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

Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission
The Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission coordinates cybersecurity effects among state governmental agencies, local governments, tribal governments, private companies, academic institutions, and other entities.

R. Kyle Ardoin, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Ardoin is the First Assistant to the Louisiana Secretary of State.

William E. Bradley III, of Choudrant, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Bradley is the Senior Vice President of Cyber Engineering and Technology Services at CenturyLink.

Major General Glenn H. Curtis, of Pineville, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Curtis is the Adjutant General for the Louisiana National Guard.  

Edward J. Flynn, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Flynn is the Vice President of Health, Safety, and Security at the Louisiana Chemical Association.

Leslie K. Guice, Ph.D., of Ruston, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Guice is the President of Louisiana Tech University.

Dickie Howze, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Howze is the Chief Administrative Officer for the Division of Administration.

Ramesh Kolluru, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Kolluru is the Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development for the University of Louisiana Lafayette.

Mark S. Northrup, of Pineville, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Northrup is the Chief Information Officer of Cleco Corporate Holdings, LLC.

Yenumula Reddy, Ph.D., of Ruston, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Reddy is a Professor of Computer Science at Grambling State University.

Col. Kevin W. Reeves, of Jonesboro, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Reeves is the Superintendent of State Police.

Col. James Waskom, of Abbeville, was appointed to the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission. Waskom is the Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

 

Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of ExaminersThe Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners is responsible for licensing, examining, and regulating the practice of rehabilitation counseling in the state.

Paul A. Fontana, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners. Fontana is an occupational therapist and the owner of the Center for Work Rehabilitation at the Fontana Center. As required by statute, he was nominated by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals – Louisiana Chapter and will serve as a public member.

 

Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel
The Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel was created to determine which risks and hazards related to medical care and surgical procedures must be disclosed by a physician or other health care provider to a patient or person authorized to consent for a patient and to establish the general form and substance of such disclosure.

Lawrence M. Simon, M.D., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel. Simon is a physician and the Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a physician member on the panel.

 

Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee
The 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.

Christopher M. Blais, M.D., of Metairie, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. Blais is a physician and Chairman of the Department of Infectious Diseases at Ochsner Medical Center. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society.

 

Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board
The Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board reviews the needs of the state and local governments to make recommendations of funding to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime.

Reggie R. Pitre, of Golden Meadow, was reappointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Pitre is the Chief of Police of the Town of Golden Meadow and will serve as a chief of police from the eastern area of the state.

 

Louisiana Military Family Assistance Board
The Louisiana Military Family Assistance Board is responsible for establishing rules for funding need-based claims submitted by families of activated military personnel and travel assistance for deployed military personnel.

Vanessa J. Melancon, of New Iberia, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Board. Melancon is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Benefits for the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a veteran of the United States Air Force.