Speakers

Summit Programming

Route Fifty Lab

Editorial Speaker

Byron Decoteau

State Civil Service Director

State of Louisiana

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Editorial Speaker

Byron Decoteau

State Civil Service Director

State of Louisiana

Byron Decoteau Jr. currently serves as the Director of the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service.  As director, he is responsible for administering a comprehensive merit-based personnel management program that is founded upon the principles of equal pay for equal work, equal opportunity, ability based employment and promotion, and freedom from political influence.  Prior to his tenure at State Civil Service, Byron began his career in state government human resources with the Department of Public Safety and Corrections – Corrections Services.  During his ten years with Corrections, he served in various HR roles before ultimately assuming the role as HR Director.  In 2010, he joined the Department of State Civil Service as the HR Administrator over the MIS Division.  He subsequently served as the head of the Compensation Division and State Civil Service Deputy Director before his appointment in December of 2015 to Director. 

Byron holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana and a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Education from Louisiana State University. He currently maintains a Professional in Human Resources Certification from the HR Certification Institute and SHRM Certified Professional designation from the Society of Human Resources Management.  He is a member of various professional HR organizations and currently serves as the Past-President of the National Association of State Personnel Executives.    

Editorial Moderator

Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

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Editorial Moderator

Alisha Powell Gillis

Senior Editor

Route Fifty

Alisha Powell Gillis is the senior editor at Route Fifty where she is responsible for programming live and online events content, moderating panel discussions, soliciting, editing and writing analytical pieces and overseeing the annual Navigator Awards program. Before joining Route Fifty, Alisha was the director for community impact at the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) where she worked to connect urban public libraries to critical issues in state and local government and led event programming. Prior to ULC, Alisha served the nation's governors for nearly a decade at the National Governors Association where she specialized in homeland security, emergency management and cybersecurity issues. Alisha holds a master's degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Hofstra University.

Editorial Speaker

Tim Rahschulte

Executive Vice President

Professional Development Academy

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Editorial Speaker

Tim Rahschulte

Executive Vice President

Professional Development Academy

Dr. Tim Rahschulte is the EVP GovExec and Co-Founder of the Professional Development Academy. Previously he was the chief learning officer of Evanta, a Gartner Company and before that principal executive and chief learning officer for state agencies in Oregon.