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
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.