Dedicated to our Healing Community

As both a healing community and an actual working community, our dedicated staff members are integral to our success. 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 April 2021, 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 new 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
National Outreach Coordinator
Amanda Mastroianni
Amanda Mastroianni, BS
Human Resources Director
Laurie Rovan
Laurie Rovin, MSW, MA
Chief Development Officer
Michelle Nirde
Michelle Nirdé, LCSW, LCAS
Admissions Director
johnnie featherston
Johnnie Featherston, MA, LPC
Recovery Program Director
Mary Flora
Mary Flora, Ph.D., LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS
Clinical Director, The Farm
Sarah Senter
Sarah Senter, MA
Residential Operations Director, CooperRiis at Asheville
Cathy Merrill
Cathy Merrill, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Emma Lovejoy
Emma Lovejoy, BA
Managing Director, Farm Campus
stephanie stewart
Stephanie Wilensky, BA
Managing Director, CooperRiis at Asheville
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
Jennifer Meehan
Jennifer Meehan, LCSW
Admissions Manager
Ashley Martin
Ashley Martin, BA
Admissions Coordinator
Abigail Krieck
Abigail Krieck, BA
Admissions Coordinator

Central Services Team

lisa murphy
Lisa Murphy, MS
Training & Special Project Coordinator
colette featherston
Colette Featherston, BA
Training & Special Projects Coordinator
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Mathew Flack
Office Manager, The Farm
Marie Horton
Marie Horton, MA
Office Manager, Asheville
Kat Black
Kat Black
Resource Development Associate/Alumni Services
RaeAnn Turner
RaeAnn Turner, BS
Payroll Specialist
Rebecca Casterlin
Rebecca Casterlin, AAS
Accounting Coordinator
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Brandi Owens
Insurance Liaison
Nancy Skipper
Nancy Skipper
Accounting Coordinator
Ben Franklin
Accounting Coordinator
tracey kelly
Tracy Kelley
IT Director
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Diane Koehler, MA
Systems Analyst
Kelly Looney
Kelly Looney, MCSE
Network Administrator
Jim Hanson
Jim Hanson
Facilities and Design Manager
Tyler Hanson
Tyler Hanson
Facilities Manager, CooperRiis at Asheville
Tara Kuykendall
Tara Kuykendall
Facilities
Tyrese Miller
Tyrese Miller
Facilities
Craig Leitnaker
Craig Leitnaker
Facilities
Dalen Roberson
Dalen Roberson
Facilities
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Ebony Wolles
Facilities
Candace Jenkins
Candace Jenkins
Facilities
kelly Wallace
Kelly Wallace
Facilities
Donivan Twitty
Donivan Twitty
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
Kitchen Support, The Farm
Izora McClure
Izora McClure, BS Culinary Arts
Sous Chef, The Farm
Elijah Edwards
Elijah Edwards  
Kitchen Assistant, The Farm
Dale Kent
Dale Kent
Kitchen Manager, CooperRiis at Asheville 
Rosanne Capone
Rosanne Capone, MA
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
Aaron Risch
Aaron Risch
Kitchen Manager, CooperRiis at Asheville 
Camille Reid
Camille Reid, AAS Culinary
Sous Chef, CooperRiis at Asheville
Acidalia Redditt
Acidalia Redditt
Kitchen Assistant, CooperRiis at Asheville
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Riley Schappell
Kitchen Support, CooperRiis at Asheville

The Farm

Integrative Recovery Team

Ronee Aaron
Ronee Aaron, DO
Integrative Psychiatrist
Twyla Wilson
Twyla Peterson Wilson, LMSW
Integrative Therapist
Kim Black
Kim Black, LCSW, LCAS-A, MPH, MDiv
Integrative Therapist
ellen pallme
Ellen Pallme, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
Integrative Therapist
Martha Bader
Martha Bader, LCSW
Clinical Therapist
sarah james
Sarah James, MA, LPCA, LCAS-A
Recovery Coordinator Director
Colleen Green
Colleen Green, MSW
Recovery Coordinator
Becky Singer
Becky Singer, MA
Recovery Coordinator
Brittany Soltani
Brittany Soltani, OT
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
kim keller
Kim Keller, LPN
Nurse
Delta Frazier
Delta Frazier
Medication Technician
Marnia Hansen
Marnie Hansen
Massage Therapist
Pat Dockendorf
Pat Dockendorf, MA, MMH
Education Coordinator

Residential Team

Maryana Newton
Maryana Newton, MA
Residential Director
Alena Grubb
Alena Grubb, BS
Senior Residential Advisor
Sharon Edwards
Sharon Edwards
Lodge Advisor
Brian Horne
Brian Horne
Lodge Advisor
Alisa Hutchins
Alisa Hutchins, AAS
Lodge Advisor
David MacLeod
David MacLeod, BS
Lodge Advisor
Glenn Freck
Glenn Freck
Lodge Advisor
Julia McMonagle
Julia McMonagle
Lodge Advisor
Fola Adenugba
Fola Adenugba
Residential Support
Ronald Ritchey
Ronald Ritchey
Overnight Lodge Advisor
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Chad Burnett
Overnight Lodge Advisor
Jay Kresse
Jay Kresse
Recovery Coach
Mary Sibila-Lemons
Mary Sibila-Lemons
Recovery Coach

