Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
Volunteer Louisiana Commission
The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is charged with encouraging community service as a means of community and state problem-solving, promoting and supporting citizen involvement in government and private programs, developing a long-term comprehensive vision and plan for action for community service initiatives in Louisiana, acting as the state's policy-making body for the Corporation on National and Community Service, and serving as the state's liaison to national and state organizations that support its mission. Appointments to the commission are made by the Governor in collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor.
Sandra S. Cavalier, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Cavalier is the Foster Grandparent Program Director for the Quad Area Community Action Agency, Inc. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Lieutenant Governor.
Mark R. Vilar, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Vilar is the Assistant City Attorney for Pineville and a Managing Partner at Vilar and Green, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Lieutenant Governor.
Greta W. Jones, of Monroe, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Jones is retired and formerly served as a member of the Committee on Parole. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Lieutenant Governor.
Louisiana Finfish Task Force
The 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.
Stuart F. Billeaud, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Billeaud is a licensed contractor and a Managing Partner of J.B. Mouton, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and will serve as an alternate member.
State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers
The 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.
Marion M. Johnston, of Natchitoches, was reappointed to the State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers. Johnston is a registered interior designer in private practice. As required by statute, she was nominated by the American Society of Interior Designers.
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.
Donald G. Briggs, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Oilfield Site Restoration Commission. Briggs is the President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA). As required by statute, he was nominated by LOGA.
Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board
The Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board serves to defend the public health, safety and welfare by protecting the people of the State of Louisiana against unnecessary deaths and morbidity due to trauma and time-sensitive illness.
Jimmy Guidry, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Guidry is a physician and the Louisiana State Health Officer. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Department of Health.
Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners licenses private investigators and businesses in the state of Louisiana in order to contribute to the safety, health, and welfare of the people of Louisiana.
Jonathan E. Mitchell, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners. Mitchell is an attorney with deGravelles & Palmintier. He will serve as the attorney member on the board.
Pontchartrain Levee District
The Pontchartrain Levee District operates, maintains, and protects the federal levee systems. The District is commissioned with providing flood protection on the East Bank of the Mississippi River for a six Parish area including East Baton Rouge, Iberville, Ascension, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and St. Charles.
Claude A. “Trey” Granier III, of Destrehan, was appointed to the Pontchartrain Levee District. Granier is a project manager with Apache Industrial Services. As required by statute, he was nominated by a legislator representing a parish within the district and will serve as an at-large member.
Washington Parish Reservoir District
The Washington Parish Reservoir District was formed to study the feasibility of developing a reservoir in Washington Parish and to search for a potential site.
Ben W. Nevers, of Bogalusa, was appointed to the Washington Parish Reservoir District. Nevers is the former Chief of Staff to Governor John Bel Edwards and a former State Senator and Representative. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Washington Parish President.
George Brent Nobles, of Bogalusa, was appointed to the Washington Parish Reservoir District. Nobles is a licensed engineer and professional land surveyor and the owner of Nobles and Associates, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by a member of the Washington Parish Council.
Louisiana Folklife Commission
The Louisiana Folklife Commission advises the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development on policy, objectives, and budgeting needs in the identification, preservation, and presentation of Louisiana folk cultural resources.
Steven R. Fullen, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Fullen is the Executive Director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and will serve as a representative of the Office of Tourism.
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.
Lloyd J. Boudloche, Ed.D., of West Monroe, was appointed to the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board. Boudloche is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed behavior analyst and the owner of Behavioral Development Services, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association.
Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors
The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors regulates embalmer/funeral directors, funeral directors, funeral establishments, crematories, and retort operators. It also handles consumer complaints. In addition, the board prescribes requirements for funeral homes and crematories engaged in the care and disposition of dead human remains.
Willie P. Davis Jr., of Harvey, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. Davis is a licensed funeral director and embalmer and the co-owner of Davis Mortuary Service, Inc. He will serve as a representative of District A on the board.
Louisiana Sheriff's Executive Management Institute
The Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute promotes public peace by establishing training programs for Sheriffs and providing management courses and skills to enhance the safety of the citizens of Louisiana and the enforcement of state laws.
Victor E. Jones Jr., of Natchez, was appointed to the Louisiana Sheriff’s Executive Management Institute. Jones is the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.
Louisiana Physical Therapy Board
The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board licenses and regulates physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who wish to work in Louisiana. The Board is mandated to interpret the scope of practice for physical therapy, write regulations, and discipline licensees who have violated the law.
Karl L. Kleinpeter, DPT, of Jackson, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Kleinpeter is a physical therapist and the owner of Kleinpeter Physical Therapy.