Healthy Start Staff

Healthy Start

Kristen Copenhaver
(She, Her, Hers)

Project Director
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Kristen Copenhaver is the Case Manager Supervisor for the Healthy Start Program at The Family Tree Information, Education and Counseling Center. She was previously a Case Manager with the Healthy Start Program and has over 8 years of experience in working with women, children and families. Kristen received a Bachelor’s of Applied Life Sciences Degree from University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1998 and her Master’s in Counselor Education Degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2005.

Kristen is the proud single mother of two amazing young boys. She enjoys spending time with family and getting together with friends. Originally from a small town in southwest Missouri, Kristen relocated to Lafayette in 1994 to attend USL. After 20 years, she considers herself to be an honorary Cajun.

Tonya Hoover-Quinney, RSW, CLC
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager Supervisor
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Tonya Hoover-Quinney is a registered social worker with the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners and a Certified Lactation Counselor. She attended Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, LA where she graduated in May 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Tonya’s primary focus in the field of social work has been supporting and empowering families with young children so they may achieve their greatest potential. She is passionate about making a difference in families long term outcomes.

Tonya hails from the booming city of Natchitoches, but moved to the Acadiana area over 20 years ago. It was here that she found the love of her life and they have four children together. Tonya enjoys spending time with her family and friends and reading. She looks forward to trying new things and wants to be more adventurous in life.

Shelly Daigle, M.S., M.Div., PLCP, NCC
(She, Her, Hers)

Mental Health Case Manager
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Ms. Shelly is a national certified counselor. She joined The Family Tree as the mental health case manager in the fall 2019. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Oklahoma State University and a master’s of divinity from Claremont School of Theology. Her work as a clergywoman, foster and adoptive parent and engaged community member guided her to shift careers toward mental health in 2019. She is interested in the interplay of attachment, brain development and trauma and how those connections can impact the therapeutic relationship and work.

Shelly, her husband, Adam, and their four dynamic children recently relocated to Lafayette from Tulsa, Oklahoma. While she has been married to her Cajun husband since 2011, she is learning more about the food and fun that comes with living in Cajun Country.

Greg David

Fatherhood Coordinator
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Greg David was born in New Orleans as a “Charity Baby,” the only child of his mom and dad, joining a blended family of three brothers and three sisters. He graduated from Southern University of Baton Rouge. He is proud of his experience working in coordination of services, program facilitation and coalition building for over 25 years. His passion is to be in service to his communities, family and friends through civic and social organizations. He is a husband and father of two daughters and three sons, so healthy families is something he lives every day and makes a priority in his own life. He is also a member of numerous local and regional coalitions in Acadiana. Greg likes to think of himself as an all around good guy and his friends and family would agree. He is an excellent cook and loves putting on large feasts for everyone to attend.

Mayci Doucet
(She, Her, Hers)

Community Action Network Coordinator
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Mrs. Mayci Doucet was born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana, and has relocated to Scott. She is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received two bachelor’s of arts degrees-sociology and English Linguistics with a minor in Spanish. After graduating, she joined The Family Tree team and was a case manager for the Healthy Start Program for one year before being promoted to the Community Action Network (CAN) Coordinator. Her volunteer and professional experience has fueled her desire to help moms and families recognize and reach their full potential by not just surviving through life but thriving.

Mayci is happily married to her college sweetheart, Joshua. Her favorite pastime is exploring the world with her husband. Lastly, her long-term goals are to earn a master’s degree in social work and apply all of the Healthy Start knowledge to a family of her own.

Destiny Gordon

Case Manager
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Destiny Gordon was born and raised in Kenner, Louisiana. She is a graduate of The University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies, with a minor in Psychology. She has worked with children and their families since she was 16 years old and always knew that working with families would be her passion. She finds much joy in working with families and believes that having a joyful attitude when talking to people makes conversation come easy no matter how bad the day may be. She was once an Intern for the Family Tree Healthy Start and is thrilled that she has made her way back to the program. In her free time, Destiny enjoys swimming, watching Disney movies, spending time with her friends & family, and shopping. She is a big Disney fan and believes that every now and then, adults should be able to channel their inner child and Disney is one of the few place where people can take a break from adulting, and be a child again.

