The governing board of the Mississippi Department of Mental Health is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor of Mississippi and confirmed by the State Senate. Members’ terms are staggered to ensure continuity of quality care and professional oversight of services. By statute, the nine-member board is composed of a physician, a psychiatrist, a clinical psychologist, a social worker with experience in the field of mental health, and one citizen representative from each of Mississippi’s five congressional districts (as existed in 1974).
Meetings of the Board of Mental Health are open to the public. Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Grenaye Sullivan at 601-359-6260.
Mr. George Harrison, Chair
Mr. George Harrison of Coffeeville attended Northwest Community College and served as a Production Manager for 41 years at Lennox International in Grenada. He previously served on the Governor’s Council for Developmental Disabilities and the BMR Advisory Council. Mr. Harrison was appointed to represent the First Congressional District and is a family member of a consumer.
Mr. Rick Barry, Vice Chair
Mr. Rick Barry of Meridian is partner in the law firm of Hammack, Barry, Thaggard and May, LLP in Meridian. Barry received his law degree from the University of Mississippi. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Mississippi Bar Association, Lauderdale County Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Barry was appointed to serve as the Third Congressional District representative.
Dr. Manda Griffin
Dr. Manda Griffin of Houlka is a registered respiratory therapist, a licensed social worker, registered nurse, and a board certified family nurse practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s degree from Alcorn State University. Dr. Griffin was appointed to serve as a lay representative for the Second Congressional District.
Dr. Jim Herzog
Dr. Jim Herzog of Jackson is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice. Dr. Herzog received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Creighton University and a master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Currently, his practice involves consultation with the Region 8 Mental Health Services, the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation/Disability Services, and Catholic Charities, as well as providing individual therapy and assessment with adults, adolescents, and children. Dr. Herzog was appointed to serve as the Clinical Psychologist representative.
Mr. Robert Landrum
Mr. Robert Landrum of Ellisville has served on Ellisville State School Parent’s Association and the Mississippi Developmental Disabilities Planning Council. In 2005, he received the James “Jimmy” Stubbs Award, Commitment of Volunteer Service to Mississippians with Mental Retardation, Mental Illness, and Chemical Dependencies. He has been involved in mental health since the early 1980s when he and his wife became active in Ellisville State Schools Parents and Friends Organization. Mr. Landrum was appointed to represent the Fifth Congressional District and is a family member of a consumer.
Dr. John Montgomery
Dr. John Montgomery of Ocean Springs is the Medical Director for Behavioral Health at Singing River Health Systems in Jackson County. He is also a consulting psychiatrist who works with law enforcement officials in Hancock, Pearl River and Jackson Counties, and he has a private forensic practice as well. Prior to moving to Ocean Springs, he worked at Mississippi State Hospital from 2003 until 2011. During that time, he served as a Service Chief, Interim Clinical Director, and a Forensic Psychiatrist. Dr. Montgomery has been appointed to represent the psychiatrist position on the board.
Teresa Mosley of Clinton is the owner of TRM Educational Consulting and is the lead psychometrist with the Mississippi College Dyslexia Education and Evaluation Center. She spent a decade in the classroom teaching students, and has also completed work for the Mississippi Department of Education in the offices of Curriculum and Instruction and School Improvement, as well numerous school districts in the state of Mississippi. Ms. Mosley has been appointed to represent the Fourth Congressional District on the board.
Sampat Shivangi, M.D.
Sampat Shivangi, M.D. of Ridgeland is the president and CEO of US Info Systems of Mississippi. From 2005 – 2008, Dr. Shivangi served as the Advisor to the US Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the past president elect of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin. He is the founding president of the American Association of Physicians of Indian origin in Mississippi and is the past president and chair of the India Association of Mississippi. He previously served on the Mississippi State Board of Health. He also served as a house delegate in American Medical Association Chicago, IL. Dr. Shivangi represents the Medical Physician category on the Board of Mental Health.