Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
Medicaid Pharmaceutical and 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.
Charles C. Coleman, MD, of New Orleans has been appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Coleman is head of the Autism Clinic at Children’s Hospital. He will serve as a physician nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.
Sparta Groundwater Conservation District
The guiding purpose and primary objective of the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District Commission is to conserve, protect, restore, and maintain the Sparta Formation Aquifer as a continuing source of high quality, potable water for current and future consumers by promoting conservation measures and the development of alternative sources of freshwater, pursuant to the authority and responsibility granted by the State of Louisiana.
Curtis L. Willis, Sr., Ph.D., of Arcadia has been appointed to the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District. Dr. Willis will serve as a nominee of municipalities within the district which have minimum use of 500,000 gallons per day (Town of Arcadia).
Devin R. Flowers of Jonesboro has been appointed to the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District. Flowers will serve as a nominee of a municipality within the district which has a minimum use of 500,000 gallons per day (Town of Jonesboro).
Jack W. Clampit of West Monroe has been appointed to the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District. He will represent Ouachita Parish.
Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District
The Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District aids and assists the department of public works. The District was established as the governing authority after the completion of the construction process by the said department of public works of the state of Louisiana.
Richard S. Royal of Farmerville has been appointed to the Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District. Royal is a commercial lender with First National Bank and he will represent Union Parish.
Louisiana Cemetary Board
The Louisiana Cemetery Board serves to license non-exempt and exempt cemeteries; monitor and review perpetual care and merchandise trust funds through yearly reporting requirements; approve pre-development applications for cemeteries, and conduct on-site examinations (audits) of cemeteries and other entities with perpetual care and merchandise trust funds. The board also investigates consumer complaints and concerns.
Michele M. Mulhearn Holloway of Monroe has been appointed to the Louisiana Cemetary Board. Mulhearn is nominated by the Louisiana Cemetary Association and will serve in the 5th Public Service Commission District.
Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council
The Early Identification of Hearing Impaired Infants Advisory Council advises the Office of Public Health on various aspects of the development and implementation of the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants Law, which includes making recommendations on risk factors for hearing loss, program standards and quality assurance, program integration with community resources, materials for distribution, and program implementation and follow-up.
Jill C. Hudson of Denham Springs has been appointed to the Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council. She is an interpreter with Birnbaum Interpreting Services and will serve as a parent of a deaf or hard of hearing child utilizing total communication.
Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority
The Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority licenses and regulates addictive disorder counselors and prevention professionals in the State of Louisiana.
Roy F. Baas of West Monroe was appointed to the Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority. Baas is a retired addiction counselor and was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers, Inc.
North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District
The North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District, or simply the North Lafourche Levee District (NLLD), was formed by an Act of the Louisiana Legislature and is responsible for improving flood protection on the west side of Bayou Lafourche from the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose to the northern edge of the Parish. In 2006, through a statewide re-organization of levee boards, the North Lafourche Levee District was given additional jurisdiction over the east side of Bayou Lafourche, again from the Intracoastal Waterway in Larose to the northern end of Lafourche Parish. This area of the parish was previously under the jurisdiction of the Lafourche Basin Levee District. The North Lafourche Levee District is now all of Lafourche Parish north of the Intracoastal Canal.
Susan M. Testroet-Bergeron of Thibodaux was appointed to the North Lafourche Conservation, Levee and Drainage District. Bergeron is Director of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program on the Nicholls State University Campus in Thibodaux and will represent Louisiana House District 51.
Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board
The Patient’s Compensation Fund is an off-budget unit of the state which is 100 percent self-funded and not pooled in the general fund. The Fund was created in 1975 to provide an affordable and guaranteed medical malpractice coverage system for the private healthcare providers in the state. It basically plays the role of an “excess insurer” of private healthcare providers. The law allows a provider to have financial responsibility for the first $100,000 of exposure per claim whether through insurance or security deposit and enroll in the Fund for the excess coverage and be under an umbrella of the cap on damages. The vast majority of health care providers are enrolled in the Patient’s Compensation Fund and pay surcharges for the coverage and protection provided. The Patient’s Compensation Fund provides protection for the healthcare system, keeping costs down, and providing a guaranteed pool of funds to pay those citizens injured from medical malpractice of private health care providers.
Marcus C. Naquin of Hammond was appointed to the Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board. Naquin represents health care providers contributing the 3rd greatest percentage of the fund's aggregate surcharges and was nominated by the Louisiana Nursing Home Association.
State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)
The Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is the administrative body for all Louisiana public elementary and secondary schools; it also performs certain administrative functions for the state's non-public elementary and secondary schools. BESE adopts regulations and enacts policies governing the operations of the schools under its jurisdiction, and exercises budgetary oversight of their educational programs and services.
Belinda C. Davis, Ph.D. of Baton Rouge will be appointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Davis is an associate professor at Louisiana State University specializing in public policy. She will serve in an at-large position.
Doris J. Voitier of Chalmette will be reappointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Voitier is the School Superintendent for St. Bernard Parish and she will continue to serve in an at-large position.
Thomas E. Roque of Natchez will be reappointed to the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Roque is the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Alexandria and he will continue to serve in an at-large position.