New Programming for people on the Autism Spectrum/Neurodiversity

Dedicated CooperRiis Healing Community

Our dedicated staff members are integral to our success as both a healing community and an actual working community. In addition to their qualifications, the CooperRiis Healing Community staff members bring experience and desire as clinicians, coaches, teachers, advisors, musicians, and guides.

We chose our talented and devoted staff for their kindness, their ability to believe in and have hope for our residents, and their mental health expertise and skills to find and appreciate the strengths of vulnerable people.

As of May 2022, CooperRiis Healing Community employs 180 full and part-time staff who serve up to 36 residents at the Farm, Mill Spring/Tryon location, and up to 24 residents in our insurance-based CooperRiis at Asheville Program.

The Asheville Community Program, located in Asheville, North Carolina, serves 25 residents in five community homes, each with 4-5 bedrooms and overnight staff, and daytime coaching.

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Central Services

Executive and Leadership Team

Lisa Schraeder Schactman
Lisa Schrader Schactman, Ph.D.
Chief Program Officer
Leslie Stewart
Leslie Stewart, MA
Executive Consultant
Kim Nelson
Kim Nelson, MA
Marketing & Outreach Director
Amanda Mastroianni
Amanda Mastroianni, BS
Human Resources Director
Cathy Merrill
Cathy Merrill, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
stephanie stewart
Stephanie Wilensky, BA
Development Director
johnnie featherston
Johnnie Featherston, MA, LCMHC
Clinical Director, CooperRiis at Asheville
Michelle Nirde
Michelle Nirdé, LCSW, LCAS
Admissions Director
Sarah Senter
Sarah Senter, MA
Managing Director, CooperRiis at Asheville
Emma Lovejoy
Emma Lovejoy, BA
Managing Director, Farm Campus
Bryan-Giudici
Bryan Giudici, AAS
Residential Operations Director
Auguie Henry
Auguie Henry, BA
Asheville Community Program Director
Lisbeth Riis Cooper
Lisbeth Riis Cooper
Design Director, Vice-Chair & Co-Founder

Admissions Team

Michelle Nirde
Michelle Nirdé, LCSW, LCAS
Admissions Director
Amy Lee
Amy Lee, MSW
Senior Admissions Coordinator
Tamara Rice
Tamara Rice, LCSW, LCASA
Admissions Manager
Abigail Krieck
Abigail Krieck, BA
Admissions Coordinator
Katie Evans Hughs
Katie Evans, BA
Admissions Coordinator

Central Services Team

Matt Cole
Matt Cole
HR Recruiting and Training Specialist
David Hamrick
David Hamrick, MA
Marketing & Resource Development Associate
colette featherston
Colette Featherston, BA
Training & Special Projects Coordinator
Marie Horton
Marie Horton, MA
Office Manager, Asheville
RaeAnn Turner
RaeAnn Turner, BS
Payroll Specialist
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Brandi Owens
Insurance Liaison
Nancy Skipper
Nancy Skipper
Accounting Coordinator
tracey kelly
Tracy Kelley
IT Director
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Diane Koehler, MA
Systems Analyst
Jim Hanson
Jim Hanson
Facilities and Design Manager
Tyler Hanson
Tyler Hanson
Facilities Manager, CooperRiis at Asheville
Tyrese Miller
Tyrese Miller
Facilities
Craig Leitnaker
Craig Leitnaker
Facilities
Dalen Roberson
Dalen Roberson
Facilities
Isaias Akers
Isaias Akers
Facilities
Stephanie Dayberry
Stephanie Dayberry
Facilities
José Bravo
José Bravo
Facilities
Maryann Twitty
Maryann Twitty
Transportation Services
George Pond
George Pond
Facilities and Transportation

