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Georgia Association of Community Service Boards elects Officers for FY22
An Introduction of Dynamic Leaders


DOUGLASVILLE, GA – June 25, 2021 – The Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) is proud to announce the organization’s 2022 fiscal year officers: President Kent Woerner, Vice President Alecea Quintyne, Secretary Melanie Dallas and Treasurer Charles Williamson. These individuals will serve a one-year term and be at the helm of GACSB’s mission to promote the exchange of information, represent members on legislative matters and advocate for the highest quality of life for citizens across Georgia in need of mental health, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorder services.

In 1994 Community Service Boards (CSBs) were statutorily created in O.C.G.A. § 37-2-6 as public corporations and instrumentalities of the state. CSBs are Georgia’s Public Safety Net and the CSBs provide a holistic approach to further the RECOVERY and INDEPENDENCE of everyone in service; which are community-based and comprehensive in range. All services are provided in a cost-effective manner in the least restrictive setting while involving consumers and their families in their design and governance.

“This leadership was tested and challenged during the 2020/2021 National Public Health Emergency, and now stands ready to guide us into a new era,” says GACSB Deputy Director Jesse Hambrick. “The GACSB’s work has always been vital to Georgia’s communities, but with the ever-changing climate of healthcare, the increase need for services and supports across our great state, now it is more important than ever that we have leadership to guide us down a path of innovation in order to sustain opportunities for recovery and independence in our communities.”


 


GACSB President, Kent Woerner

Residing in Rabun County, Kent Woerner has been an active member of AVITA Community Partners for almost four years. He is also a member of the Board of Health in Rabun County. He has his undergraduate degree from Furman University and received his Masters and Specialist Degree from the University West Georgia.

He resides in Rabun with his wife Kathie Ann Woerner and their daughter Lucy Woerner. Together, the Woerner’s have seven children and five grandchildren. He is a retired Administrator of the Rabun County School System, where he served for 11 years, and prior to that was an administrator and teacher in Clayton and Henry Counties. Currently he serves as one of five commissioners in Rabun County.


 


GACSB Vice President, Alecea Quintyne

Alecea Quintyne is a Healthcare Information Technology professional and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Management of Information Systems from National - Louis University. She is a twenty-two-year Georgia resident whose desire to serve stems from the philanthropic spirit she inherited from her large and loving family. Also, due to her brother’s diagnosis with paranoid schizophrenia, she has a passion for mental illness awareness and advocacy. Quintyne is the immediate past Board Chair of the DeKalb Community Service Board where she heads the Technology Committee.

Alecea drives to be a change agent within her community to ensure that its citizens are aware of and have access to mental health services. Mrs. Quintyne lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband Mansa and twelve-year-old daughter, Zuri.


 


GACSB Secretary, Melanie Dallas

Melanie Dallas is the Chief Executive Officer at Highland Rivers Health and Interim Chief Executive Officer for Cobb County Community Service Board. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified in Appreciative Inquiry. During her 33 year experience in Behavioral Health, Melanie has held several administrative, clinical direct care, and leadership positions in almost every level of care from crisis stabilization and mobile crisis assessment to in-home care. Her work experience has spanned both the public and private sectors working with children, families and adults. She is the current chair of the Administrative Operations Committee for the Georgia Association of Community Service Board. In this most recent year, she has been selected to sit on the 9-8-8 planning coalition. She also was appointed to the Substance Abuse Advisory Council for the Appalachian Regional Commission. She is a dedicated advocate for children and families and has provided testimony to several study committees in our Georgia legislature on youth and family issues.

Ms. Dallas is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BBA in Marketing, and also holds a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. She is also a graduate from the Georgia Academy for Economic Development.


 


GACSB Treasurer, Charles Williamson

Fiscal year 2022 will be Charles “Chuck” D. Williamson’s sixth term as GACSB Treasurer, continuing his oversight and assurance of the accuracy of all accounts for the Corporation. He is the CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems, a Community Mental Health Center located in Augusta, Georgia. Serenity offers behavioral health services including Psychiatry, Substance Abuse counseling, Developmental Disabilities services, Child & Adolescent and Crisis Stabilization services to the citizens of East Central Georgia. Mr. Williamson has served as the CEO of Serenity for more than 15 years, beginning in 2004. Prior to coming to Serenity, Mr. Williamson served as the CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Virginia. He worked in that capacity at the Community Health Foundation at Man, West Virginia, for nine years. Mr. Williamson served as President of the Greater Augusta Health Network beginning in 2009 until 2013. Mr. Williamson has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from West Virginia University. He also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University. Born and raised in Man, West Virginia, Mr. Williamson now resides in Evans, GA. with his wife Patty. In his time off, he loves to be active in his church music program at the Sanctuary Church in Evans, GA.