The Peerpocalypse Planning Committee is pleased to announce the 2018 keynote speakers! Please note that the keynotes are in alphabetical order by last name, and not in order by schedule. The presentation schedule will be included in the program.
Nature Carter- Gooding is a native of Seattle, who shares her struggle to success journey; of overcoming mental health challenges, addiction, homelessness, domestic violence and surviving the sex industry. She is a recognized innovative program developer and energetic leader that has dedicated the last sixteen years to helping others help themselves. Nature has an enriched professional experience working in a wide range of diverse settings with nonprofits, providing case management, outreach, facilitating life skills groups, housing support, peer mentoring and recovery coaching preparing people for the next stage of their recovery.
Nature continues her vigorous crusade being that unheard voice, raising awareness at roundtable discussion with elected officials and publically speaking about the injustices, and the locked door syndrome that prevents access to treatment and mental health. She provides specialized training that empowers professional providers to utilize new approaches to engage underserved and marginalized hard to reach communities. Currently Nature is completing her Bachelors of Science in Youth Development and employed fulltime at the YWCA Seattle King Snohomish County eliminating racism and empowering women.
Charles Gooding was born and raised, in an all-black community of Seattle's Historical Central District. He beat the odds and overcame drug addiction, homelessness, mental health challenges, and incarceration. He began in this field as a Peer/Outreach Specialist, and worked his way from the bottom up. He is now a passionate change agent committed to ending negative vicious cycles of addiction and incarceration in the same community he survived. Charles has a credible enriched professional work history, as a recovery coach, reentry counselor, and peer/outreach specialist. Since Charles has successfully accomplished a Chemical Dependency degree, his current career focus has been specializing in prevention and intervention providing direct treatment services and facilitating relapse prevention models throughout Seattle.
Charles was on the first committee in Washington State to launch peer model approaches and nineteen years later he continues his tireless mission as an energetic recovery coach and motivational speaker using many different platforms empowering lives, and promoting positive change.
Ashlee Jemmott has been working in the mental health field, providing resources, assistance, and guidance to youth and young adults in the juvenile justice and foster care systems, including young mothers and fathers. She supported the creation and opening of the health center at McClymonds High School in collaboration with Children’s Hospital Oakland. While earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at San Jose State University (SJSU), Ashlee founded the campus organization Connect, Motivate, Educate Scholars to advocate for former and current foster youth attending SJSU. This initiative supplied access to school funding, tutoring services, mental health services, and housing. She has served in the community as a career and education coordinator, academic adviser, and most recently as a founding member of a charter school in Oakland. As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. as well as the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Ashlee is committed to exuding excellence and setting positive examples in her community.
Eric Martin, MAC, CADC III, CRM, CPS is the Past President & Director Emeritus of the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon. Eric serves as both trainer and supervisor of the 4th Dimension Youth Recovery Club and Peer Support Program. Eric is the Director of the MetroPlus Association of Addiction Peer Professionals. Eric is an Adjunct Faculty member with the University of Oregon SAPP program and a contract instructor with Oregon's Child Welfare & Self Sufficiency Divisions. Eric is a state & nationally certified addictions counselor with 32 years of clinical experience in Inpatient Psychiatric Hospitalization, Residential and Outpatient Addictions Treatment, Recovery Support Services and ATOD Prevention. Eric is an international presenter and recovery advocate. Eric has served on several Governor's advisory boards, the Governor's Council on Substance Abuse Programs and the Governor's Advisory Board on Drugs & Violent Crime. Eric has also produced a number of video's, including "Reunited" a video designed for methamphetamine addicted mothers entering the child welfare system. Eric has been honored with numerous awards in light of his 30 years of service in Addiction Treatment & Prevention. Most notably, he is the recipient of the Governor's Council Award of Excellence, presented by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, and he is the recipient of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors—National, William F.Callahan Award for Sustained and Meritorious Service at the national level to the profession of addiction counseling, presented in Washington D.C. in 2010. Eric currently serves in a leadership capacity to numerous community boards including; 4th Dimension Recovery Center, New Columbia CREW, Chair of the Miracles Club, Voices of Problem Gambling Recovery, Legislative Liaison for the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of Oregon, and immediate past Co-Chair of the State’s Traditional Health Worker Commission.