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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John Libby

is our Admissions Director and Case Manager who enjoys working with residents to help them reclaim hope. He helps residents get involved in the recovery community and step into leadership roles to support their own recovery and others walking the same path. He is passionate about spending time with his family and creating music – writing and playing anything with strings. He also loves to spend time in nature.
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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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Andrew Groover

I’ve worked in inpatient treatment environments and found a bond with other men who have had similar journeys. It always felt to me that transitional recovery homes are where you meet others who really want recovery. I was out to eat with a bunch of friends from recovery and met Aaron who suggested that I come meet Susan from Next Step Recovery to discuss a job opening at the time. I’ve enjoyed helping others who are where I used to be. I see myself becoming a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in the near future and giving back to the community that may have possibly saved my life.
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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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