Peer Wellness Specialists

Peer Support Specialists

You can contact us remotely and get the peer support you still need. Here are our Peers with a brief bio that include their contact numbers and the hours they are available. Also, feel free to use our 'Contact Us' page and send a general message and have us reach out to you!

John Kightlinger

John Kightlinger

Peer Wellness Specialist


My name is John and I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist with over 5 years of experience. I currently work for New Narrative at the Comfort Zone. I have experience in both clinical and peer-run settings.

I have specialized in jail diversion and mobile crisis. I also have experience providing support with Social Security.

My educational background is in criminology and criminal justice. Being a peer, I have lived personal life experiences that equip me to support people who may have similar experiences or are interested in certain topics.

Some topics I am familiar with include bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, psychosis, childhood trauma, psychiatric hospitalization, outpatient services, and psychotropic medication.

I am more than happy to provide peer support by using my personal and professional experience to those who are interested.

(971) 716-7599

Mon-Fri 10am-2pm

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Emily Hart

Peer Wellness Specialist


Hello my names Emily!

I am a Peer Wellness Specialist for Comfort Zone, New Narrative. I want to share a little about me so you can get to know me.

I became a mentor so I can be here for you and offer support. Everyone has hard times throughout life and it helps to have someone who can be an empathetic listener, and have someone to relate to. I have had personal struggles in the past that I have overcame and now am able to offer assistance and guidance to others when they need someone that understands and cares.

Besides personal experiences, I have learned experiences through school where I went for addictions counseling. After that I worked within a few different MAT settings, where I was able to practice these skills and be of help to others. These skills include MI, DBT, trauma informed care, MH awareness, WM, and knowledge around SUD's/chemical dependencies. I would love to get to know more about you now!

(971) 977-1908

Mon-Fri  10am-2pm

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Drew Didway

Peer Wellness Specialist

My name is Drew and I have worked for 6 years as a Peer Support Counselor and Recovery Coach. For years I struggled with mental health and addiction, busting through several rock bottoms, and ending up so deep in addiction I could not see any way out. I am among millions of people in this country who are in recovery. I have lived with PTSD, gang violence, OCD, chronic pain, addiction, houselessness, and being in and out of jail.

Today I support myself and others through meditation, art, hiking, nature, music, service to others, and understanding I'm a healthier person with purpose because of my struggles, not in spite of them.


White Bison Medicine Wheel 12-Step Facilitator

GPR Suicide Intervention Certificate

Mental Health First Aid Certificate

(971) 706-4334

Mon-Fri  9am-5pm

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Dahlton Burke

Program Manager

I’ve have been part of New Narrative for over six years. I am self educated; my discovery and growth as a peer came from a long road of self-care, with many starts and stops along the way. I am a strong advocate for the the Queer and BIPOC communities. 


I have lived experience in:

Autism, C-PTSD, Houselessness, Severe Depression

Generalized Anxiety, Partial Epilepsy (Post Surgery), Childhood physical and sexual abuse, queer/LGBTQIA (I’m trans and identify as non-binary), Suicidal outpatient and inpatient services


I have certifications/training in:

PWS (Peer Wellness Specialist), AED/First Aid/CPR, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), Alt2S (Alternatives to Suicide), CCAR (Cultural-Centered Approach to Recovery), DBT (Dialectal Behavioral Therapy)

I’m an amateur artist with interests in games (tabletop and digital). I’ve attended many conventions but have only cosplayed less than a handful of times. I am comfortable with being casual to empower personal connection with those I work with, however, I can very easily transition to a more formal way of conversation when needed. My cat’s name is Nicolas Cage because he likes to scream and knows a few tricks.

(971) 865-7728

Mon-Fri  9am-5pm

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