Peers Empower Peers

2nd  Annual

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A group of Eastern Washington Peers recognized the need for opportunities to grow, network and celebrate recovery for peers in Eastern and Central Washington and began a discussion.  This discussion resulted in the first annual Peers Empower Peers conference on July 13, 2019.   Based on lessons learned and responding to the CoVid 19 Pandemic, the Peers Empower Peers Conference Committee is planning on enhancing the conference experience and development process.


The Second Annual Peer conference on October 10, 2020, provides an opportunity for individuals living in behavioral health recovery in Eastern and Central WA to participate in learning and networking opportunities.  This year we will virtually explore:

Breaking Stigma, The power of our authentic vulnerable selves.

Videos from 2019's PEP Conference

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Our Conference Team

As members of the Washington State Peers Empower Peers Conference Committee, we are delighted to bring this conference to Eastern and Central Washington. 

Our committee members include:

  • Alicia Santoro: Peer Support Specialist II with Frontier Behavioral Health

  • Amber Jones: Peer Support Specialist with Frontier Behavioral Health

  • Amy Griesel: Care Navigator with MultiCare Deaconess

  • Gloria M. Lopez: Peer Support Specialist III with Frontier Behavioral Health

  • Helen Franklin: Lead Family Peer with Passages

  • Janice Schutz: Executive Director with Washington State Community Connectors

  • John Bodkins: Co-Director with DAD’S MOVE

  • Julie Hinkemeyer: Program Manager with Peer Spokane

  • Naomi Herrera: Peer Support Liaison with Coordinated Care


  • Simona Gellner: Peer Support Specialist III with Frontier Behavioral Health