Angel Mayes, MSW, LCSW

Clinical Director

Angel joins the Red Oak Recovery family as the Clinical Director of Foothill at Red Oak Recovery. Angel’s clinical foundations are rooted in Reality Therapy, the Teaching Family Model, and she is certified in Family-Centered Therapy. Angel earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a concentration in adolescent development and families at risk. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from a unique joint program through the University of North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Angel is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about working with the adolescent population and clinical management.

When working with young people, Angel centers her work around personal values, accountability, integrity, and places a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship and alliance. Her strength-based approach has allowed her to effectively work with clients and families on their journey of healing and recovery. In her over 15 years of providing direct care and management of teams working with adolescents, Angel’s family systems background ensures that the entire family is part of the healing process to effectuate change in family systems and dynamics. Angel has prior experience working as a Clinical Director, Dean of Students, and Primary Therapist at well-known therapeutic boarding schools throughout the country. She has also worked in hospitals, public schools, intensive in-home placements, group homes, and community mental health clinics.

When she is not here on campus, Angel enjoys spending her time going on adventures with her two dogs, Brutus and Kreiger.

Nick Czapla, LCMHCA, LCAS-A, NCC

Clinical Program Manager

After receiving his Master’s degree from Kent State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Nick has worked in a multitude of settings including high schools, outpatient, intensive in-home, and virtual or teletherapy. Recently, Nick has spent the last three years working in the field of wilderness-based therapy and addiction treatment. He is a licensed professional counselor and licensed clinical addiction specialist in the state of North Carolina.

Working with Nick, clients can expect a practical, goal-driven approach that is rooted in evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. His mission is to establish a foundation of emotional safety and trust so that those he works with may more confidently express their true feelings without fear of judgement. Once a therapeutic alliance is established, the focus can then shift to how natural strengths and internal resources may be harnessed to achieve the desired goal. Throughout the process, one of Nick’s core value is authenticity; he relates to clients without hiding behind a professional facade or roles.

Nick has completed more specialized training in trauma therapy and career counseling interventions and assessments such as: Structured Sensory Interventions for Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Parents (SITCAP), Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Career Construction Inventory (CCI) and World of Work Inventory (WOWi).

Nick likes to spend most of his free time in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the rivers. He is an avid white water kayaker, sneaking in some rock climbing, mountain biking, and backpacking in between.

Matthew Beason, MA, LCMHCA, LCAS-A

Primary Therapist

Matthew has been involved with mental health and addiction recovery since 2012. He has worked in a wide variety of treatment settings, including wilderness therapy, wilderness therapy aftercare, a therapeutic boarding school, university, and residential. Matthew has enjoyed working with dual diagnosis, mental health and addiction recovery clients, and he believes that any person can make meaningful changes necessary to experience a purposeful and fulfilling life with the necessary support.

As a primary therapist, Matthew works directly with the clients in both group and individual sessions. Matthew brings a unique mix of authenticity, humor, and experience to his work. He is responsible for facilitating effective communication between clients and their families. He also believes that the psychotherapist should be engaged in their own self-discovery and growth and considers his time in wilderness therapy to be instrumental to his own development as a man and therapist.

Growing up, Matthew was curious about the way people interacted with their friends and families. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, he studied Psychology and Spanish and continued his education with a Master of Arts from Appalachian State University with a focus in Addictions. Experiences of spirituality and community related to mental health and addiction recovery offered a natural fit for continued passion and learning for a lifetime. His advanced education is influenced by Gestalt Therapy through the Appalachian Gestalt Therapy Institute (AGTI) and is shaped by experiential family therapy through the work of Dr. Carl Whitaker.

Originating in California, Matthew has appreciated the beach and mountain biking and now cherishes the beauty of Western North Carolina. He enjoys exploring nature, practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, reading, and spending time with friends.

Ryan Bell, LCMHC-A

Primary Therapist

Ryan began working with adolescents at service-based summer camps while completing his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice 15 year ago. After a brief stint with juvenile detention, Ryan wanted to be on the proactive rather than the reactive side of helping kids. After several years of working with camps, homeless shelters, boarding schools, and doing volunteer work, Ryan found his way to the wilderness setting and became a Lead Field staff member at multiple wilderness therapy programs for several years before continuing on to his Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ryan continued to expand his array of experiences with adolescents post-Masters, having worked in intensive in-home settings, school-based community mental health settings, and through serving as a primary wilderness therapist.

Ryan has vast training and experience working with trauma, depression, anxiety, anger, and impulsiveness. While engaging from a lens of increasing connection, Ryan will operate from a framework of mindfulness, person-centered counseling, motivational interviewing, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Ryan has extensive experience and a passion for working with adolescents trying to grow and transition into young adults.

Ryan believes in the power of connection and relationship to bring healing to ourselves and families. Rarely will there be a time when the path to healing does not involve connection to our emotions, our bodies, our families, and the world around us. Ryan wishes to challenge the patterns within families that have been established over time to find true and lasting connections in whatever form that may turn out to be.

