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

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

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.

Governor 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.

Scott A. Champagne, of Opelousas, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Mr. Champagne is the director of Title I for the St. Landry Parish School Board.

Lee A. Meyer, of Napoleonville, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Mr. Meyer is a consultant with Lee Meyer Education Consulting, LLC.

Tammie S. McDaniel, of Delhi, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Ms. McDaniel is a principal with the Monroe City Schools.

 

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.

Russell P. Conger, of Amite, was appointed to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation. Prior to retiring in June of 2016, Mr. Conger was the chief operating officer for Feliciana Bank in Clinton. He will serve as the representative of the 5th Congressional District.

Helen Godfrey Smith, of Gilliam, was appointed to the Coastal Protection and Restoration Financing Corporation. Ms. Smith is the president and CEO of Shreveport Federal Credit Union. She will serve as the representative of the 4th Congressional District.

 

Governor’s Council on Homelessness

The Governor’s Council on Homelessness serves to advise the Governor on issues of concern to Louisiana citizens concerning homelessness. The council will review and update Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness and monitor implementation of Louisiana’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. The council serves as a resource for information about access to available services for the homeless population, including housing and transportation options for the homeless.

Dylan Waguespack, of St. Gabriel, was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Homelessness. Mr. Waguespack is the director of advocacy and outreach at the Coalition for Louisiana Progress.

Leslie T. Grover, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Homelessness. Ms. Grover is an associate professor at Southern University and a researcher and community worker in the field of poverty.

Nicole E. Sweazy, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Governor’s Council on Homelessness. Ms. Sweazy is the Louisiana housing authority executive director for the Louisiana Housing Corporation.

 

Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council

The Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council is responsible for monitoring and reporting to the governor and the legislature on the implementation and administration of laws pertaining to the administration of workers' compensation claims and making specific recommendations thereon.

Pierce D. Nunley, M.D., of Shreveport, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Dr. Nunley is the director of and a partner with the Spine Institute of Louisiana. He will serve as the representative of the Louisiana Orthopedic Association.

Edwin R. Murray, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Mr. Murray is a former state senator and the current vice chancellor for community and multi-cultural affairs at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans. Mr. Murray will serve as the representative of the 3rd Public Service Commission District.

Richard Bray Williams, of Natchitoches, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Mr. Williams is an attorney with the Williams Family Law Firm, LLC. He will serve as the representative of the 5th Public Service Commission District.

Shannon S. Dartez, of Youngsville, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Ms. Dartez is an attorney for Glenn Armentor Law Corporation. She will serve as an attorney who has previously represented claimants in workers' compensation claims, as required by statute.

Alejandro R. Perkins, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Mr. Perkins is an attorney and partner with Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, LLP. He will serve as an attorney who has previously represented employers in workers’ compensation claims, as required by statute.

Julie T. Cherry, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Ms. Cherry is the secretary and treasurer for Louisiana AFL-CIO and will serve as a representative for labor on the council.

Shannon C. Lindsey, of Slidell, was appointed to the Workers’ Compensation Advisory Council. Ms. Lindsey is an attorney and the owner of Shannon Cambridge Lindsey, Attorney at Law. She will serve as the representative of the 1st Public Service Commission District.

 

Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board

The Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board serves to defend the public health, safety and welfare by protecting the people of the State of Louisiana against unnecessary deaths and morbidity due to trauma and time-sensitive illness.

Craig C. Greene, M.D., of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Dr. Greene is an orthopedic surgeon at the Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic. He was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana State Medical Society, as required by statute.

Dawn D. McKeown, of Bossier City, was appointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Ms. McKeown is the trauma program manager at University Health. She is a trauma certified registered nurse, certified emergency nurse, and certified pediatric emergency nurse. As required by statute, Ms. McKeown was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. She will serve as a nurse practicing in emergency or critical care.

Richard M. Zweifler, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Dr. Zweifler is the system chair of neurology at Ochsner Health System. As required by statute, Dr. Zweifler was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the American Stroke Association.

 

Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition

The Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition serves to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public by providing for the licensure and regulation of persons practicing the profession of dietetics and nutrition.

Martina M. Salles, of Destrehan, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition. Ms. Salles is a licensed dietitian and consultant. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry.

Howard C. Wetsman, M.D., of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition. Dr. Wetsman is the chief medical officer at Townsend American Addition Centers. He was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as the licensed physician on the board.

 

Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners

The Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners is responsible for the regulation of Provisional Licensed Professional Counselors or PLPCs (formerly Counselor Interns), Provisional Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or PLMFTs (formerly MFT Interns), Licensed Professional Counselors or LPCs, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists or LMFTs.

Donna M. Mayeux, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Ms. Mayeux is a community volunteer and activist and is the former executive director of the Louisiana Food Bank Association. As required by statute, Ms. Mayeux was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as an at-large member on the board.

Ernest A. Airhia, Ph.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Dr. Airhia is a licensed professional counselor and the President, chief executive officer, and clinical director of Greenpath International, Inc. As required by statute, Dr. Airhia was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as a licensed professional counselor member.

Claude A. Guillotte, of Hammond, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Mr. Guillotte is a licensed professional counselor and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. As required by statute, Mr. Guillotte was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and will serve as a licensed marriage and family therapist member.

Nakeisha L. Pierce, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Ms. Pierce is a licensed professional counselor and a program director in functional family therapy with Life Changing Solutions. As required by statute, Ms. Pierce was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as a licensed professional counselor member.