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

State Police Commission
The State Police Commission was created by constitutional amendment to provide an independent civil service system for all regularly commissioned full-time law enforcement officers employed by the Office of State Police, who are graduates of the State Police training academy of instruction and are vested with full state police powers and persons to become such officers. The mission of the Administration program is to provide a separate merit system for the commissioned officers of Louisiana State Police. In accomplishing this mission, the program administers entry-level cadet examinations and promotional examinations, processes personnel actions, issues certificates of eligibility, and schedules appeal and pay hearings.

Brian A. Crawford, of Shreveport, was appointed to the State Police Commission. Crawford is the Chief Administrative Office of the City of Shreveport. Crawford has worked for the City of Shreveport for over 30 years in a variety of roles ranging from Firefighter to Fire Chief and Assistant Chief Administrative Officer. As required by the Louisiana State Constitution, Crawford was nominated by the President of Centenary College of Louisiana and will serve as the representative of the 4th Congressional District.

 

Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners is responsible for licensing and regulating optometrists in the state.

Jeffrey M. Anastasio, O.D., of Folsom, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners. Anastasio is an optometrist and the owner of Louisiana Family Eyecare. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners.

 

Oilfield Site Restoration Commission
The Oilfield Site Restoration Commission serves to: (1) approve and evaluate a priority list for site restoration annually; (2) approve lists of Contractors acceptable to conduct site assessment and site restoration; (3) review administration of site restoration activities and review the adequacy of site restoration assessments and reopen the funding needs and arrangements for site-specific trust accounts every four years; and (4) provide general administration and management of the Oilfield Site Restoration Fund and all site-specific trust accounts.

John T. Connolly, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Oilfield Site Restoration Commission. Connolly is a certified environmental assessor and the President of Energy Resource Development, Inc. He will serve as an at-large member on the commission.

 

Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board
TheLouisiana Behavior Analyst Board serves to license and regulate Louisiana Behavior Analysts, to certify and regulate State Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, and to register Louisiana line technicians.

Renee G. Cole, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board. Cole is a licensed behavior analyst and the Director and owner of Behavioral Intervention Group. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association.

 

Louisiana Workforce Investment Council
The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to assure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce as well as being responsible for occupational forecasting, which is used for driving programs and funding for job training.

Joseph M. Ardoin, of Weyanoke, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Ardoin is the Business Manager of B.R. Building and Construction Trades Council. He will serve as a representative of organized labor on the council.

Larry Berger, of Metairie, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Berger is the owner of Larry Berger Diamonds. He is a veteran of the United States Army. Berger will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community.

Bruce A. Busada, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Busada is the President of Diesel Driving Academy and will serve as the representative of Louisiana’s logistics and transportation sector on the council.

Conrad C. Carriere Sr., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Carriere is a general contractor and the owner of DC Carriere Properties LLC. He will serve as a representative of a minority owned business on the council.

Stephen P. David Jr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. David is the Senior Vice President and Regional Retail Manager of Whitney Bank and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana’s financial and insurance sector on the council.

Thelma H. French, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. French is the President and Chief Executive Office of Total Community Action, Inc., and will continue to serve as a CEO of a community based organization on the council.

Richard Q. Flick, of Covington, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Flick is the owner of Banner Ford and will serve as the representative of Louisiana’s retail and wholesale sector on the council.

Lawrence C. “Larry” Gibbs, of River Ridge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Gibbs is a licensed professional engineer and the CEO and owner of Gibbs Construction. He will serve as the representative of Louisiana’s construction sector on the council.

Edward R. Jones, of Grambling, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Jones is the Mayor of the City of Grambling and will serve as a representative of parish and city government on the council.

Norisha R. Kirts, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Kirts is a licensed contractor and the President and owner of NRK Construction. She will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community.

Todd O. McDonald, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. McDonald is the Vice President of Strategy at Liberty Bank and Trust Company. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community and as chair of the council.

Robert L. Miller, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Miller is the CEO of Reliant Transportation and will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community.

Gerry W. Mims, of East Hodge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Mims is a retired general mechanic and will serve as a representative of organized labor on the council.

J. Brent Moreland, of Elm Grove, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Moreland is a Training Director at Shreveport JATC and will serve as a representative of organized labor on the council.

Susan E. Nelson, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Nelson is an attorney and the owner of PFD Consulting. She is also an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. She will serve as a representative of labor on the council.

David B. St.Etienne, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. St.Etienne is the President of Ultimate Technical Solutions, Inc. and will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community on the council.

C.A. “Buck” Vandersteen, of Alexandria, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Vandersteen is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Forestry Association and will serve as the representative of Louisiana’s agricultural and forestry sector on the council.

 

Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners
The Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners serves to regulate the commerce and traffic of the harbor and terminal district. 

Michael G. Eason, of Lake Charles, was reappointed to the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal Board of Commissioners. Eason is a Senior Vice President and Senior Resident Director with Merrill Lynch. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Lake Charles City Council and will serve as a representative of the City of Lake Charles.

Thomas L. Lorenzi, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners. Lorenzi is an attorney and owner of Lorenzi & Barnatt LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury and will serve as a representative of Calcasieu Parish.