Jon is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist with over 20 years’ experience in helping others. His enthusiasm for recovery is contagious. He is an active member of the Asheville recovery community and participates in his own personal 12-step program. He founded the OTRH in 2011, which is a 33 bed recovery residence, here in North Carolina. This experience has given Jon the daily ability to work with young men in early recovery in Asheville area over the past six years. This experience is a big part of his passion for opening The Road, Inc., as he has seen first hand the need for more 12-step driven clinical support in Asheville. The Road, Inc. was the next logical step in enhancing recovery services in Asheville. He and Chris have excitedly worked on this project since Summer 2015.
Jon grew up in Buffalo, NY as an avid student/athlete. He began his education at Virginia Tech in engineering, but soon after transferred and received his BS in Psychology from Bowling Green State University. After several years in the mental health field, he re-entered school and received his M.Ed. in Counseling from Old Dominion University in 1991. Since then he has remained primarily in the field of counseling with an emphasis on substance abuse. He was the director at two distinguished facilities. He carried the credential of LPC through years of private practice in the Charlotte, NC area. He came to WNC seven years ago. His journey, both personally and professionally, is filled with experiences of challenge and triumph.
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.
Cole (as he prefers to be called) first arrived at Oak Tree in September of 2016. He came directly to Oak Tree after completing the wilderness program at Four Circles Recovery Center. Originally from Hickory, NC, he spent the previous five years in Colorado. Cole is a passionate environmentalist, and before joining our team, worked at a solar company here in Asheville. He coordinates our resident community service opportunities with Asheville GreenWorks, Manna Food Bank, RiverLink, and other local nonprofits. When he is not on shift you can find him socializing with his network in the surrounding mountains or one of Asheville’s many parks.
Bennett, an Augusta, GA native, moved to Charlotte, NC for his last two years of high school to pursue a soccer career. He enrolled at Furman University in 2012 with an athletic scholarship for soccer. Bennett’s personal struggle with addiction caused him to lose his scholarship and temporarily withdraw from school. Bennett arrived at Oak Tree in June, 2016 and has since returned to his studies at Furman. He will receive his degree in Economics in December 2017. The loss of close friends to the disease of addiction motivates Bennett to continue helping others in recovery. His hobbies include sports, live music and reading.
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.
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
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.