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.
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.
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.
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.
is a clinical social worker and addictions specialist who supports clients in our intensive outpatient program using a variety of therapeutic approaches including equine-assisted and wilderness therapies. Margie has worked with men recovering from substance abuse and trauma in a variety of settings including treatment and transitional living programs and community mental health. She believes our mountains are a wonderful place to heal and enjoys horseback riding, hiking, reading and spending time with her adult children.
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.
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.
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.
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.