Our Staff

Professionals—And Former Residents—Striving To Help Others

Steps House is blessed to have superb staff members who focus their energies on helping our residents heal. They work diligently to find creative ways to make our facilities serve as many people as possible. Meet them here:

Larry Derrick : Counselor Tech

Larry Derrick

Counselor Tech

Born and raised in Nashville, he attended college at Austin Peay State University. He graduated with an Associates degree in Physical Fitness and Business Administration. He was a walk on for Washington Redskins NFL team. Mr. Derrick served in the U.S. Army for 4 years. He is the father of two sons. He has been employed by Steps House for one year as a Counselor Tech where he is currently working on his LADAC certification.

Paul Farrier : Admissions & Intake Coordinator

Paul Farrier

Admissions & Intake Coordinator

He is from Louisville, Kentucky. He has BA degree in International Studies from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. He attended the Louisville Graduate School of Education. He has a degree in Electronic Engineering from ITT in Louisville, Kentucky. He served in the Peace Corp in Guatemala for several years. He currently serves as the Admissions and Intake Coordinator at Steps House. He has been with Steps House for seven years.

Grant Henderson : Counselor

Grant Henderson


He is married with four children. He is an old timer in the AA program with 31 years. He graduated from Kaplan University with a degree in Psychology / Substance Abuse Counseling. He currently works as a Counselor in the Steps House Homeless Veterans Program.

Zack Newton : Director of Veterans Services

Zack Newton

Director of Veterans Services

He is from Memphis, Tennessee. He attended UT Chattanooga and Pellissippi State College. He is the Assistant Director of the Residential Recovery Program, a position he has held for the last two years. He is currently working toward a LADAC certification.

Sandy White : Executive Assistant

Sandy White

Executive Assistant

Born in Oliver Springs, Tennessee and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she is a part-time Spiritual Advisor at Cornerstone of Recovery and the Executive Assistant to the CEO of Steps House. She is the District Committee Member Chair for district 6 in area 64 for local 12 steps groups. She has started many women’s 12 steps groups and Cocaine Anonymous meetings in the Knoxville area. She enjoys reading, cooking, Church, and working with women in early recovery.