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Our Team

Our men’s sober living 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.

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Susan Stader, MS, LPC, LCAS, CCS-I

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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Brian Nolan, CPSS

is our Admissions Director and joined our team in 2010. Brian helps prospective residents and families learn about Next Step Recovery’s programs and services, supports new residents as they transition to our structured recovery community, provides staff support and training, and handles daily administrative operations. He is currently pursuing his substance abuse counselor certification. In addition to working on his own recovery , Brian can be found recovering golf balls from the challenging golf courses in the area.

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Zack Lowe

is a House Manager, Case Manager and Job Coordinator. Zack is responsible for helping newcomers find employment, school, or volunteer opportunities in Asheville.  As a former resident, Zack enjoys reciprocating by being supportive of our residents on their own recovery journeys.

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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.

Aaron Pruitt

is a House Manager and Case Manager who helps residents access community services, strengthen life skills, and set goals for their recovery. Aaron shares the insights he has learned through his own recovery process and as a former resident. He loves seeing the transformation that occurs in residents’ lives when they commit to Next Step’s recovery program.

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Hogan England

Hogan is a graduate of Next Step Recovery that has taken on the role of helping transport residents on a daily basis as well as doing our downtown orientation on Friday mornings.

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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.

John Libby

is a House Manager 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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