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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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10/16 - Election 2016

What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?

The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m. (Taping Tuesday, October 25)

Our Panelists:

• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University

• Guest Host: Patricia Smith / Assistant to Dean of Political Science Dept., Southern University

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