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

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.

Ada M. Bell of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Bell is the director of the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and will represent Louisiana’s general business community.

Conrad C. Carriere Sr. of New Orleans has been reappointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Carriere is the project lead for the IT department of the Department of the Navy. Carriere is also the president and CEO of DC Carriere Properties. Carriere will represent minority-owned businesses.

Jason E. Cobb of Woodworth has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Cobb is the CEO of Rapides Regional Medical Center and will represent Louisiana’s general business community.

Charles R. “Chuck” Henderson Jr. of Lake Charles has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Henderson is the president and CEO of Henderson Implement and Marine and will represent Louisiana’s general business community.

Sandra Thompson Herman of New Orleans has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Herman is the president and CEO of the New Orleans Entertainment Coalition. Herman will represent business and industry and woman-owned businesses.

Gina C. Jones of Sulphur has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Jones is the senior manager of learning and development at Sasol Chemicals. Jones will represent Louisiana’s durable goods and manufacturing sector.

Kirk P. LaCour of Mansura has been appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. LaCour is associate counsel and director of litigation for Acadian Ambulance Service and will represent Louisiana’s general business community.

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 that they may have an equal opportunity to actively participate in all aspects of life.

Mark C. Raymond Jr. of New Orleans has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs. Raymond is the executive director of the Split Second Foundation and will serve at-large.

James E. Mitchell Ph.D. of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Disability Affairs. Mitchell is the IT statewide program officer for the State of Louisiana Division of Administration and will serve at-large.

Louisiana Cemetery 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.

Stacey L. Patin of Pineville has been reappointed to the Louisiana Cemetery Board. Patin is the owner of Greenwood Memorial and will represent the 4th Public Service Commission District.

Council on the Children of Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers

The mission of the Council on the Children of Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers is to investigate the impact that a parent’s or caregiver’s involvement has on the mental, emotional, physical, and financial well-being of the children; identify and discuss best practices on how children of incarcerated parents and caregivers can be adapted to programs and services within the state; and advise executive and legislative bodies of the effect legislation has on children of incarcerated parents and caregivers.

Robresha “Bree” I. Anderson of New Orleans has been appointed to the Council on the Children of Incarcerated Parents and Caregivers. Anderson is the co-founder and director of operations of Daughters Beyond Incarceration.

Office of Financial Institutions

The Office of Financial Institutions (OFI) is responsible for the supervision of various entities which provide financial services to the citizens of the State of Louisiana. The Office is divided into three major divisions based on general types of institutions regulated - the Depository Institutions Division, the Non-Depository Services Division, and the Securities Division.  

Stanley M. Dameron of Hammond has been appointed Commissioner of the Office of Financial Institutions in the Office of the Governor. Dameron is the past president and CEO of American Bank & Trust and a U. S. Army Veteran. Dameron will take office on February 17, 2021.