Executive Leadership

Paulette Carter, MPH, LCSW - President/CEO 

Paulette Carter is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves as President/CEO. Ms. Carter has worked at Children’s Bureau for the past 16 years, starting as an entry-level social worker, serving as the director of the agency’s grief and trauma program, and is now in her 8th year serving as President/CEO.  Paulette has been a mainstay in the mental health community in metro New Orleans over the past decade, working tirelessly to improve the delivery of mental health services to underserved children. She serves on several Boards and workgroups among which are the New Orleans Children and Youth Planning Board,  the New Orleans Family Justice Center’s Board of Directors, Youthshift, the New Orleans Health Department’s Trauma Informed Care Workgroup, New Orleans Kids Partnership, the Council of United Way Agencies, and the Louisiana Adverse Childhood Experiences Initiative.  



Joy M. Banks, Ph.D. - Deputy Director

Dr. Banks has over 13 years of experience working with community-based organizations including internal operations and program management. As the Deputy Director for Children’s Bureau of New Orleans she serves on the executive management team advancing the organization's mission through organizational planning and management. Dr. Banks leads and supports both internal and external leadership activities including administration, operations, partnerships, and collaborations.



Clinical Leadership

Andrea Steinkamp, LCSW-BACS
Director of Counseling and Special Projects
Adrianne Ben-Williams, LPC
Program Director, LA BEST
Dali McGuire, ATR, LPC-S
Program Director, Mental Health Rehabilitation Program (MHR)