Joshua Wallace identifies as a person thriving in long-term recovery from co-occurring challenges. He became a member of Peer Seattle in 2005, started volunteering in 2008, joined as staff in 2009, and took over as executive director in 2011. Josh is a co-founder of the Washington Recovery Alliance, King County Recovery Coalition, and Washington Peer Advancement Coalition. He currently serves on the King County Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Advisory Committee and co-chairs the Washington Behavioral Health Advisory Council. In his spare time, Joshua provides peer services consulting internationally on program development, evaluation, and training. Josh is a fierce advocate for peer services in Washington state because he knows firsthand the incredible impact that a community of peers connected by shared experience makes on increasing the success of long term recovery.
Liyah Pierce was born in Renton, WA. She was raised in Skyway, WA for 8 years before her family decided to move south to Auburn in 2006. Liyah’s first experience in administrative work was as a receptionist on the Microsoft campus in 2014. While there, she grew to love the fast-paced culture of the corporate world. Throughout the years Liyah has worked in many different capacities of the corporate world from security to executive support. She now supports Peer Washington’s CEO and President Joshua Wallace as an executive assistant.
Liyah struggled with mental health issues throughout her childhood. After a traumatic experience at the age of 13 and coming out at 14, Liyah’s 10-year battle with addiction began and her mental health started to rapidly decline. After relapsing in 2017, Liyah decided it was time to take her road to self-recovery “more serious.” With the help of online support groups, friends, and therapy, she has been able to stick to her path of sobriety since 2019. Liyah is an open advocate for mental health wellness. She is currently pursuing a degree in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies. She plans to use this degree to help address the social biases minorities and LGBTQ members can experience in larger corporate environments. When Liyah is not working on self-care, you can find her camping in Eastern Washington, riding horses in Ocean Shores, or shooting archery. Some of her favorite things include her dogs, Teddie Bear and Cao, pineapple novelties, the color black, and stargazing.
Rivet is a Texas native who moved to Seattle in 2013 in search of greener, or at least wetter pastures. Rivet is an active member of the Seattle LGBTQ community, serving Seattle Men in Leather as a board member alongside his work with Peer Seattle. His dedication to service is matched only by his unyielding love of pie.
A Seattle area native Sara started living on the streets at the age of 15. During her 5 years of homelessness, she found support in many local programs including - Lambert House, University District Youth Center, YouthCare, and the YMCA. During this time, she became passionate about youth advocacy especially relating to the queer community.
Sara has been active in the Seattle recovery community and Peer Seattle for a couple of years and becoming an employee on 6/17/2019. While her highest priority in all things is trust other core values include - having a strong sense of self and empowering others to as well, being part of a cooperative community that inspires unity, and looking at things with a curious mind to learn and grow as an individual.
A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Bobby moved to the Seattle area in August 2009 to make a fresh start in life. His background includes retail and hotel management, sound engineering, media productions, information technology, and pharmacy operations. He is a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa, a nationally certified pharmacy technician, and a graduate of North Seattle College with an Associates of Applied Science.
Bobby has been involved with Peer Washington since December 2009 when he was in a great need of community and support. He first began his journey by attending a support group. Later on, he decided to become a group facilitator as he fully believes in giving back to the community. In December 2012, he joined the Board of Directors and eventually became Board Treasurer. In August 2020 he was given the opportunity to become a staff member.
Having experienced many trials and tribulations in his life, he fully knows the difficulties that members of the LGBTQ community face and works to ensure that they and their allies have safe environments where they can come together in a mutual cause and personal growth no matter what path in life they are on.
Roberta was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She moved to Seattle in 1992, for a reporting job at KING 5 (NBC) news. She spent the next two decades covering major news events in Washington state. While she was working as a fulltime reporter and raising three kids with her partner, her alcoholism was activated. She was lucky enough to find treatment and is now in long term recovery.
Roberta is passionate about helping disenfranchised people and others to get help and is especially focused on meeting people where they are at. She believes deeply in the peer to peer model and has seen its benefits work on many levels. She has a unique skill set to help tell stories and get messages across to a wide audience. She enjoys spending time with her son, twin daughters and husband. (but secretly, her favorite is her dog Abby.)
Brian was born and raised outside of Anchorage Alaska. After four years at Colorado State University, he moved back to Alaska to work on a grant project with the University of Alaska Anchorage. During this time, he earned a Master’s of Business Administration and has been published on the topic of Comorbidity Training Needs in State Psychiatric Hospitals. After this grant ended, he left Alaska for a few years before returning to Anchorage where he worked for H&R Block for 11 years.
After an intervention by local law enforcement, Brian left Alaska to attend Lakeside Milam Recovery Centers to address addiction issues. Four days before his release, his brother, aged 55, died suddenly and without any outward signs. This tragedy gave Brian pause. He chose to stay in Seattle where the recovery community is strong and build on his new foundation. This included residing in Oxford housing, participating in various 12 step and peer-supported recovery programs, and volunteering his time and services to Seattle Area Support Groups at the front desk.
Working at the front desk taught patience, caring, understanding, and empathy. Helping people arriving at the center for their first time was quite rewarding. Being of service to others has been the foundation of Brian’s recovery and is what kept him clean and sober. Participating in the various training opportunities from Peer Seattle, he was able to grow his understanding of the recovery community and other peer-supported programs. He owes Peer Seattle his life.