BATON ROUGE, LA
Jena Ourso is currently the Team Lead 2 in PSH at Start Corporation in Baton Rouge, La. Jena graduated from Nicholls State University with her undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. Jena continued her education at LSU obtaining her Master's in Social Work with a Gerontology certification. She currently holds a full certification in A-CRA, an evidence-based substance use program. Jena has previously worked as a therapist in community-based state and federal organizations. She also worked as a care coordinator and a crisis assessor for local hospitals. Jena has conducted various community and clinician workshops including, “Working with LGBTQ+ youth in Schools and Culturally Competent Practice with LGBTQ+ individuals.” Jena is currently an ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) facilitator for Mayor Broome's Healthy City Initiative. In Jena's free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her wife and son as well as their cat, dog and 2 chickens!
Kevin Drayton is a Team Lead with the Start Corporation Permanent Supportive Housing project in Northeast Louisiana. He began work with Start Corporation specializing in Disaster Rapid Rehousing, and was responsible for assisting March 2016 flood victims and their families with housing stabilization, Kevin is a college graduate, and has more than 36 years of professional level work experience in Federal, State and Municipal government. He has worked in Federal and State agencies as a Department Head, Wraparound Services, and Non-Profit Continuum of Care agencies in Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing. His current work involves identifying HUD eligible chronically homeless persons with disabling conditions, and assisting them with securing permanent housing with case management supports, utilizing the HUD housing first model.
Kayla Parks is a Team Lead for Street Outreach and Coordinated Entry at the One Stop Drop In Center with Start Corporation located in Baton Rouge. Originally from Marksville, LA, Kayla received her undergraduate degree at LSU before continuing to the LSU School of Social Work where she graduated with her Master's in Social Work with a specialization in Children and Youth Services. She has worked in community-based programs since 2017 including homeless shelter services and as a housing specialist with Start Corporations' ACT team. Kayla is currently undergoing BACS supervision and working on obtaining her clinical license. In her free time, Kayla enjoys spending time with her family and friends and traveling.
KAREN D. MARCHAND
Karen serves as the Clinical Director for the Baton Rouge ACT Team. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20+ years in the social services arena of mental health, forensic, school, hospital, and home health. She holds a Masters of Social Work from Southern University of New Orleans and a Bachelors in Psychology from Southern University of Baton Rouge with certifications in Anger Management from Houston, TX and Domestic Abuse Intervention from Duluth, Minnesota. Karen devotes her time to family and friends as well as enjoying the journey of traveling and great cuisine.