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

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.

Lawrence E. Ritter, of Iowa, was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Ritter will continue to serve as a representative of individuals with disabilities.

William “Jay” Cochran, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Mr. Cochran is an independent living specialist with New Horizons. He will continue to serve as a representative of a center of independent living.

Sharon K. Geddes, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Louisiana Statewide Independent Living Council. Ms. Geddes is a teacher of Braille with the Louisiana Association for the Blind. She will continue to serve as a representative of individuals with disabilities.

 

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.

Jeffery E. Travis, of Jackson, was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Sheriff Travis is the sheriff of East Feliciana Parish and will serve as a representative of sheriffs from the eastern portion of the state.

 

Fluoridation Advisory Board
The Fluoridation Advisory Board assists public water systems with obtaining funding to implement water fluoridation, assists the director of the state Oral Health Program with the educating of the general public, and advises the state Fluoridation Program.

Tahisa P. Colbert, D.D.S., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Fluoridation Advisory Board. Dr. Colbert is a dentist with Sensational Smiles, LLC. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Dental Association and will serve as the representative of Region IV.

 

Capital Area Human Services District
The Capital Area Human Services District directs the operation and management of community-based programs and services relative to public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services for the parishes of Ascension, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

Victoria T. King, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Capital Area Human Services District. Ms. King is the Associate Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations for LSU’s College of Human Sciences and Education and a former executive director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baton Rouge. As required by statute, she was nominated by the East Baton Rouge Parish Council.

 

Bossier Levee District
The Bossier Levee District Board of Commissioners provides levee and drainage maintenance and protection to the residents of Bossier and Red River Parishes.

Carl M. Bantle, of Bossier City, was reappointed to the Bossier Levee District. Mr. Bantle is the president of Shreve Land Constructors, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by a legislator representing the district.

 

Bayou D'Arbonne Lake Watershed District
The board of commissioners of the Bayou D'Arbonne Lake Watershed District serves to promote the conservation of soil and water and the development of natural resources and wealth of the district for sanitary, agricultural, and recreational purposes.

Guy N. Fortenberry, of Farmerville, was appointed to the Bayou D'Arbonne Lake Watershed District. Mr. Fortenberry is retired. He is a former vice president of Axon Electrical Products and will serve as a representative of Union Parish.