CEO & President

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Program Director

Born and raised in New York City, Will came to Washington state in 2013 for a much-needed change of scenery. Having pursued education and training in counseling, he went right to work in outpatient treatment and has worked with youth, adults, and families, including with the Washington State Department of Corrections. In July 2020, he was offered a position with Peer Kent and has been grateful for that opportunity ever since. Will’s own lived experience includes recovery from alcoholism, anxiety, and depression and being part of a family that includes substance use and mental health challenges.

“Working for Peer Kent has allowed me, on a daily basis, to experience the most rewarding part of my own recovery – the relationships I have with others in recovery. In 2011 I started on my personal journey of recovery. Today I live a life that centers on that recovery, and I thank Peer Kent for allowing my recovery and my work to coexist.”

Will currently lives in Kent with a very special dog named Hammy and a cat named Cairo.
Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his closest friends in the area as well as “back east” and visits his hometown of New York City as often as possible.



Program Manager

Born in Santa Rosa, CA, Sarah and her family spent much of her youth moving to various states. When she turned 22, she finally moved to Washington and fell in love with its beauty. Growing up, she struggled with her sexuality and feelings of self-worth while silently battling anxiety and depression. It wasn't until a close family member faced similar mental health challenges that Sarah realized the importance of peer support. The experience motivated her to get certified as a peer counselor to use her lived experiences to help others. Now a Program Manager for Peer Kent, she brings her wealth of passion and experience to her community. She is also honing her practice on trauma-informed yoga for youth and adults. Spreading messages of self-love and mindfulness is always paramount for Sarah. 



Program Manager

Wilder was born and raised on the east coast and came to Peer Kent via Peer Seattle. She walked through the doors of SASG (now Peer Seattle) in June of 2018, where she felt fully accepted as she was on her path. She eagerly sought out the Peer Recovery Coach program and was quickly paired with a Peer Coach who was crucial on her healing journey. Wilder then volunteered at the front desk, became a group facilitator, an Intern at Peer Seattle, and became a certified Peer Recovery Coach in April 2019. Wilder is also a certified yoga teacher with over ten years of experience and is passionate about bringing trauma-informed yoga and movement to others in recovery. 



Peer Services Specialist

Born in 1965, Arkansas, Charles relocated to Seattle when he was four years old. He lived most of his life in the Central District of Seattle around drugs, violence, and gangs. As a young child, Charles would draw to escape the real world, but the real world eventually caught up. Charles began spending more time hustling and smoking weed. He started getting in trouble for stealing, and then the judge finally got tired of it and sentenced Charles to a year and a day in prison. There, he was introduced to primo, smoking weed and crack mixed together. This was his drug for over ten years. He ended up being wanted and took off on the run, ending up in Minnesota. Charles was apprehended there and was sentenced to a very lengthy prison sentence. Here is where he finally had to admit that he had a problem. Since his release over 13 years ago and a relapse, Charles has now arrived at this point in his life that he has only dreamed of while being stuck in jail. Being a Peer Services Specialist for Jail Health Services is perfect for Charles due to his years of lived experience. Now he continues this work at other facilities and keeps coming up with more ways to get peers the help they need. 



Peer Services Specialist

Jenny was born and raised here in Washington state. Her lifelong struggle with substance abuse has beautifully transcended into a compassionate journey of helping others with similar lived experiences. Jenny is a two-time graduate of both The Pierce County Drug Court in 2006 and The King County Drug Diversion Court program in 2012. Her lifelong colorful lived experience has allowed her to understand how to be present for someone on a very deep level when facing a crisis. Jenny was graciously invited to the King County Drug Diversion Court Alumni meeting, where she was introduced into the PEER support world and fell head-over-heels in love with the exquisite magic that the PEER Recovery Coaching Program possesses. Jenny worked as a Peer Recovery Coach and witnessed in total amazement how such a simple process of one peer helping another can radically transform a person's entire life! Jenny worked with Washington Listens briefly before that position blossomed into her current role as a Peer Services Specialist. Jenny has also been blessed to work with King County Drug Diversion Court, where she helps participants through the very same program she graduated from. Life is a trip, and Jenny is grateful to still be alive and along for the ride. Jenny is a mother of three beautiful, brilliant little girls she calls her little angels. She credits them for all her strength and hope needed to continue in her recovery journey.



Peer Services Specialist

Michael Robertson is a Certified Peer Coach and Peer Kent's new member as a Peer Services Specialist working within King County's Drug Diversion Court. Michael is a lifelong Renton and Seattle area resident with deep roots in the community. His goal is to be a valuable asset and a conduit for recovery, empowerment, and change serving participants through Peer Kent. As passionate as he is about recovery and promoting opportunities for change, Michael is also passionate about his love for music, cooking, and spending time with people. He feels blessed to be a member of Peer Kent and looks forward to helping make a positive difference in the community. 



Peer Services Specialist

Laurel is known as a pioneer and long-term leader in the mental health movement. After receiving a master’s degree in clinical psychology, she co-founded the first bi-polar support group in Pierce County in 1984.  Her 32-year career with the State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) including work in recreation, vocational rehabilitation, psycho-education, Ombuds Services, and finally directing Consumer Affairs and Volunteer Services at Western State Hospital (WSH). She mentored many volunteers and students who later became employees and/or peer counselors and helped establish the Peer Bridger Program at the hospital. Laurel is known nationally for her legacy project: the Grave Concerns Association, a nonprofit she has led since 2000. Her efforts changed state law and now raises funds in an ongoing effort to replace 3,200 numbered stones in the historic WSH patient cemetery with proper granite memorials. She credits David Granirer and Stand Up for Mental Health for changing her life and providing opportunities for her to perform as a comic. She has received numerous awards from DSHS for individual and team achievements and was honored with the 2020 Cindy Willey Award for outstanding dedication, commitment, and support for Washington State peers.

