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

Gov. Edwards announced appointments to the following boards and commissions:

Port of South Louisiana
The Port of South Louisiana serves to stimulate commerce and industrial development throughout St. James, St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes, which make up the port jurisdiction.

Judy B. Songy, of LaPlace, was appointed to the Port of South Louisiana Commission. Ms. Songy is a retired broker and owner of Century 21 and will serve as a representative of St. John the Baptist Parish. As required by statute, Ms. Songy was nominated by a legislator representing St. John the Baptist Parish.

Whitney Hickerson, of Vacherie, was appointed to the Port of South Louisiana Commission. Mr. Hickerson is a retired residential home builder and commercial electrician and will serve as a representative of St. James Parish. As required by statute, Mr. Hickerson was nominated by a legislator representing St. James Parish.

 

Louisiana Board of International Commerce
The Louisiana Board of International Commerce serves as the authority on behalf of the state to advance the state’s international commerce economic sector.

James R. Bourgeois, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce. Mr. Bourgeois is the executive director of business development for One Acadiana. He will serve as a representative of manufacturing business related to international commerce and was nominated by Le Centre International de Lafayette, as required by statute.

Michael J. Olivier, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce. Mr. Olivier is the CEO of the Louisiana Committee of 100 for economic development, Inc. He will serve as a representative of manufacturing business related to international commerce and was nominated by the Louisiana Chemical Association.

Paul G. Aucoin, of Vacherie, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce. Mr. Aucoin is the executive director for the Port of South Louisiana. He will serve as a representative of international ports and was nominated by the Port of South Louisiana, as required by statute.

Keith R. Guidroz, Sr., of Westwego, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of International Commerce. Mr. Guidroz is the president of Gilscot Guidroz International Company, Inc. He He will serve as a representative of regional economic development organizations in the state and was nominated by the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission.

 

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

Christopher W. Wroten, O.D., of Amite, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners. Dr. Wroten is the owner and CEO of Bond-Wroten Eye Clinic in Amite. As required by statute, Dr. Wroten was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Optometry Examiners.

 

Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission
The Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission serves to research, collect facts and statistics, and make special studies of conditions pertaining to the employment, health, safety and financial status of women in the state of Louisiana.

Susanne B. Dietzel, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Dietzel is the executive director for Eden House, a residential program for women who have been commercially and sexually exploited. She will serve as a member with expertise in violence against women, as required by statute.

Lynda D. Woolard, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Woolard is the president of the Woolard Family Foundation. She will serve as a member with expertise in demographics, as required by statute.

Revathi Hines, Ph.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Dr. Hines is an Alphonse Jackson Full Professor at Southern University and A&M College. She will serve as a member with expertise in social science or social work, as required by statute.

Julie Schwam Harris, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Harris has experience in intergovernmental relations for the City of New Orleans. She will serve as a member with expertise in women’s organization, as required by statute.

Berkley E. Durbin, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Durbin the executive director for Medicine Louisiana, Inc. She will serve as a member with expertise in economics, as required by statute.

Trina T. Chu, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Chu is an attorney in private practice. She will serve as a member with expertise in law, as required by statute.

Frances E. Kelly, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Kelley holds a master’s in elementary education from Centenary College and is a swim instructor with The Swim School. She will serve as a member with expertise in education, as required by statute.

 

Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts
The Board of Directors for the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts functions to establish and maintain the School and to provide the highest quality of instruction for the children of the School.

Paul W. Rainwater, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana School of Math, Science, and the Arts. Mr. Rainwater is a manager at Rainwater Consulting. He will serve as an at-large member on the commission.

 

State Mineral and Energy Board
The State Mineral and Energy Board is responsible for leasing state lands for mineral exploration and development. The board reviews existing mineral leases for proper maintenance, development and operations; reviews payments pursuant to state leases; and documents agreements affecting state leases, including unitization, compromise, consent letters and assignments.

Rochelle A. Michaud-Dugas, of Lafayette, was appointed to the State Mineral and Energy Board. Ms. Michaud-Dugas is the president and owner of Michaud Dugas Companies. She will serve as an at-large member on the board.

 

Central Louisiana Human Services District
The Central Louisiana Human Services District is a local governmental entity created with local accountability and management of behavioral health and developmental disabilities services as well as any public health or other services contracted to the district by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

Dayna B. Davis, of Pineville, was appointed to the Central Louisiana Human Services District. Ms. Davis is the owner of Essential Bodyworks and Massage, LLC. She will serve as a representative of a parent, consumer, or a caregiver of a consumer of services.

 

Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act
In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA), was signed into law. The ESSA aspires to give parents, local educators, and communities a voice in making decisions affecting education. It seeks to empower state and local decision-makers to develop and strengthen their own systems for school improvement based upon evidence. The ESSA reduces testing requirements thereby allowing more time for instruction while still maintaining measures to make sure our children are learning. Finally, the ESSA strives to provide every student with high quality educational opportunities, regardless of his or her zip code.

Gov. John Bel Edwards established the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act through Executive Order on May 26, 2016. The Council is tasked with conducting an extensive review of the ESSA and making recommendations on specific actions necessary for the implementation of the ESSA in Louisiana.

