Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson Executive Director of the Shreveport YWCA
Roxann Pedesclaux Johnson is currently the chief executive officer of the YWCA of N. W. Louisiana; a not-for-profit United Way agency which includes 2 locations, 11 programs, and 200 plus staff and volunteers. She is also the owner/president of RPJ Diversity Consultants, which offers customized trainings, in conflict resolution/anger management, leadership, customer service, and cultural sensitivity.
A native of Louisiana, Shreveport has been her home for close to 10 years. She has also lived in Spain; England; and Germany. She very recently returning from Paris, France where she was able to introduce her youngest son to his first trip abroad.
Here in Shreveport she is executive board member of the N. W. Louisiana Women's Political Caucus, Christus Schumper Hospital board, executive member of the Southern University Shreveport Foundation, chair-links/services to youth, monthly columnist for City Lights, chair of the Louisiana's Women Leaders Conference, weekly television panelist for Citywide-Dateline.
She is a 2004 Shreveport Athena award nominee, 2005 Harry Blake-distinguished award winner, 2005 Women of the Year presented by the Zontas, 2006 Citizen of the Year presented by the Men's Omega Fraternity of Shreveport. Here in 2007 she has been named as one of Bossier's distinguished Athena award nominees. She is most proud to have a scholarship named after her; the "Roxann Johnson Scholarship."
Roxann is a widow; she has three children: a Byrd High School graduate son who is now a marine biology graduate from Tampa Florida university, a daughter who is a regional trainer, and another proud son in the U.S. Air Force currently serving in Iraq.
What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.
Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)
Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.