Derek, a native of suburban Nashville, TN, moved to western North Carolina in 2011. He joined the Oak Tree team in June of 2013, and can’t imagine doing anything else for a career. Derek is currently a Certified Peer Support Specialist in North Carolina and plans to become a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Maintaining his own personal recovery has afforded Derek a life beyond his wildest dreams. Those dreams have very little to do with material possessions, but more importantly, a sense of serenity and peace. It is his mission to help all of the residents at Oak Tree achieve this by developing mutual trust and respect. He works tirelessly with each resident and their family, as well as local alumni. Derek currently resides in Canton, NC with his three children. In September, 2017, Derek and his best friend Ryan purchased Oak Tree Recovery Homes from Founder Jon Clarke. They are commited to continuing the loving spirit and tradition of care that has helped hundreds of young men recover at the Oak Tree.
Ryan, a native Georgian, graduated with honors from UGA in 2003 and began his career with an architecture firm in Atlanta. After struggling for a decade with substance abuse, he completed inpatient treatment in Georgia and moved to Asheville to continue his personal recovery in January, 2013. Ryan began working at the Oak Tree in June of that year as a House Manager. As Oak Tree Recovery grew, he accepted the role of Administrative and Marketing Director in October, 2014. Ryan is also responsible for the intake and orientation process, and is one of the first people each resident and family meet when they arrive at the Oak Tree. He is immersed in the Asheville recovery community and has a contagious passion for helping others. In his spare time, Ryan volunteers in outreach through his local church and enjoys hiking with his dog Ryder, back-packing, and biking the beautiful, surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains. In September, 2017, Ryan and his best friend Derek purchased Oak Tree Recovery Homes from Founder Jon Clarke. They are commited to continuing the loving spirit and tradition of care that has helped hundreds of young men recover at the Oak Tree.
Delvin (Big Dawg), a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, was born and raised in Hillsborough NC, and began working at the Oak Tree in September of 2012. He was the first employee Jon Clarke hired after the Oak Tree launch in 2011. Due to life in active addiction, Delvin had at one time lost everything, including contact with his two daughters who live in California. Delvin is six years into his own recovery journey now, and has re-built his life from the ground up. This life includes a relationship with his daughters – now teenagers – and an annual summer visit with them. Delvin has a strong passion for helping young men in early recovery and uses his own experience to show these young men that recovery does work and a better life is possible. Recovery has given him a life of meaning and purpose and he continues to work one on one with each resident and family to assure them that they too can recover.
Kyle, from Cleveland, Ohio, joined the Oak Tree team as a house manager in September of 2015. He is currently primary manager of “The Compound”, a trio of houses on Gudger Rd. He enjoys working personally with each newcomer and family to share his experiences in recovery. Kyle is pursuing his counseling credential and continues to gain experience in helping others overcome addiction. In his spare time he enjoys live music, sports, and taking in the beautiful scenery of western North Carolina.
David comes to Oak Tree with over 5 years’ experience working in the field of substance abuse. He is credentialed by the state of Georgia as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and internationally as a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. David has a passion for life, recovery and helping others, he could not imagine doing anything else. He believes in the transformation of young men in addiction to young men in recovery through love and guidance. David attributes his personal recovery to the grace and love he has received from members of the 12-step community and a loving God.
“Without help it is too much for us” -Alcoholics Anonymous
David is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He moved to Washington state in his early twenties and spent several years working as a Direct Support Professional for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Soon after moving back to Memphis, David sought treatment for his drug and alcohol abuse. After successfully completing treatment, David moved to the Oak Tree in April of 2017. David implements the practices of mindfulness and meditation into his recovery and firmly believes in the power of these practices to gain insight into thoughts, feelings, and emotions. He has a passion for helping others and plans to complete his degree in Social Work. In his spare time he enjoys going to concerts, playing the drums, going on meditation retreats, and traveling.
Jamison, a Lafayette, Indiana native is an IBEW Journeyman by trade. He left Indiana and his career as an electrician behind to pursue treatment for his own addiction. After completing treatment at Bluff Plantation in Georgia, Jamison came to Oak Tree for an eight month stay before becoming a house manager. His excitement and enthusiasm for his work and recovery brings life to the idea of “having fun in recovery”. Jamison likes walking down the beach on star-lit nights, young puppies, and true love. He enjoys making people laugh, traveling, and loves to play and watch sports.
Dalton is from Wilmington NC and has lived at the beach most of his life. He has a true passion for food and has been working in kitchens most of his life. Dalton arrived at Oak Tree after completing treatment at Four Circles Recovery Center in April 2017. He joined our staff in late December, 2017. Dalton has passion and respect for nature and likes to spend a lot of his free time in nature. He also has a passion for service and helping others.
James is a Greensboro NC native, born and raised. He attended the University of South Carolina, after which he began working in sales for his family’s business back in Greensboro. James' personal struggles with addiction eventually led him to seek inpatient treatment near Asheville. After treatment, he transitioned to a halfway house in California, and then eventually made it back to North Carolina to reside at Oak Tree Recovery Homes. After several months as a client, and over a year in recovery, James joined the Oak Tree team as a house manager in March 2018. In addition to helping others in recovery, his passions include playing the guitar, fishing, and cooking.
Cameron moved to south-central Indiana shortly after being born in Winston Salem, North Carolina. After seeking recovery from his history of alcohol abuse, he discovered his passion for helping others who have had similar life experiences with addiction. Cameron is currently pursuing a degree in Human Services at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, focusing on Substance Abuse. He is a firm believer in the therapeutic value of music, and has developed knowledge and strategies for staying sober while seeing live music. Camerons also plays mandolin in a bluegrass band and gets to tour the country pursuing his passion of music. He also helped form a musician/artist twelve step meeting here in Asheville.