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

Gov. Edwards announced appointments to the following boards and commissions:

Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board
The Children’s Cabinet serves as the governing body responsible for coordinating funding and programmatic services at the state and local level related to children and their families. It consists of a cabinet secretary from each state agency and is chaired by the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet, who is appointed by the governor. The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board provides information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers and parents.

Erin R. Bendily of Baton Rouge was appointed to the Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board. Ms. Bendily is the assistant superintendent of the Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs within the Department of Education. Her position on the Board will represent educational support programs including secondary vocational education.

Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District
The Port of Lake Charles is a deepwater seaport in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, just north of the U. S. Gulf Coast. The Port manages the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which runs inland 36 miles and extends out into the Gulf of Mexico another 32 miles. The Port of Lake Charles’ official name is the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, a public body created by the Louisiana Legislature. The District encompasses 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish and operates on 5,420 acres. Its mission is to actively create, facilitate, and enhance benefits from maritime transportation and economic development for the benefit of its customers, stakeholders, and the citizens of Southwest Louisiana.

Dudley R. Dixon of Westlake was reappointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. Mr. Dixon is a past president of the Board and former mayor of Westlake. He will represent position A and was nominated by the City of Westlake.

Michael K. Prudhomme of Lake Charles was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District. Mr. Prudhomme serves the Lake Charles area as a private practice attorney with Mudd Bruchhaus & Keating, LLC. He will represent position B and was nominated by Cameron Parish.

Board of Examiners for Nursing Facility Administrators
The purpose of the Board of Examiners for Nursing Facility Administrators is to develop, impose, and enforce federal and state standards that must be met in order to be licensed as a Louisiana Nursing Home Administrator.

Jack H. Sanders of Many has been reappointed to the Board of Examiners for Nursing Facility Administrators. Mr. Sanders is the CEO of Management Seven, LLC and holds a license as a nursing facility administrator. He is also a member of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. Mr. Sanders was nominated by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association and will serve as a nursing facility administrator.

Earl J. Thibodaux of Thibodaux was reappointed to the Board of Examiners for Nursing Facility Administrators. He is the president of Pathway South, LLC and holds a license as a nursing facility administrator. Mr. Sanders will serve as a nursing facility administrator.

Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council
The Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) was established by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to support the efforts of our citizens with disabilities who live independently in the community of their choice. SILC works to maximize the leadership, empowerment, independence, and productivity of individuals with disabilities by facilitating integration and full inclusion into the mainstream of American society. 

Antoinette D. Harrell of Kentwood has been reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Ms. Harrell is the host of Nurturing Our Roots and Co-Founder of Gathering of Heart. She will serve as a member with a disability.

Steven Nguyen of Marrero was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Nguyen works with Families Helping Families of Jefferson and Children’s Special Health Services. He will serve as a member with a disability.

Anita C. Gray of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Ms. Gray is the statewide coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana and is a member of the Advocacy Center of Louisiana. She will serve as a member with a disability.

Jamie N. Duplechine of Lafayette was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Ms. Duplechine is a member of the Brain Injury/United Spinal Association of Louisiana, Ms. Wheelchair Louisiana 2015, is a peer mentor, family support associate with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and a member of the Dreams Foundation of Acadiana. She will serve as a member with a disability.

Rocky J. Fuselier of Lake Charles has been reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Fuselier is Assistant Director of the Southwest Louisiana Independence Center and is a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities. He will serve as a member of an organization that provides services for individuals with disabilities.

Erick W. Taylor of Baton Rouge was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Taylor will serve as a member with a disability.

Rashad D. Bristo of Mansfield was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Bristo is a community relations representative for Amerigroup Louisiana. He will serve as a member with a disability.

Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Steps
The Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Steps serves to advise and assist the lead agency in the performance of its responsibilities, particularly in regard to identification of the sources of fiscal and other support for early intervention services, assignmentof financial responsibility to the appropriate agency, and promotion of interagency agreements. The board also assists with the preparation of applications, the transition of infants and toddlers to preschool or other appropriate services at age three, and the preparation and submission of an annual report to the governor and to appropriate federal authorities on the status of Early Steps.

Ursula A. Oustalet Meaux of Jennings was appointed to the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for Early Steps. Ms. Oustalet Meaux is a special instruction teacher with Early Steps and will serve as a private provider of early intervention services.

Louisiana Cyber Security Commission
The Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission’s aim is to advance the State’s cyber ecosystem and position Louisiana as a national leader and preferred location for cyber business, education, and research. The 15 member Commission is to identify, prioritize, and mitigate Louisiana’s cyber risk, promote cybersecurity awareness, and promote action whether legislative, administrative or regulatory to enhance the security of all Louisiana’s cyber ecosystem.

Sarah Olcott Allen of Baton Rouge was appointed to the Louisiana Cyber Security Commission. Ms. Allen is the director of Government Affairs for Cox’s Southeast Region including Louisiana, Florida, and Georgia. She is responsible for local, state and federal government affairs.