First Step Family Support Center

About Us

We support parents and families so that they can maximize their individual potentials as they progress throughout their lives. ~ Nita Lynn, Executive Director Emeritus


2021 In ReviewFirst Step Family Support Center believes that parents are their child’s first teacher as well as their first emotional “home”. In an effort to support parents in their crucial role, we offer maternity support, parenting education classes, home-visiting programs, and center-based activities so that families have the advantage in raising healthy and happy children.

Since 1972, First Step Family Support Center has worked for and with families in Clallam County and are now expanded to Jefferson County.

We actively evolve our services as the needs of the community and the families we serve change. Today, the relevance and importance of family support is stronger than ever.

In 2022, we touched the lives of over 1,228 families by providing parenting education, home-visiting programs, advocacy, support groups, and access to vital health and safety information and supplies. All of our programs are free or paid for by Medicaid.

2022 Annual Report
2022 Audited Financial Statements


Coordinators, Advocates & Educators

Child Passenger Safety

Coordinator: Emily Rosado, BA
Technicians: Deidra Delgado; Jeanene Heagy; Danielle Salazar, BA; Emily Rosado, BA

Family Wellbeing

Family Resource Coordinator: Jeidi Ahilon Perez, AA

First Step Diaper Bank

Coordinator: Amy Gardner

First Step Drop-In Centers

Supervisor: Kelsi Millet, BA
Forks Coordinator: Dustin Gentry
Port Angeles Coordinator: Amy Gardner

Infant Case Management

Supervisor: Kelsi Millet, BA
Case Managers: Krista Hanan, BA; Pattie Tuck, RN; Danielle Salazar, BA; Allison Williams, MS, ATR, LMHC, PMH-C

Kaleidoscope Learn & Play Programs

Supervisor: Kelsi Millet, BA
Port Angeles/Sequim/Forks: Izumi Noda, AA
Port Townsend/Port Hadlock/Chimicum: Jennifer Brevik, MS
Brinnon Coordinator: Lizzie Nelson, MS

Maternity Support Services

Supervisor: Kelsi Millet, BA
Behavioral Health Specialists: Elisia Anderson, CC, IMH-E; Allison Williams, MS, ATR, LMHC, PMH-C
Community Health Workers: Krista Hanan, BA; Jeanene Heagy; Deidra Delgado; Danielle Salazar, BA; Deanna Wells, BS; Lesley Hoare
Nurse Home Visitors: Pattie Tuck, RN; Stephanie Steinman, RN

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

Clinical Supervisor: Christina Miko, MS
PCAP Advocates: Vianey Cadenas BA; Carmen Ortiz, BA; Riley Slonecker, BA; Anne Grover, MS; Cindy Deford, BA; Shelby Golden, BA; Aurora Mackley, BA
PCAP Administrative Assistant: Tracey Grover

Parents as Teachers Program

Supervisor: Krista Hanan, BA
Parent Educators: Emily Rosado, BA; Danielle Salazar, BA; Jeanene Heagy; Deidra Delgado; Jessica Charles-Elofson; Deanna Wells, BS; Brenda Kambeitz

Parent Education Classes

Instructor: Deidra Delgado

Safe Sleep Program

Coordinator: Deidra Delgado

Supportive Parenting Program

Family Support Workers: Stephanie Steinman, RN, Izumi Noda, AA

Board of Directors

President: Tyrone Beatty
Vice President: Kathy Murphy-Carey
Secretary: John Wegmann
Treasurer: Don Hoy
Orville Campbell
Tracey Hosselkus
Tina Smith
Laurie Szczepczynski

Administrative Team

Executive Director: Elisia Anderson, BA
Program Manager: Kelsi Millet, BA
Fiscal Manager: Priscilla Schaefer, BAS
Office Manager: Amber Hosken, BAS
Administrative Assistant: Devan Columbus
Programs Assistant: Teresa Charles