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

Louisiana Lottery Corporation
The Louisiana Lottery Corporation approves the operating budget and the terms of major procurements of the corporation, serves as a board of appeal regarding retailer contracts, and adopts administrative rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act necessary for the operations of the corporation.

E. Sheridan Shamburg, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. Shamburg is a National Board Certified Teacher and Librarian with the Caddo Parish School Board and South Highlands Elementary Magnet School. She will serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District.

Whalen H. Gibbs Jr., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. Gibbs is retired and formerly served as Assistant Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. He will serve as a representative of the 3rd Congressional District.

Carmen T. Jones, of Bogalusa, was appointed to the Louisiana Lottery Corporation. Jones is a licensed real estate agent in private practice. She will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.

 

Board of Regents
The Board of Regents is responsible for planning, coordinating, and budgeting for all public higher education in the state. The Board administers the Louisiana Education Quality Support Fund and formulates a master plan for higher education, including a formula for the equitable distribution of funds. 

Randy L. Ewing, of Quitman, was appointed to the Board of Regents. Ewing is the owner of Randy Ewing, LLC. He served in the Louisiana State Senate from 1988 to 2000 and served as Senate President from 1996 to 2000. Ewing will serve as a representative of the state at-large.

 

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.

Meredith A. Warner, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Warner is an orthopedic surgeon and the owner of Warner Orthopedics and Wellness and the Healing Sole, LLC. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a physician on the board.

 

Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District
The mission of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District is to provide for the efficient administration, conservation, orderly development, and supplementation of groundwater resources in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. The board develops, promotes, and implements management strategies to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of the groundwater resources over which it has jurisdictional authority.

Dennis R. McGehee, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. McGehee is a Water Production Manager with the Baton Rouge Water Company. As required by statute, he was nominated by users in the district furnishing the water supply for municipal use.

 

Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
The mission of the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry is to protect the public by regulating the professions of dentistry and dental hygiene in Louisiana in accordance with the Dental Practice Act.

James J. “Jerry” Smith, D.D.S., of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Smith is a dentist and president of Drs. Smith and Domingue. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the 1st Dental Board District.

Russell P. Mayer, D.D.S., of Hammond, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Mayer is a dentist in private practice. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the 6th Dental Board District.

Claudia A. Cavallino, D.D.S., of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Cavallino is a dentist and the owner of New Orleans Children’s Dental Center and Bayou Children’s Dental Center. As required by statute, she was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the 5th Dental Board District.

 

Louisiana Cemetery Board
The Louisiana Cemetery Board serves to license non-exempt and exempt cemeteries; monitor and review perpetual care and merchandise trust funds through yearly reporting requirements; approve pre-development applications for cemeteries; and conduct on-site examinations (audits) of cemeteries and other entities with perpetual care and merchandise trust funds. The board also investigates consumer complaints and concerns.

F. Anton Wilbert, of Plaquemine, was reappointed to the Louisiana Cemetery Board. Wilbert is the secretary and treasurer of Wilbert Service, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Cemeteries Association, Inc., and will serve as a representative of the 3rd Public Service Commission District.

 

State Board of Architectural Examiners
The State Board of Architectural Examiners is responsible for granting licenses and regulating the practice of Architecture in the State of Louisiana.

Richard J. LeBlanc, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the State Board of Architectural Examiners. LeBlanc is a licensed architect and the president of LeBlanc & Young Architects, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Architecture District 5.

Ronald B. Blitch, of Abita Springs, was reappointed to the State Board of Architectural Examiners. LeBlanc is a licensed architect and the president of Blitch Knevel Architects, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Architecture District 2.