Options for Independence is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit social service agency with the goal of building better communities, one person at a time. Formed in 1992, Options for Independence has served as an integral part of our communities as we work to assist persons with disabilities to receive home- and community-based services to avoid the need for institutional care.
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.
Our reach is both broad and deep with more than 3500 children and adults benefiting from our services each year. Following the 2005 storms, especially Hurricane Katrina, we have touched more than 240,000 persons through our crisis counseling and outreach. Our geographical reach includes a seven parish area that includes Assumption, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. John, St. James and St. Charles.
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.
Meet Our Team
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
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
- Jovonne Harris, M.A.
- 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:
- Scott Tougas, LAC
- Aaron Champagne, B.A.
Sherl Turner, PHR
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
- Heather Theard
Kristie G. Mazur
Kristie serves as the Communications Coordinator for Options for Independence. Kristie has worked part-time with Options since February 2011. Kristie graduated from Nicholls State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in General Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration on Child, Family and Social Services. Prior to working at Options, Kristie worked as the Support Services Coordinator for a Parenting and Teen Pregnancy Prevention program, Oncology program and Mobile Access Prevention program. She has 13 years of experience working with program administration, development, implementation and evaluation as well as grant administration, resource development and management, professional training, community development, client advocacy and community education and outreach. Currently, Kristie’s main focus is maintaining Options for Independence’s CARF accreditation.