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.
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 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.
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.
Theo has had jobs in the helping profession since high school, when he began to work with special needs children. Theo continued this work into college, and fell in love with hiking, jogging, and the Blue Ridge Parkway during these years. Theo continued his love of the outdoors with a stint in the National Park Service before moving to Asheville and immersing himself in mindfulness trainings. Theo then took these attitudes into a position at a residential treatment center working with teen girls. After several years of direct experience, Theo sought further personal and professional growth by enrolling in grad school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Western Carolina University, where he hopes to realize his (and Bob Marley's) dream of helping people "emancipate themselves from mental slavery."