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Deborah Gordon


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.

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.

Christina Seifert


Christina “Tina” Nieto Seifert is a licensed attorney in Florida, with her office located in Lake City, Florida. Tina’s solo practice concentrates on family law related matters.

Tina was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995, after graduating from Stetson University College of Law in December 1994. She entered private practice in 2009, after spending most of the first 14 years of her legal career with the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office. She served as the Chief Assistant State Attorney over the Lake City Office and handled a wide variety of case, including homicide and child sexual abuses cases.

Throughout her career, she has been a role model for newer attorneys in the Third Judicial Circuit. She has been an active member of the Third Judicial Circuit Bar Association, holding every officer position at least once and serving as president twice, most recently in 2014-15. Each December, she organizes the local bar association’s toy drive for low-income children.

Natasha Allen

Board Member

Jason Cason

Board Member

Jason is a lifelong resident of Levy County and the Gainesville Market President for First Federal Bank. Having personally dealt with anxiety attacks, and having a family member that suffers from severe mental illness; has made him a first hand witness to the benefits and challenges of mental health care in our area. His personal experiences are what drew him to serve on Meridian's Board. Jason hopes to leverage his personal relationships with Levy County elected officials to help advance mental healthcare in those rural communities. Jason has been in banking and finance for 21 years and is currently a Board member for the Builders Association of North Central Florida and a member of the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Jason is active in his church and enjoys time with his family, as well as hunting and fishing. Jason has beautiful wife, Hallie, and one son, Reeden

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.

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.

Stephanie McClendon

Board Member

Stephanie’s commitment to building relationships and a stronger community is evident by her service to First Federal and the counties she serves by currently volunteering her time on local boards such as Live Oak Community Charity Foundation and Meridian Health Board. She has previously been a board member and past President for United Way of Suwannee Valley, past President and Secretary of ARC North Florida, past President and Board Member of Altrusa International, founding member and Treasurer of Suwannee Academic Boosters, and Riveroak College Advisory Committee member for the business academy.

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.

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.

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.

Sinoma Brown


Mrs. Brown joined our board with 30 years of healthcare experience, which included six years as the Director of Operating Room and Transplants with Shands at the University of Florida (UF Health). Mrs. Brown also serves as liaison to our Board of Associates (Meridian’s fundraising and advocacy board)

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.

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