City of Shreveport Workforce Development Board - LWDB 71

Pursuant to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, each State is to establish and implement a statewide system of job training and placement to facilitate the entry and productive participation of eligible youth, adults, and dislocated workers into the workforce through the provision of training, education, and job placement activities. The State of Louisiana, through its Governor, has designated the City of Shreveport Workforce Development Board 71 as the City of Shreveport Workforce Development Area. 

Local Workforce Development Board 71 (LWDB 71) represents private sector business, education, organized labor, community-based organizations, and our chief-elected officials. Membership of the Board shall be comprised of a minimum of 12 private representatives and 11 public representatives. LWDB 71 serves as a strategic convener to promote and broker relationships between employers, economic development, education, and workforce partners, all to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and supportive services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy.

Local Workforce Development Board 71 Members

The Honorable Tom ArceneauxMayorCity of ShreveportChief Elected Official
Lenard D. AdamsBureau Chief of Workforce DevelopmentCity of ShreveportLWDB 71 Director
Business Representatives
Katrina EarlyAgent/CEOState Farm InsuranceBoard Chairperson
Adam SistrunkNorthwest LA Division PresidentCadence Bank
Casey TravisHuman Resources Business PartnerOchsner LSU Health Shreveport
Keonia Thomas-WalkerHuman Resources GeneralistCalumet Shreveport Refinery
Reginald WellsOperations ManagerUnited Parcel Services
Sandy CiminoSenior Vice President/Business DevelopmentCommunity Bank of Louisiana
Workforce Representatives
Brent MorelandBusiness ManagerIBEW Local Union 194Labor
Curtis ShepardCenter DirectorShreveport Job Corps CenterServices
Julie BassVice President, Workforce DevelopmentGoodwill Industries of North LouisianaServices
Matt LaFiscaTraining DirectorShreveport Area Electrical JATCRegistered Apprenticeship
Micahel JoinerTraining CoordinatorShreveport Pipe TradesLabor
Education & Training Representatives
Dr. Lonnie McCrayInterim Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Workforce DevelopmentSouthern University Shreveport LouisianaHigher Education
Governmental and Economic Development and Community Representatives
Angie WhiteVice President, Workforce MarketingNorth Louisiana Economic PartnershipEconomic Development
Anita CraftsSTEP Coach/Workforce Development SpecialistLouisiana Dept. of Children & Family ServicesDept. of Children and Family Services
Jacques LasseigneIndustry Sector CoordinatorLouisiana Workforce CommissionWagner-Peyser
Teresa HefnerRehabilitation Regional ManagerLouisiana Rehabilitation ServicesVocational Rehabilitation

Board Meetings 


  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 11:30 AM | The Hilton Shreveport 
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023, 11:30 AM | TBD
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2023, 11:30 AM | TBD 
  • Tuesday, May 14, 2023, 11:30 AM | TBD

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