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Kim Cherce Ferguson
Mental Health Professional

Kim Ferguson received her B.S. in Social Work from Southern University, where she also earned her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. Her associations and certifications include:

  • Louisiana Ancillary School Certification # AN 519990
  • Louisiana Certified CTTIE JAG Specialist # 1 523243
  • Certified Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Level 4 Practitioner
  • Louisiana Counselor Intern (Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners)
  • Louisiana Registered Social Worker Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners) # 8436
  • Certified Parent educator pre-natal to age 5 (Parent as Teachers National Center)
  • Ready to Grow educator (Louisiana Public Broadcasting)

Before coming to COPE Behavioral Health, Kim Ferguson was a Youth Advocate with the East Baton Rouge School System where her duties included providing social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families, counseling individual and groups and providing support services.

She also worked at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana as an Account Advisor, a Child Welfare Specialist for Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services in Baton Rouge and a middle school Intervention teacher in St. Gabriel.

Valorie R. Spriggs
Mental Health Professional

Valorie Spriggs received her Bachelors in Rehabilitation Services and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Southern University.

Prior to COPE Behavioral Health, Valroie Spriggs worked as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor for Iberville Rehabilitation Inc. in White Castle, Louisiana. Her duties included aiding students with behavioral, mental physical or emotional problems. Ms. Spriggs has also worked as a Census Enumerator for the Census Bureau, a Special Education instructor for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System and as a Crisis Counselor/On-site Property manager/Social Services Aide for Volunteers of America.



Angel Haney
Mental Health Professional

Angel Haney, a native of Baton Rouge, achieved her Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in General and Interdisciplinary Studies with minors in Sociology, Leadership Development and Religion. In 2009, she won the Scholar Award from Fellowship Cathedral. In recognition of her volunteer contributions, Angel Haney was awarded the Power of 9 by the Volunteers of Baton Rouge, Capitol One and WAFB-TV.

Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, she was a Counselor with Primary Care Solutions where she worked with families in order to complete treatment plans for clients who maybe experiencing crisis. She helped clients adhere to treatment plans and recommendations and provide evaluations of service deliver and progress pertinent to behavioral interventions and modifications on a routine basis.

Karen Pierre
Mental Health Professional

Karen Pierre obtained her Bachelors of Science degree from Southern University in Rehabilitation Counseling. Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, Karen Pierre was a support Coordinator at Inspirational Care Coordination, LLC. She was responsible for supervising support coordination for the home and community base services for elderly disabled adults. She monitored client reports of services being provided by the home provider. Karen interned at the Free Indeed Outpatient clinic, the Treatment Center and Baton Rouge Physical Therapy.



Cassandra Bradley-Jones
Mental Health Professional

Cassandra Bradley-Jones, a native of Baton Rouge, received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Southern University. Before her work with COPE Behavioral Health, she worked at St. James Behavioral Health Clinic where her duties included maintaining confidentiality records, and guiding clients in development of skills and strategies for dealing with their problems.Cassandra interned at Woodlake Addiction Recovery Center and at Sharon Hills Elementary.




Carol L. Pate
Administrative Director (Baker Office)

carol_pateCarol Pate, attended Disney College in Orlando and received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Southern University

Ms. Pate worked at Homestyle Cooking, Inc. before joining the staff at COPE Behavioral Health. Her duties included event planning, promotions and identifying current trends and initiatives for possible implementation. She also worked at Cooking Caro, was the Executive Assistant to the CFO of EXCEL Primary Health Care and a sales manager with the Intermark Group.






Shalanda R. Judge

Mental Health Professional

Shalanda Judge received her Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services and her Master’s of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Southern University. She received her Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. She holds certifications as a Guidance Counselor and a Child Search Coordinator. She is also a Certified Instructor for the International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention and a Secondary Trainer with LA State Positive Behavior Intervention Universal.

She holds training certificates with Army Onesource that enable her to provide services  related to Military Cultural Competence, Family Law and Military PTSD. She also has professional and community affiliations with the Louisiana Counseling Association, the LA Bullying Task Force, International Association of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Certified Instructors ( IANCICI ), The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, Stanford’s Who’s Who, National Association of Professional Women.

Before joining the COPE Behavioral  Health staff, Ms. Judge was a Project Director/ Counselor at Vonnieab’s Respite INC. where she provided oversight to the daily operations of Respite, crisis stabilization, long term care and independent living programs and provided one-on-one and group facilitation at a day program. Ms. Judge was also a consultant with crescent Consulting Group, LLC in Baton Rouge.

Jean’Quel White Henry
Mental Health Professional

Jean’Quel White Henry received Bachelors of Science in Social Work and Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Southern University. Her certifications and affiliations include Louisiana Certified Social Worker, HIV counseling and testing, Licensed Professional Counselor-intern, Louisiana Counseling Association, and President of the Baton Rouge AIDS Society.

Before joining the staff of COPE Behavioral Health, she was a Mental Health Counselor and a Senior Case Manager with the HIV/AIDS Alliance for Greater Baton Rouge. She assessed homeless clients with housing case management; provided counseling, maintained confidential case notes and collaborated with other agencies to meet client needs.

Ms. Henry was previously on staff of Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge as a Medicaid case manager, a Ryan White title II Care Coordinator, a prison liaison, an HIV tester/counselor, a Special Projects Coordinator and a Substance Abuse Coordinator.

Corey D. Jenkins
Mental Health Professional


Corey Jenkins earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and his Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Disability Research from Southern University. He has recognitions that include a Rehabilitation Scholarship Award, the Carl Nelson Youth Achievement Award and BRASS Certification in HIV Education and Testing.

Mr. Jenkins has also volunteered with the Vision Christian Center International, donates his time to tutor youth as a Drill team instructor and he is a youth minister and a mentor for the Young Lions Mentorship Program.

Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, Mr. Jenkins worked at the Baton Rouge Treatment Center as a Substance Abuse Counselor where he assisted individuals with Opioid addiction on daily life activities including but not limited to bio psychosocial aspects of recovery, finances, and social psychosis. He also maintained a diverse caseload appropriating step levels with compliance treatments. Mr. Jenkins  also was a crisis counselor at LA Spirit/Harmony Center in Baton Rouge

Yolanda Y. McCants
Mental Health Professional

Yolanda-McCantYolanda McCants has an Associate degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix. Yolanda also earned a Diploma in Nursing from the Medical Careers Academy.

Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, Ms. McCants was a Mental Health Professional with Lighthouse Community Care where she maintained confidentiality of records, assessed patients for risk of attempting suicide.




Thea Robinson
Mental Health Professional

Thea Robinson attended Southern university where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling. Ms. Robinson has a certification in Counseling and is a member of the American Counseling Association. Ms. Robinson was also a volunteer at Volunteers of America as a Foster Care Therapist. Before joining COPE Behavioral Health, Ms. Robinson was a Guidance Counselor at G.W. Carver Primary School in Ascension Parish Schools.

Christian Stampley
Mental Health Professional

Christian Stampley, a native of Plaquemine, attended Southern University and earned Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Masters in Mental Health Counseling.

Ms. Stampley previously worked as a Mental Health Professional at Lighthouse Community Care and a Student counselor at the University Counseling center of Southern University.




Lyndsy Roberts
Mental Health Professional

Lyndsy Roberts earned her Bachelors of Science in Community Health with a minor in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Before joining the staff of COPE Behavioral Health, she was a mental Health Specialist with lighthouse Community Care Inc.









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