Who We Are

Firebird Transformation’s Sober Living Staff & Consultants Greatly Enrich Our Daily Lives

CEO and Founder
Jay Joslin QMHP QSAP CADC-I


Getting fired from a chicken shack in 1998 was one of the greatest “strange gifts” ever given to me. No one likes getting the boot, but in hindsight, the opportunity was an open door to following my passions; starting Human Service work. A colleague estimated that in those 22+ years I’ve worked with over a thousand individuals struggling with Addiction and Mental Illness. I remember the stories, the baby steps and the quantum leaps. Of course, you can’t win them all, that’s where grace comes in. In 2015, I was ordained by my spiritual community of 20 years, and am also an interfaith Volunteer Chaplain for a neighboring county’s EMS Squad, with Critical Incident Stress Management training (a curriculum developed to manage crisis response for agencies and the public). For fun, I love photography, writing, and tilting at windmills. As a Mental Health/Substance Abuse professional, I jokingly call myself an “antique.” From the early ’00s to the mid teens, I worked in a clinical-medical crisis role serving at-risk youth and their families, prior to that in the foster/adoptive system. I’ve worked hard to gain ethical and progressive clout in regional professional networks, and am unafraid to speak out for what’s right, not what gets contracts. It all comes down to this one simple thing: walking your talk, and that elusive and hard-to-learn skill: owning your (rightly used) power. It’s an honor to serve.
Expressive Arts Therapist
Jennifer Worthen, LPC, MT-BC, FAMI


Jen achieved her certification of Fellow with the Association for Music and Imagery from the Mid-Atlantic Training Institute in the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music. Jen is a member of the Association for Music and Imagery and offered BMI trainings internationally. Jen also holds a Master’s Degree in Community Agency Counseling and her empathic and fun-natured personality helps client relax and then deepen into their therapeutic work, supporting their ability to be empowered to make personal breakthroughs. Her class is- hands up- the most raucous and laugh filled of the week! While also the most poignant.
Clinical Director/Supervisor
Tricia Osterberger LCAS, CCS, LCSW


Tricia received her Master of Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist. She has worked in the area of mental health and substance for the past fourteen years. She has extensive experience working with the complex issues of early recovery, facilitating family healing, and using experiential therapies to facilitate therapeutic breakthrough. She is passionate about supporting people to move through the bondage of addiction into the freedom of a life of recovery.
Relapse Prevention Director
Benjamin Odom, WFR, CADC-R



Ben Odom, also known as “bean” has been apart of our family here at Firebird for over two years now. He came to us as a Member in 2018. From then on he thrived in the mountains of Asheville (coming from a whitewater raft guiding background that’s no surprise). He loves working with people on the water, and sobriety allowed him to see that he’s passion lies with helping others. He worked for a year a a wilderness therapy guide backpacking with at-risk adolescents, then progressed to adults in the same capacity. While working in the outdoors Ben has acquired his Wilderness First Responder (WFR). He is currently working towards completing his CADC. He coordinates Case Management and assists in administrative/outreach duties.
Director of Healthy Community Building
Kyle Hemauer, PP, LPTA


Bio coming soon!

Kyle is also the Kingfisher House Program Manager.
Director of Life Skills & Organizational Engagement
Eric Maher, RADT (Ca.)


Bio coming soon!
Mindfulness and Wellness Guide
Anthony Antonecchia, QP


Anthony brings a passion for serving those in recovery with a zest for life to his Yoga, Qi Gong, and Calisthenics classes. Meeting outdoors whenever possible, he builds on teaching that vulnerability is strength through enthusiastic but concise group instruction. Following the meditations and workouts, Anthony helps everyone prepare unique smoothies for the day, packing a nutrition and soul into the time together.
Compassion in Action Teammate
Anamchara “Kara” Stravinsky, C.A.T.


Our Team is diverse in species, and with that Anamchara (“Kara”) joins us as our “therapy” cat! Anamchara is the personal variation on the Gaelic Anam Cara, for “Soul Friend,” and that’s who she is to us. She has her own survival story to tell & we’re grateful to a fellow community stakeholder and volunteer partner, Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, for bringing us together. She specializes in giving nuzzles, laughter, and peaceful companionship. Her qualifications? Well, let’s go with that singular form of unfiltered, unconditional love that only non-human creatures can so swiftly & compassionately teach. She’s fully certified in that! Also, as part Russian Blue, she produces far less of the alkaloid that produces the feline allergen. In other words, you’re much less likely to have an allergic reaction to her than a typical cat. In so many ways, she’s far from typical! That’s why she’s with us!

OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

David Carmean; Samuel Hayes; Dave Cutair (not pictured: Paull Hubbard MBA)

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT STAFF

   
Matt Stone, Daniel Maxson