Jack has more than 25 years of experience dealing with mental health, substance abuse, recovery, and the array of co-occurring mental health issues that go along with it. He also has extensive training with depression, bipolar disorder, gender identity issues, family issues, grief and trauma, conduct disorder, and developmental issues pertaining to adolescents and young adults. Jack holds a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling as well as the following six clinical licenses and certifications:
- Licensed Professional Counselor
- Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
- Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist
- Certified Clinical Supervisor
- Nationally Certified Counselor
- Internationally Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Jack has specialized training in the following areas:
- Substance abuse
- Addiction/recovery issues
- 12-Step facilitation
- Advanced relapse prevention therapy
- Attachment disorders including Reactive Attachment Disorder
- Sexual abuse
- Marriage and family therapy
- Adventure based counseling
- Systemic family interventions
- Clinical supervision
He has designed and helped open four other highly regarded programs in the field of adventure therapy focusing on substance abuse, mental health, and addiction treatment. He has provided care in both private-practice settings and the public sector. He presents nationally at various conferences on cutting edge treatment for young adults. The needs of the clients that he sees continually change, and so he believes our treatment team and program offerings must continually evolve.
Jack believes in an integrative approach that deals with the underlying emotional issues that are simultaneously present with chemical dependency. Consequently, he uses a holistic, strengths-based orientation that empowers patients to develop their inherent talents, skills, and resources.
Additionally, as a Black Belt in American Kenpo, Jack instructs Red Oak Recovery® clients in self-defense, character development, and the underlying principles of self-respect, respect for others, and self-discipline.
Lynn Wadsworth, MS, LPC, LCAS, CTT-1
Lynn is a Masters level clinician who is dually licensed in the state of North Carolina as a professional counselor and an addictions specialist.
Her personal journey, combined with her therapeutic training, has contributed to her deeply held belief in the extraordinary healing possibilities within a residential setting which often lead to life-long benefits.
Lynn has held a variety of leadership roles throughout her clinical career such as Case Management Supervisor in the field of HIV/AIDS, Program Manager in an intensive outpatient program, Director of Substance Abuse in 2 different residential programs, and Director of Family Services in several programs.
Lynn brings to this work a deep understanding and empathy for individuals and families in crisis. Lynn says her primary goal as Clinical Director at The Willows is “to support and guide our staff as we collectively create the best possible therapeutic relationship with all clients and families in order to create lasting healthy change in their lives.”
Becca received a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation Management from Appalachian State University. She comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with over 10 years of experience in the wilderness and adventure therapy industry. Becca has spent most of her time serving in leadership and teaching roles and was also a field instructor for two years. She is a WFR and certified QPR instructor.
Becca is dedicated to serving others and believes in the healing power of nature and exercise. Becca enjoys working with young women and helping them find their voice and self-confidence. She was drawn to the Willows because of the holistic approach used with the clients as well as the diverse outdoor activities. Becca enjoys working with a team that is collaborative and passionate about the service they provide.
Becca grew up in Connecticut and moved to North Carolina for college. Her love of backpacking started when she went on an Outward Bound course in Montana. In her free time she enjoys hiking with her husband and three dogs, traveling, and running marathons.
Meg Nygren, CAI-II, CTP-I
Director of Marketing
Meg Nygren re-joins the team as the Director of Marketing at The Willows. Her vast experience ranges within the marketing and business development arena and working with families, clients, and referral sources during the admissions process and throughout their treatment stay. She also has experience with regards to operations, regulation, and compliance in a prior role with Red Oak Recovery.
Meg delivers a high standard of excellence and offers a collaborative team spirit with those she works with. She looks forward to continuing to work with families and professionals to help deliver solutions for customized treatment and long-lasting, sustainable recovery for those struggling with substance use and mental health issues. Meg is a Certified ARISE Interventionist, Level II and a Certified Trauma Professional, Level I.
On her down time, you can find Meg exploring the many things to do in Western North Carolina with her husband and miniature pincher, Romeo.
Mick Masterson, CSAC
Executive Director & Founder
A native of Upstate New York, Mick arrived to the mountains of Western North Carolina in 2008 seeking a new way of life. It was in the Blue Ridge Mountains that he found a new purpose, and was able to break his own cycle of addiction. Mick now devotes much of his time to serving others on their own journey so that they too may find the peace that recovery brings.
Mick is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor with several years of experience working with young adults. He has served in positions as direct care, admissions, management of transitional living and primary treatment facilities, and field director for a wilderness therapy program.
