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Board of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities

The Georgia Board of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities establishes the general policy to be followed by the Department. The nine-member board is appointed by the Governor. Each member of the board is appointed for a term of three years following initial appointments of staggered terms as provided by statute.

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Board Members

Officers
Kimberly Ryan

Kimberly Ryan, MS, MBA, FACHE -- CHAIR
Snellville, GA

Ryan is CEO of Eastside Medical Center in Snellville. She serves on the boards of Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, the Gwinnett Tech Foundation, Four Corners Primary Care Center and the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce. Ryan earned a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a master’s of science degree from the University of Rochester, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Georgia College and State University. She and her husband, Rich, have three children and two grandchildren.

David Glass

David Glass -- VICE CHAIR
Atlanta, GA

Glass is a senior vice president with Glass Financial Group, Inc. He serves on the board of directors for The Arc of Georgia and is a member of the Atlanta Estate Planning Council. He is a past board president of Parent to Parent of Georgia and has served as an advisory member for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Glass earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and is a Certified Financial Planner(r) professional. He and his wife, Betsy, have two young daughters.

Deirdre K. O'Brien

Deirdre K. O'Brien, MSN, NP-C -- SECRETARY
Waycross, GA

O’Brien is the former executive director of The Arc of Georgia, a statewide disability advocacy organization. She received her master’s in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is a board certified nurse practitioner. O’Brien and her husband, Randall, have two children, Connor and Clare.

Johnny Grant

Johnny Grant
Milledgeville, GA

Grant recently retired from the Georgia General Assembly where he served four terms representing the 25th Senate District. Presently, he is the director of community engagement and economic development for Georgia College and State University. He also serves as vice chairman of the Exchange Bank Board of Directors in Milledgeville and is on the boards of several volunteer organizations in the Middle Georgia area. During his service as state senator, Grant received numerous legislative awards for his work in the fields of mental health and public safety. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Georgia Tech as well as a master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia College. Grant and his wife, Carol, have three grown children and they attend St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

Jan H. Ligon

Jan H. Ligon, PhD, LCSW
Atlanta, GA

Ligon is an associate professor of social work at Georgia State University and a licensed clinical social worker. He is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Ligon earned a bachelor's of Business Administration from the University of Central Arkansas, a master's of Social Work and a doctorate of Social Work from the University of Georgia. He and his wife, Ann, have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Ellice P. Martin
Homerville, GA

Martin has served as a board member and board chair of Unison Behavioral Health, and as the State President of the Georgia Association of Community Service Boards. She holds a B. S. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia, and has earned an M. Ed., Ed. S., and an Ed. D. from Valdosta State University. She taught secondary mathematics, served as a principal, and is currently a full professor in the Dewar College of Education and Human Services at Valdosta State University, teaching mathematics methods and graduate research courses. She has been honored by the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics as a post-secondary educator who inspires, mentors, and advocates for mathematics education, and she has twice received the Valdosta State University College of Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. She and her husband, Philips, have two children and four grandchildren.

Susan Radovich

Susan Radovich
Statesboro, GA

Radovich taught at Georgia Southern University and retired from Bulloch County School System as guidance counselor. She served as the chairman of the Community Service Board in Statesboro and is a past president of the Sprig-Dig Garden Club. She is a recipient of the Dean Day Smith Service to Mankind Award and has volunteered with developmentally delayed adults for the past 15 years. Radovich earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University as well as a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University. She and her husband, Frank have two daughters, Amy and Amanda.

 

Jean R. Sumner, MD
Wrightsville, GA

Jean Sumner is an internal medicine physician practicing in Wrightsville. She is a former board member and past president of the Georgia Board of Medicine and currently serves as medical director of the board. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree in Nursing from the Medical College of Georgia and a medical degree from Mercer University. She and her husband, Joe, have two children and three grandchildren. They reside in Wrightsville.

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson, Sheriff
LaFayette, GA

Wilson has been a law enforcement officer for 33 years. He was elected sheriff of Walker County in 1996 and is currently serving his fifth term. Wilson serves as president of the Georgia Sheriffs’ Youth Homes and is a board member of the Family Crisis Center of Walker, Dade, Chattooga and Catoosa counties. Wilson is a graduate of the Georgia Police Academy and Naval Post Graduate School. He and his wife, Sandy, have three adult children.