Pathways to Parenting

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Dee Cummings - Clinical Director

Programs Manager, Counselor, GRADS

Dee has her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology and is currently attending Graduate school, completing her Masters in Mental Health Counseling. Dee has designed and provided a unique parent instruction/coaching model that has proven successful in engaging parents that do not respond to traditional styles of group parenting classes.  Dee works closely with the parent(s) understanding the unique needs of the particular family and focusing on the strengths in an effort to enhance the existing strengths while working on the areas needing greater development.  She provides behavioral supports for youth and offers counseling services for youth and parents.  Dee provides Case Management supervision for the Parent-Child Assistance Program (PCAP) in Chelan County.

Dee created a survey of the child’s experience of foster care, currently in use by the State of Illinois CASA program, Teen Gender Identity/Sexual Identity Issues and the Family Dynamic training, and self-published a book “Parenting and the Challenging Adolescent”.

Mandy Edwards - Pathways to Parenting Office Assistant

Mandy is our absolutely amazing Office Assistant.  She brings the most amazing sense of calm to our organization.  She keeps us together and quietly goes about completing her tasks, keeping us organized.  

Vikki Carpenter, Ph.D. - PTAP Assistant Director

Dr. Vikki Carpenter is the Assistant Director of P.T.A.P (Pregnant/Parenting Teen Advocacy Program) at Pathways to Parenting. She also teaches university courses for institutions across the nation. Dr. Carpenter attained her Ph.D. in psychology at Keiser University, specializing in intersectionality, criminality and deviance within juvenile systems and workplace environments, program implementation and quantitative methods. She received a M.S. in criminal justice from University of Cincinnati and B.A. in criminal justice from Washington State University. She has published in peer reviewed journals within her specialties, participated in being a peer reviewer, as well as presented her research at conferences across the nation.

Dr. Carpenter has interdisciplinary experience in teaching and tutoring students from diverse populations in varying formats (online, hybrid and face to face). She has also participated in all levels of program implementation and curriculum development at secondary and post-secondary education levels. She has served on educational advisory committees, as relief staff correctional officer within the juvenile justice system for Chelan County Juvenile Justice Department and served at the Women’s Resource Center through AmeriCorps. Dr. Carpenter now teaches for Heritage University with their Criminal Justice Program.

Stephanie Skidmore - PCAP Lead Case Manager

Parent Educator

Stephanie has her Bachelor's of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  Since working in the Social Services field Stephanie says that she has decided that this is what she wants to do.  Stephanie looks forward to make a difference in the lives of Mothers and children and helping remove the stigma of addiction and supporting families as they journey to wholeness