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.

Kirsten Winchester

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.

Christa Laws

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.

Justin Slack

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 use treatment and substance use 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 use 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 use 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.

Julia Hughes

Compliance Officer

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 Shannon

Administrative Specialist

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.