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06/16/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 13:35

Gov. Edwards Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.

Louisiana Military Advisory CouncilThe Louisiana Military Advisory Council serves to provide a forum for issues concerning the installations and units of the armed forces located in Louisiana and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana.

Murray W. Viser, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Viser is the President of Barksdale Forward, Inc., and will serve as such on the council.

John F. Pugh Jr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Pugh is a retired Colonel with the United States Army and the Chair of the Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

Michael D. Reese, of Leesville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Reese is the owner of American Moving and Storage and the chairman of Fort Polk Progress.

Robert J. 'Bob' Elder, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Elder is a research professor at George Mason University and a veteran of the United States Army.

State Board of Examiners of Interior DesignersThe State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers is charged with protecting the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of the state by prohibiting the practice of 'interior design' by nonlicensed persons, establishing rules and criteria for licensing, and prescribing penalties for violations.

Andrea M. 'Dru' Lamb, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers. Lamb is a registered interior designed with Herman Miller, Inc. As required by statute, she was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the International Interior Design Association.

New Orleans Center for Creative ArtsThe New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Board of Directors oversees the management of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). Oversight includes the hiring of the President/CEO, oversight of the fiscal operations of the facility, and development of policies necessary to operate the center. NOCCA is a state agency whose mission is to provide arts training for high school age students who aspire to be professional artists.

Gary N. Solomon Jr., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Solomon is the President of the Solomon Group. As required by statute, he was nominated by the NOCCA Institute.

Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight BoardThe purpose of the Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board is to guarantee that affordable medical malpractice coverage is available to all Louisiana private healthcare providers and to provide a certain, stable source of compensation for legitimate injured parties of medical malpractice.

Kent C. Guidry, of Youngsville, was reappointed to the Patient's Compensation Oversight Board. Guidry is the Director of Risk Management for Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. He will serve as a representative of other classes of health care providers enrolled with the fund, which includes Ambulance Providers.

Clinical Laboratory Personnel CommitteeThe Clinical Laboratory Personnel Committee serves to make recommendations to the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners regarding rules and regulations for the appropriate training and competency of clinical laboratory personnel who are engaged in the practice of clinical laboratory science in a clinical laboratory operated by a physician licensed by the board exclusively in connection with the diagnosis and treatment of his own patients.

Yolanda Y. Bennett, of Ball, was appointed to the Clinical Laboratory Personnel Committee. Bennett is a clinical laboratory scientist-generalist with Rapides Regional Medical Center. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Clinical Laboratory Personnel Association and will serve as a representative of the 5Congressional District.

Louisiana Finfish Task ForceThe Louisiana Finfish Task Force was established to study and monitor the finfish industry and to make recommendations to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other state agencies for the maximization of benefit from the finfish industry for the state of Louisiana and its citizens.

Douglas A. Olander, of Franklin, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Olander is a commercial fisherman and co-owner of Olander Fishing, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Shrimp Association to serve as a member possessing a commercial fisherman's license with a 'certified' endorsement.

Ronald J. Pierce, of Venice, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Pierce is a commercial fisherman and captain with Deep South Marine. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Delta Commercial Fisheries Association and will serve as an alternate member possessing a commercial fisherman's license with a 'certified' endorsement.

Louisiana Rehabilitation CouncilThe Louisiana Rehabilitation Council's duties include reviewing, analyzing, and advising the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services within the Louisiana Workforce Commission regarding the performance of its responsibilities relating to eligibility, extent, scope, and effectiveness of services provided. The Council also reviews functions performed by state agencies that affect or that potentially affect the ability of individuals with disabilities in achieving employment.

Dina G. Perkins, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. Perkins is a Strategic Consultant for Humana and will serve as a representative of business and industry on the council.

Lanor E. Curole, of Raceland, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. Curole is the Administrator and Director of the United Houma Nation, Inc. She will serve as a Director of a Federal Section 121 Project, as required by statute.

