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EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

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CO-OWNERS

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Joey Bannish

FOUNDER, CO-OWNER, SUPERVISOR

Hi, my name is Joey Bannish, and I'm the proud founder of Destination Hope and Recovery.

Having spent most of my life in Pacific and Grays Harbor Counties, I've always considered this beautiful corner of the Northwest as my true home. Though my past may not be perfect, with 7 years of sobriety under my belt, I am enthusiastically embracing a brighter future.

As I reflect on my own journey, which includes over two decades of substance abuse and various challenges, I recognize that every step I've taken has led me to where I am today. My experiences have fueled my passion for helping others on their paths to recovery.

At Destination Hope and Recovery, my hope is that everyone who walks through our doors will experience their own progress. Whether it's small steps for some or larger strides for others, the key is to keep moving forward and working towards the goals we set for ourselves. I understand that everyone's story is unique, and I am committed to helping those in need to write a better future for themselves.


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Robin Cozad

CO-OWNER, DIRECTOR, SUPERVISOR

Hello, I'm Robin Cozad, and as a proud co-owner of Destination Hope and Recovery, I've been fortunate enough to witness the remarkable growth and impact of our organization. When I initially collaborated with Joey in founding Destination Hope and Recovery, I had no idea just how much we would achieve in such a short time. As our organization expanded and diversified, I eagerly returned to contribute to the development of innovative and exciting programs.

With a strong passion for identifying areas of improvement and cultivating them into more effective systems, I am dedicated to creating meaningful and lasting change. My goal is to harness my skills and expertise to enhance the lives of those most in need. Through my work at Destination Hope and Recovery, I am committed to fostering an environment that promotes healing, resilience, and growth for all.

Understanding the importance of recognizing and addressing the unique needs and experiences of individuals and communities, I strive to create a supportive and empowering atmosphere. By focusing on fostering resilience and growth, I aim to help those we serve overcome their challenges and achieve their full potential.

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Fiscal & Administration

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Brittany Carr

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
DVIT INTAKE COORDINATOR

Hello, my name is Brittany Carr, and I am the Executive Assistant and DVIT Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. As a lifelong resident of Lewis County, I bring a deep sense of community commitment to my role. With several years of experience in behavioral health and as a survivor of domestic violence, I'm excited to contribute to the development of Destination Hope and Recovery and our programs in Lewis County.

I am highly motivated to utilize my expertise to make a meaningful impact in the community where I was raised. The gaps in mental health and domestic violence support in this area are significant, and my aim is to help in bridging those gaps.

Equipped with a strong sense of compassion and empathy, I strive to be a trusted face in the community. I am committed to offering non-judgmental assistance to those facing challenges, ensuring they know they're not alone on their journey. My goal is to create a more supportive and inclusive environment for all, working towards a community where help is accessible and stigma is diminished.


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Recovery Navigator Program

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Annie Montgomery

PROGRAM SUPERVISOR

GRAYS HARBOR AND PACIFIC

Hello! My name is Annie Montgomery, and I serve as the Recovery Navigator Program Supervisor for Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties at Destination Hope and Recovery. With a background rooted in overcoming poverty, addiction, oppression, and mental health challenges, I bring a wealth of personal experience and empathy to my role. My years of community involvement have allowed me to support those facing similar struggles that I once endured. My passion lies in Harm Reduction and advocating for services that alleviate suffering while promoting health and wellness throughout our county.


I am committed to breaking down barriers associated with social class, and I view the individuals I serve as my extended family. As a staunch believer in the "Housing First" approach, I am proud to be part of the Destination Hope and Recovery team. At DHR, we recognize that each person's path to stability is unique, and we are dedicated to providing tailored support every step of the way. I am eager to collaborate with the numerous remarkable community partners who work tirelessly to create lasting change and save lives.

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Pacific County

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Heather Williamson

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

My name is Heather Williamson, and I am proud to serve as a Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery (DHR). Born in Astoria, Oregon, and raised in Long Beach, I have deep roots in Pacific County. My personal journey with recovery began as a participant in Pacific County Drug Court, an experience that profoundly taught me the value of community, support, and hope in transforming lives. This program wasn't just a path to sobriety; it was a gateway to new beginnings. While in the program, I achieved milestones that once seemed unattainable—I graduated high school, regained my driver's license, and embarked on my first college degree.

