New Assistant Secretary and Undersecretary Named
Deputy Secretary Mary L. Livers has named two new members to the OJJ Leadership Team. Girard J. Melancon will serve as Assistant Secretary, and Alan M. Boxberger serves as Undersecretary.
Mr. Melancon comes to OJJ from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, where he served as Director for the Community Development Block Grant/ Recovery Workforce Training Program (CDBG/RWTP). He will begin his duties with OJJ Monday, September 14. A native of Kankakee, Ill., his background is rooted in community and neighborhood building. He joined the Louisiana Workforce Commission after working as community organizer for the PICO National Network, an ecumenical advocacy organization. Mr. Melancon has seven years’ experience as a Community Transitional Specialist for La Plata County Youth Services in Durango, Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and human services from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and a Master of Science in Public Administration, with a concentration in finance, from Southern University's Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy and Urban Development. He is currently a doctoral candidate in higher education administration at the University of New Orleans. “I look forward to working with OJJ’s internal and external stakeholders to create and implement an effective juvenile justice framework,” Mr. Melancon said.
Mr. Boxberger assumed his new position this week. He was a Budget Analyst for the Louisiana House of Representatives Fiscal Division, where he handled capital outlay for DOTD and DNR. He holds a Master of Public Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Psychology and in Sociology, all from LSU. A native of Leesville, Mr. Boxberger is a graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts on the campus of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches. “I look forward to the challenges of the position, and to making sure that the children served by the Office of Juvenile Justice receive the services they need in order to go back to their communities and become productive citizens,” Mr. Boxberger said.
“I look forward to working with both Mr. Melancon and Mr. Boxberger, and I am certain they will bring needed expertise in working with the Legislature and with key constituent groups their new positions,” said Dr. Livers. “Both will soon travel to the Regional Offices and facilities, and will meet with central office staff, to learn about agency functions and operations, and they will both hit the ground running. I ask you all to give our new staff members a warm OJJ welcome.”
Assistant Secretary Girard J. Melancon Undersecretary Alan M. Boxberger