Daniella Mendez

Title: Senior Peer Services Coordinator

Department: CARES



What are your primary duties?  As a peer recovery specialist, I contribute to the mission of engaging and organizing the recovery community by helping individuals find, maintain, and enhance their recovery experience through peer support, educational and volunteer opportunities, and recovery friendly events, as well as working to reduce the stigma associated with substance use through advocacy, education and service.

How many years have you worked in the field? I have been advocating to empower marginalized communities most of my adult life.

Why do you work in the field? Through lived experience and loving humans who struggle with substance misuse, most importantly, inspired by and honor of my baby cousin Mathew Mendez, my career as a Peer Recovery Specialist was born.