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

Infant Case Management

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

Kaleidoscope Learn & Play Programs

Port Angeles Coordinator: Krista Hanan, AA
Brinnon Coordinator: Alicia Simmons
Port Hadlock Coordinator: Darcy Reeder
Sequim Coordinator: Brittany Wilmot, Rachel Millhollin

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; Laura Dotlich, RN

Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP)

Clinical Supervisor: Christina Miko, MS
Lead Case Manager: Allison Poff, BA
Advocates: Sunny Allen, BS; Madelin Barclay, BA; Grace Barcklow, BA; Deanne McCausland, BA; Lili Muth, BA; Sue Schwarz, BS; Andrea Wernofsky, BS
Office Assistant: Sarah Franich

Parents as Teachers Program

Supervisors: Nita Lynn, MAEd; Melissa Harris, ABS
Parent Educators: Lilia Dodd, MD; Krista Hanan, AA; Helen Kenoyer; Beka Labeau, M.Ed; Nicole Merrigan, BS; Dawn Midkiff, BA; Helen Kenoyer

Parent Education Classes

Instructor: Melissa Harris, ABS

Port Angeles Drop-In Center

Coordinator: Vicki Wegner

Safe Sleep Program

Coordinator: Dorothy Frascati, 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; Dorothy Frascati, RN

Board of Directors

President: Kathy Murphy-Carey
Vice President:
Secretary: John Wegmann
Treasurer: Norm Schaaf
Orville Campbell
Tracey Hosselkus
Trisha Hoagland
Paul Stutesman
Resa Yamamoto

Administrative Team

Executive Director: Venita Lynn, MAEd
Fiscal Manager: Priscilla Schaefer, BAS
Development Manager: Julie Haguewood
Administrative Assistant: Jordynn Rauch, AA