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.
MAGGIE CAIN, LCMHCA
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.
Ashley Egeland, CPSS
Senior Admissions Counselor & 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.
Wesley Culpepper grew up in Columbus, GA where he enjoyed playing sports and spending time outdoors. In high school, he began to struggle with addiction and was sent to boarding school, where his substance use only escalated. After multiple attempts in college and bouncing around between treatment centers, he finally gained the willingness to accept help from others. In June 2017, Wesley moved to Asheville and began his journey to obtain long term sobriety. Now, he is active in the recovery community and is living a fulfilling life helping others achieve sobriety.
Wesley has worked in several different roles within the treatment industry including direct care, case management, family communication, operations, and now admissions. This experience helped him to develop a desire for working closely with families of loved ones in treatment, which led him to join the admissions team at Red Oak Recovery®. Wesley is passionate about helping young people who are struggling and showing them that they can accomplish anything if they are willing to ask for help and accept it.
Wesley spends his free time enjoying all that Asheville has to offer. You can often find him running long distances, hiking, and camping with his wife Nancy and their two dogs, Taj and Cooper. He also enjoys mountain biking in Bent Creek and paddle boarding along the French Broad.
Sam Hayes, CPSS
Sam grew up in Orange County, North Carolina where he loved being outside, playing sports, and spending time with family. He began to struggle with addiction in high school and it continued to escalate into his 20’s. After many attempts at treatment Sam found himself at a wilderness program in Asheville in 2018 where he learned coping skills and forged a connection with nature. Since finding recovery, Sam has found education to be therapeutic and vital to his well-being. He graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2021 with an Associate Degree and is now enrolled in Western Carolina’s Business Administration and Law program. Sam began working in the treatment industry as direct care staff and as a case manager. He has also been working towards attaining his CADC and is a Certified Peer Support Specialist. While working in recovery, Sam has found that working with families of those suffering from substance use disorder provides him with sense of purpose and fulfillment.
Sam enjoys spending his free time hanging out with friends, tending to his garden, exercising, and running around the yard with his dog Cricket.
National Outreach Specialist
Karen brings over 17 years of addiction/mental health experience to her work at Red Oak Recovery®. She is known for her ability to build strong core relationships and exceptional previous experience as a business owner and entrepreneur. Karen has a Graduate Marketing Certificate from SMU Cox School of Business in Dallas, Texas and International Coaching Federation credentials from the Gardner Institute in Southlake, Texas. She is also an accredited Fitness Trainer from the International Sports Sciences Association & Cooper Clinic in Dallas, Texas.
Karen has served on the boards of NAATP Committee, APRA, The Elisa Project, and is a member of the American Marketing Association, the Dallas Medical Society Circle of Friends, the Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Nexus Auxiliary, TAAP, NAADAC, and the Eating Disorder Hope Club.
She loves her French Bulldog named Diesel and enjoys travelling, golfing, and spinning. Karen appreciates the ability to continue her education and be a life-long learner.
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.
Sharon Findlay, MS
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.