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 the management to administer services in a way that meets the diverse needs of the community.

Board membership includes representatives from county government, consumers, family members and community leaders, as well as professionals in health, health insurance and human service related fields.

The 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, CFAC Representative
Ronnie Beale, Macon County Commissioner
Billy Kennedy, Watauga County Commissioner
Ira Dove, Haywood County Manager
Carolyn Coward, Attorney-at-Law
Joyce Edwards, Social Services Director (retired), Caldwell County
Rick French, Alexander County Manager
Jeff Heck, MD, President & CEO MAHEC
Judy Johannsen, CFAC Representative
Michael Lavender, Director of External Relations, McDowell Technical College
Pat McGinnis, CFAC Representative
Marche Pittman, Polk County Manager
Judy Poe, Accountant
Mandy Stone, Asst. Buncombe County Manager
Jeanne Duncan, President, Vaya Health Provider Council
Jack Cahn, MD, Retired Physician
Steve Smith, Henderson County Health Director


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:

  • Larry Yoder – Alexander County Commissioner
  • Wade Bobby Irwin – Alleghany County Commissioner
  • William Sands – Ashe County Commissioner
  • Blake Vance – Avery County Commissioner
  • David Gantt – Buncombe County Commissioner
  • Mike LaBrose – Caldwell County Commissioner
  • Connie Orr – Graham County Commissioner
  • Bill Upton – Haywood County Commissioner
  • Charles Messer – Henderson County Commissioner
  • Vicki Green – Jackson County Commissioner
  • Ronnie Beale – Macon County Commissioner
  • Wayne Brigman – Madison County Commissioner
  • Barry McPeters – McDowell County Commissioner
  • Vern Grindstaff – Mitchell County Commissioner
  • Michael Gage – 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

Related Pages

Call 1-800-849-6127 toll free 24/7 to obtain services and support for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. 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.