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Rodney Geyen
Lake Charles City Councilman

Lake Charles City Councilman Rodney Geyen, born in 1941, was elected to the Lake Charles City Council District C in April 1997. The Calcasieu Parish School Board has employed Councilman Geyen as an educator for the past 36 years and is presently the principal of T.H. Watkins Elementary.

Councilman Geyen attended W.O. Boston High School, Grambling State University earning a bachelor of science degree and McNeese State University earning a master's +30 in administration and supervision. Councilman Geyen is married to the former Margaret Guillory and they have four children, Dana, Gerard, Terri and Kelly with three grand children.

Councilman Geyen worked for the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff Department for 21 years in the capacity of Assistant Supervisor of Patrol for 11 years. He coached football, basketball, and track for 21 years. He was assistant principal for 5 years and principal for 10 years.

Councilman Geyen was elected vice-president of the council in 1998, president in 1999 and served as interim mayor for 4 months in 2000, becoming the first African American to serve as mayor in the city of Lake Charles. He has received the Trailblazer Award given by the NAACP. He was listed as Who's Who in the Grambling State University Alumni News Magazine. He was selected Principal of the Year in 1999 and was the regional winner and a state finalist.

Councilman Geyen is member of Reeves Temple C.M.E. Church, a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Calcasieu Principal's Association, Calcasieu Association of Educators, Louisiana Education Association, Louisiana Municipal Association and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.

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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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