History

Liberty Dwelling is the brainchild of Eloise K. Collins. As a mental health provider working with a local mental health rehabilitation program to provide services to children and adolescents, it became evident to her that housing and many other resources for young adults who have aged-out of the foster care system were almost nonexistent in our community. Therefore, it became evident that it would be beneficial to provide a service which empowers young adults to realize their uniqueness, and provides the tools and resources they need to assist them in becoming self-spirit actualized. Her goal is to use Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and Christ’s command to “love each other” to accomplish the goal and objective of becoming productive citizens in the community.

 

Eloise has been a resident of Terrebonne parish for the past fifteen years. In the past, she was a real estate agent with Patterson Real Estate Agency and a member of the Bayou Board of Realtors. She obtained her GED from Bayou Cane Adult Education in Houma and then continues her education by obtaining her BA in psychology from Nicholls State University and MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. She also receives her certification as a Christian Life Coach through the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC).

 

Eloise has adapted this parish as her own. Eloise, her husband (Tom), and their three children moved to Louisiana in 2001. She is a Jamaican by birth and a naturalized American citizen. Her husband is from New York and works in the oilfield industry.

Board Members

Eloise Kayoline Collins
Founder/President
Eloise Kayoline Collins

Eloise has been a resident of Terrebonne parish for the past fifteen years. She is a member of First Baptist church of Houma for about 13 years and sings in the choir. On the side, she works as an election commissioner; she is also a mental health professional. In the past, Eloise was a real estate agent with Patterson Real Estate and a member of the Bayou Board of Realtors.

She obtained her GED from Bayou Cane Adult Education in Houma and then continued her education by obtaining her BA in psychology from Nicholls State University and MA in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. Eloise is also a certified Christian Life Coach and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). She is also certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

Eloise has adopted Terrebonne parish as her own and is excited to give back to the community. She, her husband Tom, and their three children (Aldayne, Allana, and Adaylia) moved to Louisiana in 2001. She is a Jamaican by birth and a naturalized American citizen. Her husband is from Long Island New York and works in the oilfield industry.

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Lani Tarr
Treasurer
Lani Tarr

Lani Tarr has worked as the Lafourche Parish FINS-Families In Need of Services-coordinator/case manager since 2003. Before becoming an advocate for children and families at risk, she was a foster care worker for the state of Louisiana.

Lani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Nicholls State University with a B.A. in Sociology and an A.S. in Criminal Justice. She was also presented with the Academic Excellence Award in Sociology and was a member of an honor society during her college years.

Currently, she is the secretary of the Lafourche Parish Children and Youth Planning Board and is a provisional member of the Junior Auxiliary Club of Houma. Her greatest achievement to date is her family. She has been married to Simon Tarr for 27 years and is the proud mother of one son, two daughters, and two wonderful grandchildren.

Lani Tarr is a native of Denver, Colorado; but has made Gray, Louisiana her home for the past 25 years.

Paula Ringo
Member
Paula Ringo

Paula Ringo is the Associate Director of Catholic Housing Services and the Cents Small Business Program two non-profit programs located in Terrebonne Parish.  Catholic Housing Services offers counseling in pre-purchase and post purchase education.  For the past twenty-four years, she has worked in this profession and humbly admits that this job has offered her the opportunity to help many people obtain the “American Dream” of becoming a homeowner through credit and budget/management counseling.

 

The Cents microenterprise program focuses on self-employment through training and support to encourage the development and growth of legitimate small or micro businesses.

 

Paula earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications from Southern University A&E College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in December, 1990.  She has received extensive training and certifications from several National Housing Affiliates.  She is the loving mother of Blair and Carmen Ringo and wife of Cameron Ringo. 

Avril Domange
Executive Director
Avril Domange

Avril Domangue Powers is 36 and was born and raised in Houma, Louisiana. She is the daughter of Ronald and Deanna McEachern Domangue and has two brothers. Avril is a proud mother to three children. Her oldest, 19 year old Justin is in college at Southern Arkansas University where he is studying Exercise Science and Nutrition. Avril also has two beautiful daughters Lainey age 9, and Virginia who is 17 months.She has been married to her husband William for two years now.

Avril is driven by her God Fearing faith and knows his blessings come in many forms. She graduated from Ellender Memorial in 2000 and from The University of Phoenix in 2008. Her motto and favorite quote has always been “A journey of a thousand miles starts with one little step.”
Avril looks forward to this new journey in her life with the ability to be able to help so many young adults and guide them in the right direction. She knows through God’s unending love and blessings Liberty Dwelling will soar high!

Avril Powers
Executive Director, Liberty Dwelling

Claudia Peeples
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Christine Verdin
Member
Christine Verdin

Christine Verdin is from Pointe-au-Chien, LA.  She is an Instructional Coach at Montegut Elementary School and has been employed by the Terrebonne Parish School Board since August of 1987.

Christine graduated from South Terrebonne High School and attended Nicholls State University where she received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. The majority of her career has been in early childhood and leadership. Her certifications include:  Early Intervention, Pre-K to 8th grade, and Administration and Supervision. 

Christine sits on several boards including Liberty Dwelling. She is also a member of her tribal council and is part of numerous committees both inside and outside of school. The love of children is what drew Christine to accepting the position on the Liberty Dwelling Board. Children of all ages are important to her, and she takes great pride in helping children. Helping children become successful is one of her major goals in life. Being a part of this board is an honor.

When not at school or meetings, Christine spends her time with family and friends, her church, and the gym.

Yvonne Ledet
Vice-President
Yvonne Ledet

Yvonne Ledet was born and raised in south Louisiana. She has been married to Mark Anthony Ledet for thirty years.  She and Mark have 5 children, Marnie, Adam, Ian, Carrie and Heaven.  They are also foster parents currently parenting two preteen girls. 

   Yvonne graduated from Terrebonne High School. She attended Nichols State University where she earned a BA major in psychology and a minor in science and received the Board of Regents Certificate of Excellence.  Yvonne’s education in psychology reflects her passion and desire to better understand the motives and needs of people. It has been a valuable asset for her in nurturing and caring for over 60 children in the foster care system.  She is devoted to the mission of Liberty Dwelling having seen firsthand the struggle of children aging out in the foster care system. 

Kreshawn Nixon
Member
Kreshawn Nixon

Kreshawn Nixon was born and raised in Houma, LA. She is the owner and operator of Krissie’s Kreative Design, a wedding and event planning business in Houma.  She also works as an assistant manager at Advance America.  She is married with four children – Charles, Starr, Yukhari, and Kiana. 

Kreshawn graduated from Ellender Memorial High School in 1992.  She worked in retail management for 20 years until she decided to go to college.  She studied Family and Consumer Science at Nicholls State University until she decided to start working in financing in 2010.

In 1999 she moved to Lafayette, LA where she began working part time at Acadian Shelter for Girls.  The shelter houses girls from the age of 13 to 18.  On their 18th birthday they would transition out of the house some with no place to go.  It was then that she saw that there is a real need for a place such as Liberty Dwelling.