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Katherine Martin
Executive Director, O'Brien House

Katherine Martin has been the Executive Director of O’Brien House since 1995. O'Brien House was established in 1971 to serve adult recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. This halfway house is named after Paul S. "Pat" O'Brien, who spent 53 years of his life working with alcoholics and educating the public about the disease of alcoholism. Her expertise includes such positions as Development Director, CEO and Consultant for non-profit organizations in Louisiana, parts of Mississippi and Tennessee. Ms. Martin’s experience includes the administration of substance abuse facilities, public relations and professional fund-raising with a broad background in development management for non-profit organizations, communication, program management, leadership and community support. She is the former Chair of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless and Regional Director of the Association of Halfway House Alcoholism Programs of North America, Inc. In 2006 she received the John W. Barton Sr. Excellence in Non-profit Management Award through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. During her tenure at O’Brien House, the agency has achieved the LANO Standards of Excellence and has expanded its physical facilities to serve 110 individuals. Recently Ms. Martin was named one of Baton Rouge Business Report's 2010 Influential Women in Business.

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     02/17 - Black & the Blue

What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)


Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)

Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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