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Raymond A. Jetson
CEO, Louisiana Family Recovery Corps

Raymond A. Jetson is the chief executive officer for the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps. As CEO, Mr. Jetson leads the coordination of local, state and national efforts to connect disaster-impacted individuals and families with the resources they need to recover and resume their lives.

During Mr. Jetson's tenure, which began in April 2006, the Recovery Corps has served more than 19,000 households impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Under Mr. Jetson's leadership, the organization also launched the NOLA Bound call center, which helps displaced New Orleans residents with navigating the myriad of services available to them after the storms, and rolled out the Recovery Corps' Louisiana Bound program, which enables residents to access needed information and resources to return from out of state to communities in Louisiana.

Prior to joining the Recovery Corps, Mr. Jetson served as deputy secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, where he oversaw the operations of the agency's major offices, including the Offices for Addictive Disorders; Aging and Adult Services; Citizens with Developmental Disabilities; Mental Health; and Public Health; and the Bureau of Internal Audit. Before serving as deputy secretary, he served as the assistant secretary for the Department's Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. As the chief executive for that office, he was primarily responsible for policymaking, planning, and budgeting for developmental disability-related interests with the Department. From 1999 to 2001, as the chief advisor for special populations within the Office of the Secretary, Mr. Jetson coordinated and evaluated proposed policies on disability matters and facilitated departmental initiatives to address deficits in capacity and gaps in service delivery.

From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Jetson served as the state representative for the 61st District of the Louisiana House of Representatives. While in the Legislature, he served on the Health and Welfare, Appropriations, and Joint Budget Committees. He also designed and established the Baton Rouge Community College Office of Special Programs. As its director, he was responsible for the college's compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and academic accommodations for students.

Mr. Jetson received bachelors and masters degrees from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. In addition to his public service, he has served as pastor of Star Hill Baptist Church since 1994. Under his leadership, the congregation has completed a major construction project, more than tripled its membership, and had a greater impact on the Baton Rouge community.

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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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