Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the comprehensive, collaborative planning and budgeting of publicly-funded, community-based mental health, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and substance use (MH/IDD/SU) services for our members. The Board appoints our CEO, oversees compliance, approves the annual budget, and establishes policy guidelines for management to administer services in a way that meets the diverse needs of the community.

Board membership includes representatives from county government, health plan members and community leaders, as well as professionals in healthcare administration, insurance and human services related fields.

Board composition is governed by N.C.G.S. § 122C-118.1, which requires certain qualifications and allows for no more than 21 voting members.

Current Vaya Health Board of Directors
Nancy Baker, Consumer and Family Advisory Committee Representative
Ronnie Beale, Macon County Commissioner
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County Commissioner
Richard A. Bunio, MD, Director of Cherokee Indian Hospital Clinical Services
Jack Cahn, MD, Retired Physician
Ira Dove, Esquire
Jeanne Duncan, President, Vaya Health Provider Advisory Council
Joyce Edwards, Retired Caldwell County Social Services Director
Rick French, Alexander County Manager
Jeff Heck, MD, President & Chief Executive Officer MAHEC
Jim Holland, Buncombe County Health and Human Services Director/Assistant County Manager
Judy Johannsen, Consumer and Family Advisory Committee Representative
Billy Kennedy, Watauga County Commissioner
Michael Lavender, External Relations Director, McDowell Technical College
Mike Norris, Insurance Representative
Pat McGinnis, Consumer and Family Advisory Committee Representative
Marche Pittman, Polk County Manager
Steve Smith, Henderson County Health Director

2017 Vaya Health Board of Directors Meeting Schedule

The Board meeting agenda and any handouts, including prior meeting minutes, are available at the Board meeting. We welcome public comment at the beginning of each meeting. To request notices of our upcoming meetings via email, please contact

*Unless otherwise indicated, all Board meetings are held at the Vaya Health administrative offices, located at 200 Ridgefield Court Asheville, NC 28806, and the meeting schedule is as follows:

Executive Committee 1:30 p.m.
Finance Committee 3:00 p.m.
Regulatory Compliance and Quality Committee 3:00 p.m.
Full Board 4:30 p.m.

January 27-28, 2017
Annual Retreat – Biltmore DoubleTree Hotel, Asheville

February 23, 2017

March 23, 2017

April 27, 2017

May 25, 2017

June 22, 2017

No Board meeting in July

August 24, 2017

September 28, 2017

Regulatory Compliance and Quality 3:30 p.m.
Finance Committee 4:00 p.m.
Executive Committee 4:30 p.m.
Full Board 5:30 p.m.

October 26, 2017

November 8, 2017
Notice of Special Called Meeting of the Board of Directors

November 30, 2017

No Board meeting in December

County Commissioner Advisory Board

The County Commissioner Advisory Board serves as the chief advisory board to the CEO and management about the delivery of public MH/IDD/SU services in the catchment area. The County Commissioner Advisory Board serves solely in an advisory capacity and does not have authority over budgeting, personnel matters, governance or policy making. The Advisory Board meets quarterly.

Each County Board of Commissioners designates a commissioner they wish to serve on the County Commissioner Advisory Board. Current membership includes:

Ronnie Reese, Alexander County Commissioner
Wade Bobby Irwin, Alleghany County Commissioner
Paula Perry, Ashe County Commissioner
Tim Phillips, Avery County Commissioner
Brownie Newman, Buncombe County Commissioner
Mike LaBrose, Caldwell County Commissioner
Gary Westmoreland, Cherokee County Commissioner
Clay Logan, Clay County Commissioner
Connie Orr, Graham County Commissioner
Bill Upton, Haywood County Commissioner
Charles Messer, Henderson County Commissioner
Brian McMahan, Jackson County Commissioner
Ronnie Beale, Macon County Commissioner
Wayne Brigman, Madison County Commissioner
Barry McPeters, McDowell County Commissioner
Jacob Willis, Mitchell County Commissioner
Jake Johnson, Polk County Commissioner
Bryan King, Rutherford County Commissioner
Phil Carson, Swain County Commissioner
Page Lemel, Transylvania County Commissioner
Billy Kennedy, Watauga County Commissioner
Gary D. Blevins, Wilkes County Commissioner
Jeff Whitson, Yancey County Commissioner

Call 1-800-849-6127 toll free 24/7 to access mental health, substance use and intellectual and/or developmental disability services. Members can request materials in Spanish or English.

Llamar al número gratuito 1-800-849-6127 24/7 para obtener servicios y apoyo a la salud mental, discapacidades de desarrollo y abuso de sustancias. Los miembros pueden solicitar materiales en español o Inglés.