Board of Mental Health

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 in person every other month on the third Thursday of the month at 9 a.m. In FY 20, those meeting months are July 2019, September 2019, November 2019, January 2020, March 2020, and May 2020. Meetings will be held via teleconference at the DMH Central Office in August 2019, October 2019, December 2019, and February 2020. For more information, contact Grenaye Sullivan at 601-359-6260.

2019-2020 Board of Mental Health 

Dr. John Montgomery, Chair

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.

Dr. Manda Griffin, Vice Chair

Dr. Manda Griffin of Houlka is a registered respiratory therapist, a licensed social worker, 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. She also holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Maryville University. She was appointed to the social worker position on the board.

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.

Dr. Alyssa Killebrew

Dr. Alyssa Killebrew of Madison is a clinical psychologist in private practice who has worked at Life Help Region 6 Community Mental Health Center and previously served as Mental Health Director of the Youthful Offender Unit in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Dr. Killebrew was appointed to serve as the Third Congressional District representative.

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.

Teresa Mosley

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.

Courtney Phillips

Courtney Phillips of Indianola is the CEO of South Sunflower County Hospital who has 20 years of experience in healthcare, government, and not-for-profit organizations. He currently serves as a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association, Rural Hospital Solutions, and Delta Council, is President of the Rural Hospital Alliance, Treasurer of the Delta Trauma Board, and Secretary / Treasurer for the Mississippi Healthcare Executives, an Independent Chapter of the American College Healthcare Executives. Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Delta State University. He was appointed to represent the Second Congressional District on the Board of Mental Health.

Stewart Rutledge

Stewart Rutledge of Oxford is a real estate developer who has previously served as Chairman of the Mississippi Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, appointed by Governor Barbour, as well as the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Commission on Juveniles and the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C., all aimed at ensuring the proper treatment of juveniles coming into contact with the justice system.  Mr. Rutledge is also a licensed attorney and previously served as Corporate Counsel to Sta-Home Healthcare, Mississippi’s largest Home Health provider.  Mr. Rutledge was appointed by Governor Bryant to represent the First Congressional District for a seven-year term beginning July 1, 2017.  Mr. Rutledge is a family member of a mental health consumer.

Dr. Sampat Shivangi

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 was appointed to represent the Medical Physician category on the Board of Mental Health.