FBHS Board Recognized

FBHS Board Recognized

Story by: Veronica EdmondsContributor

Recently, Fairfield Behavioral Health Services (FBHS) recognized departing Board of Directors, Rev. Quincy Pringle, Mrs. Jannita Gaston, and Mr. Randy Small.

For the past several years, the aforementioned persons served on our nine-member Board of Directors who were appointed by Fairfield County Council. Shortly after being appointed, their involvement in the board meetings and organization proved to be vital towards the advancement of the organization’s mission. Reverend Quincy Pringle served as Chairman. Mrs. Jannita Gaston served on the Planning and Community Relations Committee, and Mr.Randy Small served as Secretary/Treasurer. They took a leading role in participating in events; reviewing and presenting special awards during our Recovery Month and Annual 5K Run/Walk activities; reviewing policies and procedures; the Annual Strategic Plan; Quarterly Continuous Quality Improvement Reports; as well as participating in site visits from our governing bodies--such as the Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services (DAODAS), United Way of the Midlands, and the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

“Thank you for your service, leadership and commitment to this organization over the years. We learn a lot from each other...from our differences and perspectives but we come together to support our great executive director and staff who do all the work,” says Mr. Brian Bonds, Interim Chair.

For the past several years Reverend Quincy Pringle-Chair, Mrs. Jannita Gaston and Mr. Randy Small-Secretary/Treasurer have attended our annual Board Seminar in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and sponsored by the Behavioral Health Services Association of South Carolina, which is held for the board of directors across the state who govern or advise designated county substance use authorities. These board members have always represented our organization and county with pride. Their years of employment in public service, wealth of knowledge and various work experience proved to be invaluable during the development, vision and successful execution of the construction on our new outpatient facility in August 2018.

“Reverend Quincy Pringle-Chair, Mrs. Jannita Gaston and Mr. Randy Small-Secretary/Treasurer were very dependable, engaged, supportive, thoughtful and accountable board members. They will sincerely be missed. This evening we celebrate them, as well as welcome a new board member, Mr. Sean McKnight”, says Vernon Kennedy, Sr., Executive Director.

Reverend Pringle shared that he is very proud of the work the organization does and for helping to bring a longtime dream of a new facility to reality that had been talked about from day one of his 11-year tenure--a legacy that he shares with his