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Meet The Team

Kristin Rappold, LCSW-A, CPSS

Tommy Lee, LCAS

Operations Director


Kristin is a recent graduate from Western Carolina University with a Masters in Social Work. She has spent the last decade working with adults, children and families to enhance their well being and loves seeing people take steps to heal!


She is a certified peer support specialist and is currently pursuing licensure as an LCAS-A and LCSW-A. Kristin believes passionately in the power of recovery and considers it an honor to help support others on their journey.  She is thrilled to be joining the team at The Road!


When not helping others on their path of recovery, Kristin can usually be found working in the garden with her husband and their cats.

Nick Short, CSAC

Tommy is a Licensed Clinical Addictons Specialist in North Carolina. He began his career as a substance abuse counselor In 1997. He worked in a substance abuse program for incarcerated young adults, ages 18-21, for three years in eastern North Carolina. In 2000 he returned to Asheville, NC and worked in a substance abuse program for incarcerated adolescents for five years. After that Tommy spent a year doing in home substance abuse counseling with adolescents on Buncombe County, NC probation and their parents. In 2006 he went to work for a wilderness based therapy program for young adults ages 18-28 with substance abuse and mental health problems. He worked for that program for nine years.


During his free time Tommy enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and playing disc golf.


Nick, originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been working in the substance abuse field since 2012.  He began his professional journey as a wilderness therapy guide.  He led expeditions into the backcountry for young men struggling with drugs and alcohol while maintaining an atmosphere of recovery.


Nick draws from his own personal experiences in life and recovery in order to help better carry a message of recovery and a better way of life.  He believes that anyone can recover from a life of addiction and is passionate in his role as a counselor here at The Road.


In his spare time, you can find Nick backpacking with his dog Sam, fly fishing a number of mountain streams, enjoying some live music or simply spending time with friends and family.


Jason 'Jay' Maki

MSW Intern

Jay is a MSW student intern from Western Carolina University pursuing his dual licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist and Clinical Social Worker.  Originally from central Massachusetts, he has lived in the Asheville area since 2005.


He has led clients on wilderness backpacking trips as a critical element of recovery treatment with a local substance use treatment center for adolescents, and provided logistical support for the same program for five years. Jay is also providing case management to the local homeless population in addition to his internship and coursework.


He is eager to focus his personal recovery experience, education, and work experience on assisting others with their road to sustained recovery.  Jay feels that people can and do recover provided they acquire the appropriate resources and supports, and he wishes to be an active part in that process.   Jay enjoys hiking, backpacking and canoeing in his limited free time.

David Krantz


David is a lifelong musician who graduated from UNC-Asheville in 2011 with a degree in Music Technology. His own personal growth and development has led him to find that sound is a powerful tool for healing the mind, body, and spirit.


Facilitating group sessions that utilize sound as a medium for the exploration of self, he helps to expand the set of tools available for recovery with a combination of expressive exercises, mindfulness practice, and relaxation techniques.


His enthusiasm for life radiates into his work and he has taught for various area organizations including LEAF, The YMCA, and Moog Music. In his spare time he enjoys playing music, gardening, hiking, and hanging out with his wife and two cats.

Shannon Hughart

Program Manager for Cottage Hill Recovery

A Florida native, Shannon has lived in the Asheville area since 1998. Shannon also has two children who live locally. She is dedicated to helping other women walk through their own challenges. Shannon is immersed in the local recovery community and brings additional medical training and experience to her role at Cottage Hill. She offers hope to women in early recovery and provides guidance with compassion, patience and love.


Shannon brings a powerful testimony of recovery from her own personal experience. She is also pursuing her CPSS credential. Shannon is enthusiastic to give meaning to her struggles by working with other women, new to recovery. Shannon brings leadership experience in sober living environments for women in early recovery. She believes that the insights she acquired during her experience makes her ideally suited to understand the process women go through as they embark on their new journey. In her spare time when she’s not at 12 step meetings, Shannon enjoys hiking, fishing, waterfall hunting, and exploring the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Visit Cottage Hill Recovery Website

Judi Buckholz, LCSW, LCAS


Judi has lived in Asheville since 2003.   She graduated with her Masters of Social Work from Temple University in Philadelphia in 1995. She is passionate about helping people recover from addictions. She has worked in a variety of substance abuse and mental health programs. She specializes in dual disorders and codependency. She has personal and professional experience with 12 Step Programs. She is trained in 12 Step Facilitation, Seeking Safety, Helping Men Recover and Motivational Interviewing to name a few.


She has worked in specialized treatment programs for pregnant and parenting women, Veterans and dually disordered adults.  She has developed two Intensive Outpatient Programs in Asheville. She provides supervision to other professionals working in Social Work and Substance Abuse.


Judi lives with her husband, three teenage daughters and four dogs.


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