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Melanie Guste
President and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)

Dr. Guste earned both her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. She has also received Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision (M.Ed.) and Applied Spirituality (MAS).

Dr. Guste has over 20 years of administrative experience in human and social services. As an independent consultant in Baton Rouge for the last 11 years, she has worked extensively with nonprofit, church and state government agencies, including: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana - The Caring Foundation; the Pew Civic Entrepreneur Project; the Academic Distinction Fund; the Diocese of Baton Rouge; and several state agencies. She specializes in large-scale educational and organizational design and change initiatives.

Dr. Guste is a native of New Orleans and an active member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international Catholic community of religious sisters in 49 countries of the world and 19 geographic areas of the United States. In Louisiana, the community is located in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Grand Coteau.

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07/16 - Regular and Extraordinary: Legislative Review

Who are the winners and losers in Louisiana’s budget battle?

After one regular session and two extraordinary ones, Louisiana’s Legislature has produced a balanced budget, but, at what cost? Who are the winners and losers in this year’s budget battle? And how can the state’s tax structure be reformed to avoid a future budget crisis? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Regular & Extraordinary: Legislative Review” Wednesday, July 13 at 7 pm on LPB HD. (Recording Tuesday, July 12)

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