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

Drug Policy Board
The Drug Policy Board is responsible for identifying, examining, selecting, or developing, and recommending or implementing drug control policies to more effectively combat illegal drug and alcohol abuse. The board evaluates how anti-drug monies are used in implementing related programs. It also identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of public awareness and drug prevention programs.
 
Jules D. Edwards III, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Drug Policy Board. Edwards is an attorney and judge with the 15th Judicial District Court. He is also a veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard and the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He will serve as a district judge on the board.
 
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
The Board of Directors for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts oversees the management of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). The Board oversees the hiring of the President/CEO, the fiscal operations of the facility, and the development of policies necessary to operate the center. NOCCA is a state agency whose mission is to provide arts training for high school age students who aspire to be professional artists.
 
Christian J. Rhodes, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the board of directors for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Mr. Rhodes is an attorney and shareholder with Roedel Parsons Koch Blache Balhoff and McCollister.
 
Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Advisory Council
The Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Advisory Council was created to address racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes and incorporate a community-engaged, equity-focused lens into current programs and campaigns which seek to prevent maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity. The council shall promote safe and equitable care for every mother and every birth in this state.
 
Nicole M. Deggins, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Advisory Council. Deggins is a registered nurse and midwife and the founder of Sista Midwife Productions, an organization working to eliminate perinatal disparities and bring transparency to prenatal education and the medical obstetrical system. She will serve as a representative of a community-based organization that works to prevent maternal mortality
 
Ellen Palmintier, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Advisory Council. Palmintier is an attorney and the Director of Boards and Commissions for the Office of the Governor. She is a former registered nurse with experience in all aspects of obstetrical nursing, including high risk prenatal care, labor and delivery, transition nursery, and postpartum care. She will serve as an at-large member on the council.
 
Audrey Stewart, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies Advisory Council. Stewart is a member and owner of the Birthmark Doula Collective, a birth justice organization dedicated to supporting, informing, and advocating for pregnant and parenting people and their families in New Orleans. She will serve as a representative of an organization providing doula services or community-based support services for women giving birth in Louisiana.
 
Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council
The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) was established to support the efforts of our citizens with disabilities to live independently in the community of their choice. Some of the specific duties of the Statewide Independent Living Council are: (1) jointly develop a State Plan for Independent Living; (2) monitor, review, and evaluate implementation of the state plan; and (3) develop strong positive partnerships with the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council and other members of the disability community.
 
Jamie B. Ainsworth, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Ainsworth is the Assistant Director of Public Transit for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. She will serve as a representative of state agencies providing services for individuals with disabilities.
 
Daryn N. Broussard, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Broussard is a licensed professional counselor and advocate at the Advocacy Center. He will serve as a representative of a private business and an organization that provides services for individuals with disabilities.
 
Danny K. Cottonham, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Cottonham is retired. He previously served as the Director of the Student Athlete Academic Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He will serve as an individual with disabilities on the council.
 
Michelle T. Guillory, of Port Allen, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Guillory is the Compliance and Planning Manager for the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs. She will serve as a representative of state agencies providing services for individuals with disabilities.
 
Kristopher R. Hebert, of Broussard, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Hebert is an advocate for individuals with disabilities and will serve as an individual with disabilities on the council.
 
Sharon L. Hennessey, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Hennessey is the Director of The Arc of Louisiana and People First of Louisiana. She will serve as a representative of a private business and an organization that provides services for individuals with disabilities.
 
Louisiana 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.
 
Leonard K. “Lenn” Knapp Jr., of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana State Police Commission. Knapp is an attorney in private practice and the former Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity: Calcasieu Area, Inc. He served as the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney from 1979-1984 and is a veteran of the United States Army National Guard. As required by the Louisiana Constitution, Knapp was nominated by Tulane University and will serve as the representative of the 3rd Congressional District on the commission.
 
Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition
The Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition serves to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public by providing for the licensure and regulation of persons practicing the profession of dietetics and nutrition.
 
Monica N. Pierson-McDaniels, of Zachary, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition. Pierson-McDaniels is a registered dietitian and Nutrition Services Director for the Louisiana Department of Health’s Villa Feliciana Medical Complex. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Dietetics Association.
 
Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board
The purpose of the Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board is to guarantee that affordable medical malpractice coverage is available to all Louisiana private healthcare providers and to provide a certain, stable source of compensation for legitimate injured parties of medical malpractice.
 
Jennifer F. DeCuir, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board. DeCuir is an attorney and Regional General Counsel for  the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.
 
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.
 
Valerie L. Aymond, of Woodworth, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Aymond is the Chief Resource Officer and Heavy Highway Contractor of Gilchrist Construction Company. She will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community on the council.
 
Larry Berger, of Metairie, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Berger is the owner of Larry Berger Diamonds and a veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community.
 
Jason M. Dedon, of St. Amant, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Dedon is the Business Manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 995 and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He will serve as a representative of labor on the council.
 
Jason B. Engels, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Engels is the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Central South Carpenters Regional Council. He will serve as a representative of labor on the council.
 
Lawrence C. “Larry” Gibbs, of River Ridge, was reappointed 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.
 
Randy Hayden, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Hayden is the Executive Director of the Louisiana Propane Gas Association and the President of Creative Communications. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s energy sector on the council.
 
Bob Lobos, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Lobos is the President and owner of Wolf Creek Business Growth Institute and a veteran of the United States Air Force. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community on the council.
 
Joshua S. Sonnier, of Fordoche, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Sonnier is an organizer and Apprentice Instructor for the Ironworkers Local #623. He will serve as a representative of labor on the council.