Our Staff

Chad Husted

Chad Husted, LPC

Executive Vice President of Operations

Chad is a native of Pennsylvania with an undergraduate degree from Millersville University. He obtained a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Florida. Chad has spent the last 15 years in a variety of behavioral health positions. He began his career in Florida where he served as a psych tech, case manager, and supervisor in community mental health. Over the last 10 years, Chad has lived in Atlanta, where he managed an Acute Behavioral Health emergency room for three years. He has also spent several years providing school-based mental health therapy before moving into the business arena, where he oversaw managed care contracting, professional education, and business development. Since November 2015, Chad has served as Pyramid Healthcare’s Director of North Carolina Operations. Now, he brings his expertise in program development, relationship building, and mental health and addiction treatment to Silver Ridge as its Vice President of Operations.

Jessie Alexander

Jessie Alexander, LPC

Vice President of Clinical Services and Quality Management

Prior to her time with Pyramid Healthcare, Jessie managed a clinically integrated treatment program with a focus on trauma, eating disorders, and addiction. She has worked in trauma-specific, gender-specific, and developmentally-specific therapeutic settings in her career providing treatment and program management for the adolescent, young adult, and midlife adult populations. She has also served on the founding executive committee of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, Atlanta Chapter.

Jessie’s primary focus is in clinically integrated treatment and complex trauma. She has contributed to research and presented on a range of topics including the midlife stage of development and substance use trends, treatment integration for trauma and eating disorders, family dynamics, the phase-oriented approach to trauma treatment, psychophysiology and coping skills, multicultural bias in clinicians, and high-risk behaviors and substance use. Jessie completed her undergraduate education with dual degrees in Psychology and Family, Child, and Consumer Sciences, and received her graduate education from Georgia State University in Professional Counseling.

Shawn Henderson, MBA

Executive Director

A native of western NC, Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in health from Appalachian State University.  This is where she met her husband, Steve, before they married and moved to Raleigh, NC. While in Raleigh, Shawn worked in healthcare as a manager with Interim Health, Raleigh Orthopaedic, and WakeMed hospital.  While working, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business through Averett University in Danville, VA.

In 2010, Shawn returned the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband, daughter and son, as a manager with Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. She managed several inpatient and outpatient programs, and in 2012, she presented the work of one of the grant-funded programs to the NC Institute of Medicine. Community advocacy and volunteerism has been an important part of Shawn’s life, and she has held several community volunteer and board member positions.  She joined Silver Ridge in May 2019, and is working towards becoming a Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor.  In her free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, and exploring the beauty of western North Carolina.

Kristin Rappold

Kristin Rappold, LCAS, CSI

Clinical Director

Kristin Rappold (she/her) began working in community mental health in 2003 following many years of personal connection to behavioral health. Kristin went to Western Carolina University where she obtained her Masters of Social Work and completed the Addiction Studies Certificate Program. Kristin is fascinated by the intersection of trauma, addiction and neuroscience. Her clinical approach is deeply rooted in attachment theory, relational neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology.  She was trained in acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT) by Kelly Wilson and loves embodying the constructs of ACT as she teaches it.  Kristin deeply believes that all behavior makes perfect sense in context, and that when we look at behavior change, our context matters.

Kristin is the mom of energetic twins, who provide so much laughter and absurdity to her life.  When not at Silver Ridge, Kristin is often outside with her family, exploring the mountains and rivers, or digging in the dirt in her organic garden and orchard.

Michael Racine, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Michael Racine, LCAS, CCS, MAC

Primary Therapist

Michael graduated with his master’s in counseling psychology from Troy State in 1993. He is currently pursuing a course of study in Spiritual Direction, Jungian Analysis, and Dream Work at the Haden Institute.

Michael utilizes holistic, experiential and mindfulness-based models to assist with the client’s inner transformation. Michael sees each person as a unique individual with inner wisdom, distinct life experiences, and untapped resources. His goal is to support each client in accessing their inner wisdom and resources and to aid in the healing toward a greater sense of wholeness and meaning.

In his free time, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, camping, kayaking, martial arts, providing retreats and rite-of-passage work, writing poetry, and working on his blog.

Brenda Birdsall

Brenda Birdsall, LCMHCA, LCASA

Primary Therapist

Brenda Birdsall has worked in the field of well-being and personal development for over twenty years.  She received her master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University, and has worked with adults who struggle with substance use, depression, anxiety, trauma and numerous other mental health issues.  In her counseling sessions, Brenda utilizes a holistic approach that incorporates a variety of therapeutic modalities, including acceptance & commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and Gestalt therapy.  She works collaboratively with clients as they recognize and develop their inner strength and experience healing within themselves and in their relationships.  Brenda supports clients to discover a true sense of purpose, reclaim their authentic self and live a more fulfilling life.  In her free time, Brenda has fun playing pickleball, golfing, biking, hiking and spending quality time with her family.

Mackenzie Wilbourn

Makenzie Wilbourn, LCMHC, LCAS, CSI

Primary Therapist

Makenzie (she/her) has been working in the field of addictions and mental health counseling since 2019 after graduating from East Carolina University. She received her master’s degree in clinical counseling, and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Although her primary area of expertise is working with patients diagnosed with substance use disorders, she has a special interest in helping patients work through mood disorders, anxiety disorders, behavioral addictions and trauma.

Makenzie enjoys working from a holistic model, integrating the mind-body connection while working towards a life in recovery. As a therapist, she views her role as supportive and collaborative. She hopes to join alongside patients to navigate recovery, meet their own unique needs and build a life worth living.

After graduating in 2019, she relocated to the Asheville area from Apex, NC with her husband and their cat, Izzy. She enjoys spending time outdoors exploring nature, reading and cooking healthy meals.

Giovanni De Stefano, LCMHCA

Therapist

Giovanni De Stefano (he/they/them, two-spirit) is a LCMHCA who began their career in community health as a volunteer for a nonprofit organization engaging with people living with HIV.  He continued his work at the organization for 5-years as a medical case manager.  An interest in mental health, substance use, aging and chronic diagnosis guided them to explore the field of therapy.  Giovanni received a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling through the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He was an intern in Silver Ridge in 2021 and is thrilled to come full circle and begin his career as a counselor in Silver Ridge.

Giovanni’s therapeutic approach is humanistic in that the focus is a holistic approach that acknowledges free will, human potential and self-discovery.  He is trained in acceptance & commitment therapy (ACT).  Their areas of interest include: addiction and the displacement of the self, human behavior in relation to plagues, mental health through the multicultural lens, and the intersection of chronic diagnosis, mental health, substance use and aging.    His simple philosophical approach is, “Anything is possible in recovery.”

Giovanni is a father to an adorable dog by the name of Tucker.  They enjoy writing poetry and reading in their free time.  A native of the Andes Mountains of Bogota Colombia, he feels at home in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Terri Owens, CSAC, CPSS, QP

Terri Owens, CSAC, CPSS, QP

Aftercare Counselor

Terri began working in the addiction field offering support as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. Today she continues to use her lived experience as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor to help others understand substance abuse in order to live their best life as a person in recovery.

Outside of work, Terri enjoys spending time with her grandson & passing along the traditions of her native Appalachian roots.