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.

Krystal Dauphine
(She, Her, Hers)

Case Manager Supervisor
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Ms. Krystal Dauphine was born and raised in Parks, LA. She is a graduate of Southern University A&M College where she received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She went on to earn her master’s degree in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling internationally, embracing new cultures and new experiences with her girlfriends, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her nieces and nephews. Krystal’s most prized possession is her commitment to and achievements in public service. Krystal is very actively involved in her community through various organizations and strives to be the change she wants to see in the world.

She strives to live by one of her favorites quotes
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jerri Byrd Hodges, M.Ed., CPSTI, CWC1

(She, Her, Hers)

Child Passenger Safety Fitting Station Coordinator
Aging Services Car Fit Technician & Event Coordinator
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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 instructor and most recently as the program specialist for Healthy Start. In her current role with the Department of Children and Family Services, Jerri is very fortunate to still be able to work closely with the Healthy Start Program through mutual referrals, coordination of services and managing both Healthy Start’s Child Passenger Fitting Station and The Family Tree’s Car Fit Station as part of their aging services. She is responsible for all things child passenger safety and adult driver safety, including mentoring child passenger safety technicians, ensuring all of Acadiana’s children are riding safely in vehicles, assisting the regional coordinator with local events, working with area stakeholders for continued funding, and helping the aging population fit safely in their vehicles as drivers.

Jerri earned a Master’s in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Program Administration from National Louis University. She is a Certified Wellness Coach through the Institute of Wellness Education and a Louisiana Pathways Trainer. She has also written several grant proposals to further The Family Tree’s mission of providing quality, yet affordable care to the community. 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.