Nashville, Tenn. — Deborah Taylor Tate, a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority and former mental health policy advisor for the State, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors for Centerstone, Tennessee’s leading provider of behavioral health services.
Also named to Centerstone’s Board are Richard Fitzgerald, Vice Chair; and Martin S. Brown, Jr., Secretary. Fitzgerald is a first vice president and trust officer with SunTrust Bank in Nashville. Brown is partner with Adams and Reese/ Stokes Bartholomew law firm. The new officers will begin their two-year terms July 1. All have served terms as Centerstone board members.
“Debi, Dick and Martin have demonstrated tremendous leadership during their tenures on our board,” said David Guth, CEO of Centerstone. “We are pleased that they have agreed to serve in a more formal capacity and appreciate their expertise and insight, which will help guide Centerstone as the organization continues to grow and change.”
Tate’s distinguished public service career includes serving the State of Tennessee as a senior policy advisor for statewide mental health issues. She said she looks forward to helping guide Centerstone’s efforts to care for the most vulnerable Tennesseans.
“One person out of every five experiences some type of mental health disorder each year, a staggering statistic that represents our family members, our friends, our colleagues and perhaps even ourselves,” Tate said. “In light of this, as the incoming Board Chair for Centerstone, I plan to do all in my power to advance its mission to provide the highest quality care, promote cutting edge national research, grow our endowment, and develop sound mental health policy for the benefit of everyone we serve.”
About Deborah Taylor Tate
Tate, an attorney and Tennessee Supreme Court approved mediator, is currently serving a six-year term as a director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority, which is responsible for setting rates and service standards for privately-owned telephone, natural gas, electric and water utilities.
In this role, Tate is actively involved at the national level with utilities issues. She was appointed by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to the Federal-State Joint Board on Advanced Telecommunications Services. She is an active member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), where she serves as Chairman of the Washington Action Committee and member of both the Consumer Affairs and Gas Committees.
Tate also served as senior policy advisor to former Governors Lamar Alexander and Don Sundquist. While serving as a senior mental health policy advisor from 1996 to 2000, Tate was instrumental in creating and implementing a statewide plan establishing a Mental Health Revision Commission, which culminated in the passage of an entirely new mental health law. As a result of her leadership, the law now includes a separate chapter regarding children and youth.
Tate has been recognized by numerous mental health organizations for her professional contributions to the field and is widely known as a leader in family and children’s issues. Tate is the founder and former president of Renewal House, a recovery residence for women addicted to crack cocaine and for their children. Her previous board service includes leadership positions on the boards of the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, Family and Children’s Services, Junior League of Nashville, Martha O’Bryan Center Foundation, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Tennessee Voices for Children, Tennessee Tomorrow, Inc., and League of Women Voters.
Tate holds B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee and also attended Vanderbilt Law School.
About Richard Fitzgerald
In addition to his positions as a first vice president and trust officer with SunTrust Bank in Nashville, Fitzgerald is a client advisor in the bank’s Private Wealth Management Division. He has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is active in the Exchange Club of Nashville and the Middle Tennessee Estate Planning Council. Fitzgerald also is a member of the Financial Planning Association. He is past chairman of the Dede Wallace Center and the Dede Wallace Foundation. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s in Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California.
About Martin S. Brown, Jr.
Brown is a partner with Adams and Reese/ Stokes Bartholomew in Nashville, where his areas of practice include corporate law and securities regulation, health care, intellectual property, international law and taxation and estate planning. He is a trustee of the Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter; and is a director of Nashville Public Television. He also is president of the Yale Club of Middle Tennessee. Brown sits on the board of directors of the Alumni Association of Vanderbilt University and is a member of the Vanderbilt Law School Alumni Board. Brown previously was a member of the Sixth Circuit Advisory Committee. He is former president of the Historic Carnton Plantation Association, Inc., and a former director and a current member of the Exchange Club of Nashville.