Board of Trustees

A Welcome from Our Board of Trustees Chair


While serving as chair of The FDHA Board of Trustees, I will focus on improving access to care and disease prevention. This is critical for the underserved community. It will not matter that we have a state-of-the-art health care system, if those in need cannot access care. By promoting preventative care we will be able to impact morbidity and mortality in this demographic. I hope that community leaders from all fields will join The FDHA in our desire to increase access to care and health equity for all community members.
Dr. Sharon Harley
Chair, Board of Trustees

Thomas W. Dortch

Dr. Sharon Bent-Harley
- Chair

Education: Hunter College, City University of NY, B.A. 1977; State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, M.D. 1981

Background: Dr. Sharon Harley is a board certified OB/GYN who is fellowship trained in Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine. She has served the community as an OB/GYN in the Metro Atlanta and the surrounding indigent Community for more than 25 years. Her focus includes Laparoscopic Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Hysterectomy Alternatives, Bioequivalent Hormone Replacement Therapy, Preventive Health, Anti-Aging, Weight Management, Obstetric Services and Perimenopausal / Andropausal Medicine. Dr. Harley actively participates in teaching interns and residents as assistant clinical instructor at Emory University Hospital at Midtown and has staff privileges at Northside Hospital.

Pamela S. Stephenson

Pamela S. Stephenson, Esq.
- Vice Chair

Education: Undergraduate degree: Eastern Michigan University and the University of Michigan; two Master’s degrees: University of Michigan; Law Degree: Woodrow Wilson College of Law.

Background: Managing partner, Stephenson Reynolds Law Group, LLC. Was elected to the Georgia General Assembly in 2002 as a Democrat. Formerly executive director of the State Health Planning agency; served on the State Medical Education Board.

Dr. Pickens Andrew Patterson III

Dr. Pickens Andrew Patterson III

Background: Dr. Patterson is a graduate of the Medical College of Georgia and board certified in anesthesiology and pain management, and completed his residency and fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He stresses overall function in his interventional pain practice, frequently incorporation physical therapy, biofeedback and psychology into his patient's treatment plans. He has a special interest in spinal cord stimulation for neuropathic pain. Additionally, he enjoys weight training, golfing and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Sharon Bent-Harley

Robert W. Miller

Education:Undergraduate Degree: University of Georgia, A.B., Phi Beta Kappa Law Degree: Yale Law School, awarded John Currier Gallagher Prize

Background: Retired partner, King & Spalding LLP; Board of Directors, Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation (2008-2014); Past President, American Health Lawyers Association; Professor of Health Law (Adjunct), Emory Law School (2000-2015); Editor in Chief, Journal of Health & Life Sciences Law (2007-2011).

He was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority by Fulton County Commissioner Lee Morris in January 2017.

Dr. Bernard

Annette Bernard, MD, FACP - Treasurer

Background: Annette Bernard, MD, FACP was appointed to the FDHA in 2012 by Commissioner Joan Garner. Dr. Bernard completed her training at the University of Michigan, where she as Chief Resident and a Fellow in General Internal Medicine. She also received an MS in statistical analysis and research design while there, and was appointed to the faculty. She came to Atlanta to join the faculty of Emory University, where she was also appointed Director of the General Internal Medicine Clinic at Grady Hospital. While there she instituted a number of programs to improve patient flow, preventive care and wellness. She is currently in private practice in Atlanta. She is on the staff of Piedmont Hospital and is a board member of the Piedmont Clinic. Her particular interests are in prevention and wellness promotion.

Kathryn Flowers-Glasco

Kathryn Flowers-Glasco

Background: Kathryn Flowers, wants to be a person who offers solutions to the residents of Fulton County. She recently campaigned to become a commissioner and shares that while she knows she doesn’t always have all the answers herself, “I’m smart enough to get smart people in a room,” she said. In her campaign that led to a run-off, Flowers indicated that she wants to work with the Atlanta land bank and the city on more inclusionary zoning, and steps that could help keep residents from being displaced because of rising property values. Regarding health care, Flowers said it’s important the Grady Memorial Hospital continues to be a strong asset for the region. Flowers worked in finance before going into real estate, and said she’s a solution-oriented person who believes that county government should seek positive results. Ms. Flowers has a BA and MBA from Clark Atlanta University and currently works with Chapman-Hall Realtors.

Dr. Romeo P. Stockett, Jr., MPH, PhD

Dr. Romeo P. Stockett, Jr., MPH, PhD

Background: Dr. Romeo P. Stockett, Jr. , a retired Air Force Officer with over 40 years of professional experience with both public and private health care entities. He has been recognized for his contributions to education and youth development as a professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine. This health researcher at the Universities of Minnesota and Alabama Birmingham is currently researching and preparing a manuscript focused on the mental health of Black Men..

Annette Bernard

Bernie Tokarz

Education: Undergraduate degree: University of Georgia, B.S.A. 2011

Background: Manager with Cornerstone OnDemand; former Director of Public Policy Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce; Member, Board of Directors, Georgia Regional Transportation Authority, August 2015 to present.

He was appointed to the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority by Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann in January 2016.

Sultan Jabari Simms, MD, DFAPA

Shannon Georgecink

Background: Shannon has served as a health advocate and was honored to accept a position on The FDHA Board of Trustees. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Metropolitan Counseling Services and has used her passion for non-profit service and volunteerism to fuel a career centered on helping those in need. Committed to the belief that successful communities thrive when its residents are supported through care of the whole person, Shannon’s work in the greater Atlanta community has spanned many issue areas, including public education policy and at-risk women and children. Prior to joining the team at Metropolitan Counseling Services, Shannon served as the Advancement Communications Director at Marist School and the Director of Communication at The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education..

A member of the Junior League of Atlanta Board of Directors from 2011 to 2014, Shannon currently serves on the National Charity League, Milton Chapter, Board of Directors as president-elect. She also serves on the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Stabilizing Lives Advisory Council, providing a sounding board for a new initiative for the agency aimed at providing wrap-around services. Additionally, Shannon is a past member of the Board of Directors for Rainbows, Inc., Georgia Chapter.

Sandra De Shields

Sandra De Shields

Sandra De Shields has worked in both the public and private sector and has a storied career with the federal government, including 27 years with the Atlanta based U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She started her career at Veterans Administration Hospital, Washington, DC helping veterans by coordinating embassy and consulate efforts to ensure that veterans received medical care, prosthesis and pharmaceuticals. In successive leadership positions at CDC, she has worked to enhance the agency’s workforce, managing a $12 million human resources budget, designed and implemented large scale reorganizations, led a strategic recruitment initiative that netted nearly $34 million in cost savings for the agency, and pushed through enhanced career opportunities for veterans and persons with disabilities. In the role of Chief of CDC’s Executive Resources and Compensation Team she has provided guidance to the agency’s highest-ranking officials. She is recognized for her innovative use of recruitment and retention resources to support the agency’s rapid emergency responses to worldwide Ebola and Zika outbreaks.

A graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, NC, she is a retired U.S. Army reservist and has held leadership roles with U.S. government agencies including the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Defense.


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The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority promotes the health of the greater Atlanta community. Governed by a ten member Board of Trustees appointed by the commissioners of Fulton and DeKalb counties, the Authority is committed to working to meet the healthcare needs of the residents of Fulton and DeKalb counties through oversight of the Grady Memorial Hospital Corporation.

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