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. 

Men who are farther along in their recovery process serve as mentors to newer patients in group therapy, and every patient 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 NSR of Asheville residents. 
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Terence Streeter, CADC

staff memberis the Program Director for NSR of Asheville and has been with them since 2008. Terry helps Next Step Recovery’s IOP program integrate with NSR of Asheville’s residents. He maintains the quality and structure of their 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 leaped 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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Joshua Hensley

staff member

Joshua is in charge of Business Development. I have had the fortunate opportunity to meet many who have reached the other side of recovery that have taken that breath of fresh air and rid themselves of the bondage of addiction. That hope is contagious, and the struggle for freedom is worth every bit of the difficulty. Click here to learn more about Joshua Click here to learn more about Josh

Dr. Sandra Newes, Ph.D

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.

Alex Mandikos, MSW, LCSW,LCAS

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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Bo is our  DBT Clinician. He lives in Asheville, NC, and is a practicing social worker and psychiatric clinician in an acute psychiatric hospital. Bo also has a small private practice in downtown Asheville, NC.  Other professional roles and activities include Lead Clinical Resident Trainer and member of the Acute Behavioral Emergency Response Team in a large psychiatry department, Board Member of North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, Clinical Staff Consultant at Our Voice, Co-chair with District Attorney Todd Williams, of the District Attorney’s Jail Reduction and Addiction Task-force, Curriculum advisor for the Human Services Department at Asheville Buncombe Community College, and Law Enforcement and First Responder Crisis Intervention Trainer. Currently, Bo is enrolled in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Master of Public Health, Leadership in Practice at UNC-Chapel Hill.  Outside of professional roles, Bo enjoys playing drums, writing poetry, reading, relaxing on the beach, walking, cuddling with his miniature Australian Shepherd, road trips, hiking, flying in airplanes, and going out to eat and studying at coffee shops. Click here to learn more about Bo

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.