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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

    Holly Haddock

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

    Kim Harrison

    Kimberly Harrison BA, CSAC, Garner Facility Program Coordinator

    Doreen Runyon

    Doreen Runyon, CSAC, Community Outreach/Marketing Coordinator, Professionals Program Group Counselor, Raleigh Facility

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

    Brenda Schuler, Administration, Executive Assistant, Raleigh Facility.

    Glenn Ortenzio, CSAC Substance Abuse Counselor, Raleigh Facility

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

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

    Tonya Upchurch, M.S., CSAC, LCAS-A, Counselor, Garner Facility

    Arlene Dixon, M.A., LCAS-A, LPC, Counselor and Mental Health Therapist, Raleigh Facility

    Stefanie Borrelli, MSW, LCSW-A, LCAS-A, Substance Abuse Counselor, Mental Health Therapist
    Family And Community Education Facilitator

    Anthony (Tony) Porrett, M.A., LPC, LCAS, CCS Family And Community Education Facilitator”
    Maya Shmueli

    Maya Shmueli, Raleigh Administrative Assistant, Front Desk
    Claretta Jones, Administrative Assistant, Durham Facility

    More pictures, bios and page completion coming soon!

    • Michael Lazar, MSW, LCSW-A
    • Rene Newman, Administrative Assistant
    • Joanne Pavegilo, CSAC IOP counselor
    • Patrick May, Finance
    • Matthew Bader, M.D. Psychiatrist

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    Treating substance use disorders

    Treating substance use disorders

    "I recently spent five weeks in an inpatient rehabilitation center. Prior to returning to work
    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    NC DWI Process: Charge, conviction, restoration of license

    What happens when I get a DWI?
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  • Client Experiences

    This was my second attempt to get my nursing license back after a relapse in 2009. Aftercare was something required by the NCBON prior to getting my license back. I called First Step after finding the number online and spoke with counselor for an interview assessment. I attended IOP briefly I was sent to aftercare

    Anonymous

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