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STAFF BIOS
Toni Ledet, Ph.D.
- Dr. Ledet has a Doctorate degree in Early Childhood Special Education and holds two Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision as well as Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans. She holds Louisiana certification in Elementary School Principalship, Supervisor of Instruction Parish or City School Supervisor of Instruction, Elementary Grades First through Eighth, Early Intervention, Nursery School, Kindergarten, and Child Search Coordinator. Dr. Ledet serves in a dual role as Director of Children Services for the Arc Baton Rouge (an early intervention program) and Assistant Director for the YWCA Early Head Start in Baton Rouge where here primary responsibilities for both programs involves providing leadership and management of the day to day activities, budgeting, supervision of personnel, and professional development. Prior to this role she served as an assistant professor where her primary responsibility was in the preparation of Special Education Teachers. Additionally she has experience in the Head Start Community on two Training and Technical Assistant Projects where she served as the Project Director for the Head Start Region VI Disabilities Services Quality Improvement Center (DSQIC) and the Training and Technical Assistant Coordinator for Region VI Administration for Children and Family T/TA Network. For these projects she managed all aspects of the project’s activities and provided direct supervision to project staff. Dr. Ledet has also worked as an Early Childhood Training and Technical Assistance Specialist where she conducted numerous training events on the national, state and local level, and provided technical assistance to a variety of diverse early childhood professionals including child care providers, Head Start and Early Head Start teachers, kindergarten teachers, and early interventionists on such topics as language and literacy, authentic assessment, positive behavior supports, and developmentally appropriate early childhood practices. Prior to working on these projects, Dr. Ledet was employed for 10 years as a regular and special education early childhood teacher. During this time, she taught both kindergarten and preschool children with and without disabilities, and worked with infants and toddlers in community child care centers.

Jena Maughan – Ms. Maughan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Louisiana State University. She possesses eleven years experience working with young children in both public and private settings In addition, for the last 15 years she has operated as an intricate member of administrative support teams. Her strengths lie in project management, fiscal responsibility and planning, staff supervision, program development and procedural writing. Currently at The Arc Baton Rouge, she supervises operation of administrative and building maintenance staff, processes and submits Medicaid and Part C billing, provides technical assistance via video, written procedure, individual or group training to staff concerning use of equipment and programs, as well as many other administrative duties.


Francine Fisher- Ms. Fisher earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech from Newcomb College and a Masters of Science Degree in Speech Pathology from Tulane University. She has earned 27 master’s level hours from Louisiana State University in order to gain certification in Audiology. Francine holds dual Licensure in Speech Pathology and Audiology issued by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA). She holds Certificates of Clinical Competence (CCCs) in Speech/Language Pathology and Audiology from the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) of which she is a member. She also holds membership in Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association (LSHA) and Baton Rouge Association of Speech-Language Pathologists (BRASLP). Ms. Fisher began her career testing hearing for a group of Otolaryngologists in Baton Rouge, LA. She then worked as a speech assessment consultant for the evaluation teams at Louisiana State University. After that, she worked for 18 years for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System as a speech pathologist, audiologist, and speech assessment consultant serving special education students, hearing impaired and deaf students, and speech impaired students ranging in age from 3 to 21 years of age. After retirement from EBRP Schools, she has worked as needed as a speech consultant on the preschool team that provided transdisciplinary evaluations for students 3 and 4 years of age to determine if they qualified for special education services from the school system. She also occasionally assisted the team assessing children aged 0 to 3 years of age.   She worked part-time for EBRP School System as a licensure supervisor for provisional and assistant licensees. She also worked part-time as an audiologist for an ENT physician at STANOCOLA medical clinic. Ms. Fisher is currently working for The Arc Children’s Services and has completed all learning modules required by EarlySteps, has attended the BDI-II training in order to be able to be an evaluator and the Autism training in order to be qualified to administer the BISCUIT and MCHAT Autism screenings. She currently works as a transdiciplinary team provider for The Arc Children’s Services, including providing single domain assessments, ongoing assessments using AEPS and Early Intervention Developmental Profile (EIDP) and other speech/language evaluation tools. She has attended eligibility meetings and initial IFSP meetings where she participated in writing outcomes and goals. She also attends quarterly, six month and annual IFSP meetings. She helps the children she serves with transition and has attended some IEP meetings to help them and their family transition into the school system as they turn three years of age.

