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.

Jerri Byrd Hodges, M.Ed., CPST

(She, Her, Hers)

Program Specialist
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Mrs. Jerri Byrd Hodges is a Louisiana native, born and raised in Shreveport. In 2013, she joined The Family Tree team and moved her family of eight, including three fur babies, to Lafayette. This was no small feat, but one she managed with only three pit stops, two interstate fly away boxes and one flat tire. She did all of this with joy in her heart at being able to fulfill her lifelong mission of providing quality care, education, and support to families and their children in the Louisiana locale of her dreams.

Jerri has passionately spent her career working with families and young children in all facets of early childhood care and education. This includes working in the classroom, overseeing several programs as an administrator, assessing early childhood programs, providing services as a certified child passenger safety technician and most recently as the program specialist for Healthy Start. In her current role, Jerri is very fortunate to be responsible for the coordination and administrative support of several Healthy Start Program components, including community events, outreach assistance, writing grant proposals and generating program reports. This experience and knowledge of early childhood development and program administration forges a bond with parents and caregivers who seek to improve the lives of the young children they care for.

Jerri earned a Master’s in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Program Administration from National Louis University. She is the coordinator for The Family Tree’s child passenger safety fitting station and has written several grant proposals to further The Family Tree’s mission of providing quality, yet affordable care to the community. She is also a Louisiana Pathways Trainer and a Professional Development Specialist for the Council for Professional Recognition.

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.

Maddie Woerner, CLC, CPST
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager 
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Mrs. Maddie Woerner is a native of Slidell, Louisiana but has lived in Acadiana since 2014 and loves every day! She received her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a minor in Psychology. Her passion in life is to help and empower people to reach their goals and have a higher quality of life. Mrs. Woerner pursued her passion with The Family Tree Healthy Start Program during her internship semester and was super excited to join the team full time after she graduated. She looks forward to each new day of fulfilling the mission of The Family Tree by helping moms and babies learn new skills and achieve goals.

Maddie enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends. She is married to her best friend, Seth, and they have two fur babies, Beauregard and Annabelle.

Mayci Doucet
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager
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Mrs. Mayci Doucet was born and raised in Carencro, Louisiana, and has recently moved 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. Mrs. Doucet previously interned with Healing House where she acquired mental health experience while working with grieving children and families. Her outreach experience with minority groups, special needs populations, and the impoverished has fueled her desire to find the beauty and value in everyone she meets and, to teach others to live their lives to the fullest because they are worth more than their circumstances. This quality makes her a dedicated, determined, and dynamic case manager.

Mayci is a new wife 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.

Markelle Lindon

Case Manager
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Ms. Markelle Lindon is a native of Lafayette, LA and is fascinated with her family’s creole roots and traditions. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Markelle has a diverse background of working with families and all ages from newborns to senior citizens. She is passionate about helping families break generational barriers and form stronger relationships. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, and dancing to good Zydeco and Southern Soul music! Markelle is eager to continue her education to better serve Louisiana families.

Kravonshae Nicholas
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager
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Ms. Kravonshae Nicholas, more commonly known as Shae, hails from the small town of Paincourtville, LA. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During her tenure as a student worker for the Department of Counselor Education, Ms. Nicholas realized her desire to one day become a counselor. Shae is passionate about helping families and providing relationship counseling to those in need. Although a recent college graduate, Ms. Nicholas does not intend to stop her pursuit of higher education. Shae’s desire to fully understand and appreciate her current and future clients motivates her to eventually obtain degrees in Family and Human Development and Marriage and Family Therapy.

She truly believes that knowledge is both powerful and limitless. It can never be taken away and the aspiration to learn new things should never diminish. As a naturally curious person with many questions about the different facets of life, she enjoys researching a variety of topics and gaining as much knowledge as she can.

Natalia Salas
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager
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Mrs. Natalia V. Salas, Church Point native and current Rayne resident, is excited to be working with pregnant women and families with young children. Ms. Salas received her Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She realized very early on that she found abundant joy working with children and families. She had the great fortune to work as an intern for the Women’s Foundation, a Court Appointed Advocate for CASA of SoLA and most recently as a wraparound facilitator for children and young adults. Her compassion for community education and bringing awareness to better mental health care drives Natalia to connect with individuals one-on-one so that she can provide much needed information and resources. She is looking forward to furthering her education to include counseling with a focus on adolescents so that she may serve her clients with even more comprehensive services.

Natalia and her husband, Jacob, enjoy traveling, staying active, caring for their two chameleons and fostering other pets.

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Amber Savoy

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.