Parenting Center Staff

Barbara LeBlanc, LCSW, BACS, has worked at The Parenting Center at Children's Hospital since 1988, first as assistant director. She became director in August 2005. She is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked for the State of Louisiana in the foster care system and as the director of social services at Children's Hospital. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology and her master's degree in social welfare from LSU. Barbara is the mother of three adult children: twin boys and a daughter. Barbara teaches classes for parents of school-age children and teens. She serves on the National Parent Education Network as Chair-elect and is part of the Guidance Team of the Louisiana Parenting Education Network.

Jenni Watts Evans has been involved in early childhood education and development from many angles. Beginning in the classroom as a preschool teacher, Jenni moved into advocacy work and adult education as a parent counselor at Child Care Resources of Agenda For Children where she helped parents find quality child care and trained teachers of young children. Jenni serves as the Chair of the Board of the Greater New Orleans Association for the Education of Young Children and was on the Anti-Bias Education Leadership Project team. Jenni joined the staff at The Parenting Center in 2002 and became Assistant Director in February, 2012. She has two teenage daughters. Jenni shares in staffing The Metairie Center a few days a week and teaches activity, child development, and discipline classes for parents of young children as well as develops the programming for The Parenting Center.

Lisa Phillips, MSW, GSW has been a Parent Educator at The Parenting Center since 2001. She received her BA from Occidental College and her MSW from Tulane University. Before joining the Parenting Center staff, Lisa worked as a school social worker. She has two children, a daughter and a son. Lisa teaches discipline classes for parents of preschool children, shares in staffing the Metairie Center, and teaches the Busy Babies.

Support Staff

Beth Bailar joined the Parenting Center in 2001. She ensures the smooth operation of our classes, coordinates Parenting Center activities and community events, and oversees all aspects of membership. Her experiences as a teacher and in the business community have proved invaluable in organizing and facilitating many aspects of The Parenting Center's program

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