About our Staff

Outreach Coordinator/Recovery Coach, Amber Peace-Responsible for University and Vet outreach programs, and oversees all Recovery Coaching.  Three years experience working in the recovery field, an additional eight years experience working with military families as a Family Programs.  Training:  Moral Reconation Therapy, Recovery Coaching, Peer Support Specialist, Management for Aggressive Behavior, QPR Gatekeeper, Veteran MRT, Veteran Trauma Therapy.

Jail Re-Entry Recovery Program Recovery Coach, Ariana Murphy-Recovering heroin and meth addict that has been clean for almost 5 years. Since becoming clean Ariana has volunteered on our Board of Directors, learned about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Moral Reconation Therapy, graduated from Mental Health Court, and served as a mentor for Idaho Department of Corrections. Ariana also has a nursing degree, and serves as a licensed pharmacy tech.

Executive Director, Darrell Keim-Founding director of the Latah Recovery Center and all-around tall guy.  Responsible for hiring, policy and procedure, staff representative to board of directors, and fundraising.  Over twenty years of relevant experience working with nonprofit and state organizations. Has worked in this field for over ten years.  Awarded the “Idaho Star” award for work starting two local recovery community centers, and more recently the 2021 Idaho Mental Health Month Advocate Award.  When not working, Darrell enjoys reading, building home electronics, tinkering with his old Chevy and chasing after his Bassett hounds and rabbits. 

Vandal Recovery Program Assistant, Genesha Mortensen-Works with the Vandal Recovery Outreach Program through Latah Recovery Center with Amber Peace.  She has been a volunteer at Latah Recovery Center since 2020 and brings her excellent organizational skills, compassion,  and energy to the community she serves daily.  Genesha is working towards Recovery Coaching and Peer Support certification. In her off time, she enjoys knitting, crafting, gaming with her family and snuggling with her dog and a good book.

Veterans Outreach Recovery Coach, James Rankin-Retired veteran of the Air Force of 20 years.  James has been in recovery for about three years now from a MDD and SUD disorder.  He started at the Latah Recovery Center as a volunteer and was a Recovery Peer Volunteer.  James moved to be an Outreach worker for the Recovery Navigator Program in Pullman Washington but has since returned to the LRC to pursue his passion helping veterans and others in our community.  He has served as the Quartermaster and Commander of the local VFW Chapter.  James is attending Spokane Falls Community College full time in pursuit of his Bachelors in Integrated Community Services.  He looks forward to helping others in our community.

Front Desk Worker Michael Arnold-Has almost 2 years of sobriety from a meth addiction. He is responsible for answering phones, greeting people that walk through the door, and calling peers. Mike recently graduated mental health court, and has taken recovery coach training, Suicide Prevention: Question Persuade and Refer and Mental Health First Aid. Mike is attending college at Lewis and Clark State College to study psychology and become a counselor working with teens. He enjoys helping people, has volunteered for 6 years and is grateful to now help as staff at the Latah Recovery Center.

Crisis Center Case Manager Miranda Hotchkiss-Provides support services and resource development to crisis participants that are recovering from mental health and substance-use disorders. Organizes and facilitates a weekly re-entry support group and guides the Positive Affirmation meeting at the Latah Recovery Center. Miranda has a B.S. in Sociology-Criminology and participated as a student in classes at I.C.I.O. (Orofino). In her free time, she enjoys soccer and anything outdoors ranging from hiking, camping, fishing, boating, etc.

Re-Entry Case Manager Sav Valentine provides resources and support services to those involved in the criminal justice system. Sav started at the Latah Recovery Center as an intern while receiving her B.S. in Sociology-Criminology from the University of Idaho and is happy to be back. In her free time, she enjoys reading, baking, and making bad jokes.


Crisis Center and Volunteer Coordinator, Shaun Hogan-Coordinates aspects of the crisis work done at the crisis center.  Also coordinates volunteers for the recovery center since 2017. Works with returning citizens for coaching and reintegration through the Center’s jail program. B.S. in Sociology. Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist and Certified Peer Support Specialist. Trained Recovery Coach. Shaun enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding his motorcycle, and playing with his dogs.