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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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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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