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River Edge Behavioral Health Appoints Jay J. Bess as the Director of Communications


Jay Bess, River Edge Communications: 478-803-7707 (office) 478.283.0138 (mobile) //


MACON – Corporate communications and advertising professional, Jay Bess, has joined River Edge Behavioral Health as the Director of Communications. Bess brings more than seven years of regional marketing, advertising and public relations experience with major corporations to the role, having worked with firms including The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, AT&T, and OU Medical System.


Bess earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, OK.


“I’m looking forward to amplifying the incredible stories of recovery and inclusion that River Edge and its partners make possible through innovation and communication advancement,” said Bess. “My personal and career growth involves doing meaningful work, and it’s an honor to be able to pursue that dream at River Edge.”


River Edge CEO, Shannon T. Gordon, LCSW, said, “River Edge always seeks to bring the best and brightest to our team of more than 750 highly qualified professionals.We are delighted Jay has chosen to join the River Edge family.”


About River Edge Behavioral Health

The full continuum of River Edge Behavioral Health services provide state-of-the-art treatment and support services for more than 13,000 children, youth, families and adults annually, who experience mental illness, addiction, co-occurring disorders or developmental disabilities. River Edge services extend throughout Central Georgia, including Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach, Putnam, Twiggs and Wilkinson counties and will expand to Fulton County in 2018. Learn more at For help, call 478-803-7700.


About the River Edge Foundation

The River Edge Foundation, an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit organization, raises private funds to help make life better for individuals who experience mental illness, addiction or a developmental disability, especially individuals served and supported through the robust, community-based offerings of River Edge Behavioral Health.  The Foundation strives for excellence in fundraising, investing, stewarding contributions and assets, governing the Foundation, as well as forming lasting and mutual beneficial relationships with community partners, constituencies and stakeholders.