Our Team

Our men’s recovery program is led by Executive Director Susan Stader, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Susan is supported by a professional and caring staff that includes certified substance abuse counselors and peer support specialists, case managers, life skills consultants, and a jobs coordinator. Residents have 24-hour onsite access to staff to ensure they are fully integrated in Next Step’s highly structured recovery community.

Our team includes all of our residents who live and work together in our supportive recovery community. Men who are farther along in their recovery process serve as mentors to newer residents, and every resident has an AA or NA sponsor who supports them in their 12-step work.

Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS

is Next Step Recovery’s Founder and Executive Director. Susan is a  Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist who holds a master’s degree in community counseling. Susan oversees program and staff development and provides clinical support for residents. She founded Next Step Recovery in 2006 to fill a critical gap in structured sober housing for men recovering from substance use disorders.
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Terence Streeter, CSAC

is our Program Director and has been with Next Step Recovery since 2008. Terry maintains the quality and structure of our daily programming by providing staff training and support, substance abuse counseling, and individual case management. He ensures residents comply with house policies and actively work on their recovery to witness miracles in their own lives. Terry completed Substance Abuse Counselor certification in 2015. He is passionate about spending time with his family and supporting others in recovery.
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Bryan Johnson, BA, CADC

Bryan is our Director of Business Development and has been professionally trained in various models of Intervention and appropriate approach methods. In his time of visiting over 200 treatment centers across the country, he became familiar with Next Step Recovery and found their model for Recovery to be the next step above all the rest. He knew right away that this was where he wanted to bring his experience and passion for the recovery community. During his rare downtime, he can usually be found hiking in the woods, fly fishing or hanging out on his boat floating on a lake.
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Ginger is our new Admissions Director and before her new chapter with Next Step Recovery, she’s been an accomplished advocate and motivational speaker for the recovery community. As a person of long term recovery herself, she draws on her own experiences of progress and setback due to the use of drugs and alcohol to touch the lives of many seeking the freedom and happiness she now enjoys. Upon achieving state and international certifications in Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Ginger has been a determined activist for government reform.

Andrea Burgess, MSW, LCSW, LCAS-R

Andrea has been in the social work field for 18 years, clinically licensed for 11, and has worked for the Department of Social Services in Foster Care and Adoptions, the Department of Juvenile Justice in the Woodson Wilderness Challenge, and the Department of Health and Human Services in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center. She has served as a Psychiatric Intake Clinician for Mission Hospitals Emergency Department, worked on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, and was the Director of Eliada’s Therapeutic Horse Program for three years. Local agencies and programs regularly utilize Andrea’s expertise in Clinical Supervision services for their social workers in training. For fun she loves outdoor adventure or to sit quietly in a meditation retreat!

Dr. Sandra Newes

is a licensed psychologist who supports clients in our intensive outpatient program by helping them develop self-regulation skills that calm the nervous system and increase distress tolerance. Sandy is a certified trauma resiliency trainer and uses somatic and neurofeedback approaches to help clients address the anxiety, trauma, chronic stress, and self-regulation issues that are often associated with substance abuse. She has also been involved in outdoor behavioral health for many years and brings an experiential approach to her work. In her free time, she loves introducing her 4- and 6-year-old boys to fun in the outdoors and loves to do anything that involves playing on or near water.

Philip Cooper, CPSS, AAS

is from Hickory, NC but has lived in Asheville for 10 plus years. He is a House/Case Manager at Next Step, as well as a Case Manager at the Crisis Unit, Neil Dobbins Center in Asheville. Philip is a Certified Peer Support Specialist with a degree in Human Services Technologies.

