About Us

About Us

Hi! I'm Christy

Hi! I’m Christy Papania-Jones, and I’m the founder and executive director of St. Nicholas Center for Children. When we 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 my son’s third birthday, my husband, Chris, and I had traveled the country seeing specialists to provide him with the best future possible. We visited therapy centers in other states, but had yet to find one in Louisiana. That’s when we acted on the idea to bring one to Southwest Louisiana!

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 PARKSM.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

MICHELLE KRAMER M.A.,CCC-SLP

THERAPY SUPERVISOR

LAURA HANCHEY LOTR

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

JESSICA COATES LOTRCCC-SLP

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST

CHRISTINA HEINEN M.A.,CCC-SLP

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

MIRANDA WEAVER

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ASSISTANT

ELIZABETH BASS

SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

Development Team

BRITTANY SCHWEM

DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

CLAIRE RIDER

IN-CENTER EVENT COORDINATOR

Business Team

CASSIE HUDSON

BUSINESS DIRECTOR

SAMANTHA SERICE

MANAGER

DYNETTE HOFFPAIUR

ASSISTANT MANAGER

VALERIE SPEARS

INTAKE COORDINATOR

JENNIFER WRIGHT

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE CLERK

DENISE DUKE

CREDENTIALING

ELAINA KILPATRICK

SCHEDULING COORDINATOR

DAWN REDD

ACCOUNTING

LAUREN MULLICAN

HR COORDINATOR

DEBBIE PAPANIA

RECEPTIONIST

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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