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.
Maxine Kimbrell, LCSW-BACSPROGRAM DIRECTOR
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.
Jennifer Best, LPCDIRECTOR OF CLINICAL PROGRAMS
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 MANAGER
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.
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.
Meg WilderPROGRAM ASSISTANT
Meg recently moved to New Orleans 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.