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Panelist Bio

Frank L. Jobert, Jr.
Executive Director, Retired State Employees Association (RSEA)

Frank Jobert is currently the Executive Director of the Retired State Employees Association (RSEA). RSEA is an independent, membership driven organization that represents men and women and their families, who have retired or will retire from employment with the State of Louisiana. RSEA’s mission is to advance the quality of life of current and future retired state employees who have given of their talents to the State of Louisiana.

Frank retired in 2003 after more than thirty years with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections having served in a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Warden and Warden of juvenile and adult prison facilities, respectively. He is a former trustee on the Louisiana State Employees’ Retirement System (LASERS) and served in that capacity from 1994-2001. He was Chairman of the Board of LASERS in 1996 and Investment Committee Chair in 2000 and 2001.

During his career, Frank was actively involved on several Boards including the Louisiana Association of Wardens and Superintendents, the Department of Corrections Credit Union, Council of Louisiana Trustees, and LASERS. Frank is currently a trustee on the Harbor Police Retirement System Board of Directors.

Frank holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University- New Orleans and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of New Orleans (UNO). He is married to the former Deborah Ann Smith, who is a pediatric dental assistant. Frank and Debbie have two children, Ryan, a graduate in Finance and the Master of Business Administration program from the University of New Orleans; and Megan, a student at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, LA., majoring in business administration.

Current Topic

     03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?
The school shooting in Broward County Florida that took the lives of 17 people has reignited the debate over how to make our schools safe. Energized students nationwide are calling for restricted access to certain guns. Congress is considering broader background checks and age limits on gun purchases. President Donald Trump is most enthusiastic about training school staff members to carry concealed weapons.

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion? How would gun control proposals affect the 45% of Louisianans who own guns? What mental health services are available to prevent teenagers from acting out violently? What increased security measures should schools take and how much will they cost? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Making Schools Safe” airing Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB and WLAE in New Orleans. (Taping Tuesday, March 27.)

Our panelists are:
• Sheriff Jason Ard, Livingston Parish
• Betty Muller, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist
• Scott Richard, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Sen. Neil Riser, R-Columbia

The program features interviews with Bossier Parish School Superintendent Scott Smith; Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington; Director of Security for Bossier Parish Schools, Lt. Adam Johnson; and Meagan Medley, Ph.D., a nationally-certified school psychologist and assistant professor at Nicholls State University. LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and LPB news anchor, Andre’ Moreau, will moderate the discussion.

Louisiana Public Square
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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