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


First 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.

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 2020, we touched the lives of 3,710 individuals 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.

Coordinators, Advocates & Educators

Child Passenger Safety

Coordinator: Emily Rosado, BA

Infant Case Management

Supervisors: Elisia Fernandez
Case Managers: Emily Rosado, BA; Krista Hanan, BA; Ari Flores-Cisneros; Dacia Doyle, RN; Danielle Kaufmann, BA; Jamie Christensen, BA

Kaleidoscope Learn & Play Programs

Port Angeles Coordinator: Krista Hanan, AA
Brinnon Coordinator: TBD
Port Hadlock Coordinator: Darcy Reeder
Sequim Coordinator: TBD

Maternity Support Services

Supervisors: Elisia Fernandez
Behavioral Health Specialists: Nita Lynn, MAEd; Heather Daley, LPC
Community Health Workers: Krista Hanan, BA; Emily Rosado; Jeanene Heagy; Ari Flores-Cisneros; Melissa Gigstead, BA; Deidra Delgado; Danielle Kaufmann, BA; Jamie Christensen, BA
Nurse Home Visitors: Dacia Doyle, RN; Dorothy Frascati, RN

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

Clinical Supervisor: Christina Miko, MS
Advocates: Vianey Cadenas BA; Carmen Ortiz, BA; Riley Slonecker, BA; Neilu Naini, BA; Holly Eiland, BA
Administrative Assistant: Linda Cooper

Parents as Teachers Program

Supervisor: Nita Lynn, MAEd
Co-Supervisor: Krista Hanan
Parent Educators: Krista Hanan, BA; Emily Rosado, BA; Danielle Kaufmann, BA; Jeanene Heagy; Melissa Gigstead, BA; Deidra Delgado; Arianna Flores Cisneros

Parent Education Classes

Instructor: Diana Velasco

Port Angeles Drop-In Center

Coordinator: TBD

Safe Sleep Program

Coordinator: Dorothy Frascati, RN

Sequim Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Contact First Step Family Support Center

Summer Adventure Camp

Instructor: Georgia Nickerson

Supportive Parenting Program

Parent Educators: Stephanie Steinman, RN; Dorothy Frascati, RN; Dacia Doyle, RN; Jamie Christensen, BA

Board of Directors

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

Administrative Team

Executive Director: Venita Lynn, MAEd
Program Manager: Elisia Fernandez, BA
Fiscal Manager: Priscilla Schaefer, BAS
Office Manager: Amber Hosken, BAS
Human Resources/Fiscal Specialist: Jordynn Rauch, BBA