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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joyce M. Lakes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1942 in Alton, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Author was born in Alton, Illinois. She has worked all over the state: East St. Louis, Springfield, Alton, East Alton, Edwardsville, Galesburg, Belleville and she currently resides in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Joyce completed her Bachlor of Science from Greenville College.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joyce M. Lakes is the author of ''JUSTICE DELAYED VS JUSTICE DENIED''. Her story is about how yesterday’s tears became today’s seed for her book. This book represents the renewal of strength from a painful employment termination. Joyce was hired by the State of Illinois in 1972 as a caseaide in a mass hiring of more than 1,500 caseaides statewide. Joyce retired with a mass retirement of state employees of about 12,000 30 years later. Joyce quickly rose through the ranks, becoming the first African American female to hold the various management positions that she held from 1980 through 2002. Joyce was the first African American Casework Supervisor in Madison County Human Services from 1980 to 1983, the first African American female promoted to Local Office Administrator in Knox County Human Services from 1983 to 1990, the first African American female promoted as the Regional Manager for the Belleville Child Support Office from 1990 thru termination of her employment in 1994. Upon reinstatement in 1998, Joyce was the first African American female to become the State-Wide Manager of the Incarcerated Prison Program until her retirement in 2002. Ater her return to work from her termination, Joyce returned to school and completed her Bachlor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College and her Master’s of Science in Human Resource Management and Development from National Louis University. Even though her career with the State of Illinois ended in retirement, the risk in writing a tell-all book about what happened to her remains a risk in future job offers. She believes it is necessary to tell her story to offer support for many other African Americans who are experienceing similar treatment and need the support of her story to keep the faith and not give up. Joyce believes you must manage these issues with a positive attitude and faith in your all Mightly God.

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Titles At Your Library

Justice Delayed vs. Justice Denied: Race, Politics, and Money in State Government
ISBN: 1420860348

AuthorHouse. 2010

This book illustrates the commonly occurring racial issues that are happening to African Americans in work places all across America. This is my personal story of an employment termination from state government, and survial by fighting the system all the way from the hearing to Appellate Court. This book was written to give readers a better understanding of what happens to African Americans when unprofessional, negative business ethics are allowed to be practice in the work place and as a result race problems develop. This book further explains how business ethics, unethical behaviors, and personel agendas as they relate to race are deciding factors in discipline of Africian Americans in work places all across America. This book was written to give human resource personnel, supervisors, managers, business leaders, lawyers, law students, court systems a better understanding of the emotional pain that employees experience when they are involved in a employment situation that will end in the termination of their employment because of racial issues and questionable ethics. This book is about having an attorney (law firm) with the right ethics to represent you through out the process to ensure your rights are protected and not sold out to the opposing party. The writing of this book is the healing process in order to move to the next level of ones life. God gave me the insight, faith, guidance, direction to write my story to help other African Americans.

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Contact author at or 618-288-0017.