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    First Step Services Staff

    Henry Tarkington

    Henry Tarkington, MSW, LCSW, LCAS, CCS Owner/CEO, Clinical Supervisor, Board Chairman

    Sara Shook

    Sara Shook, M.A., LCAS, LPC-A, CS-I, Clinical Director, Board Member

    Rande Conn

    Randee Conn, B.A., CSAC, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Board Member

    Holly Haddock

    Holly Haddock-Turbyfill, M.A., LCAS, LPC-A, Program Supervisor, Substance Abuse Counselor/ Therapist, Raleigh Facility

    Raymond Cox

    Raymond Cox, B.A., CSAC, Federal Bureau of Prisons Substance Abuse Coordinator, Raleigh Facility

    Glenn Ortenzio, BA, CSAC

    Glenn Ortenzio, CSAC Substance Abuse Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Lydia Fisher

    Lydia Fisher, Administrator, Insurance Billing Specialist

    Brenda Schuler

    Brenda Schuler, Administration, Executive Assistant

    Kimberly Harrison

    Kimberly Harrison BA, CSAC, Garner Facility

    Doreen Runyon

    Doreen Runyon CSAC, ADETS/ Prime for Life Instructor, Raleigh Facility

    Bill Ingraham CSAC

    Bill Ingraham CSAC, Intensive Outpatient Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Heaher Gallagher

    Heaher Gallagher, M.A., LPC-A, LCAS-A, Substance Abuse Counselor/ Therapist, Durham, Cary Facilities

    Tonya Upchurch

    Tonya Upchurch, M.A., LCAS-A, Counselor, Raleigh Facility

    Maya Shmueli

    Maya Shmueli, Cary Administrative Assistant, Front Desk

    Jessie Russ

    Jessie Russ, M.A., LCAS-A, Substance Abuse Counselor/ Therapist Durham Facility

    Clare Jones

    Clare Jones, Administrative Assistant, Durham Facility

    Monique Sorensen

    Monique Sorensen, M.A., LPC-A, LCAS-A Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Therapist, Raleigh Facility

    Stanice Bolden

    Stanice Bolden, Administrative Assistant/ Front Desk Garner Facility

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    • Stefanie Borrelli, MSW
    • Michael Lazar, MSW
    • Arlene Dixon, LPC, LCAS-A
    • Rene Newman, Administrative Assistant, Substance Abuse Counselor trainee
    • Susann Navarro, LCSW, Mental Health Therapist
    • Joanne Pavegilo, CSAC IOP counselor
    • Patrick May, Finance
    • Matthew Bader, M.D. Psychiatrist


    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    Aftercare from Inpatient, Residential & Hospital Programs

    An aftercare program provides ongoing support and services as people go through life changes post
    NC DWI Offenses

    NC DWI Offenses

    To encourage people in need to enter group counseling, First Step does not charge for
  • Client Experiences

    Not sure what to expect. I was referred here by Mr. Woodall (Johnston Counseling Services) in Smithfield as he said there weren't any places he'd recommend in the Johnston County area. So I had high hopes of treating a Rx addiction. Turns out I had an alcohol & weed problem as well. My first night

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