How Our Family Support Services Program Started


Professional Experience

Since 1999, Stephanie has provided parenting education and support to parents and caregivers. She also regularly provides consultation to other family practitioners. She has worked in the community and at the university level. She is currently an independent consultant. Stephanie’s areas of specialization include pediatric parenting education, promoting parent-child relationships/infant-parent mental health, promoting children’s school success, working with families in transition and those experiencing difficulties.


-Fellowship, Infant-Parent Mental Health Post-Graduate Certificate Program, UMass, Boston

-Masters of Science – Human Development and Family Studies (Concentration in Family Life and Parent Education), NC State & UNC-Greensboro

-Bachelor of Arts – History, UNC-Wilmington

-Training in numerous parenting education programs

Professional Honors and Awards

-Outstanding Alumnus Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State

-Outstanding Service Award, North Carolina Parenting Education Network (NCPEN) (

-Trailblazer Award, NC State

-Family Champion, Brunswick County Partnership for Children

Recent Leadership & Service


-Past-Treasurer, National Parenting Education Network’s (NPEN) (

-Past-chair, NPEN

-Past-chair, Professional Preparation and Recognition Committee, NPEN

-Past-chair, NCPEN

-Past-chair Credentialing Committee, NCPEN 


-Member, Sacred Heart Social Justice Committee, Southport, NC

Stephanie lives on the coast of southeastern North Carolina with her husband, daughters, and granddaughter. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies, cooking, relaxing at the beach, and camping.