During COVID, Laurel and Tanyalee Erwin developed 55Plus Senior Perspectives, a weekly Zoom meeting through the Peer Workforce Alliance. Laurel then chose to come out of retirement to serve as a Peer Services Specialist with the WA Listens Support Line and help launch  Peer Kent. The Doors to Wellbeing recruited Laurel to help develop the  National Peer-Support Warmline Council. She looks forward to sharing her skills as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Advanced Level Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) Co-Facilitator, and Alternatives to Violence Workshop Leader with the Peer Washington Community and beyond.



Peer Services Specialist

Heather was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Family addictions had an impact on her early in life. She grew up dividing her time on the East and the West coast with her divorced parents. Growing up with ADHD, she had many school struggles, which ultimately led to her dropping out. 

In 2005 she found herself in love with the Pacific Northwest. By 2014, she began to recognize and address her mental health barriers and addiction. During her employment as project manager for Boeing Pride and Recognition, it was at that time, her addiction and emotional instabilities had taken her to a new rock bottom.

During the darkest times, she realized the reward of helping others. To give back what was so freely given to her felt like a true blessing. Heather started to volunteer for food banks, needle exchanges, and ultimately Peer Kent, where she fell in love with the organization and its staff. She is also a house manager for Kate's House foundation helping mentor women in early recovery.

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Peer Services Specialist

Marjorie comes from France and Ireland and has been in the US since 2003. She was very involved in sports growing up and competed as a gymnast for 15 years. In June of 2011, Marjorie got diagnosed with chronic stress fractures in her back, which promptly ended her gymnastics career. Having so much free time on her hands and not knowing what to fill it with, she turned to drugs, and the next eight years were filled with unhealthy choices, incarceration, and treatment facilities. On May 6, 2019, Marjorie learned she was pregnant; her sobriety started the next day. After this jumpstart of motivation, she has since found passion in life. She is a King County Drug Diversion Court graduate, an active member in the 12-Step meeting community, and is a dedicated mother to her son, Liam. Marjorie hopes to become a pillar in the recovery community and strives to make a difference using her personal and professional experience. She is a certified Recovery Coach and works as a Peer Services Specialist at Peer Kent.

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Peer Services Specialist

Liz is a survivor of mental wellness and medical challenges and a proud parent of special needs children. Helping others has always been a massive part of Liz's character. She is positive, goal-focused, supportive, and loves working in team environments. Early on, Liz learned that by helping others, she also allows herself to grow and become an even better advocate for her community. Her focus is on you!

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Peer Services Specialist

Colette was born in upstate NY and moved to Seattle in the early 1990s. Since the age of thirteen, Colette has struggled with substance abuse, homelessness, incarceration, and family dysfunction. Fortunately, that struggle manifested into a gift she now uses to provide support to others. Colette's journey in the helping field started in 2011 as a substance abuse counselor and then evolved into transitional housing support. This was where she truly felt her passion develop. Since then, Colette has collected numerous seminars and certifications, including mental health first aid, de-escalation, and suicide prevention. She has over four years of hands-on experience with peers in transitional housing and understands the need for community support along with personal support to obtain and keep permanent housing. Colette embraces the opportunity to walk with others on their unique recovery journey. 

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Peer Services Specialist

Bertram was born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. His lived experience includes recovery from a mental health crisis, religious trauma, and many other challenges. His recovery journey began in 2010 after being sent to prison for 11 years. During his incarceration, he focused on his education, personal & spiritual growth, and community involvement programs.

He has participated in all types of programs to assist in his change. Upon discovering his trauma, he participated in rehabilitation programs such as Bridges to Life, Alternative to Violence, and Nonviolent Communication. Bertram is passionate about supporting individuals during their transition process out of prison. He has worked with Community Partnership Program and Re-entry Division Program to provide resources, mentorship, personal coaching, and employment support to those in the re-entry process.

Working with Peer Kent has allowed Bertram to continue his personal development and serve the community in creating a healthier lifestyle. He is a certified recovery coach, group facilitator, and peer services specialist at Peer Kent. Bertram is genuinely passionate about rehabilitation and building a community where love resides and forgiveness is accepted.

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Certified Peer Counselor

Sayed was born in Syria and raised in Bahrain, an island in the Persian Gulf. He left home because of fear of prosecution due to his involvement with human rights activism and his sexuality. After years of travel, he found his way to Seattle seven years ago and immediately fell in love with it. However, upon arrival, Sayed struggled with addiction, mental health difficulties, and homelessness. Sayed found himself through the help of his community at Peer Seattle. He became a volunteer, a recovery coach, and more recently, a Certified Peer Counselor. Through his experience with recovery, support from others, and his drive for learning, Sayed made it his life goal to help others who have been through similar experiences. In his free time, he likes to hike, eat his wife's cooking, and hang out with their cat Penelope & snake Atlas.

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Certified Peer Counselor

Lindsay was born and raised in Washington and recently became a Certified Peer Counselor. She just celebrated three years clean and sober on June 7th, after struggling with opiate addiction for many years. Lindsay is now married and has a 14-year-old daughter, three adult stepchildren, and a two-month-old granddaughter. She enjoys spending time sponsoring new women in recovery, spending time outside with her two dogs, and spending quality time with her family.