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Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson
Executive Director of the Shreveport YWCA

Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson is currently the chief executive officer of the YWCA of N. W. Louisiana; a not-for-profit United Way agency which includes 2 locations, 11 programs, and 200 plus staff and volunteers. She is also the owner/president of RPJ Diversity Consultants, which offers customized trainings, in conflict resolution/anger management, leadership, customer service, and cultural sensitivity.

A native of Louisiana, Shreveport has been her home for close to 10 years. She has also lived in Spain; England; and Germany. She very recently returning from Paris, France where she was able to introduce her youngest son to his first trip abroad.

Here in Shreveport she is executive board member of the N. W. Louisiana Women's Political Caucus, Christus Schumper Hospital board, executive member of the Southern University Shreveport Foundation, chair-links/services to youth, monthly columnist for City Lights, chair of the Louisiana's Women Leaders Conference, weekly television panelist for Citywide-Dateline.

She is a 2004 Shreveport Athena award nominee, 2005 Harry Blake-distinguished award winner, 2005 Women of the Year presented by the Zontas, 2006 Citizen of the Year presented by the Men's Omega Fraternity of Shreveport. Here in 2007 she has been named as one of Bossier's distinguished Athena award nominees. She is most proud to have a scholarship named after her; the "Roxann Johnson Scholarship."

Roxann is a widow; she has three children: a Byrd High School graduate son who is now a marine biology graduate from Tampa Florida university, a daughter who is a regional trainer, and another proud son in the U.S. Air Force currently serving in Iraq.

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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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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How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

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


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


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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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