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Date:November 21, 2008
Contact:Melissa Sellers @ 225-342-8006

Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council

BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council.

The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to assure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce.

According to the statute, the council is comprised of forty-one members including the governor, the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the secretary of the Department of Social Services, the secretary of the Department of Economic Development, the state superintendent of education, the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the commissioner of higher education, the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the executive director of the office of elderly affairs and one gubernatorial appointee who is a CEO of a community-based organization. Additionally, members of the council include two representatives of parish and city government who may be selected from nominations submitted by various government associations, four representatives of organized labor selected from nominations submitted by the Louisiana AFL-CIO, two members of the Louisiana State Senate, appointed by the president of the Senate, and two members of the Louisiana House of Representatives, appointed by the speaker of the House. The remaining twenty-one members are gubernatorial appointments representing business and industry, of whom one must represent a woman-owned business and at least two must represent minority-owned businesses. The following members must be owners, CEOs, COOs or other high ranking officials, including:

One representative of the retail and wholesale sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various retail and wholesale associations;

One representative of the energy sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various energy associations;

One representative of the medical services and biotechnology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various medical and biotechnology associations;

One representative of the entertainment and tourism sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various entertainment and tourism associations;

One representative of the information technology sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various information technology associations;

One representative of the durable goods and manufacturing sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various durable goods and manufacturing associations;

One representative of the construction sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various construction associations;

One representative of the agriculture and forestry sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various agriculture and forestry associations;

One representative of the financial and insurance sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various financial and insurance associations;

One representative of the logistics and transportation sector, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various logistics and transportation associations; and

Eleven representatives of the general business community, who may be selected from nominations submitted by various business and industry associations.

Appointments to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council:

Tim Barfield, of Baton Rouge, is the director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. Barfield will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Terry Baugh, of West Monroe, is the CFO of D& J Construction Company, Inc., a heavy highway construction company. Baugh will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Jacqueline Beauchamp, of Baton Rouge, is the owner of Nerjyzed Entertainment, a digital entertainment media development and publishing company. Beauchamp will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Madhu Beriwal, of Baton Rouge, is the president and CEO of Innovative Emergency Management, a risk management company. Beriwal will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Richard Billings, of Forest Hill, is the president of the Rapides Parish Police Jury. Billings was nominated by the Police Jury Association of Louisiana to serve as a representative of parish and city government, as required by statute.

Kathy Bobbs, of Lafayette, is the CEO of Women's and Children's Hospital. Bobbs was nominated by the Louisiana Hospital Association to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s medical services and biotechnology sector, as required by statute.

Dr. James Bulot, of Baton Rouge, is the executive director of the office of elderly affairs. Bulot will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Dr. Sally Clausen, of Baton Rouge, is the commissioner of higher education. Clausen will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Camille Conaway, of Baton Rouge, is the governor’s policy advisor on workforce issues. Conaway will serve as the governor’s designee.

Sen. Don Cravins, of Lafayette, is a member of the Louisiana State Senate representing the 24th District. Cravins was appointed by the president of the Senate, as required by statute.

Janet Durden, of Monroe, is the president of the United Way of Northeast Louisiana and serves on the National Council of United Way Workforce Development Taskforce. Durden will serve as a chief executive officer of a community-based organization, as required by statute.

Art Favre, of Baton Rouge, is the president of Performance Contractors Inc., an industrial contractor. Favre will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Clarence Fields, of Pineville, is the mayor of Pineville. Fields was nominated by the Louisiana Municipal Association to serve as a representative of parish and city government, as required by statute.

Rep. Cameron Henry, of Jefferson, is a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives representing the 82nd District. Henry was appointed by the speaker of the House, as required by statute.

Rep. Avon Honey, of Baton Rouge, is a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives representing the 63rd District. Honey was appointed by the speaker of the House, as required by statute.

Ginger Laurent, of New Roads, is the COO of the Louisiana Bankers Association, a trade association for banks and thrifts in Baton Rouge. Laurent was nominated by the Louisiana Bankers Association to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s financial and insurance sector, as required by statute.

Jimmy LeBlanc, of Baton Rouge, is the secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. LeBlanc will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Dr. Joe May, of Baton Rouge, is the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. May will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Stephen Moret, of Baton Rouge, is the secretary of the Department of Economic Development. Moret will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Keith Myers, of Sunset, is the CEO of Louisiana Health Care Group, LLC, a home nursing and post acute healthcare service provider. Myers will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Kristy Nichols, of Baton Rouge, is the interim secretary of the Department of Social Services. Nichols will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Richard Noles, of Heflin, is the secretary-treasurer of the Claiborne Electric Cooperative Board of Directors. Noles was nominated by the Association of Louisiana Electric Cooperatives to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s energy sector, as required by statute.

Nanette Noland, of Baton Rouge, is the president of The Powell Group, corporate holding company. Noland will serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Paul Pastorek, of Baton Rouge, is the state superintendent of education. Pastorek will serve as an ex-officio member, as required by statute.

Sen. Neil Riser, of Columbia, is a member of the Louisiana State Senate representing the 32nd District. Riser was appointed by the president of the Senate, as required by statute.

Edward Rispone, of Baton Rouge, is the chairman of the Management Board of Industrial Specialty Contractors, LLC, an industrial contractor company. Rispone was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry to serve as a representative of the general business community, as required by statute.

Jorge Tarajano, of Baton Rouge, is the president of Pala Group, LLC, an industrial construction company. Tarajano was nominated by Associated Builders and Contractors to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s construction sector, as required by statute.

Jim Urdiales, of Baton Rouge, is the owner of Mestizo’s Restaurant, a Louisiana-Mexican restaurant. Urdiales was nominated by the Louisiana Restaurant Association to serve as a representative of the entertainment and tourism sector, as required by statute.

C.A. "Buck" Vandersteen, of Alexandria, is the executive director of the Louisiana Forestry Association. Vandersteen was nominated by the Louisiana Forestry Association to serve as a representative of Louisiana’s agriculture and forestry sector, as required by statute.

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