Meet the Team at The Emerge Center | Baton Rouge LA
Melissa Juneau, CCC-SLP
Between her time as a part-time speech therapist in the 90s, to her nomination as Executive Director in 2007, the Avoyelles native has tackled many roles, including part-time speech therapist, project manager, interim director, and industry innovator during her decade of service.
Her guidance was instrumental in the rebranding of the organization from Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation to The Emerge Center for Communication, Behavior, and Development in 2014. She forged a strong legacy through her leadership on numerous strategic partnerships and growth initiatives for The Emerge Center, including the completion of a $7 million capital campaign to build a new facility, a New Market Tax Credit Transaction, and the celebration of the center’s 50th Anniversary.
Her dedication to the mission has resulted in the center’s growth, which now provides an encompassing roster of world-class programs, including Autism Services, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology hearing services for children and adults, Behavioral Services, a Children’s Development Center, and School Readiness/ Kindergarten programs.
Nicole Stockstill, CCC-A
Lindsay M. Young, Au.D.
Meg Sprunger, CCC-SLP
Director of Speech and Language Therapy Services
Jordan Barbay, CCC-SLP
Sarah Brunet, CCC-SLP
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Gabrielle Burns, MA, CCC-SLP
Marci Drumm, CCC-SLP
Maria Garcia-Giese, CCC-SLP
Kelly Gioe, CCC-SLP
Cornelia “Mimi” Macmurdo, CCC-SLP
Sharon McGreal, M.S., CCC-SLP
Melanie Riedlinger, CCC-SLP
Mary Ann Sessums
Suzanne Trahan, CCC-SLP/A
Christie Zeringue, CCC-SLP
Dr. Jane Morton, BCBA-D
Director of Autism and School Readiness Programs
Addie Andrus, M.S., BCBA
Assistant Director of Autism Services
Mellissa Johnson, M.Ed., BCBA
Autism Program Manager
Delilah Mendes De Gouveia, M.Ed., BCBA
Autism Program Manager
Lead Applied Behavior Analysis TherapistAlyse graduated in December of 2014 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a Bachelor's of Arts in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, as well as a minor in Psychology. She began working at The Emerge Center in August of 2015 as a full-time registered line technician in the Bloom therapeutic preschool program. She then joined the Bloom team as Lead Therapist in August of 2016. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in Early Intervention Special Education through Southeastern Louisiana University. Her favorite part of her job is the relationships she builds with the children and their families.
Lead Applied Behavior Analysis therapistKalyn graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in May 2014 and joined the Emerge team in July 2014. She is now a Lead ABA Therapist at the Emerge Center and is currently working towards her Master of Special Education with an ABA Option at Nicholls State University. She is also working towards her national Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) certification.
Lead Applied Behavior Analysis therapistKatie began working as an ABA aide at The Emerge Center in August 2014. After graduating from Louisiana State University in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, she began working as a Lead ABA therapist. She is currently working towards her Masters of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. After graduating, she hopes to further her career by applying for national certification to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).
Lead Applied Behavior Analysis TherapistTia began working as an ABA therapist April 2014. After graduating in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Language Pathology & Audiology from Southern University and A & M College at Baton Rouge, she joined The Emerge Center as a full-time aide. In May 2016, she became a Lead ABA Therapist for the T.A.P. Program. Through her work at Emerge, she obtained her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. Tia is currently working towards her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education at Liberty University Online, with her goal being a classroom teacher. Her favorite part of her job is seeing the progress children make each day.
Lead Applied Behavior Analysis therapistAlexis began working as a group therapy aide at Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation in May 2012. After graduating from Louisiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders, she joined the Emerge Center staff full-time as a registered line technician. In August 2015, she became a Lead ABA Therapist. She is currently working toward a master's degree in psychology with a concentration in applied behavior analysis with the goal of becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Alexis has a passion for working with young children and finds her job very fulfilling. Her favorite part of the job is seeing the progress each child makes while at Emerge.
