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 Woodcock is the Founder and Executive Director of the Parenting With Intent Program. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis in counseling, family and human services from the University of Oregon. She has more than 15 years of experience working with children and families, and founded Parenting With Intent in 2011 in order to provide quality, professional services for the most vulnerable youth and families in this community. Ashley believes that when engaged in supportive and collaborative services, families and youth can experience greater stability and success.
Marcus Thompson, BS
YES! Program Director
Marcus Thompson, YES! program manager with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University. His passion is working with teens. His experience stems from his work within the Juvenile Court Services, specifically juvenile detention, as well as child welfare.
Grace Jones, MSW
Director of Programming
Grace Jones is the Programming Director and holds a Masters degree in Social Work from Portland State University. Her work has been dedicated to working with youth and families involved in the Child Welfare system with the intention of removing barriers and aiding in the empowerment process. She loves her work and is always looking for ways to bring more joy, humor and beauty into the field of Social Work!
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 is going through AF-EMDR (Attachment Focused Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing) training and certification process, and currently offers this service.
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.
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.
Asha Omar, CSWA, MSW, QMHP
Family Services Program Manager
Asha has a Master's in Social work and graduated from Portland State University. She is a qualified mental health professional who is working on her licensure and has over 4 years of counseling experience in schools and community mental health settings. She believes in using strength based and client centered approach when it comes to providing therapy and meeting clients where they are at.
Asha offers individual counseling to children, youth, adults and families. She is trauma informed, uses eclectic modalities and have been trained and uses Play Therapy/Sand Play Therapy, Collaborative Problem Solving, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. She draws from humanistic perspective and believes in helping individuals develop healthier sense of self and so they can become stronger individuals.
What I love about providing counseling is being able to help individuals and families gain insight to what is bothering them, learn/develop skills and use these skills to reduce issues/concerning behaviors. I enjoy seeing individuals make transformation over time. I also enjoy working with families and children in providing guidance and psychoeducation.
Asha is bilingual, bicultural counselor whose experienced in working with individuals and families from different backgrounds. She continues to go on ongoing trainings that will allow her to serve individuals from diverse backgrounds such as race, culture, religion, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation and identity.
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.
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.
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