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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


     04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?
Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. A series of bills being proposed this legislative session would address what some consider an imbalance in how the state supports care for its aged population.

So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare” Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 24.)

Our panelists are
· Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
· Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
· Hugh Eley, Former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
· Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.
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