Leadership Team

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Judy Fitzgerald

Commissioner

Judy Fitzgerald was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in 2016. She has been with DBHDD since 2012, previously serving in the roles of Chief of Staff and Deputy Commissioner.

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Monica Johnson

Director, Division of Behavioral Health

Monica Johnson, MA, LPC, has worked in the behavioral health field for 20 years.  As the director of DBHDD’s Division of Behavioral Health, she oversees the offices of Adult Mental Health; Addictive Diseases; Children, Young, Adults, and Families; Crisis Coordination, Recovery; Prevention; and Federal Grants and Cultural Competency.

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Jeff Minor

Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer

Jeff Minor has served as deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of DBHDD since in 2012.

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Emile Risby, M.D.

Director, Division of Hospital Services and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Risby joined DBHDD as chief medical officer in August 2011.  His role expanded to include director of hospital services in June 2013. 

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David Sofferin

Director, Office of Public Affairs

David is the director of the Office of Public Affairs which oversees the DBHDD Office of Constituent Services.

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Melissa Sperbeck

Director, Division of Performance Management and Quality Improvement

Melissa Sperbeck is the director of the Division of Performance Management and Quality Improvement.  She oversees various offices with focuses on provider relations, performance analysis, quality improvement, Medicaid coordination, and the oversight of DBHDD’s contract with the Georgia Collaborative Administrative Services Organization. 

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Ron Wakefield

Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities

Ronald Wakefield began working with the intellectual and developmental disability community in 1982 for a program administered by Temple University in Pennsylvania.