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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 formerly 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 young adult children: twin boys and a daughter. Barbara teaches classes for parents of school-age children and teens and teaches Theories of Child Development as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane School of Social Work. 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 EvansJenni 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.

Juwanda Ford-Williams, M.Ed. has enjoyed a career that focused on young children for over 20 years. She joined The Parenting Center as a Parent Educator in August 2012. She received her B.A. from Austin College, Sherman, TX and her Masters in Education from Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY.  Her previous jobs include editing children’s books with a focus on young readers, teaching first grade, and helping children to explore the great outdoors.  Juwanda is mommy to two young children, a boy and a girl. Juwanda teaches classes for parents of preschool and school age children and staffs the Metairie Center one day a week.

Sarah Murray Keith, LPC-S joined The Parenting Center as a Parent Educator in August, 2012. She received her BA and an MS in Counseling from Loyola University New Orleans. Before joining The Parenting Center staff, Sarah worked as a Clinical Director at Family Service of Greater New Orleans and as the adolescent specialist at Jewish Family Service. She has a two year old son and two adult step-children. Sarah leads the Snuggles and Struggles group and shares in staffing the Metairie Center.

Beth BailarSupport 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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