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Valerie Keller
Chief Executive Officer, The Outreach Center

As CEO of the Outreach Center based in Lafayette, Valerie Keller leads a dynamic team dedicated to restoring shattered lives through comprehensive social services including housing and employment assistance, skills training, and substance abuse recovery programs for more than 5,000 low-income citizens each year. The Outreach Center's campus also features social enterprises and plans are underway for a mixed-use, mixed-income housing development.

Appointed by former Governor Blanco to the LA Housing and Economic Development Task Force and the Louisiana Recovery Authority Housing Task Force, Keller also serves on the boards of the Louisiana Housing Alliance, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, Council for A Better Louisiana (CABL) Regional Advisory Board, the Louisiana Alliance of Information and Referral System (LAAIRS), the Louisiana 211 Coordinating Council, and serves as co-chair of the Louisiana Advocacy Coalition for the Homeless (LACH) and the Louisiana Supportive Housing Coalition. She is a recipient of the “Chase Bank 20 Under 40 Leadership Recognition” award, the Change Agent Network's Humanitarian of the Year award, and is alumni of Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafayette.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Keller continued post-graduate work through executive education at Harvard’s School of Business and the Kennedy School of Government.

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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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