My story is a testament to the belief that there is no set timeline for recovery. Having spent a significant part of my youth in active addiction, I now see, both in myself and others, the undeniable truth that recovery is possible. Inspired by the impact that community support and a little extra help had on my own life, I am dedicated to providing the same level of compassion, empathy, and hope to others. At DHR, we recognize that every journey is unique, and I am committed to guiding and supporting our participants through their own paths to recovery and renewed hope.

Kylie Towe

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

Hello, my name is Kylie Towe, and I proudly serve as an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. Having been a part of the Pacific County community for 15 years, I have a deep connection to this area not just as a resident, but as a mother raising children here. My personal experiences with active addiction, its impact on loved ones, and the transformative power of support and guidance have profoundly shaped my understanding of recovery and community support.

My journey has included significant personal growth through participation in family therapeutic courts, where I enhanced my beliefs and values for the benefit of myself and those around me. Holding a degree in human services, I've witnessed the potential for recovery firsthand and believe strongly in the resilience that those from unconventional backgrounds can offer. It’s my goal to give back to my community in meaningful ways, leveraging my experiences and education to help others realize that recovery is not just a possibility, but a reachable reality for everyone.

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Grays Harbor County

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Rose Abbott

LEAD CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, I'm Rose Abbott, a dedicated Lead Case Manager at Destination Hope & Recovery, where I've been part of the team for two years. With a background as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), I bring over six years of hands-on support experience in the healthcare field. My journey at Destination Hope & Recovery began with this strong foundation in healthcare, and over the past two years, I've seen my role evolve significantly.

I initially joined the team to apply my healthcare expertise to a community setting, and since then, I have deepened my commitment to providing compassionate care. My work is grounded in the understanding that addiction affects not just individuals, but their friends, family, co-workers, and even the strangers we pass by daily. 

My mission at Destination Hope & Recovery is driven by the belief that with persistent effort and an abundance of compassion, we can cultivate a community where everyone feels comfortable in their own skin. Overcoming struggles together, we are building towards a future that fosters a supportive environment for all. As I reflect on my time here, I am proud to have contributed to fostering this positive change and remain excited about the growth and opportunities that lie ahead. I am committed to continuing to play a pivotal role in our community's journey toward a healthier, more hopeful future at Destination Hope & Recovery.

Eric Wolcott

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

My name is Eric Wolcott, and I am honored to serve as an RNP Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. My journey to this role has been shaped by personal triumphs over adversity, including a seven-year battle with addiction and a period of homelessness. The transformative experience of becoming a father marked the beginning of a new chapter in my life, one where overcoming obstacles and embracing recovery became my reality.

My 23 years of sobriety are just one aspect of my life's journey. I have had the privilege of working with young adults and children as a coach and supporting foster youth in a transitional home setting. These roles, coupled with my own past struggles, have guided me to where I stand today: a proud member of the amazing team at Destination Hope and Recovery and an advocate for those who face similar battles. Here, I've found not just a job, but a place to call home, and an opportunity to make a meaningful difference.

At Destination Hope and Recovery, I am committed to approaching each day with the intent to help our participants. Utilizing compassion, empathy, and understanding, my goal is to empower them to realize their potential for greatness. We at DHR are dedicated to making a positive impact in our communities and being a catalyst for the success of those we serve.

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Sean Boylan-Kelly

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, my name is Sean, and I serve as an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery (DHR). Drawing on my personal experiences, strength, and hope, I am dedicated to making a positive impact in my community. As a husband and father, I understand the importance of family support in overcoming life's challenges. Having faced addiction and homelessness myself, I firmly believe that everyone has the potential to transform their lives, regardless of their circumstances.


My mission is to be a reliable source of assistance for those in need, providing guidance and support in various situations. I am grateful for my family's unwavering encouragement, and I believe that we, at DHR, can offer the same kind of support to those seeking help. We strive to be a beacon of hope and a nurturing family for individuals who are facing their darkest moments.

