Friday, October 28, 2005

Governor Barbour Appoints Portero to Leadership Council on Aging

(Jackson, Miss.)—Governor Haley Barbour today announced the appointment of Elma Portero, of Laurel, to the Leadership Council on Aging. The council is designed to raise awareness for elderly protection by collaboration with retired law enforcement personnel and others. It also explores solutions to the problems faced by Mississippi’s elderly citizens.

“I am very proud of this appointment,” Governor Barbour said. “Elma has the knowledge and experience necessary for this council, and I know she will do an excellent job in serving the citizens of Mississippi.”

Portero is currently serving as project director for the Laurel-Jones County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Previously, she has worked for the Pine Belt Chapter of the American Red Cross and as an HIV/STD Instructor. A member of the RSVP Directors Association, Portero also serves as president of the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter board of directors. She is involved with the Hospice Advisory Council, Alive Jones County Steering Committee, Citizens Police Academy Alumni, and is a graduate of Leadership Jones County. Portero was recognized by the Laurel Leader-Call as a 2005 “UnSung Hero” of Jones County. She graduated from Jones County Junior College and received a bachelor’s degree from William Carey College.




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