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Panelist Bio

Alfreda Tillman Bester, J.D.
General Counsel, Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP

Alfreda Tillman Bester is the principal Attorney with Tillman Bester & Associates, LLC, a law firm located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently serves as Host of “Perspective”, a weekly community interest talk show. Ms. Bester served as Louisiana Secretary of Labor from 1991-1992 and
Undersecretary of Labor from 1989-1991. She is the publisher, editor and founder of Perspective News Magazine, LLC and serves as General Counsel to the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP.

Ms. Bester is a cum laude graduate of Southern University Law Center and holds a Master of Business Administration from McNeese State University and a B.S. in Human Resources from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is a 1991 graduate of Leadership Greater Baton Rouge; former Chairperson of the Sponsoring Committee of the Urban League of Greater Baton Rouge; The Baton Rouge Area YWCA’s 1992 Young Woman of Achievement; 1994 Business Report 40 Under 40; and formerly served on the Boards of Directors of EQ Health Solutions, the YWCA, Battered Women’s Program, Conference of Minority Public Administrators, and the Louisiana Council on Child Abuse.

She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. Bester is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She has also held memberships in the Louisiana Association for Justice, National Association for Home Care, and the National Association of Female Executives.

She is a member of New St. John Baptist Church and was the Young Adult Sunday School Teacher at Mount Zion First Baptist Church for twelve years. She and her husband, Michael, are the proud parents of one adult son, Christopher.

Current Topic

     01/18 - Early Education Matters

Should early childhood education be a priority?
It’s estimated that issues with early childhood education cost the state economy more than $1 billion per year. Business professionals and politicians agree that there is a severe lack of access to high-quality child care in the state. But with the state facing a $1 billion budget shortfall, can funds be found to make this a priority?

Louisiana School Finder, a first-of-its-kind performance guide on early care and education centers is a useful tool for parents seeking care for their children. Can it also be a mechanism to improve performance? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Early Education Matters” January 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:

· Melanie Bronfin, La. Policy Institute for Children

· Rep. Stephen Carter, R-Baton Rouge; Education Committee

· Stephen Waguespack, La. Assoc. of Business & Industry

· Supt. John White, La. Dept. of Education

Barry Erwin, CEO of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL) moderates the discussion.

The program includes interviews with Belinda Creel Davis, Ph.D., with the LSU Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs and co-author of the Losing Ground study of childcare issues and workforce productivity in Louisiana; Melinda George, Child Care Assistance Manager with the La. Dept. of Education; Brigitte Nieland, V.P. for Workforce and Education for the La. Assoc. of Business & Industry: and Shawanda Jefferson, a mother whose improved employment status has put her Child Care Assistance Program benefits in jeopardy.
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