Devyn Juvonen

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

My name is Devyn Juvonen, and I am an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. My life's journey has been a testament to overcoming addiction, leading me to a fulfilling path of long-term recovery. This experience has taught me a vital lesson: recovery is achievable for anyone committed to making a change. My time in incarceration was a pivotal period of self-improvement, focusing on mental, spiritual, and physical health. It was also during this time that I became a certified Peer Counselor, a role that has deepened my understanding of the transformative power of support and empathy.

At Destination Hope and Recovery, my role extends beyond a job—it's a passion fueled by my own experiences and the desire to help others find their path to personal greatness. Mistakes and challenges have been part of my journey, but they don’t define me. Instead, it's my resilience and the ability to grow from these experiences that shape who I am. Every day, I am committed to inspiring others to strive for a better, more fulfilling future. I look forward to working alongside those that we serve, dedicating my experience, strength, and hope to the mission of building better lives and positively impacting our community.

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Vennessa Zeller

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR


Hello, I'm Vennessa, and I am an Outreach and Referral Coordinator with Destination Hope and Recovery. Leveraging over four years of personal recovery experience to assist others on their journeys to healing. While I am relatively new to the social services sector, my previous roles have significantly honed my interpersonal and social skills, preparing me for meaningful interactions and community engagement in this field.

Having recently transitioned from Thurston County to Grays Harbor, I am eager to embrace new opportunities that allow for both personal growth and significant community impact. Outside of work, my greatest motivations come from my three wonderful kids and my supportive husband, with whom I share a deep commitment to spreading love and compassion. We believe in the transformative power of community support to uplift its members, and I am dedicated to being a catalyst for this positive change. Together, we strive to strengthen the bonds of our community, one interaction at a time.

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Lewis County

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Steven Weathers

LEAD CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

My name is Steve Weathers, and I am a Case Manager here at Destination Hope and Recovery. Having contended with a lot of the challenges that so many in our community face today, I strive to use the experience that I received in order to give back and assist others in overcoming their own obstacles, whether that be addiction, homelessness, or simply getting a new start on life. I could not be where I am today without the support and encouragement I received, and most of all that of my family. I believe everyone, given the right care, and with enough compassion, can succeed in making themselves, and our community as a whole, better. All we need to do is take that first step together

Jessica Gamez Orellana

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, my name is Jessica Gamez Orellana, a dedicated Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. A resident of our community for over 20 years and a single mother to four children, I recently graduated with an AA in Criminal Justice and am now pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology. My journey has intertwined with the very challenges our clients face, from experiencing addiction within my family to overcoming homelessness and poverty. These personal adversities have shaped my understanding and empathy, teaching me that every individual deserves respect, compassion, and an opportunity to rise above their current circumstances.

At Destination Hope and Recovery, I am committed to kindness and understanding, not just in my professional role but in every interaction. My goal is to empower our clients and community members, helping them invest in programs that can transform lives. Through my own experiences, I strive to be a beacon of hope and a testament to the strength and resilience that resides within each of us. DHR has enabled me to support and uplift those in need, reinforcing my belief that by helping others, we uplift our entire community.

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Russell Hawkins

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, my name is Russell, and I have the privilege of serving as an RNP Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. Raised in Eastern Oregon and later relocating to Washington during my high school years, I've always felt a strong calling to make a positive impact on people's lives. From a young age, the idea of making a difference was not just an aspiration, but a driving force. This led me to begin working in the recovery field in my early twenties. Since then, I've been continually inspired by the transformative effects that recovery has on individuals and their families.

In my role, my aim is to create an environment where people feel comfortable and empowered to make informed decisions about their lives. I take great pride in offering compassionate support and guidance, and I find immense fulfillment in being a supportive presence during others' journeys toward recovery and overall wellness. I'm here not just to manage cases, but to foster hope, resilience, and positive change in our community.

Tina Koehn

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, my name is Tina Koehn, and I am an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. As an Army Veteran and Certified Peer Counselor, I have spent more than half my life working in various human services roles. My personal journey, marked by poverty, childhood and adult trauma, mental health, and substance use disorder, has fueled my passion for supporting others as they navigate their unique paths.