John Murphy

is Next Step Recovery’s night watchman. John has been with NSR since early inception in 2006. He makes sure to check in on current residents at different times throughout the night. If there is an emergency between 12AM-5AM, John is the man residents call.
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Elliot Kimball

Elliot Kimball is a house manager who decided to make Asheville home after participating as a resident in the Next Step Recovery program. Elliot has completed one-third of his master’s degree in social work, and enjoys working with people having worked in the past at a youth and family center as well as with children with developmental disabilities.
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Alex Mandikos, MSW, LCAS-A

I was seeking out an internship where I could have a positive influence on my community and truly make a difference in the lives of others. I feel that Next Step is truly a wonderful match for me and participants in the program because I come from a similar background as many of the individuals.
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Jashun Uberoi

I am a House Manager and Case Manager and proud to say that after applying myself as a resident, I was given the opportunity to become part of the staff and do for others what my predecessors did for me. I am currently in school, working full time as well as active in my recovery. Something I would not trade for anything!
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Clark Wright

During my time at Next Step Recovery I learned how to grieve death in a healthy way, was showed compassion and kindness, and was assisted in understanding and developing the positive aspects of myself. I was able to talk about sensitive issues with the staff that I did not feel comfortable sharing with others, and they always provided proper guidance and support for processing and dealing with my challenges.

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Jack Lewers

Before arriving at Next Step I worked as a wilderness therapy guide as well as a staff member in residential treatment centers. None of the programs I worked at in the past were specifically focused on addiction and recovery but I always felt that recovery had saved my life and I wanted to help other people with theirs. When I found out about Next Step, I realized this program is the perfect fit for what I want to do with my life. I have really enjoyed supporting other addicts who are so motivated to make a change in their lives.
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What They Say About Us

"Before coming to Next Step Recovery, my life was in tatters. I felt defeated. The first day I arrived at Next Step, I was swinging. I was so angry. I was lost, hurt, and confused. I was living in paralyzing fear; yet, this place, these people, accepted me... They have shown me that a new life is possible. The staff here helps me grow into a better man every day... I owe the person I am today to Next Step's guidance."

J.C., Beloved Client

"Next Step Recovery is a safe place with people I not only consider a great staff, but also have come to love as family. They treated me with love, compassion, and respect. They helped me see things I couldn't; helped me grow as a person and changed my perspective on many topics. The people at Next Step will forever hold a special place in my heart."

B.D., Beloved Resident

“This is the longest I have ever been clean and Next Step is the reason for that. It has provided me with a safe place to begin my recovery”

T.A., Beloved Resident

"IOP was the perfect activity to both keep my week busy while also being able to fully focus on my recovery. The top notch staff members and therapists made this 12 week program one I will take with me wherever I go."

L.M., Beloved Resident

"I am so grateful for Nextstep and all the staff members. This is definitely the place I needed to come after I got out of treatment. Here I got connected to the recovery community in Asheville and made some good friends here at the houses. Nextstep has not only taught me what I need to do to stay clean but I have learned so many life lessons while I was here. I will stay in contact with Nextstep because this place has given me my life back and for that I am so grateful!"

Z.A., Beloved Resident

"Next Step Recovery was exactly what I needed in the early stages of my recovery! I spent so many years of my life hiding behind a bottle, and I couldn’t take it anymore! Susan and her staff helped me to get back on my feet and start the process moving on and loving life without the use of alcohol or drugs. After my 3 months here with next step, I chose to stay in Asheville and continue to work on my self, with their guidance. I couldn’t imagine my life today if I was still stuck in my old ways, Thank you Next Step Recovery!"

Z.B., Beloved Client

"You may have to leave family, friends and your old life behind as you start recovery. Next Step provides not only a home for you to start over, it gives you a spiritual cleansing. From the staff to my housemates, Next Step has brought a new meaning to recovery. If you let them work with you, you'll find more than a recovery house, you'll find yourself again."

M.R.K., Beloved Resident

My son completed 3 months of sober living at Next Steps Recovery, surrounded by kind, caring and compassionate staff, with all the skill sets required of true professionals to guide and assist him in living a productive, healthy , sober and happy life. He flourished and started to smile and enjoy life again during those three months. He now is starting to build a career for himself and is enjoying the normal things in life that had been missing for so many years. As a family we have been blessed to have been connected with Next Step Recovery. Thank you.

K.W., Family Member


Ready for the Next Step?

Recovery is the Real Adventure.  Embrace the journey with other young men on the same path.  Lean on Next Step as your support network as you work toward sustainable sobriety.  You don’t have to make the climb back to a life of meaning by yourself, but you do have to start.  Take the next step toward your future today.