The association maintains a year-round office in Baton Rouge and has contacts in Washington to keep watch on developments on the national scene. Currently, the staff consists of Arlette R. Rodrigue, Executive Director; Frank Jobert, Legislative and Governmental Affairs Director and Laurie Roche’, Office Manager.
Arlette recently retired from LSU after a long and rewarding career. Prior to accepting the position of RSEA Executive Director, she was working as Assistant Executive Director supporting the Louisiana 4-H Foundation. The majority of her career was spent in the LSU College of Agriculture as Assistant Dean where she focused on fundraising, communications, college advancement, and alumni membership programs. Arlette and her husband, Ronnie, live in Plaquemine. They have a daughter, Morgan who attends LSU. Arlette attributes her interests in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector to her son, the late Josh Rodrigue, who was a patient for over 10 years at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. This is where she saw what the works of nonprofits can do through others and for others. Dr. Rodrigue believes in the idea of life-long learning and has continued her professional development and involvement with many charitable, fundraising, and civic organizations.
Frank retired from the Bridge City Correctional Center for Youth in 2003 where he served as Assistant Warden. From 2003 to 2010 he served as an active member of the RSEA Board of Directors. In addition to serving as chairman of the Conference Planning Committee and the Budget/Audit Committee, Frank also served as Second Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer for the Board. Since January 1, 2015 Frank has served as Director of Legislative and Governmental Affair. From July 2010 to December 31, 2014, Frank served as Executive Director. Originally from New Orleans, Frank and his family moved to Slidell post Hurricane Katrina. He and his wife, Debbie, have a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Megan.
Laurie retired from the Department of Education in January 2007 with thirty-two years of state service. Laurie worked in the Office of Education Finance within the Louisiana Department of Education as a Budget Administrator administering Federal Funding in the department. Laurie is available to assist all current and future members of RSEA with important issues affecting their retirement.