I understand that each individual's journey is distinct, and it's essential to respect and honor those differences. I eagerly anticipate growing alongside my colleagues, strengthening community ties, and fostering trust and rapport with the clients we serve. Empowering others to find their voice and advocate for themselves is a core aspect of my work, and I am committed to making a positive impact on each person I encounter.

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Carly Holmes

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

My name is Carly Holmes, and I am an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. My story, marked by personal battles with addiction and adversity, began in a dysfunctional home. Seeking a different life, I left home at 16 with my high school sweetheart, quickly transitioning into motherhood and marriage. However, this new life soon mirrored the challenges of my upbringing, leading me into a destructive cycle of substance abuse and abusive relationships. Despite these hardships, I relentlessly strived for a better future.

This journey included significant legal challenges and a transformative period under the residential DOSA program, where I underwent treatment. After regaining custody of my children, I faced another relapse and a period of homelessness, which became a pivotal point in my life. My path to recovery gained momentum with the Family Drug Court program, where I graduated in 2023. Through this program, I embraced every support and opportunity, leading me to become a Certified Peer Counselor. Now, at Destination Hope and Recovery, I apply my experiences to support and inspire others. My story is one of overcoming and resilience, demonstrating that change is possible, and a brighter, substance-free future is attainable for everyone.

Brandon Figg

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

My name is Brandon Figg, and I serve as an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. A lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, from Grays Harbor to Cowlitz County, I bring a unique perspective to my role, shaped by approximately 30 years of personal experience with addiction and criminal behaviors. Now, with about 16 months of recovery under my belt, I actively work a program of action to sustain this newfound path.

My journey has taught me that recovery is attainable for anyone, no matter their past. What I once viewed as my greatest downfalls – my history with addiction and criminality – have transformed into my most significant assets. Sharing my story, I aim to instill hope in others who find themselves in similar situations I once faced. My message is simple yet powerful: recovery is possible. If someone like me can turn their life around, so can others. My role at DHR isn't just a job; it's a testament to the fact that we do recover, and I am living proof of that possibility.

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Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties

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Cindy Buchanan

LEAD CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, I'm Cindy Buchanan, and I proudly serve as an RNP Lead Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery, where I've been a part of the team for two years. Currently overseeing operations in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties, my background as a Certified Nursing Assistant for nearly two decades has equipped me with essential skills and insights that I bring to my role every day. My focus is on leveraging this experience to significantly aid those grappling with mental health and substance abuse challenges.

Having joined the the family DHR is with a strong belief in the transformative power of warmth and compassion, I've witnessed firsthand how these values foster positive change in both individuals and the broader community. My own journey has reinforced my understanding that no one's past is perfect, but with the right support and resources, everyone has the potential for growth and recovery. As I continue to work with people from all walks of life, my goal remains steadfast: to connect resources, guide, and inspire our clients towards a healthier, more empowered future. Together, we can make a meaningful difference.

Casey Kirchner

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello, my name is Casey Kirchner, and I am thrilled to serve as an RNP Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery, focusing on the communities of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. My career is rich with diverse experiences that range from Mental Health and Crisis Stabilization to Suicide Prevention and Information Technology. These roles have not only provided me with a broad set of skills but also a deep reservoir of lived experience, which I draw upon in my current position.

I am deeply committed to serving my community and believe that everyone has the potential to effect positive change. My mission is clear: to offer hope and support to those on their recovery journeys. By breaking down barriers, enhancing access to community resources, and fostering strong partnerships, I aim to provide comprehensive support that addresses the holistic needs of individuals. Together, we can navigate the path of recovery and build a foundation for lasting wellness and transformation.

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Krista Shipman

CASE MANAGER

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR


Hello, my name is Krista Shipman, and I proudly serve as an RNP Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery, based in Cowlitz County. A Longview, WA native, I bring a unique combination of professional education—including an Applied Arts Science Degree—and personal experience as a Certified Peer Counselor to my role. With many years facing the challenges of mental health issues and drug addiction, and eight years of personal recovery, I am deeply familiar with the journeys of those I serve.

