Full-time house parents, teachers, and program directors provide 24-hour supervision. The house parents have years of experience working with teenagers and are trained in situational counseling. Group sessions are conducted regularly by Licensed or Certified Counselors. Individual counseling is also available on a weekly basis by Licensed Certified Counselors. Certified teachers work in small classrooms providing academic support.

Jim and Dr. Patricia Jones, PhD, Founders 

Jim and Pat JonesPat passed away in 2013, and Jim is no longer involved in the day to day operations of WCA.

Jeremey and Angela Jones, Chief Operations Officers

Jeremey and Angel JonesJeremey and Angela have been married for nineteen years and have five boys of their own. Both have worked with Jim and Pat (Jeremey’s mom and dad) for many years in various capacities including house parenting, teaching, counseling, and then moved into the position of Program Directors in 2006. Jeremey has a BA in Clinical Christian Counseling and is a Certified Christian Counselor through the National Christian Counselors Association. Both Jeremey and Angela have a tremendous passion for helping hurting teens. They are a devoted family with an enormous love for the outdoors and enjoy snowboarding, hiking, and rock climbing.

Mark Vander Gailen, Counselor, LPC, LCAS

mark vander gailenMark holds a Masters of Science in counseling from Western Carolina University and a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities from University of Tennessee Chattanooga. Has worked in various counseling and substance abuse settings over the last 16 years including wilderness programming, perinatal substance abuse, methadone treatment, men’s and women’s residential substance abuse recovery and as a counselor in a large mental health and substance abuse agency in Asheville, NC. He enjoys working in residential settings because it allows him to see the whole person and witness the application of skills that have been acquired. Mark is involved in hang gliding, flat water kayaking, hiking, and camping.

Gregory Dean Caldwell, MS, Senior School Administrator

Dean CaldwellQualifications: Master of Science, Criminal Justice Education, Easter Kentucky University, Richmond, KY Bachelor of Science, Police Administration, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY Associate in Applied Science, Police Administration, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA.

Shea Reed

Shea Reed attended Mars Hill University and graduated with a BS degree in Social Work in May of 2015. She is working on a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work. She has experience working with at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. She has been married for 10 years and has an 8 year old son and 6 year old daughter. She enjoy sthe great outdoors Western North Carolina has to offer, such as camping, hiking, and biking. She says, “I know that God lead me to work at WCA, and as I work with your child, I look forward to sharing the hope and joy of my faith.”

Pam Metscher

20160927_113024Pam Metscher is a mother to four fun and loving sons. Pam has a passion to serve others and give hope to the hopeless. Her desire is to bring healing to those who have been through stressful life experiences, assist them to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. Her desire is to reach those who suffer from substance abuse. When Pam is not working, you can find her with her family, in her garden, traveling, enjoying sports and cheering on her favorite Miami Dolphins and Miami Heat. 

Vince and Dana Brown

072915-9thanniversayDana attended Austin Peay State University while seeking her Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Organizational Management. She has worked in senior management for several large companies for over sixteen years. Vince played baseball while attending The University of Memphis and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force. Vince served as the Executive Director and Dana as the Assistant Program Director for The Restoration House, a substance abuse program for men and women, where they worked directly with the men and women through their detoxification process, managing their court hearings, marriage and family counseling, community service and job training in order to help them back into society. Vince has also served as Special Projects manager/Chaplain for the Lazarus Project, a substance abuse program for men with destructive behavioral patterns. Vince and Dana have served at Wolf Creek Academy in residential as well as administrative roles. They are dedicated to continuing the legacy of helping students and families be restored and continuing the legacy established by Jim and Pat Jones.

Zachary Sawyer

Zachary received a BS degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State University. He loves working at WCA because of the interaction he gets to have with these students in a home setting, and, observing the amazing transformation they go through in the program. The sense of accomplishment he receives, of watching a student progress through this fantastic program and then, graduate to go home and lead successful lives is more than he could ever hope for in a job. He loves getting the students outside and doing physical activities with the students such as sports, hiking, and swimming. He connects with them naturally through these activities and can counsel them in many ways.

 Mike Mallis

Mike was a pastor for 23 years. He has been a houseparent since 2004 for middle school and high school students. He likes to read, watch old movies and TV shows, hike, debate, and work out, and play with his dogs.

Ken and Patty Moholland

Ken is a native of Eastport, Maine. He has served in the Air Force where he met his wife Patty in Gulfport, MS. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Ken served for several years in several management positions. Sensing a call to ministry, Ken and Patty moved their family to Portland, Maine where Ken attended New England Bible College, earning a BS in Ministry in 1997. Shortly thereafter the Lord took their daughter Rachel home when she contracted a rare and virulent strain of Mononucleosis. This loss brought about a season of reevaluation for Ken and Patty and they petitioned God for direction for the way forward. So it was that the Lord turned their hearts to serving hurting children which has been their calling for the past 16 years in several programs including a therapeutic program in Maine where they met and adopted their third child, Alicia in 2006. Relocating to the Carolinas in 2009, Ken and Patty have served in several faith-based treatment programs and were thrilled to have the opportunity to join the WCA team as house parents in the girls lodge. Patty is a native of Gulfport, MS, where she met and married Ken while he was stationed there in the Air Force. Patty has a mother’s heart and has loved and served children for most of her adult life. Patty sensed that the Lord was moving her to use her gifts and heart in a new and challenging work. That work for the past 16 years has been a ministry to wounded and hurting children. 

Charlie and Briana Rice

God brought Briana and Charlie together in marriage along with bringing together their passions to serve God and the teens of America. Charlie began working with young people as young as age 16 and ministered to kids in different states as well as in alternative schools, juvenile detention centers, and at WCA. Briana and Charlie has a desire to help the “unloveables” and the “lost causes.” They desire to show teenagers that there is a God who loves them dearly and that He desires to be a part of their life. Charlie also serves as a pastor of a local church. They have one child, Briana. It is their pleasure to serve God by serving WCA and its students. 

Caitlan Kerrigan, Girl’s Lodge Assistant 

wca-staffCaitlin has lived in Asheville, NC her entire life, and loves the outdoors, and beautiful nature that WNC offers. She graduated from Asheville High school in 2011. She has held the title as the Student Ministry Worship Leader at The Rock Church for three years. She has also graduated from a two year long internship through The Rock and recieved two ministry leadership certificates during that time. She loves to see people of all ages lives transform into something greater than what they were living. The main reason she loves WCA is because of the lives she gets to see truly and genuinly change before her eyes. Her desire is for the young men and women of Wolf Creek to be back at home with their families and with her help to be able to thrive in their lives and future at home.