About Our Team

You may be wondering what qualifies us to guide you in the process of building a powerful life?

John Tobias, Founder

After five years as a wilderness therapist, witnessing hundreds of clients make the transition out of the wilderness to various front country settings, I began to consider the idea of combining my experience as a transitional coach with my experience as a wilderness therapist (both predicated on my long tenure as a wilderness field staff).

After many conversations with long-time industry friends and professionals, Red Cedar Transitions (RCT) was born.    

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Buckey Biesak

Working side by side with John, someone I consider a good friend and professional mentor is wonderful. We have similar backgrounds and perspectives and a variety of shared therapeutic strategies that will assist our clients in finding their unique, individual pathways to fulfilling futures. Together, we will learn more lessons, teach more lessons, and guide our clients through their personal journeys.

I could not be happier to be here in the lush forests and rivers that Asheville.

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Chelsie Newkirk

I have always enjoyed working with young adults and their families who support them. I believe this is in part because I had a challenging time in my young adult life discovering who and how I wanted to be in the world. It was a process for me, and I benefited from having those in my life who allowed me to struggle and find my way, while still offering me support. 

It is a privilege to be able to offer this level of support and guidance to my clients and their families. 

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David Carmean

When working with young adults who’ve found themselves in need of support and guidance, my objective, though sometimes challenging, has always been simple: to help them build and maintain meaningful forward momentum in life, governed by self-accountability, and driven by values specific to themselves.

As a Lead Transition Coach for RCT I’m encouraged to do the same: to work with our clients in a supportive purpose-driven way that aligns with values specific to me.

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