Drawing from my own experiences with drug addiction, mental health struggles, and trauma, I am committed to using a trauma-informed approach to foster hope and support within our community. My goal is to empower individuals on their paths to recovery by providing understanding, support, and the necessary resources to help them succeed. I am dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those looking to reclaim their health and wellness.

Elysha Donaldson

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

HEALTH INSURANCE NAVIGATOR

Hello! My name is Elysha Donaldson, and I am delighted to serve as an RNP Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. Longview, WA has been my home for most of my life, and it's here that I've woven the rich tapestry of my experiences into the work I do every day.
Mental health is my foremost priority, rooted in the belief that everyone deserves to feel a sense of belonging. Despite not personally struggling with substance use, its presence during my childhood and early adulthood marked many chapters of my life. Transitioning through unstable environments while juggling roles as a wife and mother took a significant toll on my mental health. However, the past four years have brought transformative change—living in a predominantly sober home, advocating for our mental health, and embracing hope with each new challenge. This journey of healing and learning has not only made my life more fulfilling but has also shaped me into a compassionate and empathetic person.
The saying “it takes a village” resonates deeply with me, and I am committed to being a valuable part of our community’s village. In my new role, I am eager to continue growing personally and to contribute positively to the well-being of Cowlitz and Wahkiakum Counties. I look forward to supporting others on their paths to healing and celebrating every step toward a brighter future together.

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Mary Jordan

OUTREACH AND REFERRAL COORDINATOR

Hey, my name is Mary Jordan, and I'm an Outreach and Referral Coordinator at Destination Hope and Recovery. My journey to this role began while I was incarcerated in the federal system, marking the start of my recovery. Over the past three years, I’ve navigated the challenge of reintegrating into society soberly, learning to manage stress without resorting to substances or self-destructive behaviors, and confronting the underlying issues that led to my imprisonment.

After moving from Portland, OR to be closer to my family in Washington, I transitioned from the bustling city life to a quieter, small-town environment—a shift that has been both challenging and rewarding. In my role at DHR, I’ve embraced self-care and mindfulness, which are essential in helping me support my clients effectively. By sharing my story, I aim to inspire others that profound change is possible, demonstrating that recovery can pave the way to a bright and fulfilling future.

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Foundational Community Supports

Housing and Employment

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Felicia Nieto

LEAD CASE MANAGER

My name is Felicia Nieto, and I am an FCS Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. A word that defines myself and my story is Resiliency. Through my own journey and resiliency, I have overcome significant challenges, including addiction, homelessness, incarceration, and abuse. I transformed my life through recovery, regaining custody of my children and becoming a successful college student. While participating in drug court, I not only became a devoted mother but also achieved straight A's, served as President of Hope Squad, and joined multiple organizations dedicated to supporting mothers, the homeless, and recovering addicts.

Now employed and actively involved in the recovery community, I will soon graduate from GHC with an AA in Human Services and an SUDP/T certification. I remain committed to advocating for the homeless community, helping individuals access basic necessities, and promoting empathy and understanding through the power of shared stories. My journey is a testament to the power of change and the ability to overcome even the most difficult circumstances. I hope to inspire others who are struggling to believe that with determination, hard work, and kindness, anyone can create a better future for themselves and others.

Gerith Crow

LEAD CASE MANAGER

Hi, my name is Gerith Crow, and I am a Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. As a nine-time convicted felon and an extensive history of battling substance use disorder, finding employment and hope seemed nearly impossible for me. My past struggles constantly resurfaced, leaving me emotionally and spiritually overwhelmed. At my lowest point, I was fortunate to encounter a Certified Peer Counselor who shared their story and, through their lived experience, offered me a newfound sense of hope and connection.

Embracing this connection, I found meaning in my own struggles and began to view my past experiences as valuable tools that could help make a positive impact on the world. I was graciously given an opportunity at DHR, which allowed me to not only support my community but also provide for my family. As an FCS Case Manager, I aim to assist individuals facing similar challenges in overcoming barriers and discovering indispensable resources that were instrumental in my own journey out of addiction and homelessness. As a human being, my ultimate goal is to contribute to making the world a better place than I found it.

