Our team


Thanks to skilled, professional and empathetic staff members, our programs
develop extensive guidance for the family and deep professional support to the
children and adolescents who are facing
social and/or behavioral problems. 


The Solution for Families | Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Staff Members:

Clinical Director

Sonnee Stanley, M.Ed., LMFT

Sonnee Stanley is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT aproved supervisor. She has been providing mental health services to youth and their families since 2008. Sonnee received her Bachelors in Sociology/Sexuality in 2006 and her Master’s in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2009 from Western Kentucky University (go Hilltoppers).

She began her career as a Marriage and Family Therapist providing in-home therapy to at-risk youth in Louisville, KY. Sonnee then began work as a Licensed Professional Counselor in West Virginia at the local community health center. Here she provided a link between the local and state governances on gaps in mental health services for youth through her role as the Child and Adolescent Liaison. She also provided therapy to youth and their families and supervision and training to staff as the Children’s Department Director.

While in Louisiana, Sonnee has been the Program Manager of a non-profit agency which provided grief education and support services to East Baton Rouge students during school hours. She currently serves as the Clinical Director here at LSF-the Solution for Families. Sonnee is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as the Louisiana chapter, and she is Prepare/Enrich certified. She is very passionate about advocacy for human and animal rights, helping kiddos, and football. 


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Medical Psychologist/Medical Director

Robert Nevels, Ph.D., M.P.

Bob Nevels, Ph.D., M.P., is a medical psychologist who has practiced in Louisiana for several years and is board certified in medical psychology. He also is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Mississippi and is associated with The Counseling Center in Ridgeland. Dr. Nevels has practiced, supervised and taught psychopharmacology, biological psychology, clinical psychology and marriage and family therapy for over thirty years. He was an associate staff psychologist at the University of Mississippi Hospitals and Clinics for thirteen years. His research and theoretical papers on psychopharmacology; psychological, pharmacological and nutraceutical treatments for dementia; and, adolescents with neuropsychiatric disorders with comorbid aggression have been published in professional journals and popular literature; he has authored four chapters in textbooks and presented at international and national conferences. He is an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy who trained at the Family Therapy Institute of Washington, D.C. In addition to his doctorate in psychology, he has master’s degrees in mathematics, philosophy, religion, clinical psychopharmacology, and counseling. He is a member of the Louisiana Academy of Medical Psychology, the American Psychological Association, the Mississippi Psychological Association and other professional organizations. He was one of five members of the Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) task force of the American Psychological Association that revised the definition of clinical psychology in conjunction with the release of DSM-5 in 2013. He also was a founding member of APA Division 55 - American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy. He is a clinical fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  

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Service Coordinator & Mental Health Professional

Jessica Castillo, M.S.

Jessica is from Puerto Rico and is currently working as a Mental Health Professional at La Solución Familiar, LLC.  She moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana right after finishing her Pre-Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology in 2015.  She currently holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Carlos Albizu University and is about to finish her doctoral degree. Jessica has experience providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults for over four years.  She is committed to providing the highest standard of quality care to the individuals, families and communities she serves and has the passion for improving their quality of life.  Jessica speaks fluent English and Spanish, enjoys traveling, food and culture and does freelance photography in her spare time.

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Service Coordinator & Mental Health Professional

Christi Lisenby-Hart, M.S.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Christi moved to Baton Rouge, La in 2008. She has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently a graduate intern at Grand Canyon University. Christi's Master degree will be a M.S. in Professional Counseling. Christi’s passion for children and families is what made her decide a career in counseling. Christi’s motto is “The foundation starts at home and I would like to be the glue that helps families continue to build and maintain together".

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Licensed Mental Health Professional

Arkeria Robertson, M.A., PLPC

Arkeria is a proud resident of Louisiana. She is a two time graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, yes she’s an Xaverite, receiving her B.S. in Psychology in 2011 and M.A. in Counseling in 2015. She is a provisionally licensed professional counselor and is diligently working towards obtaining her LPC licensure. “I am excited about the new experiences and growth I expect to see while working at LSF”.


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Mental Health Professional

Pam Williams-Howard, M.Ed.

