BATON ROUGE – Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) Executive Director Ava Dejoie, announced the appointments of Kenneth Burrell as Deputy Executive Director, Shannon Joseph as the new Director of Workforce Development and Meridith Trahant as Acting Director of the Second Injury Board today.
Kenneth Burrell began his career as Chief of Staff to Judge Bernette J. Johnson, and climbed through the ranks working with various legislators on bills that impacted Civil District Court and the Judiciary throughout Louisiana. After spending twenty-five years in the courts, he moved on to the private sector where he served as Director of Business Development for Billes Architecture. Taking his first step in civic engagement in becoming a member of BOLD, the Black Organization for Leadership Development, Mr. Burrell took part in a variety of activism organizations and served on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentoring Program.
“Kenneth brings a unique combination of government and private sector experience to this position. By having served the public from various positions, his well-rounded knowledge of industries across Louisiana will be an advantage here at the agency,” says Dejoie. “I expect Kenneth to fit right in at the LWC and be a major asset in helping us understand what it takes in getting people employed and back on the job.”
Shannon Joseph most recently served as a Workforce Development Specialist Supervisor with the LWC. Successfully fostering a major partnership with Ochsner Health Systems to bring the Medical Assistant Now or “MA Now” program to the River Parishes, she also developed a partnership with Delgado Community College to provide intensive services for veterans and their spouses.
“Shannon has an unparalleled depth of experience working with federal and state funded programs that has allowed her to understand the needs of job-seekers and individuals needing training or support services,” says Dejoie. “Her vast experience allows her to understand the needs of individuals seeking employment, and help get them back to work.”
Meridith Trahant, a licensed attorney since 2005, has been working with the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration (OWCA) as an Assistant Attorney General. Time spent in this position had her focused on defending cases for the Second Injury Board and OWCA, while providing legal assistance in the areas of workers’ compensation, open meetings, public records and the Administrative Procedures Act.
“Meridith has focused her career litigating cases on local and state government issues,” said Dejoie. “Her knowledge and understanding will provide Louisiana citizens the best and most efficient care they need to get back to work.”
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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