Mick now uses his years of experience to ensure that The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® employs the most qualified and compassionate staff, and provides the most impactful clinical medical and holistic services. While away from The Willows, he can often be found exploring the trails, waterfalls, and hidden swimming holes of these mountains with his partner Carrie, their three daughters, and their two dogs.
Mark Oerther, CSAC-I, CTP-1
Director of Business Development & Founder
With over 16 years of experience in the industries of mental health, substance abuse, and recovery, Mark is a veteran of healthcare program development and marketing. His roles have included admissions, business development, direct care and supervision in therapeutic settings, and therapeutic program management. He has also helped start and run three highly regarded therapeutic adventure programs around the country.
Mark’s greatest accomplishment is getting sober. There was a time when addiction controlled his life. With much support from his family and others in recovery, he was able to break the cycle of addiction at the age of 21. It has now become his mission to give this gift of recovery to others. He believes there is hope for every young adult, that they—and their families—may find a new life. To quote his favorite line from the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “It works, it really does.”
Mark is married to Jackie and has a son, David and a Dog named Murray. He is a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. He also attempts to play golf (poorly).
Brady Schroer, DO
Dr. Brady Schroer obtained his Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology with an emphasis in Chemistry. He attended medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. After medical school, he completed his general psychiatry residency at an internationally known psychiatric clinic. Dr. Schroer later worked in a large hospital setting for five years as a psychiatric hospitalist taking care of geriatric patients, caring for patients with psychiatric issues on the medical floors and ICU (intensive care units), detoxifying clients from alcohol and benzodiazepines, ECT treatment for depression, and served as Medical Director and Chief of Psychiatry.
Dr. Schroer moved to Western North Carolina in 2007 to become the Medical Director of the inpatient psychiatric unit and the detoxification unit at one of the areas top hospitals and served for seven years in that capacity. Most recently, he has been seeing clients ages 15 and over in sober living environments, residential treatments, and other outpatient settings.
He has vast experience from all different perspectives of addiction treatment and knows what it is like to be a family member of someone struggling with addiction. Dr. Schroer views addiction as a poor coping mechanism for past emotional pain and believes that the emotional pain that breeds hatred, anger, and resentment is what keeps us sick and looking for substances and behaviors to “numb it.” He is extremely compassionate and prefers to educate clients about their illness. He has learned a lot from the clients he has treated and uses that knowledge to help others move into a peaceful life.
Dr. Schroer is a Christian, loves car racing, golf, photography, and being out in the great outdoors. He feels especially fortunate to call Asheville his home!
Director of Admissions
A New England native, Torry now calls WNC his home. He has lived in Asheville since 2001. With a degree in Adventure Education from Prescott College, he has been involved in traditional and therapeutic guiding roles. Regardless of who he works with he understands the transformative power that a wilderness experience offers. As a member of the Admissions team he offers hope and support to young adults suffering from the disease of addiction. Torry lives with his wife Hillary, and his two girls Autumn and Sophie. Yep, their awesome. He finds serenity through a morning coffee, a trail ride in Pisgah, an awesome meal, or chilling with his wife binging on Netflix episodes. As a diehard Pats, Sox, and Celtics fan he’ll be sure to remind you how wicked awesome his teams are, should you have forgotten.
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Theresa is originally from Oklahoma. She received her AS in Accounting from Rose State University. Theresa has lived in Hickory, North Carolina for the last 26 years. She and her husband Darren have raised their children there and enjoy seeing their grandchildren. In their spare time, both of them enjoy gardening and being outdoors.
Theresa comes to Red Oak Recovery® with over 30 years of accounting and Human Resource management experiences. Theresa has owned her own business and has worked in the medical, manufacturing, and retail HVAC industries.
Theresa has spent the last few years working as the CFO of a medical practice in Hickory, NC. In this practice she worked closely with patients and insurance companies assisting with financial records, billing, and customer support as well as managing finances. Her understanding of finances and insurance issues along with her background in human resources will make her transition into our Client Financial Services Manager/Human Resources Manager a smooth one.
Jim Norconk earned his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Florida in Political Science and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College. He is a Certified Addictions Professional and has worked in various roles in addiction treatment programs including Primary Therapist, Clinical Director and Operations Director. He has taken lead roles in multiple substance abuse treatment facility start- ups and has, most recently, been consulting for treatment facilities assisting with licensing, quality assurance, policy and procedure, marketing, admissions and team development.
Jim is a Blues music fan, plays guitar and enjoys spending with his wife and two boys.