About Us

About Us

Meet the Founder

Christy Papania-Jones is a lifelong resident of Lake Charles, LA. She is the founder and executive director of St. Nicholas Center for Children. When she started this journey, the idea that a child diagnosed with autism or other developmental delays could receive all of the necessary therapy at one place was non-existent. By her son’s third birthday, she and her husband Chris, had traveled the country seeing specialists to provide him with the best future possible. They visited therapy centers in other states, but had yet to find one in Louisiana. That’s when they acted on the idea to bring one to Southwest Louisiana! St. Nicholas Center transforms the lives of children with Autism, delays, and disorders by providing therapy and family support. They offer ABA Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Occupational Therapy all under one roof. Christy worked at Immaculate Conception Cathedral School for 18 years where she held many different roles throughout the years as a teacher, counselor, and assistant principal.

What We Do

St. Nicholas Center offers a wide range of services including Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Skills training, and diagnostic testing. Services are provided to children with Autism, developmental delays, and neurological disorders in a fun, loving, and educational environment.

Family Support

Our Outreach Program offers education opportunities and emotional support to all of those in the community so that we can grow together with compassion and confidence.

Our Approach

Our vision is to be the state model of an all inclusive therapeutic facility by providing the best pediatric therapy and affordable services to children and families facing the challenges of Autism, developmental delays, and neurological disorders.

Progress

From saying their first word to improving vocational skills, we are transforming the lives of children with Autism, delays, and disorders one milestone at a time.

Our Team Members

Administration Team

CHRISTY PAPANIA-JONES

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

MELISSA PRIOLA

ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Clinical Team

ZACK STORER M.A.,BCBA

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

RACHEL LYONS M.A.,BCBA

BCBA SUPERVISOR

JULIE SAVOIE M.A.,BCBA

BCBA SUPERVISOR

CALVIN CRYER M.A.,BCBA

BCBA SUPERVISOR

SARAH PARKS M.A.,BCBA

TRAINING COORDINATOR

LEE LEGER M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

KAYLEE MORGAN M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

KATY COLE M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

KYLIE FREEHLING M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

SARAH WHITE M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

KRISTINE ALCANTARA BCaBA, SCABA

CASE MANAGER

SARAH FRANCE M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

JONATHAN MOREAU M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

VICTORIA SWEEZY M.A.,BCBA

BCBA CASE MANAGER

MICHELLE KRAMER M.A., CCC-SLP

THERAPY SUPERVISOR

ELIZABETH BASS

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT

MIRANDA WEAVER M.A., CCC-SLP

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT

CHRISTINA HEINEN M.A.,CCC-SLP

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

JESSICA COATES LOTR CCC-SLP

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

LAURA HANCHEY LOTR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

Development Team

BRITTANY SCHWEM

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

CLAIRE RIDER

IN-CENTER EVENT COORDINATOR

Business Team

CASSIE HUDSON

BUSINESS DIRECTOR

DYNETTE HOFFPAUIR

MANAGER

VALERIE SPEARS

INTAKE COORDINATOR

JENNIFER WRIGHT

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE & SCHEDULING

DENISE DUKE

AUTHORIZATIONS & MEDICAL RECORDS

DAWN REDD

ACCOUNTING

DEBBIE PAPANIA

RECEPTIONIST

LAUREN MULLICAN

HR COORDINATOR

HANNAH ANDREWS

ACCOUNTING

Support Team

VERONICA LAFANETTE

Board of Directors

SHAYNE LAUGHLIN

PRESIDENT

VICKIE ANDERSON

SECRETARY

WILLIAM RACHAL

MARYBETH SONNIER

STEPHANIE HELMS

info@stnickcenter.org
337 491 0800
2519 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601
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