Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS
Toni currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center. A native of Baton Rouge, she has been a child and family psychotherapist for 28 years in the area of trauma and resiliency. Her work in developing and executing several therapeutic curricula for children impacted by trauma and disaster has been published in professional journals. She serves as needed with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, D.C. as a member of the U.S. Faculty and Global Trauma Relief Team in Haiti, Israel and the Gaza territories. In this capacity, she has developed programs and trained other healthcare professionals in trauma recovery, with an emphasis on programs for youth and secondary stress in their caregivers and providers. Locally, her local work in Louisiana has included bringing wellness programs to disadvantaged populations, including the street homeless in Baton Rouge, children in urban school-based settings, and working with Coastal residents in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Isaac and the Horizon BP Oil Spill. She has also served as Adjunct Faculty at the LSU School of Social Work. Toni is a wife and mother of four teenagers.
DANIEL J. BARNETT, MD, MPH
Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Health & Engineering at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), where he has a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management and is on the Core Faculty of the Office of Public Health Practice & Training. He serves as PI of the HRSA-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center-Johns Hopkins Local Performance Site. His research interests include evidence-based approaches to enhance public health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery systems, and optimizing public health practice through training. Dr. Barnett has extensive experience in delivering practice-based trainings for public health workers and other stakeholders in a variety of states and jurisdictions. He is a recipient of the National Association of Counties Achievement award (2007) for his public health agency and stakeholder training efforts. Dr. Barnett previously worked at Baltimore City Health Department's Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, where he conducted disaster preparedness training activities for the department’s workers. He received his MD degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public Health; his MPH degree was earned at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and he is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine Residency Program.
Nicole Boykins, a New Orleans native, first generation college student, parent, and educator is Principal of Lawrence D. Crocker. In 2009, Nicole began her teaching career as a 1st grade at Crocker, never expecting to be Principal. However, five years later Ms.Boykins was hand-picked for that job by her predecessor. This was partly due to her ability to continue the trauma-informed effort which undergirds this school community. In addition to overseeing student instruction and teacher development, it has sometimes been necessary for Nicole to devote half of her day to behavioral issues. In her role as principal, the many other roles Ms. Boykins has already played in her life really show their value.
Louis Cataldie, MD
Dr. Louis Cataldie is a native of Louisiana who received his Medical Degree from LSU Medical School in New Orleans. He has extensive clinical and administrative experience in Addiction Medicine and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. He has been in the field of addiction medicine for over thirty years. His first encounter with the recovery process began on June 28, 1978. Dr. Cataldie has developed and served as Medical Director of several successful recovery programs for both adults and adolescents. Dr. Cataldie was a consultant to the White House on adolescent inhalant abuse during the Reagan years.
Dr. Cataldie previously served as Medical Director for the Office of Addictive Disorders for the State of Louisiana. He is a published author and is long recognized as an expert in the field of addiction medicine. Dr. Cataldie is also a sought after public speaker on the diseases of addiction.
In 2005, he was appointed Medical Examiner for the State of Louisiana and the Incident Commander of the Family Assistance Center for Hurricane Katrina. He was in charge of the recovery and identification of deceased victims of Katrina and for finding the location of over 26,000 missing/displaced persons. Upon completion of that mission, he returned to the field of addiction medicine.
He is actively involved in community service and serves on the I CARE Advisory Board. He has served as Louisiana State Medical Society Governor’s appointee to the Addictive Disorders Resource Authority and to the Child Death Investigation Review Board.
Dr. Cataldie has served as Medical Director of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and is currently an Addictionologist consultant for the Board’s Recovering Nurse Program. He has also served as Medical Director of the Physician’s Health Foundation of Louisiana. His current addictionology practice includes providing detoxification, evaluation, and treatment on both an inpatient and outpatient basis for people wishing to recovery from the brain disease of addiction.
William “Beau” Clark, M.D., FACEP, D-ABMDI
Dr. William “Beau” Clark is a native of Baton Rouge and graduated from St. Michael the Archangel High School. He graduated from Louisiana Tech University where he received his Bachelor of Science. He graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine in Baton Rouge. He is board certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Dr. Clark was elected East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner in November, 2011 and continues to practice emergency medicine in the Greater Baton Rouge area.
