ADMISSIONS TEAM

Meg Nygren, MSML, CAI-II, CTP-I

Vice President of Marketing

Meg Nygren joins the team as the Vice President of Marketing for Red Oak Recovery programs. Her vast experience includes working in the marketing and business development arena, strategic planning, leadership development, 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 enjoys working with families and professionals to help deliver solutions for customized treatment and long-lasting, sustainable recovery for those struggling with substance use, trauma, and mental health issues. Meg holds a master’s degree in Management and Leadership, is a Certified ARISE Interventionist, Level II and a Certified Trauma Professional, Level I.

On her downtime, you can find Meg exploring the many things to do in beautiful Western North Carolina with her husband. Eric and miniature pinscher, Romeo.

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MAGGIE CAIN, LCMHCA

Admissions Director

Maggie’s first home was in the great state of Texas. Collegiate tennis and a full scholarship sent her to Arkansas. There she found her first career and love for helping people. Her first job landed her in the nonprofit fundraising sector. For thirteen years she was blessed with getting to raise awareness and much-needed funds for children and families seeking support, hope, and love through programs for psychiatric, emotional, and behavioral care in Arkansas. After earning her Masters in Mental Health and Clinical Counseling in 2016 from Southern Arkansas University, she became a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arkansas and recently (2018) transferred her license to North Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.

Additionally, for fourteen months beginning in December 2016, Maggie provided part-time counseling for Bradford Health Services IOP of Little Rock. Working with the clients and their families at Bradford Health Services was equally fulfilling and joyful as connecting donors to changing lives of others through their financial gifts. That experience, and her love of helping people, led her to a desire to stay in addiction treatment. Maggie found herself seeking through the clients’ strengths and desires for help to be a part of a team that feels the same passion for helping and ensures every client an opportunity to succeed.

Maggie’s biggest strength is that she finds daily happiness in helping others and connecting others to that feeling of joy. Her passion for helping the whole family heal will live on through her work at Red Oak Recovery® by sharing about ROR and The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® to clinicians, treatment programs and families.

Maggie could not be happier to now live in Arden, with her husband, and to explore this beautiful state by foot and kayak.

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SHANE APPLEGATE

Senior Admissions Counselor

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it” – Yogi Berra. While this may or may not be an authentic Yogiism, Shane has authentically been committed to working in experiential and therapeutic programs since the late 80’s. With several years of experience in multiple roles at camps and boarding schools, Shane has now worked in the young adult substance abuse field for fourteen years.

Experience in the substance abuse field for Shane has led to several key roles and trainings, which aids him greatly in understanding the support and needs for families and their loved ones seeking help. From the impact of an intervention process on a family, to setting realistic expectations for the treatment process, Shane always strives to provide compassionate service to each situation.

Shane’s knowledge of professional resources nationwide helps him greatly in connecting families with qualified resources as they navigate the move towards recovery solutions. Shane has tremendous passion for helping young adults find the new directions they are needing at a critical time in their life, doing so with great respect for all the struggles they are facing.

A native of Kansas, Shane is a graduate of Kansas State University in Public Relations. Shane and his wife have now lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, raising two boys and family fully integrated into the joys of living in Western North Carolina.

Justin Shaff

Admissions Counselor

Justin grew up in Southwest Michigan. He spent much of his childhood running around the woods, building forts, playing in the dirt and snow, and just learning how to be comfortable in the great outdoors. Justin has been working with adolescents and their families in various capacities for the majority of the last 15 years; with experience in non-profits, community engagement/outreach, youth ministry, and behavioral health. Justin has a passion to see positive change and hope in the lives of young people and their families. As a member of the Admissions team, Justin brings all his experience and passion for helping young people and their families into his everyday tasks.

Justin still loves the outdoors, whether it is hiking, mountain biking, camping, or the endless work to be done in his yard. Justin loves to spend time with his wife, who shares his passion for outdoor activities. They love to take advantage of the beautiful lakes and rivers of the Carolinas throughout the summer and include their three wonderful dogs in as many of their activities as possible. Fall is for Football, and Justin has remained a lifelong fan of the Michigan Wolverines and Detroit Lions.

A native of Kansas, Shane is a graduate of Kansas State University in Public Relations. Shane and his wife have now lived in Asheville for more than 20 years, raising two boys and family fully integrated into the joys of living in Western North Carolina.

