FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2006
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS LACOSTE TO STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL
(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointment of Amanda Lacoste, of Madison, to the Statewide Independent Living Council, which works to include individuals with disabilities in the mainstream of American society.
“Amanda will serve successfully in this role,” Governor Barbour said. “She knows the importance of making independent living available to all citizens, regardless of their disability, and has a true passion for promoting disability awareness.”
Lacoste volunteers her time with the Junior League of Jackson, Madison Junior Auxiliary, Mississippi Children’s Home Services auxiliary board, and the Mississippi Division of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Prior to being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001, LaCoste was employed by Schering Plough Pharmaceuticals and Automatic Data Processing. She also served as vice president of Trustmark National Bank for 11 years. Her former affiliations include serving as president of Financial Women International, ambassador for the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Trustmark campaign chair for United Way, and committee member of the American Cancer Society. Additionally, Lacoste worked as a team coordinator for the March of Dimes and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity.
A 1988 graduate of Mississippi State University, LaCoste holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She and her husband Lash have one child, Jace.