Board of Directors
Our board members come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, and are devoted philanthropists and advocates for excellence in early childhood education and related programs for the benefit of both the child and their families. We believe that happy, healthy and resilient children and families are the cornerstone of a sustainable community. Focusing on both our children prenatal to four and their families—by providing the best early education and related program—will yield significant, long-term benefits for both the children and their families.
Historian & Director, Creole West Productions
Executive Vice President, Comfort Keepers
Retired Chief Building Official, City of Fort Collins, CO
Educator, Lafayette Parish Public School District
Vice Chairperson & Founding Director
Owner, Pointe Coupée Gallery
Sherriff Beauregard "Bud" Torres III
Sheriff Pointe Coupée Parish
Melissa M. Guillory, LDN, RDN
Self-employed Registered Dietician/Nutritionist and Retired Administrator of Pointe Coupée Parish Health Unit
Consulting Teacher, Program Specialist for Visually/Hearing Impaired
Director, Woman's Hospital Child Development Center
Counsel to the Board
Attorney - Preston Law Firm, LLC
Social Media Specialist
Communications & Information Director
Acting as our common voice, our Communications and Information Director (CID) informs our stakeholders, community, families, child care professionals, partners and prospective donors about the value of early education. Our CID will also continue the dialogue about the importance of early childhood education as we grow, meet milestones and achieve positive results for our children and their families. Our CID maintains all database systems and outcome measurements, and handles monthly reporting of data to all donors and partners.
This position is currently open!
Please submit your resumé and cover letter if you would like to be considered.
Professional Coaches & Trainers
professional coaches and trainers specialize in the education of infants and
toddlers, and are certified in the state-required coaching, training,
curriculum and assessment programs for infants and toddlers.
Ouida Forsyth, Ph.D.
Child Care Resource & Referral Agency Project Director & Instructional Coach
For over 30 years, Dr.
Ouida Forsyth has been directly involved with early childhood services in
Louisiana. She has experience as a school principal, an early education program
program supervisor, Director of Head Start in Lafayette Parish and Director of Schools
of Choice. She has served as coach for numerous early childhood programs. Dr.
Forsyth also spent time as a university professor and as a project director for
the highly-regarded Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development at the
University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Her specialties include training, grant
writing, and classroom-embedded coaching and mentoring. Dr. Forsyth is CLASS Reliable in Infant, Toddler and Pre-K; TS GOLD Reliable; and Pathways-Certified.
Judy Romano, M.Ed.
Ms. Judy Romano has spent more than 40 years
working in education across a wide variety of positions: teacher, mentor,
community education preschool coordinator and personnel administrator in
Jefferson Parish Public Schools. She was
a distinguished educator in the Louisiana Department of Education and director
of early childhood education in the Recovery School District. She received her bachelor’s degree from the
University of New Orleans and her master’s degree in education with a focus on
curriculum and instruction from Xavier University. Additionally, she received
administration certification as school supervisor from the University of New
Orleans. Her specialties include training and classroom-embedded coaching. Ms. Romano is a CLASS Reliable observer for Toddler and Pre-K; and Pathways-Certified.
Addie E. Hester M.ED.
Ms. Addie Hester has been involved in early childhood education for more than four decades with work experiences and responsibilities that has included: Preschool / Kindergarten Teacher; Self Contained / Resource Teacher; Dyslexia Supervisor; Pupil Appraisal Team Educational Diagnostician; Supervisor of Student Teaching; and parish wide Infant / Toddler Child Search Coordinator. Her most recent work with state Child Care Referral and Resource Agencies (CCR&R) has been in the roles of a Technical Assistant (TA); an Inclusion Specialist; an Early Childhood Instructional Coach and a Louisiana Pathways Trainer - Level lll. She has also continuously shared her extensive knowledge over the years as a presenter for a number of local, regional, and statewide early childhood workshops, seminars and conferences. Among Ms. Hester’s top noteworthy career highlights was being recognized and honored as the - Statewide Teacher of the Year in 2003-2004 for Special School District #1 (SSD #1).
Career preparations for Ms. Hester began with earning a B.S. Degree in Child Development from North Carolina A & T State University in her home state and later obtaining a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Louisiana State University (LSU). Additional college courses at Southern University and Southeastern Louisiana University enabled her to obtain several advanced certifications. Ms. Hester is CLASS Reliable in Toddler and Pre-K as well as is Pathways Certified.
Lee Fellows - Summer 2017
Professional Coaches & Trainers
Welcome our Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE)
Policy & Advocacy Summer Fellows who will be embarking on and
completing phase-one of our One-Stop Health & Wellness Initiative. Phase-one will involve 8 weeks of
comprehensive research and data compilation.
From the results of
phase one, we will be able to determine a roadmap for developing a
collaborative partnership of services and resources that support each aspect of a child’s development from prenatal to age
four through a network of services and programs promoting good nutrition,
health and emotional wellness, happiness and lifelong success for both
Tabitha C. Reynolds is originally from El Dorado, Arkansas. She is currently a sixth-grade teacher in Baton Rouge, LA. Tabitha attended Arkansas State University, earning a B.S. in Psychology, and The Ohio State University earning a M.A. in Educational Policy.
Mackenzie Jones is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and currently resides in Baton Rouge. She graduated with an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from George Washington University in Washington D.C. Mackenzie has spent the last two years working as a middle school teacher at Upper Pointe Coupee Elementary in Batchelor, Louisiana and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Louisiana State University.