Staff

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JOSHUA WALLACE

CEO & President

read his bio HERE

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CODY B. WEST

Chief Program Officer

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SITE STAFF

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CHRISTOPHER ARCHIOPOLI

Director

Coming soon!

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DAN HARMON

Program Director

​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. Along with the TRC campground, they 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 Space Needle Restaurant Sky City relaunch.

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 within his community to help identify different avenues of recovery for everyone.

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KIMMY REEDY

Program Manager

Kimmy comes from a family of fighters and continues their legacy by being a fierce warrior for her community. Having been through years of recovery herself, she is springboarding her personal experience into being a dedicated Peer Service Specialist. She is also a board member of the new Child Survivors non-profit focusing on domestic abuse. Not to mention her training in recovery coaching, mental health first aid, peer support counseling, trauma-informed care, housing, etc.; it seems the only weakness Kimmy has is her penchant for spending a bit too much time in the shopping mall. 

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JUSTIN HARMON

Program Manager

Justin was born in Juneau, Alaska, and moved to Ellensburg, Washington, at a young age. He came out to family and friends at the age of 15. Living in a small rural area, he faced challenges finding acceptance and community. Justin turned to substance use to cope with his surroundings. After getting a DUI, he relocated to Spokane to pursue recovery, moving into an Oxford House.

After experiencing a devastating relapse, Justin built a new foundation in recovery with the help of treatment and local 12-step programs. He has a passion for working with others in recovery, one-on-one and through service. This led him to Peer Spokane, becoming a peer coach and group facilitator. Within a few months, he was hired as a Program Manager for housing and employment services. In March of 2022, Justin transferred to Peer Seattle with the hope of increased opportunities for personal and professional growth. Peer support has been an integral part of Justin’s recovery, and he firmly believes in the power of shared experience.

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MARC SHELFFO

Peer Services Specialist

Marc was born and raised on a small hobby farm in Burnsville, Minnesota. Feeling estranged from family, friends, and the greater community because of his sexual orientation, Marc headed west in 1988. Patterns of avoidance led to mental health problems and substance use disorder. His journey of recovery from severe depression and methamphetamine abuse began in 2007. Despite many setbacks, Marc chose to learn from those mistakes and never surrender. 

Marc's addiction to crystal meth ended on April 23rd, 2013. Entering Peer Seattle's doors with his trusty dog Bruno signaled the beginning of a more substantial recovery. Marc supported alternative MAT (Medical Assisted Therapies) and was assisted in his recovery through Ibogaine. He has since been on the Strength Over Speed leadership team and helped develop the "Shame and Guilt" workshop, among many others. Marc has been a Peer Recovery Coach, Coach Mentor, and CCAR Certified Coach Trainer for the past six years and helped develop workshops and plans for 2017-2019 Discovery retreats. He recently received his Certified Peer Counselor Certificate from Washington State, further cementing his excellent service to the LGBTQIA+ recovery community. Now Marc is excited to bring his skills, energy, experience, and enthusiasm to Peer Seattle.
 
You can find Marc bowling on the Thursday Gay league, mushroom hunting, or camping with his partner Bill and faithful companion Bruno in his spare time.

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JESSE ALALAWI

Peer Services Specialist

A lifelong Washington resident, Jesse graduated from the University of Washington in 2012 with an art degree focusing on fiber and textile design with a minor in sociology. Having found the help she needed from substance use, she hopes to help others through her work as a Peer Services Specialist. For multiple years she led support groups for Trans Families and is now helping to design and facilitate the Trans Fem Society group for the same organization. As a trans woman and recovering addict, she is dedicated to educating and advocating for her communities. Jesse is also a photographer, fiber artist, and designer. Most recently, Jesse has become newlywed and is excited to start a family within her community. 

