Peggy Babin Indest is the interim Executive Director of Eden House. She has been responsible for many business functions throughout her career including communications, human resources, finance, management, marketing, operations and sales. Peggy brings to Eden House that experience along with skills in fundraising, career placement, mentoring, relationship building, public relations, and strategic planning. She has a background that includes 20 years in the energy industry as the Manager of Natural Gas Trading at The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company and 17 years as Associate Dean at the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. Upon leaving Tulane, she assumed the role of CEO of Valmiki Capital for several years before retiring.
Taylor PillowINTERIM ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Taylor Pillow is an attorney licensed in Louisiana and has extensive experience helping vulnerable populations globally. She completed an internship in the legal department with International Justice Mission’s Cambodian office and has volunteered in Africa, Asia, and Central America with The World Race. Taylor earned her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law and her Bachelor’s Degree in International Business with a minor in Non-Profit Studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. In her free time, Taylor enjoys traveling and taking her Goldendoodle on walks at the lakefront. As the Interim Assistant Executive Director, Taylor plans to help expand Eden House’s services and ability to serve vulnerable populations.
Jennifer Best, LPCCLINICAL DIRECTOR
Jennifer Best received an M.A. in Psychology and Counseling at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She has extensive training and experience in trauma counseling and crisis intervention and has spent her time working in private and nonprofit counseling centers. Her responsibilities include developing individualized care plans with our residents, facilitating in-house meetings and support groups, and leading our prevention program. She completed training as a prevention education facilitator through My Life My Choice in Boston, MA.
Jhane Hood Phillips, MSWCLINICAL CARE ADVOCATE
Jhane (she/her/hers) received her BA in Post-Genocide Relations in East Africa, focusing on Rwanda and South Sudan, from Hampshire College. She went on to earn her Masters in Social Work from Tulane University with a certificate in Disaster and Collective Trauma and membership to the Phi Alpha Honors Society. Jhane also serves as Vice President of Project Grace, a 501(c)3 nonprofit focusing on providing annual dance and yoga camps as well as facilitating a women’s sewing co-op in Montrouis, Haiti. Jhane’s interests include disaster relief, crisis intervention, complex trauma recovery, and survivor-focused case management.
Katherine Gallagher, MSW, MPHCLINICAL CARE ADVOCATE
Katherine received both Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Tulane University. She is trained as a practitioner of Trust Based Relational Intervention through the Karen Purvis Institute of Child Development at TCU. Her professional interests include working with survivors of complex trauma, and the intersections of child development, trauma, and public health. Before joining Eden House’s clinical staff, Katherine was a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand, and studied trafficking in the context of Southeast Asia while at Chiang Mai University. She earned her BA in Sociology & Anthropology from Pace University.
Belinda Varnado-WilsonRESIDENT SUPPORT MANAGER
Belinda V. Wilson is a certified Peer Support Specialist and Adult Mental Health First Aider. She has worked in this field for over 6 years, assisting the community through Brothers of Service Serving (B.O.S.S.), which works to feed the homeless and supply them with resources. Belinda herself is a recovering addict of 21 years, and has firsthand experience in human trafficking. At Eden House, Belinda says, “I would like to assist these ladies in getting their voice back. I want to show them we no longer have to be in bondage of our circumstances and can overcome and empower ourselves. We have value and worth.”
Sarah Stoltman, MPHPROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Sarah received an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from Tulane University and is passionate about community-based approaches to sexual violence prevention. While at Tulane, they focused their research on violence prevention for marginalized groups and the applications of queer and feminist theory to public health efforts. They completed an internship at Eden House in 2019 and are thrilled to be back serving this community. In their free time, Sarah likes to crochet, spend time with their two cats, and explore New Orleans.
Christina YoungRESIDENT NIGHT MANAGER
Christina Young is a certified Peer Support Specialist and a member of the Human Trafficking Task Force in the Greater New Orleans area, where she advocates for at-risk women and children in her community and victims worldwide. She was the first graduate of Eden House in 2015 and she is thrilled to be giving back by way of serving and mentoring Eden House residents as Eden House’s Night Manager. In her spare time, Christina likes reading, traveling, and spending time with her family and great friends.
Maxine Kimbrell, LCSW-BACSGRANT WRITER AND PROJECT SPECIALIST
Maxine Kimbrell has been a social worker for over 30 years and has extensive experience in program management/development, clinical counseling, and crisis intervention. She has worked in behavioral health settings in both public and private non-profit agencies. Kimbrell brings to Eden House a commitment to quality programming and to compassionate, personalized care for the residents.
Meg WilderPROGRAM ASSISTANT
Meg moved to New Orleans in Fall 2021 after living in Springfield, Virginia for most of her life. She received her BS in Government and Global Studies from The College of William & Mary and is interested in exploring the relationship between nonprofit administration and public policy. She spent her time in college researching social justice issues and gender politics of the Middle East, and now hopes to apply that knowledge to her position at Eden House. She previously worked at the Office of Public Witness for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and for the Faith Forum on Middle East Policy, doing public policy advocacy. In her free time, Meg enjoys playing the piano, trying out new recipes, and spending time in nature.
Kara Van de Carr, J.D PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER
Kara Van de Carr is an attorney and former U.S. Diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica charged with writing the Trafficking in Persons Report. In Louisiana, she collaborated with Representative Neil Abramson to draft legislation that would better protect children who are trafficked into the sex trade. She travels extensively, speaking on the issues of human trafficking and recovery. Van de Carr received her B.A. from UC Berkeley, her J.D. from Tulane Law, and LL.M. from Georgetown Law School in International Law.