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Staff

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JOSHUA WALLACE

CEO & President

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CODY B. WEST

Chief Program Officer

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SITE STAFF

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SARAH ANDREWS

Program Director

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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COLETTE RAPP

Program Manager

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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MARJORIE DRIEU

Program Manager

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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MICHAEL SHAPSNIKOFF

Program Manager

Mike is from Unalaska, Alaska, and relocated to Seattle when he was two years old. Michael was raised in an abusive and drug-addicted home and was a child in the foster care system. He was eventually returned home to this environment when the foster home was found to be more unsafe. Mike struggled with mental illness and various addictions most of his life, in January 2019, he found himself repeating history when his own children were taken into care because of violence and addiction in the home. It wasn't until December of 2020 that Mike had enough of feeding his addiction and being homeless. He knew he needed to change or he was going to die, and he began his walk on the Red Road that led to healing relationships with his wife and children.

 

His work at Northwest Indian Treatment Center made him realize he was running from childhood trauma all his life and brought him back to his Native American culture. After leaving treatment, Mike helped open Oxford House Totem as one of its first residents, where he lived for a year until moving back in with his wife and six children. He has put in a lot of work to become a better father, engaging in Native Parenting classes and acknowledging that children flourish with love, support, and a safe place to be heard. He takes pride in advocating for fathers' rights and has become someone that other men in recovery come to for insight when navigating parenting advice and family court issues. He now considers himself in long-term recovery and says, "Every day is a good day." Mike is enrolled Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska and enjoys attending sweats and learning to drum and sing indigenous songs every Sunday on the Puyallup reservation. Working for Peer Kent is a step in the right direction toward Mike's goal of becoming a certified Substance Abuse Counselor. Mike wants to support as many people as possible on their recovery journey and begin their healing, whatever that looks like for each individual he encounters. 

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GREGORY BANKS

Program Manager

A lifelong resident of the Seattle Central Area, Greg grew up in what most would consider a healthy home environment. He attended private school, youth group, marching band, and sang in the church choir. Unfortunately, there were secrets, the kind that Greg felt could only be solved by drugs and alcohol. At age 10, Greg found weed and then spent the next thirty-two years looking for the right cocktail to make the pain disappear. All this led to petty crimes, unstable income, and jail time. Facing a three-year bid in prison, Greg opted for King County Drug Court.

Drug Court was the breath of fresh air that Greg needed. He graduated in 2008 and became an active member of the recovery community in Seattle. Greg found that all his life experiences can be used to help others who struggle with living life on life's terms. Greg has held positions at Therapeutic Health Services as a UA Tech and a Case Manager for the ROYAL Program. Youth Minister and Program Manager at a local church. Member of the Chaplaincy Program at King County Juvenile Detention Center. Mentor Coordinator for Seattle Cares and Case Manager at Safe Futures. 

In 2019 Greg left the Seattle area seeking experiences from other parts of the country. Working with the DJJ in Florida as a Youth Care Worker was very rewarding, but with the arrival of Covid 19, he found himself longing for family and the Pacific Northwest. Greg is now excited to return to where his journey began, King County Drug Court. Greg's experience makes him the perfect peer services specialist back here at Peer Kent. 

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TONY CAMPBELL

Certified Peer Counselor

Tony was born in Renton, WA, and lived in King County till the age of 10. At that time, his family of six moved to Sequim, WA, to get away from the city life and have a tranquil upbringing. Well, things don’t always end up as we planned. After having lost half his family in 2 years in different tragedies, he was repeatedly recycled in and out of the criminal justice system while, at the same time, battling substance abuse issues and homelessness. 

The many traumas and hardships he faced have empowered him with the strength to rebuild his life as he believes in leading by example and showing others that after losing so much, there is still LOVE. Tony saw the power of peer support, and with the encouragement of people around him, he became a CPC, then a recovery coach. The journey Tony experienced created the kind, loving, and happy person he is today while providing him the passion for assisting others on their path to healing. 

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NIMO ABDULLAHI

Peer Services Specialist

Nimo's family emigrated from Somalia and settled in Minnesota. After graduating from high school and giving birth to her daughter, she moved to San Diego, California, in 2005. In San Diego, Nimo worked multiple jobs to support her family. Everything on the outside was going exceptionally well; however, the stress of past traumas was rearing its head. Turning to drugs and alcohol, it got to the point where she was using every day. 

