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.
Georgia Butler, BA, is the Director of Peer Spokane, she is the founder of Recovery Café Spokane and former director of Recovery Community Services at Community-Minded Enterprises. While at CME, Ms. Butler oversaw recovery-orientated programs both in Spokane County and throughout the State of Washington. These programs include Access to Recovery, the Child Care Assistance Program, Recovering Smiles, Circle of Security Parenting, WA State Certified Mental Health Peer Support Specialist Training, and Recovery Coaching. Under her guidance, some 500 people have accessed the peer support that makes the Café so important to the Spokane community. Her 33 years of experience in the field of recovery brings a knowledge base of the journey of recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders. She has expertise in developmental psychology, addiction studies, adult learning, and women’s studies. Georgia also serves as a Recovery Coach and as a Recovery Coach and Ethics Trainer for the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR).
Founder, Recovery Café Spokane, 2016
Founder of Hands Across the Falls, 2017
Director, Recovery Community Services 1996-2019
Founder of Recovery Smiles 2004
Governor’s Recognition Award for the Collaborative Leadership Development Institute, 2008
Spokane Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council award for Outstanding Community Service, 2000
Presenter at the Co-Occurring Disorder Conference and the Early Brain Development & Best‐Interest, 2012
Decision Making in our Courts Using Science to Inform Decision Making, 2013, at Gonzaga University
Treasurer of the Washington Recovery Alliance, 2015-2018
Julie has lived in Spokane her entire life. Growing up in Spokane made
her appreciate family and how important they are to her. Sports was
Julie’s middle name with all the activities she was involved with during
her school years. But addiction was always at her door. She has
experienced both mental health and drug addiction and went through
many treatment centers on her path to recovery. Her passion was to
help others who had the same struggles she had, including the death of
a child and her husband of 10 years overdosing pushed her in the
direction of becoming a peer. She has started a new career path to
help others at Peer Spokane, with unconditional acceptance and
positive regard, she welcomes all into a judgment-free and safe place
at Peer Spokane.
Justin was born in Juneau, Alaska, and moved to Ellensburg, Washington, at a young age. He came out to family and friends at the age of 15. Living in a small rural area, he faced challenges finding acceptance and community. Justin turned to substance use to cope with his surroundings. He was referred to the path of recovery by a local judge and chose to relocate to Spokane, WA in the early 2000s to live in an Oxford House. He became employed working with people with disabilities and did so for several years before returning to Ellensburg.
After experiencing a devastating relapse, Justin found his way back to Spokane, where he built a new foundation in recovery with the help of treatment and local 12-step programs. He has a passion for working with others in recovery, one-on-one, and through service, this is what lead him to Peer Spokane. Justin applied to become a peer coach and group facilitator and has been involved with Peer Spokane since it’s opening in September of 2019. Peer support has been an integral part of Justin’s recovery, and he firmly believes in the power of shared experience.