- Janice Palm
M.A., Psychology, Antioch University
B.A., Education, Seattle Pacific College
Specialties: Depression, Abuse, Trauma, Anxiety
The Executive Director's role at Roanoke Park Counseling is to lead, cultivate and keep the agency alive and vital to ensure that the agency's mission is carried out to its fullest potential.
For Janice, the duties go one step more: To protect and respect each client who walks through our doors. By making sure that RPC’s core value of unwavering respect for the dignity of all people permeates the clinical and administrative culture of the agency, Janice says, "it ultimately radiates to the clients we are privileged to serve."
It is Janice's work as a therapist that fuels her passion and resolve to ensure that programs, administration, board function and staff development work in concert to provide the greatest possibility of stability and effectiveness. Roanoke Park Counseling has a tremendous responsibility and challenge in providing a very deep and valuable service at affordable rates -- and a record of success that shows that it works.
- Amanda Franklin
M.Ed., Educational Psychology with a concentration in Community Mental Health, University of Washington
Double BA, English and Business Administration, University of Washington
Specialties: Sexual Abuse, Child, Couple, And Family Therapy, Issues Of A Religious Or Spiritual Nature
Amanda joined Roanoke Park in 2020. She provides information and conducts intakes for survivors and their partners seeking services at our agency, and she supervises the clinical staff. She is honored to be the first contact for potential clients, and strives to make the intake interview as warm, safe, and non-threatening as it can be. She knows that every time a survivor tells their story it can be painful, and every time the story is heard by someone who offers compassion and support it can be a step towards healing.
Her previous experience includes working at a community mental health center from 1987-1998, both in an outpatient department and in a therapeutic foster care program. She taught at Antioch University Seattle from 1992-2018, in both the mental health and family therapy programs. She had a private practice from 1995-2018, specializing in couple and family therapy, people who had been abused, and people with limited financial means. She has volunteered as a CASA (guardian ad litem) since 2001, and as a psychological evaluator for asylum seekers since 2017.
Amanda serves as the Clinical Coordinator at RPC.
- Laura McFarland
Director of Development and Communications
M.A., History (Midwifery/Women's Medical Care), the University of Texas (Austin)
B.A., English and History, the University of California, Santa Barbara
Laura joined us in June, 2022. She has a background in both non-profit and corporate communications and relationship building, and a strong interest in the history of women's healthcare and attitudes toward childbirth and childhood well-being. As Director of Development and Communications, she is honored to advocate on behalf of survivors at Roanoke Park Counseling through fostering a robust fundraising and relationship building program.
Originally from Oregon, Laura was happy to return to the Pacific Northwest — and the lovely, rainy climate she grew up thinking of as "normal" — after completing her studies in California and Texas. She volunteers as a teacher of world religions for middle schoolers and has been involved on a staff and volunteer basis with a women's literary journal since she was in high school. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and raising her children.