Pam has been working with LSF since October 2016 providing excellent services to the families in our community. 


Mental Health Professional

Oshia Joseph, M.Ed.

Oshia has been working with LSF since December 2015 providing excellent services to the families in our community. 

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Mental Health Professional

Victoria S. Davis, M.Ed.

Victoria S. Davis is currently an eighth grade Louisiana History Teacher with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, obtained from Southern University A&M College and two Master's degrees in Education on of which is in Special Education and the second in Educational Leadership obtained from Northcentral University. 

To be able to help and assist others has always been Victoria's passion, whether it's adults or children, just to be of service to others is her reason for joining La Solución Familiar.  Victoria is married to her High school sweetheart and they have four beautiful children, two sons and two daughters.

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Licensed Mental Health Professional

Bryanca Coleman, M.A., PLPC

Bryanca A. Coleman is a native of Marrero, Louisiana and a Mental Health Professional that holds a license as Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Louisiana. She currently holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Child Development and a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is a graduate of Southern University A& M College located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana also known for its marching band "The Human Jukebox”.  After graduation of her Bachelor’s degree, she began to work with individuals struggling with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders. She lives by the quote, “The purpose of life is not to be happy, It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have made a difference in someone's life.” Bryanca's hobbies include spending time with family, shopping, traveling, and going to the movies for relaxation. She also is a big fan of the" New Orleans Saints and Jaguar Nation".


Licensed Mental Health Professional

Amie Jackson, M.A., PLPC

Amie has been working with LSF since July 2017 providing excellent services to the families in our community. 


Licensed Mental Health Professional

Donna Burks, M.S., PLPC

Donna Burks is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Professional.   Donna was born and raised in Berkeley, California, moved to Louisiana in 2002.   After moving to La in 2002, decided to further her education receiving a BS in Management, MS in Human Resource Management, and MS in Mental Health and Substance Abuse.  Donna is now a registered Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor with the Louisiana State Board of Examiners. Her field of interest and study is Substance Abuse Therapy,
group and Individual counseling and assessment intake.  Donna has worked as a counselor and Case Manager for various outpatient and residential facilities; working with Homeless Veterans with Substance and Mental disorders was her highlight. Donna has a goal of opening her own business to be able to service clients in need.  My goal is to give back what has been given to me.

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Mental Health Professional

Lynn Cannon, MSW, RSW

Lynn Cannon has over 4 year’s experience as a certified Social Worker. Born and raised in New Orleans, LA, Lynn attended Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. She graduated in 2010 with a B.S. in Education. Her concentration was in Child, Family, and Social Services. Her Master’s Degree in Social Work followed from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA in 2013. Upon graduation from USC, she was immediately accepted to Capella University for the Doctorate in Social Work (DSW) program. Her concentration field is in Addictive Disorders. Professionally, Lynn has worked as a Social Worker for an elderly and disabled HUD housing community.
She has also worked as a Substance Abuse social worker for a local Behavioral Hospital. Currently she is a social worker at a local Intensive Outpatient Program.
She has served on numerous boards and committees serving the disabled, the elderly, the homeless and mental health populations.

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Mental Health Specialist

Kathi Sanchez, B.S., M.A.

I am a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. I lived in East Baton Rouge Parish after leaving New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina. At the present time I live in Ascension Parish. I have two wonderful children who are truly a blessing to me. I am a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, where I received my Bachelors’ degree in Psychology. I also have a teaching certificate from Southern University at New Orleans and a Master Degree from the University of Phoenix in Education with a Specialization in Curriculum Technology.  I’m currently a school teacher. I love teaching children. I love being able to help shape, mold, and guide them to becoming the best they can be. I truly believe children are a gift from God. With that being said, working with LSF is a perfect fit because this organization has a passion and commitment to guide, service, help, and mold young children/adults to becoming the best they can be as people. 

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Mental Health Professional

Paula Kelly, M.Ed.

