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Advisory Council

The CHSP Advisory Council's primary purpose is to function in a consultative capacity, actively supporting the college's vision and initiatives. The council is comprised of a diverse group of seasoned professionals from healthcare, education and technology backgrounds. These collaborations will undoubtedly facilitate increased growth in local and regional partnerships and support the team’s centralized mission to prepare students for a successful career in the healthcare industry.

Meeting Schedule

Spring 2019
UNG Dahlonega Campus

Meeting Minutes

September 2016
August 2015

Board Members

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park, Assistant Rector at Grace Episcopal Church

Chair of the Advisory Council

The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Park serves as the Assistant Rector at Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Prior to seminary, Dr. Park established a private therapeutic practice as a cognitive behaviorist; she continues to incorporate these principles into her pastoral and educational work as a parish priest. Following seminary, she earned a Ph.D. at The Catholic University of America from the Department of Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literature, with an emphasis on Hebrew and Akkadian (a Babylonian language). Her works in the original languages of biblical texts provides a rich resource in her preaching and teaching. She and her husband Jack reside in Gainesville.

Rebecca Farrow, Independent Consultant

Vice Chair of the Advisory Council

Rebecca Farrow is currently an independent consultant and most recently served as Project Manager with the Southern Regional Education Board, developing rigorous curriculums for the Advanced Career Initiative. Ms. Farrow advised the SREB in helping them to transition the AC curriculums into the college sector by establishing pathways which create educational opportunities for students. 

Ms. Farrow has enjoyed an extensive career in higher education that includes college administration and instruction. She was Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the College of Coastal Georgia, where she also directed the Reaffirmation of Accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). She has served as Chairman of the USG Administrative Committee on Institutional Research and Planning. She was also recruited to Chair the Quarter to Semester Conversion project for the Technical College System of Georgia. Formerly, Ms. Farrow resided in Virginia where she was elected President of the Virginia Community College Association and also worked with the Virginia General Assembly. Ms. Farrow chaired the Reaffirmation of Accreditation for SACS at John Tyler Community College where she served as Department Head of Mathematics.

Ms. Farrow holds several degrees with a background in Mathematics, Curriculum and Instruction and College Administration. She attended the University of Tennessee, Western Carolina University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Antonio Rios, Chief Physician Executive of Northeast Georgia Physicians Group

Secretary of the Advisory Council

Dr. Antonio Rios serves as one of the original physicians at Northeast Georgia Physicians Group (NGPG); one of the largest multi-specialty groups in the region. Dr. Rios serves as Chairman of the Board and Chief Physician Executive of NGPG. He is also the interim President and Chief Administrative Officer. His roles encompass managing over 250 talented physicians, advanced practitioners and staff at over 80 locations. 

Dr. Rios received his medical degree from La Salle University in Mexico and completed his residency and fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta. He is board certified in internal medicine and as a Physician Executive, from the American Board of Medical Management. He is bilingual in Spanish and English.

Dr. Rios is a member and fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Medical Association, the Medical Association of Georgia, The National Lipid Association, the American Medical Group Association, and the American Association of Physician Leadership. Dr. Rios serves on the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce and volunteers at Good News Clinic, where he is an active member of the Board of Directors.

Lynn Jackson, Administrator at Northside Forsyth Hospital

Lynn Jackson serves as an Administrator for Northside Forsyth Hospital. With more than 30 years of clinical and administrative healthcare experience, she has held many healthcare leadership roles including vice president of nursing at Georgia Baptist Medical Center and administrator of Meriwether Hospital and Nursing Home.

Brian O'Rourke, Administrator of Chelsea Park Health & Rehabilitation

Brian O'Rourke serves as the Administrator of Chelsea Park Health & Rehabilitation. The center serves both neurological and short-term rehab patients, with a focus on individuals who have experienced a cerebrovascular accident, those with Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Richard Walsh, Vice President of National Initiatives for Wellcentive

Richard Walsh has nearly two decades’ experience in healthcare information technology. His fortunate career path has facilitated his position at the forefront of each major healthcare IT trend, upon its emergence in the market. After completing an internship at the Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, DC, Mr. Walsh joined the Life Sciences Division of IBM. He entered the health IT space upon joining A4 Health Systems, where he led sales of electronic medical records for the country’s southeast region. Through merger and acquisition, he held the same sales leadership role for AllScripts.

Mr. Walsh left sales to lead the strategic initiatives division for Greenway Medical Technologies. In this role, he designed a national consultants program, directed the company’s ventures around the impact of the ARRA/HITECH Act, and lead project management for the business’s HIE and accountable care strategies.

Today, Mr. Walsh runs corporate development and strategic alliances, driving inorganic growth for Wellcentive. A graduate of Auburn University with a B.A. in Business and Psychology, Richard resides north of Atlanta with his wife and two sons.

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