My name is Kevin Shannahan. I am a Medicaid Analyst II with the Louisiana Department of Health where I have served for the past 12 years. Prior to Medicaid, I worked in the admissions office of Grambling State University for 7 years. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, I moved to Louisiana in 1994 to teach in the Red River Parish Public Schools in the Troops to Teachers Program. I am married to a retired Louisiana schoolteacher and have 2 grandchildren.
The overarching priority behind every action I will take is simple. Is this in the best interest of the soundness and integrity of the retirement system? I will resist any political intrusion into the system, for the independence of the Board and the system it governs is a sine qua non of preserving the trust of the men and women who depend upon it. I will insist on careful and prudent investment. I will never forget that the hopes and dreams of my fellow state workers and their families may very well depend on what I do. Thank you for your consideration.