About Us





Options for Independence is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit social service agency with the mission of “assisting people to live and work in the community of their choice”.   Our goal of “building better communities, one person at a time” has guided us throughout our twenty five year history.   Formed in 1992 through a grant by the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council, Options for Independence’s initial efforts began with case management for persons with developmental disabilities. Over the years, we have added services to include support for persons with developmental disabilities, persons with serious mental illness, persons who are homeless, persons who struggle with chronic underemployment, persons affected by natural disasters and those persons with substance abuse needs. Our staff delivers services to individuals and families from age 4 through the lifespan that live within Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. John, St. James and St. Charles parishes

Over the years, Options for Independence has grown, partly through our own initiative, but largely through our response to calls for services from within the communities we serve. Our growth in services includes support for a wide variety of needs including support for persons with developmental disabilities, persons with serious mental illnesses, persons who are homeless, persons who struggle with chronic underemployment, persons with physical limitations and persons affected by natural disasters.

Options for Independence is known to be creative, eager, resourceful and passionate, with a genuine willingness to work and partner with others. We offer strong community leadership and innovative solutions with a proven success record in program development and implementation of services for special populations. The management team of Options for Independence is strong, experienced, and committed to enhancing the lives of people with barriers to recovery by helping them develop skills that contribute to self-sufficiency.

Not quite a household name, Options for Independence works quietly in the background of the lives of the people we serve to assist persons to live and work in the community of their choice. At the departmental level of state, local and federal agencies, as well as among major benevolent foundations, Options for Independence is a well-know, proven and trusted partner, often engaged to assist other organizations achieve positive outcomes through pragmatic, well organized programs.

There is so much more to know and learn about Options for Independence. We welcome your inquiries and feedback.

All of our services are provided through a team approach of staff members including: licensed, master’s level and bachelor’s level professionals. The majority of our services are provided in the participant’s home and community. Our current programs and services include:

  • Assessments
  • Functional Family Therapy (FFT)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Child Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Professional Staffing Services
  • Multi-systemic Therapy (MST)
  • Functional Family Therapy-Child Welfare (FFT-CW)
  • Anger Management Classes
  • Child Psychiatric Medication Management
  • Visions Housing Program
  • MST-Contingency Management (Contingency Management Intensive Substance Abuse Treatment)
  • Community Psychiatric Support & Treatment–Youth
  • Individual Counseling
  • Hooper Dorm-A Non-Medical Group Home
  • Options for Affordable Housing


Meet Our Team

  • OFI Contracted Behavioral Health Professionals


    • Danielle Angeron, MD- Medical Director
    • Akansha Thakur, MD- Psychiatrist
    • Richard Bergeron, II, PMHNP-BC- Nurse Practitioner
  • Roosevelt Thomas-Housing Director


    • Aaron Champagne, B.A.-Team Support Coordinator
  • Leona Thibodaux-Administrative Assistant


    • Joyce Matthews-Receptionist
    • Laurie Brand, LCSW- Counselor
    • Katie Champagne, LCSW- Counselor
    • Angelle Thibodaux, LPC-Assessor
  • Robin Simmons, LMSW-FFT-CW Supervisor


    • Jordyn Serigne-FFT-CW Therapist
    • Latasha Williams-FFT-CW Therapist


  • Katrina Billiot, LMSW-HD Program Director


    • Tiffany Batiste-HD Service Plan Manager
    • Nicole Pitre-DCW-2
    • Kori Brown-DCW-2
    • Lori Pennison-DCW-2
    • Deidre Coleman-DCW
    • Janai Joseph-DCW
    • Holly Trahan-DCW
    • Tamira Kennedy-DCW
    • Denise Thompson-DCW
    • Tabitha Little-DCW
    • LaKeena Lewis-DCW
    • Kay Billiot-DCW


  • Lamara Johnson, LMSW


    • Allison Betts, MSW, RSW- MST Therapist
    • Latoya Celestin,LMSW, RSW-MST Therapist
    • Diamond Triggs-MST Therapist
    • Marquita Turner-MST Therapist
  • Rebecca Hoffmann-Spears, LCSW-BACS

    Rebecca obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Nicholls State University in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2001. At that time, she entered into Tulane University where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work in December 2002. Since that time, Rebecca has worked in the fields of juvenile justice, medical social work and oncology social work. Rebecca earned her Licensed Social Work Credential in 2006 and became a board approved clinical supervisor in 2012. Rebecca joined the Options for Independence Family in 2008 as a part time substance abuse counselor in the adolescent Intense Outpatient Program. In 2009, Rebecca joined the staff at Options for Independence full time. Since that time, Rebecca has worked with adult mental health, high school transition students, disaster mental health and in agency triage. Currently Rebecca’s team includes:

    • Katrina Billiot, MSW, LMSW
    • Leona Thibodaux
    • Laurie Brand, LCSW
    • Joyce Matthews
  • Dayna R. Price, LPC

    Dayna attended Nicholls State University and graduated with a Master’s degree in Psychological Counseling in 2005. Dayna obtained her LPC licensure with the state of Louisiana in October of 2008. She is currently undergoing training to become an LPC-S and should be able to supervise by September of 2014.  She is the supervisor of the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program and has been so since it’s inception at Options in January of 2010. Dayna has been employed with Options for the past 14 years with various positions, but she has been a supervisor with the agency for the past 8 years. Currently Dayna’s team includes:

    • Anya Carter-Ward, MSW, RSW-FFT Therapist
    • Charniece Scott, LMSW-FFT Therapist
    • Cierra Johnson, LMSW-FFT Therapist
    • Cynthia Watt-FFT Therapist
    • Jovonne Harris, M.A.-FFT Therapist
    • Kimberly Mellion, B.S.
  • Fatima Griffin, M.S., LPC, NCC

    Fatima began working for Options for Independence as a supervisor in 2016.  She is the supervisor for the Substance Abuse and Psychiatry programs.  Fatima’s team includes:

    • Aaron Champagne, B.A.-Team Support Specialist
    • Ethan Nicholas-Anger Management
    • Lasheeca Norman, LPC-Counselor
    • Jazmin Roundtree-CPST Case Manager
  • Sherl Turner, PHR, SHRM-CPHR-Operations Director

    Sherl received her Bachelor’s Degree from Nicholls State University in Business Administration in 1992, her Professional in Human Resources Certification from HR Certification Institute – HRCI in 2012 and her SHRM Certified Professional from the Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM in 2015 .  She started with Options in the Assertive Community Treatment Program in 2000. She is currently the Human Resources/Operations Director.  Her team includes:

    • Courtney Damen- Nutrition Educator
    • Heather Theard- Nutrition Educator
    • Gail Dubois- Custodian