Our Staff

Executive Director and ABA Principal

Kim Castro Owens is a founding member and the Executive Director for Recovery Outfitters, Inc.. Kim’s roles include strategic planning, implementation of corporate goals, program development, developing community partnership, general oversight of staff, facilitating crisis/trauma/conflict resolution groups and presenting at workshops and family education groups. Kim developed the HEARD encounter method used in family workshops. She lectures on process addictions, conflict management, change and motivation, forgiveness/reconciliation and effective communication with others.

Kim earned a master’s degree in Conflict Management and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Kennesaw State University. Previously, she worked as a Senior Job Coach in vocational rehabilitation where she trained job coaches in Georgia on innovative methods she developed. She has also worked as a Program Director for young male addicts, an advocate for battered women and children and has worked with female addicts in treatment.

Kim also serves as the Principal of Avner Bush Academy which is a fully accredited high school for clients that desire to complete their high school education.

Kim is known for her candid, energetic, inspirational and open approach. She uses her leadership qualities, gift for identifying talent, ability to manage conflict, and her strength in connecting with others to help young men and their families on their journey to healing. Kim’s goal is to revolutionize treatment for young men who chronically relapse by focusing on the redemptive value and the innoculative effects of transforming young male addicts into honorable men.

Kim challenges staff, clients and their families to discover and attain their gifts, goals and mission in life despite obstacles. Kim encourages others to take personal responsibility, to embrace conflict as a catalyst for change, and to find beauty in the painful past as an antidote to being rendered ineffective by shame, entitlement and victimhood. Change is evident when people demonstrate confidence, humility, gratitude, and a proactive, open attitude.

Developing leaders is one of Kim’s passions. She is an active member of the advisory board to the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Character and Ethics at Kennesaw State University. Kim has also developed a leadership sponsorship program (L.E.A.D.E.R.S.) to teach and develop the dynamics and attributes of leadership and influence for qualifying clients.

It is evident to those who meet Kim that she has a deep love for her clients, their families and her staff. She is dedicated to the ROI mission of “transforming young male addicts into honorable men” so they will be healthy, well-adjusted, altruistic members of society.


Kirk R. Owens, JD, CAMS
Administration and Business Director

Kirk earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with minors in Finance, Accounting, and Production Management from the University of Central Florida in 1989 and entered recovery shortly thereafter. In 1990, he became an assistant manager with the Atlanta Athletic Club and began volunteering with Metropolitan Serenity House (ROI’s predecessor) as well as serving on the Board of MASH. In 1993, he was Program Director until leaving for Ohio Northern University law school. He continued working with MASH during his second year of law school and summer breaks holding several positions including Program Director and tutor.

From 1997 to 2006, Kirk practiced law in Pensacola, Florida and is now the Development Director for ROI. Kirk also serves as Community/Court Liaison for ROI. Kirk’s background as a criminal lawyer is helpful as many addicts who are facing legal issues surrounding their addiction. Kirk works with defense attorneys, prosecutors and judges to guide clients through the legal system and to help a normally punitive system realize the need for treatment for addicts. He also partners with local businesses to enhance programs that will benefit the clients he serves. His zeal and enthusiasm for recovery make him an asset in the field of substance abuse treatment.


Art Staff PictureArt Fowler, MS, LPC, CSAT, CMAT, CCS
Clinical Director

Certified at both state and national levels, assessing and treating addictions, Art has a 30 plus year history in the field of residential and community based treatment. He has worked in treatment centers as a counselor, experiential therapist, treatment team coordinator, and program director of adolescent and adult units. Art has served as a licensed professional counselor specializing with issues of addiction, chemical dependency, sex, and pornography for Alpha Hope Counseling clients since 2007. Art enjoys leading teams on short-term mission trips to Central America. In May of this year, Art accepted the position of Clinical Director for Recovery Outfitters. Art brings a rich history in outdoor sports to Recovery Outfitters, specializing in rafting, climbing, and whitewater canoeing. He currently serves the American Canoe Association as part of the Open Canoe Slalom Committee and has held certifications in Swiftwater Rescue, solo/tandem canoe instruction, and is trained as a wilderness first responder.

Annette Staff PictureAnnette Pate, CAC
Art Therapist & Addiction Counselor

Annette grew up as a low county girl from Summerville, S. C., near Charleston. She wanted to see the world so she moved to Atlanta to work for an airline. For the next fifteen years she traveled from Mexico to Europe to the Orient many times. When she finally tired of traveling, she left the airlines to pursue a career in painting which had always been the one thing she knew she wanted to do.

For ten years she studied with Elsie Dresch of Atlanta. She has spent the last twenty years painting. Her work can be seen locally in Frameworks Gallery in Marietta. Eventually life brought her in contact with Anne Ambrose, and she started teaching painting to the boys at MASH/ROI on the weekends. She was asked to cook dinner once or twice and before she knew it, she had a full time job. She still paints and teaches painting, but now she has another love and that is working with the young men at ROI.



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