BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his reappointments to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East Board of Commissioners. He also announced appointments to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole.

Gov. Edwards announced the following reappointments to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East Board of Commissioners:

Member, G. Paul Kemp
Member, Ricard A Luettich, Jr.

"These gentlemen are an asset to the levee board, especially during times such as these when the work of our levee boards could not be more critical to public safety," said Gov. Edwards. "I appreciate their willingness to serve."

Gov. Edwards also announced appointments to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole:

Chair, Sheryl M. Ranatza
Member, Jim Wise
Member, Kenneth A. Loftin
Member, Alvin Alphonse Roche', Jr.

Gov. Edwards also announced an appointment to the Committee on Parole:

Member, Brennan C. Kelsey

The Board of Pardons and Committee on Parole both serve critical constitutional functions related to recommending resolution of clemency matters and determining the time and conditions of release for eligible offenders. “These individuals will carry out their duties in a manner that ensures public safety and facilitates offenders’ reintegration into society, recognizing that the pardon and parole processes are essential elements of Louisiana’s criminal justice system,” said Gov. Edwards.

BACKGROUND
Board Appointments:
G. Paul Kemp, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East Board of Commissioners. In September of 2014, Mr. Kemp was nominated by the Nominating Committee for reappointment to his seat on the board. This seat must be filled by an engineer or a professional in a related field such as geotechnical, hydrological, or environmental science. Mr. Kemp is an oceanographer and coastal geologist and is a Principal at G. Paul Kemp & Assoc., LLC, in Baton Rouge.

Richard A. Luettich, Jr., of Morehead City, North Carolina, was reappointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East Board of Commissioners. In September of 2015, Mr. Luettich was nominated by the Nominating Committee for reappointment to his seat on the board. This seat must be filled by an engineer or a professional in a related field such as geotechnical, hydrological, or environmental science. Mr. Luettich received his undergraduate and master’s degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and a doctor of science in civil engineering from MIT. Currently, Mr. Luettich is a professor and director of the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.

Sheryl M. Ranatza, of St. Francisville, was reappointed as chair of the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole. Mrs. Ranatza retired from the Department of Corrections in 2011 after a career that spanned over 30 years. She served in a variety of management positions throughout the Department, with her last position being that of Deputy Secretary. Mrs. Ranatza was the first female in Louisiana to achieve the designation of Certified Corrections Executive by the American Correctional Association and is a member several corrections affiliated organizations.

Jim Wise, of Leesville, was reappointed to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole. A graduate of Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and the Calcasieu Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy, Mr. Wise served as a Deputy in the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office for 18 years as supervisor over all uniformed divisions. He served as an Investigator at Louisiana State Penitentiary after having completed the Corrections Training Academy.

Kenneth A. Loftin, of Coushatta, was appointed to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole. Mr. Loftin was the Executive Director of Ware Youth Center in Coushatta for 17 years before retiring in August of 2015. Prior to his position at Ware, Mr. Loftin served as a Child Protective Investigator in the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Services. Mr. Loftin received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in psychology and sociology and a minor in religion from East Texas Baptist College.

Alvin Alphonse Roche’, Jr., of Port Allen, was appointed to the Board of Pardons and the Committee on Parole. Mr. Roche’ was the Director of Library Sciences at Southern University Law Center from 1990 until his retirement in August of 2007. Prior to becoming the Director of Library Science, Mr. Roche’ served a variety of roles in the Southern University System, including Acting Law Librarian and Associate Professor. Mr. Roche’ received his Bachelor of Sciences Degree in Social Science-History with a minor in Library Science from Southern University and a Masters of Library Science from Louisiana State University. Mr. Roche’ was nominated by a victim’s rights organization.

Brennan C. Kelsey, of Kentwood, was appointed to the Committee on Parole. Mr. Kelsey is a Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience, 15 of which were in his own private practice. Throughout his career, Mr. Kelsey has worked in a variety of settings including mental health, outpatient, rehab, and acute care. Mr. Kelsey received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center and a MBA in General Business and Healthcare from Southeastern Louisiana University.