Josh was born in Lubbock, TX and grew up throughout Texas and California. After a stint at Texas Tech University as a PreMed major, Josh received his licensing as an Emergency Medical Technician and began a career in Health & Welfare benefits providing company-sponsored health plans for businesses in the private sector. Josh is a founding member of the Washington Recovery Alliance and currently serves on their executive board.
A series of life-changing experiences brought Josh to the services of Peer Seattle in 2005. He became a peer group facilitator and took on leadership roles with the SHIFT program before becoming an employee of Peer Seattle in 2009. He has a strong passion for promoting the power of healing that can only occur when people with shared experiences come together in support of one another. Josh is a champion of the miracle in community advocacy and healing that he bears witness to every day at Peer Seattle.
Cody was born and raised south of Seattle in Lakewood, Washington. When he was sixteen, Cody emancipated himself from his parents and moved to the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle and attended Roosevelt High School. Cody experienced many challenges while living on his own at such a young age and before graduating High School in 1995, he attended seven different High Schools.
Cody went on to study Accounting and Finance at Seattle Central Community College and was offered his first corporate job as a Bookkeeper. He has held many positions in the private sector ranging from Accounting & Finance, Human Resources, Training & Development, Employee Relations and Management. Cody has been active in the Seattle recovery community and Peer Seattle for many years, providing services as a volunteer, peer group facilitator, peer recovery coach, trainer and tree lot assistant manager. He enjoys empowering individuals to create and sustain a healthy living approach to their lives. His combined experience and community leadership has resulted in some innovative approaches to community action.
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Rivet is a Texas native who moved to Seattle in 2013 in search of greener, or at least wetter pastures. Rivet is an active member of the Seattle LGBTQ community, serving Seattle Men in Leather as a board member alongside his work with Peer Seattle. His dedication to service is matched only by his unyielding love of pie.
Dan has lived in the Seattle area for the past 35 years. He arrived in Seattle by train and landed a job with Charlies on Broadway, where he worked for over ten years. In 1988, he and some partners bought the Bush House Country Inn in Index, WA. And along with the TRC campground transformed Index into a destination point for many in the gay community. In 1993, he and his partners opened the Foxglove in Duvall. Dan has gone on to many different and unique jobs, including program manager for the relaunch of the Space Needle Restaurant Sky City, in 2000.
Dan has been active in the recovery community for the past 3 years. He is currently a group facilitator at the Recovery Café and an active Peer Recovery Coach at Peer Seattle. Along with that, Dan serves as the communications director for the Washington Warm Line Peer Advisory Board, and volunteers weekly on the Washington Warm Line, at the Crisis Clinic. Dan also received his Washington State Certified Peer Counselor certificate in 2015.
Dan is passionate in his community to help identify different avenues of recovery for everyone he has contact with.
A Seattle area native Sara started living on the streets at the age of 15. During her 5 years of homelessness, she found support in many local programs including - Lambert House, University District Youth Center, YouthCare, and the YMCA. During this time, she became passionate about youth advocacy especially relating to the queer community.
Sara has been active in the Seattle recovery community and Peer Seattle for a couple of years and becoming an employee on 6/17/2019. While her highest priority in all things is trust other core values include - having a strong sense of self and empowering others to as well, being part of a cooperative community that inspires unity, and looking at things with a curious mind to learn and grow as an individual.
Brian was born and raised outside of Anchorage Alaska. After four years at Colorado State University, he moved back to Alaska to work on a grant project with the University of Alaska Anchorage. During this time, he earned a Master’s of Business Administration and has been published on the topic of Comorbidity Training Needs in State Psychiatric Hospitals. After this grant ended, he left Alaska for a few years before returning to Anchorage where he worked for H&R Block for 11 years.
After an intervention by local law enforcement, Brian left Alaska to attend Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers to address addiction issues. Four days before his release, his brother, aged 55, died suddenly and without any outward signs. This tragedy gave Brian pause. He chose to stay in Seattle where the recovery community is strong and build on his new foundation. This included residing in Oxford housing, participating in various 12 step and peer-supported recovery programs and volunteering his time and services to Seattle Area Support Groups at the front desk.
Working at the front desk taught patience, caring, understanding and empathy. Helping people arriving at the center for their first time was quite rewarding. Being of service to others has been the foundation of Brian’s recovery and is what kept him clean and sober. Participating in the various training opportunities from Peer Seattle, he was able to grow his understanding of the recovery community and other peer-supported programs. He owes Peer Seattle his life.
