The Inaugural 2012 Southeast Industry Liaison Group Regional Conference
June 6, 2012 - June 8, 2012
Regional Director - Southeast U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Evelyn Teague currently serves as the Regional Director - Southeast for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. Ms Teague has enforcement jurisdiction in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Ms. Teague's background includes a unique blend of legal and business expertise including contract, corporate, employment, financial, labor, litigation and real estate law. As an attorney and Certified Public Accountant (CPA), she has a wealth of practical business and operational experience and has represented the interests of diverse clients in various industries including, banking, construction, entertainment, finance, government, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, service and transportation.
Prior to joining DOL, Ms. Teague served in various legal positions including; attorney & in-house counsel, advising clients and litigating both bench and jury trials - representing plaintiffs & defendants in federal & state courts; Director, Labor and Employment; Senior Assistant City Attorney and as an Associate in a law firm. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Teague served in various accounting and auditing positions including; Accountant and Compliance Auditor in several banks; International Accountant, Senior Accountant and Internal Auditor in ‘corporate America’ and as an Auditor and Senior Accountant at a national CPA firm.
Her professional experience also includes service in the military as both an enlisted soldier and commissioned officer. Her military experience includes auditing, budgeting, finance, information management, Instructor, personnel, training and Equal Opportunity Advisor.
Ms. Teague earned both a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Juris Doctor degree. She currently holds licenses as both a Certified Public Accountant and attorney in several states.
Director of Community Relations, Multicultural Insights & Government Affairs
Lucas Boyce is the Director of Community Relations, Multicultural Insights, Cause Marketing and Government Affairs for the Orlando Magic, joining the organization in July 2008. His responsibilities include strategic business planning and directing the organization’s multicultural and community initiatives and diverse outreach. He also oversees the company’s efforts in corporate citizenship, supplier diversity and government affairs.
Prior to joining the Magic, Boyce served at the White House in the Office of Political Affairs where he monitored political activity and tracked key races across the Plains-Southwest region of the United States. Boyce also coordinated pro-active communication, public relations and education outreach across diverse communities, constituencies and issues on behalf of the President.
During his tenure at the White House, Boyce also served in the Office of Public Liaison. In this role, he directed African-American and Professional Sports Outreach in addition to event related work in the fields of healthcare and economic policy. Prior to this, Boyce worked for a public affairs firm in Alexandria, Virginia, Direct Impact, and served in the Vice President’s Political and Communications Office.
Lucas is the author of Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA, published in January 2011. Learn more by visiting http://www.lucasdanielboyce.com. He travels throughout Central Florida and across the country giving speeches designed to motivate young adults to make an impact in their generation.
Boyce received his bachelor’s degree in political science and speech communication from the University of Central Missouri. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Rollins College in Orlando Florida.
Address: 4113 Fairview Vista
Orlando FL, 32804
Assistant Secretary U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Kathleen Martinez was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 25, 2009. As head of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), Ms. Martinez advises the Secretary of Labor and works with all DOL agencies to lead a comprehensive and coordinated national policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities.
Blind since birth, Ms. Martinez comes to ODEP with a background as an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, asset building, independent living, international development, diversity and gender issues.
She was appointed Executive Director of the World Institute on Disability (WID), based in Oakland, California, in 2005. Ms. Martinez directed Proyecto Visión, WID's National Technical Assistance Center to increase employment opportunities for Latinos with disabilities in the United States, and Access to Assets, an asset-building project to help reduce poverty among people with disabilities. At WID, she also led the team that produced the acclaimed international webzine DisabilityWorld (www.disabilityworld.org) in English and Spanish.
In 2007 she was appointed a member of the board of the U.S. Institute of Peace, a Congressionally-created agency dedicated to research and projects in conflict management. In 2005 Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appointed her as one of eight public members of the newly-established State Department advisory committee on disability and foreign policy.
In 2002 she was appointed by President Bush as one of 15 members of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency advising the President and Congress on disability policy.
Debra A. Carr
Director - Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development, U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Debra A. Carr serves as the Director of the Division of Policy, Planning and Program Development (DPPPD) for the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, DC. She leads the DPPPD’s three branches: Branch of Policy Development and Procedures, Branch of Regulations Development and Evaluation, and Branch of Planning and Program Development.
Ms. Carr joined OFCCP after serving as Associate Deputy Staff Director for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) and, before that, as its General Counsel. While at USCCR, Ms. Carr wrote several vital reports with important policy ramifications including: an evaluation of the Native American healthcare system and the need to reauthorize the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act; an assessment of the effectiveness of the No Child Left Behind Act; and a review of the usefulness of Executive Order 12898 and Title VI as tools for achieving environmental justice. Ms. Carr is responsible for accomplishing several of USCCR’s most significant management and accountability initiatives, including adopting a new agency strategic plan and a strategic human capital plan aligning management of the agency’s human resources with its programmatic goals and priorities.
Before joining USCCR, Ms. Carr distinguished herself as a civil rights lawyer at the Department of Justice (DOJ) by handling some of this country’s most difficult and heinous violations of federal criminal civil rights statutes. Counted among her successes are numerous convictions for excessive use of force by individuals acting under color of law, racially motivated hate crimes, and religiously motivated acts of violence such as church bombing and arsons. Ms. Carr was also instrumental in establishing the groundwork for the DOJ Civil Rights Division’s Worker Exportation Task Force, targeting human trafficking and involuntary servitude.
Ms. Carr headed a White House office and represented the U.S. at the United Nations on issues related to racism and xenophobia. She also participated in the preparation of the government’s report to the U.N Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Thomas M. Dowd
Director - Division of Program Operations, U.S. Department of Labor - Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
Thomas (Tom) Dowd serves as Director of the Division of Program Operations at the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees the agency’s Functional Affirmative Action Program and Statistical Analysis Units as well as DPO’s three branches: Enforcement and Appeals, Field Liaison for Operations and Technical Assistance, and Quality Assurance.
Mr. Dowd has more than twenty years experience managing employment and training programs at the local, state, regional, and national levels. He joined the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) in 1994 as Division Director for Indian and Native American Employment and Training Programs. He rose through the ranks at ETA serving as Associate Regional Administrator in the Rocky Mountain Region, Regional Administrator in the Mid-Atlantic, founding Director of the Business Relations Group, Administrator for Policy and Research, and Deputy Assistant Secretary. From 2006-2007, Mr. Dowd was tapped by the Department of the Interior to help establish the newly created Bureau of Indian Education where he was responsible for managing an $800 million national Indian education system serving 48,000 students at 184 federally-funded schools in 23 states. Upon returning to ETA, Mr. Dowd played an integral role in leading the agency’s strategic implementation of research, demonstration projects, evaluations of public workforce programs, and oversight of $4.5 billion in workforce programs and activities under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Mr. Dowd graduated from Grand Canyon High School, Grand Canyon National Park, in 1973. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in 1979 and has completed several hours of graduate work at UNM.