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

Louisiana State Arts Council
The Louisiana State Arts Council receives applications for matching federal funds available from the National Endowment for the Arts and such other funds made available to the council and make recommendations thereon. The Council reviews and approves or rejects said grant applications from other governmental units, community arts councils, and other private, nonprofit, and tax-exempt groups. Additionally, the Council advises departmental officers on the design and execution of an annual state plan consistent with the goals and policies of the department as provided by federal and state law, rules, and regulations, and submits the plan to the National Endowment for the Arts.

Virginia A. Berthelot, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Louisiana State Arts Council. Berthelot is an art teacher at Denham Springs High School. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Art Education Association and will serve as an art educator on the council.

Margie L. Camardelle, of Marrero, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Arts Council. Camardelle is a Community Worker and Parent Advisor with the Jefferson Parish School Board. As required by statute, she was nominated by the President of the Senate.

Mary D. Lee, of Mandeville, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Arts Council. Lee is the Chief Operations Officer of Lee Financial Partners, LLC. As required by statute, she was nominated by an arts organization.

Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board
The Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board serves to license and regulate Louisiana Behavior Analysts, to certify and regulate State Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, and to register Louisiana line technicians.

Calvin L. Cryer, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board. Cryer is a licensed behavior analyst and a Case Manager Supervisor at St. Nicholas Center for Children. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association.

Courtney B. Wright, of Austin, was appointed to the Louisiana Behavior Analyst Board. Wright is an attorney and licensed behavior analyst. She is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and General Counsel of Children’s Autism Center, LLC, in New Orleans. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Behavior Analysis Association.

Child Protection Act Advisory Commission
The Child Protection Act Advisory Commission was established to conduct a broad study of the effectiveness of the Child Protection Act and make recommendations to the legislature for systemic improvements and legislative changes to ensure protection of the children of the state from abuse and neglect.

Tiffany B. Carroll, of Duson, was appointed to the Child Protection Act Advisory Commission. Carroll is a Parent Partner with The Extra Mile Region IV, Inc. She will serve as a member of a citizens group that participates in child protection programs.

Dana R. Hunter, Ph.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Child Protection Act Advisory Commission. Hunter is the Executive Director of the Children’s Cabinet within the Office of the Governor and will serve as the representative from the governor’s office.

Loretta A. Sonnier, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Child Protection Act Advisory Commission. Sonnier is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tulane University School of Medicine. She will serve as a mental health professional who has expertise in the evaluating and determining placement options in abuse or neglect cases.

Bobby Webre, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Child Protection Act Advisory Commission. Webre is a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief Deputy at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of the Louisiana law enforcement community.

College and Career Readiness Commission
The College and Career Readiness Commission makes recommendations for the development of statewide policies, guiding principles, and programs that address the current and future economic needs of the state and promotes student success in high school and in life beyond secondary education.

Darren D. Rutledge, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the College and Career Readiness Commission. Rutledge is a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School and will serve as a current high school senior on the commission.

Louisiana Board of Drug and Device Distributors
The Louisiana Board of Drug and Device Distributors issues licenses for and regulates the distribution of legend drugs and legend devices by distributors within and into the state of Louisiana in order to safeguard life and health and to promote the public welfare.

Jacob A. Dickson, of Shreveport, was reappointed to the Louisiana Board of Drug and Device Distributors. Dickson is the Vice President of Marketing of Morris & Dickson Co., LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Wholesale Drug Distributors.

Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is a major resource in furthering environmental knowledge, awareness, and stewardship. The Commission’s mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.

Kelia F. Bingham, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. Bingham is the Regulatory Compliance Officer for Lafayette Consolidated Government. She will serve as a representative of local government on the commission.

Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs
The Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs was established by the Governor’s Office to adequately educate, address and resolve issues relative to the disability community. The mission of the office is to promote, encourage and support citizens with disabilities so they may have an equal opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of life.

Ashley G. McReynolds, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs. McReynolds is the Statewide and Regional LaCAN Leader with Families Helping Families Southwest.

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners
The Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners is responsible for the regulation of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors or PLPCs (formerly Counselor Interns), Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or PLMFTs (formerly MFT Interns), Licensed Professional Counselors or LPCs, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or LMFTs.

Roy A. Salgado Jr., Ph.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Salgado is a licensed professional counselor supervisor and licensed marriage and family therapist supervisor. He is a Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at the University of Holy Cross. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as a counselor educator on the board.

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.

David M. Mushatt, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Mushatt is an infectious disease physician and the Chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at Tulane University School of Medicine. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of Tulane University School of Medicine.

Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners is responsible for licensing and regulating optometrists in the state.

Dale A. Benoit, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners. Benoit is the owner of Print All, Inc. He will serve as the consumer member on the board.

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.

Kathryn R. Brittain, DPT, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Brittain is a physical therapist and the Director of Partners in Physical Therapy. She will serve as a physical therapist on the board.

Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners exists to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare of the people of this state against unauthorized, unqualified, and improper practice of social work though a proper regulatory authority.

John S. Shalett, of Metairie, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Shalett is a licensed clinical social worker and a former social work supervisor. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Water Resources Commission
The Water Resources Commission is responsible for working with the Commissioner of Conservation to prevent waste of ground water resources and to prevent or alleviate damaging or potentially damaging subsidence of the land surface caused by withdrawal of ground water.

Guy J. Cormier, of St. Martinville, was reappointed to the Water Resources Commission. Cormier is the Assistant Executive Director of the Police Jury Association of Louisiana and the former Parish President of St. Martin Parish. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Police Jury Association of Louisiana.

Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council
The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the governor and the legislature on the implementation and administration of laws pertaining to the administration of workers' compensation claims and making specific recommendations thereon.

Larry S. Stokes, Ph.D., of Kenner, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Stokes is a licensed professional counselor and a licensed professional vocational rehabilitation counselor and the President of Stokes & Associates, Inc. He is also a veteran of the United States Navy. He will serve as a representative of business on the council.

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.

Richard B. “R.B.” Smith, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Smith is the Vice President for Business and Workforce at the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s general business community on the council.