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Leadership & Administration

Our leadership and administration team leads center-wide efforts in establishing new areas of research and academic exploration, engaging the expertise and commitment of partnerships and funding sources, and raising public awareness to improve the education and quality of life of children and families.


Executive Team


Interim Director
To Be Named

 

 

 

 

Dedra A. Green, MA (She, Her, Hers)
Executive Assistant

Ms. Green arranges and handles logistics for all Center meetings involving the Director, for the Center’s core committees, and for the Director’s research teams.She ensures that all arrangements  and materials for the Director’s meetings outside the Center are in order, making travel arrangements, and completing expense reports.  She also handles correspondence and phone calls as well as assist with special projects and events. Green has over 20 years administrative experience, 8 of which were with the University as well as 15 years' experience in the field of Criminal Justice.

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Finance & Administration Team


Kathryn B. LeBlanc, MPA
Chief Financial Officer

Ms. LeBlanc is responsible for all center budget development, supervision and monitoring. She directs the human resources, procurement, contracts and accounting functions of the Center and provides functional supervision, technical assistance, and budgetary support to individual project budgets. All Center projects are supported by the Chief Financial Officer. LeBlanc has over 20 years of financial experience in public budgeting, including budget administration. She has worked extensively with the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) formula, as well as charter school financing. As a Budget Administrator, her responsibilities included supervision, preparation, coordination, review and control of complex budgets with multiple diverse funding sources. She has experience in forecasting of expenditures and revenue, in performing field audits of institutional budgets, and in reviewing agency performance indicators and fiscal notes.

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Chelsea Comeaux, BS
Financial and Operations Coordinator

Ms. Comeaux works directly with the CFO, the Compliance/Budget Officer, and all Picard staff to maintain and monitor project files and maintains all personnel and employment records for the Center. She works to support all Center-wide projects. Comeaux has over 15 years experience in Finance and Business Management with 10 years in the public sector.

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Megan A. Bergeron, MS, CRA
Compliance/Budget Officer

Ms. Bergeron has over 10 years of cumulative experience in research administration at an R1 doctoral-granting institution. She has served as a research administrator at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, first as a pre-award administrator in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs under the Vice President for Research, then moving up into the role of Senior Pre-Award Administrator in the same office. Currently, she is the Compliance/Budget Officer at the Picard Center, overseeing research administration and compliance for a team of active investigators in the areas of early childhood development and education; early language, literacy and cognitive development; and health, well-being and quality of life studies. She also provides guidance to investigators in project development, data collection and analysis, and project management (including programmatic, administrative, and fiscal oversight).

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Management Information Services (MIS): Data, Analysis, and Technology Team

Brandon Charles, MBA
Data Coordinator

Mr. Charles works under the direction of the Data Security Officer and assists staff with the collection, management, and reporting of education related information. He oversees the review and verification of data collected by the department for validity and accuracy by using a variety of analytical and statistical methods. Charles also assists in defining, comparing, presenting, and recommending the implementation of specific data collection activities and educational research approaches; assists in design, development and maintenance of computerized databases containing data on public and non-public education required by the production of reports; assists with designing and identifying measurements standards which are used in reporting of departmental projects; helps conduct training of staff about department data collection and procedures; researches, designs and evaluates current and long range plans for data collection procedures; serves on a team of data analyst and project personnel in securing the best possible results for evaluation of departmental projects, and assists in the creation of grants and proposals that are crucial to departmental success.

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Christopher P. Reed, MS, MBA
Information Technology Coordinator

Mr. Reed is responsible for the Picard Center’s IT systems administration, network, server functioning as well as providing desktop computing environment support for Picard staff. Reed focuses on monitoring and maintaining the systems, computing environment for optimal productivity at the Center. He also provides customer service to staff, students, and faculty. In support of the Center’s business operations, Reed also provides assistance to the Center’s rental operations.

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