Parenting Center Staff
Barbara B. LeBlanc, MSW, LCSW-BACS is the Director of The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, a wellness program providing education and support to parents. She has been at The Parenting Center since 1987, first as Assistant Director and assuming leadership in August 2005. The Center is a primary prevention program whose mission is to help parents develop competence and confidence in child rearing. She is past-chair of the National Parenting Education Network and was the inaugural chair of the Louisiana Parenting Education Network, an organization providing support to professionals working with parents. Ms. LeBlanc has over 40 years’ experience as a social worker, having worked in child welfare and as director of the social work department at Children’s Hospital prior to her employment at The Parenting Center. She is mother to three adult children and the proud grandmother of five.
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 Master’s of Social Work 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.
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 programming.