Louisiana State Child Death Review PanelThe Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel is charged with establishing and maintaining a process to review all unexpected deaths in children less than fifteen years of age; developing a standardized child death investigation protocol; establishing criteria for information that must be included in death investigation reports; describing unexpected child deaths; and disseminating its findings to agencies and groups that can use this information to prevent future deaths.

L. Clayton Kleinpeter, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel. Kleinpeter is a pediatrician with Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group. As required by statute, she was nominated by the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and will serve as a pediatrician with expertise in diagnosing and treating child abuse and neglect.

Dawn R. Vick, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Child Death Review Panel. Vick is a pediatrician with the Baton Rouge Clinic and will serve as an at-large member on the panel.

Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid DealersThe Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers is responsible for protecting the public welfare by overseeing those persons rendering or offering to render services for the sale, maintenance, and repair of any type of hearing aid device and for examining and licensing hearing aid dealers in the state.

Jeremy W. Stroud, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers. Stroud is a licensed hearing aid dealer and the President of Audibel Hearing Healthcare. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Society of Hearing Aid Specialists and will serve as a representative of Hearing Aid Dealer District V.

Emily W. Goerges, of Abita Springs, was appointed to the Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers. Goerges is a licensed hearing instrument specialist with HLT- Sam's Hearing Aid Center. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Society of Hearing Aid Specialists and will serve as a representative of Hearing Aid Dealer District I.

Kirt D. Loupe, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers. Loupe is a licensed hearing aid dealer and owner of Kirt Loupe's HEAR4U, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Society of Hearing Aid Specialists and will serve as a representative of Hearing Aid Dealer District IV.

Mary K. 'Katie' Christy, of Bossier City, was reappointed to the Louisiana Board for Hearing Aid Dealers. Christy is licensed hearing aid dealer with Dr. G. Keith Christy. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Society of Hearing Aid Specialists and will serve as a representative of Hearing Aid Dealer District VI.

Parish Boards of Election SupervisorsThe purpose of the board in each parish is to oversee and supervise all elections within the parish to ensure the safety and accuracy of the democratic process. The Board of Election Supervisors oversees the preparation and conducting of each election in the parish. Each parish's board is composed of the parish's registrar of voters, the parish's clerk of court, the chairman of the parish executive committee of each recognized political party, and one member appointed by the governor.

David H. Norris, of Lake Providence, was appointed to the East Carroll Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Norris is a Deputy Registrar for the State of Louisiana.

Central Louisiana Human Services DistrictThe Central Louisiana Human Services District is a local governmental entity created with local accountability and management of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services as well as any public health or other services contracted to the district by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Charles C. Ugokwe, M.D., of Alexandria, was reappointed to the Central Louisiana Human Services District. Ugokwe is a physician with Cenla Neurology, LLC.

Louisiana Endowment for the HumanitiesThe Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities' mission is to provide all Louisianans with access to and an appreciation of their own rich, shared and diverse historical, literary and cultural heritage through grant-supported outreach programs, family literacy and adult reading initiatives, teacher professional development institutes, publications, film and radio documentaries, museum exhibitions, cultural tourism, public lectures, library projects, and other public humanities programming.

Roderick P. Olson, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Olson is the co-founder of Hola Nola Foods, Inc.

Road Home Corporation d/b/a the Louisiana Land TrustThe Louisiana Land Trust is a non-profit organization formed to manage the properties that have been purchased by the State of Louisiana under the current Road Home Program as part of the ongoing recovery effort from the damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.

Rebecca V. Shirley, of Abbeville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Land Trust. Shirley is the Director of Business Development at One Acadiana. As required by statute, she was nominated by the President of the Louisiana State Senate.

Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics CommitteeThe Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining a preferred drug list (PDL) in conjunction with a prior approval process relating to the Medicaid drug program.

Edward C. Mader Jr., M.D., of Metairie, was reappointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. Mader is a Neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). As required by statute, he was nominated by LSUHSC and will serve as a physician representing the Department of Neurology at LSUHSC.

