Board of Directors

Service. Advocacy. Commitment.

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 Hutchinson

Board Chair

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. 

 
 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Pilates or taking a walk with my husband

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Practice forgiveness much earlier, for yourself and others.

Favorite inspirational quote:

“Always take the high road.” – My Father

Daniel Gardner

Vice Chair

Daniel, a High Point native, serves as the Director of First Impressions and Senior Adult Activities at Green Street Baptist Church. He loves the Lord and loves to serve others in the community.

Daniel supports MHA/T because he has seen the trauma untreated mental illness can cause, and he knew that serving on our board would allow him to help make a meaningful difference by promoting accessible mental health care. In his free time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his new wife, Morgan, and traveling with friends.

 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Being by myself and doing what exactly what I want.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Never forget where you come from. Let the past keep you grounded and humble.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"Love people where they are, not where you want them to be."

Jamie Amos

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. 

 
Favorite form of self-care:

Reading God's Word.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Worry and fear always steals your peace and joy. Take one day at a time. Yesterday has passed and tomorrow is yet to come.

Favorite inspirational quote:

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brandon Blair

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. 

 
Favorite form of self-care:

Therapy.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Cherish every moment of life!

Favorite inspirational quote:

“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 Dey-Johnson

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. 

 
Favorite form of self-care:

Exercising and listening to NPR podcasts

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Don't let anything stand in my way of moving forward and pursuing my passion.

Favorite inspirational quote:

“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 Garner

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. 

 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Taking a walk

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Go for your passion not for money.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." – C.S. Lewis

Otis Harris

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. 

 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Playing and listening to music.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Life is too short to care about what other people think. 

Favorite inspirational quote:

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does." – William James

Linda Myers

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. 

 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Reading a good book.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

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!

Favorite inspirational quote:

If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

Georgia Rasmussen

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.

 
 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Taking a nap, especially on Sunday afternoons!

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Use more sunscreen!

Favorite inspirational quote:

“Live so that when you die your life will have mattered.”

Meredith Snoddy

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.

 
Favorite form of self-care:

Hiking to a summit with a beautiful view and beautiful people is a favorite.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Be considerate and intentional with your thoughts, actions, decisions, and people around you.

Favorite inspirational quote:

“Love one another, build each other up and comfort those who are in any affliction.”

Martha Stewart

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. 

 
 
Favorite form of self-care:

Exercise especially walking and exercising the brain with challenges and staying involved in the community.

Advice they'd give their younger self:

You are good enough!

Favorite inspirational quote:

“Faith, hope and love...and the greatest of these is love!”

Sandy Ward

Sandy is a CPA and a High Point University C’93 graduate and loves working with non-profit organizations in her professional and personal life. She is also a board member, treasurer, and coach for the Davidson County Special Olympics and serves her church as a Sunday school teacher.

Sandy supports MHA/T because she has experienced the many benefits of professional counseling and she believes everyone should have the ability to improve their well-being and mental health. In her free time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her husband and fur-babies. 

 
Favorite form of self-care:

Sitting on the beach with a good book to read and a good massage and pedicure!

Advice they'd give their younger self:

Don't let fear live your life! Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.

Favorite inspirational quote:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." – Joshua 1:9

How can we help you?

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.