LAPEN’s operation is currently funded by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Public Health, Bureau of Family Health’s Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation (MIECHV) grant. The grantee is the Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center (SELAHEC – Effective March 2014, LAPEN is a program of SELAHEC, which provides extensive opportunities for collaboration and partnerships supporting children and families.
LAPEN seeks to be an association for all Louisiana parenting educators. The membership of LAPEN consists of any individual, organization, agency or business interested in the goals, vision, and mission of LAPEN. LAPEN’s work is guided by a Guidance Team.

The Guidance Team consists of the immediate past Director of LAPEN and representatives of regions throughout the state, the National Parenting Education Network (NPEN), the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and the private/faith-based community.

Barbara LeBlanc – National Parenting Education Network
Jacinta Settoon – Department of Children and Family Services
Michael Gaines – Private Practice
Evangeline Boudreaux – Regional Representative, Lafayette
Gatha Green – Regional Representative, Monroe
Sheri Hogg – Regional Representative, Lake Charles
Deborah Jones – Regional Representative, Baton Rouge
LaRhonda Coleman – Regional Representative, Bossier City
Anamaria Villamarin-Lupin – Regional Representative, New Orleans
Pam Wall – Regional Representative, St. Francisville

We encourage you to become active in LAPEN. For more information, contact us at

Learn about LAPEN’s history, activities and goals. View the 2013 Full LAPEN report.

Lenell Young, Director
Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center
Phone: 225-218-5657