Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board Announces Retiring Executive Director and Successor Appointment
|Ronald A. Allison, Executive Director||Mary F. Cole, LCSW|
The Board of Directors of Cumberland Mountain Community Services Board, a well-respected behavioral health services agency in southwest Virginia, announced the upcoming retirement of their current Executive Director, Ronald A. Allison, effective April 1, 2014. Ron has been the Executive Director of CMCSB for over thirty-three years, joining CMCSB as Executive Director in 1980.
“I am proud to have been a part of CMCSB’s development and growth for the past thirty-three years”, said Mr. Allison. “I can’t speak highly enough of CMCSB’s management team and our employees. CMCSB is highly regarded in Virginia, and serves as a role model for other Community Services Boards across the state. We are proud of our Board’s accomplishments over the years, and I am confident that this agency is well positioned for its next phase of growth and development. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and my successor to ensure a seamless transition. And I certainly appreciate the ongoing support of this community and the CSB staff for the past thirty-three years.”
“On behalf of the Board and staff, I would like to thank Ron for his dedication and commitment to this organization for over thirty-three years,” said Dr. Charles King, Chair of CMCSB’s Board of Directors. “Ron has been instrumental in the growth and development of CMCSB, and will certainly be missed by the Board and staff. We appreciate his leadership over the many years, and his commitment to providing quality services to those with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, and substance abuse issues. We wish Ron much happiness and good health in retirement.”
The Board of Directors also announced a successor to assume the role of Executive Director upon Mr. Allison’s retirement. Mary F. Cole, LCSW, will assume this leadership role on April 1, 2014, bringing twenty-nine years of relevant leadership and human services experience.
"We welcome Mary’s experience and leadership," said Dr. King. "We are fortunate to have Mary ready to step up and assume leadership of this tremendous agency. Mary is goal-oriented and has the ability to think strategically, which will play a pivotal role in continuing to provide quality services to the citizens of our area”.
"I am excited and look forward to assuming this position”, said Ms. Cole. “I am proud of our past accomplishments and look forward to working with a team of excellent leaders and committed staff. I will continue the great work that Ron has done, and want to ensure the citizens of our area that this agency will continue to provide quality services, promoting recovery of individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and substance use disorders”.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. Cole served as Senior Director of Clinical Services at CMCSB for five years. Before assuming the Senior Director position, Ms. Cole served as Director of the Intellectual Disabilities division of CMCSB for more than nineteen years. Ms. Cole earned a Master's Degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988, and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 1994. She currently serves on various regional and state committees, including the Virginia Association of Community Services Board’s Services Development Committee, Public Policy Committee, and Implementation Workgroup, along with being a member of the Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition for Prevention and Treatment and We Care of Russell County.
As one of 40 Community Service Boards in Virginia, we offer a comprehensive array of services in child and family, intellectual disability, mental health, and substance abuse. We are located in Southwestern Virginia, about equidistant between Roanoke, Virginia and Knoxville, Tennessee. Our service area consists of Buchanan, Russell, and Tazewell Counties (approximately 1500 square miles) with a population of more than 100,000.
CMCSB is a very progressive and innovative agency operating more than twenty locations within the three counties. We also are one of the largest employers in Southwestern Virginia, with approximately 480 full-time and part-time staff, including employment of individuals receiving services.
Many of our programs have received local, regional, state, and national recognition for innovation. We have also received attention for our leadership in regional efforts in coordination with other Community Services Boards, area agencies on aging, public health departments, and local school systems.
Our programs impact newborn infants to the elderly, and involves individuals with every possible mental health, substance abuse or intellectual disability diagnosis. Our Prevention Programs highlight creative approaches with the youth of our area.