Carla Broggi- Ms. Broggi has been with The Arc Children’s Services since 2011. Prior to working at The Arc Children’s Services, Ms. Broggi provided Speech-Language therapy services through a private practice in preschool, elementary school, and office settings. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders, both from Louisiana State University. During her graduate school career she provided services in a variety of settings with a focus on pediatrics and parent education. Ms. Broggi holds a Speech Language Pathology license issued by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA) and maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competency-Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) of which she is a member. Ms. Broggi has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, Cleft Lip/Palate, Hearing Impairments, and Receptive/Expressive Language Delays and has experience providing parent education for in home therapy plans. She has participated in parent education on pediatric feeding and has experience conducting pediatric Modified Barium Swallow Studies. She has experience conducting thorough evaluations including family interviews, case history intake, standardized testing, professional observations, and recommendations. She recently obtained continuing education at the 2009 ASHA Convention with a focus in Autism, Early Intervention, and Early Literacy and the 2010 SPALS (Speech Pathologist and Audiologists in Louisiana Schools) convention with a focus in Pre-Literacy Skills, Childhood Apraxia of Speech, and Articulation: Oral Motor Techniques. Currently with The Arc, Ms. Broggi is a Speech Therapist with EarlySteps working on transdiscplinary teams as a support and primary provider. She is trained in administering the Battelle Developmental Inventory -II (BDI-II), Assessment Evaluation and Programming System for Infants and Children (AEPSi), Marshalla Oral Sensorimotor Test (MOST), the Autism Spectrum Disorders Screening, and on all EarlySteps Training Modules.


Monica Holman – Ms. Holman has been with The Arc Children’s Services since 2009. Monica has been an active participate in the Transdisciplinary Teaming Model throughout her time with The Arc. Monica earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Disorders, both from Louisiana State University. Monica holds a Speech Language Pathology license issued by the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology (LBESPA) and maintains a Certificate of Clinical Competency-Speech-Language Pathology (CCC-SLP) through the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  She is a member of the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), Louisiana Speech and Hearing Association (LSHA), and Baton Rouge Association of Speech-Language Pathologists (BRASLP).  Monica has experience working with children with Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cleft Lip/Palate, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Stroke Injuries, Receptive/Expressive Language Delays, Feeding Aversions and Swallowing Disorders, and Parent Education/Training.  Monica is certified, as of December 2009, through the Hanen Program “It Takes Two to Talk” encouraging family-focused early language intervention for young children with expressive and/or receptive language delays. The Hanen Centre promotes parental education to encourage parental involvement in their child’s speech and language development.  Monica has begun her career working for The Arc in the EarlySteps program to encourage parent involvement and early intervention in speech/language disorders/delays. She has completed all EarlySteps modules and has also been trained as an evaluator utilizing the Battelle Developmental Inventory-II (BDI-II). Monica has experience with over 32 assessment tools in the areas of speech, language, social, and play skills, including: The Battelle Developmental Inventory – Second Edition (BDI-II), Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (M-CHAT), The Baby and Infant Screen for Children with Autism Traits (BISCUIT), Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children - Second Edition (AEPSi). She is an active participate in all EarlySteps meetings for each child, including Quarterly Team Meetings, Initial IFSP Meetings, Annual IFSP Meetings, 6 Month Review IFSP Meetings, Review/Revision IFSP, and Transition Meetings. Monica personally assists her families with the transition process out of the EarlySteps program and is currently providing Direct Care Speech Therapy services within the child’s natural environment.


Jill Broussard- Ms. Broussard has been a licensed physical therapist since graduating from California State University, Long Beach in 1990. She began studying pediatric specialization while still in school and interned at a pediatric clinic in Southern California. She has completed numerous continuing education courses related to pediatrics including a week long seminar at the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential in Philadelphia, Assessment of the Neurologic Pediatric Patient, EarlySteps Training Modules and Learn to Play the NDT way. Throughout her career she has been heavily involved in patient/family and community education. Currently, at The Arc Children’s Services she works with children aged 0-3 and their families to support their child’s development. She is committed to the transdisciplinary team approach and has served as both a primary and support provider for many children. In her "spare time" she is the mother of 7 young children of her own.


Marissa Ahmed Monette – Ms. Monette has been with The Arc Baton Rouge since October of 2007.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications in 1990 and a Master of Education/Certification in Early Intervention in 1993, both from The University of New Orleans. She also completed 24 hours of course work in American Sign Language at Delgado Community College.  In addition, she has been trained by Robin McWilliam in the Routines Based Interview and Assessment and is currently certified as a Level III Pathways Trainer.   Ms. Monette worked at The Arc of Greater New Orleans for almost twelve years following graduation from The University of New Orleans. During that time, she served as Program Coordinator of the Early Intervention Program for over five years, a Community Based Early Interventionist for five years, a Family Service Coordinator for one and a half years, and a Center Based Early Interventionist for four months. She continued providing direct services to infants and toddlers during her tenure as Program Coordinator. She spent a large amount of her time at The Arc of GNO in the community coordinating with other service providers as she worked with children and families. She has been responsible for hiring procedures, training of new employees, employee supervision and evaluations, budget maintenance, licensure procedures, and direct services. She has also provided training to community child care providers as well as public school teachers.  Ms. Monette has also completed the Basic Parent Advisor training in the SKI-HI Model of early home intervention (for children with hearing impairments) through the Department of Communicative Disorders of Utah State University. Currently at The Arc Children’s Services, she works on several projects including the Early Intervention, Training and Technical Assistance, and School Age Support Projects. On these projects she works with area school systems and child care centers to include children with special needs in their programs.


