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

Louisiana State Arts Council

The Louisiana State Arts Council receives applications for matching federal funds available from the National Endowment for the Arts and such other funds made available to the council and make recommendations thereon. The Council reviews and approves or rejects said grant applications from other governmental units, community arts councils, and other private, nonprofit, and tax-exempt groups. Additionally, the Council advises departmental officers on the design and execution of an annual state plan consistent with the goals and policies of the department as provided by federal and state law, rules, and regulations, and submits the plan to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kyle R. Wedberg, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana State Arts Council. Wedberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). As required by statute, he was nominated by the Lieutenant Governor.

 

College and Career Readiness Commission

The College and Career Readiness Commission makes recommendations for the development of statewide policies, guiding principles, and programs that address the current and future economic needs of the state and promotes student success in high school and in life beyond secondary education.

Elizabeth F. O’Quinn, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the College and Career Readiness Commission. O’Quinn is a Talent Manager for the International Business Machines (IBM) Corporation. As required by statute, she will serve as a representative of a business, civic, labor, or community organization.

 

Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council

The Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council (LGISC) was created by the state Legislature to eliminate duplication of effort and unnecessary redundancy in data collections and systems and to provide for integration of geographically-related data bases to facilitate the policy and planning purposes of the state of Louisiana.

Collin D. Degueurce, of Thibodaux, was appointed Louisiana Geographic Information Systems Council. Degueurce is the Geographic Information Systems Manager for the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Police Jury Association of Louisiana.

 

Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board

The Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and trafficking victims to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission.

James R. Kelly, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Kelly is the Executive Director of Covenant House New Orleans. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

Homer “Ted” Cox III, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Cox is an attorney and the Judicial Administrator for the Caddo Juvenile Court. Additionally, he is a veteran of the U.S. Army. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board.

Reshonn A. Saul, of Wallace, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Saul is a Families In Need of Services Officer for the St. James Parish Government and is the President of the Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Families in Need of Services Association.

Amanda L. Calogero, of Harahan, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Calogero is an attorney and the Chief of Juvenile Prosecution for the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.

M. Amanda Brunson, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Brunson is the Executive Director of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana. As required by statute, she was nominated by Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

Alliece G. Cole, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Cole is the Director of Anti Human Trafficking Initiatives for HP Serve. As required by statute, she was nominated by the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet.

Reshelle C. Marino, Ph.D., of Metairie, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Marino is an Assistant Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, where she serves as the Interim Program Coordinator of the Graduate Counseling Program. Additionally, she is the President of the Louisiana School Counselors Association. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana School Counselors Association.

Weston G. Brown, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Brown is the Executive Director for The Hub Urban Ministries. As required by statute, he will serve as an executive director of a direct service program for victims of human trafficking.

Casey L. Morace, of Ruston, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Morace is the Outreach Training Supervisor for Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Children and Family Agencies.

Susanne B. Dietzel, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Dietzel is the Executive Director of Eden House. As required by statute, she will serve as an executive director of a residential program for victims of human trafficking.

Rafael F. de Castro, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. de Castro is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault.

Michelle N. Johnson, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Johnson is a Peer to Peer Advisor with HP Serve.

Laura Clayton Kleinpeter, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Human Trafficking Prevention Commission Advisory Board. Kleinpeter is a pediatrician with Our Lady of the Lake. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

 

Law Enforcement 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.

James E. “Spike” Harris, of Jonesboro, was appointed to the Law Enforcement Executive Management Institute. Harris is the Chief of Police for the Town of Jonesboro. Additionally, he is a veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Air Force. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, created by the legislature, provides regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons, and from unprofessional conduct by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and speech-language pathology assistants.

Annette E. Hurley, Ph.D., of Ponchatoula, was appointed to the Louisiana Boards of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Hurley is an Associate Professor at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, where she serves as the Interim Audiology Department Head and as the Audiology Program Director. As required by statute, she is a licensed dispensing audiologist.

 

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.

Kyle R. Wedberg, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Wedberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). As required by statute, he was nominated by the Lieutenant Governor.

 

Louisiana Economic Development Corporation

The board of directors is responsible for governing the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the single review board for all financial assistance loans, incentives or inducements, customized workforce training, investment programs, and any related appropriations, grants, or joint ventures administered by the Department of Economic Development, excluding those financial incentive programs administered by the state Board of Commerce and Industry or programs only authorized by the Secretary, the Governor, and/or the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

Louis S. Reine, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Economic Development Corporation. Reine is the President of the Louisiana AFL-CIO and will serve as its representative on the board.

 

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.

Carl J. Krielow, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District Board of Commissioners. Krielow is a licensed contractor and the owner of KAS Properties, LLC, KAS Construction, LLC, and Carl Krielow Farms. As required by statute, he was jointly nominated by the state legislators who represent any part of the district.

 

Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission

The Used Motor Vehicle Commission licenses and regulates Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Salespersons, Motor Vehicle Crushers, Dealers of Used Parts and Accessories, Automotive Dismantlers and Parts Recyclers, and investigates consumer and dealer complaints.

Matthew A. Pedersen, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission. Pedersen is the owner of Lake Charles Auto Auction and will serve as an at-large member on the commission.