Loretta was born in Seattle. Grew up in North Seattle, and Edmonds. She came out at
19 in 1977. She did a stint in the U.S. Navy, 1980 to 1983. Was a jig builder at Boeing
for 7 years, became a Massage Therapist in 1995, and then worked at the Starbucks
Roasting Plant in the production and distribution dept. at Seattle and Kent for 7 years.
She volunteered on the SASG/Peer Seattle tree lot in 2010 and then became a Front
Desk Volunteer in March of 2011. She was The Volunteer Coordinator (Voluntarily)
from July of 2011 to February 2012, where she became an official paid staff member at
Seattle Area Support Groups/Peer Seattle. She is now the Office Coordinator
overseeing the facilities and all operations. She likes laughing, dancing, and hugs.
Dana Francis was born and raised in Oakland, California. Overwhelmed with significant mental health challenges and struggles since high school, she finally began her work on self-recovery, following the death of her newborn daughter. She attended groups and classes that encouraged change and acceptance and began to practice skills that created a meaningful life.
Dana has been actively invested in her recovery since 2011. She has been a part of Peer Seattle since the beginning of 2016, providing services as a front desk volunteer, peer coach and peer facilitator for Resource Connections. Dana also gives back to her community by volunteering at the Washington Warm Line at the Crisis Clinic as a call taker and serves as Secretary on the Peer Advisory Board. She also volunteers with the Seafair Organization and is a Certified Peer Counselor in Washington State.
When she isn’t helping others or training, she enjoys talking cars with her son, cooking and enjoys walking and hiking with her family (canines included!!)
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Marlene was born in Seattle, where she has lived most of her life. Her strong family and community connections are the reason that the Pacific Northwest will always be her heart and home.
Marlene graduated from Shorecrest High School in North Seattle in 1988. She then continued her education at North Seattle Community College, studying business and early childhood development. For the next few years, she experienced and survived multiple traumas in her life which left her experiencing depression and PTSD. At age 26, she gave birth to a daughter and found true meaning and purpose in motherhood.
Soon she started her own cleaning business which she owned and operated for the next 15 years. Marlene lost her home in 2009 due to the recession and life struggles overcame her, leading to homelessness, addiction, and mental health issues. In October 2016, with nothing left and a strong willingness to seek help, she admitted herself into Thunderbird Treatment Center. This is where she was introduced to Peer Seattle.
Immediately upon completion at Thunderbird in November 2016, she began volunteering at the Peer Seattle Holiday Tree Lot. In March 2017, she began giving back to the community by volunteering as a Peer Recovery Coach at Peer Seattle. Her passion to grow in her recovery kept her focused as she got more involved in the community. Marlene enjoys speaking on the Alumni Panel at Thunderbird and volunteering with Live Healthy Find Hope - Project.
The values that Marlene stands for are equality, human connections, cultural diversity, and a global perspective. her love of all people keeps her committed to helping others in any way possible!
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Judy was born in Anaheim, CA and moved to Kent, WA when she was 4 years old. She graduated from Highline Community College where she studied Child Development.
While Judy started as an Administrative Assistant in the corporate world, she discovered her true love was in customer support and training. Providing assistance and doing all she can to make sure people are taken care of is what she loves.
Into 2005, as emotional issues piled up, and because she wasn’t taking care of her “self”, she started sliding into depression and by 2009 into full drug addiction. In 2011 she found herself opting into King County Drug Diversion Court (KCDDC) when she was faced with a felony drug arrest.
It only took a minute for Judy to see the second chance she was being given. In return for accountability and sobriety, KCDDC provided all the tools she needed for support, outpatient treatment, and long-term sobriety. She graduated from the program in 2013.
Judy came to Peer Seattle as a referral from KCDDC in 2017 where she began volunteering as a Peer Recovery Coach.
Judy has practiced Tae Kwon Do for 15 years and is a 3rd Dan Black Belt. She loves her dogs, three Huskies a Lab and a Yorkie. She also loves indoor and outdoor gardening.
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Shawn comes to Peer Seattle by way of Hawaii and San Diego. Having first walked through the doors of the Dunshee house in 2015, she found the warmth and inclusive atmosphere welcoming. She began her journey of recovery with Peer Seattle as a recoveree, then a volunteer, eventually training to be a peer recovery coach and facilitator. "Being a part of this community and being able to give back what was shared with me has been gratifying and rewarding. Peer Seattle gave me the opportunity to rebuild my life. Helping others in turn, with grace, love and laughter is what I find the most fulfilling".