Missy Devillier, LOTR
Lead Occupational Therapist
Brittany Barkley, LOTR
Debra Bourgoyne, LOTR
Laura G. Devillier, MOT, LOTR
Dawn Jason, LOTR
Leah Lingo, LOTR
Leah is a native of Oak Grove, Louisiana. She graduated from the University Of Louisiana at Monroe with an Associate's Degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. She is licensed in both Arkansas and Louisiana. Since graduating, Leah has worked in pediatrics as an outpatient and school-based therapist. She also has experience in inpatient rehab and acute care settings. Leah is heartfelt about children and helping them achieve their maximum level of independence.
Dr. Emily Olinde Boudreaux
Dr. Megan Hattier
Jennifer Bonaventure, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Lauren Blanchard, LMSW
Licensed Master Social WorkerLauren is a Licensed Master Social Worker who received her undergraduate degree in Child and Family Studies from Louisiana State University in 2014, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University in 2016. She joined the Emerge team in August 2015 as a social work intern and has been working as a social worker since July 2016. She has previously worked with children and families in various agencies and programs in the Baton Rouge area and is excited to begin her work as a social worker here at The Emerge Center.
Intake CoordinatorKimberly joined The Emerge Center in October 2016. She has over 12 years experience working with local nonprofits in the Baton Rouge area. For the past seven years, she has been working in the field of serving families through information, resource and referral. This is an asset which she feels will be beneficial to the families at The Emerge Center. Kimberly’s favorite part of her job is meeting with the families and ensuring them that at The Emerge Center our families are top priority. In her spare time, Kimberly enjoys watching her husband grill on the patio, laughing and dancing with her three children as they try to keep her up-to-date on the latest dance moves, spending time with family, birdwatching and replicating her favorite pins from Pinterest!
Ann Nader, M.ED
Early Interventionist - Early Steps Program
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Facilitated Kindergarten Teacher
Dr. Natalee Menge, CCC-A
Director of Operations and Administration
Receptionist/Administrative AssistantLeslie is a native of central Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University at Alexandria in 2015 where she obtained a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She started her career at Emerge in August 2015 as a Registered Line Technician and has been serving as receptionist since March 2016. Leslie enjoys spending her time at her home on False River, fishing, boating, and hunting with her family.
Administrative/ Human Resources AssistantMeredith is a native of Indiana who relocated to the Baton Rouge area in 2014. She majored in Fine Arts with a minor in Art History at Indiana University. After spending 10 years working in retail management, Meredith decided to make a career shift, joining the Emerge team in late 2015. She supports many departments within the organization, bringing her knowledge and experience in management to help support and staff the Children’s Development Center team. Meredith’s favorite part of her job is interacting with the families and seeing the impact that therapy is making in their lives.
Billing and Claims AnalystDiandra joined The Emerge Center in July of 2016. She has attended Medical Training College and has five years of experience in the medical authorization and billing fields. She enjoys helping others in a professional setting and performs a variety of job assignments. Diandra has worked at Baton Rouge General in the Patient Financial Services Department for three years. In her spare time, Diandra enjoys listening to music and spending time with her family and friends.
Medical Office SpecialistMichelle is a Medical Office Specialist at the Emerge Center. She has skills in patient relations, medical records, scheduling, and billing. She enjoys helping people in a professional setting, and performs a variety of job assignments. She has worked in this field for 13 years and has worked in Hematology and Oncology clinics and Blue Cross Blue Shield provider relations. Michelle’s favorite part of her job is greeting her clients when they walk through the Audiologist’s door.
Medical Billing SpecialistRenee Sheets joined the Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation in July of 2013 part-time to assist with the medical billing charges. Due to the tremendous growth into The Emerge Center, she accepted a position as Medical Billing Specialist in February of 2014, being responsible for data entry processing of daily medical billing charges. She previously worked at Our Lady of the Lake and Lake Primary Care Physicians for over ten years as a Billing Coordinator, Patient Service Representative, and Medical Front Office staff. Renee has three children and enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren. She enjoys Evangelism ministry and encouraging women with biblical principles. Her future dreams and goals are taking mission trips to Africa and Mexico.
Medical Billing SpecialistMiriam is a native of Ethel, LA, and joined The Emerge Center in August of 2016. She obtained a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services and Disability Studies in 2010 from Southern University. Miriam has gained several years of experience in the medical field and business management. She enjoys working as a team, helping others in a professional setting, and performing a variety of job assignments. In her spare time,she enjoys singing, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.
Director of Development
Communications and Events Coordinator