Dr. Clark has served as Medical Director for the Louisiana State Police SWAT Team, Louisiana House of Representatives, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, and East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team. Dr. Clark has been certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators.
Clay Countryman, JD
Clay Countryman is a partner in the health care group in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. Mr. Countryman represents clients in all areas of the health care industry, with a focus on health care corporate transactions, fraud and abuse compliance, development of health care provider networks and alternative health care payment approaches.
Clay has primarily served as legal counsel to several different types of health care providers and provider organizations, ranging from national and regional hospital systems, physician organizations, specialty physician groups, clinically integrated networks, physician-owned hospitals, diagnostic imaging facilities, ambulatory surgical centers, pharmacies, health care management companies, and health care trade associations.
Rochelle Gauthier, LCSW
Rochelle Gauthier, LCSW is a native Californian who moved to New Orleans 7 years ago to attend Social Work graduate school at Tulane University. She completed her internship for her Masters in Social Work at the Children's Bureau of New Orleans, where she focused on providing intensive trauma counseling to children and families exposed to homicide, domestic and community violence and abuse. After working at Children's Bureau for three years, Ms. Gauthier joined the Crocker College Prep team as they worked in the turn around effort of the school. As a full-time school social worker for the last four years, Ms. Gauthier wrote a grant for Crocker to be a part of the New Orleans Health Department's Trauma Informed Schools Collaborative. Crocker is currently completing year 3 of the pilot program.
Esteban Gershanik, MD, MPH, MMSc
Chief Information Officer at Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Harvard Business School
Dr. Gershanik is the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Chief Information Officer and Director of its Bureau of Health Informatics. In this role, Dr. Gershanik has been assigned the responsibility of building a vision and strategy for Health Information Technology (HIT) in partnership with the Office of Public Health, Medicaid, and healthcare delivery members from around the state of Louisiana and across the country.
Previously, Dr. Gershanik served as the Process Care Redesign Clinician for Partners Healthcare, Medical Director of the Hospital Medicine Units at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and core member of the AHRQ-funded Patient Safety Learning Lab leading efforts in HIT tools and process solutions for the optimization of EHRs and broader healthcare delivery initiatives around process care redesign, patient experience and quality and safety.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gershanik has served on various hospital-wide HIT and Quality Committees and has been involved with several nationally and locally funded research grants around HIT tools and innovation and their impact on healthcare delivery initiatives. He is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School teaching clinical courses, a faculty reviewer for their Safety Quality Informatics Leadership course, and faculty for their Partners Healthcare Clinical Informatics and Innovation Fellowship. Nationally, he is a member of the Society of Hospital Medicine Information Technology Committee, has served as a peer reviewer for journals and guidelines, and has given lectures and presentations on informatics.
Clinically, Dr. Gershanik serves as a Medicine and Pediatric Hospitalist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society of Hospital Medicine. He has served clinically on staff for LSU, Tulane, and Harvard Medical Schools.
Cecile Guin, BA, LCSW, MSW, LSU; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington
Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD)
Dr. Guin has served as the Director of the Office of Social Service Research and Development (OSSRD), LSU School of Social Work, since 1996. She began working for LSU in 1995 as a funding consultant and Associate Professor of Research. Prior to moving to Baton Rouge in 1996, Dr. Guin maintained a private business that provided grant writing, evaluation and consultation to non-profit and governmental agencies.
In her capacity as Director of OSSRD, Dr. Guin focuses heavily upon external fund development and actively solicits opportunities for various grants and contracts that address many of the social problems inherent to Louisiana. In particular, she develops programs and seeks funding aimed at interrupting the pathway to delinquency, crime and other forms of non productivity that claim so many Louisiana children and youth, especially at-risk children and youth. Additionally, she has become an expert in truancy and death penalty mitigation and is court qualified in the areas of adult criminality, development of a criminal personality, juvenile delinquency social work and cultural poverty.
OSSRD also continues to engage in the acute post Katrina and Rita problems of those with behavioral health problems. Dr. Guin is the lead author for the recent publication: Health Care and Disaster Planning: Understanding the Impact of Disasters on the Medical Community.
