Health and Human Services Board
Gaston County HHS receives direction from the Board of Health & Human Services, a policy-making board appointed by the Gaston County Commissioners.
The board is made up of community representatives whose background is pertinent to the agency's mission, including county commissioners, a dentist, an engineer, a nurse, an optometrist, a pharmacist, physicians, a psychologist, a social worker, a veterinarian, consumers of services, and members of the community at-large.
Robert S. Browne, PE - Board Chair
Robert Browne is the chair of the Board of Health & Human Services and serves as the professional engineer appointee. He is executive vice president and chairman of the board at Beam Construction Co., Inc. in Cherryville, where he has worked for more than 30 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and has been a licensed professional engineer since 1988. Robert serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Gaston County and is on the development committee, the Greater Gaston Develpoment Corporation Board, the Gaston County Economic Development Commission Board, the Gaston Together board, and also with Gaston Vision 2020. He previously served on the Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County Board, the Gaston Regional Chamber Board, and the Gaston County Board of Health.
Scott Beam is in his first term in a consumer-of-services position on the Board of Health & Human Services. He is the president of BeamCo., Inc., owner of Fillin-Station Meat Market and a real estate investor and commercial real estate owner in Cherryville. Scott attended Gaston College, and is a member of First United Methodist Church in Cherryville. He previously served on the Gaston County Board of Health.
Lori Hanafin is the Director of Social Work at Holy Angels where she has been employed for the past 32 years. She received a BA in Psychology from Belmont Abbey College and her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. Lori resides in Belmont with her husband and 5 daughters.
Dr. Harris serves as the physician representative on the Board of Health & Human Services. He is an obstetrician/gynecologist who has practiced at Gaston Women's Healthcare since 1990. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemistry and a Doctor of Medicine degree from UNC Chapel Hill, and completed his residency at Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center. Dr. Harris was a Morehead scholar as an undergraduate at UNC-CH and previously served on the CaroMont Health Board and the Gaston County Board of Health. He is married and has two daughters.
Lee Isley, PharmD
Lee Isley serves as the pharmacist appointee on the Board of Health & Human Services. He completed his bachelor's degree in biology and his Doctor of Phamacy degree at Campbell University. He has been a pharmacist for five years, and is part-owner at Cramerton Drug. He is a member of Park Street United Methodist Church and the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists. He previously served on the Gaston County Board of Health.
Dr. Klasing is the psychiatrist appointee to the Board of Health & Human Services and also is the immediate past chair. He holds a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an electrical engineering degree from Vanderbilt University. He has practiced psychiatry in Gaston County for seven years, and is the medical director for psychiatry at CaroMont Health.
Cheryl is an at-large appointee to the Board of Health & Human Services. She graduated from UNC-Greensboro and currently works at the Gaston Regional Chamber. Cheryl is heavily involved in the community, having served as a president of the Junior League of Gaston County, Chair of the Church Council for First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, on the Board of Directors for the Gaston County American Red Cross, and is a 1993 Leadership Gaston Graduate. Currently, Cheryl serves on the Executive Board of Women Optimizing Wellness (W.O.W.), a founding member of the Ashbrook High School Foundation, is President of the Junior League Sustainers, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Gastonia and a Paul Harris Fellow, and also serves on the Gastonia Sister Cities, Gaston Literacy Council and Backpack Weekend Food Program Boards.
David O. Kneen, MSW, LCSWA
David Kneen serves as an at-large member of the Board of Health & Human Services. He is a licensed clinical social worker, holding a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Davidson College and a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. He has served as a social worker and counselor for 20 years and is currently the owner of and counselor with Cold Water Counseling. He is also a pastor with Exodus Church in Belmont. He and his wife have two sons.
Dr. Lowry serves as the dentist appointee of the Board of Health & Human Services. She has practiced dentistry in Gaston County for the last 20 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Furman University and a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine.
Gina Ramsey, FNP-C
Gina Ramsey is an at-large member of the Board of Health & Human Services. She is a Family Nurse Practitioner at CaroMont Family Medicine in Shelby and formerly served as a critical care nurse in Gastonia, as an emergency room nurse in Huntersville and Kings Mountain and as a North Carolina Bar-certified civil litigation paralegal. Gina holds a paralegal certificate from UNC Charlotte, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Queens University of Charlotte, a Master of Science degree in nursing from Duke University and recently received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Duke. Gina is a member of the American Nurses Association, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, North Carolina Nurses Association, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gastonia. She previously served on the Gaston County Board of Health.
Andrew C. Schrag, LPCS
Andrew Schrag is the Regional Director of Community Operations with Partners Behavioral Health Management for Gaston, Cleveland, and Lincoln counties. Prior to joining Partners in 2014, Andrew spent 14 years as a therapist in private practice providing treatment of mental health disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Andrew is a Licensed Professional Counseling Supervisor, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Eastern Mennonite University. He will complete his Master’s in Business Administration through the University of Mississippi in the fall of 2017.
Edward Smith is in his second term on the Health & Human Services board. He retired after 43 years of experience in higher education, including dean's positions at Belmont Abbey College, Lees McRae College, Montreat College, and the North Carolina Community College system. He holds a Bachelor of Science in history, a Master of Science in adult education, a Specialist in Education degree in vocational education, and a Ph.D. in adult education. Dr. Smith previously two terms on the Board of Social Services and is currently the chairperson of the Council on Aging.
Russell L. Sprinkles, DVM
Dr. Sprinkles is serving in his first term as veterinary representative on the Board of Health & Human Services. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from North Carolina State University and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and an accredited veterinarian with the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. He is licensed to practice veterinary medicine in both North and South Carolina. He is founder and owner of Grace Animal Hospital in Gastonia. As an avid mountain biker, he is an active member of Piedmont Area Singletrack Alliance, a volunteer organization that builds and maintains mountain bike trails for Gaston County Parks and Recreation. Dr. Sprinkles is a native of Gaston County and lives in Gastonia with his wife and son.
Betty Hinton Worthy, MPH
Betty Worthy is in her first term as an at-large appointee to the Board of Health & Human Services. She received a Master of Public Health Administration/Nursing degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor of Science in social work from Sacred Heart College. Ms. Worthy worked in public health for more than 25 years with the Gaston County Health Department. While there, she served in numerous positions including personal health services administrator -- a position she held for 15 years before retiring in 2005. Additionally, she worked at the School of Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She served 2 terms on the North Carolina Board of Nursing, and has served, volunteered and mentored for many nonprofit and community organizations throughout Gaston County and surrounding areas in North Carolina. Ms. Worthy is currently a Gaston County Schools social worker. Ms. Worthy and her late husband Arthur Lee have one daughter, Robin Worthy Leach.