Brian C. Boulmay, M.D., of Metairie, was reappointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. Boulmay is an Oncologist and Associate Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). As required by statute, he was nominated by LSUHSC and will serve as a pediatric oncologist representing LSUHSC.

Jill M. Comeau, Pharm.D., of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. Comeau is a Pharmacist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Louisiana at Monroe School of Pharmacy. As required by statute, she was nominated by ULM School of Pharmacy and will serve as its representative on the committee.

Radiologic Technology Board of ExaminersThe Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners is responsible for examining, licensing, and regulating qualified applicants as radiologic technologists and for protecting the public from the misuse of ionizing radiation.

Robert Reese Newsome, M.D., of LaPlace, was reappointed to the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Newsome is a Radiologist with the Baton Rouge Radiology Group. As required by statute, he was nominated by Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a radiologist on the board.

Abbie C. Kemper-Martin, M.D., Shreveport, was reappointed to the Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners. Kemper-Martin is a Radiologist and Professor of Clinical Radiology at LSU Health. As required by statute, she was nominated by Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a radiologist on the board.

South Tangipahoa Parish Port CommissionThe South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission operates Port Manchac in Tangipahoa Parish. The Commission's operations include transportation, storage, shipping of products, and leasing of warehouses and docks.

James 'Wesley' Daniels II, of Ponchatoula, was reappointed to the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission. Daniels is a real estate agent and managing partner of Branch Real Estate, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the District 73 member of the House of Representatives.

Louisiana Public Defender BoardThe Louisiana Public Defender Board serves to ensure that adequate public funding of the right to counsel is provided and managed in a cost-effective and fiscally responsible manner. The Board provides for the supervision, administration and delivery of a uniform system for securing and compensating qualified counsel for indigents in all courts in this state.

Ami E. Stearns, Ph.D., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Stearns is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She serves as Graduate Coordinator for the Graduate Program in Criminal Justice. As required by statute, Stearns was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 3Appellate Court District.

Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant MortalityThe Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality is responsible for researching and reviewing all state laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and, where appropriate, making recommendations to the legislature and secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. In addition, the commission is responsible for providing a plan that the state can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants, and infant mortalities.

Perry Scott Barrilleaux, M.D., of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Barrilleaux is a Perinatologist and partner with Acadiana Maternal-Fetal Medicine, APMC.

Robert P. Blereau, M.D., of Morgan City, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Blereau is a Family Practitioner and the owner of Robert P. Blereau, M.D.

Gaye E. Dean, N.P., of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Dean is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Chief Nursing Officer of Willis-Knighton Health System.

Debra L. Hollingsworth, Ph.D., of Lake Charles, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Hollingsworth is a licensed Nutritionist and Professor at McNeese State University.

Juliette C. 'Tina' Stefanski, M.D., of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Stefanski is a Physician and the Regional Administrator/Medical Director for the Office of Public Health within the Louisiana Department of Health.

Rodney B. Wise, M.D., of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Wise is a Physician and Chief Medical Officer for AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana.

Amy L. Zapata, of Mandeville, was reappointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Zapata is the Director of the Bureau of Family Health within the Louisiana Department of Health's Office of Public Health.

Marshall S. St.Amant, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. St.Amant is an Obstetrician and Medical Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Woman's Hospital.

Louisiana Public Facilities AuthorityThe primary mission of the LPFA is to further education, healthcare, economic development, and job creation in Louisiana in order to make Louisiana a better place to work, live, and raise our families. We fulfill this mission by serving as a conduit issuer of tax-exempt and taxable bonds for Louisiana and its citizens. As a conduit issuer of bonds, the LPFA provides the means for qualifying projects and entities to receive tax-exempt financing and therefore achieve substantial interest cost savings. We also fulfill our mission by offering free college planning resources to students and parents through Lela, the LPFA's education division.

David W. Groner, of New Iberia, was appointed to the Health Education Authority of Louisiana. Mr. Groner is an attorney and the president of David Groner, PLC.