Culinary Team

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Grant Patterson
Kitchen Manager, The Farm
Thomas Spicher
Thomas Spicher
Sous Chef, The Farm
Sharone English
Sharone English, BFA
Sous Chef, The Farm
Kim Cox
Kim Cox
Sous Chef, The Farm
Peggy Anderson
Peggy Anderson
Sous Chef, The Farm
Michael King
Michael King, II
Kitchen. Support, The Farm
Chris Blalock
Chris Blalock
Kitchen Assistant, The Farm
Dale Kent
Dale Kent
Kitchen Manager, CooperRiis at Asheville 
Rosanne Capone
Rosanne Capone, MA
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
Camille Lawson
Camille Lawson, AAS Culinary
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
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Riley Schappell
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
Chris Sharpe
Chris Sharpe
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
Ramon Carillo
Ramon Carillo
Kitchen Assistant, CooperRiis at Asheville

The Farm

Integrative Recovery Team

Sonya Montgomery
Sonya Montgomery, FNP-BC, PMHCS-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Carrie Hanson
Carrie Hanson, LMFT, LCAS, CSS, QS
Clinical Director
Alison Hamrick
Alison Hamrick, MA
Autism Program Coordinator
Joe Stertz
Joseph “Joe” Stertz, M.Div, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
Geoff Graham
Geoff Graham, LCSWA
Integrative Therapist
Adam Jahnke
Adam Jahnke, LCSWA
Integrative Therapist
Jason Hawker
Jason Hawbaker, MS, LCMHC
Integrative Therapist
Kimbrough Vitulli
Kimbrough Charbonneau-Vitulli, MA, LMFT
Integrative Therapist
Jeanie Summerrow
Jeanie Summerrow, LCMHC, LPC, LAC
Assistant Clinical Director
Colleen Green
Colleen Green, MSW
Recovery Coordinator
Mel Johnson
Melanie “Mel” Johnson, MA
Recovery Coordinator
Bethany Blizard
Bethany Blizard, MSW, LCSWA
Recovery Coordinator
Brittany Soltani
Brittany Soltani, OTR/L
Occupational Therapist
Mary Kreider
Mary Strickland Kreider, MS, CIHC, CTTS
Integrative Wellness Consultant
Mikey Landreth
Mikey Landreth, BS, CPT
Integrative Health Specialist
Mary-Jo Twitty
Mary Jo Twitty, LPN
Nurse
Betsy Rife
Betsy Rife, LPN
Nurse
Delta Frazier
Delta Frazier
Medication Technician
Pat Dockendorf
Pat Dockendorf, MA, MMH
Education Coordinator
Marnie Hansen
Marnie Hansen
Massage Therapist

Residential Team

Barry Merluzzo
Barry Merluzzo, BS
Residential Director
Sarah Tichy
Sarah Tichy, BS
Senior Residential Advisor
Alisa Hutchins
Alisa Hutchins, AAS
Lodge Advisor
Mary Sibila-Lemons
Mary Sibila-Lemons
Lodge Advisor
David MacLeod
David MacLeod, BS
Lodge Advisor
Glenn Freck
Glenn Freck
Lodge Advisor
John Harrison
John Harrison
Lodge Advisor
Jamie Lang
Jamie Lang
Recovery Coach
Britain Hamrick
Britain Hamrick, BA
Overnight Awake Lodge Advisor
Elijah Edwards
Elijah Edwards  
Overnight Awake Lodge Advisor
William Arrowood
William Arrowood, BA
Overnight Awake Lodge Advisor
Chad Burnett
Chad Burnett
Overnight Awake Lodge Advisor

Community Work and Services Team

Nolan Just
Nolan Just, BA
Community Work and Service Program Manager
colin wagner
Colin Wagner
Community Work and Service Woodshop Crew Leader
Emily Moyer
Emily Moyer, BS
Community Work and Service Animal Crew Leader
Markus Wullimann
Markus Wullimann, HTR
Community Work and Service Garden Crew Leader
Ines Wullimann
Ines Wullimann
Community Work and Service Greenhouse Crew Leader
Tyler Wellmon
Tyler Wellmon
Community Work & Service Support