Ashley Egeland, CPSS

Admissions Coordinator & Alumni Program Manager

Ashley joined the Red Oak Recovery® team in the summer of 2017. She is a mass shooting survivor and a survivor of addiction. After many years of running from her trauma and her addiction, she made the decision to enter our women’s program. Since graduating from our program and coming back to work, she has had the opportunity to take on several different roles with our marketing team, our direct care staff, and our alumni program. She joins our admissions team as the Admissions Coordinator and just recently accepted the role as the Alumni Program Manager. She is a Certified Peer Support Specialist and continues to chip away in school to obtain a degree in Psychology. In her free time, she loves to enjoy the outdoors, write, paint, dance, and spend as much time with her family who are back in Colorado and down in Durham.

MARKETING TEAM

CAROL ROSE, MHDL

Collegiate and Community Outreach Specialist

Carol earned her Master’s in Counseling from UNC Charlotte. Her degree has taught her the importance of being a good listener and building a trusting relationship whether she is working with the individual asking for help, a family member, or a mental health professional. Carol believes that during a time of crisis, trust is paramount to find a good place to heal.

Carol was the founding coordinator for The Collegiate Recovery Program at UNC Charlotte, a program offering support to students in early recovery, it was there that she developed her own trusting relationships with her community in order to grow the program. Carol also brings personal experience with addiction within her own family, which she shares to offer hope to families in need. Her personal experience allows her to empathize and explain the journey a family will take not only while at Red Oak, but beyond. Helping families find continued support within their community is a big part of Carol’s job as a Collegiate and Clinical Outreach Specialist.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys watching old movies, spending time with her husband of nearly 40 years, Marty and being proud of her two grown daughters and seeing them thrive.

TOM WILLIAMS

Community Outreach Specialist

Tom has called North Carolina home ever since he moved from Fairfax Virginia,  when he was four years old. He was raised in Chapel Hill, where oddly enough, he grew to love watching Duke basketball. After spending what seemed to be enough time in the “Triangle”, Tom took to the mountains of western North Carolina and studied Communication and Media studies at Appalachian State University. After falling in love with the healing power and tranquility of the Blue Ridge Mountains, he moved to Asheville and worked as a Systems Analyst. Several years of fixing printers, changing passwords and asking folks “have you turned it off and on yet?” past before Tom realized the work wasn’t for him. He then found his true path while working at Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness therapy program. There Tom found himself in many different roles and ultimately as the Director of Admissions and Utilization Review. Through personal and anecdotal experience, Tom’s passion for people has compelled him to help others on their personal journey through recovery. He feels that everyone should work to understand themselves and discover where their individual happiness lies. Outside of work you can find Tom reading a book in Carrier Park, hiking with friends, playing basketball at the local YMCA or soaking up a documentary on Netflix at home with his two cats.

Sharon Findlay, MS

Administrative and Marketing Coordinator

Raised across the country and abroad, Sharon grew up in a military family. She has worked in mental health, education, and management fields for over 15 years and brings a great deal of personal and professional experience to Red Oak Recovery®. After Sharon began her therapeutic program experience with a therapeutic boarding school, she earned her Master of Science in Organization Development, with a focus on resilience in individuals and groups. This emphasis, combined with the systemic and consultative approach her studies offered, inspired Sharon to return to the field with a new goal: helping clients reach their full potential while simultaneously addressing the health of the organization, its staff, and program as whole. Sharon had the opportunity to further hone these skills in multiple residential settings. Sharon has witnessed first-hand the powerful and life changing outcomes that occur at the Red Oak programs as result of her tenure in secondary programs. She is excited to now be a part of the first stage of the change process for so many young people.

Sharon is extremely dedicated to helping our clients and their families heal. She appreciates the holistic and intentional approach that Red Oak Recovery® utilizes. She is also very committed to social justice issues and serves on the Gender Education and Demystification Symposium (GEMS) board of directors, which is a not-for-profit that oversees an annual conference designed to offer a clinical and educational perspective regarding gender identity.

Sharon currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina, and loves spending time outdoors and with friends. In her spare time, Sharon can be found crafting, nurturing her garden, and snuggling her cats Lucy and Ethel.

