Antoinette Preciado-Lacambra is originally from Orange County, California but has called the Kitsap Peninsula home for almost five years. Antoinette identifies as a person with lived experience and works as both a Certified Peer Counselor at Kitsap Mental Health (KMHS), a non-profit organization that services Medicare and Medicaid Peers, and as a Peer Bridger at Western State Hospital (WSH). She is a Board Member on the Advisory Steering Committee to the Office of Recovery Partnerships (ORP), Board Member on the Mental Health Advisory Committee of Disabilities Rights Washington (DRW), and President of United Peers of Washington (UP of WA). Antoinette is also heavily involved in the LGBTQ community hosting Drag Queen Bingo for the Q Youth Resources of Bremerton.
Jared DeTrolio is 30 years old. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 9 years. He was Honorably discharged after being diagnosed with PTSD. Over the past 2 years, he has been working on a mobile outreach team. He provides intensive case management to the homeless and those in need in Grant County.
I have endured many of life’s challenges. I have undergone homelessness, financial instability, drug abuse, as well as mental health issues. That is why in 2016, I volunteered to be part of a statewide organization that would unite peers who were experiencing some of the things I had. It was with all the support I received from strangers that I was able to get back on my feet.
I have been a Certified Peer Counselor for 16 years. Certified in the State of Arizona as well as the State of Washington, I am a Hearing Voices Network Facilitator, Laumbach Way of Reading Facilitator, Substance Abuse Recovery Coach, and trained in Intentional Peer Support. I am looking forward to putting my knowledge to work. “It’s Up to Us” to support each other.
Beverly Miller, CPC, MSW, has served the community of people with mental health and substance use challenges since 1972. She worked for many years with people in crisis, and subsequently, she managed a mental health agency that served 2000 people in South King County. The Certified Peer Counseling program became her passion in 2005—conducting statewide CPC training and conducting tests for the program. In 2014 she became a founding member of Peers of King County which supports peers in their community via education, networking, and social events. In 2016 she became a volunteer for United Peers of WA. She is currently the Treasurer/secretary of United Peers of WA.
Annette Jones is co-founder of Jones Community Solutions, a for-profit, Peer run, social services enterprise. She has been certified as a Peer Counselor since 2015. Annette has found her niche working as a change agent with services and organizations in the community that is already doing great work. She works to eliminate stigma and discrimination through inclusive community events, educational workshops, seminars, and staff training.
My name is Chris Finnigan. I am originally from the mid-west in north-central Illinois. I am a board member of United Peers of Washington and I am passionate about recovery in all aspects. I love the outdoors.
I have lived in Washington state for over 25 years and have been in long term recovery for over 37 years and have been a Certified Peer Counselor over 9 years.
I live in Whatcom county and work in Skagit county. I also am a retired Navy of 20 years.
Cody B West is the Associate Director at Peer Seattle, a community-based peer emotional support service organization led by and for peers addressing mental health, addiction, and/or chronic illness. Cody serves as Board Advisor of Lakeshore Retreat, a non-profit which provides educational workshops for the LGBTQ community. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Recovery Alliance (WRA), a member of the Board of Directors of United Peers of Washington (UP of WA), and Advisory Board President for the budding King County Recovery Coalition (KCRC).
Lorrin Gehring, is a passionate leader who began advocating for youth rights and voice to be heard within the systems that serve them at the age of 15. In her career, Lorrin has been fortunate to serve as an Advocate, a Program Director, a Case Manager, a Resource Specialist, a Social Marketer, a Teacher and a Peer. In each of these positions she has advocated for young people to have voice and choice in their lives and the systems that serve them. She has authored numerous articles on youth involvement and is the 2011 Voice Award recipient for excellence in the field of youth advocacy, as well as the 2012 Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth Rockstar awardee. Lorrin is currently a trainer and consultant specializing in workforce and program development, peer support and implementation, coaching and mentoring, and adaptive leadership. Her favorite color is green and she is an award winning karaoke singer holding a first place award for best worst karaoke performance- she’s got passion.
Sara LeTellier has been a CPC and Recovery Coach (aka Peer Coach) since 2017. Sara is from Seattle but relocated to Spokane for her SUD recovery in 2016. Sara is an active member of Peer Spokane, where she facilitates an Addiction Support group and is a volunteer Recovery Coach. Sara works as a Peer in a co-occurring long term residential program for pregnant and parenting women. Sara works to empower her peers to find their own voice and recover from stigma and shame. Sara is also one of the organizers of the annual Eastern WA Peers Empower Peers Conference.