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


2018 In Review

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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 2019, we touched the lives of 4,328 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 Hannan, AA; Erin Cassinelli, BS; Ari Flores-Cisneros; Dacia Doyle, RN; Heather Gray, RN

Kaleidoscope Learn & Play Programs

Port Angeles Coordinator: Krista Hanan, AA
Brinnon Coordinator: Alicia Simmons
Port Hadlock Coordinator: Darcy Reeder
Sequim Coordinator: Kaylee Cammack

Maternity Support Services

Supervisors: Elisia Fernandez
Behavioral Health Specialists: Nita Lynn, MAEd; Heather Daley, LPC
Community Health Workers: Krista Hanan, AA; Emily Rosado; Erin Cassinelli, BS; Jeanene Heagy; Ari Flores-Cisneros; Noemi Duarte; Melissa Gigstead, BA; Deidra Delgado
Nurse Home Visitors: Dacia Doyle, RN; Heather Gray, RN

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

Clinical Supervisor: Christina Miko, MS
Advocates: Vianey Cadenas BA; LaDonna Puopolo BS; Carmen Ortiz, BA; Riley Slonecker, BA
Administrative Assistant: Linda Cooper

Parents as Teachers Program

Supervisor: Nita Lynn, MAEd
Co-Supervisor: Krista Hanan
Parent Educators: Krista Hanan, AA; Emily Rosado, BA; Erin Cassinelli, BS; Noemi Duarte, Danielle Kaufmann, BA; Jeanene Heagy; Melissa Gigstead, BA; Deidra Delgado

Parent Education Classes

Instructor: Diana Velasco

Port Angeles Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Deidra Delgado

Safe Sleep Program

Coordinator: Dorothy Frascati, RN

Sequim Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Contact First Step Family Support Center

Summer Adventure Camp

Instructor: Georgia Nickerson
Assistant: Jeff Tocher

Supportive Parenting Program

Parent Educators: Stephanie Steinman, RN; Dorothy Frascati, RN; Heather Gray, RN

Board of Directors

President: Kathy Murphy-Carey
Vice President: Paul Stutesman
Secretary: John Wegmann
Treasurer: Don Hoy
Orville Campbell
Tracey Hosselkus
Trisha Hoagland
Resa Yamamoto
Tina Smith

Administrative Team

Executive Director: Venita Lynn, MAEd
Program Manager: Elisia Fernandez, BA
Fiscal Manager: Priscilla Schaefer, BAS
Human Resources/Fiscal Specialist: Jordynn Rauch, BBA
Administrative/Facilities Assistant: Rebecca Ketterling