ALUMNI

Kelsey Mansfield

Alumni Coordinator

Kelsey is a Greensboro native and moved to Asheville after completing her journey at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. She came back to The Willows starting as a clinical-technician and is now enjoying her additional role as alumni coordinator. Kelsey has a deep empathy for the sick and still suffering, and believes that because of her own journey no soul is ever a lost cause or without hope.

Outside of work, Kelsey spends her time with her puppy, Dox- her favorite little labradoodle dachshund mix.

Operations Team

Paige Sanseverino

Logistics Manager

Paige was born and raised north of Boston, Massachusetts, and spent most of her life in the New England area. Her love for the outdoors began at Essex Agricultural High School, where she majored in Natural Resources and spent most days climbing trees or with her hands in the soil. After high school, Paige pursued different paths, leading her to many years in the Customer Service industry, a Paralegal Associates degree, and the start of a Paralegal career, until she could no longer ignore the call of the outdoors. A summer job guiding for an adolescent wilderness therapy program brought her to Asheville, NC 3 years ago, and she has called these mountains her home ever since. She began as a Clinical Technician at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® in 2017, then became Shift Supervisor before moving into her role as Program Manager. Paige truly believes in the healing power that nature can have and shares this experience with the clients as much as possible.

When she is not at work, you can find Paige rock climbing at local crags and in the climbing gym or exploring the mountains and waterfalls with her two dogs, Finnley and Fern.

Becky Barth, BA, WFR

Operations Assistant

Becky’s technical skills in adventure sports, the numerous years facilitating groups and program staff, and recently serving as a part-time Clinical Technician for The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® for four years will serve her well in her role as Operations Assistant. She is a team player, strong communicator, and enthusiastically joins in with any task at hand.

Making a difference in the lives of others has always been an underlying motivator for Becky. She strives to be a good listener, show respect for all, discover teachable moments, and encourage all around her to thrive and flourish. Whether supporting a client in a one-on-one setting, leading a group on a camping experience, or working behind the scenes she aims to do meaningful work.

Once an avid competitor in adventure endurance racing, mountain biking, and flatwater canoeing, she now is content to ride bikes, climb rocks, and paddle boats for fun. She proudly parents her two older teenagers, loves to cook and eat all vegetables, and sings a cappella with a small women’s ensemble.

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Eli Wayne, CADC

Facilities Services Manager

Eli has worked in several roles within the mental health and substance abuse fields. He started as a house manager in sober living, then moved on to become a wilderness guide and shift supervisor at Red Oak Recovery® and The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. He brings along experience in construction. In 2005 he founded a sustainable landscape and construction company in Albuquerque, NM. He operated the business until deciding to move to North Carolina in 2013. He recently settled into his new role at The Willows where he is able to combine many of his interests. Eli also facilitates a weekly Eco-Therapy Group. Eli is passionate about sustainability, music, and recovery, and he enjoys sharing his experience with others.

TAMMY SADLER

Administrative Specialist

Tammy has lived all over the US and is happy to now be calling Asheville her home. She believes working at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® answers her desire to help people and make the world a better place. She brings her extensive administrative and marketing background, her enthusiasm and her compassion to the staff and clients of The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. She looks forward to helping you when you visit the facility.

Tammy has two adults daughters and son-in-laws, a granddaughter and a sweet old cat. In her free time she likes to contra-dance, sing with a local a cappella chorus, listen to all the great live music in the area, and hike the beautiful NC mountains.

Administrative Team

Julia Hughes

Compliance Officer

Julia grew up in Germany where she spent her youth snowboarding and biking before moving to the U.S. in 2011. After coming to America, she spent her early adulthood exploring and experiencing a different way of life. When she moved to Western North Carolina, Julia fell in love with Asheville’s captivating outdoors and beautiful weather. Being a life-long learner, she pursued a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, graduating in 2017.

After joining the Red Oak Family in August 2017 and working at The Willows campus as a Clinical Technician, she joined the Compliance Team in the summer of 2018. She is grateful for the opportunity to support the company in her role as Compliance Officer. With her love and attention for details, she creates, provides, and maintains a positive healing environment for young adults in recovery.

In her free time, Julia can be found hiking on the Blue Ridge Parkway with her two dogs, doing yoga or enjoying the beautiful weather.

