Substance Abuse Coalition Hires New Executive Director
Published Date: Aug 19, 2022
WINCHESTER — The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition has a new leader.
Kat Wilcox, who recently spent five years as a firefighter and paramedic with the Frederick County Fire and Rescue Department, became the coalition's new executive director on July 5.
"This is the first administrative role that I've had," Wilcox said on Friday during an interview in her office at 305 E. Piccadilly St. in Winchester. "I've really enjoyed it so far."
Wilcox succeeds Lauren Cummings, who left the organization in May to accept another job. Cummings had been the only executive director to serve the coalition since it was created in May 2014.
"She did a fantastic job starting the coalition and the drug courts and all the different programs we have," said Wilcox, who holds a sociology degree from Longwood University. "She thankfully left me all of her notes and all of her information, so that helped a lot with the transition and learning process."
The Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition is comprised of law enforcement, healthcare, recovery and youth advocacy professionals, as well as local families who have been impacted by substance abuse and addiction. Clients are referred to the organization by medical workers, school administrators and court officials in Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County.