James is a Spokane native who has overcome significant challenges in his life. His early years were marked by involvement in drug distribution, resulting in multiple arrests. Despite these setbacks, he managed to earn an AA in Psychology, demonstrating his determination to improve himself. Unfortunately, a tragic event derailed his progress and led him back onto the path of addiction. However, a near-death experience became a turning point for James. It led him to discover the power of peer support, a field in which he excelled. With certifications in CCAR, group facilitation, and CPC, James embarked on a career in the peer support sector.
Currently, James holds key positions within various influential committees. He is an inaugural member of the Washington State Syndemic Steering Committee, an outreach service provider for the SURSAC committee, and the Drug User Health Caucus lead in a pilot program coordinated with HMA. His extensive involvement in these committees demonstrates his commitment to improving the well-being of the community.
One of James' greatest strengths is his ability to foster strong connections with both peers and community partners. His genuine and outgoing nature allows him to build meaningful relationships, enabling effective collaboration and support. Outside of his professional life, James cherishes his family. He shares his life with his partner, Jayme, and their beloved dog, Dreamer. In his leisure time, James indulges in collecting wrestling action figures and appreciating cartoonist art.
James' journey is a testament to his resilience and determination. He has transformed his personal struggles into a driving force for positive change, both within himself and in the lives of others.
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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!
Jordan Davis is the PR Manager at Jones Community Solutions. He is a devoted father and a passionate advocate for empowering others. Jordan is thrilled to attend the Peers Empower Peers Conference as an emerging leader. His diverse range of skills include being a certified peer counselor in training, an artist, a community convener, a visionary & futurist. By combining these roles, he bring a unique perspective and a strong sense of purpose to the conference.
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.