Board of Directors


AltaPointe Health Systems is governed by a board of directors as designated by Alabama Act 310, which became law in 1967. The region served by the AltaPointe board includes Mobile, Baldwin and Washington counties in southwest Alabama. The board comprises 12 voting members appointed by the elected governing officials of the City of Mobile, Mobile County, Washington County, and Baldwin County. AltaPointe’s board also includes eight advisory members. The board is responsible for planning, coordinating and developing the mental health service system for the region. It also provides consultation regarding program development and funding, coordination of regional programs, delivery of region-wide services and a consolidated budgeting process. The board is authorized to receive state, local and other monies for the operation of the services and programs designated under Act 310.

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Board Members

George Noonan
George Noonan

George L. Noonan is vice president of the First National Bank of Baldwin County. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Alabama and a graduate degree from the Graduate School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University. Noonan also is a member of the North Baldwin Hospital Board of Directors and World Market Center in Las Vegas. He serves as a Boy Scouts of America scoutmaster and as treasurer of the Baldwin County University of Alabama Alumni Association.

Gaylord Lyon
Vice President

Gaylord C. Lyon, Jr., began his insurance career in 1973, joining his father at Gaylord Lyon and Co. In 1986, the company merged with the Fry Zelnicker Agency to form the present insurance agency of Lyon Fry Cadden. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Charlottesville in Virginia. Lyon also serves as director on the Wells Fargo Bank of Mobile board, and has served on the boards of St. Paul’s Episcopal School, Wachovia Bank, Mobile Chamber of Commerce, YMCA, Volunteer Mobile, and the Mobile County Wildlife and Conservation Association.

Jean Williams

Claudia Jean Williams has worked in the mental health field for nearly five decades, including serving as the director of nursing for Washington County Hospital and Nursing Home for 15 years. Williams is a registered nurse and earned her degree in nursing from Mobile Infirmary School of Nursing in Mobile, Ala. She is a member of the Washington County Red Cross Executive Committee, Washington County Domestic Violence Task Force, Washington County United Way Executive Committee, and the Washington County Department of Human Resources Assurance Committee.

Larry Jackson

Larry A. Jackson began his career as a real estate agent in 1982 with Thomas Bealle and Associates, he then went on to become a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group.  Jackson later joined the ranks of the investment banking world with the public finance firm, Gardynr Michael Capital in which he served as Senior Vice President. During his 34 year residency in Mobile, Jackson has been a trustee of the community serving on the board of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Mobile, Mobile Mental Health, The Boys and Girls Club, a graduate of Leadership Mobile in 1997, and the 2006 Transition Team under Mayor Sam Jones. His proudest and most impactful accomplishment to date has been serving alongside his wife, Patricia Brown Jackson, as Founder and Senior Pastor of Tearing Down Walls Int’l Ministries.

Karin Christopherson

Karin Christopherson joined AltaPointe’s Board of Directors following the merger with Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center (CRMHC). Christopherson is a retired educator and works part-time as contract psychometrist for the Clay County School System. She earned a bachelor’s in education from Loyola University in Chicago, and a master’s in counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  Christopherson furthered her post-graduate studies in Psychological Testing at UAB.  She taught in Chicago, Birmingham and Randolph County with experience in kindergarten through ninth grade. Christopherson worked as an outpatient therapist and psychometrist for CRMHC from 1985-1990.

Aubury Fuller

Aubury L. Fuller is a Vietnam veteran who owns and operates Dixie Road Garage Inc. This family business has served the south Baldwin community for nearly 60 years. His community involvement includes board memberships on the Baldwin Electric Membership Cooperation, Mercy Medical Foundation, South Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, South Baldwin Chamber Foundation and Baldwin Youth Services. Fuller is a graduate of Leadership Alabama and the 1994 recipient of the Walton M. Vines Free Enterprise Person of the Year Award.

Edward Hall, Ph. D

Ed Hall is a retired educator who has served as a classroom teacher, administrator, college professor, division dean, and college-wide administrator during a 42 plus year career. He holds degrees from Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and The University of Alabama where he earned a Ph.D. in educational leadership. He has served on numerous boards and has held leadership positions at the local, state, and international level. Hall served as a former board of director of Cheaha Regional Mental Health and president. Currently, he serves as president of The Arc of North Talladega County and president of the Talladega Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation.

