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 Board of Directors guides Partners 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 grievances/complaints and appeals, and the financial stability of Partners. All members are volunteers residing in one of the counties in the Partners’ service area, which includes Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Rutherford, Stanly, Surry, Union, and Yadkin Counties.

Board of Directors

  • Alicia Emmons, Chair of Provider Council
  • Steve Garrison, Vice Chair
  • Daryl Cook, Treasurer
  • Jeffrey Brittain, Burke County Commissioner
  • Linda McCrary, Burke County
  • Barry Nelson, Burke County
  • Paula Yost, Cabarrus County
  • Henry Morphis, Catawba County, Chair
  • David O’Connor, Catawba County
  • Katherine “Kitty” W. Barnes, Catawba County Commissioner

  • James R. “Ronnie” Whetstine, Cleveland County Commissioner
  • Joseph Ramey, Gaston County Commissioner Designee
  • Scottie Brown, Iredell County Commissioner
  • Jane Hinson, Iredell County
  • Mike Hoffman, Iredell County
  • Anita McCall, Lincoln County Commissioner
  • Scott Efird, Stanly County Commissioner
  • Bill Goins, Surry County Commissioner
  • Robin Testerman Beeson, Surry County
  • David Williams, Union County Commissioner
  • Kevin Austin, Yadkin County Commissioner
  • Hope Elisa Bryant, Yadkin County

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.

Due to restrictions in effect for large group meetings all Partners’ Board meetings will be held electronically until further notice.

For more information about Partners’ Board of Directors or if you are interested in attending a meeting, please contact Tammy Pyles, Clerk to the Board at tpyles@partnersbhm.org or by calling 704-884-2625 by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting to leave a voicemail and include your name and phone number and you will be provided with instructions to join the meeting.

Persons wishing to comment during the Citizen Recognition portion of the meeting may do so with the following guidelines:

  1. Complete the Public Comment Sign-up Sheet and submit it by 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting to Tammy Pyles, tpyles@partnersbhm.org or by calling 704-884-2625 to leave a voicemail and include your phone number;
  2. You must state on the form which agenda item you wish to comment on or the topic if it is informal discussion; and
  3. Your comments must be no more than 350 words and included on the form.

Once these steps have been completed you will be provided with instructions about how to join the meeting.


 Meeting Documents

January 21, 2021 MinutesAgenda
February 10, 2021 MinutesAgenda
February 18, 2021 MinutesAgenda
March 18, 2021 MinutesAgenda
April 15, 2021 MinutesAgenda
May 20, 2021 MinutesAgenda
June 17, 2021 MinutesAgenda
July – 2021 No Meeting Held
August 19, 2021 MinutesAgenda
September 16, 2021 MinutesAgenda
October 21, 2021 Minutes – Agenda
November 18, 2021 Minutes – Agenda
December – 2021 No Meeting Held


 Meeting Documents

January 16, 2020 MinutesAgenda
February 20, 2020 No Meeting Held
March 19, 2020 MinutesAgenda
April 16, 2020 Minutes Agenda
May 21, 2020 MinutesAgenda
June 18, 2020 MinutesAgenda
July – 2020 No Meeting Held
August 20, 2020 MinutesAgenda
September 17, 2020 MinutesAgenda
October 15, 2020 MinutesAgenda
November 19, 2020 MinutesAgenda
December – 2020 No Meeting Held

If you need to obtain minutes or agendas for meetings prior to 2019, please contact:
Tammy Pyles, Clerk to the Board, at TPyles@partnersbhm.org

Partners Health Management Budget Ordinance (Fiscal Year 2021-2022)

The budget ordinance for Partners Health Management has been prepared in accordance with the North Carolina Local Government Budget and Fiscal Control Act and General Statute 159-11. Review the Budget Ordinance.