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

Founder And Executive Directoris 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

Program Directoris 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.

Kai Lovallo

a man with a goatee smiles in front of a paintingis our Admissions Manager who joined Next Step Recovery in 2019. Originating from New York and then moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 8, his mother raised him and his 2 older brothers and 1 younger sister by herself. Having had a tough time growing up, Kai never felt like he belonged and just wanted to fit in with others. This is when he discovered drugs and alcohol at the very tender age of twelve. Drinking and using ceased to work for Kai after he was arrested, fired, lost everything and eventually went to treatment. Working the twelve steps of recovery finally gave him the sense of belonging he had always sought. Upon graduating from the NSR program, Kai’s life improved exponentially. He made the decision to stay involved with the program which eventually led to a career with Next Step Recovery. In Kai’s spare time he enjoys training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing guitar, and spending time with loved ones.

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Clark Wright

is in charge of Business Development. As a former resident of the program, Clark is a testament to,”Walking the Talk,” of the steps of a strong recovery program. He values the kindness, compassion, guidance, and support that was shown to him. He welcomes the opportunity to extend these to the current residents in the community and is grateful for the opportunities his recovery has afforded him. Clark is eager to guide the residents in maintaining a life of sobriety.

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Ashley Carr, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A, NCC

Counseloris our Counselor who moved here from Virginia in 2017 to be closer to her family. She previously worked as a play therapist for at-risk children with severe trauma and then continued her work as an in-home Family Intervention Specialist. Ashley then moved on to working for the state of NC Vocational Rehabilitation Services for 5 years where she helped individuals with chronic disabilities get connected to resources and support that would allow them to find suitable and sustainable work. Ashley’s entire family has lived in WNC for decades. She has two children and has been with her high school sweetheart for 21 years. Ashley loves to spend her time outdoors including hiking, long evening drives, and is also an animal lover and a foodie.

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Juan Tyler, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A

is the Director of our SACOT Program. Juan moved here with his wife in 2020 after the pandemic brought new challenges and they knew a change was needed. Juan is a 3rd generation United States Marine. His father left the Marines after 26 years to become a Substance Abuse counselor and Juan similarly followed in his footsteps and became a dually licensed clinician in Mental Health and Substance Abuse. After Juan’s own bouts with drugs and alcohol, he was ready to become something different. He wanted to feel a purpose and serve his community which soon lit his path to Next Step Recovery where he has been given the task of developing and coordinating the NEW Substance Abuse Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) program for Next Step Recovery. Juan is a gardener and also enjoys fishing, camping, Jeeping, and time with nature and animals.

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DBT Clinician

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.

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Recovery is a lifelong journey, but you don’t need to take it alone. At Next Step Recovery, we give you the tools and support you need to get through early sobriety and find lasting healing. It is our goal to empower our patients to be their best selves and live the life they deserve.

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