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Frank L. Jobert, Jr.
Executive Director, Retired State Employees Association (RSEA)

Frank Jobert is currently the Executive Director of the Retired State Employees Association (RSEA). RSEA is an independent, membership driven organization that represents men and women and their families, who have retired or will retire from employment with the State of Louisiana. RSEA’s mission is to advance the quality of life of current and future retired state employees who have given of their talents to the State of Louisiana.

Frank retired in 2003 after more than thirty years with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections having served in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Warden and Warden of juvenile and adult prison facilities, respectively. He is a former trustee on the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS) and served in that capacity from 1994-2001. He was Chairman of the Board of LASERS in 1996 and Investment Committee Chair in 2000 and 2001.

During his career, Frank was actively involved on several Boards including the Louisiana Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Department of Corrections Credit Union, Council of Louisiana Trustees, and LASERS. Frank is currently a trustee on the Harbor Police Retirement System Board of Directors.

Frank holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University- New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of New Orleans (UNO). He is married to the former Deborah Ann Smith, who is a pediatric dental assistant. Frank and Debbie have two children, Ryan, a graduate in Finance and the Master of Business Administration program from the University of New Orleans; and Megan, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA., majoring in business administration.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It 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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