About GACSB

The Georgia Association of Community Service Boards, Inc. (GACSB) was established in 1994 for the following purposes:

  • To lead in the development and operation of public disability services (mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases [MHDDAD]) which are community-based and comprehensive in range; involve consumers and their families in their design and governance; and are provided in a cost-effective manner in the least restrictive setting;
  • To advocate, initiate, and support actions designed to improve disability services in Georgia;
  • For sharing and exchange of information and ideas related to service delivery;
  • To develop resources and solutions to problems; and To speak singularly in matters mutually involving and concerning community service boards (CSBs) in the State of Georgia.

Vision

Our vision is to achieve healthy communities which assure the highest potential quality of life for consumers of mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases services.

Mission

Our mission is to promote the exchange of information; to represent the community service boards (CSBs) on legislative and administration matters; and to advocate for the highest quality of life for consumers of mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive diseases services.

Georgia Association of Community Service Boards
Welcomes a Century of Experience

The Georgia Association of Community Service Boards (GACSB) is pleased to announce the organization’s 2016-2017 board of officers: President Gail Macrenaris, Vice President Lowell Williamson, Secretary Dr. Thomas Ford and Treasurer Dr. Aundria Cheever. These individuals will be at the helm of GACSB’s mission to promote the exchange of information, represent members on legislative matters and advocate for the highest quality of life for consumers of mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive diseases services.

Since 2009, Gail H. Macrenaris, GACSB President, has served as Board Chair for View Point Health in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a 450-team workforce delivering a full spectrum of services with a $35 million budget whose mission is to promote overall health and improve quality of life by ensuring the delivery of effective behavioral and physical health care that meets the needs of communities we serve. She is the retired Director of Leadership and Education for the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce with over 20 years experience facilitating leadership, educational and workforce development.

Lowell A. Williamson, GACSB Vice President, is currently an instructor at Valdosta State University, Department of Middle, Secondary, Reading, & Deaf Education. He has dedicated over 31 years in public education (math instructor, assistant principal, principal) and 12 years in higher education (math instructor, supervisor of student teachers). “In keeping with the mission of Unison Behavioral Health, as an administrator in various school systems, I saw the need and the results of these organizations as we provided quality mental health and substance abuse assistance to consumers in our communities and schools.”

Dr. Thomas Ford, GACSB Secretary, has led Lookout Mountain Community Services as executive director for the past 15 years. In addition to his more than 20 years in behavioral healthcare leadership, he provided treatment and counseling for 20 years in a clinical setting. He is a board member of the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare and received his B.S. in Psychology from Valdosta State College, his Masters from Mississippi State University and his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin.

Charles “Chuck” D. Williamson, GACSB Treasurer, is the CEO of Serenity Behavioral Health Systems.  Serenity is a Community Mental Health Center located in Augusta, Georgia.  Serenity offers behavioral health services including Psychiatry, Substance Abuse counseling, Developmental Disabilities services, Child & Adolescent and Crisis Stabilization services to the citizens of East Central Georgia.  Mr. Williamson has served as the CEO of Serenity for more than 10 years, beginning in 2004.

Prior to coming to Serenity, Mr. Williamson served as the CEO of a Federally Qualified Health Center in West Virginia.  He worked in that capacity at the Community Health Foundation at Man, West Virginia, for nine years.

Mr. Williamson served as President of the Greater Augusta Health Network beginning in 2009 until 2013.

Mr. Williamson has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from West Virginia University.  He also possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Marshall University.

Born and raised in Man, West Virginia, Mr. Williamson now resides in Evans, GA. with his wife Patty and youngest son.  His oldest son attends The University of South Carolina and is studying to be a physician.  In his time off, he loves to be active in his church music program at the Sanctuary Church in Evans, GA.

ASSOCIATION COMMITTEES

*Interested parties wishing to participate in one or more of the following meetings should contact GACSB Executive Director, Robyn Garrett, at 912-312-3205.*

  • Administrative Operations Committee – Melanie Dallas, Chair & Cindy Levi, Vice Chair
  • Clinical Operations Comitteee – Dr. Joe Bona, Chair & Dr. Mark Johnson, Vice Chair
  • Data Analytics Committee – Dr. Glyn Thomas, Chair & Dr. Tom Ford, Vice Chair
  • Education & Individual Advocacy Committee – Dr. Kay Brooks, Chair & Bill Carruthers, Vice Chair
  • Executive Committee – Gail Macrenaris, GACSB President
  • Public Image and Policy Committee – Lowell Williamson, GACSB Vice President