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 recovery field seemed like a good fit. Without their hard work and dedication, Red Oak Recovery® wouldn’t be the successful addiction treatment center it is today.
Director of Finance and Human Resources
Theresa is originally from Oklahoma. She received her AS in Accounting from Rose State University. Theresa has lived in Hickory, North Carolina for the last 26 years. She and her husband Darren have raised their children there and enjoy seeing their grandchildren. In their spare time, both of them enjoy gardening and being outdoors.
Theresa comes to Red Oak Recovery® with over 30 years of accounting and Human Resource management experiences. Theresa has owned her own business and has worked in the medical, manufacturing, and retail HVAC industries.
Theresa has spent the last few years working as the CFO of a medical practice in Hickory, NC. In this practice she worked closely with patients and insurance companies assisting with financial records, billing, and customer support as well as managing finances. Her understanding of finances and insurance issues along with her background in human resources will make her transition into our Client Financial Services Manager/Human Resources Manager a smooth one.
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 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.
He looks forward to welcoming you to Red Oak Recovery®!
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. Mitchell is married and has a fulfilling life as a father to his two sons.
Financial Services Coordinator
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.
Human Resource Assistant
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!
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 staff, from entry-level to administration, 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 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. “Since coming to Red Oak, I can say with all honesty and openness that I love the Red Oak family, and I love working here. I can tell potential staff truthfully that this is an excellent place to work and grow, both in the field of substance abuse treatment, and as a person.”
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.
Administrative and 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 Red Oak 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.
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.