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About The Goodale School and Recovery Community

The Goodale School and Recovery Community is named in honor of Bob Goodale, a dedicated and visionary leader of the program and a passionate advocate for substance use disorder and recovery services. Goodale is a former chief executive officer of Harris Teeter, a grocery store chain operating in several South Atlantic states and the District of Columbia, and the former Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Commerce. He has served non-profit organizations in communities across the United States and has been recognized for his lifelong commitment to the recovery community. 

The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.

Meet The Team

Sally Burleson, M.S., LCAS, CCS
Sally Burleson is a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist (LCAS) and a Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS). For more than 25 years, she has worked in the substance abuse field, helping people with the disease of addiction. She is passionate about providing direct care as well as supervising and guiding new teammates to mentoring professionals seeking licensure in the substance use disorder field. Sally’s passion for helping others find recovery came from her own experience getting clean and sober at the age of 16. Her personal experience not only set her on a professional course as an addiction specialist, it also gives her a unique vantage point to connect with students and families she works with. Prior to joining The Goodale School and Recovery Community, Sally provided clinical services in a variety of settings, most recently at Four Circles Recovery Center, a wilderness-based treatment program for young adults struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental health issues. At Four Circles, she led the clinical team, facilitated the Rites of Passage Vision Quest experience, developed and implemented the Fifth Circle Extended Care Program and coordinated a monthly three-day family seminar. Her prior experience at other therapeutic wilderness programs and therapeutic boarding schools allows Sally to use her clinical knowledge skills to creatively meet individuals where they are and support them in the process of finding recovery. Sally earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Carolina University. Her lifelong commitment to young people facing the challenges of substance use and co-occurring disorders is rooted in the hope and knowledge that recovery is possible. She appreciates the opportunity to play one part in providing students and families with the tools they need to be successful. Sally loves being a wife and mother. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking or loving on the family dog, Bear.
Jordan Stevenot, M.A., LCMHC, LCAS-A
Jordan Stevenot serves as The Goodale School’s Clinical Director. He has worked with young people and families for more than 18 years in community mental health, crisis management and case management roles. He works directly with Goodale students in individual and group therapy settings and supports families as they engage in therapeutic work alongside their students during their time at The Goodale School. Jordan holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Brewton Parker College. He is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level and in Brainspotting Level II, which provide additional trauma-informed therapeutic options for students when appropriate. Prior to joining The Goodale School and Recovery Community, Jordan provided direct care and clinical leadership at Equinox Residential Treatment Center, Northwest Academy, Unison Behavioral Health and several other organizations. His commitment to students and families is born from a deep desire to help them overcome the challenges they have faced as they decide to take a different path and seek to improve their lives. He firmly believes that when a person seeks a new, healing path, it can be filled with love, happiness and acceptance, in combination with the skills learned at The Goodale School. When not working with students at The Goodale School, Jordan enjoys spending time with his wife and five children.
Philip Cummings, M.Ed.
As The Goodale School’s Academic Director, Philip Cummings, M.Ed., provides oversight to the academic components of the program. His role is to ensure that students are both challenged and supported in their academic journey at Goodale and that the educational program aligns with accreditation requirements. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Lipscomb University and a Master of Education degree in School Administration and Supervision from Freed-Hardeman University. At 17 years of age, he began working with fellow teenagers as a camp counselor and youth director. Since 1999, he has taught in and led public and private K-12 schools. He served as the Academic Director at The Goodale School’s predecessor organization for two years. In addition to earning his license as a teacher and school administrator, Philip has served as a teaching fellow for the Martin Institute for Teaching Excellence and has participated in Harvard’s Project Zero. Educational researcher Ron Ritchhart discusses one aspect of Philip's work with students in Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools. As an educator, Philip is an advocate for student-driven inquiry and project-based learning. He is equally committed to helping students succeed academically and in recovery. When he’s not working, Philip enjoys date nights with his wife, reading, writing and running. He tries to live and love well and believes it’s important to do work that matters.
Johanna Schneider, RN
Johanna Schneider, RN, feels privileged to work with young adults recovering from substance use disorders and believes the skills they learn at The Goodale School will help shape the rest of their life. As a registered nurse, Johanna plays an important role in the health and safety of students at The Goodale School. She has nursing experience in adolescent residential treatment services and in mental health and psychiatric assessment services in a hospital setting. Johanna’s family has experienced loss due to substance use disorder and drug overdose. Through these lived experiences, she has been witness to the tremendous heartache caused to her loved ones. She is grateful to be part of The Goodale School’s program that supports students and their families as they make positive changes in their lives. Originally from New York, Johanna has lived in Asheville for the past 25 years. She received her associate’s degree in nursing from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College and also holds a physical therapy assistant associate’s degree from Green River College in Auburn, Washington. Johanna has two daughters and four grandchildren and she enjoys spending time with them and with friends exploring Western North Carolina. An avid traveler, she spent five months in Tanzania, including three months volunteering with disabled children and two months traveling solo. That trip allowed her to fulfill a childhood dream of visiting Africa and sparked additional excursions including a five-month trip to South America and another to Italy, Switzerland and Turkey.

The Goodale School team is happy to speak with you to determine if our program is the right fit for your son or client. For information, please contact Stacy Barnard, Director of Admissions and Marketing at (828) 220-0040, ext. 2240 or email Stacy.Barnard@GoodaleSchool.org.

75 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Goodale School is affiliated with Monarch, a leading statewide provider of services to thousands of people with mental illness, substance use disorders and intellectual and developmental disabilities in North Carolina. The organization is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission.
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