Meet Our Board Members

The Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center (SAMHC) has an advisory board, with 9 to 15 members, including at least one medical doctor. SAMHC board members meet monthly. Board members were encouraged to look for opportunities to advocate for mental health services and solicit support from their local County governments. During Resource Acquisition Initiative (RAI) training, board members were given information and tips to facilitate advocacy efforts. After receiving RAI training, Center boards hosted informational meetings for County Council members to strengthen community relationships and foster collaboration.The Board leadership feels one of its essential roles is to keep state legislators current with regard to mental health issues. As such, they invite legislators to monthly Board meetings

  • Robert Usry



    Rob Usry has lived in South Carolina all his life, graduating Wofford College in 1996 and later University of South Carolina in 2000. His law degree first transitioned into work as a law clerk for a state circuit court judge in Barnwell for one year before practicing law in Easley.

  • Carey Rothschild



    Carey Rothschild is the Director of Community Health Policy and Strategy for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. Her work is focused on developing the strategic direction and oversight of the Community Health department of SRHS.

  • Jennie Montgomery



    Jennie has BA degree from Guilford College; MSW from UNC; Work Hx; VA Hospital, Salisbury, NC; Spartanburg MHC & S.C. Dept. of Mental Health. Widowed; Three children & eight grandchildren. Loves music, traveling, antiques, sports. Active volunteer in community.

  • Cecilia Cogdell

    Board Member


    Cecilia is a retired educator from the University of South Carolina-Upstate, currently professor emerita. Cecilia had a Master’s Degree in Nursing (MN) and specialized in Psychiatric Community Mental Health Nursing. Cecilia has been a South Carolina residence for 45 years.

  • Jane McCall, M.D.

    Board Member


    Dr. Jane McCall graduated from Duke University and Jefferson Medical College. After completing an Emergency Medicine Residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC, she practiced in the Upstate for 30 years and is recently retired.

  • Gayle Singletary

    Board Member


    Gayle is the Past president of Spartanburg Co. Medical Society Auxiliary. Gayle Received Master of Social Work degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Former staff member (MSW) of Spartanburg Area Mental Health Center.Gayle has been South Carolina resident for over 43 years.

  • Erin Wofford

    Board Member


    Erin Wofford holds a BA from Charleston Southern University in Communications and is currently employed as a Community Liaison for the Carolina Center for Behavioral Health in Greer, SC. Erin serves as a board member of Help For Our Elderly and Salvation Army.

  • Vanessa Thompson

    Board Member


    Vanessa has a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Anderson University. She is a board certified Psychiatric and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner. She is a retired director of inpatient behavioral health services from Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System.

  • Mekeshia Bates

    Board Member


    Mekeshia Bates, a retired U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officer, is the CEO of Gift of Dreams Wellness and Consulting, LLC and a community pastor with the Faith Initiative to End Child Poverty. She matriculated at Case Western Reserve University earning a DNP, MPH, and MSN.