While serving as the Director of OSSRD, the office has obtained over $50 million in grants and contracts for the School, LSU and the agency partners of the School of Social Work. All of the grants deal with some aspect of social problems faced by citizens of Louisiana.
Jan Kasofsky, PhD
Executive Director, Capital Area Human Services
DR. JAN KASOFSKY has over 27 years of healthcare administration experience as a senior administrator. She has been the Executive Director of the Capital Area Human Services District (CAHSD) for the past 20 years. She currently leads this $26-$30M, seven parish, quasi-governmental agency, providing directly, or contracting for, community-based mental health, addictive disorders, and developmental disabilities programs serving 14,000+ individuals annually. CAHS provides CARF accredited outpatient and residential treatment services to address the most critical/greatest needs for individual and population health. Some of her most innovative programmatic work includes trauma treatment and crisis services, gender specific responses to addiction, pre-natal substance use screening and brief intervention in obstetrical offices and clinics, school-based therapy in over 30 schools, jail/prison in-reach/reentry services, specific programs to prevent re-arrest for justice-involved individuals, clinical rotations for nursing students and medical residents, whole health/integrated behavioral and physical health integration in a variety of settings, an autism program for 2-5 year olds, community-wide disaster management for special populations, and specialized training for law enforcement to support public safety. She has served as a critical incident commander in response to natural disasters occurring in the Greater Baton Rouge Area for over 12 years. Dr. Kasofsky is a leader in innovative approaches to community problems involving behavioral health and needs of persons with developmental disabilities.
Danita Leblanc, LCSW-BACS
Danita LeBlanc is a licensed clinical social worker with more than 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in the area of mental health & disaster response. This includes experience with inpatient psychiatric units, and crisis intervention and psychiatric triage in an emergency department. She has 11 years’ experience with crisis intervention and suicide prevention for a crisis line as a volunteer, counselor consultant, employee and trainer. She has had experience with disaster behavioral health, trauma and crisis intervention during hurricanes, Katrina, Rita (2005), Gustav, Ike (2008) and many of our subsequent disasters. She has worked in the area of suicide prevention and intervention throughout most of her professional career and is a certified trainer in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and suicide alertness (safeTALK) and Mental Health First Aid for Adults (MHFA). She is currently a program manager with the Office of Behavioral Health working as the state Suicide Prevention Coordinator.
Catherine M. Lemieux
PhD, ACSW, LCSW-BACS
Catherine M. Lemieux, Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, BACS, serves as the Margaret Champagne Womack Professor in Addictive Disorders at the LSU School of Social Work, where she teaches research and practice courses and electives in the areas of addiction and co-occurring disorders. Originally from New England, Dr. Lemieux migrated to south Florida, where she earned a PhD in Social Welfare from Florida International University before coming to LSU in 1995.
For over 18 years Dr. Lemieux served as a clinician and supervisor in a variety of outpatient and institutional settings with individuals and families affected by substance abuse. Her practice experience includes extensive work with persons with substance use disorders and with children and adults affected by sexual assault and domestic violence.
Dr. Lemieux’s research area is in addictions, with specific emphasis on the role of social support in recovery. In addition to presenting her research at national conferences, she facilitates numerous workshops across the state each year on empirically-based interventions with substance use and co-occurring disorders and on topics around professional ethics and clinical supervision. Her publications appear in top-ranking social work journals. In 2009 she published a book with the American Correctional Association entitled Offenders and Substance Abuse: Bringing the Family into Focus. Dr. Lemieux’s current research, undertaken in partnership with Capital Area Human Services District, examines the integration of primary and behavioral health care for persons with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. This multi-year project is supported by $2,000,000 in funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Lemieux is an editorial review board member for Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
In terms of her service to the University, Dr. Lemieux has represented the LSU School of Social Work on Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, and University Review Assessment Council. Dr. Lemieux served as the Interim Dean of the LSU School of Social Work from May of 2002 through August of 2003. She served as the MSW Program Director from 2006-2009, and currently serves as the Director of the PhD program.
