Who We Are
Our Agency Culture
PWI is a special and unique environment where ideas are valued, visions are shared and people are empowered. We are intentional about creating a workspace that values trust and collaboration and believe that individuals thrive when they feel cared for and supported. All positions at PWI encourage creativity and include flexibility in order to promote a healthy work-life balance while also meeting the fluctuating needs of the people we serve. Our team members work to establish healthy connections within their work relationships and operate from a strong commitment to furthering the Mission of PWI. We set ourselves apart by holding ourselves to a standard of excellence in the work that we do and the services that we provide.
Ashley Woodcock, M.Ed.
Founder and Executive Director
Ashley is the founder and Executive Director for PWI. Ashley spent much of her early career working with families and children involved in Child Welfare in various capacities. In witnessing the disempowerment and isolation experienced by this population, Ashley’s work has always emphasized encouraging empowerment through building authentic relationships. The mission of PWI was born from this belief and this approach and is alive and well within the agency mission and the culture of PWI today.
YES! Program Director
Zoe is a recovering kid in the system. Her experiences within our system have pushed her to heal and rethink who we can be that allow for whole family healing and counsel. She comes to us with amazing experience, both lived and learned, and will bring a fresh perspective to the services we provide. She has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and directing programs from Multnomah County to Nigeria. Her vision for this role is to provide high quality programmatic services to create and continue to build with partners, advocacy groups, families, community and elected officials to tackle the complexities at the root of the breakdown of families. She is happy to be here and to get to know the Parenting With Intent community.
Veronica Vargas, LPC
Director of Clinical Services
Veronica Vargas is an outpatient psychotherapist as well as a mother, partner, daughter, and sister. Veronica has a passion for personal and systemic health and harmony. She believes that we are all equipped with the potential to heal ourselves, but often can use support with this process. She believes that life circumstances can present challenges at unlocking that potential which then throw our systems and relationships out of balance.
Her approach is psychodynamic, which means that she draws from many modalities and theories of practice in order to meet the client where they are and make the process more accessible. Her formal academic training has an emphasis in depth psychotherapy which promotes a mindful way of operating in the world, while striving to live more fully and authentically. Her experience in the field and ongoing training allow her to serve a wide range of individuals, with regards to race, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation and identity, psychological or physiological conditions.
She offers both individual and relationships counseling for adults and youth. She customizes the therapy services per individual, couple, or family. In doing so she often uses the following methods: assess strengths and challenges within the framework of Family Systems theory; offers insight and guidance with regards to Interpersonal Neurobiology; collaborates with parents on evaluating their parenting approach and philosophy to promote more harmony in the home, shape healthy relationships, and promote healthy psychosocial development of their youth. She also operates through the lens of trauma informed care and integrates that into the work she does with her clients. She facilitates AF-EMDR (Attachment Focused Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) and is going through the certification process. More about AF EMDR here.
Prior to her formal training as a therapist, she worked in medical offices for several years in the areas of immunology, pain management and female health. This background lends itself to a holistic approach when assessing the whole person (mind, body, and soul).
Chellie Dering, M. Ed.
Chellie Dering is the Development Director for Parenting With Intent. She earned her Masters Degree in Education from Oregon State University while she was the assistant Women's soccer coach. Chellie has experience as a Wellness Program Director and most recently as the Marketing Director for a private Physical Therapy Clinic. Her favorite part of her job is seeking resources and matching those with families and youth. You will often hear her yelling with excitement when she has found new opportunities and services for Parenting With Intent.
Grace Jones, MSW
Director of Programming
Grace has enjoyed practicing social work in various capacities for the last 12 years in Portland. She is passionate about building community and relationships and centering love and an open mind at the heart of her practice. She feels it’s important to promote social justice not only in meaningful connections with others but also on the systemic and institutional level. Her goal is to continue to learn and grow with the PWI community and to continually find new ways to promote and live out the mission.
Abdulrahim Audi, MS
YES! Program Manager
Abdulrahim has a Master's in Conflict Resolution with an emphasis on Intercultural Conflict Resolution and Mediation. He believes that trust and authenticity are paramount to effective engagement and he enjoys working collaboratively to identify and pursue his clients stated goals.
Keaton McFadden, MSW
YES! Program Manager
Keaton is a YES! Program Manager with a Masters degree in Social Work. She has experience working with families and specializes in working with youth ages 12 and up. She loves building strong and long-term relationships with youth and families while helping them connect to natural supports in their communities.
Cece Peters, BA
Billing and Payroll Manager
Cece Peters is the Billing/Payroll Manager. She graduated from California State University of Sacramento and majored in Communications with a minor in Business. She has been with PWI for over 3 1/2 years and love this organization and its mission. She is excited to see the growth of this organization in the next couple of years. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Parenting with Intent as the Secretary.
YES! Program Manager
Aaron is a native Oregonian who has a BA in International Studies from Southern Oregon and has lived and traveled abroad to several different countries like Guatemala and New Zealand before he and his wife settled in Portland and started a family. Even throughout his travels, Aaron has centered his work around families and children and serving his community. Aaron has spent years working with recently arrived unaccompanied refugee youth and is bilingual in English and Spanish. When he is not traveling or exploring the outdoors, Aaron enjoys being a father to his two boys, rooting for the Blazers and making hand-crafted items like soap or pizza ovens. Aaron likes to use a hands-on, service-learning approach and believes youth are able to foster a sense of belonging and purpose by finding ways to serve those around us.
The PWI staff is comprised of talented and compassionate professionals who are committed to providing authentic and equitable services. If you are interested in inquiring about employment, please contact us as [email protected].
“The passion, experience, and skill of each staff member makes our team an incredible force to make positive impacts on the communities of people we work with. We come from very diverse backgrounds, and everyone brings something different to the table. Management leads with compassion and understanding while also providing space for workers to be challenged in positive ways. The environment fosters individual growth as well as teamwork and collaboration.”
– PWI Team Member