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AARY GARISS

Peer Services Specialist

Aary is a Seattle transplant by way of Chicago and Wisconsin. Shockingly, the small town of Oconomowoc, WI, was not the most accepting or supportive space for a young queer struggling with severe mental health issues and addiction. So, like any good coming-of-age protagonist, at eighteen, Aary moved to Chicago in search of a better life. While attending The Theatre School at DePaul University, they found their first communities within the Queer and Arts scenes - but the party culture of both contributed to their addictions. After a near-death experience in 2017, Aary began their road to recovery. Today, they are proudly non-binary and have over two years of complete sobriety. While working for Free Street Theater (which was more like a family than a theater company), they discovered the importance of community empowerment, peer support, and value-based living. Inspired by these role models - and after a severe existential crisis - they decided to leave the theater industry altogether to pursue a career closer to their values. They moved to Seattle in 2020 to get a fresh start and are thrilled to join the PEER Seattle team as the Volunteer Coordinator as the next step on their journey.

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MIKE RAMIREZ

Peer Services Specialist

Mike Ramirez is a 90's baby and a native of Phoenix, Arizona. He worked in the service industry as a bartender throughout Phoenix for many years before moving to Seattle. Mike's biggest hobby is cooking followed by supporting local drag shows & community events. Eventually, Mike started participating in fundraisers and helping with local events, which helped him network through the LGBTQ+ community and learn more about serving his community with integrity and respect.

In the summer of 2015, Mike discovered his change in HIV status, which helped jumpstart his path towards advocating for others. Drag was a platform that helped him cope with his status and learn more about what it means to live with HIV. Volunteering his time to different organizations enabled him to work towards eliminating the stigma and normalizing the conversation around both sex education and HIV. He participated in many events that helped distribute safer sex kits, volunteered at free HIV testing events, and openly talked and shared his story with others. Mike wants to continue to be that role model and commits to continuing to educate and help organizations achieve their goals.

As a dog dad to two handsome "furbabies", Mike lives by the acronym PUPS: Patrolling the neighborhood, Understanding the human body language and intonation, Playdates at the park, and Sleeping when we are not doing any of the first three!

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MACK AYLESWORTH

Peer Services Specialist

Mack and his identical twin brother made the local newspaper for their birth. A 4th generation of Big Sky Country, Mack's pioneering spirit took him to Germany as a high school exchange student, where he learned a love of language and "bier." Fear kept him in the closet during his early years studying at the University of Montana; he turned to alcohol and pot to cope.

After graduating, Mack moved to the closest big city, Seattle, found work in Biotech, and a vibrant music & outdoors scene. For a time, life was good: he saw professional success, completed a master's program at UW, spent summers on the lake, and spent winters on the slopes. But, a drink was never far off, and his life slowly retreated into isolation and alcoholism. Several stints in treatment created some recovery capital but lacked lasting sobriety; Mack stopped and stayed stopped in 2020. 

He's found the value of service work at local treatment centers, answering phones during KEXP fund drives, as an Oxford House Chapter Chair, and a Peer Seattle volunteer. Uncovering self-realization here and a calling for the helping people field, Mack pivoted professionally. Bringing hope to those in recovery is now filling the space to make him whole.

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JACK HARLAN

Peer Services Specialist

Jack has always been a nomad and latchkey kid, moving roughly twenty times before putting down roots in Small Town northern Minnesota in the third grade. Underwhelmed by the rural offerings and eager to put behind difficulties at home, he moved to Minneapolis, where he studied communications, comparative literature, and classical & near eastern cultures and religions. He struggled with mental health and substance abuse, never finding the correct diagnosis, balance, or lifestyle. The social and political unrest in Minneapolis, combined with the incredible uncertainty of the early days of Covid, realigned his values and priorities; he needed a drastic change. He moved west, flirting with LA, Portland, and a cabin deep in the Olympic forest, before settling on Seattle. Jack likes writing, biking, live music, and film. He lives in Ballard with his partner Allie and pug, Stella.

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PERCY WORRELL

Peer Services Specialist

Percy was born and raised on the east coast, hailing from Norfolk, Virginia. He began his downward spiral into the world of drugs and alcohol at age nine. This stemmed from family abuse and led to other ways to ease the hurt. It wasn't until finding his way across this beautiful country, landing in the great state of Washington, that he found a home for his wayward spirit and a place to grow in a positive light. Percy came to Peer Seattle seeking services in 2019. Since then, he has been a volunteer, a peer coach, and a group facilitator. Having given up his old habits for new ones, he is also writing about his journey through addiction to where he is now, viewing life through clearer eyes.