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Panelist Bio


CPT Angela V. Huval
Louisiana National Guard Behavioral Health Officer

Captain Huval, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of professional experience, is a recognized clinician, author, consultant, professional educator and Army Veteran.

Captain Angela Huval is the first Licensed Clinical Social Worker in a Behavioral Health Officer Position to serve in the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. She is the Brigade’s expert, advisor, and “lead agent” in Behavioral Health providing individual and group crisis intervention and treatment. She is a first responder to all soldier suicides in the state and specializes in Crisis Intervention and Critical Incident Stress Management.

CPT Huval has received service awards from her deployment in Iraq with support of the Global War on Terrorism.

Due to her accomplishments in her civilian work as a social worker, she was selected as the NASW-LA Social Worker of the Year (2005), Lafayette, Louisiana City-Parish President’s Distinguished Citizen, Woman of Excellence Career Achievement, and various community service awards.

Current Topic


     08/17 - Studying TOPS

Is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break?
Louisiana’s TOPS program provides free in-state college tuition for qualifying students. Up until recently, TOPS has covered the full amount so as tuition rose, so did the award. The state’s cost of funding the program has nearly tripled over the last ten years.

Students entering their senior year of high school this fall will face new regulations. TOPS awards will no longer automatically rise as tuition increases. That means TOPS recipients and their families will pay for the difference unless the Legislature specifically votes to raise TOPS again.

A legislative task force will study how to sustain the program this fall. So, is TOPS a worthwhile incentive or a middle-class tax break? Should TOPS be based on financial need? Should GPA standards be raised for recipients? Should TOPS graduates be required to stay in the state or pay back the award? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Studying TOPS” Wednesday, August 23 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, August 22)
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