Through the years, Mental Health Associates of the Triad has enjoyed the guidance and dedication of individuals deeply committed to our community’s mental wellness. Our volunteer Board of Directors, comprised of distinguished leaders from the Triad’s private and public sectors, governs our work as a nonprofit organization.
Meeting monthly, the Board directs our strategic objectives and operational policy. We invite you to get acquainted with our current Board of Directors below.
Melissa is an NC native with 20 years of experience as a Clinical Director and Program Director for Substance Abuse. She has also served on the Board of Directors for Community Link and Fundraising Committee for the American Heart Association.
Melissa is driven to support MHA/T because she believes mental health education and services should be easily accessible and affordable for all. She also believes in championing healthy conversations, destigmatizing mental health, and always doing what is right. During her free time, Melissa enjoys trying out new recipes in the kitchen, reading a good book, and teaching Pilates.
Pilates or taking a walk with my husband
Practice forgiveness much earlier, for yourself and others.
“Always take the high road.” – My Father
Jamie is a High Point native and has been heavily involved with the PTAs at The Piedmont School and Hayworth Christian School as well as serving on the board of the HPU Panther’s Club for many years.
She chooses to support MHA/T because she wants people to know that they are not alone, even when life throws them a curveball and that they have access to help them find a way to get better. During her free time, Jamie enjoys spending time with her son, stepson, and 6 grandchildren while watching basketball or playing board games.
Reading God's Word.
Worry and fear always steals your peace and joy. Take one day at a time. Yesterday has passed and tomorrow is yet to come.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Brandon is a High Point native, a graduate of High Point University, and the proud owner of B & H Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. Brandon and his wife, Suzanne, have been married for 27 years and have two children, Charlie, and Abby. He also volunteers with Communities in Schools.
He supports MHA/T because he wants to help eliminate the stigma about mental health in the High Point area. During his free time, Brandon enjoys traveling with family, playing golf, and driving his convertible around town for some fresh air.
Cherish every moment of life!
“Everyone has their own story. Everyone knows their own pain. Never allow anyone to judge your path. Because only you know how much strength it took to get up and continue to GO ON!”
Ivy is a GA native who has been in NC since 1983––when the Marine Corp brought her here. Ivy has extensive experience as a licensed clinical social worker and licensed clinical addiction specialist. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from A&T State University and her master’s degree in social work from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Ivy supports MHA/T because of her mental health background and knowing that there is a great need in the community for our agency. During her free time, Ivy enjoys working in her flower beds and vegetable garden.
Exercising and listening to NPR podcasts
Don't let anything stand in my way of moving forward and pursuing my passion.
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." – Maya Angelou
Mason grew up in High Point and is one of the many business owners in our community. She owns Decorative Magic, and she loves supporting other local businesses and seeing High Point grow.
Mason chooses to support MHA/T because he wanted to give back after we provided support to her brother during his struggle with substance abuse. Once she joined the board, she saw how instrumental the work we do is for our community. During her free time, Mason enjoys going to High Point Rocker’s games and community events and supporting her 14-year-old daughter at dance competitions.
Taking a walk
Go for your passion not for money.
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." – C.S. Lewis
Otis Harris was born and raised in High Point and serves the High Point community with his involvement in various organizations including The Community Clinic of High Point, MHA, and many others. He is the founder and president of Harris House Furniture Industries, and he was inducted into the Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
He chooses to support MHA/T because he believes in our mission to help others. In his free time, Otis plays music and leads worship at his church, and spends time with his 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Playing and listening to music.
Life is too short to care about what other people think.
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." – William James
Linda’s hometown is Boonville, NC, but High Pont has been home for many years. She is a retired registered nurse (NC Baptist Hospital- School of Nursing). She spent many years of her career focused on mental health as a psychiatric nurse at NC Baptist Hospital and with the Guilford County Department of Mental Health where she served as the Director of Nursing.
Now that she has retired, she continues to serve on the MHA/T board because she believes in advocating for clients suffering from mental health. During her free time, Linda enjoys traveling to tropical climates with her family.
Reading a good book.
It is indeed true - that if you are lucky enough to find a job you love, you’ll never work a day in your life. Look for THAT job!
If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.
Georgia has been involved in the High Point community since she and her husband moved here 45 years ago, volunteering with the Junior League, her church, and all three of her children's schools over the years. She received her master’s degree in counseling from East Carolina University and works consulting with nursing homes and home health agencies as a specialist, with country-wide recognition, in long-term care insurance.
Georgia supports MHA/T because she believes accessibility for people who are struggling with their mental health is critical. In her free time, Georgia enjoys playing pickleball, traveling, and spoiling her 5 grandchildren.
Taking a nap, especially on Sunday afternoons!
Use more sunscreen!
“Live so that when you die your life will have mattered.”
Meredith is an NC native with a wealth of non-profit experience. She served as Financial Administrator and Wellness Director at Green Street Baptist Church, a volunteer Community Chaplain with training from the Trauma Healing Institute/Community Resiliency Model, and International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. She is also working on her master’s degree.
Meredith is passionate about making a difference. She has seen firsthand what untreated mental illness can do to individuals and their families, making her work with MHA/T an important part of her life. Meredith enjoys live music and attending sporting events in her free time.
Hiking to a summit with a beautiful view and beautiful people is a favorite.
Be considerate and intentional with your thoughts, actions, decisions, and people around you.
“Love one another, build each other up and comfort those who are in any affliction.”
Martha, a former Board President, has accepted many reappointments over the years because of her commitment to the mission of MHA/T and her love of High Point Community. She is the former Board Chair of The Guilford Center Mental Health and of NC Mental Health Association/Raleigh.
Martha believes that making resources accessible and fighting social stigma in our community is an important first step in helping ease the burdens that come with mental illness. During her free time, Martha enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends.
Exercise especially walking and exercising the brain with challenges and staying involved in the community.
You are good enough!
“Faith, hope and love...and the greatest of these is love!”
For those we serve, we are the essential and often-postponed “first step” toward the goal of mental wellness. Whether the concern is for yourself or a loved one, know that we welcome you with deep compassion and respect. What seems frightening or hopeless today can quickly become a path to a brighter, more positive tomorrow.
Whenever you’re ready to take that first step, we’re ready to help.