ADMISSIONS TEAM

Leadership Team Meg Nygren Director of Marketing

Meg Nygren, CAI-II, CTP-I

Vice President of Marketing

Meg joins the team as Vice President of Marketing for The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® programs.  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.

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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.

Molly Anderson

Admissions Counselor

Molly is an Asheville local, she moved to Colorado for a year and soon realized she wanted to be back in her hometown and ended up working in the mental health field. She graduated from Western Carolina University in 2014 with a degree in History with a concentration in Military History and a minor in Anthropology. During college, Molly was an active member of the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band.

Molly has a work history of being a high school history teacher as well as working in hospitality and customer service. Molly came to Red Oak Recovery® after working in direct care as well as admissions for a residential treatment center for teenage girls. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts and listening to live music (Umphrey’s McGee being the favorite), snowboarding, disc golf, and hiking. If she’s not outdoors, you can find her at home with her cats, Isabelle and Bailey.

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 37 35 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.

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Kelcie Winningham

Marketing and Administrative Coordinator

Through growing up in a Military family, Kelcie moved around quite often. She spent a good chunk of her formative years overseas in Europe, where she developed her passion for music. This is what brought Kelcie to the Asheville area back in 2015. She studied Music Business and Audio Production at a local college and eventually started her own Record Label, PowderKeg Records, LLC, where she was able to strengthen her skills in the field of Advertising and Marketing.

This led to Kelcie deciding to pursue a Master’s degree in IMC and a career in the field of marketing. She plans to take the skills that she gained from both her education and her time spent as a working professional in the Music Industry to promote Red Oak Recovery’s lifesaving programs. In her free time, Kelcie enjoys playing drums in her indie-rock band, Room Twenty-Seven, traveling to new places with friends, taking photos, hanging out with her cat, Roslyn, and attempting to try every single roast of coffee that WNC has to offer.

OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION

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.

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.

Leadership Team Sara Baiach Logistics Manager

Sara Baicich, ATR-BC

Program Manager

Sara is originally from Maryland. She came to Asheville in 2014 by way of Philadelphia where she received a Masters Degree in Art Therapy.  Sara comes to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® with a wealth of experience working in mental health, first as an Art Therapist in inpatient psychiatry, then as a wilderness therapy Field Instructor, Logistics Coordinator, and finally as an Experiential Specialist.  Sara loves working in a team and finds logistics work rewarding, helping a program function from behind the scenes so the hard work and growth can be accomplished between the staff and clients.  She also provides Art Therapy process groups to the clients and loves having that opportunity to enhance our therapeutic program with the arts.

Sara is a visual artist, loves to dance, go hiking, practice yoga, cook with friends, and loves to travel. She will always have tea with you and she will always be a cat person. No offense, dogs.

Leadership Team Bronwyn May Head Gardener

Bronwyn May

Head Gardener

Bronwyn comes to Red Oak from the Penland School of Crafts in Mitchell County, NC. She moved to Western North Carolina in 2010 from Providence, Rhode Island. Bronwyn has been a professional gardener for 11 years, and originally trained in perennial, shrub and tree maintenance. In the past 5 years, she has propagated and maintained large vegetable gardens. Growing flowers is her favorite activity, and she enjoys working with people and teaching them how to grow food. When not gardening with the clients at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®, she gardens at home with her partner Tom and hangs out on the front porch with their dog, Roxy.

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Eli Wayne, CADC

Facilities Maintenance Technician

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.

Leadership Team Tammy Sadler Administrative Specialist

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.

HUMAN RESOURCES

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Jonathan Prince

Human Resources Associate

Jonathan fell in love with Western North Carolina while attending Montreat College where he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Through his wife’s recovery, Jonathan has witnessed the healing power of being surrounded by the peace found within nature. He was drawn to Red Oak Recovery® through his strong desire to serve the community he loves. Jonathan is honored to work alongside the Red Oak Recovery® family and use his passion, dedication, and attention to detail to help create positive change through our young adult rehab programs.

Jonathan’s inspiration comes from his wife, Megan, and two sweet Siberian Huskies, Sakari and Yakoné. He enjoys hiking the beautiful WNC Mountains and appreciates the serenity and simplicity of being outdoors.

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Brianne DuBois

Human Resources Generalist 

Brianne is a native of North Carolina and relocated to Asheville in 2013 after falling in love with the mountains and the area’s eclectic culture. She has worked in various administrative positions and is excited to start a new path in Human Resources. She was drawn to Red Oak Recovery® because of her own recovery and is looking forward to becoming a part of this community. Her biggest motivation comes from her fiancée, McCartney, who helped her get sober in 2016. When they’re not busy wedding planning, they enjoy spending time with their two dogs; Addie and Luna and two cats; Oscar and Ouija. She also enjoys spending time outdoors and taking photos of beautiful WNC – especially waterfalls!

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.

Mitchel Schlumbrecht

Client Financial Services Specialist

A native of New Orleans, Mitchell moved to Asheville in 2004. He comes to Red Oak Recovery having studied accounting at the University of New Orleans and has over 30 years of accounting experience. Mitchel is married and has a fulfilling life as a father to his two sons.

Kacey Byrd

Client Financial Services Coordinator

Kacey has lived in North Carolina for the majority of her life. She attended East Tennessee State University to pursue a Business Administration degree. After graduation, she returned to North Carolina and began to work in the medical field, learning about patient care and medical billing. Kacey was drawn to Red Oak Recovery® due to her passion in wanting to help others. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach and their two dogs, Hollie and Zeus. She also enjoys spending time at the lake, crafting, quilting, and baking cupcakes!