Michael W. Faulk, of Central, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Mr. Faulk is the Superintendent for the Central Community School Board.

Cynthia A.  Lindsly-Ourso, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Ms. Lindsly-Ourso is an elementary supervisor with the West Baton Rouge Parish School System.

 

Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation
The Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation has the authority to carry out the financing, purchasing, owning and managing of the offshore royalty revenues and offshore royalty revenue assets. The board works closely with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

Michael L. Hecht, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation. Mr. Hecht is the President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc. Mr. Hecht will serve as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

 

Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission
The Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission licenses and regulates motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors, dealers, salesmen, lessors, brokers, their facilities, finance companies and product warrantors.

Kenneth L. Roche Jr., of Mandeville, was appointed to the Louisiana Motor Vehicle Commission. Mr. Roche is a retired attorney and will serve as a member of the public at-large.

 

Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane, and Conservation District
The Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane, and Conservation District was established to understand the dynamics of flood protection and tidal surge needs specific to Iberia Parish in order to implement a plan for such protection in conjunction with neighboring Parishes and to determine and identify funding sources to implement said plan.

Scott E. Ransonet, of Loreauville, was appointed to the Iberia Parish Levee, Hurricane, and Conservation District. Mr. Ransonet is a production group leader with Halliburton. He was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Village of Loreauville.

 

Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force
Senate Concurrent Resolution 17 of the 2016 Regular Session established the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force to study current law and existing rules and regulations regarding riverboat gaming, to conduct public meetings at a date, time, and location to be determined by the chairman, and to hear testimony, comments, and input of interested parties. After these meetings, the task force will give recommendations to the House Committee on Administration of Criminal Justice and the Senate Committee on Judiciary B no later than sixty days prior to the beginning of the 2018 Regular Session.

Wade Duty, of Zachary, was appointed to the Riverboat Economic Development and Gaming Task Force. Mr. Duty is the executive director of the Louisiana Casino Association. He will serve as a representative of the riverboat gaming industry, as required by resolution.

 

Nineteenth Louisiana Levee District
The Nineteenth Louisiana Levee District was created to maintain the levees in Grant Parish, the 19th Louisiana Levee District.

William B. Dean, of Colfax, was appointed to the Nineteenth Louisiana Levee District. Mr. Dean is a project engineer with Pan American Engineers and was nominated by a member of the legislature representing Grant Parish, as required by statute.

 

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.

Robert D. Showers, of Independence, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Mr. Showers is a program manager with the Louisiana Department of Health and a registered social worker. As required by statute, Mr. Showers was nominated by the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

 

Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission
The Used Motor Vehicle Commission licenses and regulates Used Motor Vehicle Dealers and Salespersons, Motor Vehicle Crushers, Dealers of Used Parts and Accessories, Automotive Dismantlers and Parts Recyclers and investigates consumer and dealer complaints.

James K. “Jimmy” Granger, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission. Mr. Granger is the owner of Jimmy Granger’s Used Cars, LLC, and will serve as an at-large member on the commission.

 

John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District
The John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District was established to develop the wealth and natural resources of the district by the conservation of soil and water for agricultural, recreational, commercial, industrial and sanitary purposes. The district is composed of the area comprising all of Red River Parish. Commissioners of the district are statutorily required to be qualified electors of Red River Parish residing within and owning property within the district.

Cindy D. Coffey, of Coushatta, was appointed to the John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District. Ms. Coffey is the owner of Dupree Tractor, Inc., and resides on Grand Bayou Lake.

Faerie L. Sledge, of Coushatta, was appointed to the John K. Kelly Grand Bayou Reservoir District. Ms. Sledge is a retired vocational rehab counselor and resides on Grand Bayou Lake.

 

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.

Nancy V. Churchill, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Ms. Churchill is a licensed physical therapy assistant with Therapy Management Corp. She will serve as the physical therapy assistant member on the board.

 

Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
The purpose of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice is to improve the operations of the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems and promote public safety by providing progressive leadership and coordination within the criminal justice community.

Hal Van Hutchinson, of New Iberia, was appointed to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice. Chief Hutchinson is the chief of police for the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department.

 

Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST)
The POST Council is responsible for developing and evaluating the curriculum of mandatory basic training courses for municipal officers, deputy sheriffs, state police, wildlife agents and all other persons commissioned as peace officers, defined by state law. Additionally, POST prescribes firearms training standards for individuals who hold law enforcement positions at the state, parish and municipal levels of government. Gubernatorial Appointees of POST must also be members of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice.

Hal Van Hutchinson, of New Iberia, was appointed to the Council on Peace Officer Standards and Training. Chief Hutchinson is the chief of police for the Chitimacha Tribal Police Department and will serve as one of three police chiefs on the council.

 

Louisiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners
The Louisiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners serves to license and regulate chiropractors in the state of Louisiana.

Denise D. Rollette, D.C., of Hammond, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Dr. Rollette is a licensed chiropractor and the owner of Rollette Chiropractic Center.