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2024 - 8th Annual

Utah Peer Conference



"Peer support is a part of the human experience. Being able to share experiences, help heal, guide, and warn one another is what bonds us as families, friends, and communities. There is a long history of peer support that we need to strengthen and cement here at this conference and throughout the coming year. Peers have continued to exercise their voice in their own treatment and recovery process. Today, peers are an essential partner in supporting recovery through mutual support, education, and advocacy across the nation, in the fields of mental health and substance use disorders."


Doug Thomas


June 20 - PM SESSION

12:00 - 01:00 PM


01:00 - 01:15 PM

Welcome & Hosekeeping

01:15 - 01:30 PM

A message from the organizing committee

01:30 - 03:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Title: Peer Social Activity, HOPE

Presenter: Marcey Gray

* Virtual activities to be hosted simultaneously

03:00 - 03:15 PM

   Title: Break

03:15 - 04:00 PM

Mystery Rooms Social Activity

Four Mystery Rooms to Explore

Presenter: Marcie Gray

* Virtual activities to be hosted simultaneously

04:00 - 04:15 PM

   Title: Break

04:15 - 04:45 PM

Peer Social Activities Debrief 

Presenter: Becca Brown

04:45 - 05:00 PM

Closing Remarks


June 21 - AM SESSION

08:00 - 09:00 AM

Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:05 AM

Welcome & Housekeeping

09:05 - 09:15 AM

Title: Welcome to the Utah Peer Conference

Presenter: Brent Kelsey, OSUMH

09:15-10:15 AM

Title: Revolution Recovery

Presenter: Meghann Perry

10:15-10:30 AM

Title: Networking Break

10:30 AM-11:30 AM

Room H

Title: Creating Safety

Presenter: Brian Nielsen

Room O

Title: Self Advocacy & Empowerment

Presenter: Evan Done/Brayden Robinson

Room P (Spanish)

Title: Stigma & Cultural Responsiveness

Presenter: Olimpia Canizal/Olimpia Alanis

Room E

Title: Dealing with Stigma

Presenter: Owen Ashton

11:30 AM- 12:30 PM PM



The winners are:

Peer of the Year, JGA Award: Tiffany Nacarrato

Change Maker, FPSS Award: Alma Dinora Tanner

Making it Happen, YPSS Award: Miriam Jaqueline Gutierrez Perez

June 21 - PM SESSION

12:30-2:00 PM

Grand Ballroom

Title: Transformational Storytelling

Presenter: Meghann Perry

02:00-02:15 PM

Networking Break

02:15-3:15 PM

Room H

Title: Naloxone Training

Presenter: Amy Campbell

Room O

Title: Suicide Prevention

Presenter: Sofia Jimenez/Olimpia Canizal

Room P

Title: Harm Reduction & Sex Trafficking Survivors and Exploitation

Presenter: January Riggin

Room E

Title: Mindful Self-compassion through   Meditation & Connection

Presenter: Jennifer Slack

03:15-04:15 PM

Room H

Title: Family & Ethics

Presenter: Alicia Wilcox

Room O

Title: LGBTQ+ Culture & How it Intersects with Latinx Culture

Presenter: Natanael (Nata) Choi

Room P

Title: De-escalation Techniques

Presenter: Evan Done/Jules Martinez

Room E

Title: Eight Dimensions of Wellness

Presenter: Tryana Scaramella/Andy Deines

04:15-04:30 PM




The Jacqueline Gomez-Arias
Peer of the Year Award Winner



Tiffany Naccarato is a mother to 3 children, an adventure seeker and a fierce advocate in the recovery community. Tiffany is a woman in long term recovery and a Certified Peer Support Specialist with 5 years’ experience in the field of substance use recovery support services. Tiffany entered recovery in 2017 and successfully completed a Specialty Drug Court Program in 2018. This lived experience was the springboard for her future and ignited her passion to help others just as she had been supported with strengthening her recovery while in the program. Tiffany dedicated herself to volunteering for the Drug Court Alumni program through providing weekly support meetings, developing and hosting social events, and encouraging current court participants to attend recovery oriented social activities.


In 2019, Tiffany was hired by USARA, a Recovery Community Organization, to further develop a partnership to provide peer recovery support for Family Recovery Court participants. Tiffany inspires and motivates positive change in her participants through mentorship and encouragement to advocate for themselves and their future. Tiffany truly leads by example as a woman who is empowered in her life, celebrating her own successes, and is truly a role model who encourages others to create their own self-love/care practices, discipline and faith. You will always see Tiffany dressed for success and showing up with her vibrant personality. She is always kind and passionate about finding opportunities to be of service to others and is known for the positivity and love she brings to this world. 

Family Peer Support Specialist
Change Maker Award Winner

Dinora was born and raised in Honduras. She moved to the United States as a teenager and spent the majority of her adult years living in Wilmington, Delaware. She has resided in St. George, Utah since 2013.


Dinora brings a variety of skills to her position at Southwest Behavioral Health Center as the SMR Case Manager, Supervisor. With over 10 years of experience in working with families in crisis and child development, Dinora has become a leader and advocate for promoting early intervention and building healthy family relationships. Dinora has been a pioneer in the recovery community for helping parents navigate through the challenges of loved ones struggling with addiction.


When Dinora is not working she enjoys time with her family, hiking with friends, cooking, and traveling the world. She has 4 children, 8 grandchildren and two pups. Faith, family and service are the things that matter most to her.


Youth Peer Specialist
Award Winner

Hello my name is Miriam Jaqueline Gutierrez Perez, I am a person in recovery from mental health issues. What this means is that it’s been about 10 years since I started facing my depression instead of ignoring it or running away from it. What recovery means to me is reassurance that people change people and a reminder that everything happens for a reason. It has allowed me to graduate with my BS in Psychology from Weber State University in 2020 and find Latino behavioral health services in 2022. Recovery has given me. Hope, by allowing me to remain hopeful about the future and the opportunities headed my way, Like becoming the youth programs coordinator earlier in the year for latino behavioral health services. Wellness, by being able to prioritize my mental health and realizing the importance it has on my overall well being. Diversity, by embracing my diverse characteristics of being Mexicana, the oldest of three, young person ,being Queer and sharing them to promote unity amongst many different groups of people  by bringing awareness of mental health illness and substance use to empower and support youth. I have been able to do this by being able to mentor, facilitate classes and groups and work at the schools in Ogden and Murray. Integrity, by not only putting myself first but choosing to take what I have learned in my journey and sharing it to help latino youth and parents on their recovery journey. Lastly, commitment by choosing to work through obstacles in all aspects of My life,work, school, family and friends.



Utah Peer Conference


3269 S Main St. Ste 100, South Salt Lake, Utah 84115

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