The Quarterly Peer-Run Program Director’s Retreat will be at the San Damiano Retreat Center, 125 Old Kitchen Rd, White Post, VA 22663. Directions are available from San Damiano or from Google. All meals are provided for retreat participants.


Wednesday, March 8th

  • 9:00am-10:00am – Arrival
  • 10:00am – Opening Remarks
  • 10:30am – Sharing Program Strengths
  • 11:00am – Organizational WRAPs
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Organizational WRAPs
  • 3:00pm – Peer Support in Central America
  • 6:00pm – Dinner

Thursday, March 9th

  • 8:00am – Breakfast
  • 9:00am – Building Recovery Capital in your Community
  • 9:45am – Common Program Challenges
    • Rules and Consistency
    • Working with clients struggling with basic needs
    • Outreach Methods
  • 10:15am – Engaging Your Board
  • 12:00 noon – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Adapting to Medicaid Funding
  • 3:00pm – Departure


Tammy Washington, Peer Leader and Advanced WRAP Facilitator

Tammy is a survivor of childhood trauma, the daughter of two parents dealing with alcoholism. Since she herself got sober at the age of 18, Tammy has been doing peer support. She has been in mental health recovery since 1987, and became a peer support specialist in 2009. Tammy has been involved in the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, the Fairfax-Falls Church WRAP Team, and VOCAL.

Samuel V. Nickels, Director, Mental Health International

Sam has 30 years of experience in nonprofit services, management and fundraising. He has led cultural diversity workshops, developed start-up nonprofits, and organized grassroots community groups. He is director of Mental Health International, which has focused for 14 years on global mental health issues in Central American countries.

Daniel Barrows, Coordinator, VOCAL Coalition of Peer-Run Programs

Daniel has a passion for building communities of support and mutual aid. He has held leadership roles at organizations including a community of those who have experienced homelessness who demonstrate sustainable living skills, a bicycle repair shop emphasizing empowerment through collaborative skill-building, a residential addiction recovery farm, and a coalition for local criminal justice reform.

Kemi Amola-Hill, Ph.D, LPCS, ACS, NCC

Dr. Amola-Hill is the owner of Visions of Ideal Communities Empowered, a therapeutic services agency, as well as Helping Our Peers Excel, a peer support specialist certification program (both in North Carolina). She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor, a clinical Supervisor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor. She holds a Ph.D in Counselor Education from North Carolina State University. Dr. Amola-Hill is committed to identifying and alleviating the dynamic needs of individuals experiencing crisis.

Photographs of San Damiano Facilities

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