Morgan has worked in corrections for more than 20 years. Her “official” career began as an Accountant at Dixon Correctional Institute, in Jackson, Louisiana in August of 1995. After two years as the Accountant she was promoted to the Administrative Director 2 position where she served for three years. In 2000, she accepted a job with the Division of Youth Services as an Administrative Director 3 and relocated to Baton Rouge. During her employment with Youth Services, the Office of Juvenile Justice was formed and became a separate branch of Corrections which was relocated from 504 Mayflower to the State Police Compound. During this transition she assumed the duties of the Procurement Director for the newly formed Agency.
In 2006, she was asked to once again join the Corrections family and became the Assistant Procurement Director for the Department, where she assumed the duties of the VISA Card and Fleet Programs.
At the beginning of 2009 she accepted the Administrative Program Director 4 position with Prison Enterprises. While there she was able to learn the prison industries side of Corrections. Over the next 5 years she worked with the Marketing, Purchasing and Accounting Departments to set contract prices, purchase raw materials, and review the financial statement of each plant and agriculture operation.
In 2013, she returned to Dixon Correctional to fill the vacant Assistant Warden 3 position over Administrative Operations such as Education, Reentry, Maintenance, Records, Classifications, the Business Office and Food Services.
Currently she is serving as the Assistant Warden 3 over Administrative Operations at Elyan Hunt Correctional Center, including the Budget, Business Office, Food Services, Information Technology, and Maintenance. She is grateful to have found a rewarding career with the Department of Corrections and looks forward to the challenges and opportunities that the next 10 to 15 years will bring.
She serves as the Treasurer for the Louisiana Correctional Association and the President of the EHCC Activity Committee. She has been a member of ACA and LCA since 2001. In the past she has held numerous Board positions within the Louisiana Chapter of the National Institute of Governmental Procurement organization and in 2013 was selected as the Chapter Member of the Year.
Andrea Buttross - secretary
Andrea Buttross has worked in corrections for approximately four years. She began her career as Literacy instructor at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women in 2011. After being the Literacy Instructor for one year, she was offered the Education Coordinator position, and accepted the challenge. As the Education Coordinator she managed the academic and vocational programs at the facility. It was here that she recognized her love for correctional education. After serving in this capacity for 2 years, she accepted a position at DPS&C Headquarters to serve as the State Education Coordinator. She serves as the Chief HiSET Examiner for corrections and manages contracts and contract budgets which provides teachers’ aides in the field.
Andrea received her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education, from Louisiana State University. She later received her add-on certification in Adult Education from Louisiana Tech University. In addition to serving as Secretary for the Louisiana Correctional Association, she is also a member of the Louisiana Public Community and Adult Education, the Correctional Education Association, and the Commission on Adult Basic Education.Most importantly, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband, Joe, and 2 children, Audrey and Owen.
Melissa Young - president
Ms. Young started her corrections career 23 years ago as a student intern working in the Legal Services Division of Louisiana’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections Headquarters. She transferred to Division of Probation and Parole a few short years later to work in their procurement section, but that didn’t last. It was a few months later she recognized her calling to be in the field providing public safety in the community corrections environment. She became a Probation and Parole Officer in 1993 and hasn’t looked back. She can share her history of Probation and Parole and starting out managing a caseload using pen and paper and the magnitude of changes that have occurred since then, both in how the work is done and the mission and values of the agency. She was tasked as the Director of Storm Recovery for the Division following Hurricane Katrina and coordinated the work of a team of people responsible for mass feeding for those who found shelters as their temporary homes in the months following that natural disaster. She was then instrumental in ensuring similar services when Hurricane Gustav his Louisiana a few short years later. Today she serves as a Fusion Liaison Officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigations Fusion Center in Baton Rouge and a defensive tactics instructor. Yet, none of the changes or experiences have impacted her basic drive to make a difference for the citizens of Louisiana.
Ms. Young brings lots of organization experience to her role with LCA. She has served two terms as President of the Louisiana Probation and Parole Officers Association; worked on numerous committees with the Southern States Correctional Association; supported the Correctional Peace Officers Foundation as a member; served as the historian for the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 1 in Baton Rouge; and served as Training Committee Chair and Vice-President of LCA.
Angela Whittaker has worked in corrections for more than 19 years. Her career began as a Unit Secretary for the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana. During her four years with BOP, she also served as the FMC’s Federal Women’s Program Manager, implementing the facility’s affirmative action plans. Her last role at a BOP staff member was on the facility deactivation team where she joined the Chief of Security in loading the last truck and locking the doors when the Bureau ultimately closed the facility.
Ms. Whittaker accepted a position with the United States Post Office shortly after the FMC’s deactivation, but says that it was too late for her, as “corrections” was already in her blood. During the time she worked at the Post Office, she took on a part-time position at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center assisting in the facility’s accreditation office. A natural born organizer, she enjoyed organizing the paper processes involved in accreditation and eventually accepted an offer for full time employment in the accreditation office. She later served as the facility’s Accreditation Manager for eight years before leaving her civil service career to try her hand as an entrepreneur.
The creation of My Helping Hand, LLC grew out of a passion to own her own business, a desire to help others and her ability and natural talents for organizing. As a professional organizer and virtual assistant focusing on businesses, and as a business owner herself, Ms. Whittaker gained great experiences and insight about businesses operation and the commonalities among the problems small businesses owners hired her to assist them with. Through this work, she developed a large network of professional colleagues and was able to tap into great resources that supported her continued professional growth.
She eventually gave into that feeling of “corrections in your blood,” and accepted the opportunity to return to her corrections career. She is now serving as the Executive Management Advisor to the Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Public Safety and Corrections. She is grateful that she has found a place where she can continue to learn, can use her correctional experiences to help others, and is able to implement change using her organizing skill set.
Outside of the normal work routine, serves as the Vice President for the Louisiana Correctional Association; is a Den Leader and Committee Member for a local Cub Scout Pack; and is a Eucharistic Minister and active member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church.
However, if anyone asks, she’s quick to say that the role she values most is the one of wife to her husband, Mika, and mother to her three sons, Logan, Luke and Landon. Simply put, she says, “there is no other matter in my life that is more important than them.”