One of Rome’s own is among Highland Rivers Health’s new officers for the 2021 fiscal year.

Michael McElveen, assistant dean of student wellness at Berry College, who joined the board in February, is one of the newest members of the board. He and Floyd County Commissioner Larry Maxey serve as the county’s two representatives.

Cherokee County board member Chantel Adams, founder of Mission Driven Woman, was elected chair as of July 1, the start of the agency’s 2021 fiscal year.

Adams has served as chair twice before, during the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, and has served as interim chair since February.

Other officers elected for FY21 include Gilmer County board member and behavioral health advocate Leland Johnson as vice chair; Polk County board member Sherman Ross, mayor of Rockmart, as secretary; and Bartow County board member Chris Mosley, CEO of Cartersville Medical Center, as treasurer.

“As a community agency, Highland Rivers Health benefits from an active and engaged board that is representative of the communities we serve,” said CEO Melanie Dallas in a press release.

“We are very pleased to have Chantel Adams continue as chair, leading what is once again a very strong slate of officers, especially as we look toward renewing our accreditation this fall,” she added.

Highland Rivers’ governing board includes a representative from every county in the agency’s 12-county service area — with two representatives each from Floyd and Polk counties. They are appointed by each county’s board of commissioners.

Members serve three-year terms and terms are staggered to ensure continuity of governance.

The board includes several individuals who have family members with mental illness, addictive disease or developmental disabilities, and representatives from the judicial system, family services, private industry, law enforcement, local government and healthcare.

The board meets every other month, six times each year. All FY21 meetings will be held at Highland Rivers’ ROC Clubhouse, 1 Goodyear Ave., in Cartersville. The meetings are open to the public and are announced in advance.

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