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Emily Reed

CASE MANAGER

Hi, my name is Emily Reed, and I serve as one of the FCS Housing and Employment Case Managers at Destination Hope and Recovery. I grew up in Pierce and King County and have been a resident of Grays Harbor for 11 years now. Much of my childhood and young adult life was spent navigating and overcoming the state systems, houselessness, trauma and abuse, single-parenthood, poverty, divorce and mental health challenges.

I have a direct passion for being a support to those who commonly feel they have no one else to turn to- those who come from familiar circumstances. I often serve individuals who have fallen through the cracks, are feeling lost or are unable to access the limited resources available. My heart is with the chronically homeless individuals, single parents, those with extensive criminal backgrounds or re-entering society after substantial incarceration sentences and those battling comprehensive mental health and substance abuse disorders.

I have over 10 years of experience in case management, social work, and the humanitarian non-profit field, with a passion for harm reduction, advocacy, and building community partnerships. I compassionately strive for the well-being of individuals and the overall wellness of our community. I feel grateful to be in this role and work for DHR - who truly strives to genuinely serve individuals and each other. 

Matt Polley

CASE MANAGER

Hello, I'm Matt Polley, and I serve as a Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. My path to this role is relatively new, yet it has quickly become one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. My personal journey has been shaped by significant challenges, including surviving abuse from parental figures battling addiction, enduring multiple traumas, and facing homelessness for a considerable part of my life. These experiences have instilled in me a deep-seated desire to alleviate suffering and contribute positively to the lives of others.

Joining Destination Hope and Recovery has allowed me to transform the adversities of my past into a source of strength and empathy in guiding others on their recovery paths. The peer movement has been instrumental in this transformation, offering a platform where my past experiences can be channeled into helping others navigate their journeys. Being a part of this movement and the team at Destination Hope and Recovery is a privilege I hold in high regard. I am committed to using my experiences to empathize with, support, and empower those who are working towards their recovery, and I look forward to making a meaningful difference in the lives of many.

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Trevor Latta

CASE MANAGER

Hi, my name is Trevor Latta, and I am a Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. Throughout my life, I have become familiar with the struggles of addiction, having seen its effects first-hand within my family. My journey through domestic violence, abuse, and the foster care system has shaped who I am today. These experiences have instilled in me a strong desire to improve not only my own circumstances but also to positively impact those around me. Here at DHR, I am committed to continuing this mission.

Despite being new to this field, my passion for seeing others succeed drives me forward. I am eager to learn from my peers at DHR and am dedicated to becoming the best case manager I can be. My goal is to support those I work with in overcoming their challenges and achieving their fullest potential. I am excited to embark on this new chapter of my life at Destination Hope and Recovery and am grateful for the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those in need.

Erica Schlesser

CASE MANAGER

Hello, my name is Erica Schlesser, and I serve as a Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. Born and raised in Grays Harbor within a challenging family dynamic, my early life was marked by truancy, substance abuse starting at 14, and a series of unsuccessful treatments, culminating in a cycle of addiction that lasted a decade. This period of my life was fraught with personal loss and destructive behavior until the turning point at 24 when I discovered I was pregnant. My daughter, whom I consider my miracle child, motivated me to seek treatment, pursue my GED, and embark on a path of recovery and self-improvement that led me to a fulfilling career in the medical field and, eventually, to DHR.

My journey through recovery, coupled with raising a child who faces her own challenges, has instilled in me resilience, empathy, and a deep-seated belief in never giving up. With 11 years of sobriety, I've repaired my family relationships, achieved personal milestones, and am now dedicated to giving back to my community. At DHR, I aim to provide the resources and support that were not available to me, advocating for others and being the ally I once needed. My hope is to empower those I work with by sharing my experiences, strength, and hope, demonstrating that change is possible, and helping them navigate their paths to recovery.