Paula C. Kelly was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and has lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for almost twenty-five years.  After graduating from Southern University, A&M in Baton Rouge, Paula begin her career as a Special Education teacher in East Baton Rouge Parish system, where she has worked for a little over thirteen years.  After more than 10 years in the field of teaching, Paula returned back to school and earned a Master Degree in Special Education.   As an experienced Special Education Teacher for the past 13 years, Paula has served in several capacities such as an Autism teacher, Community-Based Vocational teacher, Freedom School Reading Enrichment Lead teacher, Literacy After-School tutor, and just recently, School Site Lead Teacher for Exceptional Student Services.  Most of all, Paula enjoys working as an advocate for her students and encouraging them to be the best individuals they can be. The field of education has afforded Paula the privilege to facilitate various jobs as a teacher, learning how to effectively manage a staff and implement conflict resolution strategies before problems evolve.  Today, Paula also enjoys working as a Mental Health Counselor for LSF, in the community to help individuals dissolve unwanted behaviors and to provide clients with positive replacement therapy solutions. In Paula’s free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and going to the movies.


Mental Health Specialist

Melvin Sanders, B.A., M.A.

Melvin has been working with LSF since March 2017 providing excellent services to the families in our community.

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Mental Health Specialist

Gwendolyn Smith, B.A.

Gwendolyn Wilson Smith is a native of Baton Rouge Louisiana and
comes from a large family. Gwendolyn graduated from Baker High
School, Southern University A&M College, and from Stephan’s
Beauty Cosmetology College. She has worked for the East Baton
Rouge Parish School Board, FEMA, the Exxon Plant, Georgia Pacific,
and various jobs dealing with social services and children. Throughout
her career, she has worked in California, Alabama, Florida, San
Francisco, Opelousas, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houston, Atlanta and
many states and cities. Gwendolyn has two children and 4
grandchildren. She enjoys reading, listening to music, going to the
movies, swimming, baking, and cooking. She loves seafood, mustard
greens, cabbage, different salads and let’ not forget HOLIDAY FOOD!
Gwendolyn believes in unity and love for one another and peace to all
men and women.



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Mental Health Professional

Christina Rosaya, M.S.:

Christina Rosaya is a Mental Health Professional at LSF.  Her graduate degree was received at Southern University in Rehabilitation Counseling and she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota the honor fraternity for counselors.  As a graduate in Rehabilitation Counseling, for the last fourteen years, she has worked as an educator using counseling skills to work with inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary and students and families mainly in the middle school setting.  Her counseling skills have been utilized to encourage at-risk students, individuals, and families to improve their lives.  Helping others has always been her number one goal. 

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Mental Health Professional

Sonnie Jackson,

Sonnie Jackson is a graduate of Southern University A & M College. She is a Mental Health Professional here at LSF. She enjoys playing softball and spending time with her family and friends.




Kadijah Simmons, A.S. 

Hello all. My name is Khadijah Simmons and along with LSF, I also work as a TOR Moderator at an elementary school in north Baton Rouge. I have been in the area since 2014 due to work through a nonprofit called City Year. I migrated to Baton Rouge from a small, delta town in Mississippi. I am the biological baby of the family, but the only girl. I have two older brothers and a younger (adopted) brother. I have worked with children in some capacity ever since I began officially working and even before then. I have been a tutor, daycare teacher, mentor, and City Year member to name a few positions. I currently have an associate’s degree in psychology and I am finishing my bachelor's degree in psychology as well. I have always had a big heart for helping people, especially children. I think LSF is the perfect opportunity for me to give back to the community, as well as help those around me. I grew up in a traditional African American household that did not disclose information about illnesses, especially mental illnesses. Through my studies in college and work experience, I want to help others cope with and potentially overcome some of the issues that are seen as shameful in today's society. 


Administrative Assistant

Maria Barrera

Maria is originally from El Paso Texas, and has been in Baton Rouge for the past year and a half. She has two beautiful daughters who are her world. In her free time, she loves to read, do things outdoors, shop, travel and most importantly spend quality time with her daughters. In the very near future (2017) Maria plans to return to school and finish her degree in Social Work. “I love working for LSF and what it stands for.” 

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Office Administrator

Erica Jones

Erica joined the LSF team as an Office Administrator in June 2017. She graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University and received a B.A in Communication.  She enjoys helping others in the professional setting and performs a variety of jobs at LSF to assist and support other staff and our LSF families.  Erica enjoys spending her time with her family and traveling.