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

Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council
The Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council advises the Office of Public Health on various aspects of the development and implementation of the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants Law, which includes making recommendations on risk factors for hearing loss, program standards and quality assurance, program integration with community resources, materials for distribution, and program implementation and follow-up.

Melodie A. Sparks, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council. Sparks is an itinerant teacher for students who are deaf or hard of hearing for Livingston Parish Schools. She will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf on the council.

Sharon B. Gates, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Early Identification of Deaf or Hard of Hearing Infants Advisory Council. Gates is the Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Women’s & Children’s Hospital. She will serve as a representative of hospital administrators on the council.

 

Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council
The primary function of the council is to review and adopt the state uniform construction code, provide training and education of code officials, and accept all requests for amendments of the code, except the Louisiana State Plumbing Code. Specifically, the council establishes the requirements and process for the certification and continuing education of code enforcement officers, code enforcement inspectors, third party providers and building officials and determines whether amendments to the state uniform construction code are justified.

Roy B. Young, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council. Young is a retired senior plumber and mechanical inspector for the City of Lake Charles.

Curtis L. Mezzic, of Folsom, was appointed to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council. Mezzic is the business manager and financial secretary of the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 60.

Ileana Menendez, of River Ridge, was appointed to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council. Menendez is Vice President and Trust Business Development Officer of Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company.

 

Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board
The Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board reviews the needs of the state and local governments to make recommendations of funding to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control drug trafficking, drug related crime, and violent crime.

Victor E. Jones Jr., of Natchez, was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Jones is the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff. He will serve as a representative of sheriffs from the western area of Louisiana.

Joseph R. Merrill, of Vidalia, was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Merrill is the Chief of Police for the Vidalia Police Department and a veteran of the Louisiana Army National Guard. He will serve as a representative of chiefs of police from the eastern area of the state.

Reginald R. Brown Sr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Brown is the Baton Rouge City Constable and will serve as a constable on the board.

Chaunda Allen Mitchell, Ph.D., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board. Mitchell is the Director of Drug Policy and the Director of Indian Affairs within the Office of the Governor and will serve as an at-large member on the board.

 

Drug Policy Board
The Drug Policy Board is responsible for identifying, examining, selecting, or developing, and recommending or implementing drug control policies to more effectively combat illegal drug and alcohol abuse. The board evaluates how anti-drug monies are used in implementing related programs. It also identifies and evaluates the effectiveness of public awareness and drug prevention programs.

James T. “Jay’ Dixon Jr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Drug Policy Board. Dixon is an attorney and the State Public Defender. He will serve as a representative for the indigent defender system.

 

Grand Isle Port Commission
The Grand Isle Port Commission is responsible for the port and economic development of Grand Isle.

Ambrose M. Besson, of Grand Isle, was reappointed to the Grand Isle Port Commission. Besson is retired and is a veteran of the United States Army. As required by statute, he was nominated by the mayor and council members of Grand Isle.

Robert J. “Bob” Sevin, of Grand Isle, was reappointed to the Grand Isle Port Commission. Sevin is a retired business owner. As required by statute, he was nominated by the mayor and council members of Grand Isle.

Perry J. Chighizola, of Grand Isle, was reappointed to the Grand Isle Port Commission. Chighizola is the co-owner of Blue Water Souvenirs. As required by statute, he was nominated by the mayor and council members of Grand Isle.

 

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.

Evan J. Bergeron, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners. Bergeron is an attorney and partner at Deutsch Kerrigan, LLP. He will serve as a public member on the board.

 

Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing BoardThe board is charged statutorily to adopt and enforce rules and regulations necessary for the proper regulation of auctioneers and auction houses under its jurisdiction in the state.

Charles W. “Chuck” Hill Jr., of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing Board. Hill is the sales manager for the Lake Charles Auto Action. He will serve as an at-large consumer member of the board.

 

Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists
The Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists serves to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of all those persons engaged in the practice of geoscience, and affords such persons an effective and practical protection against the incompetent, inexperienced, unlawful, and fraudulent acts of geoscientists with whom they contract.

Elizabeth Chinn McDade, Ph.D., of Metairie, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists. McDade is the principal geoscientist at Chinn-McDade Associates, LLC. As required by statute, she was nominated by the New Orleans Geological Society and will serve as the representative of the 1st Congressional District.

 

Advisory Committee on Polysomnography
The Advisory Committee on Polysomnography assists the Board of Medical Examiners in providing the minimum standards for polysomnography; approving the licensure examination; licensing of applicants; conducting administrative hearings on the denial, suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew a license; and the adoption of rules and regulations in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act for the purpose of administering the Polysomnography Practice Act.

Lauren L. Davis-Toups, M.D., of Covington, was reappointed to Advisory Committee on Polysomnography. Davis-Toups is a licensed physician at Pontchartrain Sleep. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a physician and Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

 

Parish Boards of Election Supervisors
The purpose of the board in each parish is to oversee and supervise all elections within the parish to ensure the safety and accuracy of the democratic process. The Board of Election Supervisors oversees the preparation and conducting of each election in the parish. Each parish’s board is composed of the parish’s registrar of voters, the parish’s clerk of court, the chairman of the parish executive committee of each recognized political party, and one member appointed by the governor.

Carolyn M.  Landrum, of Grand Cane, was appointed to the Desoto Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Landrum is retired from the DeSoto Sheriff’s Department.

 

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.

Henry N. Goodeaux II, of Many, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Goodeaux is a retired professional. He will serve as a representative of Sabine Parish.

Daniel W. Cupit, of Westlake, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Prior to retiring, Cupit served as Mayor for the City of Westlake. Additionally, he is a veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of Calcasieu Parish.

James B. “Jimmy” Foret Jr., of Sulphur, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Foret is the Vice President of Brown & Root. He will serve as a representative of Calcasieu Parish.

Stanley J.  Vidrine, of DeRidder, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Vidrine is a registered professtional land surveyor and the owner of Vidrine Land Surveying. He will serve as a representative of Beauregard Parish.

Jeremy M.  Evans, of Logansport, was appointed to the Sabine River Authority. Evans is the DeSoto Parish Clerk of Court and will serve as a representative of DeSoto Parish.

Estella Scott, of DeRidder, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Scott is a City of DeRidder Council Member and will serve as a representative of Beauregard Parish.

Therman Nash, of Anacoco, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Nash is retired and a veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of Vernon Parish.

 

Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee
The Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining a preferred drug list (PDL) in conjunction with a prior approval process relating to the Medicaid drug program.

Tammy D.  Hart, PharmD, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Hart is a Clinical Assistant Professor and an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Xavier University of Louisiana School of Pharmacy. As required by statute, she was nominated by Xavier University of Louisiana School of Pharmacy.

 

Water Resources Commission
The Water Resources Commission is responsible for working with the Commissioner of Conservation to prevent waste of ground water resources and to prevent or alleviate damaging or potentially damaging subsidence of the land surface caused by withdrawal of ground water.

Mark S.  Davis, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Water Resources Commission. Davis is a professor at Tulane University Law School and Director of the Bywater Institute at Tulane University. As required by statute, he was nominated by the dean of Tulane University Law School.

 

Pilotage Fee Commission
The Pilotage Fee Commission exists to establish and fix rates and fees charged by commissioned river pilots working on the Mississippi and Calcasieu rivers in the State of Louisiana.

Eric M. Short, of Covington, was appointed to the Pilotage Fee Commission. Short is a river port pilot with the Crescent River Port Pilots. He will serve as an alternate representative of the pilot associations.