Paula Williams- Ms. Williams has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education/Mental Retardation-Education and a Master of Education Degree in Special Education from Louisiana State University. She also received her Early Intervention degree from Southeastern Louisiana University. She worked in Ascension Parish and East Baton Rouge School Systems with children aged four to twelve with special needs for twenty-three years. She is currently working for The Arc Children’s Services as a Special Instructor providing direct services for EarlySteps since April 2000. She has experience teaching in the following settings: self-contained, mild-moderate, severe/profound, non-categorical, non-verbal, hearing impaired and orthopedic impairment classrooms. She was a mentor coach in Iberville Parish helping to assist teachers in the above mentioned classrooms to include children with disabilities in their classroom. She is Pathways certified to teach and assist teachers in child care programs. She has given workshops on various topics, including early childhood topics and the inclusion of children with special needs within the childcare setting. She has gone into childcare centers to help assist child care providers and directors with children with special needs. She was on the Special Quest committee in St. Francisville to help the community become more aware of EarlySteps and how they provide services for children with special needs. She is a transdisciplinary team provider in St. Francisville and surrounding parishes, as well as providing homebased services for the Early Head Start Program. She has completed various EarlySteps modules, training in Assessment, Evaluation and Programming System for Infants and Children (AEPS), BDI -II training and Autism training to qualify her to be an evaluator. She has used the Autism screening and Ages and Stages screening for EarlySteps children. She evaluates and assesses children she serves in EarlySteps using AEPS and Early Intervention Developmental Profile (EIDP). She participates in quarterly, 6 month and annual IFSP meetings. She has attended eligibility meetings to use her expertise in writing initial IFSP goals and objectives. She helps transition EarlySteps children into the various school systems by attending the transition meetings as well as being involved in IEP meetings.

Ann Phillips – Ms. Phillips is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University with specializations in Mental Health, as well as in Direct and Indirect Community Services. She has over twenty years of experience in working with families. She has served as a Parent Educator/Family and Community Consultant since 1996 at The Arc Baton Rouge. She also serves as a Mental Health Consultant for several Arc projects. She participated as an Early Interventionist in the Hilton/Early Head Start Special Quest Four Year Training Program by the California Institute of Human Services, Sonoma State University, Office of Extended Education as a team member with the YWCA Early Head Start in Baton Rouge, LA. She has presented trainings, workshops and consultations for parents, providers, child care staff, churches and schools on general theories of learning and social emotional development for children including those with developmental disabilities. She has also trained on how to utilize and maximize specific environments to help children progress across their developmental domains. She has partnered with Family Road of Greater Baton Rouge and in providing parent and caregiver training for families at risk. Ms. Phillips has five children, including one with a developmental disability. She also has coordinated several ongoing projects for The Arc Children’s Services (e.g. The Arc Children’s Services Transition Project, The Arc Children’s Services Transdisciplinary Teaming Primary Provider Project, and The Arc Children’s Services Childcare Training Project). Ms. Phillips is active in her community and seeks opportunities to advocate for those with developmental disabilities. She currently serves on the CAHSD Regional Advisory Committee for the Office of Citizens for Developmental Disabilities and as Children’s Coordinator at a church in the Baton Rouge Area.

 

Heidi Shapiro – Ms. Shapiro is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master of Social Work, both from Michigan State University. She has over thirty five years of direct social work experience, which includes family and individual counseling, case management, parent training, and supervision. She has offered workshops and training on various social work topics, including stress, social emotional development, child abuse and neglect, family advocacy, conflict resolution, transition out of early intervention services into preschool services, and the TransdisciplinaryTeaming model. Since 1984 she has worked at The Arc Children’s Services in Baton Rouge, which serves children birth to three years of age with developmental delays and their families. For ten years, beginning in 1996, she served as a Family Support Coordinator, assisting families with developmentally delayed infants and toddlers to coordinate services for their children. She was an FSC Supervisor from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008, and 2010 to the present, Heidi Shapiro served in Early Head Start as a Family Advocate where she encourages parent involvement and enhances family functioning by assisting with goal setting, locating resources, and arranging parent workshops. She provided Reflective Supervision to several Family Advocates from 2004-2008. Since 2010, Ms. Shapiro is also serving as the Early Head Start Mental Health Manager, providing classroom assistance with children’s behavior and addressing the mental health needs of parents. Ms. Shapiro is also currently a social worker on the matrix for EarlySteps, assisting parents of developmentally delayed birth to three year olds with their needs. She is trained in all EarlySteps modules, Autism screening, AEPS, BDI-II, Infant Mental Health, holds Pathways Adult Trainer certification, and currently serves as an EarlySteps TransdisciplinaryTeam Facilitator for The Arc Children’s Services. She is also participating in other projects to provide mental health consultation to Head Start programs and groups for teen parents.