Traci Lilley, MSW, LCSW
Traci Lilley received her BSW in 1990 from Louisiana College in Pineville, LA and her MSW in 1995 from Louisiana State University. She began her career at LSU in 1996 as Assistant Director of Field Education. She was promoted to Director of Field Education in 2002, and has served as Assistant Dean of Field Education from 2005-2012. Her role changed to Associate Director of the School and Director of Field Internships in August 2012 when the School became a part of the College of Human Services and Education. Ms. Lilley has been recognized by students, colleagues and community partners through the years as Louisiana Social Worker of the Year, LSU Outstanding Staff Award and Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Ms. Lilley is a frequent guest lecturer locally and nationally on a wide range of social work topics with special focus on ethics, gatekeeping and social work retention. Prior to her tenure at LSU, Ms. Lilley worked in the area of mental health and family services. Her continued areas of practice are mental health issues, family issues, parenting education, and advanced social work supervision.
John Jay Martinez, LCSW-BACS, LAC
John Jay Martinez is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addictions counselor who is in private practice in Baton Rouge, LA. He specializes in addiction and related disorders. He has worked in the psychiatric and addiction treatment field for over 30 years.
Hillar Moore, BS, JD
Hillar was born in New Orleans, La. in 1954. He is the son of Mr. Hillar Moore, Jr. and the late Bernadine Moore. He is the third of seven children. Hillar moved to Baton Rouge after graduating high school at Brother Martin, in New Orleans. Hillar completed his undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice at LSU in Baton Rouge. After graduating, Hillar worked as an investigator for the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's office, where he collected evidence and surveyed crime scenes. Hillar received training from the FBI Academy in Quantico.
While working as an investigator, Hillar attended and graduated from Southern University Law School where he finished Magna Cum Laude in his class--quite an accomplishment while juggling work, law school and family. Following graduation, he began working in private law practice and has maintained this practice for the past fifteen years. Hillar has three children-- Hayden, Hillar IV, and John Michael.
Hillar is a member of St. Aloysius Parish and remains active in helping the church and coaching youth baseball. Additionally, he devotes his time working as a member of the Catholic High Men's Club.
Hillar's experience working in private law practice, coupled with his time working in the District Attorney's office provides him with a unique perspective of our legal system. He plans to bring new and innovative ideas to the DA's office, while reaching out to community leaders. Hillar will use a tireless work ethic and valuable experience, to serve East Baton Rouge Parish. Hillar is known and respected throughout the community, maintaining the highest Martindale Hubble rating of "AV" for an attorney.
John Pickering, PhD
John Pickering, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologists who has been studying and practicing Zen
Buddhism for over 40 years. In the early 1990s, he co-founded with Dr. Gary Pettigrew, a small
zen meditation and study group in Baton Rouge, which has now met weekly for over 25 years,
and in 2002 he was a founding member of the Friday night English-speaking meditation group at
the Tam Bao Buddhist Temple. He received his Ph.D. from LSU in 1979, and has lived and
worked in Baton Rouge for the past 30 years, where he maintained a part-time private practice
and worked for many years as a psychologist for the state of Louisiana. He often employed
mindfulness-informed therapeutic techniques in his clinical work, and has been providing
seminars and workshops on mindfulness and meditation to health care and mental health
professionals of diverse disciplines for nearly two decades. He has been a member of the
Clinical Training Committee for the Southern Louisiana Internship Consortium (which is
associated with LSU) for 20 years, and was a Clinical Assistant Professor with the LSU Health
Sciences Center for the past 5 years, teaching for the LSU-Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatric
Residency Program. He recently retired to indulge his artistic interests of long-standing.
Thay Dao Quang, M.Ed
Thay Dao Quang is a zen-trained Buddhist monk who was born and raised in central Vietnam
and entered the Buddhist monastery in Long Thanh, Vietnam in 1991. When he immigrated to
the U.S. in 1994, he spoke no English, and enrolled in college to improve his English and to
pursue another passion, the study of psychology. He earned a B.S. degree in psychology from
Georgia State University in 2001, and enrolled in the Psy.D. program at Argosy University,
Atlanta, but later had to temporarily discontinue his studies. In 2003, Thay became the resident
monk at the Tam Bao Buddhist temple in Baton Rouge, where he became Abbot in 2005. One of
the requirements of his spiritual agreement as Abbot was the continuation of his education, and
in 2007 he was awarded an M.Ed. degree in Community Counseling from Southeastern
Louisiana University. He thereafter enrolled in Walden College, receiving his Ph.D. degree in
Health Psychology in 2017. He has been a committed teacher of mindfulness for over two
decades, to Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, and has provided numerous meditation retreats
for both the Vietnamese and English-speaking communities. Thay Dao Quang enjoys his duties, work and studies.
