LEADERSHIP

Tommy D. Teague – CEO

Tommy Teague joined the Office of Group Benefits executive team in December 2016. Mr. Teague has extensive experience in the administration of self-funded medical plans, prescription benefit plans and coordination with federal programs.

Mr. Teague first served as chief executive officer of the Office of Group Benefits from March 2006 through April 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Teague held several other positions at OGB, including deputy director and acting executive director from 1983 – 1991.

In addition to his prior stint as Group Benefits CEO, Mr. Teague served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Louisiana Health Cooperative, group benefits supervisor and risk manager for the city/parish of Lafayette, and executive director of the Pennsylvania Employees Benefits Trust Fund.

Mr. Teague has earned the Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation, offered by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans in conjunction with the Wharton School of Business. He has also earned the Certified Government Benefits Analyst (CGBA) designation offered by the State and Local Government Benefit Association (SALGBA) in conjunction with Eastern Kentucky University.

He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.


Renita Ward Williams – COO

Renita Ward Williams joined the Office of Group Benefits (OGB) executive team in December 2018. Prior to joining OGB, Williams served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Administration (OUIA) for the Louisiana Workforce Commission. In this role, she oversaw the delivery of unemployment insurance and related services to businesses and individuals throughout the State of Louisiana, served as a national disaster unemployment assistance (DUA) subject matter expert, and managed a trust fund with assets of nearly $1 billion. Williams also served as chairperson and vice-chair of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies Interstate Benefits Committee.

Williams joined the LWC in 2007. Prior to her appointment as UI director in March 2016, she served as chief of UI Support, responsible for the drafting of unemployment insurance legislation, policy and rules and for the oversight of quality control, benefits payment control and the UI technical support units. During her tenure at the LWC, she held the positions of benefits specialist, administrative law judge, and managing administrative law judge of the Louisiana Board of Review.

Williams has extensive experience in employment law research, ethics law, and policy drafting. Her background includes work as a legal researcher for an employment law firm, an investigator for the Louisiana Ethics Board, and as executive assistant to the senior vice president of finance and administration of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.

A native of Natchitoches, LA and graduate of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a juris doctor degree from the Southern University School of Law. She has completed coursework toward a master of public administration degree. Williams has been a certified mediator since 2008, receiving certification through the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.