CooperRiis at Asheville

Integrative Recovery Team

Amy Zimmerman
Amy Zimmerman, DO
Integrative Psychiatrist
johnnie featherston
Johnnie Featherston, MA, LCMHC
Clinical Director, CooperRiis at Asheville
Rose Ferron
Rose Ferron, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Assistant Clinical Director
Christina Jacob
Christina Jacob, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
Rhiannon Burk
Rhiannon Burk, MA, LCMHC
Integrative Therapist
Dana LaRue
Dana LaRue, MSW, LCSWA
Integrative Therapist
Martha Bader
Martha Bader, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
Jen Padilla
Jen Padilla, MA, LCMHCA, LCASA
Milieu Therapist
Danielle Eavenson
Danielle Eavenson, BA, BS
Integrative Health Specialist
Bryan-Michalowski
Bryan Michalowski, MSW, LCSWA
Team Therapist
Mariah Schweiger
Mariah Schweiger, MSW, LCSWA
Team Therapist
Laura E
Laura E., MSW
Clinical Care Coordinator
April Lewis
April Lewis, BA
Admissions Recovery Coach
Leah Griffin
Leah Griffin, BA
Clinical Care Coordinator
Olivia Johnston
Olivia Johnston, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager
Caleb Warner
Caleb Warner, RN, BSN
Nurse
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Germaine Williamson, RN
Nurse
Lena Lane
Lena Lane
Massage Therapist

Residential Team

Kevin McDaniel
Kevin McDaniel, BA
Residential Advisor
Caroline Petty
Caroline Petty, BA
Residential Advisor
Samantha Kachold
Samantha Kachold
Recovery Coach
Brandon Orpen
Brandon Orpen, BA
Recovery Coach
De Sean Horton
De Sean Horton, BA
Residential Advisor
Jessica Rogers
Jessica (Jess) Rogers, BS
Residential Advisor
Acidalia Redditt
Acidalia Redditt
Residential Advisor
Benji-Halper
Benji Halper
Residential Advisor
James Boone
James Boone
Overnight Behavioral Health Technician
Christopher Amann
Christopher Amann
Overnight Behavioral Technician

Asheville Community Program

Integrative Recovery Team

William "Bill" Anixter
William “Bill” Anixter, MD
Psychiatrist
Lissa Carter
Lissa Carter, MA, NCC, LCAS, LCMHC
Clinical Director
Ed Tucker
Ed Tucker, Ph.D, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
jen Brock
Jennifer Brock, LCSW, LCAS
Integrative Therapist
Tom Wilder
Tom Wilder, LCMHC
Integrative Therapist
Kat Morua
Kat Morua, LCSW, CCTP, C-DBT
Integrative Therapist and Recovery Coordinator
Jenny Hayes
Jenny Hayes, MSW, LCSWA
Recovery Coordinator Director
Kaylea Sparrow
Kaylea Sparrow, MSW
Recovery Coordinator
Haley Cohen
Haley Cohen, MS, LCMHCA, CRC
Recovery Coordinator
Allie Alspaugh
Alexandra “Allie” Alspaugh, MSW, LCSWA, CADCA
Recovery Coordinator
Shannon Perry
Shannon Perry, MS, LCMHCA
Vocational Counselor

Management and Residential Team

Carleigh Holley
Carleigh Holley
Residential Manager
Vaughn Loeffler
Vaughn Loeffler
Senior House Advisor
Roberta Greenspan
Roberta Greenspan, BS
House Advisor
Bennett Finkler
Bennett Finkler
House Advisor
Suzanna Wejbro
Suzanna Wejbro
House Advisor
Noel Swineburne
Noel Swineburne
House Advisor
Sarah Carey
Sarah Carey, BA
House Advisor
Christine Lockhart
Christine Lockhart
House Advisor
Caitlyn Picot
Caitlyn Picot
House Advisor
Julian Kline
Julian Kline, BSW
House Advisor
Anna Skinner
Anna Skinner, BA
Recovery Coach
Luciun Rosenblum
Lucien Rosenbloom, BA
Recovery Coach
Claudia Segal
Claudia Segal, BA
Recovery Coach
Seth Dandy
Seth Dendy
Recovery Coach