Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans
The Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans regulates the commerce and traffic of the port and harbor of New Orleans. The Board administers the public wharves, docks, sheds, and landings of the port which are owned and operated by the Board. The Board finances and constructs wharves and other structures necessary for the operation of the port and maintains said wharves and other structures, including the depths of water fronting said developments. The Board also provides light, water, police protection, and other services it deems advisable to such wharves and facilities and shall charge for the use of all facilities administered by the Board and for all services rendered such fees, rates, tariffs or other charges as it may establish.
William H. “Bill” Langenstein III, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Langenstein is an attorney and partner at Chaffe, McCall LLP. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Orleans Parish Nominating Organization and will serve as a member with his principal place of business in Orleans Parish.
Charles H. “Charlie” Ponstein, of Chalmette, was appointed to the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. He is the President of Ponstein’s Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the St. Bernard Parish Nominating Organization and will serve as a member with his principal place of business in St. Bernard Parish.
Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, created by the legislature, provides regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons, and from unprofessional conduct by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and speech-language pathology assistants.
Ramesh N. “Arby” Bettagere, Ph.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Bettagere is a consultant and contract speech pathologist and audiologist.
Louisiana Educational Television Authority
The Louisiana Educational Television Authority serves to promote the use of educational television and technology in the state of Louisiana to further the education and cultural enrichments of its citizens.
Donna W. Ewing, of Choudrant, was appointed to the Louisiana Education Television Authority. Ewing is a retired professional from the insurance industry. She will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.
Veterans Affairs Commission
The Veterans Affairs Commission is responsible for adopting and promulgating rules and regulations governing the operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Commission advises the department's Secretary of problems concerning the welfare of veterans and makes and publishes annual and special reports to the Governor concerning the operations of the department.
Rudolph A. “Rudy” Bourg Sr., of Youngsville, was reappointed to the Veterans Affairs Commission. Bourg is veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of American Veterans on the commission.