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.
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.
Robert S. Browne, PE
Robert Browne is in his first term as the professional engineer appointee on the Board of Health & Human Services. He is executive vice president and chairman of the board at Beam Construction Co., Inc. in Cherryville, where he has worked for more than 25 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 Gaston Regional Chamber, where he serves on the executive committee and is chairman of the small business committee. He also serves on the Gaston Together board and with Gaston 2020, and previously served on the Habitat for Humanity of Gaston County Board and the Gaston County Board of Health.
Dr. Harris is in his first term as a 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 is in his first term 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.
Donald Klasing, MD, Chair
Dr. Klasing is the psychiatrist appointee to the Board of Health & Human Services. He also serves as the board's 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.
David O. Kneen, MSW, LCSWA
David Kneen is in his first term as an at-large member of the Board of Health & Human Services. He is a licensed clinical social work associate in North Carolina, holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Davidson College and a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. He has served in medical social work and counseling for more than 16 years. He is currently a social work manager for Gaston Hospice, having served as a direct line hospice social worker there for five years. He is also a counselor for Family Service, Inc. He and his wife have two sons.
Dr. Lowry is in her first term as the dentist appointee of the Board of Health & Human Services. She has practiced dentistry in Gaston County for the last 19 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.
Charlie Martin is in his first term as a consumer-of-services appointee on the Board of Health and Human Services. Born in New York City, he moved to Belmont to attend Belmont Abbey College in 1968, after a stint in the U.S. Navy. He spent more than 40 years in the insurance business before retiring in 2009. Mr. Martin is the mayor of Belmont and serves on the boards for Gaston County Travel & Tourism, Belmont Travel & Tourism, Gaston County Parks & Recreation and the Gaston County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has served in the Belmont Optimist Club, the Knights of Columbus, the Gaston County Babe Ruth League and the Gaston County Board of Social Services. He is also past president of the Belmont Abbey College Alumni Association. He enjoys doing game commentary for the South Point High School Red Raiders football broadcast on WCGC 1270 AM. He and his wife Dot have five children, fifteen grandchildren, and one great-grandchild with another on the way.
Regina Moody is in her first term on the Gaston County Board of Health & Human Services. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Moody has served as the President/CEO of Holy Angels, serving individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, many with delicate medical conditions. She serves on the Belmont Abbey Board of Trustees, Gaston Regional Chamber Board of Directors and the CaroMont Regional Health Center — CaroMont Advocates. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Sacred Heart College, a teacher certification from Appalachian State University, a Master of Education from Winthrop University, and a certification in administration and supervision from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Mrs. Moody is very much concerned with the well-being of all people, especially children and those individuals with special needs.
Kim J. Moore, DVM
Dr. Moore serves as the veterinarian member of the Board of Health & Human Services and is also the vice-chair. Currently practicing at Wilkinson Animal Hospital, he has practiced in Gaston County since 1984. He founded and operated All Creatures Pet Hospital from 1986-2004. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and the North Carolina Academy of Small Animal Medicine. He previously served on the Gaston County Board of Health. Dr.
Moore lives in Gastonia and enjoys being a cub scout and boy scout leader.
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.
Joyce Smiith is in her first term as the social worker appointee on the Board of Health & Human Services. She received a Master of Social Work and a Master of Public Health Administration from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from with a cognate in sociology from the University of South Carolina at Aiken. She has practiced social work with a public health approach for more than 15 years, including with Gaston County Schools. She is a licensed master social worker in South Carolina and a North Carolina Certified School Social Worker. She has received the Gaston County Family Advocate Award. She is a member at Gaston Community Church and volunteers for the Centralina Council on Aging and Gaston County Young Life.
Edward Smith is in his first term on the Health & Human Services Board. He is the director of the Charlotte and Asheville campuses of Montreat College. He has 35 years of experience in higher education, including dean's positions at Montreat College, Lees-McRae College, Belmont Abbey College and the North Carolina Community College system. He also worked as a game warden in Connecticut. 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 Moved to Gaston County in 1991. He previously served two terms on the Board of Social Services.
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.