Executive Director – Susan Millender

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Susan brings a wealth of experience as a non-profit professional in Puget Sound, and lived experience as the parent of two children who have struggled. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and was a participant in the 2014 Family Engagement in Education Program of the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA.

Susan has more than 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in developing and implementing social service programs and grassroots advocacy initiatives with strong volunteer engagement. Susan knows the importance, both professionally and personally, of families helping families and peer support. She is a Certified Peer Counselor since October 2013.

“My lived experience fuels my passion for building additional supports for families and youth to bridge the gaps in resources,” Susan shared, “Personal experience forms the foundation of my professional focus.”



Parent Partner – John Martin

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John is a certified peer counselor (CPC) since June 2016.  He has experience helping families understand and navigate the Child Welfare System. John is a highly effective worker with diverse groups of people .

“I’m passionate about the families I serve.  I believe that my personal success story can help families change their lives for the better.”




Parent Partner – Melody Parshall

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Graduating from the University of Great Falls, in Great Falls, MT in 2012, Melody earned her BA in Psychology with concentrations in counseling and sociology. In addition to a college degree she has also been trained in early childhood programs such as Parents as Teachers and Circle of Security-Parenting. She completed Wraparound Training in early 2017 and her Certified Peer Counselor training in late 2017 but has done in-home support with youth and families for over 10 years. Besides an educational background Melody has lived experience she can use to support others in their journeys.

“I have never met a person with whom I could not find a shared interest. I enjoy meeting new people, learning about them and their interests, offering support where I can, and watching them not just survive but thrive.”


 Youth Peer- Nicole Brisendo

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Nicole is a Kent native and mother of a 6 year-old son. She became a Certified Peer Counselor in the spring of 2018.  As a teenage mom she struggled, before building her self-awareness and leadership strengths at Washington Youth Academy and going on to graduate from Kent Phoenix Academy.  She is a strong youth advocate.  Nicole has lived experience and knowledge of the challenges of LGBTQ youth and of myriad resources, services and programs for all King County youth.



Office Coordinator- Jenapher Henslee

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Jenapher Henslee has been working as an Office Coordinator for several years, but just joined Guided Pathways last June.She has had 14 years of lived experience through her son, who is on the Autism Spectrum. Jenapher enjoys working at Guided Pathways, because she has always had a penchant for helping people.