MEET OUR TEAM
Our Sober Living Team Lives Recovery Every DayMeet the sober living team behind the dream. Real Recovery began with a mission to raise the bar in structured sober living. Our founders built the program they wish existed when they were searching for their own recovery. Everyone at Real Recovery today shares this same vision.
George Mattfeld was born in Voorheesville, NY and is the youngest of six children. His passion for the outdoors led George to attend North Country Community College, in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains, where he majored in Wilderness Recreation and Outdoor Leadership. After college, George’s drug addiction took complete control and almost cost him his life on several occasions. Knowing something had to change drastically, he moved to South Florida and devoted his life to staying sober and helping other alcoholics and drug addicts. This devotion to helping others and his love of the outdoors eventually landed him in Asheville working with the sober living team at Real Recovery. George has been with Real Recovery for over six years and in that time has worked as a house manager, parent liaison and site coordinator. He is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys mountain biking in his time off.
National Clinical Liaison
A native of Raleigh, NC, a graduate of UNCW, and a background ranging from film production to software sales, B.'s singular qualification for this role is his recovery. There is nothing he takes more seriously or is more passionate about. B.'s purpose is to help as many people as possible. His job is to educate the treatment world on the wonders of Real Recovery and work with clients and their families to determine if Real Recovery is a good fit.
Jay Vaughan, CADC-I
Jay was born in North Carolina and raised in the greater Atlanta area. His 13-year struggle with addiction has led him to his passion for service and helping other addicts and alcoholics find their own way into a full and happy life. Jay has been in the recovery field for over 5 years, is a substance abuse counselor and has years of experience in relapse prevention and crisis intervention. He enjoys fly fishing in WNC as well spending time with his family and friends.
Jason was born and raised on Long Island, NY. Upon entering high school he started experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Through the years it progressed, and before he knew it he was 30 years old and in his 4th treatment center. During treatment they suggested he take another step towards his recovery and attend Real Recovery for aftercare. He was hesitant at first, but was reminded that going home and trying to have sustained recovery without accountability and structure had failed him several times before.
He ended up leaving everything he had in New York and coming down to Asheville to rediscover what had been missing from his life for so long – friends, laughter, and fun. His life improved as a result of hard work, learning to ask for help from others, and working steps with a sponsor. Upon completion of the program, he had a strong desire to give back in the same way that Real’s staff helped him as a client. Jason has expertise in culinary arts and stand-up comedy that he likes to share with the Real Recovery community.
Men's House Manager
Spencer has been working in the field of addiction for over 2 years. He was born in Virginia Beach, Virginia and had his own struggles with addiction growing up. He moved to Asheville in 2014 to start his journey in recovery and has found a passion in helping others.
He is an avid rock climber and loves to share the experience with others, along with his experience on the 12 steps of recovery which he has completed 3 times over. Today Spencer sponsors other men, treats those he meets with compassion and empathy and is always willing to meet someone where they are at.
Like many of the staff at Real, Kevin has had his own journey with recovery that allows him to not only bring personal experience but also empathy and sensitivity to his role. Kevin was born in Fayetteville, NC in a military family. They traveled often and even spent years in Germany while he was growing up. Kevin has been a part of the recovery community, as both a client and staff member, for the past 15 years. He has most recently been working specifically with adolescents in wilderness and residential programs here in Asheville. He spends his free time playing golf, hiking and camping in the bounty of wilderness here in the Pisgah National Forest area.
Jacqueline has dedicated her career to transformational experiences that foster self-exploration and help people discover their best selves. She has an extensive background in experiential program design, event and activity planning, leadership training, recruiting, outdoor leadership, and most recently in wilderness therapy with both teens and adults. Through this journey, Jacqueline has developed the philosophy that the best designed programming won't lift off the ground without authentic staff really getting to know their clients and encouraging them in all settings to be their true selves. That is why Jacqueline loves to work in residential settings like Grace House where she can get to know you at home, take you out to have fun on the weekend, and help you explore, rediscover, and develop your passions and talents.
Jacqueline is always ready to hit the Blue Ridge Parkway, go for an adventure exploring rivers and mountains, or spontaneously swing by a local coffee shop for some good conversation. On her off shift, Jacqueline teaches yoga, leads hikes, makes art, camps and is always trying something new.
Mac, a lifelong Tennessean, came to Asheville after his own struggle with alcohol addiction and fell in love with the recovery community here, deciding to pursue a career in recovery and to try to help others in the fight. Mac, a University of Tennessee graduate, enjoys golf, weightlifting and spending time with friends and family in his spare time.
Scott was born in Greenville, NC and grew up playing football and baseball. After high school, Scott attended Eastern Carolina University and graduated with a bachelors in construction management and a minor in business. While at ECU, Scott’s addiction began to take over and after college it became clear he needed to get help to overcome his addiction. After attending multiple treatment centers something finally clicked. Scott found his purpose in helping other drug addicts and alcoholics. Today Scott is an active member in the recovery community and spends his free time running, camping and helping raise a family.
Lindsey Southerland, CADC-I
Lindsey grew up in Raleigh, NC. She didn’t know what it meant to love and be loved, and she learned that through the process of recovery. It is one of the many gifts of recovery that she gets to give back what was given to her through a 12 step program. She is so grateful for the opportunity to work with people and hopefully show them the way towards healing and trust the way others have for her. Being in recovery from substance abuse has helped her find passion for the field and is in school working towards a degree in Social Work. She hopes to help other women realize what it means to listen to their hearts and find their own paths to freedom.
Men's Program Assistant
Having worked in education to help students prosper academically, Douglas McDaniel wanted to bring the same spirit to males in the world of recovery. With two decades of personal growth in the areas of sobriety and mental illness management, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to those beginning their own journey towards inner peace and contentment.
Utilizing not only the 12 Step program and one on one therapy, Douglas also runs, hikes, and road bikes in order to find a greater sense of happiness, spiritual connection, and emotional balance.
Men's Program Assistant
Christopher struggled with addiction for ten years before getting sober two years ago. He was a Real Recovery client for seven months and fully enjoyed his stay. The values that Real Recovery instilled in Christopher are still relevant and beneficial to his life today. He learned the importance of an active lifestyle and participated in activities that brought joy back into his life. Christopher was fortunate to have had experienced professionals guide him during his stay. He now strives to instill those same core values into the lives of the men he interacts with on a daily basis at Real Recovery. Christopher encourages them to experience fun and sobriety at the same time, creating a life worth living for anyone who has struggled with addiction in the past.
Brooke grew up in Ruston, LA with a single mom and older sister. She had a loving childhood but was always pretty lost regarding her future. She went to college in her hometown and began experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Addiction took ahold of her slowly, but by the age of 24 she was completely dependent. It took multiple treatment programs until she finally surrendered. In 2019, she went to a year-long program in North Carolina. That experience gave her time to heal in a structured environment and awaken new dreams. She decided to pursue a career in recovery. Through that gift, she finally found a passion in helping others find joy, have fun in sobriety, and build meaningful relationships. She enjoys connecting with nature through hiking, water sports, and snowboarding. She also loves animals and spending time with her goldendoodle!
From an early age, Greg knew he wanted to help people. He had dreams of being a fire fighter or policeman; he never thought he would become an addict. However, by the age of 21 that’s exactly what he became. With nowhere left to go, Greg decided to go to an addiction treatment center. From treatment he moved into sober living and discovered a 12-step program which taught him to become an acceptable, responsible and productive member of society. Greg is an active participant in the recovery community in Asheville who regularly attends 12-step meetings. When Greg is not serving the recovery community he enjoys hiking, mountain biking and lifting weights.