DBHDD Commissioner announces key staff appointments

August 21, 2012
ATLANTA- Today, Commissioner Frank Berry introduced key members of his staff who will continue to support the next phase of growth for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).  Berry announced Judy Fitzgerald will serve as Deputy Commissioner of Programs and Jeff Minor will serve as Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the agency.
“I am proud to have team members who mirror my passion and intensity for serving the people of Georgia,” says Berry, DBHDD Commissioner. “They are committed to improving access to high quality care that leads to recovery and independence and they offer fresh ideas and a wealth of institutional knowledge that will continue to move DBHDD forward.”
Both Fitzgerald and Minor join DBHDD with 50 years of combined service in state government and mental health. Fitzgerald served as Senior Vice President of Strategy for View Point Health where she implemented, developed and oversaw strategic priorities for the organization. Fitzgerald also served as Executive Director for the National Mental Health Association of Georgia and Assistant Director for Carter Center’s Mental Health Program. Prior to joining DBHDD, Minor served as the Assistant Commissioner for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). During his tenure with DJJ, he was responsible for the management and oversight of the department’s administrative functions; including Budget, Financial Services, Audits, Contracts, Federal Programs, Engineering, Human Resources, Training and Technology Services.  
Dr. Charles Li will assume the new role of Acting Assistant Commissioner to Developmental Disabilities (DD) which was temporarily filled by Dr. J. Bryce McLaulin in June. Li previously served as Director of Hospital Operations, overseeing all six state hospitals, including operations, budgeting, quality management, and DOJ CRIPA Settlement. As Acting Assistant Commissioner to DD, he will direct DD operations, policy development, budget and contract management, consumer and provider support, and quality management. 
Berry acknowledged and thanked McLaulin and Pamela Schuble, Settlement Coordinator (ADA) and Deputy Assistant Commissioner, for their oversight and diligent work during the DD transition.  McLaulin will resume his previous role of Assistant Commissioner of Behavioral Health.
Contact Information: 
Kristie N. Swink, knswink@dbhdd.ga.gov