Malvina Holloway

Malvina Holloway is a retired educator who earned her bachelor’s in education from Texas Southern University and her master’s from the University of South Alabama. She has taught in a variety of areas, including special education, mathematics and science. Holloway is actively involved in her community and is a charter member of the 310 Board. She is a native of Houston, Texas.

Gil Laden

Gil Laden has been practicing law since 1977, first as a staff attorney with Georgia Legal Services, and then in Mobile since 1980 in private practice. He is board-certified in Social Security Disability Law. He was selected as Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 2007 by the Alabama State Bar. He has served as board president of the Mobile Preschool for the Sensory Impaired, Springhill Avenue Temple, Dumas Wesley Community Center, Volunteer Lawyers Program, and Mobile Arc. He currently serves as board president of the Mobile Arc Foundation. He obtained his B.A. in Chemistry from Emory University and J.D. from Mercer University.


Louise McGrady

Louise W. McGrady is a state-certified real estate appraiser in Coosa County. Previous to joining the AltaPointe board of directors McGrady was a member of the Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center board since 2012, serving as vice president for two years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. McGrady serves as the pianist for Oldfield Baptist Church in Sylacauga where he husband is the pastor.


Pamela Millsaps

Pamela Millsaps, is a licensed attorney in Alabama and Florida and the Owner of Millsaps & Associates, Inc. She earned a bachelor’s in political science and American history from Ball State University and a Juris Doctor from University of Alabama School of Law.  Millsaps previously served as the Circuit Court Judge for Mobile County’s Juvenile Court.  In addition to AltaPointe’s board of directors, she serves on the University of South Alabama Internal Review Board, Penelope House Advisory Board and is a member of the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee.   She is a member of Dauphin Way Baptist Church, the Mobile Sunrise Rotary Club, the Paul W. Brock Inn of Court, the Brevard Hand Federalist Society, the Saraland Chamber of Commerce and the Tillman’s Corner Chamber of Commerce, the Mobile County Women Lawyers Section, the Domestic Relations Section, and the Probate Section of the Mobile County Bar Association.

Mel Ann Sullivan


Mel Ann Sullivan is an independent contractor holding the position of economic development director for the Washington County Economic Development Initiative. She received her bachelor’s from the University of Alabama’s School of Communication and enjoys writing and speaking, both in Christian service and professionally.

She has made her career in marketing and communications for three decades, and prior to her current position spent 21 years in the financial services industry. She and her husband of more than 30 years live in the community of Red Creek in Washington County and enjoy rural living.  Their three children are pursuing college degrees.









Hon. Jerry Turner

The Hon. Jerry L. Turner serves as the Washington County District Judge. He graduated from Cumberland School of Law in 1979, and practiced in Washington County for the next 21 years. He was appointed as the District Judge of Washington County in 2002 by then Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  Turner is a graduate of the University of South Alabama and Murphy High School in Mobile.

Mary Zoghby

Mary Zoghby, is a former Alabama House of Representative and current Boys & Girls Clubs of South Alabama executive director. Her community involvement includes serving on several boards and organizations that include; Catholic Social Services, Mobile Area Education Foundation, The Catholic Foundation, Children’s Policy Council, Mobile Lions Club, and the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Local Government Air Service Task Force. Zoghby was named Mobilian of the Year, awarded the Distinguished Community Leadership award, named Mobile’s First Lady and received the Liberty Bell Award. Zoghby attended the University of South Alabama.

Advisory Members

Ola Anise
Ola Anise

Ola Anise is President/CEO of Azalea City Credit Union in Mobile, AL. His Career also includes having been employed at Spring Hill College for 15 years. His service to the Credit Union movement is extensive. He served on the Alabama Credit Union League (ACUL) Board for seven years. He served in the role of the ACUL Chair of the Audit Committee and as past Treasurer. Ola also served two years on the Board of the League of Southeastern Credit Union. He is currently serving as the President of the Mobile Area Chapter of Credit Unions. He is a graduate of Leadership Mobile Class of 2003 and currently serves as President of the board of “VIA Mobile”, a non-profit organization in the area. Anise holds a bachelor’s of science degree in biology from University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in business from Spring Hill College.

