Vanessa Tom Named OJJ Information Technology Director
Vanessa Tom has assumed the position of Information Technology Director, Dr. Livers announced. She will oversee the IT staff and all IT functions statewide.
Vanessa brings over 18 years experience to OJJ, of these total years 10 have been with state government/higher education. Her most recent position was with the Department of Education where she served as IT Management Consultant Supervisor. She has also served as IT Director at the Baton Rouge Community College and Senior IT Auditor at Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana.
“Vanessa brings an excellent range of experience to her position at OJJ and we are fortunate to have her,” Dr. Livers said. “I have the greatest confidence that she will build on the good work done by her predecessor and will move OJJ’s information systems forward as we embrace the future of information technology.”
“The IT staff here at OJJ are commendable,” Vanessa observed. “They are well structured and organized, they are focused on the OJJ mission and they really have it together as a team. The IT staff communicates well, understands their responsibilities and is responsive to the needs of the organization. I have the opportunity to focus on IT planning going forward and initiatives for OJJ.”
A native of the Baltimore, Maryland area, Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Penn State and a Masters of Science in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from LSU.
“I never expected my two alma maters to meet on the football field,” Vanessa said. “I was surprised to see them play one another last season. Penn State won.”
Vanessa and her husband, Michael, a mathematics professor at LSU, have lived in Louisiana for almost 20 years. The couple has two sons. Cameron, 15, will be a sophomore at Catholic High this fall, while Zach, 11, is a sixth grade student at St. George Elementary School.