Unlike many other treatment centers, we aren’t run by businessmen. Instead, every member of our team, from the leadership to our treatment staff are clinicians. We have training and education in holistic and evidence-based therapies, which can support your recovery. Learn about our leadership team today, then call our North Carolina treatment center at 828.382.9699.

Mick Masterson

Mick Masterson, CADC

Chief Executive Officer

Mick Masterson, an accomplished professional with over 15 years of experience in mental health and substance abuse treatment, holds the position of Chief Executive Officer. Throughout his career, Mick has assumed various roles, including direct care, counselor, enrollment, transitional living management, program development, and operations. Mick works to ensure that Red Oak Recovery programs maintain exceptional standards in delivering quality and effective services to our clients, while upholding the utmost standards of safety and accountability. He accomplishes this through remarkable recruitment, training, and mentorship efforts, striving to employ the most qualified and compassionate staff to provide impactful and effective clinical and holistic treatment services.

Mick’s personal journey of recovery enables him to establish a profound connection with our clients and families, offering not only support but also sharing his own experiences, strength, and hope. He firmly believes in the potential of every individual to overcome obstacles and works tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive the love, support, and resources they need to effect meaningful changes in their lives.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Mick is a devoted and grateful father to his three daughters. During his leisure time, he cherishes moments spent with his partner, Carrie, their daughters, and their beloved pets. Surrounded by the natural beauty of Western North Carolina, Mick lives a life of service and gratitude for the gifts that his life of recovery has bestowed upon him.

Brady Schroer

Brady Schroer, DO

Psychiatrist & Addictionologist

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!

Brant Evans

Brant Evans, MA

Executive Director

Brant holds a Master’s in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and began work in the therapeutic industry in 2011. He has served in leadership roles with wilderness therapy organizations and a nonprofit that provides rites of passage retreats for young men. In 2022, he completed his Analytic-Network coaching certification from the Eco-Leadership Institute in Ireland.

Brant leans on the thinking of Richard Hackman, Wilfred Bion, Robert Bly, and Simon Western (among others) to inform his work within organizations and family systems. He believes that we all crave personal development and progression and that a leader serves best when they encourage empowerment towards those goals.

Outside of work, Brant loves to go on hikes with his wife and Goldendoodle, practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and write about group psychology.

Paul Weaver

Paul Weaver, MS, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, CCTP

Clinical Director

With a Master’s in Professional Counseling from Georgia State University, Paul has worked extensively with Emerging Adults in both hospital and outpatient settings, largely focusing on the client with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. Being deeply influenced by the work of Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, and Carl Jung, Paul tends to focus on themes of autonomy and power, identity formation, and meaning and purpose in his work with clients. Paul brings to Red Oak Recovery experience and interest in clinical rehabilitation program development and training.

Paul and his wife’s passion for the outdoors and for sustainability drew them to the Asheville area. Working at Red Oak enables Paul to continue to focus on his work with Emerging Adults and explore his interests in Eco and Adventure Therapy. When not working, Paul, his wife, and their two young children spend much of their time camping, hiking, and enjoying the serenity of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Maggie Cain

Maggie Cain, LCMHCA

Director of Business Development

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 our programs 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.

Josh Gunalda

Josh Gunalda

Admission Director

Josh has over 21 years of experience working directly with clients and families in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs. Josh understands that it is through direct and professional collaboration that many families find the support they need. Josh is willing to work tirelessly for clients and family members to support them through these difficult decisions. Josh’s journey began in a direct care role with adolescents in an experiential therapeutic program where he was propelled in the direction of service and education. From there, Josh was granted the opportunity to take his skills and experience to assist in developing and opening a new young adult substance abuse and mental health treatment program where he served as a program director for several years. During this time, Josh facilitated countless family orientations and workshops gaining invaluable insight into the broader needs of the clients he served, specifically the importance of family system support and education. Aiming to expand his impact on those in need, and to fulfill his passion for helping others, Josh accepted a position in an admissions department supporting four separate facilities. This experience offered tremendous experience with a wide range of clients from all over the world. Josh accepted the director of admissions role for one of these programs where he served for over 9 years. Josh has since served as the director of admissions for two additional facilities. Josh has worked alongside treatment professionals throughout his career, including therapists, psychologists, interventionists, therapeutic consultants, sober escorts, and community leaders.

Josh is a proud father of two active and amazing boys. Becoming a father was one of the most rewarding positions he could have asked for. Seeing his boys grow and experience life is a great pleasure for Josh, each and every day.

Ashley Egeland

Ashley Egeland, CADC-I

Director of Marketing and Alumni Relations

Ashley joined the Red Oak family in July 2017. Since this time, she has worn many hats in the company; Marketing Coordinator, Recovery Support Specialist, Women’s Team Lead, Admissions Director, Alumni Coordinator, and now, our Director of Marketing & Alumni Relations.

Ashley was born and raised in the suburb of Littleton, Colorado. In 2016, she made her way across the country and entered our women’s program. She is a proud Columbine shooting survivor and a powerful woman in recovery. Today, she continues to support other survivors of mass shootings and addiction to be a guide to those in need.

In her free time, she loves to dance, write, paint, play volleyball, and enjoy the beautiful trails and rivers that surround Asheville. She is currently in school with the hopes of one day being able to dive into the world of research around collective trauma. Her bucket list shifts and changes every day, 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.