Our Staff


Executive Director

Kelly Stamey BCBA
MA; Applied Behavior Analysis


Kelly has worked with the special needs population for the last 15 years. During that time she has had the opportunity to work with a variety of special needs. She has specialized in working with individuals on the autism spectrum since 2001. During that time she has developed and directed a long-term residential program, developed a vocational program for a community provider, directed a small business program focusing on micro enterprises that employ individuals with disabilities, provided consultation and education to programs and families with in the state of North Carolina, and developed individualized programming for participants in the home, community, and school setting. Kelly is passionate about helping others achieve personal greatness and develop skills for continued progress. Kelly completed her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis at Ball State University and is a certified Behavior Analyst. Kelly can most often be found at the program during the week but enjoys making the most of her time with her husband and two-year-old daughter in the beautiful Asheville area.



Program Manager

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Jon Blalock

Certified TEACCH Advanced Consultant, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS)


Jon discovered his interest in serving people with ASD while working at a summer camp in Black Mountain as a college sophomore. Since graduating with a degree in Recreation Therapy, Jon has held several positions serving autistic children and adults, including nine years as an autism specialist with the TEACCH Autism Program in Asheville, NC. Jon has the distinction of being a Certified TEACCH Advanced Consultant and is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. In joining the team at Beacon Transitions Jon is bringing his clinical experience to a community setting, helping to enable participants to reach their greatest level of autonomy and quality of life. As a person who studied leisure, Jon recognizes the importance of play in a well-balanced life. To that end he enjoys playing music, running and exercise, movies, and coffee with friends.




Employment Specialist

Barrett Caton


Barrett spent a number of years working in jobs working in a variety of jobs, from restaurant manager to raft guide. His rich and colorful job history is invaluable in his role here at Beacon, where he helps several of our residents search for, secure, and maintain jobs. After experiencing a sense of fulfillment while working at a special needs summer camp, Barrett worked at a residential program for young adults with special needs before he joined Beacon, where he has a well-established reputation for his consistency and compassion with the young adults that he works with. When Barrett is not at Beacon, he enjoys participating in many outdoor sports that are offered in western North Carolina.




Case Coordinator

Davetta Sanford
BS University of Wyoming


Davetta started working with the special needs population while living in Wyoming in 2006. She started in an early child development center working with 2-5 year old children with a variety of special needs then transitioned into working with high school students in special education classrooms. Since moving to North Carolina, Davetta has worked in an elementary school intensive intervention classroom, worked direct care specifically with individuals with autism of all ages, ranging from 6 to 40, and worked as a community service coordinator for individuals on the spectrum. Davetta is excited to join the Beacon Transition team.




Residential Instructor

Nathan Weil


Nathan started leading backpacking and canoeing trips at a school for special needs students after graduating from the National Outdoor Leadership School in 2007. The next year Nathan was promoted to a position in the logistics department scouting and planning the trips for the school. Prior to joining Beacon Nathan worked at a program for young adults on the autism spectrum where he led the weekend trips in the community. In his free time Nathan can usually be found outside backpacking, playing Ultimate Frisbee or baseball.




Residential Instructor

Charlie Talley

MA Health PE & Recreation



Residential Instructor

Travis Skinner