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

Volunteer Louisiana Commission
The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is charged with encouraging community service as a means of community and state problem-solving, promoting and supporting citizen involvement in government and private programs, developing a long-term comprehensive vision and plan for action for community service initiatives in Louisiana, acting as the state's policy-making body for the Corporation on National and Community Service, and serving as the state's liaison to national and state organizations that support its mission. Appointments to the commission are made by the Governor in collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor.

Jay Blackmon-Williams, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Blackmon-Williams is the Advocacy and Compliance Manager of the East Baton Rouge Council on Aging.

Ryan K. Haynie, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Haynie is the Vice-President of Haynie and Associates.

Wendy B. Primeaux, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Primeaux is the Case Management Supervisor of Catholic Charities of Southwest Louisiana.

Gerren K. Sias, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Sias is an Outreach Coordinator with Louisiana Appleseed.

Sarah J. Mouton, of Monroe, was appointed to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. Mouton is Development Director of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana.

Louisiana Children's Trust Fund Board
The Louisiana Children's Trust Fund Board provides funds for non-profit and public agencies throughout the state for the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Patricia A. Gates, of DeRidder, was appointed to the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board. Gates is a licensed clinical social worker. She will serve as the representative of the Louisiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers 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.

Quinta L. Thompson, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Acadiana Area Human Services District. Thompson is a teacher with the Iberia Parish School Board. She will serve as a parent, consumer, or advocate in the field of mental health.

Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board
The Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board is the state government agency that administers and regulates the real estate appraiser licensing and certification program. The board enforces the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Law and the Rules and Regulations of the Board and monitors the mode and method by which real estate appraisals are conducted in this state.

F. Troy Williams, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Real Estate Appraisers Board. Williams is a certified residential real estate appraiser and the owner of F. Troy Williams Co., Inc. He is also a veteran of the United States Air Force.

Prison Enterprises Board
The Prison Enterprises Board operates in an advisory capacity to advise the Department of Corrections Secretary and the Administration of Prison Enterprises regarding the management of both the Agricultural and Industrial Programs which are operated by Prison Enterprises at the various state correctional facilities throughout Louisiana.

Henry Harvey Honoré Jr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Prison Enterprises Board. Honoré is the owner and President of Harvey Honoré Enterprises, LLC.

Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee
The Medicaid Pharmaceutical & 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. 

Tamer Acikalin, M.D., MBA, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Acikalin is a gastroenterologist and member of the medical staff at West Jefferson Medical Center. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

Nicholas V. Cefalu Jr., M.D., of Amite, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Cefalu is a family medicine physician in private practice. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

Chancellor R. Donald, M.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. Donald is a hematologist and oncologist and the President of Louisiana Oncology Associates, PMC. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at Tulane University School of Medicine. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners.

Marty R. McKay, of Woodworth, was reappointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee. McKay is the owner of Pearson Drugs #7. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

Ben B. Orlando, of Monroe, was reappointed to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical & Therapeutics Committee. Orlando is a Pharmacist with Brookshire’s Pharmacy. As required by statue, he was nominated by the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy.

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts
The Board of Directors for the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts oversees the management of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). The Board oversees the hiring of the President/CEO, the fiscal operations of the facility, and the development of policies necessary to operate the center. NOCCA is a state agency whose mission is to provide arts training for high school age students who aspire to be professional artists. 

James J. Carter, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. Carter is an attorney and managing partner of Carter & McKee, LLC. As required by statute, he will serve as an NOCCA alumnus on the board.

Louisiana Military Advisory Council
The Louisiana Military Advisory Council serves to provide a forum for issues concerning the installations and units of the armed forces located in Louisiana and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana. 

Gary B. Silbert, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Silbert is the Manager of Business Development at GNO, Inc.

Ronnie L. Slone, of Kenner, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Slone is the President of the Slone Group and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

Louisiana Gaming Control Board
The Louisiana Gaming Control Board has all regulatory authority, control, and jurisdiction, including investigation, licensing, and enforcement, and all power incidental or necessary to such regulatory authority, control, and jurisdiction over all aspects of gaming activities and operations within the state. 

Harry L. Avant, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Avant is the owner and President of Smith Operating and Management Co. and a veteran of the United States Army Reserve. He will serve as a representative of the 4th Congressional District.

Julie G. Berry, of Jennings, was reappointed to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Berry is a certified public accountant and the President of the Fred B. & Ruth B. Zigler Foundation. She will serve as a representative of the 3rd Congressional District and as a member with expertise in finance.

Natchitoches Parish Port Commission
The Natchitoches Parish Port Commission manages the port which is a multi-modal facility with river, rail, and highway transportation options and is the only slack water port on the Red River. 

Kenneth D. “Zack” Zachary, of Natchitoches, was appointed to the Natchitoches Parish Port Commission. Zachary is the owner of HHR Services, LLC, and will serve as an at-large member on the commission.

Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine
The Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine is responsible for examining and determining the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licenses to practice veterinary medicine in the state. The Board investigates complaints against licensees and disciplines licenses. 

