Red Oak Recovery’s administrative staff has a passion for helping others. While many of them understand the healing power of fresh air in a rejuvenating, comforting setting, the addiction, trauma, and mental health recovery field requires people who truly care about others. Without their hard work and dedication, Red Oak Recovery wouldn’t be the successful treatment center it is today.
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
Chesnea grew up in Brevard, NC. Her most recent position was serving as a special event coordinator at Connestee Falls. Prior to moving into that position, Chesnea held an accounts payable position for 3 years at the same company and has worked with at risk youth at the alternative school in Transylvania county.
Not only does she bring experience in accounting, but also in client relations. She received a business degree from Mars Hill University while working and being a mother. In her free time, she loves spending time with her 2 boys and enjoys hiking and traveling to new places.
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.
Human Resources Generalist
Melissa has lived in Marion her entire life and loves her small town. Melisa has previously worked for Wilderness Therapy programs and is excited to continue to provide excellent service to our staff, clients, and families. In addition to serving in a Wilderness Therapy setting, Melissa brings in over 19 years of Managerial and HR/Staffing experience and an Associates in Liberal Arts College Transfer with a concentration in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Human Services with a concentration on Substance Abuse.
In her free time, Melissa loves spending time with her family and loves craft… anything!
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.
Dawn graduated from Young Harris College with an Outdoor Leadership degree and a Biology minor. Since graduating she has worked with SOAR, an experiential education program for students with ADHD, as both a Field Instructor and a Course Director. After traveling the country for seven months, Dawn chose to return to Asheville, NC. She wants to make a difference with her work and enjoys helping others. Dawn was happy to jump into the role of Administrative Specialist with Red Oak Recovery. Her experience with direct care and logistical coordination makes Dawn a great fit to the Red Oak team.
In her free time, Dawn enjoys hitting the trail with her adventure cat, swimming, photography, and live music.