Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
Kenner Naval Museum Commission
The Kenner Naval Museum Commission was created to acquire, lease, transport, berth, renovate, equip, operate, maintain, and exhibit the aircraft carrier USS Cabot-Dedalo and any other property acquired for use as a permanent naval museum and to adopt rules and regulations for the use of such museum and its properties.
Michael C. Zeringue, of Metairie, was appointed to the Kenner Naval Museum Commission. Zeringue is a retired electric foreman. He will serve as a representative from Jefferson Parish.
Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board
The Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board oversees the licensure of professional engineers and professional land surveyors.
Edgar P. Benoit, of Schriever, was appointed to the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Benoit is a licensed professional engineer and former teacher with the Lafourche Parish School Board. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Engineering Society.
Wilfred J. “Will” Fontenot, of Walker, was appointed to the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Fontenot is a licensed professional land surveyor and the head of the surveying department at Forte and Tablada, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors.
Red River Parish Port Commission
The Red River Parish Port Commission was established to regulate the commerce and traffic within the port area, consisting of the entire parish of Red River.
Joe F. Taylor, of Coushatta, was reappointed to the Red River Parish Port Commission. Taylor is retired.
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.
Judy F. Broussard, of Jennings, was appointed to the Jefferson Davis Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Broussard is retired.
Cynthia M. Benitez, of Loranger, was reappointed to the Tangipahoa Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Benitez is the owner of Tangipahoa Public Relations.
Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners prescribes minimum curricula and standards for practical nurses, examines and licenses qualified applicants, accredits practical nurse schools and courses, and conducts hearings upon charges calling for discipline of a licensee.
Paul G. Fuselier, M.D., of Covington, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. Fuselier is a retired physician. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a physician member on the board.
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.
Stephen R. Laughlin, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council. Laughlin is a licensed property adjuster with State Farm and a veteran of the Louisiana and Illinois Army National Guard.
South Lafourche Levee District
The mission of the South Lafourche Levee District is to provide, within its district, the highest possible level of protection from flooding due to high tides, heavy rain falls, tropical storms, and hurricanes for the safety and well-being of the community of South Lafourche.
Roland J. Guidry, of Cut Off, was appointed to the South Lafourche Levee District. Guidry is retired. As required by statute, he was nominated by the senator representing Senate District 20.
Louisiana Educational Television Authority
The Louisiana Educational Television Authority serves to promote the use of educational television and technology in the state of Louisiana to further the education and cultural enrichments of its citizens.
Conrad T. Comeaux, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Educational Television Authority. Comeaux is the Lafayette Parish Tax Assessor. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of CODOFIL on the board.
Louisiana Environmental Education Commission
The Louisiana Environmental Education Commission is a major resource in furthering environmental knowledge, awareness, and stewardship. The Commission’s mission is to create a comprehensive and balanced environmental education initiative that results in a literate citizenry who will make informed decisions to effectively solve existing problems, prevent new ones, and maintain a sustainable environment for future generations.
Shauna M. LeBlanc, Ph.D., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. LeBlanc is a K-12 Academic Science Specialist with the Lafayette Parish School Board. As required by statute, she was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Science Teachers Association on the commission.
Brenda C. Nixon, of Greenwell Springs, was reappointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. Nixon is retired. She formerly served as chair of the LSU Gordon A. Cain Center for STEM Literacy. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Environmental Educators Association and will serve as an environmental educator from the 6thCongressional District.
Dianne M. Lindstedt, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. Lindstedt is the Marine Education Coordinator of the Louisiana Sea Grant at LSU. She will serve as a professional environmental scientist on the board.
Governor’s Task Force on DWI
The Governor’s Task Force on DWI serves to address the high incidence of driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and to help identify and implement effective DWI countermeasures.
Norma Broussard DuBois, of Kenner, was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on DWI. DuBois is an Assistant District Attorney with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. As required by executive order, she was nominated by the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.
Delia D. Brady, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Governor’s Task Force on DWI. Brady is an Olameter Subcontractor for Entergy. She will serve as an at-large member on the task force.