Alfred G. Stevens, D.V.M., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Veterinary Medicine. Stevens is a licensed veterinarian and the owner of Sherwood South Animal Hospital. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

Louisiana Finfish Task Force
The Louisiana Finfish Task Force was established to study and monitor the finfish industry and to make recommendations to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other state agencies for the maximization of benefit from the finfish industry for the state of Louisiana and its citizens. 

Jay J. Trotter, of Boothville, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Trotter is a self-employed commercial fisherman. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Delta Commercial Fisheries Association.

Louisiana Workforce Investment Council
The Louisiana Workforce Investment Council serves to develop a strategic plan to coordinate and integrate a workforce development delivery system to assure efficiency and cooperation between public and private entities by advising the governor on the needs of Louisiana’s employers and its workforce as well as being responsible for occupational forecasting, which is used for driving programs and funding for job training. 

Michael E. Danahay, of Sulpher, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Danahay is the Mayor of Sulpher and a sales representative with Lake Charles Office Supply. He is also a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He will serve as a representative of parish and city government.

L. Wes Hataway, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Hataway is an attorney and the Legal and Policy Director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association. He will serve as a representative of Louisiana’s medical services and biotechnology sector.

State Licensing Board of Contractors
The purpose of the State Licensing Board of Contractors is the protection of the health, safety, and general welfare of citizens dealing with persons engaged in the contracting vocation, and affording citizens an effective and practical protection against incompetent, inexperienced, unlawful, and fraudulent acts of contractors with whom they contract. The Board also monitors construction projects to ensure compliance with the statutory and regulatory licensure requirements. 

Donald G. Lambert, of River Ridge, was reappointed to the State Licensing Board of Contractors. Lambert is a contractor in private practice. He is also a veteran of the United States Army. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc.

Byron E. Talbot, of Thibodaux, was reappointed to the State Licensing Board of Contractors. Talbot is a contractor and the President and Chief Executive Officer of Byron E. Talbot Contractor. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Associated General Contractors, Inc.

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. 

Norman Arbuckle, of Logansport, was reappointed to the Sabine River Authority. Arbuckle is retired and is a veteran of the United States Army. He will serve as a representative of DeSoto Parish.

Louisiana Rice Research Board
The Louisiana Rice Research Board was created by statute to conduct a program of research for the benefit of the Louisiana rice industry. 

Richard Damian Bollich, of Jones, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Bollich is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.\

John F. Denison, of Iowa, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Denison is a rice producer and the Agricultural Manager of Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co., Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Jude A. Doise, of Welsh, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Doise is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Independent Rice Growers Association.

John F. Earles, of Bunkie, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Earles is a rice producer and the owner and a partner of Triple E Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the American Rice Growers Cooperative Association.

Richard B. Fontenot, of Ville Platte, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Fontenot is a rice producer and the owner and partner of R & N Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Kim Frey, of Eunice, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Frey is a rice producer and the owner of Frey Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Dane L. Hebert, of Maurice, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Hebert is a rice producer and a member of the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

David F. LaCour, of Abbeville, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. LaCour is a rice producer and the President of F & D Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.

Alan J. Lawson, of Crowley, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Lawson is a rice producer and partner with A & L Lawson Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.

Gerald J. “Jerry” Leonards Jr., of Rayne, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Leonards is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.

Samuel J. “Sammy” Noel, of Abbeville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Noel is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Eric T. Savant, of Kinder, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Savant is a rice producer and the owner of Eric Savant Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.

Jeffrey A. Sylvester, of Ville Platte, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Sylvester is a rice producer and co-owner of Sylvester Brothers Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Jason A. Waller, of Mer Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Waller is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the American Rice Growers Cooperative Association.

Louisiana Rice Promotion Board
The Louisiana Rice Promotion Board represents the interests of the Louisiana rice industry by working to improve opportunities in the marketplace for rice grown in the Bayou State. 

Joshua Andrus, of Kaplan, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Andrus is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the American Rice Growers Cooperative Association.

Kent E. Brown, of Jennings, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Brown is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation, Inc.

Thomas A. Faulk, of Crowley, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Faulk is a rice producer and a partner of F & W Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

Kane G. Fontenot, of Mamou, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Fontenot is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

Buster Hardee, of Kaplan, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Hardee is a rice producer and a former member of the Vermilion Parish Police Jury. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

Paul O. Johnson, of Welsh, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Johnson is a rice producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

John E. Owen, of Rayville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Owen is a rice producer and the owner of John Owen Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

Mark A. Pousson, of Welsh, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Pousson is a rice producer and the manager of the South Louisiana Rail Facility. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Independent Rice Growers Association.

Christian J. Richard, of Kaplan, was reappointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Richard is a rice producer and the owner of Christian Richard Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Growers Association.

Paul F. Zaunbrecher, of Rayne, was appointed to the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board. Zaunbrecher is a rice producer and an owner and partner of G, F, & P Zaunbrecher Farms. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Rice Council.

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