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

Louisiana Department of Health

The Louisiana Department of Health’s mission is to protect and promote health and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all citizens of the State of Louisiana.

Kimberly L. Hood J.D./M.P.H. of Baton Rouge has been appointed to be the assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. Hood will serve in the Office of Public Health.

Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors

The Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Director's mission is to regulate embalmers, funeral homes, funeral directors, and individuals engaged in the care and disposition of the deceased and handling consumer complaints.

Rev. Rodney McFarland Sr. of Monroe has been reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. McFarland is the senior pastor at Greater Free Gift Baptist Church and will serve as an embalmer and funeral director for District B.

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.

Robert E. Ruel III of River Ridge has been reappointed to the Patient’s Compensation Fund Oversight Board. Ruel is a producer at Alliance Insurance Agency Services and will represent principal professional insurance agents and licensed property and casualty insurance producers.

State as a Model Employer Task Force

The State as a Model Employer Task Force’s mission is to enhance the diversity of the public workforce, lead the business community, and highlight the State’s position as a leader in the protection of civil rights for individuals living with disabilities.

Errol D. “Doug” Bordelon of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Bordelon is the human resources manager at the Department of Environmental Quality.

Burgundy B. Cummings of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Cummings is the training and development program manager for the Louisiana Secretary of State.

Julie Foster Hagan of Springfield has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Hagan is the assistant secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health.

Samantha A. Harris of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Harris is the human resources director of the State Civil Service.

Shelly C. Johnson of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Johnson is the human resources director for the Department of Children and Family Services.

Cheryl Keen-Schilling of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Keen-Schilling is the human resources director at the Division of Administration.

Susan G. Killam of New Orleans has been reappointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Killam is the faculty-director of transition employment and careers at the LSU Health Sciences Center.

Tanisha S. Matthews of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Matthew is the human resources director at the Department of Public Safety.

James E. Mitchell Ph.D. of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Mitchell is the IT statewide project officer at the Louisiana Office of Technology Services.

Bambi D. Polotzola of Opelousas has been reappointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Polotzola is the director of disability affairs for the Office of the Governor.

Lauren V. Womack of Lafayette has been appointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. Womack is a rehabilitation counselor for the Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Kenneth D. York of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the State as a Model Employer Task Force. York is the rehabilitation services director at the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

Dairy Stabilization Board

The Dairy Stabilization Board provides a regulatory program that is designed to stabilize the Louisiana dairy industry in order to assure an adequate supply of healthful and wholesome dairy products to Louisiana consumers at fair and reasonable prices.

Dantre J. Blanchard of Houma has been appointed to the Dairy Stabilization Board. Blanchard is the pricing director at Rouse's Enterprises and will represent retailers.

Ford “Kennon” Davis of Mandeville has reappointed to the Dairy Stabilization Board. Davis is retired and will represent processors.

Ronald A. “Ronnie” Harrell of Greensburg has been reappointed to the Dairy Stabilization Board. Harrell is the commodity director at Louisiana Farm Bureau and will represent consumers.

Eric R. Lane of Baton Rouge has been reappointed to the Dairy Stabilization Board. Lane is the owner of Gerry Lane Chevy and will represent consumers.

Joy D. Womack of Zachary has been reappointed to the Dairy Stabilization Board. Womack is a farmer and owner of Womack Dairy Farms and will represent milk producers.