Meet Our Staff


Marie Collins, MA, LPC, LMFT, LAC
(She, Her, Hers)

Executive Director
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Mrs. Marie Collins is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Addictions Counselor. She joins The Family Tree after working for ten years at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office. She is originally from Breaux Bridge, LA and graduated with her Master’s in Counseling from Louisiana State University. Mrs. Collins is passionate about enhancing meaningful programs that assist the community and working families. Her experience in working with both adults and youth makes her a wonderful asset to The Tree. She enjoys working with people from all walks of life and assisting them in their personal growth journey of learning about one’s self and empowering individuals. Substance Abuse treatment and the criminal justice system has been her focus and enables her to better serve clients and participants who receive services from The Family Tree. She also enjoys her time working closely with moms on parenting skills.

She is happily married with two sons. Marie loves to work out and even walks on a treadmill while at work in her office! She loves being active with her boys and enjoying nature outdoors!

Toni Bailey

Director of Operations
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Mrs. Bailey is a lifetime resident of the Acadiana area and loves that her position as Director of Operations allows her to work with members of her hometown community and make big impacts in a place she holds near and dear to her heart. She joined the team after 18 years as an Executive Administrative Assistant and Billing Supervisor with an Inpatient Treatment Facility governed by a cooperative agreement between Lafayette Consolidated Government, Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, and the State of Louisiana Office of Behavioral Health. Throughout her career, she has had the pleasure of working with diverse populations and applies her experience of working with clients, community stakeholders, law enforcement and government officials to ensuring impeccable implementation of all agency programs/services that will result in optimal outcomes for clients and participants. She is passionate about getting the best possible care for her clients and is an advocate for service affordability, program accountability and equitable access to care.

Toni is married to one of Lafayette’s finest firefighters and has two adult children. She also has two furbabies, a boxer and a Maltese. As a family, they enjoy spending time together, cooking, dancing, and sports. Toni is also an essential oil enthusiast. She’s crazy about the powerful benefits of essential oils and believes there’s nothing they can’t help with.

Rebecca Benoit
(She, Her, Hers)

Administrative Assistant
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Mrs. Rebecca Benoit joined our team in January 2018. She was born and raised in Jennings, Louisiana but lived in Lafayette for a while before finally settling down in Scott, Louisiana. She graduated from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Business. Mrs. Benoit plans to continue her education and pursue a Master’s Degree because her heart lies in helping her community become a better place to live, work and play. She is passionate about helping others and is proud to have been a two year volunteer at Healing House: Hope for Grieving Children and to have taught preschool helping children have a solid foundation for “big school.” In her spare time, Rebecca loves spending time with friends and family, reading, meditating and practicing yoga.

Kristen Pellegrin

Support Coordinator
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Ms. Kristen Pellegrin joined our team in January 2020. She is a native of New Iberia, Louisiana but has been living in Lafayette since 2017. Kristen graduated from The University of Louisiana at Lafayette in December 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in Child and Family Studies. She enjoys spending time with family and friends and being part of her three younger siblings lives. Kristen is also an animal lover. She especially loves her three, very spoiled, rescue cats. To Kristen, the most beneficial part of life is making a positive impact on someone, even if it is minor. She is passionate about being as helpful as she can be and being there for those needing help.