Partners’ Board of Directors

The Partners Board of Directors guides policies and procedures to be sure we meet local needs with the best providers and services available while maintaining your rights.

The 21-member Board of Directors guides Partners Behavioral Health Management’s policies and operations. The board makes sure Partners is meeting local needs by giving you access to the best providers using the most effective treatment. The board is concerned with your health and safety, the customer service you receive, your right to file complaints and appeals, and the financial stability of Partners. All members are volunteers residing in one of the eight counties in the Partners’ service area, which includes Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry, and Yadkin Counties.

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Board of Directors

  • Maynard Taylor, Burke County Commissioner
  • Linda McCrary, Burke County
  • Randall Isenhower, Catawba County Commissioner
  • Vacant, Catawba County
  • Russ Perkins, Catawba County
  • Susan Allen, Cleveland County Commissioner
  • Kris Thompson, Cleveland County, Treasurer
  • Steve Epperson, Gaston County
  • Joseph Ramey, Gaston County Commissioner Designee
  • Wil Neumann, Gaston County
  • Pam Poteat, Gaston County, Vice Chair

  • Ben Coggins, Gaston County
  • Gayle Mitchell, Iredell County
  • Frank W. “Bill” Furches, Jr., Iredell County, Chair of the Board
  • Marvin Norman, Iredell County Commissioner
  • Jane Hinson, Iredell County
  • Melinda Finger, Lincoln County
  • Vacant, Lincoln County Commissioner
  • Barbara Anderson, Surry County
  • Larry Phillips, Surry County Commissioner
  • Frank Zachary, Yadkin County Commissioner
  • Shannon Childress, President of Provider Council

Board of Directors’ Meetings

Partners’ Board of Directors holds its monthly public meetings on the third Thursday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the Hickory office located at 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC 28602. For more information about Partners’ Board of Directors and its meetings, please contact Anita Lingafelt, Clerk to the Board, at or 704-842-6324.


 Meeting Documents

January 19, 2017 MinutesAgenda
February 16, 2017 MinutesAgenda
March 16, 2017 MinutesAgenda
April 20, 2017 MinutesAgenda
May 18, 2017 MinutesAgenda
June 15, 2017 MinutesAgenda
July 20, 2017 No Meeting Held
August 17, 2017 MinutesAgenda
September 21, 2017 MinutesAgenda
October 19, 2017 MinutesAgenda
November 16, 2017 Minutes – Agenda
December – 2017 No Meeting Held


 Meeting Documents

January 21, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
February 18, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
March 17, 2016 Agenda  –   Minutes
April 21, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
May 19, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
June 16, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
July 21, 2016 No Meeting Held
August 18, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
September 15, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
October 20, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
November 17, 2016 Agenda  –  Minutes
December 15, 2016 No Meeting Held

If you need to obtain minutes or agendas for meetings prior to 2016, please contact:
Anita Lingafelt, Clerk to the Board, at