Stacey is the new Executive Director of Families Helping Families of Northeast Louisiana, Inc. She is the proud parent of Luke her son with developmental disabilities, and her son Jordan, who proudly serves in the United States Air Force.
Laura is a busy, busy person around the region. Most of her time is spent in the schools themselves assisting parents and professionals in meeting the needs of all children – not just those with disabilities. She also facilitates and speaks at many workshops and trainings throughout the year to educate individuals with disabilities, their families, and communities about transition – life after school. Laura is the mother of Sarah, the drama queen, who has spina bifida and Laura’s sister, April, has developmental disabilities both of whom are adopted.
Once a family is referred to Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, there is still a wait for services. Thelma contacts these families to let them know they are not alone and there is someone out there who is willing to help them while they wait.
Erica Hales is our bookkeeper. She has been with Families Helping Families for almost three years. Erica resides in Holly Ridge, LA with her husband, Frank, their daughter Braelyn and son Hunter. They attend Dunn Church of God in Dunn, LA. She began working in accounting while assisting the accountant at Park Place Baptist Church in Pearl, MS many years ago. Later, Erica became the Director of Administration and Manager of Operations for Revolution Park Racing and Entertainment Complex. Erica is a hard working young lady and we are blessed to have her on our team. She says “I love working with the staff at Families Helping Families because I feel that we are making a difference in the life of individuals, in a real, hands on way.”
Shacoma is an invaluable resource to our center. She keeps and maintains the library and the library computer tracking database. Shacoma also prepares over 4,000 copies of our newsletter for mailing twice a year. She is the only person in the office who can correctly complete the bulk mailing form. (Go Shacoma!!!) Best of all, she adapts and tackles any project that she is given.
As the parent liaison at Children’s Special Health Services Region 8, Evelyn Jackson enjoys providing support, information, and referrals for the patients and families who come to CSHS. She also supplies evidence-based healthcare information that will enable patients/families to be proactive in their own healthcare and life choices, when presented with various circumstances and referrals. In her home, community and church, Evelyn works diligently to be a kind/loving mother, grandmother, neighbor and youth leader. She also loves to work in her vegetable garden and to teach others how to eat and live healthily.
Carrie is our State Dept. of Education Transition employee. She is a single foster adoptive parent who has one biological child and 8 adopted children, 3 girls and 5 boys, 2 of whom have special needs. One of her sons has Traumatic Brain Injury and ADHD, and the other has ADHD. Carrie strives to help prepare teens in the transitioning from school to the community then to the world of adulthood. Not only does she believe in sharing her home, she also believes in sharing her heart.
Hi! My name is Bianca Bedingfield, and I am the new Community Outreach Specialist (COS) for Early Steps Region 8. I am extremely excited to be in this position because I understand firsthand the positive impact Early Steps can have in the development of your child. My 4 year old son who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder received services from Early Steps that were extremely beneficially to both he and our family. My goal as the Early Steps COS is to share my story and educate parents, physician's offices/clinics, and the community on the many benefits of Early Steps so that no one has to face the challenges of understanding how to support their child with a disability alone. If I can be of assistance to you or your family, don't hesitate to call.