Nimo went through multiple programs throughout her recovery, but she kept relapsing until she found herself in jail for the umpteenth time. After being re-released from jail on August 5th, 2019, she made that date her sober birthday. Nimo looked at her life with a different lens; she wanted to be free from addiction. She took advantage of all the help that was offered to her, she attended IOP regularly, met with her case manager, and did everything that the program asked of her. She found a job and finally had structure and stability. Nimo graduated from drug court on July 8th, 2020, and then from San Diego State University in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Social Work. Being sober now for three years, Nimo is very excited to join the Peer Kent team and share her story to encourage strength and hope in others. 

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TIANNA STEVENS

Peer Services Specialist

Tianna was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest. While growing up, she struggled with issues of insecurities and family separation. Tianna was also diagnosed with Depression as well as PTSD when she was young. Along with facing the challenges that her mental health bestowed upon her life, she later faced more complications while battling drug addiction, homelessness, and even incarceration. 

Since April 26, 2020, Tianna has successfully graduated from Pierce County Drug Court and has been living her life in recovery. Tianna has not only made significant strides regarding her drug addiction, mental health, and background but has fought her way out of living in her car. Today she is reunited with her family as well as her three wonderful sons, is earning a college degree from Clover Park Technical College, and strives each and every day to help others. Tianna Stevens is a firm believer in the fact that if she can do it, then anyone can. 

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JOHNNA SELLERS

Peer Services Specialist

Johnna is a grateful recovering addict who has dedicated herself to breaking the cycle of generational trauma in her family. She was born and raised in the beautiful Pacific Northwest by a single mother. During her childhood, she experienced various types of abuse and neglect that taught her to sacrifice herself to please others and avoid conflict. After years of sexual assaults and domestic violence, Johnna gave up on herself and began using drugs and alcohol to replace connection and meaningful relationships. Struggling with addiction and self-loathing, she lost her children to the DCYF system. In the contemplation stage of change, she became pregnant with her 4th biological child and made the choice to get clean. She entered into treatment on June 12th, 2019, and maintains a clean date of June 13th, 2019. She successfully engaged in two pregnant and parenting women inpatient programs, four styles of Parent/Child therapy classes, two types of sober supportive transitional housing, Family Treatment Court, and King County Drug Diversion Court. She is committed to her recovery through two self-proclaimed mottos: “Repair & Replace” and “Erase adverse childhood experiences by providing positive ones.”

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SECILIA CHOUAP

Peer Services Specialist

Secilia is the mother of two beautiful children and a huge puppy named Maru, the lights of her life. She believes it’s never too late to become the you that you are meant to be. Prior to becoming a CPC, she spent a lot of time doing customer service jobs, not knowing yet what she wanted to passionately do with her life. At a time when she was feeling lost, by pure chance, Secilia began an internship with Peer Kent. After becoming educated about what Peer Support is, Secilia began to realize the parts of her life she had thought were her weaknesses, had become her strengths. Recovery is possible, and she loves spreading that hope to others. 

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RIVER WOODS

Peer Services Specialist

River, originally from Seattle and primarily raised in Idaho, experienced the adventures of a military family, moving around to different places. As an Army brat, they have a passion for serving veterans, service members (regardless of discharge status), and their families. River has faced and overcome various challenges, including multiple visits to long- and short-term behavioral health facilities, transitional homes, and group homes. They were diagnosed as bipolar at a very young age, being so unstable they missed out on 6th-12th grade. Although this has brought them many challenges, they recognize that their journey has given them a deep understanding of mental health and a unique perspective as a neurodivergent individual. And for that, they are grateful. 

Outside of work, you will find River engaging in their many hobbies, searching for gifts from Earth (rocks, mainly), geeking out over YUNGBLUD, or really any other rock artist from all different eras. If you have time, ask them about their special interests! 

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MARCELLA CAMPOLO

Peer Services Specialist

Marcella was born in California and raised in Pennsylvania. She moved to Washington with her parents in 1999. She's happily married and enjoys spending time with her family, including her two large dogs, who she adores. Marcella has been a member of the pile drivers and divers union for over ten years and has been involved in constructing several bridges and other large structures around the Puget Sound region.

Throughout her life, Marcella has faced her own mental health challenges, some with life-changing consequences, and has persevered despite difficulties. Her own struggles have inspired her to use her experiences to help others who may be going through similar situations. She hopes to provide guidance and support to those who need it most.

Recently, Marcella has taken on a new role as a court peer for the Des Moines Municipal Court, where she works closely with individuals struggling with mental health, addiction, or other challenges. She is committed to positively impacting her community and is grateful for every opportunity to do so.

