Susanne B. Dietzel is an advocate and expert on issues related to women, gender, equity, gender-based violence, and feminism. She brings to Eden House a background in fundraising, programming, advocacy and teaching. In her prior position as the Director of the Ohio University Women’s Center, she established the Survivor Advocacy Program which provides confidential advocacy and support services for victims and survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, and stalking. She holds the MA in English and African American Literature from the University of Mississippi, and the Ph.D. in American Studies and Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. She is a graduate of the HERS Institute.
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.
Emily ThomasPROGRAM COORDINATOR
Emily Thomas joined Eden House as a graduate from Southeastern Louisiana University where she earned a Bachelors of General Studies of Applied Sciences as well as a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Environmental Sustainability. She has previously worked with The National Parks Service, Healthy Gulf, and The Contemporary Arts Center. As Program Coordinator, Emily hopes to expand the reach of Eden House’s Social Enterprise, Especially Eden, and to provide residents with work experience and job skills that will aid them in their future endeavors.
Kristina Meyer PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR
Kristina Meyer comes to Eden House from Richmond, Virginia. She is a graduate of Elon University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. As an Honors Fellow and a member of the inaugural cohort of Multi-faith Scholars, she conducted a multi- year research project on faith-based community organizing. Kristina originally came to Eden House through the Young Adult Volunteer Program with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), but now works as a full-time staff member. Eventually, she would like to earn a Master’s of Divinity to become a higher-education chaplain. In her spare time, Kristina likes to dance to relieve stress.
Diadre Satcher RESIDENT NIGHT MANAGER
Diadre Satcher comes to Eden House with experience in counseling and mental health services in the New Orleans region. She earned her Associates Degree in Substance Abuse, and her Bachelors and Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from Southern University at New Orleans. As the Resident Night Manager, Diadre ensures the safety and care of Eden House residents, and provides programmatic support in areas of addiction counseling and skill building.
Vivienne M. Hayne, MD PRO BONO MEDICAL DIRECTOR
Dr. Vivienne M. Hayne provides psychiatric services for the residents of Eden House and has lectured members of the federal bar on interviewing victims of trauma. A member of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, she has lectured and supervised students at Tulane’s medical school and law school. She was educated and trained at Tulane (BA 1975, JD 1978, MD 1993, Psychiatry Residency 1997) and is board certified in adult psychiatry.
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.