Our Team

Eric Green, Ph.D., serves as the co-executive director at Better Options Initiative. He is also a part-time faculty associate at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches and conducts research in child psychotherapy with complexly traumatized youth.

Eric Green, 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

VP Administration

As Officer Manager for Drs. Luke Elliott and Renee Gaudet for eighteen years, Mrs. Bryant’s responsibilities included Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, client intakes, scheduling appointments, purchasing, reporting, payroll, and taxes.

Mrs. Brenda Bryant

Executive Assistant

Rachel L. Stephens, LMSW, is a former grief counselor at The Kemmons Wilson Center for Good Grief in Collierville, TN, and currently serves as a research associate at Better Options Initiative Inc, where she conducts research on parental alienation to help eliminate harm to children.

Rachel L. Stephens

Assistant to the Executive Director

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

Rev. Jude A. Halphen is Director of the Office of Marriage and Family Life of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

Rev. Dr. Jude Halphen, Ph.D

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

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.

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

Lauren B. Mouton is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Counseling from the accredited Colorado Christian University program.

Lauren B. Mouton

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.

A native of Lafayette and graduate of Cathedral High School, Nick is credited with establishing the first microwave loop in the Gulf of Mexico just two years after his graduation from USL (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette).

Nick Pugh

Sarah is a recent graduate from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. While at UL, she assisted with the research and experimentation of misinformation and its effects on eye witnesses’ memory.

Sarah Sanner

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

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/

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/

Contact Us

Phone: (337) 534-0325

 

facebook.com/betteroptionsinitiative

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