Christopher Lazard

Case Manager
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Christopher Joseph Lazard was born in Opelousas, LA. Chris attended LSUE and All Nations Biblical Study Center. In 2010, Chris accepted the call to preach and in 2014 he brought into fruition Spirit of Elijah Life Institute Church where he is the Founder and Senior Pastor. Learning to cope after the suicide of his cousin, Dominique Domino in 2016, Lazard started the Domino Effect – an organization geared towards the prevention and education of suicide. He is also the owner and operator of Lazting ImpressionZ LLC. Since the age of 12, Chris has played the piano which helped him in the transition of becoming both a recording artist and a song writer. His love for the betterment and empowerment of the world led him to the social service field. In his spare time he enjoys singing, writing, traveling, and laughing whenever the chance presents itself. If asked what he is doing, his response would be “I’m trying to make the world a better place!”

Jasmine Ledet

Case Manager
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Ms. Jasmine Ledet was born and raised in Lafayette, La. She Recently Graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology. Growing up Jasmine always had the passion of teaching and giving back to the community. When Jasmine has free time, she loves to travel and spend time with family and friends. During her internship with The Family Tree Healthy Start Program, she loves helping families and encouraging others.

Amber Savoy, CBS, CPST, CD

Lead Case Manager 
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Ms. Amber Savoy was born and raised in Breaux Bridge, LA. She obtained her bachelor’s in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Amber finds great joy in helping families find the services they need. Her creative and innovative thinking, coupled with precise attention to detail has enabled a long history of working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She is excited to take this experience and work with a variety of families to locate appropriate resources for every individual of the family unit. Amber is passionate about improving the quality of life of families here in the Acadiana community and looks forward to continuing her education so that she may better serve families in her community.

Amber truly believes that family is one of the most important things in a person’s life. Her greatest passion in life is spending time her husband and daughter making beautiful memories. In the rest of her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, fishing, and riding in their boat.

Jena St. Ann

Case Manager 
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Ms. Jena St. Ann is a Louisiana native, born and raised in the small fishing town of Buras in Plaquemines Parish. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Child & Family Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She has always been passionate about helping pregnant women and children; and has enjoyed working with diverse populations in previous years before discovering her home here at the Family Tree. She finds joy in encouraging and assisting families with every day struggles and concerns.

In her free time, Jena enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is enthusiastically raising her little, rambunctious daughter and they enjoy travelling together to places they’ve never been before.

Kayla Thomas
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager
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Ms. Kayla Thomas was born and raised in New Iberia. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Child & Family Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Ms. Thomas believes that it’s never too late to continue your education. She believes that life is all about learning new things, regardless of age. This state of mind fits perfectly with being a case manager and helping change the world, one family at a time. Her “can do” attitude and eagerness to help forges a bond with families and inspires them to keep working toward their goals.

Kayla enjoys spending time with her three little ladies, who motivate her to always be her best. She also enjoys trying new foods and going on family adventures. She can’t wait to continue her own education and hopes to one day become a social worker.

Britany Young, CBS

Case Manager
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Britany Polk Young is a native of Youngsville, LA. Britany attended Nicholls State University where she obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Youth and Family Advocacy. Britany is committed to being a resource to the families she serves. She enjoys pouring into the community where she resides. She has a passion for leaving people better than what she found them. In her spare time, she enjoys quality time with her family, traveling, organizing her personal life, quiet time, and eating good southern comfort food.

Jasonnaye Wilson
(She, Her, Hers)

Community Health Worker/Outreach 
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Ms. Jasonnaye Wilson was born in California. The “spoiled one” of the crew due to being the youngest child and the only girl out of four children. After losing her first child to SIDS she was overcome with grief and gave up on high school. However, she found the determination to go back and with faith and hope she graduated high school at William Daylor High School in 2018. Ms. Wilson continued to beat the depression that was constantly trying to take over her mind, body and soul. The grief never stops but she is determined to beat the odds. She now serves as the full-time Community Health Worker for the Healthy Start Program. Being a former participant in the Healthy Start Program made her believe she had a purpose here. Her goal is to do all she can to make other parents aware of not only SIDS, but also infant mortality. She is also determined to help parents give their families a better, healthier life. Everything she does is dedicated to her late son, Najea Jr., and her beautiful daughter! She is determined to achieve great things, including opening a nonprofit that focuses on SIDS and SUIDS deaths. She will not let Najea Jr.’s death be in vain and hopes that by sharing her story, she can bring awareness to these deaths and hopefully save a child’s life.