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JOAQUIN "KEN" DELGADO

Peer Services Specialist

Joaquin "Ken" Delgado hails from the beautiful island of Guam. He spent 15 years working at the Navy shipyard as a marine machine mechanic. Unfortunately, he experienced some setbacks along the way and was incarcerated for a period of time. Upon his release, he recognized the need for change in his life and entered ABHS for drug abuse treatment. Per court order, he successfully graduated from ABHS and completed an intensive outpatient program in March of 2022. 

Since then, Ken has dedicated himself to helping others who struggle with addiction. He currently serves as a peer recovery coach at Peer Kent and as a group facilitator. Additionally, he works as a Peer Services Specialist in the Renton Municipal Court, providing support and guidance to those navigating the legal system while in recovery. Ken is committed to using his experiences to help others on their journey toward healing and overcoming addiction.

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LANE SHAW

Peer Services Specialist

COMING SOON

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LOVEADA FLOREZ

Peer Services Specialist

Loveada was born in Oakland, California, and lost both her parents by the age of 7 years old. She was then in the foster care and group home systems until age 14, when she met the director of one of the group homes she was in and was taken in by her. Loveada was in and out of the mental hospital 14 times for mental health needs and started using weed and meth to numb all the pain she had from the years of abuse she had suffered in her youth. She had no idea how to cope and started learning some tools for her mental health that helped. Loveada was in her addiction until the age of 36 and went into a program called Hope Place through the Union Gospel Mission here in the beautiful state of Washington. There, she learned how to deal with her mental health and addiction. Loveada is now almost 13 years clean and free from addiction and has worked at treatment centers and other non-profits since being in Hope Place. Loveada is very happy to be able to share her story with others to help them through this beautiful, messy process of recovery.

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LEVANDER MAERTEN

Peer Services Specialist

Levander was born in King County and was raised in Tacoma in the Hilltop neighborhood. He is a first-generation high school and university graduate. After a series of events leading to huge life changes, Levander began asking how he could make a difference in the world. Especially the new and bright world he entered when he started his recovery journey.

Lavender's vision is to hold hope for others seeking recovery. He values the diversity of recovery paths, as there are as many out there as there are people. Levander is an active member of his community and regularly volunteers in LGBTQ+ and crisis intervention spaces. He continually learns from and cares for others from a trauma and intersectionality-informed viewpoint.

As far as fun, Levander is devoted to his crafts. He enjoys bookbinding, decoupage, reading, crocheting, and anything multi-media. He considers himself a poet and a romantic above all else.

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JILL WOLPH

Peer Services Specialist

Jill is a natural-born Washingtonian who enjoys the outdoors. As a youngling, she enjoyed the outside so much that she joined in any sport she could. But she struggled secretly with mental illness; making friends with others was difficult. In school, she was severely bullied to the point of trying to commit suicide several times up into her adulthood. It was always difficult for her family members to recognize the subtle signs. As a teen, she was wild, experienced homelessness, did many hard drugs, and partied.

As Jill aged into young adulthood, her mental illness didn't get any better because she was in an abusive relationship with two young children. She was not doing many drugs at this time, if any at all because she was always afraid of CPS and losing her children. In her mid-twenties, she got rid of her abusive boyfriend. Jill did many years in restaurant service, but the extreme environment was a challenge, especially with little support. After a while, she learned about peer support and knew she would do well in that area because she had to deal with most problems alone and always had to advocate for herself. She loves helping others and finds seeing others succeed in life is one of the greatest passions in the world. She went to class for CPC and volunteered her time to learn the ropes. Jill is happy-go-lucky and enjoys life to the max nowadays!

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ANTHONY JONES

Peer Services Specialist

Anthony was born and raised in Dallas, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of North Texas. He struggled with mental health during his studies and became addicted to drugs and alcohol to avoid the trauma and abuse he endured for years as a child. His struggle with addiction led to him losing various jobs, living in his car, and eventually his arrest. Being incarcerated forced him to think about his decisions and allowed him to take advantage of all the resources that were offered to him. After his release, he started mental health counseling, moved to a transition home, and attended support groups where he found a sense of community and purpose.

 

Anthony is committed to serving others in recovery and being the person he needed when he was younger. Outside of peer work, you can catch him reading a book, jogging, or spending time with his friends. 

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GEORGE NJUGUNA

Peer Services Specialist

COMING SOON

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