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, LCMHC, 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, CADC

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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John E. Ferris

is our Admissions Coordinator, having known Susan for the past 6 years within the treatment community. John understood the Next Step model for recovery and admired Susan’s passion and her unwavering desire to help anyone she can. With his experience of addictive disorders and the various approaches to treatment, he leapt at the opportunity to join the Next Step Team. John’s compassion and empathy for people in need are evident when he answers the phone. He is eager to be a welcoming voice as the client takes the “next step” to recovery.
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Luana Olavarria

is also our Admissions Coordinator, with years of experience as an Admissions Director for another facility. Luana has a masters level in clinical education along with nine years of Al-Anon. This experience and education has equipped her to work with families and clients when they make that initial desperate phone call. She understands that a sense of urgency and compassion are needed to help every client and every family feel confident that they will get the help they need to ultimately lead their best life through recovery.
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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 more than 10 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. Philip is committed in helping the residents he works with to utilize the “tools” and processes they have learned to stay strong in their recovery program. He believes he is a vessel to restoring hope in his clients.

Elliot Kimball

is a house manager who decided to make Asheville home after participating as a resident in the Next Step Recovery program. Elliot realized just how important it was for his recovery to stay in the community where he felt supported and accepted. He 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. He is excited to work with a group of people where he can have a positive impact.
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Alex Mandikos, MSW, LCAS-A

was seeking out an internship where he could have a positive influence on his community and truly make a difference in the lives of others. He felt that Next Step was truly a wonderful match for him because he came from a similar background as many of the individuals in the Next Step community. Through his personal experience, Alex found that strong recovery is linked to discovering outlets of self-expression. His role as intern allows him to teach yoga, meditation, martial arts and a variety of outdoor activities to the Next Step community.
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Jashun Uberoi

is a house manager and case manager. He is proud to say that after applying himself as a resident, he was given the opportunity to become part of the staff and do for others what his predecessors did for him. He is currently in school, working full-time as well as active in his recovery. Jashun would not trade his journey of recovery for anything! He understands the manipulation and lack of responsibility that accompanies addiction. His realistic approach of communicating and discussing issues is appreciated by both staff and residents.
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Clark Wright

is a house manager and case manager at Next Step. As a former resident of the program, Clark is a testament to “walking the talk” of the steps of a strong recovery program. He values the kindness and compassion, guidance and support that was shown to him and welcomes the opportunity to extend these to the current residents in the community. He is grateful for the opportunities his recovery has afforded him and is eager to guide the residents of Next Step in maintaining a life of sobriety.
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Jack Lewers

Before arriving at Next Step, Jack worked as a wilderness therapy guide as well as a staff member in other residential treatment centers. None of the programs were specifically focused on addiction and recovery but he always felt that recovery had saved his life and he wanted to help other people with theirs. When he discovered Next Step, he realized this program was the perfect fit for what he wanted to do with his life. Jack really enjoys supporting others with addictions who are so motivated to make a change in their lives. As house manager and case manager, he is an effective resource for the residents of Next Step.
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Delvin Kenion, CADC

Delvin is our Family Support Group Leader and one of our Substance Abuse Counselors who does zoom meetings with parents as well as providing individual counseling to our residents every week. Delvin was inspired to design a program to help bridge the gap between inpatient and outpatient programs to assist in preventing the vicious cycle of repeated treatment stays and relapses.
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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.