Our Staff

Chad Husted, LPC

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, 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

Program Director

A native of western NC, Shawn earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in Psychology with a minor in Health. Appalachian State is where she met her husband Steve and they moved to Raleigh NC to start their family. While in Raleigh, Shawn worked in Healthcare and became a manager in a home care agency, doctor’s office, and hospital. During this time, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Business through Averett University, of Danville VA.

Shawn returned with her family to Western NC nine years ago to be a manager with a local hospital where Shawn was the manager at Mission Children’s Hospital in Asheville. Shawn managed several inpatient and several outpatient programs, including areas such as Dental, Peds, PICU, NICU, NICU Follow up Clinic, Asthma, Peds Cancer Center, Safe Kids, Family Support Network. In 2012, she presented the work of an outreach program to the NC Institute of Medicine.

Community and volunteer work is an important part of Shawn’s life. She has held several community volunteer and board member positions during the past 6 years (including President of Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County). She joined Silver Ridge in May 2019 and is working towards becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.

In her free time, Shawn enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and spending time exploring the beauty of western NC, and all it offers.

Jess Edmunds, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Jess Edmunds, LCSW, LCAS, CCS

Clinical Director

Focusing on the intersection of mental health and addiction since 2008, Jess is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. She has worked with groups, individuals and families to further their awareness of healthy relational dynamics, present moment awareness, and living lives of meaning and value. Acceptance and commitment therapy is a core modality of her treatment focus and she has a background in various trauma-focused treatments. In addition to supervising the clinical programing and clinical staff at Silver Ridge, Jess currently works to ensure clinical authorization of coverage with insurance companies while individuals are at Silver Ridge.

In her free time, Jess enjoys spending time outside exploring the mountains and building connections within her community

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.

Kristin Rappold, LCSW-A, LCAS

Kristin Rappold, LCSW-A, LCAS

Primary Therapist

Kristin received her Master of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University after learning the ropes in community mental health services, traveling, and studying philosophy. She is passionate about recovery and believes that anyone can recover and deserves to do so. Kristin’s approach is based on authentic listening and compassion. She aims to provide space for those she works with to share their struggles openly and without fear of judgment. She has worked extensively with people experiencing a variety of challenges including addiction, trauma, autism, anxiety, and depression. She is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate (LCSW-A).

A proud crunchy mama, Kristin loves spending time with her family, exploring the mountains they call home and digging in the dirt.

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.

Travis Herman

Travis Herman

National Account Manager and Trainer

Travis’ vocation has always been in the helping professions. Starting his behavioral health career in 2008, Travis provided direct care counseling services in a variety of levels of care in western North Carolina. In 2012 he transitioned to a Community Relations Representative role at October Road, an outpatient mental health and substance use treatment program in Asheville, NC. Combining his clinical skills with excellent customer service, Travis was then promoted to National Clinical Liaison for Pyramid Healthcare marketing Silver Ridge, our mid-life adult professionals program. Most recently Travis became the National Account Manager and Trainer for the Southeast Region of Pyramid Healthcare and now oversees marketing training for Silver Ridge, Real Recovery, Tapestry, and October Road.

Barry McNinch, M.S.

Barry McNinch, M.S.

National Clinical Liaison

As a child, Barry always had the drive to help others, which led to his desire to go into healthcare, focusing on mental health. While growing up in rural Eastern North Carolina, he had the opportunity to shadow under different mental healthcare professionals at all care levels. During this experience, he witnessed a disconnection between the clients and access to the appropriate clinical services. Identifying these underserved populations, he also observed how they navigated obstacles created from the societal stigmas towards identifying the need for mental health services. From this moment, he gained a passion for developing and connecting people with quality services while educating people on the necessity of mental health advocacy.

Throughout Barry’s education and professional career, he has had experience with program development, program operations, and clinical-outreach. He has also had the opportunity to collaborate on a startup team that developed Intensive Outpatient Programs and Partial Hospitalization Programs. Clinically, he has had the opportunity to serve individuals of the LGBTQIA, substance use disorder, and eating disorder communities in the Washington DC metro area.

Don Paleno

Don Paleno

Chef

Chef Don Paleno graduated from Culinary Arts program at Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College and is a Certified Executive Chef through the American Culinary Federation. He is also currently President of The Western North Carolina Culinary Association. Don began his culinary career at the age of 15, washing dishes at Mars Hill College cafeteria in North Carolina. After many years in the catering and food service industry, he is excited to get to share his passion and expertise with the clients at Silver Ridge