Vicki G. Bacon

Vicki G. Bacon, RN, joined the AltaPointe Board of Directors as an advisory member following the merger with Cheaha Regional Mental Health Center in 2016. Bacon is a retired nurse of more than 34 years. She received her licensed practical nurse certificate from Nunnelley State Technical College and her associate’s in nursing from Wallace Community College. She has served patients in the community health setting, and retired from Baptist Health System Medical Education residency program.

Susie Carpenter

Susie Rockwell Carpenter is director of psychiatric services at the Harbor Unit of Thomas Hospital located in Fairhope, Ala. Carpenter is a licensed professional counselor in Alabama and a national board certified counselor. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of South Alabama. Carpenter is a member of the Baldwin County Licensed Professional Counselor’s Association, Alabama Hospital Association’s Psychiatric Constituency, and Thomas Hospital’s Diabetes Advisory Committee. Carpenter is a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Mobile Mental Health Center, now known as AltaPointe. Carpenter was a long-time member of the Baldwin County Mental Health Center Board of Directors before it merged with AltaPointe in April 2014.

Mary Stewart Crane

Mary Stewart Crane, is a Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. CNS Systems of Care Marketing field manager. She earned a master’s in business administration from the University of Alabama and a bachelor’s in economics from Vanderbilt University. Crane is currently a member of the luncheon fundraiser committee for the Drug Education Council. She is a past board of director member or trustee for several community organizations including; the Mobile Area Education Foundation, The Junior League of Mobile, United Way of South Alabama, Gulf Coast Exploreum, Volunteer Mobile, South Alabama Coalition of Non-profits and Leadership Mobile. She was also named to Mobile Bay Monthly’s inaugural group of Mobile’s Top 40 under 40.

Victor Gaston

The Hon. Victor Gaston has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since he was first elected in 1982. He was elected Speaker Pro Tempore in 2010. He serves on Rules, Ways and Means General Fund, Transportation, Utilities and Infrastructure (Vice Chair), and Mobile County Legislative Committees. He also chairs two committees, the House and Joint Legislative Council and the Permanent Oil and Gas Study Committee. Representative Gaston serves nationally and regionally on a several committees, the United States Energy Council, and is a former chairman of the Alabama Chapter of the American Exchange Council.


He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s from the University of South Alabama, and doctor of education from Auburn University.


Representative Gaston is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, has served as a delegate to six consecutive Republican National Conventions, the Rules Committee in 1988, the Credentials Committee in 2000, and served two terms on the National Republican Legislators Board.


He is a board member of the Volunteers of America, Penelope House, Home of Grace for Women, 4-H Club Foundation, SO-MI House, Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Mobile ARC.


Gaston is also a member of the Advisory Council for the Assistance League of Mobile. He was awarded the Alabama Republican Party Legislative Honors, Humanitarian of the Year for service to those with physical and mental disabilities, the award for Outstanding Service and Contributions from Mobile Deaf Community, Alabama Library Association award for Exceptional Service, Conservation of Alabama Soil and Water Advisory Committee Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mobile County Republican Executive Committee, and the Distinguished Service Award from the University of South Alabama. Most recently, Gaston received the YMCA’s Youth Advocacy Award, the Electric Cities of Alabama 2013 Legislative Award and Alabama Association of Regional Councils’ Outstanding Elected Official Award.

Hon. Nick Williams

The Hon. Nick Williams, a native of Chatom, Ala., has served as the Washington County Probate Judge since 2012. He is a US Navy Veteran and served in the Alabama House of Representatives from 2005-06. Williams is a graduate of Rheme Bible Training Center and holds a bachelor’s degree from Southwestern Assemblies of God University. He is completing work toward a master’s degree from Liberty University. Williams spent 20 years in the information technology field and is an associate pastor at Rivers Baptist Church in Sims Chapel, Ala.

Robert A. Wills, Sr.
Robert Willis

Robert A. Wills, Sr., has been engaged in the private practice of law since 1976 and is admitted to practice in Alabama and Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Auburn University and is a graduate of Emory University School of Law. Wills is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, senior partner in the law firm of Wills & Simon and past president of the Baldwin County Bar Association. He is an active member of the Baldwin County community and is a member of the North Baldwin Healthcare Foundation, Baldwin County Board of Education, Bay Minette Rotary Club and member of the administrative board of First United Methodist Church of Bay Minette.