Rachel Lee Cummings to succeed Bob Thorn at CSAC

MIDDLEBURY — Rachel Lee Cummings, former chief operating officer at Age Well, will in February begin her role as the new executive director of the Counseling Service of Addison County.
She will succeed Robert Thorn (pictured), CSAC’s longtime administrative leader, who’s retiring after almost four decades of service.
Cummings brings a strong human services and business background to her new position, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the CSAC board. Prior to her work at Age Well, Cummings founded and ran RLC Guardianship Services and Armistead Senior Care, a non-medical home care agency, serving clients and families throughout New England.
She is an active member of several non-profit boards, including those of Community Health Centers of Burlington, Spectrum Detail Works, and the United Way Women United group.
“I am honored by the opportunity to be the next leader of CSAC and excited to carry forward the critical work this organization has been doing in Addison County,” Cummings said in a written statement. “I look forward to working with the amazing staff at CSAC and supporting the clients and consumers who rely on us.”
Thorn expressed confidence in his successor.
“Rachel has the business acumen and the heart-felt dedication to consumers, clients, and CSAC’s mission that it will take to lead this organization into the 21st century,” he said.
The Counseling Service offers a wide range of professional mental health and developmental services. Its staff includes persons trained in developmental services, substance abuse treatment, psychiatry, psychology, mental health counseling, social work, family therapy, and child therapy.
Thorn will officially retire on March 31 and will thus be able to help acclimate Cummings to her new role and surroundings.
The Addison Independent will seek to interview Cummings to provide more details on her background and goals for CSAC.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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