Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services is excited to announce that Vanetta Johnson has been selected as the new Executive Director. During the last six months as the Interim Executive Director, Vanetta has demonstrated her ability to lead with integrity and passion while implementing strategies that support our mission of wellness, self-empowerment, and social inclusion for mental health consumers. Building on the leadership of prior Executive Directors and staff, the board looks forward to the continuing journey and success of PEERS under Vanetta’s Leadership.

With over 17 years of professional experience, Vanetta brings a background that includes executive leadership, organizational development, coaching, workforce development, and program management. Over the last several years, she has worked to improve outcomes for youth and adults within the foster care and behavioral healthcare systems. Previously, Vanetta served as the Programs Director at PEERS where she provided program oversight and led workforce development efforts. Vanetta also served on the leadership team at WestCoast Children’s Clinic where she managed efforts for the Youth Advocate Program: a workforce development program for Transition Age Youth. Outside of her work with mental health focused non-profit organizations, she has worked in various sectors providing her with a diverse skill set.

In addition to her professional experience, Vanetta identifies with our mental health community through her personal lived experience as a former foster youth. Vanetta is deeply invested in her wellness and exemplifying that recovery is possible. She leans on her faith, counseling/mentoring, and her support system to continue her wellness journey.

Vanetta is committed to continuing our wellness work in partnership with the Board of Directors, staff, community partners, and funders.  With the challenges that our communities are facing, it is critical to continue to spread the message of hope and recovery. As peers, we get to do just that!

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