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 2017, we touched the lives of 5,415 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


Linda Briley
Jeff Tocher

Child Passenger Safety

Coordinator: Jacki, RN

Circle of Hope

Coordinator and Facilitator: Becca Larsen, LICSW

Growing Healthy Cooking

Instructor: Helen Kenoyer

Infant Case Management

Case Managers: Melissa Harris, ABS, Nicole Merrigan, BS, Emily Rosado

Kaleidoscope Learn & Play Programs

Port Angeles Coordinator: Krista Hanan, AA
Sequim/Brinnon Coordinator: Alicia Simmons

Maternity Support Services

Supervisors: Nita Lynn, MAEd, Becca Larsen, LICSW
Behavioral Health Specialists: Becca Larsen, LICSW
Community Health Workers: Melissa Harris, ABS, Nicole Merrigan, BS, Emily Rosado
Nurse Home Visitors: Dorothy Frascati, RN, Jacki, RN

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

Clinical Supervisor: Christina Miko, MS
Advocates: Allison Larson, BA, Madelin Barclay, BA, Grace Barcklow, BA, Sue Schwarz, BS, Lili Muth, Andrea Wernofsky
Office Assistant: Sarah Franich

Parents as Teachers Program

Supervisors: Nita Lynn, MAEd, Becca Larsen, LICSW
Lead Parent Educator: Melissa Harris, ABS
Parent Educators: Lilia Dodd, MD, Amy Duce, BA, Krista Hanan, AA, Beka Labeau, M.Ed, Nicole Merrigan, BS, Dawn Midkiff, BA

Parent Education Classes

Instructor: Melissa Harris, ABS

Port Angeles Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Helen Kenoyer

Safe Sleep Program

Coordinator: Jacki, RN

Satterberg Outreach Project

Coordinator: Minnie, BA

Sequim Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Lilia Dodd, MD

Summer Adventure Camp

Instructor: Georgia Nickerson
Assistant: Jeff Tocher

Supportive Parenting Program

Parent Educators: Stephanie Steinman

Board of Directors

President: Kathy Murphy-Carey
Vice President: Rita Young
Secretary: John Wegmann
Treasurer: Nicole Freeman
Orville Campbell
Jessica Eshom
Trisha Hoagland
Norm Schaaf
Paul Stutesman
Resa Yamamoto

Administrative Team

Executive Director: Venita Lynn, MAEd
Fiscal Manager: Priscilla Schaefer, BAS
Development Manager: Julie Haguewood
Administrative Assistant/Billing: Kate Streck, AAS
Administrative Assistant/PAT Data: MgA. Andrea Cooper