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 Career Coordinator. Residents have 24-hour onsite access to staff to ensure they are fully integrated in NSR of Asheville’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, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS

NSR of Asheville’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 NSR of Asheville in 2006 to fill a critical gap in structured Extended Care and Sober Housing for men recovering from substance use disorders.
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Terence Streeter, CADC

staff memberProgram Director and has been with NSR of Asheville 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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Elliot Kimball

is a House Manager who decided to make Asheville home after participating as a resident in the NSR of Asheville program. Elliot realized just how important it was for his recovery to stay in the community where he felt supported and accepted. He 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, he is excited to work with a group of people where he can have a positive impact.
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Charles Thomas

Charles is our Admissions Director. He moved from Los Angeles, CA to North Carolina in 2022. Before his move, he spent years in the Program Director role for structured sober living in the Los Angeles area. His journey began within 6 months of first entering a long term sober living environment where he began working in the recovery industry and realized his passion was working with others in early recovery. Charles has since spent the past 10+ years working in the field. In his free time, he enjoys writing music and short stories.
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Renee Picone, MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Renee is our Primary Therapist. She began her career with social work in New York working with children and families in residential facilities and in homes where she provided resources and therapy. From there, she worked in the child welfare system, which eventually led her into working with those impacted by substance use. She soon found Next Step Recovery and instantly fell in love with the staff and clients the moment she met them. In Renee’s free time, she loves adventures such as skydiving and want to take on scuba diving.
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Ashley Carr, LCMHC-A, LCAS-A, NCC

is 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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Clark Wright

is a House Manager and case manager at NSR of Asheville. 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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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

What They Say About Us

"Before coming to NSR of Asheville, my life was in tatters. I felt defeated. The first day I arrived and was swinging. I was so angry. I was lost, hurt, and confused. I was living in paralyzing fear; yet, this place, these people, accepted me... They have shown me that a new life is possible. The staff here helps me grow into a better man every day... I owe the person I am today to NSR of Asheville's guidance."

J.C., Beloved Client

"NSR of Asheville is a safe place with people I not only consider a great staff, but also have come to love as family. They treated me with love, compassion, and respect. They helped me see things I couldn't; helped me grow as a person and changed my perspective on many topics. The people at NSR of Asheville will forever hold a special place in my heart."

B.D., Beloved Resident

“This is the longest I have ever been clean and NSR of Asheville is the reason for that. It has provided me with a safe place to begin my recovery”

T.A., Beloved Resident

"I am so grateful for NSR of Asheville and all the staff members. This is definitely the place I needed to come after I got out of treatment. Here I got connected to the recovery community in Asheville and made some good friends here at the houses. They have not only taught me what I need to do to stay clean but I have learned so many life lessons while I was here. I will stay in contact with them because this place has given me my life back and for that I am so grateful!"

Z.A., Beloved Resident

"NSR of Asheville was exactly what I needed in the early stages of my recovery! I spent so many years of my life hiding behind a bottle, and I couldn’t take it anymore! Susan and her staff helped me to get back on my feet and start the process moving on and loving life without the use of alcohol or drugs. After my 3 months here, I chose to stay in Asheville and continue to work on my self, with their guidance. I couldn’t imagine my life today if I was still stuck in my old ways, Thank you NSR of Asheville!"

Z.B., Beloved Client

"You may have to leave family, friends and your old life behind as you start recovery. NSR of Asheville provides not only a home for you to start over, it gives you a spiritual cleansing. From the staff to my housemates, They has brought a new meaning to recovery. If you let them work with you, you'll find more than a recovery house, you'll find yourself again."

M.R.K., Beloved Resident

My son completed 3 months of sober living at NSR of Asheville, surrounded by kind, caring and compassionate staff, with all the skill sets required of true professionals to guide and assist him in living a productive, healthy , sober and happy life. He flourished and started to smile and enjoy life again during those three months. He now is starting to build a career for himself and is enjoying the normal things in life that had been missing for so many years. As a family we have been blessed to have been connected with NSR of Asheville. Thank you.

K.W., Family Member

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Start Your Recovery Adventure Today

Recovery is the Real Adventure.  Embrace the journey with other young men on the same path.  Lean on NSR of Asheville as your support network while 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.