Karen Travis, LCSW, MSW
Karen S. Travis is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified diplomat in clinical social work and a certified group psychotherapist. She graduated with an MSW in 1980, did agency work until 1992 when she opened a private practice. Post graduate school she earned a certificate in Gestalt Therapy. She was an adjunct faculty at the LSU school of social work for 9 years and taught Advanced Group Treatment. Currently along with a full time private practice she is a contract group therapist at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, runs and teaches group at the OLOL Psychiatric Residency Program, and supervises new professionals for LCSW licensure. Karen has served on many committees and board of directors both locally and nationally. She is a fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Currently is incoming chair of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, a long time and active member of The National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society and The American Group Psychotherapy Association. Intrigued by group therapy since her late teens when she took her first group treatment class in undergrad social work school, she has lead groups for 34 years and worked with individuals, families and couples.
Rudy L. Troyer, LCSW
CEO & Administrator
Rudy has worked in the addiction and mental health field since 1997. He received a B.A. degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University in December of 2000. He then earned a Master of Social Work Degree in May of 2003 from Louisiana State University. Rudy has been in private practice since 2007 specializing in Christian counseling, addictions counseling, anxiety disorders, depression, personality disorder, trauma work, family of origin work, and family intervention.
In 2010, Rudy partnered with Marcia Bannister to found The Recovery Center of Baton Rouge, LLC. He currently serves as the Chief Officer and also provides group and individual therapy at The Recovery Center. Rudy leads a Bible Study open to patients and families every Monday at 4:00pm.
Outside of work, Rudy enjoys fishing, spending time with his wife and family, gardening, reading, and sports. He is also an active member at Crossgate Church in Robert, LA and involved in the Gideons International ministry.
Betsy Wilks, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, BCD
LA-SBIRT Grant Manager at Louisiana State University School of Social Work
Betsy Wilks is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Board Approved Clinical Supervisor, a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work.
Betsy has over twenty years of teaching and clinical experience and maintains a private practice providing therapy, workshops, supervision, and consultation.
She serves as project manager for the federally funded (SAMHSA) LA-SBIRT Project grant awarded to Louisiana State University’s School of Social Work, designed to train health professionals and LSU MSW students in the SBIRT practice model in Louisiana.
She also serves on the state management team for Project Louisiana Launch, a federally funded (SAMHSA) project awarded jointly to the LA Department of Health and Hospital’s Offices of Public Health and Behavioral Health to build a system that supports the health, wellness and social-emotional development of young children.
Betsy is a trained Louisiana Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Educator for the Louisiana ACE Initiative.
Betsy previously served as the State Clinical Director for Tamber Health, a company providing integrated behavioral health services in primary care settings. Prior to that, she served as Behavioral Science Faculty at the Family Medicine Residency Program of the Baton Rouge General Health System for six years. During that time she was immersed in the development of integrating behavioral health into the training program for primary care physicians. She was awarded the Faculty of the Year teaching award in 2012.
Betsy has worked in a variety of settings as a clinical social worker & maintains a private practice.
She has been an active leader in many professional organizations, including chairing the Baton Rouge Region of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and serving on the NASW-LA Chapter state board. Betsy was awarded the Social Work Leadership award by the Baton Rouge Region of NASW-LA in 2013.
MHA Thanks our Generous Sponsors
Without their assistance and support this effort would not be possible.
The Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge (MHA) has been in operation since 1954 when it began as an organization promoting advocacy and education on mental illness and related issues. MHA has grown to include programs for adults with severe and persistent mental illness and individuals suffering from substance addictions in the Greater Baton Rouge area and statewide. MHA has multidimensional programming addressing many facets of Mental Health in the Baton Rouge community. All programs operated by MHA strive to develop independence, self-sufficiency and consumer empowerment of our clients.