Kirsten Winchester

Client Financial Services Manager

Kirsten has lived in Western North Carolina (WNC) for the majority of her life. She grew up in Bryson City, NC and then moved to Asheville to pursue a management degree from UNC-Asheville. After graduating in 2017, she worked at an optometrist office where she learned about patient care and medical billing. She was interested in Red Oak Recovery® because of the center’s ability to incorporate WNC’s beauty in their treatments. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, yoga, canoeing, and finding good coffee shops.

Christa Laws

Client Financial Services Coordinator

Christa is a Western North Carolina native. She has worked in healthcare for the last 15 years, starting as a Certified Nursing Assistant after high school, while attending AB Technical College in Asheville. Christa soon discovered her knack for detail and organization and pursued an administrative career. She has served a diverse population in roles over the years, where she has become well versed in billing and administrative functions.

Christa is thrilled to take on the role of Client Financial Services Coordinator as she has a deep-rooted aspiration to help families on their collective recovery journey. She feels privileged to help with any assistance she may be able to provide to make the process a smooth one.

Christa enjoys good coffee, spending time with her family and fur babies, kayaking, traveling, and exploring new places.

HUMAN RESOURCES TEAM

Justin Slack

Human Resources Manager

Justin Slack was born and raised in Florida and moved to North Carolina in 2010, drawn by the beauty of the mountains. After graduating from Florida State University, Justin served in various management roles prior to discovering his true passion for Human Resources. As a certified HR professional, Justin enjoys learning all about the many ways Human Resources can have a major impact on both the lives of the employees and those they serve. His desire is to continually provide and ensure a positive atmosphere and experience for the employees at Red Oak Recovery, so they can continue to provide the absolute best care for our clients.

Outside of work, Justin enjoys a number of volunteer activities, teaching and sharing the joy of music with both children and adults. Justin also enjoys traveling whenever possible to discover the beauty and uniqueness that other cultures and places have to share.

Katie Gallant, BS

Human Resources Coordinator

Katie has been working in a mental health direct care role since graduating from Appalachian State University where she studied Psychology and Addictions. She has a passion for helping people learn and grow. Katie grew up in the foothills of North Carolina and has always been drawn to the mountains.

After moving to Asheville for its beautiful landscape, Katie was drawn to Red Oak Recovery® and joined the team in a direct care role at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. She has had the pleasure of working alongside many departments and many amazing people. Katie has grown within the company and is committed to its purpose of helping clients honor themselves, unveil their self-worth, and pursue positive, lasting change. She now applies that same principle to staff as Human Resources Coordinator and is excited to be part of a growing and supportive work family.

When not at work, Katie spends as much time outside as possible. She loves swimming, hiking, and sitting by a fire with a good book.

Bob Cummings, CSAPC, WEMT

Recruitment, Training, and Prevention Manager

Bob has worked in the substance abuse treatment and substance abuse prevention field for over 30 years and is a Certified Substance Abuse Prevention Consultant and a Wilderness EMT. In addition to working in treatment programs, he has worked street ministry with the homeless population, was a Social Worker with child protective services, and was the owner and lead teacher of a ShaoLin Kung Fu school in Asheville, achieving the level of ShaoLin Master Instructor.

As the Recruitment and Training Manager, Bob is responsible for making sure that all Red Oak Recovery staff are the best, most competent, and the most well trained in their fields, and that they are trained in the Red Oak Recovery system of treatment. His responsibilities include recruiting potential staff, screening them to find the best suited for the Red Oak Recovery family, and providing the utmost in onboarding and ongoing training.

As Prevention Manager, Bob draws on his certification and past work experience as a substance abuse prevention specialist. Bob spends time with schools, organizations, colleges, churches, and other venues helping community trainings and outreach to help organizations, institutions, and people to understand substance abuse and mental health issues, and how to find the help they need for themselves or their loved ones.

Originally from San Diego, Bob grew up in East Tennessee and now lives in Waynesville, NC with his wife. They have three adult children between them and are enjoying the peace and quiet of an empty house. In his spare time, Bob still teaches and studies ShaoLin Kung Fu, is an ardent canoeist, backpacker, fly fisherman, and loves doing all those things with his wife in the mountains of Western Carolina.