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

Sparta Ground Water Conservation District
The guiding purpose and primary objective of the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District Commission is to conserve, protect, restore, and maintain the Sparta Formation Aquifer as a continuing source of high quality, potable water for current and future consumers by promoting conservation measures and developing alternate sources of fresh water.
 
Mike Carpenter, of Calvin, was appointed to the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District. Carpenter is retired and is the District 4 representative on the Winn Parish Police Jury. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of Winn Parish.
 
Louisiana Public Facilities Authority
The primary mission of the LPFA is to further education, healthcare, economic development, and job creation in Louisiana in order to make Louisiana a better place to work, live, and raise our families. We fulfill this mission by serving as a conduit issuer of tax-exempt and taxable bonds for Louisiana and its citizens. As a conduit issuer of bonds, the LPFA provides the means for qualifying projects and entities to receive tax-exempt financing and therefore achieve substantial interest cost savings. We also fulfill our mission by offering free college planning resources to students and parents through Lela, the LPFA's education division.
Guy Campbell III, of Monroe, was reappointed to the Louisiana Public Facilities Authority. Campbell is an attorney and partner at Snellings, Breard, Sartor, Inabnett & Trascher, LLP.
 
Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners
The Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners is responsible for licensing, examining, and regulating the practice of rehabilitation counseling in the state.
Karen S. Harrison, of Mandeville, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners. Harrison is a licensed rehabilitation counselor and the owner of Karen Harrison Consulting, LLC. As required by statute, she was nominated by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals – Louisiana Chapter.
 
Scott E. Landry, of Abbeville, was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Board of Examiners. Landry is a licensed rehabilitation counselor and the owner of VocStat Rehabilitation, LLC. Additionally, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Louisiana Army National Guard. As required by statute, he was nominated by the International Association of Rehabilitation Professionals – Louisiana Chapter.
 
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.
 
Gerald W. Melancon, of Carencro, was reappointed to the Louisiana Cemetery Board. Melancon is the President of Evangeline Memorial Gardens, Melancon Funeral Home, and Melancon Life Insurance Company. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Cemeteries Association, Inc., and will serve as a representative of the 2nd Public Service Commission District.
 
Louisiana State Board of Dentistry
The mission of the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry is to protect the public by regulating the professions of dentistry and dental hygiene in Louisiana in accordance with the Dental Practice Act.
 
Thomas H. Price, D.D.S., of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Dentistry. Price is a dentist and the owner of Thomas H. Price, D.D.S. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the 9th Dental Board District.
 
Louisiana Emergency Response Commission
The Louisiana Emergency Response Commission (LERC) coordinates and supervises implementation of the federal hazardous materials Emergency Planning and Community Right-To-Know Act within Louisiana. The LERC develops, coordinates, and leads the state emergency management program, enabling effective preparation for, response to, and recovery from emergencies and disasters in order to save lives, reduce human suffering, and minimize property loss.
 
Nissan A. Patel, of Kenner, was appointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Commission. Patel is the Assistant Hazardous Materials Risk Coordinator with the Jefferson Parish Department of Fire Services. He will serve as an at-large member on the commission.
 
Sabine River Authority
The Sabine River Authority’s mission is to provide for economic utilization and preservation of the waters of the Sabine River and its tributaries by promoting economic development, irrigation, navigation, improved water supply, drainage, public recreation, and hydroelectric power for the citizens of Louisiana.
Richard M. “Mike” McCormic, of Many, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. McCormic is retired and a veteran of the National Guard. He will serve as a representative of Sabine Parish.
 
Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, created by the legislature, provides regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to safeguard the public health, safety, and welfare, to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous, and unauthorized persons, and from unprofessional conduct by speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and speech-language pathology assistants.
 
Jerrilyn T. Frasier, of Dubach, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Frasier is a licensed audiologist with the Green Clinic.
 
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.
 
Ernest A. Airhia, Ph.D., of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Airhia is a licensed professional counselor and the President, Chief Executive Officer, and Clinical Director of Greenpath International, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as a licensed professional counselor on the board.
 
Jessica Fanguy Cortez, Ph.D., of Bourg was appointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Cortez is a licensed professional counselor and Assistant Professor at Nichols State University. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Counseling Association and will serve as an educator who is a licensed professional counselor and whose function is the training of mental health counselors in accredited programs.
 
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.
 
Judith L. Halverson, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Halverson is a physical therapist and Education Coordinator at Ochsner Health System. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Hospital Association.
 
Louisiana State Board of Nursing
The Louisiana State Board of Nursing is responsible for safeguarding the life and health of Louisiana residents through the regulation of persons practicing or offering to practice as registered nurses. The board also establishes minimum curriculum requirements and approves nursing schools.
 
Tracey P. Moffatt, of River Ridge, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Moffatt is a registered nurse, certified executive nurse practitioner, and System Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Quality at Ochsner Health System. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and will serve as a nursing administrator on the board.
 
Jennifer M. Manning, of Metairie, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. Manning is an advanced practice registered nurse and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center – New Orleans. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana State Nurses Association and will serve as a nursing educator on the board.
 
Acadiana Area Human Services District
The Acadiana Area Human Services District directs the operation and management of community-based programs and services relative to mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictive disorders services for the parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion.
Claire T. Daly, of New Iberia, was reappointed to the Acadiana Area Human Services District. Daly is a program advisor with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
 
Louisiana State Polygraph Board
The Louisiana State Polygraph Board issues polygraph examiners licenses and monitors the continuing education of polygraph examiners in the state of Louisiana.
 
Mary Danielle Blanchard, of Cottonport, was appointed to the Louisiana State Polygraph Board. Blanchard is a certified polygraphist and a Human Resources Supervisor with the Raymond Laborde Correctional Center.
 
Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality
The Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality is responsible for researching and reviewing all state laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and, where appropriate, making recommendations to the legislature and secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals. In addition, the commission is responsible for providing a plan that the state can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants, and infant mortalities.
 
Stacy S. Drury, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Drury is a physician and the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pediatrics at Tulane and the Associate Director of the Tulane Brain Institute.
 
Louisiana Housing Corporation
The Louisiana Housing Corporationassures that every Louisiana resident is granted an opportunity to obtain safe, affordable, and energy efficient housing.
 
Gillis R. Windham, of Killian, was reappointed to the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Windham is the owner of Windham Bail Bonds and Louisiana Insurance and Financial Services and will serve as the representative of the 6th Congressional District.
 
Derrick Edwards, of Harvey, was appointed to the Louisiana Housing Corporation. Edwards is an attorney with Usry, Weeks & Matthews and holds a Master’s degree in Accounting. He will serve as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District.