Without a hard working, dedicated operations team, how would anything get done at Red Oak Recovery? With qualified addiction recovery and program guides, facilities managers, life skills facilitators, and gardens and grounds keepers, they keep our facility up and running while maintaining its serene beauty.
Nathan Gazaway, CADC-I
Nathan is originally from the Atlanta, GA area and arrived in Western North Carolina seeking relief from a debilitating drug addiction. It was in these mountains where Nathan found new purpose and the desire to separate from all that had defined his life previously. Nathan brings his hard-won recovery to his position at Red Oak Recovery and knows he has been exactly where all Red Oak Recovery clients have been: in the same hopelessness and futility of trying to get clean on their own and failing. Nathan is thankful to be one of the lucky few to have the opportunity to get clean in a treatment facility, and this experience led him to serve in the field of recovery in roles as direct care, management at both transitionary and primary treatment facilities, and adventure programing. Nathan truly believes in the healing power of the natural world and brings an intense desire to respect and protect the mountains of Western North Carolina. This desire compelled him to achieve the title of Leave No Trace Master Educator as well as Certified Substance Abuse Counselor Intern.
Nathan’s mother is also active in her own recovery community, supporting those with addicted children and offering her experience to those in the destructive wake of the addict. In his spare time, Nathan loves to hike and explore the Great Smoky Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest with his therapy dog Ellie May. He enjoys woodworking, playing sports, and working on motorcycles. He also spends much of his time working with and mentoring other young men in recovery that may be seeking help from the 12-step community.
Robby Gaddy, CADC-I
Robby grew up about 25 minutes away from Red Oak Recovery and feels proud to call these Western North Carolina mountains home. Robby has worked in the field of human services for over five years in various roles from direct care to Program directing. He received his bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Environmental Studies and along the way of his professional career has achieved his CSAC-I.
When Robby is not at work you can find him exploring WNC, fly fishing, practicing primitive skills, playing soccer, getting coffee, and spending time with his lovely wife, two dachshunds, two cats and two fish.
Facilities Maintenance Technician
Brett is a longtime resident of Western North Carolina. After graduating high school in Northern Virginia, he returned to the mountains where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Western Carolina University.
He enjoys working with his hands and has many years of experience working in the facilities maintenance field. His time working for a nonprofit organization has taught him the importance of helping others.
He stays grounded by working in his daylily nursery and spending time with his wife Olga.
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 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. Mitchel is married and has a fulfilling life as a father to his two sons.
Client Financial Services Coordinator
Kacey has lived in North Carolina for the majority of her life. She attended East Tennessee State University to pursue a Business Administration degree. After graduation, she returned to North Carolina and began to work in the medical field, learning about patient care and medical billing. Kacey was drawn to Red Oak Recovery due to her passion in wanting to help others. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Zach and their two dogs, Hollie and Zeus. She also enjoys spending time at the lake, crafting, quilting, and baking cupcakes!
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.