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, they’re 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.
Katie Bidwell, CSAC-I
Senior Admissions Counselor
Katie was born in Atlanta, Georgia. She loves the outdoors and enjoys Georgia Football. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology. Katie is currently working towards getting her master’s degree in social work.
Having had her own struggles with addiction, Katie moved to Asheville for recovery, and has been sober since August 30, 2014. Treatment centers have played a vital role, and she is grateful for the experience, understanding the importance of asking for help and reaching out.
Katie has several years of experience working with clients in all phases of recovery. She has worked in direct care and now she is a part of the admissions team. Katie believes in recovery and her passion is helping families and their loved ones find support during difficult times. Recovery has brought happiness to Katie’s life and she wants to use her experience to help others find peace and serenity.
When Katie is not working you can find her watching Georgia football, trail running at Bent Creek, or being active in her 12 step community.
Todd Stebbing, CSAC-I, CAI
Todd grew up in Richmond, VA and graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Adventure Education. Todd has a passion for helping people and using the wilderness for therapeutic value. Todd has seen his own battle with addiction and arrived at Red Oak Recovery® in 2014 as a client. After his stay at Red Oak, he moved to Asheville, NC and continued with the Asheville 12 step community to better his life. Todd has worked for recovery aftercare centers, wilderness guiding, and is now thrilled to be back at Red Oak.
“My life is dedicated to helping other addicts and alcoholics achieve happiness and a full life through sobriety. Red Oak was a huge part in helping to get my life back together, which is why I came back to work here. I want to help clients understand that it is possible to live life without drugs and alcohol and to achieve a happy, joyous, and free life.” In his free time, you can find Todd out with friends seeing live music, on the river fly fishing and canoeing, at a 12 step meeting, or on a hike with his dog Gunther. Todd also likes to rock climb, snowboard, cook, play disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, and go swimming.
Meg Nygren, CAI-II, CTP-I
Vice President of Marketing
Meg Nygren 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.
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.
Kim Dupuis, LPCS, CEAP, SAP
Clinical Outreach Specialist
Kim Dupuis is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Certified Employee Assistance Professional, and Substance Abuse Professional who earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychology from Troy University. She brings over 19 years of mental health and substance abuse experience as a clinician and consultant.
Kim comes to us with professional experience in a variety of settings including, inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization and outpatient treatment centers. Kim opened and managed a thriving private psychotherapy practice in Charlotte, has served as Clinical Director for higher education counseling centers, and has worked in the non-profit sector and in the EAP field. Her extensive experience interfacing with healthcare professionals, University systems and community agencies across the Carolinas has enabled her to establish strong relationships and provide the most comprehensive care for her clients. Kim strives to provide specialized care for individuals and understands and embraces the uniqueness of each person. She takes a strengths-based approach to treatment and has specialized training for Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Substance Abuse and Mindful Based Stress Reduction.
In Kim’s personal time, she stays busy raising her two wonderful children and spending time with friends and family. On sunny days you can find her riding a trail on her mountain bike or gardening in her yard. Kim believes that a balanced life is essential to health, wellness and happiness.
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.
MAGGIE CAIN, LPC-A
Clinical Outreach Specialist
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. She is a Clinical Outreach Specialist for Red Oak Recovery® and The Willows at Red Oak Recovery®. 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 fiancé husband and to explore this beautiful state by foot and kayak.
Marketing Planner/Alumni Coordinator
Ashley was born and raised in the suburb of Littleton, Colorado. At the age of 23, her addiction completely took over her life. She spent 10 years attempting to balance a normal life and a life of using. Finally, in 2016, she came to believe there was a better life out there and she landed herself at The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® ready to begin the work on both her trauma and her addiction. Her journey continued through other programs in the recovery community and had since led her back to Asheville with a passion to offer strength to others struggling to understand their addiction and who have experienced trauma. She has many years in the administrative field and is excited to begin a career at the program where she began her recovery.
In her free time, Ashley, loves to dance, write, paint, play volleyball and enjoy the beautiful trails and rivers that surround Asheville. Her bucket list has increased because of her new life in recovery, but if you asked her what her perfect day would be, she would describe it as spending a day laughing with her parents and siblings about their days growing up together in Colorado.
OPERATIONS & ADMINISTRATION
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.
Sara Baicich, ATR-BC
Sara is originally from Maryland. She came to Asheville in 2014 after living in Philadelphia and getting her Masters in Art Therapy. We welcome Sara to The Willows at Red Oak Recovery® after her years working in wilderness therapy, first as a Field Instructor, then a Logistics Coordinator, and finally as an Experiential Specialist. Previously, she worked for 4 years as an Art Therapist in inpatient psychiatry. 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.
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.
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 is looking forward to creating, providing, and maintaining a positive healing environment for young adults in recovery.
In her free time, Julia can be found hiking on the parkway with her two dogs, doing yoga or enjoying the beautiful weather.
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.
Eli Wayne CSAC-I
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 is also an NC CSAC-I and facilitates a weekly Eco-Therapy Group. Eli is passionate about sustainability, music, and recovery, and he enjoys sharing his experience with others.
Tammy has lived in many states across 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 empathy to 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 fluffy sweet cat. In her free time she likes to sing with a women’s barbershop a cappella chorus, listen to all the great live music in the area, contra-dance, and hike the beautiful NC mountains.
Human Resource Manager
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!