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Board of Directors
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)
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.
Byran da Frota
Bryan da Frota currently serves as a Principal and Operating Partner of Broadtree Partners, a lower middle market private equity fund. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Prioria Robotics, Inc. Bryan is dedicated to supporting the community organizations for which he is passionate about.
He has served on the Board of Directors of professional associations, civic organizations, and businesses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Meridian Behavioral Health. Bryan was also a Governor-appointed board member of Career Source Florida, a State of Florida Workforce Ambassador, North Florida Top 40 under 40, and a Gainesville Impact Award Winner. He is also the past president of Dance Alive National Ballet and a volunteer for Youth Combine.
Bryan holds a BA in Business and Religion from the University of Florida. He lives with his wife, Jamie, his daughter, Maya and his son, Sebastian, in Gainesville, Florida. www.bryandafrota.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Yates, 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.