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

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.

Daryl J. Simon, of Franklin, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Simon is a self-employed commercial fisherman. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Shrimp Association and will serve as an alternate member.

Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority Board
The Addictive Disorders Regulatory Authority licenses and regulates addictive disorder counselors and prevention professionals in the State of Louisiana. 

Paul M. Schoen, of Covington, was reappointed to the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority. Schoen is a licensed addiction counselor and certified compulsive gambling counselor in private practice. Additionally, he is a veteran of the United States Navy Reserve. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers, Inc., and will serve as a member with significant experience and knowledge in the area of compulsive gambling.

Kerri L. Cunningham, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority. Cunningham is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed addiction counselor, and the Clinical Director of Victory Addiction Recovery Center. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Substance Abuse Counselors and Trainers, Inc.

 

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.

Edward “Michael” Bopp, of Covington, was appointed to the Water Resources Commission. Bopp is a river pilot and the President of the Crescent River Port Pilots’ Association. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana River Pilots’ Association.

David B. Rabalais, of Theriot, was appointed to the Water Resources Commission. Rabalais is the Executive Director of the Terrebonne Port Commission. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Ports Association of Louisiana.

 

Louisiana Public Defender Board
The Louisiana Public Defender Board serves to ensure that adequate public funding of the right to counsel is provided and managed in a cost-effective and fiscally responsible manner. The Board provides for the supervision, administration and delivery of a uniform system for securing and compensating qualified counsel for indigents in all courts in this state.

Patrick J. Fanning, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Fanning is an attorney in private practice and a former assistant United States Attorney and former assistant Orleans Parish District Attorney.  As required by statute, he was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 5th Appellate Court District.

 

Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District
The Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District provides a source of fresh water from the Mississippi River into Bayou Lafourche primarily for drinking water purposes. The district maintains the Bayou Lafourche waterway to clear any obstructions that may restrict the flow of water.

Gregory J. Nolan, of Napoleonville, was reappointed to the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District. Nolan is the General Manager of Lafourche Sugars. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Assumption Parish President and will serve as a representative of Assumption Parish.

 

Louisiana Rehabilitation Council
The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council's duties include reviewing, analyzing, and advising the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services within the Louisiana Workforce Commission regarding the performance of its responsibilities relating to eligibility, extent, scope, and effectiveness of services provided. The Council also reviews functions performed by state agencies that affect or that potentially affect the ability of individuals with disabilities in achieving employment.

Eleanor R. Murrell, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council. Murrell is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She will serve as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with knowledge of and experience with vocational rehabilitation programs on the council.

 

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.

William Z. “Zack” Spivey, of Ruston, was reappointed to the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District. Spivey is a professional engineer and the registered agent of DZS Land and Minerals, LLC. Additionally, he is a veteran of the United States Air Force. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the City of Ruston.

Richard W. “Rick” Buckner, of Minden, was reappointed to the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District. Buckner is the Water Production Superintendent of the City of Minden. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the City of Minden.

Charles L. Hughes, of Ruston, was reappointed to the Sparta Ground Water Conservation District. Hughes is the Environmental Manager of WestRock CP, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of wood product industry users within the 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.

John P. Hunt III, M.D., was reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Hunt is a medical doctor and a Professor of Surgery at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans.

Deiadra J. Garrett, M.D., of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board. Garrett is a medical doctor and pediatric general surgeon at Kids Specialty Center and Women's & Children's Hospital. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana State Medical Society and will serve as a physician specializing in pediatric surgery on the board.

 

Veterans Affairs Commission
The Veterans Affairs Commission is responsible for adopting and promulgating rules and regulations governing the operations of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Additionally, the Commission advises the department's Secretary of problems concerning the welfare of veterans and makes and publishes annual and special reports to the Governor concerning the operations of the department.

H. Paul Hermann Jr., of Ponchatoula, was appointed to the Veterans Affairs Commission. Hermann is the Adjutant of the Louisiana Department of the Disabled American Veterans and a veteran of the United States Air Force. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Department of the Disabled American Veterans.

 

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.

Kathryn A. Steele, Ph.D., of Metairie, was reappointed to the Louisiana Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners. Steele is a licensed professional counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and professor of counseling at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and will serve as a licensed marriage and family therapist on the board.

 

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.

April E. Cintron, of Pineville, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners in Dietetics and Nutrition. Cintron is a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and Associate District Manager of Valley Services. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Dietetic Association.

 

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