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ACS Leadership

North Carolina Regional Director

Ronald Ross joined Appalachian Community Services in 2011 and is currently the Director of Outpatient and Community-based Services. Mr. Ross earned his BS in Psychology from Old Dominion University and his Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Norfolk State University. He is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS).  Prior to relocating to Western North Carolina in 2011, Mr. Ross was employed in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Hampton Roads, VA where he both provided direct care and assisted in program development for inpatient, residential, and outpatient care centers.  Mr. Ross enjoys spending time with family, traveling, raising beagles, and furniture restoration. 

Regional Director of Community Relations

Tabatha Brafford moved to Western North Carolina in 2002 and joined the ACS team in 2010.  Tabatha’s passion for helping people and determination to improve our behavioral health system made the role of Direction of Consumer Services a perfect fit.   Graduating from the University of North Florida with a Master’s Degree in 1999, Tabatha is currently licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Supervisor.   When she is not working, Tabatha loves any outside adventure and going to movies with her husband and two sons, coaching basketball and reading fiction.

Medical Director

Dr. Barry Moore, graduated from the University of Kansas Medical Center and was Chief Resident at UNC Chapel Hill, and served as the Chief of Aerospace at Whitman Air Force Base. After completing his residency program, he completed his board certifications in Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Moore has been in practice as a Board-Certified Psychiatrist for over 40 years, and he has been at the forefront of Telemedicine with his personal companies CapeSide Psychiatry, CapeSide Addiction Care, and Addictioncare 101, and he remains committed to finding new ways to address the dilemma of burgeoning mental health needs and he is now in the forefront of fighting the opioid epidemic with telepsychiatry and working with Advance Practice Practitioners on enhancing his/her skills for psychiatry.

Barry Moore is currently the medical director for Appalachian Community Center located in the western part of North Carolina.   Dr. Moore’s life values and goals are focused on helping others to find stability when facing challenging life situations. Dr. Moore’s extensive knowledge and compassion offers each client a safe haven when seeking care.

Director Western OP and Community Services

Jessica is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. Jessica earned a BS in Sociology from Western Carolina University and a Master of Social Work and Master of Divinity from Baylor University. An Appalachian native, Jessica returned to Western North Carolina in 2013 and joined the Appalachian Community Services team. Having worked in several different direct care capacities Jessica assumed the role of Assistant Director of Outpatient and Community Based Services, supervising the western most counties served by Appalachian Community Services in 2015. Jessica has a passion for providing quality and compassionate services to those living in Western North Carolina and is proud to work for an agency that promotes both. When not at work Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and son, traveling, reading, collecting antique tea cups, and exploring other cultures.

Director Eastern OP and Community Services

Lauren is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist with 10 years of mental health experience. She received both her BS and Master of Social Work from Western Carolina University. Following receipt of her BS Lauren worked with Broughton State Hospital providing direct care to patients in group and individual settings.  Lauren has been part of the Appalachian Community Services team since 2011 after relocating from Hickory, North Carolina.

 

While working in multiple direct care capacities within ACS, Lauren discovered a passion for community and organizational management and in 2015 became the Assistant Director of Outpatient and Community-based Services, supervising services provided out of the eastern most counties served by Appalachian Community Services. In addition to being passionate about providing the best care in the region, Lauren also enjoys time with her husband and two daughters, travel, and recreational activities-- especially CrossFit.

Director of Crisis Programming

Dr. Hamm is a native of Philippi, West Virginia who received her Doctorate in Psychology from Argosy University’s DC Campus in 2003.  She began her career as a child and family therapist, but made a career shift in 2008 when she joined the Emergency Services Team with Smoky Mountain Center.
 

Dr. Hamm works out of our Waynesville, NC facility and has been a member of the Appalachian Community Services team since 2010.  She began her work with the Mobile Crisis Team where she worked as a Clinician, Team Leader, and eventually as the Director.  In December 2014, she accepted the position of Director of QA and Training.  In this role she is responsible for leading and directing all quality assurance activities and well as tracking and arranging training requirements and training schedules for all ACS employees.  She also provides Supervision and oversight to all adult enhanced services by providing clinical supervision once a month to staff members and ensuring medical necessity is met for the enhanced services of SAIOP, CST, and Peer Support Services.
 

She currently resides in Clyde with her husband, Jesse, and their twelve -year old daughter, Laurel.

Clinical Director

Dr. Aldecoa relocated from Puerto Rico to Cincinnati during late adolescence and attended Xavier University where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Special Education. She relocated to Florida and earned a M.S. in Psychology and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami. She has been providing services to individuals of all ages diagnosed with Mental Illnesses, Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and/or Substance Use disorders for over 30 years.

 

She has been employed at ACS since 2005, and has provided a range of services to the organization.  She is dedicated and passionate about inclusion and recovery. She believes everyone should be provided with the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.  She strives to assist others in reaching this potential by providing direct care and supervising staff members providing this care. She emphasizes humility, kindness, compassion and equality while providing comprehensive quality care to the members of our community.

Director of Intellectual / Developmental Disability Services

A Chicago native, Victoria has called the mountains of Western North Carolina home for nearly fifteen years.  After earning a nursing degree in 2010, Victoria worked at Murphy Medical Center before joining Appalachian Community Services in 2015.  In her free time, Victoria enjoys the great outdoors with her family, often camping and fishing with her husband and children, and volunteering in her community.  The most rewarding aspect of her job is seeing the clients and residents reach their goals and experience an improvement in their quality of life. 

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