Amy has been on a journey of recovery since graduating from the Felony Mental Health Court in 2016. After this, she realized she wanted to walk alongside those seeking support and recovery. Amy continued to build upon her passion to help others and became a Certified Peer Counselor in 2018. In 2019, she became nationally certified as a Peer Specialist through NAADAC.
Amy participated on the HCA’s Enhanced Peer Services Continuing Education External Workgroup in the development of the “Intersection of Behavioral Health and the Law” curriculum. She has been involved in the Peer community in various ways. She helped form the Spokane County Felony Therapeutic Drug Court’s Peer Support Program and is an active member of the Center for Rural Opiate Prevention, Treatment and Recovery (CROP+TR) advisory board. She has presented several webinars including “The Importance of Peer Support in Recovery” and “Peer Leadership: Together We Stand.”
Amy has been involved in coalitions, is the President for the Peers Empower Peers conference. She serves on several advisory boards as a subject matter expert and thrives on having connection within her community and empowering other peers to find their power. In 2019 Amy started working at MultiCare Deaconess Hospital as a Care Navigator, utilizing her Peer Support skills to support people suffering from OUD, and became the first Peer Support Specialist at Deaconess hospital creating a hospital-based peer program, supporting those suffering from SUD and Mental health challenges. She 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. Amy just accepted a position with Community Minded Enterprises as the Recovery Café Manager and cannot wait to spread her knowledge of community within a new system. In her free time, she became a certified level one Warrior Goddess facilitator which she looks forward to sharing with others.
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I am 1 of 11 children raised in a combined family. I have over 20 nieces and nephews and I am the best auntie-mommy! I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management and am currently in my Master’s program for Mental Health Counseling with Capella University. I am the owner of Anchored Consulting & Coaching, LLC, and have worked as a Peer Specialist for almost a year.I have successfully managed and consulted for businesses for the past 20 years. I love to hire, train, and build solid teams. I believe and live by the quote from John C. Maxwell that says, “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” I live by the values of courage, connection, authenticity, resilience, and self-compassion. Together, we can heal, make an impact, and create a better world.
Ashley Albert is from Seattle, Wa. A certified peer counselor in Wa state. She is a formerly incarcerated woman, a youth who aged out of foster care at eighteen years old, a parent affected by the family regulation system who shares her experiences to help others achieve freedom. Manifesting as an activist and advocate surrounding policy and systemic change at the local, state, and national level through her lived experience. She is experienced in Trauma and Crisis Prevention, has coauthored two abstracts for the Colombia Journal of Race and Law; Shattered Bonds Symposium "Dorothy Roberts." She recently completed a 8 month Leadership Academy cohort for survivors- Heal 2 Action with collective Justice, under the restorative justice framework. She spends her time educating and advocating on behalf of birth parents whom are former foster youth and now parents navigating the Family Regulation System.
Kim Pham is the Program Manager for the WA State Department of Veterans Affairs’ (WDVA) Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC). She studied nuclear engineering at U.C. Berkeley and served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear surface warfare officer. After her service, she found her new mission while participating in an internship with the VCC in 2016 and accepted a position with the WDVA to develop and grow the VCC program after her internship. Her mission is to serve those who served by providing veterans with self-directed connections to the lands, waters, and communities in WA State through meaningful work in conserving and restoring natural ecosystems with the VCC’s environmental conservation and agricultural community partners. When she’s not working and being distracted by her curiosity of too many things to learn in a lifetime, she is most likely to be found outside trail running, hiking, biking, or camping.