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.
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 over 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.
Bio to Come.
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.
My name is Konstance Causey, and I am the Region 8 Advocacy Leader for the Louisiana Councilâ€™s Advocacy Network (LaCAN). My husband, Jasma Causey and I both natives of Monroe, LA, and we have a one year old daughter, Kaidence Causey. I am a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill with a Bachelorâ€™s degree in African American Studies and Public Policy, and a recent graduate of the ULM with a Master of Public Administration.
I became affiliated with the FHF center after the preterm birth of a 1 lb 3 oz Kaidence (appx 106 days early), and a lengthy 5 month stay in the NICU between St. Francis and Tulane Lakeside in New Orleans. Upon discharge we were referred to the center for support and the EarlySteps program for physical and occupational therapy services. I am so grateful for all of services that have been available to help with Kaidenceâ€™s growth and development. For this reason, it is such a pleasure to serve Northeast LA in helping to connect our families and self-advocates from the developmental disability community with our legislators on issues important to them. As a region leader, I support you in this effort by notifying members by email and phone when communication with state agency officials, legislators, or the Governor is necessary. I also provide information and support to individuals wishing to effectively advocate for the expansion and improvement of individual and family supports and services for people with disabilities and their families through email updates, regional workshops, regional team leaders, and personal contact.
Want to join us in advocating for the rights of all members of the DD community? Contact your LaCAN Region 8 leader today for more information.