Alliance Members & Partners – We stand ready to ensure you have safe experiences with us. Click here to view the measures being taken at our facilities.
Please Note: We have resumed PSI, PAN & Scantron third-party testing at a limited capacity. Pearson & Kryterion testing remains suspended at this time. Walk-in fingerprinting services are currently available at our Reiger location Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Alliance Members & Partners – We stand ready to ensure you have safe experiences with us. Click here to view the measures being taken at our facilities.
Please Note: We have resumed PSI, PAN & Scantron third-party testing at a limited capacity. Pearson & Kryterion testing remains suspended at this time. Walk-in fingerprinting services are currently available at our Reiger location Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Leadership

As the nation’s second largest safety council, we are a proven industry leader, providing comprehensive training programs, vast resources, skilled instruction, innovative technology and exemplary customer service. For businesses of every size and for training at every level, we are committed to strengthening your workforce.

Kathy Trahan, CAE

President and CEO

Since joining Alliance in 2004, Kathy has shifted the focus of the organization more toward its members by streamlining processes and developing products and services that empower member companies to make more effective use of their time and resources.

For more than 12 years, Kathy has been a member of digitalNOW’s Advisory Board, comprised of some of the most accomplished and respected names in association leadership. The group focuses on best and next practices in the world of association management and exposes organizations to strategic ways in which organizations can use technology solutions to assist associations on their digital transformation journey. She’s also been an active member of Louisiana State University’s Construction Industry Advisory Council (CIAC) for seven years and previously served as president. CIAC actively and passionately works to develop tomorrow’s leaders in the world of construction management by making certain the university-level coursework is in alignment with the needs of those hiring the graduates.

Prior to Alliance, Kathy was Director of the Louisiana Center for Petrochemical Training at the Baton Rouge Community College. Kathy spent 10 years working at the PPG chemical plant in Lake Charles as an operator, lab analyst, instrument specialist and active member of PPG’s emergency squad. In 2004, she was awarded the Alden Andre PTEC Service Award for her contribution to workforce development projects. In 2013, Kathy was presented the Craft Education Champion Award by the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance. Most recently, Kathy was recognized as a 2019 Influential Women in Business by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report.

Kathy holds a bachelor’s degree in electronics from McNeese State University and is a Certified Association Executive.

Sheri Bankston

VP of Operational Excellence

Sheri’s position as VP of Operational Excellence includes full responsibility for the assessment of current service offerings, as well as the development of future offerings. This includes the identification, implementation, content development, training and consulting services for these offerings, the ongoing monitoring of the execution of all courses, and the ongoing assessment of critical processes and metrics to identify opportunities for growth and improvement.

Sheri received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1993. She became a Certified Public Accountant later that year and worked in the accounting field until 2006, when she began working for Alliance.

Travis Broussard

VP of Business Development

As VP of Business Development, Travis is responsible for revenue generation, business intelligence, marketing, sales, and membership retention and acquisition. He works collaboratively with the full leadership team to create detailed plans and strategies to further grow Alliance’s business and partnership opportunities nationally and abroad.   

Prior to joining Alliance, Travis was a serial entrepreneur launching three startups, both in Louisiana as well as in Cape Town, South Africa. Most recently, he was founder and CEO of Impression Works, an innovative software as a service (SAAS) provider in the photo merchandise and job recruiting industries.

Travis brings more than two decades of high-performing sales management and marketing experience to Alliance. He holds a degree in Computer Network Engineering from Southeast College of Technology, is a Microsoft Certified Professional and is a certified expert in the leading outbound and inbound marketing automation tools.

Joelle McGehee

VP of Customer Success

Joelle’s focus is providing customized training and technology services across a variety of sectors and work environments. She will also ensure all of Alliance’s solutions are aligned, making certain that members and customers are set up for success.   

Joelle has over more than 20 years of leadership experience in the construction, petrochemical, telecommunications and retail industries for such companies as the Shaw Group, Cox Communications and Home Depot. She received a bachelor’s degree in business from Louisiana State University and gained credentials as a Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional (CWCP) from Michigan State University.

Renee Barbier

Corporate Liaison

As the Corporate Liaison for Alliance, Renee works directly with the president and CEO, keeping her in touch with ongoing projects and business development, maintaining relationships with members and partners, and representing the organization to the public. She also serves as the board liaison and interacts with all departments and personnel of the company, and manages all volunteers who assist with programs. 

Renee studied business management at Louisiana State University (LSU), is a certified child passenger safety technician, has served as president of the board of DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies) and treasurer of the Baton Rouge chapter of Executive Women International, and is an active committee member of the LSU CIAC (Construction Industry Advisory Council). 

Abre Chase

Director of Application Development

As the Director of Application Development, Abre advises Alliance’s leadership and technology teams on software development issues and works on software projects by contributing code.

Before joining Alliance, Abre worked for IBM and was a development manager and lead software architect for IBM’s Kenexa Learning Management System (LMS). Abre began working in software development in the late 90s while in graduate school at Florida State University, where he supported and contributed code to a platform that enabled distance learning courses for the School of Information Studies.

Kurt Frankhouser

Chief Technology Officer

Kurt is responsible for leading Alliance’s technology teams and developing the strategy behind the technology solutions that comprise the Alliance workforce management and development suite.

Prior to joining Alliance, he worked for companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Google and Ford Motor Co. Kurt’s skills and technology proficiencies include: Digital Business and Transformation, Agile Coaching, Agile Product Manager, Agile Product Owner and Scrum, to name a few.

Kurt received a Bachelor of Engineering Design from LSU. He has over 20 years of experience in all areas of business management, software development and product delivery.

Doug Lubey

IT Director

Doug joined Alliance over 20 years ago. As IT Director, Doug is responsible for the management, strategy and execution of IT infrastructure for the organization. He actively oversees technical projects in alignment with organizational goals, leads efforts to improve IT processes and supervises a team of programmers while working closely with management and external vendors.

He has an associate degree in computer science, a bachelor’s degree in information systems and is an active member of several technical and business user groups. He has gained Scrum, Agile and DevOps certifications.

John "JP" Rosso

Director of Business Administration & Operations

As Director of Business Administration & Operations, JP’s focus is coordinating daily operational functions, streamlining management systems, monitoring budgets, supervising managers, improving business efficiency and analyzing financial data.

His career has been spent primarily in precious metals refining and manufacturing. He has headed up business development and sales for domestic and international clients in the petroleum refining, petrochemical processing, mining, pharma manufacturing and catalyst manufacturing sectors, among others.