BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced today that Ken York will oversee operations at Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).
York, who has served as the LRS assistant director since 2008, will oversee operations until a permanent director is named. During his 21-year tenure with LRS, York also has served as a bureau administrator for community rehabilitation programs, program coordinator, program specialist, rehabilitation specialist and a counselor.
“Ken brings a high level of integrity and wealth of insight and experience to the position, having served individuals with disabilities in many facets at LRS,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director.
As assistant director, York was responsible for the management and production of LRS' eight regional offices; supervision of the Quality Assurance Program; assisting in directing the development, implementation and on-going activities of the Vocational Rehabilitation Program; developing the annual budget for LRS; and coordinating the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) monitoring process, as well as coordination of Louisiana legislative audits. York holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electronic engineering technology and a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling, both from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge.
York replaces Roseland Starks, who served as director of LRS since 2007. Starks will return to the Department of Children and Family Services as an executive management officer. Starks began her state civil service career 29 years ago with the Department of Social Services, the forerunner to DCFS. Among her many accomplishments at LRS, Starks was instrumental in implementing a pilot program that assisted approximately 65 deaf-blind citizens with the aid of support service providers. Starks also spearheaded the Moment of Remembrance Ceremony, which honored the state’s and nation’s veterans.
In July, LRS was transferred from DCFS to the LWC, and Starks played a leading role in that transition. LRS works to assist people with disabilities in Louisiana to obtain or maintain employment. So far in 2010, LRS has provided services to almost 30,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities. LRS has an operating budget of $61 million and 325 employees.
“Roseland has been tremendous in advocating for services that support people with disabilities as they move toward financial independence and self-sufficiency through employment,” Eysink said. “Her hard work and commitment have been so valuable, and I wish her much success in her new role.”
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