Community Work and Services Team

Nolan Just
Nolan Just, BA
Community Work and Service Program Coordinator
colin wagner
Colin Wagner
Woodshop Manager
Ines Wullimann
Ines Wullimann
Community Work and Service Leader
Markus Wullimann
Markus Wullimann, HTL
Greenhouse Crew Leader
Tom Horne
Tom Horne
CWS Crew Leader
Jacob Stephens
Jacob Stephens
Farm Support

CooperRiis at Asheville

Integrative Recovery Team

Amy Zimmerman
Amy Zimmerman, DO
Integrative Psychiatrist
Ellen Howe
Ellen Howe, MSW, LCSW
Recovery Coordinator Director, Integrative Therapist
Christina Jacob
Christina Jacob, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
Jarrett McGinnis, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA
Integrative Therapist
Moque Krape
Moque Krape, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Therapist, CooperRiis at Asheville
Bess Perlstein
Bess Perlstein, BA
Recovery Coordinator, CooperRiis at Asheville
Shannon Perry
Shannon Perry, MS, LCMHCA
Recovery Coordinator
Katarina Wittekind
Katarina Wittekind, MSW, LCSWA
Recovery Coordinator
Dana LaRue
Dana LaRue, MSW
Recovery Coordinator
Carmon Donnellan
Carmon Donnellan, RN, BSN
Nurse Manager
Danielle Eavenson
Danielle Eavenson, BA, BS
Integrative Health Specialist
Rosa Miller, RN
Assistant Nurse Manager
Marjorie Sanford
Marjorie Sanford, RN
Nurse
Hannah Colins
Hannah Colins, LPN
Nurse
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Nurse Laurie, RN
Nurse
Ren Carmichael
Ren Carmichael, BS
Medical Assistant
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Jennifer Duncan, LPN
Nurse
April Lewis
April Lewis, BA
Clinical Recovery Coach
Michelle Causey
Michelle Causey, BS
Clinical Recovery Coach
johnnie featherston
Johnnie Featherston, MA, LPC
Recovery Program Director
Barry Merluzzo
Barry Merluzzo, BS
Recreation Coordinator
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Katie Evans
Clinical Recovery Coach
Lena Lane
Lena Lane
Massage Therapist

Residential Team

Alex Quiggle
Alex Quiggle, BA
Campus Supervisor
Stephen Wolkman
Stephen Volkman
Residential Campus Supervisor
Caroline Petty
Caroline Petty, BA
Residential Advisor
Kevin McDaniel
Kevin McDaniel, BA
Residential Advisor
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Alexis Leonard, MA
Residential Advisor
Brad Archer
Bradley Archer
Residential Advisor
DeSean Horton
De Sean Horton
Residential Advisor
Margo Manjerovic
Margo Manjerovic, BS
Residential Advisor
Kelsey Springer
Kelsey Springer
Residential Advisor
Zoe Pasternack
Zoe Pasternack, OT
Overnight Residential Advisor
Chris Amann
Christopher Amann
Overnight Residential Advisor
Jerry Jenkins
Gerald “Jerry” Jenkins
Overnight Residential Advisor
James Boone
James Boone
Overnight Behavioral Health Technician

Asheville Community Program

Integrative Recovery Team

Ed Tucker
Ed Tucker, JD, MSW, Ph.D, LCSW
Integrative Therapist
William "Bill" Anixter
William “Bill” Anixter, MD
Psychiatrist
Jake Wilensky
Jake Wilensky, M.Ed., LCMHCS
Associate Clinical Director
Lissa Carter
Lissa Carter, MA, NCC, LCAS, LCMHC
Integrative Therapist
David Kaufmann
David Kaufmann, LCMHC, LCAS
Integrative Therapist
Lauren Kaufmann
Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHC-S
Recovery Coordinator Director
Kat Morua
Kat Morua, MSW, LCSWA
Recovery Coordinator
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Haley Cohen, LCMHC-A
Recovery Coordinator
Jenny Hayes
Jenny Hayes, MSW, LCSWA
Recovery Coordinator

Management and Residential Team

Carleigh Holley
Carleigh Holley
Residential Manager
Vaughn Loeffler
Vaughn Loeffler
Senior House Advisor
Brian Claflin
Brian Claflin
Senior House Advisor
Noel Swineburne
Noel Swineburne
House Advisor
Roberta Greenspan
Roberta Greenspan, BS
House Advisor
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Christine Lockhart
House Advisor
Bennett Finkler
Bennett Finkler
House Advisor
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Adam McMillian
House Advisor
Suzanna Wejbro
Suzanna Wejbro
House Advisor
Autumn McGuinn
Autumn Riedel McGuinn, BA
Recovery Coach
Andrew Rainey
Andrew Rainey
Recovery Coach
Anna Skinner
Anna Skinner, BA
Recovery Coach
Luciun Rosenblum
Lucien Rosenbloom, BA
Recovery Coach
Seth Dandy
Seth Dandy
Recovery Coach