Contact: Trina Lamberthcs-hort-cmyk-coated-01
Communications Manager
610 Campus Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210


ABINGDON, VA (May 22, 2019) – Highlands Community Services (HCS) Board of Directors is pleased to announce Rebecca Holmes as their new Executive Director effective June 1, 2019. She succeeds Jeff Fox, who has held the position for 13 years, upon his retirement.

“I believe, without question, that Rebecca is the best choice the Board could have made to ensure the continued success of HCS. Rebecca brings years of experience to the position along with a keen understanding of all the programs within the agency,” Fox said. “During her tenure of employment at HCS, Rebecca has demonstrated a unique ability to bring appropriate resolution to complex systems in need of change. Supporting a trauma-informed work environment and adherence to servant leadership were two significant attributes of Rebecca’s that helped the Board unanimously endorse her candidacy.”

Ms. Holmes has 20 years of experience providing both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as, home based services to individuals and families who are struggling with the impact of addiction, trauma and mental health challenges. She has spent the latter portion of those years with a broader system-impact by developing quality services, programs and systems of care to address those same behavioral health challenges with a focus on system health, efficiencies and sustainability. Licensed as a Professional Counselor in Virginia, Rebecca has a long tenure with Highlands Community Service, having most recently served as their Clinical Director since 2013. Also certified as a Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia and having completed specialized training in trauma treatment techniques, Rebecca is an advocate for addressing the inter-generational impact that substance use has on the full family system and for implementing comprehensive services for effective intervention.

“It is my belief that providing accessible and high-quality services in a welcoming, empowering, and trauma-informed environment are key elements to helping individuals and families begin their journey toward recovery and to work at becoming productive and contributing members of their families and communities,” Holmes said. “I look forward to serving our community alongside and on behalf of the dedicated staff and service providers at HCS. It is truly an honor to be part of an organization filled with such compassion and a genuine desire to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Highlands Community Services is a multi-faceted Virginia Community Service Board providing mental health, substance abuse, and developmental services to the residents of Washington County and the City of Bristol, Virginia. Serving thousands of individuals each year, their goal is to provide a full continuum of care and to increase access to innovative mental health services by “improving lives and discovering possibilities along the way.” To learn more, please call 276.525.1550 or visit


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