Stacey Chiasson serves as public affairs leader for the integrated sites of The Dow Chemical Company in Louisiana. Chiasson leads Dow’s public affairs team in Plaquemine and Hahnville. She oversees public affairs support at Dow sites in Grand Bayou, Greensburg, Sterlington and Weeks Island.
Stacey joined Dow in 2006. Prior to joining Dow, she was executive director of Career Builders. Career Builders began as a school-to-work partnership under a federal grant that was scheduled to sunset in 1999. Chiasson took the grant program and transformed it into a public-private non-profit that now has over $1million in workforce development contracts.
Chiasson started her career as a high school business teacher in Iberville parish but soon noticed that she could assist young people in making smarter education and career decisions by working on the outside of the system. She has work experience in the Louisiana Legislature, LSU as a workforce development research assistant, and private business as a performance improvement consultant. Her diverse experiences have served her well as an interpreter between government, education, and business.
Chiasson holds a BS degree in Business Education from LSU. She was named “Top 40 under 40” in 2003 by The Baton Rouge Business Report and was also nominated as Young Woman of Achievement by the YWCA in 2002. Stacey received Volunteer of the Year Award through the Iberville Chamber of Commerce in 2010.
Chiasson is a member of the board of directors of Baton Rouge Green, Iberville Chamber of Commerce (Economic Development Chairman), and YMCA of the Capital Area.
Stacey has one child, Jackson who is 7.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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