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Amy Ingram

CASE MANAGER

My name is Amy Ingram, and I am a FCS Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. My journey to this position is marked by personal struggles with addiction, mental health challenges, and navigating life as a three-time convicted felon. I was caught in a destructive cycle of relapse and incarceration, which culminated in a period of homelessness while pregnant. It was at this critical juncture that I chose to participate in a life-changing program.

This program was more than just a turning point; it was where I learned the invaluable lesson of living a clean and fulfilling life. The individual who guided me shared their own experiences of recovery and helped me access vital community resources and support programs. This guidance and the chance someone took on me turned my life around. Today, I am not only clean but employed, living in a safe home with my family, and, most importantly, I have discovered my true passion.

My passion lies in helping others, specifically in meeting them where they are in their journey. Having experienced the challenges of active addiction and the intricacies of case management, I understand both sides of the equation. Working at Destination Hope and Recovery is an honor that allows me to give back what was so generously given to me. My role is to offer hope, support choice-making, and ensure that every voice is heard, as we work together towards recovery and empowerment.

Cassidy Roberts

CASE MANAGER

Hello, my name is Cassidy Roberts, and I am proud to serve as an FCS Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. Having grown up and spent most of my life in Cowlitz County, I am deeply committed to giving back to the community that shaped me. My personal journey, marked by childhood trauma, addiction, and mental health challenges, fuels my passion for helping others facing similar struggles.

With experience in supporting homeless individuals, families with open CPS cases, and people battling addiction, I bring a wealth of knowledge and empathy to my role. At Destination Hope and Recovery, my goal is to guide others through the complexities of life's challenges, helping them find stability and hope. I am dedicated to making a meaningful impact, leveraging my background and experiences to assist those in need on their paths to recovery and resilience.

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Candace Love

CASE MANAGER

Hello, my name is Candace Love, and I am a Housing and Employment Case Manager at Destination Hope and Recovery. Since relocating to Grays Harbor County in 2017, I've truly found a place that feels like home. As a proud member of the LGBTQIA+ community and a person who was trafficked during childhood in environments surrounded by addiction, mental health issues, severe neglect, and domestic violence, I have deeply personal insights into the struggles many face.

My adult life initially mirrored the challenges of my youth, but I found my path to healing through community outreach and harm reduction. I believe in meeting people where they are and extending empathy to everyone I meet. In my role, I am committed to listening and holding space for your stories, aiming to empower you and support you in achieving your personal goals. Together, we can work toward healing and building a supportive community.

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Lili Holster

BENEFIT PLANNER

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

My name is Lili Thompson-Holster, and I serve as a Benefit Planner and Employment Specialist at Destination Hope and Recovery (DHR). My role here is deeply rooted in a personal mission to share hope and support with peers in our community, drawing from my own lived experiences. My journey through over 25 years of active addiction and mental health challenges has been transformative. For the longest time, I believed that being an addict was my only identity, as it led me down paths of imprisonment and profound loneliness.

Today, as a graduate of Family Recovery Court, I have turned a new page. I am now the mother and wife my family deserves, continuously growing into the best version of myself. At DHR, I am grateful to share hope and guidance from my lived experiences, offering a helping hand to those in need of a glimpse of hope in their journey.

Heidi Palmer

BENEFIT PLANNER

EMPLOYMENT SPECIALIST

Hello, my name is Heidi Palmer, and I am a Benefit Planner and Employment Specialist at Destination Hope and Recovery. My journey has been shaped by a history of childhood and adult trauma, domestic violence, and mental health struggles, which have all posed significant challenges in my roles as a parent, friend, and community member. However, these experiences have ignited a passion in me to empathetically support others in my community, reinforcing the belief that our past struggles do not define our future.
As an Army Veteran and Certified Peer Support specialist, I bring a unique perspective on resilience and perseverance through life’s toughest challenges. I have always felt a deep calling to help others who have faced similar adversities, to show them that they are not alone and that recovery is indeed possible. After spending the last eight years working exclusively with Veterans, I am thrilled to broaden my scope at DHR, where I look forward to expanding my knowledge and continuing to make a positive impact on our community.

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MANY COMPANIES SAY THEY ARE LIKE FAMILIES. DHR SEEKS TO PROVE THAT WE ARE ONE STEP CLOSER.

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