Meet the Team

Barry Chauvin

CEO and President

Our founder and CEO, Barry Chauvin is as enthusiastic about our mission today as he was 25 years ago when we opened our doors in April of 1992. Barry, along with a few local and state leaders in the disabilities field, created Options for Independence to assist children and adults with developmental disabilities to move from institutional care back to their home communities. Since that time, our mission has expanded to serving all people experiencing barriers to living and working in the community of their choice. Barry has always sought to fill service gaps in the community and has led us to continually implement newer, proven models of care and to develop new programs. Whether it’s a new behavioral health team, a home for teenage girls or building affordable housing for families, Barry continually challenges himself and everyone at Options for Independence to find a way of “building better communities one person at a time.”

Randall Alfred

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Randall M. “Randy” Alfred, a Terrebonne Parish native, has been a practicing attorney for 39 years. He is married to Denise Marcel Alfred and they have two sons and two grandsons. He is a founder of Options for Independence, a past President and a board member of the Kiwanis Club of Houma and the Bayou Board of Realtors Attorney for over 20 years.

Mary Freet

Board of Directors, Secretary

Mary Archer Freet Davis has been a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Louisiana since 1989. She was previously the Director and Clinical Manager for a Children’s Assertive Community Treatment project from 1994 until 2000. A retired Nationally Certified School Psychologist, she has worked with emotionally disturbed children and their families through the Child Protection Unit of the Louisiana Office of Community Services and the Terrebonne Parish School Board Pupil Appraisal Office. Currently, her private practice specializes in the supervision of master’s level Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselors preparing for state licensure.

Sherl Turner, PHR, SHRM-CP

Executive 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. Sherl served as HR/Community Relations Director and was recently promoted to Executive Director

Working with Sherl are:

  • Renita Nelson – Nutrition Educator
  • Danielle Degruise – Nutrition Educator
  • Leona Thibodaux – Office Administrator

Dayna R. Price, LPC-S

Clinical Director, Functional Family Therapy (FFT) and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) and Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR) Program(s) Supervisor, FFT National Consultant

Dayna attended Nicholls State University and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in December of 1998 and a Master of Arts in Psychological Counseling in 2005. Dayna obtained her LPC licensure with the state of Louisiana in October of 2008. She is also a Louisiana LPC-board approved clinical supervisor. She is the supervisor of the Functional Family Therapy (FFT) program and has been so since it’s inception at Options in January of 2009. Dayna is also a national consultant for Functional Family Therapy, LLC. Dayna started with Options in 2000  working with youth and adults in various programs.  Dayna was promoted to clinical director January, 2021.

Working with Dayna are:

  • Cynthia Watt, M. Ed. – Therapist
  • Janai Joseph, MSW, CSW – Therapist
  • Kristie Owens-Mitchell, BS – Therapist
  • Jazsmin Roundtree, B.A. – Therapist
  • Bre’Shey Bailey, M.A. – Therapist

Roosevelt Thomas

Housing Coordinator

Roosevelt has been with the Options family for the last 17 years. Roosevelt helps those who have never lived independently be able to do so. He likes, “knowing that a family will be helped with a new beginning and that families can enjoy the luxury of living in a home that is adequate for today’s standard of living.”

Working with Roosevelt is:

  • Aaron Champagne, B.A. – Team Support Coordinator

Danielle Angeron, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Danielle Angeron is board certified in Family Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University in 2001. She received her medical degree from LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans in 2005. Dr. Angeron completed her residency at East Jefferson General Hospital in 2008. She is currently in private practice with SLMA in Houma. She treats patients of all age groups with a wide range of medical problems.

Richard Bergeron, II, PMHNP-BC

Nurse Practitioner

Robin Simmons-Johnson, LCSW

Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT – CW) Program Supervisor, Counseling Center Supervisor

Robin Simmons is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Associates in Criminal Justice from Nicholls State University in 2011. In 2014, she obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from Southern University at New Orleans. Robin Johnson has worked as an advocate for families since 2003 and has worked with youth who have substance use and/or mental health disorders at a community-based level, and joined the Options for Independence team in 2013. Robin currently supervises the Functional Family. Therapy Child Welfare Program (FFT-CW).

Working with Robin are:

  • Cherise Collins-Roman, P-LPC & P-LMFT  – Therapist
  • Latisha Woods, BA – Therapist
  • Laurie Brand, LCSW
  • Lashecca Norman, LPC, NCC

Katrina Billiot, LMSW

Community Housing Program Manager

Katrina Billiot is a Licensed Master Social Worker. In 2009, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child, Family & Social Services from Nicholls State University. That same year, Katrina began her career with Options for Independence, working as a Workforce Development Specialist, providing education and support services to participants of both the Lafourche Parish School Board and Louisiana Vocational-Rehabilitation Services. In 2012, she obtained her Master of Social Work Degree from Tulane University. Katrina currently serves as the Manager of our Rapid Rehousing Project.  She, has a deepened commitment to achieve a profound impact on the lives of individuals served.

Kristie G. Mazur, B.S.

Communications Coordinator

Kristie Guidry Mazur 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. She has 16 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. She serves as the Communications Coordinator for Options for Independence and has worked with Options since February 2011. Currently, Kristie’s focus is maintaining Options for Independence’s Behavioral Health license, and CARF accreditation.

Angelle Caro Thibodeaux

Licensed Professional Counselor, Assessments

I really enjoy doing assessments with our participants. I enjoy having the opportunity to meet with so many people and provide guidance and encouragement to participants and their family members. I am also grateful to work with the Options for Independence family. I feel that they are some of the most compassionate and caring coworkers that I have encountered throughout my career.
When not at work, I enjoy traveling and having fun with my family. I also enjoy serving our community through various non profit service organizations and projects.