Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Laureen Pagel, Ph.D., CEO
April 30. 2021
Yulee, FL: Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare today announced that Elizabeth Chance, Gregory Foster, and Marsha Proctor Killen have joined the agencies’ Board of Directors effective April 20th, 2021. Each Director will serve an initial term of three years. The Board of Directors oversees the nonprofit organization’s services while guiding the strategic vision of the agency.
Elizabeth “Bizzy” Chance, CRS, is the founder and owner of Busy Living SoberTM, a network dedicated to bringing addiction out of the shadows and educating society that addiction is a disease, not who you are. She is a leading expert in the field of recovery management, widely known for her work as a consultant, family coach, and her social media presence.
“I just moved to Fernandina Beach and soon after arriving, I was introduced to Cherie Billings [Treasurer of the Starting Point Board of Directors],” says Bizzy. “Cherie told me about Starting Point and all the wonderful programs and resources it offers to the residents of Nassau County. Given Busy Living Sobers’ mission, it was a perfect fit. I am excited to be a new member of the Board and to be able to share my talents with Starting Point.”
Gregory “Greg” Foster joins the Starting Point Board as the Director of Emergency Management for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. During his 27-year career with the Sheriff’s Office, Director Foster has been highly decorated with achievements, receiving the NSCO Deputy of the Year award in 1997 and again in 2002. He brings his dedicated care and concern for the residents of Nassau County to the Starting Point Board in an effort to make our community a happier place to live work, and play.
“I am excited to be joining the Starting Point Board of Directors for multiple reasons,” says Director Foster. “As a 27-year veteran with the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office, I have witnessed the tragedy of what occurs when persons with mental health issues are not provided with accessible and effective services. Most recently, I have seen the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic on the general public and, specifically, the at-risk community. I am passionate about helping the at-risk community and am looking forward to playing a part in improving the lives of these vulnerable citizens.”
Marsha Proctor Killen is a health policy and regulatory attorney with over 25 years of successful leadership experience. As President and CEO of StrategyGen, Marsha worked directly with federal regulators at the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (DHUD). Today she provides advisory services to Boards and C-suite executives focusing on healthcare and public policy.
“I am excited to contribute to the future of SPBH by focusing on strategic and business planning as well as legal and regulatory issues,” says Marsha. “I am proud to be a part of SPBH leadership and look forward to supporting community education and awareness opportunities.”
“We are delighted to welcome Elizabeth, Gregory, and Marsha to the Starting Point Board of Directors,” says Laureen Pagel, CEO at Starting Point. “Each of these Directors brings a mastery level of experience that perfectly aligns with the mission and vision of our organization. Voting in new Board Members is one of my favorite things to do as the CEO. It’s a reminder that making Nassau County a happier and healthier place to live is a community-based effort. Board Members are volunteers that have said ‘What you do is important, and I want to help’. For me, there is no greater endorsement.”
About Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare
Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare provides mental health and substance abuse treatment services to children, teens and adults in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. The non-profit agency serves more than 3,000 individuals each year and has been serving the region for more than 29 years. Starting Point is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). For more information, please visit www.spbh.org.