Meet our Members

Advisory Team 

Working Towards a Brighter Future

Our Advisory Board

Recovery Ambassadors from North Sound, Pierce, and Spokane

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Diana Porter

Organization Leader

      Employed by CVAB (Community Voices are Born) since 2016, I am the program director for the Developing Peer Support Communities grant funded by SAMHSA.  I connect with peers across Washington from my home office in San Juan County.  I hold a Master’s degree in Organization Leadership and use this knowledge and the experiences of Peer Support as I facilitate WaPAC.  I value Hope, Grace, and the journey of Recovery.

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Naomi Herrera

Recovery Enthusiast

     I am a person with lived experience who is thriving in recovery and I am passionate about inspiring leadership, empowerment, and hope! I serve as the state-wide Peer Support Liaison for Coordinated Care. My role includes supporting greater access to peer resources within the state of Washington while coordinating and implementing additional peer support training and coaching opportunities for youth, adult and parent peers.

 

     In addition, I oversee further development and advancement of the existing peer workforce to include supervision and mentorship opportunities, and encouraging further integration of peer support specialists in our provider network and community organizations.

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Javan Jones

The People's Peer

      I am the proud Owner of Jones Community Solutions, a Social Enterprise focused on Social Service's. I am a Certified Peer Counselor and Trainer as well as Crisis Prevention and Intervention Instructor. 

      I am a Legislative Advocate for the Community. My education consists of degrees in Economics, Business and Laws and Ethics. 

 

      The more I am able to provide quality assistance, the more passion grows.

Washington State 1st Peer-O-Award Recipient. 

 

 

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Nelson Rascon

Dadvocate

     I currently serve as The Executive Director for Dads MOVE, a leading organization advocating for increased father involvement in families and systems. I became involved with the nonprofit world as a result of my three special needs children. As I began searching for help with my children, I met many individuals from other non-profits and parent support groups. Since then, I have developed a passion for helping other parents, particularly fathers.

     After gaining the needed help and support for my own children, I went to work for several non-profits and community-based groups. I have now been working in this Director capacity since 2007.

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Kala Buchanan

Regional Recovery Guide 

      I’m proud to empower Peers our community. In previous positions I’ve worked with individuals to maintain independent housing and those seeking safety from abuse. Currently, I serve five counties in the North Sound Region of Washington as a Behavioral Health Ombudsman.

 

      I enjoy helping individuals navigate the North Sounds publicly funded behavioral healthcare system. If an individual has any concerns, I aim to establish Peer directed solutions with those involved in their system of care.

Meet our Members

Washington State Recovery Heroes 

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Joshua A Wallace

CEO & President of Peer Washington

 

 

"The wound is the place where the light enters you" - Rumi

Founding Member

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Daniel “DJ” Lindberg

Student Behavioral Healthcare

 

 

“Here’s to the strong, thanks to the brave don’t give up hope some people change against all odds, against the grain love finds a way, some people change...Thank God for those who make it. Let them be the light"  - Kenny Chesney

Founding Member

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Roxana Ruest

Certified Peer Counselor/Artist

 

 

"The most important thing about recovery is to pass the message on."

                             -Maurice Gibb

Founding Member

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Michelle Ward

BA, PCP, SUD

"You must be the change you want to see in the world"

                          -Mahatma Gandhi

Founding Member

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Keith Henry, CHPW

Wellness & Recovery Coordinator, 

“There are multiple pathways of addiction recovery and all are a cause of celebration” 

                           - William L. White

Member since December 2019

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Janice Schutz

Executive Director/ WSCC

“If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together"   - African Proverb

 

                            

Member since August 2020