Jane Yaun to take the reins July 1, 2017


Dec. 21, 2016

Fredericksburg, Virginia – After a six-month-long national search, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board is pleased to announce the selection of Jane Yaun as its new Executive Director effective July 1, 2017. Yaun will succeed outgoing Executive Director Ronald W. Branscome, who will retire on June 30, 2017.

“We interviewed a number of people from outside the organization, but when we looked at Jane’s strengths, she was a much stronger candidate than anybody else we interviewed,” said Board Member Jack Rowley, who headed the Executive Search Committee. “She is highly qualified, dedicated to RACSB and committed to helping people with mental illness, substance use disorder and developmental disability. In addition, she has outstanding leadership skills which will help guide the organization going forward.”

Rowley and Board Chairwoman Linda Ball announced Yaun’s promotion at the conclusion of the December 20, 2016 Board of Directors meeting.

“After a comprehensive search process, we’re pleased to be promoting from within RACSB an excellent candidate and leader for this key position,” Ball said. “Jane's experience as an integral staff member of RACSB will help us make a smooth transition in leadership while providing important services to our community.”

Yaun began working at RACSB in 1988 after graduating from Mary Washington College. She started her career as a Residential Counselor in the organization’s first supervised apartment for people with severe and persistent mental illness. She later headed the Mental Health Residential program, provided Intensive In-Home therapy services to adolescents with serious emotional disturbance, worked as an Emergency Services Therapist, served as Vocational Manager at the Psychosocial Rehabilitation program and led the Quality Assurance department. Yaun also worked for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, analyzing policies that affected mental health services. She returned to RACSB in 2008, serving as the Quality Assurance Coordinator before becoming the agency’s first Deputy Executive Director in 2014.

Yaun completed her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University in 1992. In 2015, she completed a 10-month Executive Leadership program with the National Council for Behavioral Health. Yaun successfully led the RACSB through numerous, rigorous accreditations through CARF International, including the most recent one this fall.

“I am honored to be the next Executive Director of the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board,” Yaun said.  “I am committed to continuing our mission of providing quality behavioral health and developmental services to individuals residing in Planning District 16.  I am grateful for having Ron Branscome serve as my mentor for more than 26 years and look forward to engaging the community, individuals served and stakeholders in fulfilling this mission.”

Yaun will take over the helm of an organization that served more than 10,000 individuals in Fiscal Year 2016. With a staff of 600, RACSB provides behavioral health and developmental disability services, including outpatient therapy, emergency services, day support, residential programs, prevention, early intervention, crisis intervention and more.

“In the past four decades, RACSB has continually grown and evolved to meet the changing needs of our community,” Branscome said. “With her unwavering commitment to the organization, Jane will build upon a strong foundation of quality services and continue RACSB’s work of providing excellent care for the people in our community.”

Yaun resides in the City of Fredericksburg with her 9-year-old daughter, Kate.

To learn more about RACSB and its services, visit www.rappahannockareacsb.org or call 540-373-3223.


Founded in 1970, the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) provides public mental health, developmental disability, substance abuse, and prevention/early intervention services to the residents of the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. RACSB operates five outpatient clinics which provide individual, group and family therapy; specialized counseling and case management services; psychological assessment; 24-hour crisis intervention; and medication management services. RACSB operates 12 group homes, three intermediate care facilities and the Myers Drive Respite Group Home for adults with intellectual disability providing 24-hour intensive and structured support. RACSB also offers mental health day support, residential services, and crisis stabilization at The Sunshine Lady House for Mental Health Wellness & Recovery. The Parent-Education – Infant Development Program provides developmental, physical, occupational, and speech therapies as well as service coordination to infants and toddlers with developmental delays. Programs of RACSB include Kenmore Club, Rappahannock Adult Activities, Inc., Project LINK, Program for Teen Parents, Rappahannock Area Kids on the Block, DARE to Be You – Rappahannock Area, Second Step, Too Good for Drugs, Healthy Families – Rappahannock Area, and Mental Health First Aid Trainings (Adult and Youth). To learn more, visit www.rappahannockareacsb.org.



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