About Us

Our Vision

To be able to say “Acadiana has proven that a community can eliminate harm to children associated with parental conflict.”

Our Mission

To eliminate harm to Acadiana’s children associated with parental conflict.

Our Goal

Make Acadiana an inhospitable place for high conflict parents, with effective legal and mental health responses to Parental Alienation, Domestic Violence, and Child Abuse.

Our Team

Dr. Elliott received his undergraduate degree at L.S.U. then earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis).
Luke Elliott, Jr., Ph.D.
Executive Director
Mr. Kleiner graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration majoring in Finance. He studied Civil Engineering and Geology at Louisiana State University.
Art A. Kleiner
President
After graduating from high school, Julie worked in the banking industry in various positions for over 36 years with more than 22 of those years serving as Human Resources Manager. She also worked as the Executive Assistant to the Chairman, President & CEO of a publicly traded bank.
Julie Freyou-Romero
Bookkeeper

Our Advisors

Don O’Day is a business graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with majors in economics, management, and accounting.
Mr. Don O’Day, CPA
Irv Esters is Professor and Department Head of Counselor Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he leads a team of faculty in educating Mental Health Counselors and School Counselors.
Irv Esters, Ph.D
Ken Bouillion is a native of New Iberia, La. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from St. Benedict’s College in Atchison, Kansas, and his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Texas Tech University.
Ken Bouillion, Ph.D.
Professor Lancaster received his BA, magna cum laude, in Philosophy (with Honors in English) from Millsaps College and his JD, cum laude, from Tulane Law School. He is the Chair of the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
ROBERT E. LANCASTER, J.D.
William Keaty is a Certified Legal Mediator and former president for the Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association. He graduated from Southern University Law Center and served as Law Clerk for the 15th and 16th Judicial District Courts.

William A. Keaty, II, J.D.

Our Partners

ULL Department of Psychology

BOI funds ULL grants for family research and education.

Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC

BOI sponsors the New Beginnings Program of parenting education for the Acadiana community. The New Beginnings Program is administered by Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Additional information may be found at the following link: www.familytransitions-ptw.com

Donna Aucoin & Associates

The New Beginnings Program is hosted by Donna Aucoin & Associates, a Lafayette based multi-disciplinary organization providing an array of family focused education training modalities. Information about Donna Aucoin & Associates may be found at the following link: http://aucoin-assoc.com

ULL Department of Psychology

BOI funds ULL grants for family research and education.

Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC

BOI sponsors the New Beginnings Program of parenting education for the Acadiana community. The New Beginnings Program is administered by Family Transitions: Programs that Work, LLC headquartered in Mesa, Arizona. Additional information may be found at the following link: www.familytransitions-ptw.com

Donna Aucoin & Associates

The New Beginnings Program is hosted by Donna Aucoin & Associates, a Lafayette based multi-disciplinary organization providing an array of family focused education training modalities. Information about Donna Aucoin & Associates may be found at the following link: http://aucoin-assoc.com

The Family Tree

BOI works with The Family Tree to strengthen families to build a stronger Acadiana community. Learn about The Family Tree at: https://www.acadianafamilytree.org/

The Avenue

The focus of Better Options Initiative Inc. (BOI) is primarily preventative in nature. BOI recognizes that the mental health discipline alone is insufficient to change a societal attitude about parental alienation. Social justice perspectives from the sociological, spiritual, political, and legal disciplines ideally should be integrated as well. Rachel Stephens, the assistant to the Executive Director, and Pastor Robert Johnson at the Louisiana Avenue Methodist Church, had collaborated to help spread the word about a relatively unknown psychological phenomenon at a community event. Link at : https://louisianaavenueumc.com/

The Family Tree

BOI works with The Family Tree to strengthen families to build a stronger Acadiana community. Learn about The Family Tree at: https://www.acadianafamilytree.org/

The Avenue

The focus of Better Options Initiative Inc. (BOI) is primarily preventative in nature. BOI recognizes that the mental health discipline alone is insufficient to change a societal attitude about parental alienation. Social justice perspectives from the sociological, spiritual, political, and legal disciplines ideally should be integrated as well. Rachel Stephens, the assistant to the Executive Director, and Pastor Robert Johnson at the Louisiana Avenue Methodist Church, had collaborated to help spread the word about a relatively unknown psychological phenomenon at a community event. Link at : https://louisianaavenueumc.com/

Contact Us

Phone: (337) 534-0325

 

facebook.com/betteroptionsinitiative

To eliminate harm to Acadiana's children due to parental conflict.