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Date:April 25, 2011
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Mark Martin to Head Louisiana Rehabilitation Services

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) announced today that Mark Martin will serve as director for Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS).

Martin began his career with LRS more than 20 years ago. He most recently served as LRS regional manager for Baton Rouge, where he oversaw 60 employees with a budget of approximately $8 million. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Louisiana State University and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Southern University. Martin is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a licensed professional vocational rehabilitation counselor.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Mark’s caliber take over leadership of LRS,” said Curt Eysink, LWC executive director. “Mark’s knowledge of vocational rehabilitation coupled with his management experience, offer a unique opportunity to further enhance delivery of rehabilitation services to Louisiana citizens with disabilities. Mark is a great addition to our executive team.”

LRS helps people with disabilities obtain or maintain employment. In 2010, LRS provided services to almost 30,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities primarily through its flagship program, Vocational Rehabilitation. LRS has an operating budget of $61 million and more than 300 employees.

As director, Martin will be responsible for the management and production of LRS' eight regional offices and a state office, policies and procedures for the agency, current and long range goals, annual development of the federally mandated State Plan of services, annual budget for LRS and coordination with the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) regarding federal legislation and funding.

Ken York, who has served as the interim LRS director since December 2010, will resume his role of assistant director.

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