LAPEN seeks to be an association for all Louisiana parent 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 of 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 (NLAHEC)Michael Gaines – Private Provider  / Michael Gaines & FAITH, LLC, Baton Rouge

Gatha Green – Regional Representative, Monroe / Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana

Sherry Guarisco – Director, 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 - Training Grounds, Inc., New Orleans

Jacinta “Jay” Settoon – Quality Start Program Specialist, Early Childhood Education / Louisiana Department of Education

Kahree Wahid – Head Start Collaboration Office / Louisiana Department of Education


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 here.

Lenell Young, Director
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Phone: 225-218-5657