Staff

JOSHUA WALLACE

CEO & President

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CODY B. WEST

Chief Program Officer

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SITE STAFF

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WILL HAGGERTY

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.

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SARAH ANDREWS

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. 

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WILDER WALKER

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. 

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SCOTT LARSON

Program Manager

Scott has many years of experience in human services, including; certified Peer Counseling, youth programs, driver's education, and managing volunteer programs. His heart for leadership and mentoring led him to Peer work, quickly becoming a certified Peer Coach. Scott built an exceptional toolbox of Peer skills including, WRAP certification, trauma-informed peer support, and motivational interviewing.

Born and raised in South King County, Scott lives in Renton with his wife and daughter and is grateful to serve his community. He has lived experience that includes recovery from substance use, homelessness, mental health crisis, religious trauma, and many other challenges. His journey of recovery began in 1998 when Scott found a network of friends who would come alongside him and aid him in his recovery journey. That is why he feels Peer support is so important. From victim to survivor, from surviving to thriving, and now from thriving to inspiring, he has gleaned wisdom from his trials and life journey. He now has a strong support network that allows him to move forward in what he is truly passionate about, supporting positive change in others.

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CHARLES TATUM

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. 

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RYAN PACCHIANO

Peer Services Specialist

Ryan was born and raised in Seattle. His background is in marketing, PR, and business, becoming an entrepreneur at age 22. Ryan was featured in many publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine and The Puget Sound Business Journal. He was nominated for the Seattle Mayor's Business Award and in 2005 was named by Seattle Magazine as one of "Seattle's 13 Most UpComing Influential People". In 2018, Ryan found a permanent place in recovery and a second home in the community at Peer Seattle by attending support groups and volunteering. Now, Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to be a significant part of the Jail Health Services program at Peer Kent. 

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JENNIFER BOLTON

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.

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MICHAEL ROBERTSON

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. 

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LAUREL LEMKE

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.

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HEATHER HINDS

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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MARJORIE DRIEU

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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ELIZABETH "LIZ" GONZALES SANDOVAL

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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COLETTE RAPP

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.