has served the Council for more than two decades. Mr. Feller is also an adjunct faculty at the University of Florida, College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Health Services Research, Management and Policy.

Sharon Gay

Board Member

Mrs. Gay joined our board while working at the Hamilton County Health Department as the Director of Nursing. Now retired, she remains active on our board to bring a voice to rural citizens in the face of changing healthcare.

Deborah Gordon

Chairperson

Mrs. Gordon is a teacher for the Union County School Board at Lake Butler Middle School. She is a staunch supporter for the mental health industry and sees a need for increased services in her community.

Jodi Irving

Board Member

Professor Irving has a long standing interest and passion for prevention and treatment of mental health for the underserved. Participation on the Meridian board provides a voice for making selected contributions to those issues.

Patricia Knight

Patricia Knight, Vice President/Business Banker with Ameris Bank, is a life-long resident of North Central Florida. Her 30 plus years of banking and finance experience, combined with her belief in volunteerism and desire to raise awareness for area heathcare needs, make her a valuable member of our Board.

Sharon Longworth

Board Member

Ms. Longworth serves our community at the Alachua County Department of Court Services. With primary interest on mental health and its effect on families, she brings a wealth of education and experience to our board.

Stephanie McClendon

Board Member

Paul Metts

Board Member

Mr. Metts has an extensive career in healthcare previously as the Chief Executive Officer for Shands at the University of Florida (UF Health) and the Chief Administrative Officer for the State of Florida Department of Health. He serves on our board for the opportunity to share the healthcare knowledge he has acquired over the past several decades in both the public and private sectors.

Angela Pate

Board Member

Angela Pate brings over 15 years of experience in innovative program development focused upon driving employment outcomes for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Workforce participants. Her most recent accomplishment was as co-founder of Opportunity Quest, an entrepreneurial training program that helps participants find work and excel as employees.

Irma Phillips-Maxwell

Board Member

Ms. Phillips-Maxwell has built her career around helping those in need as part of the Substance Abuse Treatment Team at the VA. Her service on Meridian’s board expands her service to those in need of treatment.

Christina Seifert

Secretary

Becky Sharpe

Board Member

Mrs. Sharpe is a School Counselor and the Coordinator of Assessment, Home Education and Virtual School with Lafayette County Schools. She is an advocate of mental health services in the school and community.

Roslyn Slater

Emeritus

With a long career as a clinical social worker, in both agency and private practice, and in academia, Mrs. Slater offers a unique insight into the needs of those served by Meridian. Retirement has afforded her the time to combine her passion and experience to support the health of our community.

Susan Summers, Ph.D.

Vice Chairperson

Dr. Summers joined the Board with 40 years of professional and community service in this region, including a ten year stint as a Mental Health Counselor. She was one of the first licensed Mental Health Counselors in the state of Florida. Dr. Summers holds both a Master of Rehabilitation Counseling and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in educational administration. She serves the Board as a passionate advocate for children and families in rural areas. She is employed as a school based administrator in the Columbia County School District.

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