John Bodkins is the current President of Peers Empower Peers and The Executive Director for Dads on Fire. He hold several certifications as a trainer in Mental Health. John is always seeking to break new ground and share his knowledge of education advocacy. He started working with Child Family Services as a visit supervisor using that experience to support children and families impacted by mental health challenges. He works closely with Children Family Services, Children Protective Services, Court Appointed Special Advocates and Guardian Enlightens. He helps monitor and document the visitations between Parent and Children with Emotional and Behavioral issues. Trying to advocate to get the Children back into the home. Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), Parenting Skills, Anti-Bullying program, Right Response De-escalation, Collaborative Problem Solving (Based on "The Explosive Child"), Ending Isolation and Stigma, Parents Empowering Parents, Mental Health First Aid, Wraparound and High Fidelity Wraparound, WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan), Crisis Intervention Training (for Law Enforcement/First Responders), Peer to Peer counseling. John is Certified in Group Facilitation and speaking. He is currently going to college at WSU as a Psychology Major.
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Allyssa Jomei is a passionate peer. She is motivated by her own powerful and transformative journey of healing, self-growth and self-discovery. She is described by friends as joyful, silly, empathic and thoughtful. When she is not working, Allyssa loves being outdoors, and spending time with her daughter and loved ones. She feels blessed to be a part of the peer movement that is changing our world for the better!
Terrance Nelson came to Spokane from Alaska in 2010 beginning his journey of recovery. Over the last 13 years he has explored community building while utilizing person centered care and at the heart of this workshop he shares insight into a core value of his self-care: Exercising Your Yes and Protecting Your No. He brings laughter and stories to share that will help each one in attendance understand the value of self-care and leave refreshed as they go back in to serving others.
The curator of creativity and innovator of antics when it comes to Peer support. Highly passionate and dedicated to providing compassionate support to the individuals in co- occurring recovery. Enthusiasm, and strength based beliefs allow for him to get the most of of his community members and partners never hesitating to build bridges when given the chance.
Amy has been on a journey of recovery since graduating from the Felony Mental Health Court in 2016. After this life-changing event, she realized she wanted to walk alongside those seeking support and recovery. Amy became a CPC in 2018 and in 2019, she became nationally certified as a peer specialist through the Association for Addiction Professionals. Amy began working as a care navigator, utilizing her peer support skills and became the first peer support specialist at Deaconess hospital, creating a hospital-based peer program. She began as the Recovery Café manager in Spokane in 2022 and has since accepted a position with WSU and HCA as the Peer Bridger/Peer Respite program manager. Amy aspires to transform systems from within and build further peer support programs, as she has seen the impact this has made on the lives of those that she serves.