Michael Barnett

Executive Director

Michael was appointed Executive Director in November 2022 after a national search and joined the Asheville community by way of Memphis, Tennessee.  He served as the Chief Operating Officer for Jewish Community Partners (JCP).  Before JCP, Michael was the Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Jewish Family Services. 

Michael has been a leader of nonprofit and for-profit organizations in various industries, ensuring mission fulfillment and sound financial viability.  He has extensive organizational, operational, and management experience, and has successfully led capital campaigns, endowment growth, and donor cultivation and stewardship efforts.  Michael earned a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Florida and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from the University of Tampa.

Melissa Wolfe, LCMHC

Clinical Director

Melissa Wolfe has a BA from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, NC majoring in social work and an MA from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA in Counseling & Expressive therapies with a focus on Art therapy.  Melissa has worked in a variety of roles in her career including case manager, adjunct professor, counselor, and director of client services.  Melissa has worked with people with wide variety of co-occurring mental health conditions, interpersonal violence, and trauma.  Melissa has worked with adolescents through elders, specializing in her counseling practice with LGBTQIA+ community and those with chronic illness including chronic pain, cancer and autoimmune conditions, memory loss and Alzheimer’s. In Melissa’s free time she likes to read, wordle, craft and go on walks with her family and dog Luke. 

Liz Drake

Finance Manager

Liz is a native of Chicago who moved to the Asheville area in 2003.  She received a BS in Resource Conservation and a JD from the University of Florida.

Patrice Wishon, LCSW, LCAS, CCS


Patrice received her Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1993. Since then, her professional roles have included counselor, group facilitator, Clinical Director, adjunct professor, and private practice therapist. Patrice is passionate about serving the needs of those in
recovery or struggling with addiction, people dealing with the effects of trauma, and those looking for support in managing intense emotions and mental health issues. She enjoys working with adults over the age of 18, families, and the LGBTQIA+ community. Patrice is a
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), and Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS) in the state of NC. Her approach is strengths-based and warm but direct. She is trained in EMDR and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, and
provides services with non-judgement and respect. Patrice was born and raised in the mountains of western NC and enjoys gardening, swimming and baking in her free time.

Ed Tucker, PhD, LCSW


Ed earned his BA in Psychology from Emory University and his MSW and PhD degrees from Florida International University where he received the Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award. He is a seasoned practitioner with a demonstrated track record of successfully helping a diverse client population overcome challenges. He has extensive experience with trauma resolution (including PTSD), mood and personality disorders, anxiety, dissociative disorders, psychosis, and addictions. Ed is proficient in multiple therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). A knowledgeable educator with more than a decade of experience teaching and supervising graduate & undergraduate students, Ed has also been an invited presenter/trainer at numerous local, regional, and national conferences & workshops.

Jamia Davis

Jamia Davis, LCSWA, LCAS


I earned a Master of Social Work degree from Western Carolina University after receiving a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Mars Hill University in 2018. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate, LCSWA, approved by the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board. I am also a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. I have dedicated the last ten years to working directly with children, adolescents, families, and adults to address systemic challenges and their impact on emotional and mental well-being. I believe in the strength of extending courage and compassion to oneself and experience to overcome life’s difficulties. It is important to develop awareness and insight into how the implications of childhood, generational, and societal trauma impact emotional well-being, self-concept, and attachment patterns. I use an integrative approach to therapy, as every individual has a unique life experience, and the approach to healing should be treated as such. I utilize treatment models including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR.

Victoria Richardson, LCSW


Victoria’s experience spanning 30 years includes work with all ages from elementary school to elder populations. I have greatly enjoyed supporting the emotional and mental health of all adults, but especially, those who are nearing or have already retired. This life phase can be a very trying time and could be met with unprocessed grief, disillusionment, depression, or anxiety if not prepared for. It could also be a wonderful, transformative time, full of new discoveries, with the right therapeutic support and guidance. Victoria is passionate about many therapeutic modalities to treat trauma disorders, depression, addiction, mood disorders, OCD, phobias, anxiety, PTSD, and dissociative disorders. Victoria’s specialty modalities include Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR,) Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART,) Brain spotting, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT,) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT,) Reconnect Integrative Trauma Treatment Model (RITTM,) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing.

Carrie McGuire, MS

Case Manager

Carrie has her MS in Human Services with a specialization in Social and Community Services.  She has worked in this field throughout her career.  Carrie has worked for the last 5 years as the Senior Case Manager for the Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry Steadfast House Transitional Housing program serving homeless civilians, families and female Veterans.  Carrie lives in Asheville with her two teenaged sons and helps to support her aging parents.

Neave Higgins, MSW

Elder Club Program Facilitator

Neave holds a Master’s Degree in Social work from Smith School for Social Work and has over two decades of experience working with older adults and their families in mental health settings, home care, and hospice. She is very excited to be part of our community, supporting elders and their caregivers. In her spare time, she enjoys long walks in these mountains, laughing, and making things with clay.

Rabbi Wolff Alterman


Rabbi Wolff Alterman grew up in upstate NY. Educated by Dominican Sisters, his bar mitzvah long held the “Most Nuns attending” state record. His journey has included teaching elementary school art, serving as a rural route mail carrier, and walking from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. He received clinical training in chaplaincy at Johnson City Medical Center and Rutherford Hospital and has served as a chaplain at Mission Hospital, Care Partners and Jewish Family Services of WNC. He was ordained in 2013 by the Jewish Spiritual Leaders Institute, a Jewish Universalist seminary based in NY. The grey in his beard was made possible through the ongoing efforts of his wonderful daughter; his blood pressure is kept in a safe range by the world’s most glorious coonhound. Rabbi Wolff has lived in Western North Carolina for a quarter century, and is the region’s only regularly kilted Rabbi. His lifelong ambition is to be named Emperor of Japan.

Olivia Nesnow

Office Administrator 

Olivia is a North Carolina native and graduated from App State with a BS in Healthcare Administration in 2020. She spends her time outside the office playing with clay, making pots, and attending a studio in River Arts District.

Rachel Miriam

Chef/Kitchen Manager

Rachel relocated to Asheville in 2016 from the greater Fort Lauderdale area. She graduated with a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University (Miami) in 2014 after deciding to leave the field of Urban and Regional Planning, where she sat stationary for the most part of five and a half years dreaming of what to cook for dinner. Rachel was recently named one of the top chefs in Asheville!

Tracy Levi


Tracy was born in Gelnhausen, Germany and raised in Miami, Florida. She attended the University of Florida graduating with a B.S. in Zoology, and earned a Masters of Engineering from the University of South Florida. She worked for 11 years as a civil engineer in both Tampa and Miami before moving to Asheville almost eight years ago. In her spare time, she enjoys anything outdoors, including hiking, biking and kayaking. She also plays keyboards in a local Tom Petty tribute band.