Meet the Team at The Emerge Center | Baton Rouge LA
Leigh Bozard, Principal, The Emerge School for Autism
Shelton Jones, Executive Director, The Emerge Foundation
Meg Sprunger, Director of Speech and Language Therapy Services
Jennifer Bonaventure, Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Missy Devillier, Director of Occupational Therapy
Lauren Shaw, CDC Coordinator
Addie Andrus, Director of Autism Services
Dr. Natalee Menge, Director of Operations and Administration
Nicole Stockstill, Lead Audiologist
Melissa Juneau, CCC-SLP
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
Maria Garcia-Giese, CCC-SLP
Kelly Gioe, CCC-SLP
Jessica Houte, CF-SLP
Chelsea Landry, CF-SLP
Melanie Riedlinger, CCC-SLP
Mary Ann Sessums
Suzanne Trahan, CCC-SLP/A
Christie Zeringue, CCC-SLP
Addie Andrus, M.S., BCBA
Director of Autism Services
Sara Gonzalez, M.A., BCBA
Autism Program Manager
Mellissa Johnson, M.Ed., BCBA
Autism Program Manager
Delilah Mendes de Gouveia, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA
Autism Program Manager
Lead RLTKelsey graduated in December of 2014 from Southeastern Louisiana University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communication Science and Disorders, as well as a minor in Psychology. She joined the Emerge team in January 2016 as a part-time Registered Line Technician and became full-time in May. In June 2017, she became a Lead ABA therapist. She is currently working towards her master’s degree in applied behavior analysis through McNeese State University. Her favorite part of the job is communicating with the parents and seeing the progress the children make each day.
Lead RLTKatie 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 RLTLaura is originally from Benton, Louisiana. She received a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology – Health and Physical Education from Louisiana Tech University in the Winter of 2015. While getting her add-on credentials as a Special Education teacher at Louisiana Tech; she began working at Behavior Development Services which provided Applied Behavior Analysis to children and young adults with a wide variety of developmental disabilities. Working at the clinic led to her decision to pursue her Masters’ Degree in Special Education at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge with the end goal to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst. She joined the Emerge Center’s ABA team as a part-time Registered Line Technician in August of 2016 and became a full-time Registered Line Technician in May of 2017. In November of 2017, she became a Lead Therapist. Laura’s favorite part about working with young children is the light and energy that they bring to her life on a daily basis.
RLT TrainerAlexis 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
Director of Occupational Therapy
Elizabeth Casey, LOTR
Laura G. Devillier, MOT, LOTR
Shannon Glascock, LOTR
Miller Killgore, LOTR
Leah Lingo, LOTR
Brady McDuffie, LOTR
Jennifer Bonaventure, LCSW
Director of Pediatric Behavioral Health Services
Dr. Emily Olinde Boudreaux
Maryelizabeth Forman LeBoeuf, Ph.D.
CDC CoordinatorLauren 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 began working as a social worker in July 2016. As the Children’s Development Center Coordinator, Lauren provides individual support services to families, conducts new family orientations, coordinates parent education opportunities such as monthly Munch-and-Learns, coordinates parent support groups, participates in team meetings, coordinates center activities and field trips, educates families regarding applicable resources both inside and outside of The Emerge Center, and manages data for the Capital Area United Way grant. Lauren also serves as the liaison with community partners that support and empower families of children with developmental disabilities. Lauren enjoys welcoming new families into Emerge and supporting them in their journey.
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!
Principal, The Emerge School for Autism
Facilitated Kindergarten TeacherMelissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Louisiana State University in 2012 and a Master’s degree in High Incidence Disabilities with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis from Nicholl’s State University in 2016. She received her Board Certified Behavior Analyst license in Fall 2017. Melissa has a dual teaching certification in both Elementary Education and Special Education. She has worked for the past five years in West Baton Rouge Parish in a variety of settings including Early Intensive Services, Upper Elementary, and Middle School. Previously, Melissa worked at Emerge as a lead teacher for Camp Butterfly during the summer of 2016. Melissa is passionate about working to ensure that children of all abilities and levels have access to a fair, appropriate, and challenging education.
