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Panelist Bio

Carmen Weisner, MSW, LCSW, ACSW
National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter

Carmen Weisner graduated from the LSU School of Social Work in 1974. She retired from public service in the fall of 2004. Prior to her retirement from public service she was appointed by Governor Mike Foster to be the Assistant Secretary for the Louisiana Department of Social Service, Office of Community Services (the state’s public child welfare system). Through her leadership, she guided her agency toward COA Accreditation. The agency was the third public statewide system to achieve such recognition. Upon retirement she was hired by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers as its Executive Director. In this position, she gets to use many of the social work principals that she learned while a student at LSU’s School of Social work in 1972. Throughout her 34 years of public service career, she epitomized the role of a social worker. Social workers are people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering, and who want their work to make a difference. Social work is a profession devoted to helping people function the best they can in their environment.

As Executive Director, Carmen has assumed a key leadership role for the state’s7,000 plus licensed social workers. In her role as Executive Director, she has the opportunity to serve on numerous advisory boards, task forces, and commissions. She is former Chair of the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board, Past Chair of the Legislative Committee for this Advisory Committee, Subcommittee on Center for Excellence on Youth and Policy Research, Youth Aging Out of Foster Care Task Force, Louisiana Poverty Council, Louisiana Children’s Code Committee, Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board, Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families Board chair, and Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Action Network. In 2010, she was named as the NASW Executive Director of the Year. In 2012, she was presented with the NASWLA President’s Award for her contributions to the profession. In 2013, at the 2013 Celebration of the 75th year of its existence, LSU School of Social Work recognized her as one of the top 75 graduates of that program.

Current Topic

     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

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.

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Special Presentation

     05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges do our returning veterans face?

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