President & CEOVirginia“To work in a place that empowers individuals to rethink their choices, learn from their mistakes, and move on to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives is a dream come true."
Debby Taylor joined Phoenix House in November 2010 when Vanguard Services became Phoenix House. She serves as Senior Vice President and Executive Director of Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic.
Ms. Taylor’s career in the treatment of substance use disorders spans over 40 years. She joined Vanguard in 1989 as Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer. She was responsible for Vanguard’s growth to 14 programs serving over 2000 persons plus their families, annually.
Prior to joining Vanguard, Ms. Taylor was employed by Virginia Hospital Center as Program Manager of the Adolescent Addiction Treatment Program. During her career, she has also worked for Suburban Hospital in its Addiction Treatment Unit in Bethesda, Maryland, the Psychiatric Institute of Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia’s Alcohol and Drug Services.
Her work in the field has been broadly acknowledged; most notably the Virginia Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Distinguished Service Award, the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors Legislative Achievement Award, the Northern Virginia Coalition for the Mentally Disabled Distinguished Service Award, the Arlington Community Hero Award.
She has served as an appointed member of the Arlington County Partnership on Children, Youth and Families and as a Board member of the Arlington Committee of 100, Leadership Arlington Board of Regents.
Ms. Taylor is a psychiatric nurse certified in Chemical Dependency.