Transitional Kindergarten TeacherTia began working at The Emerge Center in April of 2014 as an ABA registered line technician. After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology from Southern University and A & M College at Baton Rouge in May of 2015. She became the Lead ABA Therapist for the T.A.P. Program and Transitional Kindergarten Program, working both in ABA and in the classroom setting. Through her work at Emerge, she also obtained her Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) certification. Tia is currently working towards her certification in Special Education. Her favorite part of teaching at Emerge is seeing the progress children make each day.
Assistant TeacherAlyse 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 the fall of 2015 as a full-time registered line technician in the Bloom therapeutic preschool program. She then became a Lead ABA therapist in 2016 where she first worked with the Bloom program and also the Facilitated Kindergarten program. She is now in the Transitional Kindergarten program as an assistant teacher. 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 Assistant TeacherJade joined the Emerge team in July 2016 with more than 15 years experience in early childhood and youth development. After studying Creative Writing at Louisiana State University, she served two service terms with AmeriCorps through Louisiana Delta Service Corps where she volunteered over 2,500 hours of national community service in the Baton Rouge community. Her experience in the non-profit sector includes direct service as well as program development and management, specifically after school tutoring and enrichment, social skills, mentoring, school garden, and workplace mentoring programs. She has also coordinated and managed volunteers in mentoring relationships with youth, for fundraisers and special events, and through her own volunteerism with other community organizations. Her favorite org to support is Forward Arts; she highly recommends their annual ALL CITY Teen Poetry Slam Festival. Her favorite part of her job is making her kiddos laugh and working together with all disciplines to ensure each child has an opportunity to live a happy and healthy life.
Assistant TeacherPaige is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana where she earned her Associates in Computer Information Technology from LSU at Eunice. After moving to Baton Rouge, she transferred to LSU where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. In the future, she wants to return to school where she hopes to earn her Masters of Social Work. Paige joined the Emerge team in May of 2016, where she worked in group therapy before transitioning to her current role as a Kindergarten Teaching Assistant. She is passionate about helping others reach their full potential and fostering their independence. The most rewarding part of her job is seeing the growth each child makes daily and seeing their smiling faces!
Lead Assistant Teacher
Executive Director, The Emerge Foundation
Annual Giving Manager
Communications and Events Coordinator
Grant WriterKathryn Rountree received her B.A. in Mass Communication, as well as an M.A. in History from Louisiana State University. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors in the fields of grant writing, public policy research, marketing and project management. Prior to joining the Emerge team in November of 2017, Kathryn was a Grants Coordinator for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, where she specialized in writing pediatric healthcare grants for Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital. She is credentialed as a Certified Grant Writer through the American Grant Writers Association. Kathryn is committed to the idea that all children have access to the services they need to lead full, healthy lives.
Dr. Natalee Menge, CCC-A
Director of Operations and Administration
Dr. Jane Morton, BCBA-D
Director of Research and Design
Administrative & Reception Specialist
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.
Accounting SpecialistRyan joined The Emerge Center in 2017 with more than twenty years of accounting experience. He has previously worked in both public and private accounting. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Business Management. Ryan is a lifelong resident of Ascension Parish and enjoys spending time with family, playing golf, and LSU sports.
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.
Billing and Claims AnalystAmy joined The Emerge Center team in December 2016. She has degrees in business marketing and management and has been working in the medical field for over 14 years. Her impressive background includes experience in billing, authorizations, management, and insurance with dentists, orthodontists, oncologists, and other medical professionals. Prior to being in the medical field, Amy worked across the country, as well as Canada, as a designer and instructor for Aveda. In her free time she enjoys cheering on her two children - one on the football field at Tulane, and the other on the basketball court at Loyola - as well as her favorite college football team - the Florida Gators!
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.