When not sitting around the fire, laughing at corny jokes, solving riddles, and helping kids learn how to cope with life, Ryan likes to mountain bike, hike, listen to audiobooks, seek out new friends, and learn how to get out of his own way so he can enjoy life to its fullest!

Rebecca Pearce, MSW, LCAS, LCSW-A

Equine Therapist

Rebecca completed her master’s program at USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work in December of 2016, an internship, and 2 years post graduate clinical work as part of a Bridging the Gaps substance abuse treatment center in Northern Virginia. She grew up in Arizona riding horses and being a part of 4-H animal husbandry program. She brings her love of horses, love of nature, and continued belief for hope and strength as an interconnected community to this team and to the clients at Foothills at Red Oak. Rebecca integrates her own life experience in understanding the profound impact that addiction can have on individuals and families, the healing that comes through the love of a horse, and her spiritual calling to be in service to others on their own journey to becoming whole, happy, calm, and peaceful.

Rebecca’s passion is working with individuals whom are in need of an invitation to be the best version of their selves while learning to let go of who they in their struggles in order to become who they are meant to be. She gives encouragement and support while providing the space for development of hope to recovering individuals while they address their core issues associated with their mental well-being and difficult situations in their life. She strives to work from a strengths-based perspective and recognizes that everyone has the capacity for growth and healing. She takes the role of walking side by side in a collaborative effort with the individual throughout this challenging and freeing process. She brings experience in providing services in individual and family education, expressive therapy, group therapy, and individual counseling utilizing a variety of trauma informed and evidence based therapeutic practices, including mindfulness, to enhance mental wellness.

Rebecca has spent the last several years bridging her love of horses and clinical social work by training in Equine Facilitated Wellness. This beautiful animal assisted therapy works by joining together with the horse that naturally brings their strength and unconditional love to help people grow and heal.

Rebecca also brings her many years of service as a licensed veterinary technician providing care to all animals and the people who love them. She is a yogi, recreational paddler, an avid backpacker, and traveler continually practicing connecting to mind, body, and spirit in her own life. She is often accompanied in her many adventures with her dog Mila by her side. Her animal pack also includes two parrot rescues, Stevie and Star.

Greta Lutman, LPC, LCAS

Greta received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Wake Forest University in 1988 and Master’s in Agency Counseling from Appalachian State University in 1992. She has worked with adolescents and their families in therapeutic wilderness and boarding school programs throughout the Southeast since 2000 in various roles such as primary therapist, assistant clinical director, clinical director, and parent coach. Greta came into this field because she wanted to do “big” work and to help people change and grow if they really wanted to. She has not been disappointed.

Her contribution to Foothills at Red Oak Recovery include helping to create powerful and meaningful Family Workshops. Her clinical orientation is informed by an understanding of Family Systems, Gestalt Therapy, Metaphor Therapy, Transpersonal Work, Structural Family Therapy and Psychodrama. Her holistic view on healing the family system can be helpful in creating a more complete picture of what is going on and can create a path towards solving the problems that brought families to treatment to begin with. She believes that it is often a new perspective that is needed to help create the potential for change.

Chad Barron, MS, LMFT-A, LCAS-A

Parent Coach & Family Program Coordinator

Chad graduated in 2006 from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas with a BA in Youth and Family Ministry. After serving as a youth minister in the Tampa Bay area for six years, Chad felt called to work more closely with families going through crisis and returned to Harding to pursue his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy.

As a clinician, Chad has worked in private practice, substance abuse counseling, and as an Intensive In-Home therapist. Chad has a passion for coming alongside adolescents and their families as they navigate the tumultuous transitions that accompany that life stage. Focusing on the relational aspects of the person as well as the inner-workings of the self, his goal is to find hope and healing wherever possible.

Chad grew up in a military family but grew up mostly in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Justine, since 2006 and has three amazing kids. He loves exploring the mountains of Western North Carolina with his family, finding the best “hole in the wall” restaurants in small towns, and playing guitar and piano.

Mark Lemke, MSW, LCSW, LCAS

Clinical Compliance Specialist

Mark’s prior work includes facilitating a Substance Abuse Intensive Out Patient Program (SAIOP) in the community of Asheville, NC. He has been working in substance abuse treatment throughout his internships and in his career. It’s truly a passion of his to help people find their voice in recovery.

He grew up in Crown Point, IN near Chicago, but has spent his adult life in the great state of North Carolina. His experience in the Marine Corps, and working with veterans at the Sierra Club led to him to get his Master’s of Social Work to be able to help people who struggle with addiction.

He is truly passionate about teaching young adults the recovery process and takes a person centered approach to therapy. He enjoys helping people find their voice, find peace in their recovery from addiction, and helping them transcend into happy, healthy individuals from the ground up. He’s very passionate about helping young adults find their recovery-based values and how to apply them for long term recovery.

He enjoys spending time with his wife, family (including his dog, Hooch), reading science fiction, Blue Ridge Mountain Culture and all things nerdy.