Suicide Prevention Staff
(She, Her, Hers)
Suicide Prevention Coordinator & QPR Instructor
Androniki Bida was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and recently moved to Lafayette, Louisiana. She received her BS in Clinical Psychology and a BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Thanatology, the study of death, dying, and bereavement, from the University of Rhode Island in 2021. She is expecting to pursue her M.A. in Social Work, starting in the summer of 2023.
Niki has experience working with diverse populations, ranging from children who are grieving, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and individuals who are incarcerated. Niki’s great passion is bringing healing to individuals who have been through a traumatic or stressful experience. Her own life experiences have led her to want to touch as many lives as she possibly can to make a difference.
Outside of the office, Niki values spending quality time with her family, boyfriend, and pup, Bubba. She likes to explore new and unfamiliar things, whether that’s a new book, trying a new recipe, or moving across the country.
Destiny “Dez” Arvie
(They, Them, Theirs)
Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Resource Developer
Dez is originally from Opelousas, Louisiana but currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana. They attended Louisiana State University in 2019 and received their Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Criminology in 2022. They aspire to pursue a Master’s in General Clinical Mental Health Counseling. What truly motivates Dez is their unwavering commitment to creating a positive influence and offering assistance to others in every possible manner. Dez possesses experience collaborating with individuals spanning various age groups, from adolescents to the elderly. Dez finds immense joy in spending time with loved ones and two fur babies, whether it’s watching television or learning new things.
(He, Him, His)
Zero Suicide Prevention Specialist
Skasa Rideau was born in Mamou, LA, and raised the majority of his childhood in Lake Charles, LA. Skasa attended McNeese State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management in 1999. Since graduation, Skasa has taken on various management and supervisory roles helping to build his desire and ability to lead, mentor, and coach people of various backgrounds and experiences.
After getting married in 2001, Skasa relocated to the Lafayette area where he has resided for the last 21-plus years. He and his wife are the proud parents of two exceptional kids, one boy and one girl. Spending time with his family in any capacity is his top priority. When not working or going from one extracurricular event to the next, Skasa enjoys reading and writing. He has written one book of poetry, published in March of 2022, addressing anxiety, trauma, and toxic mindsets on other topics. He is a strong advocate for those who struggle with past or current trauma, particularly from loss of any type and/or lack of parent involvement. Upon being presented with the idea of helping to curve the negative impact(s) associated with the lack of father involvement, Skasa was eager to become part of the solutions provided by the Family Tree Healthy Start program.
(She, Her, Hers)
Suicide Prevention Specialist
Esthela Villarreal, originally from Detroit, Michigan, has called Louisiana home since the age of 12. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Master of Science in Counseling from the University of Louisiana at Shreveport (2022). Currently, on the path to becoming a Licensed Professional Counselor, Esthela has experience working with adult and geriatric populations facing serious mental illnesses.
As a first-generation Mexican American, Esthela is passionate about combating mental health misconceptions within the Hispanic community. Fluent in Spanish, she aims to bridge gaps in access to mental health services and challenge stigma.
Outside of work, Esthela treasures time with loved ones, indulges in baking, immerses herself in books, engages in trivia, and enjoys sports with her boyfriend.