LAPEN's operation is currently funded by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family.  The grantee is the Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SELAHEC -  Effective March 2014, LAPEN is a program of SELAHEC, which provides extensive opportunities for collaboration and partnerships supporting children and families. 

LAPEN seeks to be an association for all Louisiana parenting educators. The membership of LAPEN consists of any individual, organization, agency or business interested in the goals, vision, and mission of LAPEN.  LAPEN's work is guided by a Guidance Team.


The Guidance Team includes representatives of regions throughout the state, the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN), the Louisiana Department Health and Hospitals, the Louisiana Department of Education, and the private/faith-based community.

Sandra Adams - Retired Director, Louisiana Maternal Child Health Coalition / Child Advocate

Evangeline Boudreaux - Regional Representative, Lafayette, The Extra Mile Family Resource Center

LaRhonda Coleman - Regional Representative, Bossier City, North Louisiana Area Health  Education Center

Michael Gaines - Private Provider, Michael Gaines & FAITH, LLC, Baton Rouge

Gatha Green - Regional Representative, Monroe, Children's Coalition of Northeast Louisiana

Sherry Guarisco - Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families

Deborah Jones - Regional Representative, Baton Rouge, United HealthCare Community Plan

Barbara LeBlanc - National Parenting Education Network, The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital, New Orleans 

Melanie Richardson - We Play Center, New Orleans

Jacinta Settoon - Louisiana Department of Education, Early Childhood Education

Kahree Wahid - Louisiana Department of Education, Head Start Collaboration Office

We encourage you to become active in LAPEN. For more information, contact us at
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Learn about LAPEN's history, activities and goals. View the 2013 Full LAPEN report. 

Lenell Young, Director
Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center
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Phone: 225-218-5657