Board of Directors

Although Avita Community Partners is not a state organization, it is a public organization formed by the 1993 Georgia State Legislature to serve persons experiencing the disabling effects of mental illness, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases. The Board of Directors consists of one Commission appointed resident from each of the 13 counties represented in the Northeast Georgia area who are involved in and committed to services, as well as being responsible for guiding policy, contractual expectations and representing both client and community input. Legislation requires that at least 50% of board members be either clients themselves or have a family member who is a client. This direct connection ensures that there is representation of the various disability groups. Legislation also requires we have 4 elected or appointed officials as members of the governing board. The 4 appointments are made by the counties making the largest cash or in-kind contribution to Avita Community Partners. One additional Board position may be appointed by the Board of Directors to address variations in county population size and financial contributions to the community service board.

The Board of Directors meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00pm in the Board Room of the Administrative Offices in Flowery Branch. Board Meetings are open to the public.

The Avita Community Partners board members are:

Mark BakerRepresenting Avita at Large

Commissioner Sammy ReeceBanks County, Elected Official

Rita BushRepresenting Banks County

Joe HirschRepresenting Dawson County

Julie M. GruenRepresenting Forsyth County

Penny A. PennForsyth County, Elected Official

Angela WhidbyFranklin County, Board Vice Chair

Commissioner Victor E. AndersonHabersham County, Elected Offical

Quentin CarrRepresenting Habersham County

Deborah K. MackRepresenting Hall County

Margaret GregoryHall County, Elected Offical

VacantRepresenting Hart County

Barbara BosankoRepresenting Lumpkin County

Kent A. WoernerRepresenting Rabun County

VacantRepresenting Stephens County

VacantRepresenting Towns County

Charles HiggsUnion County, Board Secretary

Brian AlexanderWhite County, Board Chair Person