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.
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.
Arlette Murillo, PLPCCLINICAL CARE MANAGER
Arlette Murillo received her M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Loyola University New Orleans. She earned a B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of New Orleans in 2018. She has experience working and training in crisis intervention. She has provided counseling in both English and Spanish to detained youth. Arlette has also worked in private counseling centers. Arlette is interested in gaining more knowledge and experience about trauma and its impact. She hopes she can help others realize and reach for their potential through her work. She enjoys spending time with her family and taking long walks in the park.
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.
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.