Created by the Governor and General Assembly in 2009, the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) and its network of community providers offer treatment and support services to help people with behavioral health challenges achieve recovery by focusing on their strengths. Through uniquely tailored supports and services, we help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities attain independence and lead meaningful and fulfilling lives.

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Judy Fitzgerald


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.

Ashley Fielding

Ashley Fielding

Assistant Commissioner

Ashley Fielding is the Assistant Commissioner for Agency Affairs. She oversees the departments offices of Human Resources and Learning, Legal Services, Public Affairs, and Legislative Affairs.

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Jeff Minor

Deputy Commissioner

Jeff Minor has served as deputy commissioner of DBHDD since 2012.  In this capacity, he serves in a consultative role to the Commissioner.

Brenda K. Woordard

Brenda Woodard

General Counsel

Brenda King Woodard serves as DBHDD’s General Counsel. The Office of General Counsel provides legal advice and support to the Commissioner, DBHDD divisions and offices, the DBHDD Board, and DBHDD-related boards and councils. 

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Emile Risby, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Director, Division of Hospital Services

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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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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Ron Wakefield

Director, Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

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

Melissa Sperbeck

Melissa Sperbeck

Director, Division of Strategy, Technology, and Performance

Melissa Sperbeck is the Director of the Division of Strategy, Technology, and Performance.  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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Doug Engle

Chief Information Officer

Doug Engle has served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) of DBHDD since April 2013. Previously he served as CIO of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice for 15 years and with the Georgia Department of Corrections performing application development management between 1990 and 1998.

Mary Price, Chief Financial Officer

Mary Price

Chief Financial Officer

Mary has a unique background with more than 25 years of experience in budget and finance as well as contracts and procurement with the State of Georgia. 

Greg Hoyt

Greg Hoyt

Director, Office of Hospital Operations

Greg Hoyt joined DBHDD when it was the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Addictive Diseases under the former Department of Human Resources team in April 2000 as the regional coordinator for the West Central area of Georgia.

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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. He also oversees the DBHDD Board and the Behavioral Health Coordinating Council (BHCC).

Mark Green, Director of Human Resources and Learning

Mark Green

Director, Office of Human Resources and Learning

H. Mark Green is director of DBHDD’s Office of Human Resources and Learning.