Donna Talley – Ms. Talley has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Welfare from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She began working for The Arc Baton Rouge/Metro Enterprises in 1976 where she worked with adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. From 1994-2006 she worked as a Family Support Coordinator for The Arc Children’s Services, assisting families and coordinating services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. From 2006-2007, Ms. Talley served as a Family Advocate for The Arc Early Head Start Program, linking families to community resources, assisting them to achieve personal goals, and providing parent workshops and trainings Since 2006 she has been serving as Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance (ERSEA) Manager and Transportation Manager for Early Head Start. Duties consist of assisting in planning, developing, implementing, and supervising the ERSEA process. As Transportation Manager she oversees all aspects related to transporting children in the program. Since 2008, she has served as co-coordinator and facilitator for The Arc Children’s Services Transdisciplinary Teaming Project, serving children and families in EarlySteps. Responsibilities include coordinating Team Meetings with the SPOE, Family Support Coordinators, families and service providers. Since 2009 she has been serving as Project Coordinator for the Inclusive Child Care Project, coordinating training and technical assistance for child care centers. She participates in collaborative meetings with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Resource and Referral Agency, and other community providers to promote inclusion and participation in EarlySteps. Since 2010 she has participated on the Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge Partnership in Child Care Advisory Committee. She is a Louisiana Pathways trainer and provides yearly training for the Early Head Start staff on required transportation topics to meet Early Head Start Performance Standards. Professional development includes training in the EarlySteps modules, BDI-II, Autism Screenings, Assessment, Evaluation, and Programming System for Infants and Children (AEPS), Early Head Start Eligibility, and Child Passenger Safety.

 

Kay Schmidt – Ms. Schmidt has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Emporia State University and has worked with infants and toddlers at The Arc Baton Rouge since 1979, serving as a classroom teacher for children with disabilities, providing development assessments and screenings for home-based children, and as Parent Educator for the EarlySteps program. In 2006 she began serving as the Disability Manager for Early Head Start. She is responsible for the management of all services for children with disabilities which includes coordination of developmental screenings, making referrals to EarlySteps, tracking and participating in IFSP meetings and supporting teachers and parents by providing current resources and on-going training/technical assistance on issues related to working with children with disabilities. Ms. Schmidt also works in the capacity of TEAM facilitator for The Arc Children’s Services, explaining the Transdisciplinary Teaming model of EarlySteps service provision and coordinating IFSP meetings with the SPOE, Family Support Coordinators, families and service providers. She has completed training on all EarlySteps modules, Battelle Developmental Inventory II and AEPSI assessments, and autism screenings. She also holds Pathways certification and has attended trainings in Infant Mental Health. In addition she recently was trained to do OAE screenings for Early Head Start through the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) national initiative and is participating in a training program on the Principles of Applied Behavior.


Danielle Roblin - Ms. Roblin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. She has worked with children birth to three and their families since graduating from LSUHSC in 2003. She has attended numerous continuing education courses related to Sensory Integration, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oral Motor Skills, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. Currently at The Arc Baton Rouge, she serves children diagnosed with Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Sensory Modulation Disorder, Feeding Disorders, Hydrocephalus, and other neurological impairments. She has also served as a team member of the Infant, Child, and Family Center, which serves children birth to six years old, who have been prenatally exposed to alcohol and/or other drugs. She has been trained on numerous assessment tools, including the Battelle Developmental Inventory- II (BDI-II), AEPS, Sensory Profile, Beckman Oral Motor Assessment Kit, M-CHAT, and the BISCUIT.  She currently evaluates young children at risk using the Battelle Developmental Inventory- II (BDI-II) for eligibility into the EarlySteps program.  Ms. Roblin provides treatment to the children she serves using a transdisciplinary approach along with other IFSP team members.  She is familiar with serving both as a primary and support provider on children’s IFSP  She is able to assist families and caregivers in writing quality IFSP goals and with the transition process into the school system once the child turns three years of age.