Gayle Aycock

Recovery is Possible

Problems with mental illness and substance use disorders are common throughout our community. According to a 2012 survey by the federal government, 8.4 million American adults reported having co-occurring disorders, meaning they have both a mental health and a substance use disorder. While co-occurring disorders are common, so are stories of recovery. In fact, there are people in every walk of life in the Midlands who are on a path to mental and physical health. And as they work on their recovery journeys, they contribute to our communities, participate in business and provide for their families.

Gayle Aycock

LRADAC Announces Gayle Aycock as New President and CEO

LRADAC’s Board of Directors announced today the selection of Gayle Aycock as the agency’s new President and CEO.

Steve Hatchell, Chair of LRADAC’s Board of Directors, said, “The Board of Directors conducted a nationwide search for the next President and CEO. It just so happened that the best person for the job was already a part of the organization. Ms. Aycock brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about not only clinical treatment for addiction but the organization itself and the community we serve.”

Deborah Francis, President & CEO of LRADAC, Announces Retirement

Debbie Francis, President and CEO of LRADAC (Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council), is retiring from her years of leadership at the agency. Francis’ decision to retire will bring a close to her remarkable career in health care in South Carolina.

Steve Hatchell, Chair of LRADAC’s Board of Directors, noted, “Debbie has provided incredible leadership to LRADAC. During her tenure as CEO, she guided the organization through numerous significant changes including the move to our two state-of-the-art facilities, rebranding, and expanding the agency’s services to better serve the people of Lexington and Richland counties.