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Feb 08, 2013
Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board.

The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board shall provide information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents to the Children’s Cabinet. The purpose of the Cabinet is to facilitate and require coordination of policy, planning, and budgeting affecting programs and services for children and their families. The cabinet carries out its functions in order to assure the most efficient and effective use of resources, particularly through programs for intervention and prevention and through services that assist and support children.

According to statute, the advisory board shall be composed of the following members:
  • A representative from Agenda for Children;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Children's Trust Fund;
  • A representative from Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition;
  • A representative from Louisiana Early Steps;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges;
  • The director of the State Head Start Collaboration Project;
  • A representative from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board;
  • A representative from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service;
  • No fewer than three and no more than five parents nominated by agencies represented herein and approved by the cabinet;
  • The deputy secretary of the office of children and family services of the Department of Children and Family Services or their designee;
  • The assistant secretary of the office for citizens with developmental disabilities of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of public health of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of behavioral health of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • The director of the bureau of health services financing of the Department of Health and Hospitals;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, to be designated by the executive director;
  • The assistant secretary of the office of juvenile justice of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections;
  • Three representatives of the Department of Education, to be designated by the superintendent as follows:
    • One member representing academic programs, including early childhood;
    • One member representing special education; and
    • One member representing educational support programs including secondary vocational education.
  • A representative of the division of administration, as designated by the commissioner;
  • A member of the Louisiana Families In Need Of Services Association;
  • A member of the Louisiana Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association;
  • A member of the Louisiana Catholic Conference;
  • The president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System or his designee;
  • The chief executive officer of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, health care services division, or his designee;
  • A representative of the National Association of Social Workers;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations;
  • A representative from the Louisiana Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics;
  • The president of the Louisiana Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or his designee;
  • A member of the Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care;
  • A member of the Louisiana Chapter of the March of Dimes;
  • A representative of Families Helping Families;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Childcare Agencies;
  • A representative of Louisiana Children's Advocacy Centers;
  • A representative of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University;
  • A representative of the Louisiana Primary Care Association; and,
  • A representative of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families.
Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board:

Teri Hrabovsky, of Jefferson, is the President of the Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parent Association and a certified foster parent. Hrabovsky will be appointed to serve as a parent nominated by the agencies represented and approved by the cabinet, as required by statute.

Myra Magee, of Angie, is the owner and director of Pride and Hope Ministry Family Support Services. Magee will be reappointed to serve as a parent nominated by the agencies represented and approved by the cabinet, as required by statute.

Dr. David Walden, of Bossier, is a former substance abuse prevention educator and presently the Training Director of the Bossier Parish Sheriff Department Training Center. Dr. Walden will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Board, as required by statute.

Makesha Judson, of Baton Rouge, is the State Director of the Program Services of the March of Dimes of Louisiana. Judson will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Louisiana Chapter of the March of Dimes, as required by statute. 

Dr. Jay Osofsky, Ph.D., of New Orleans, is a professor of pediatrics, psychiatry, and public health at the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans. Dr. Osofsky will be appointed to serve as a designee of the CEO of the LSU Health Science Center, as required by statute.

Martin Gutierrez, of Metairie, is the Vice President of Community Services Ministry of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Gutierrez will be appointed to serve as a member of the Louisiana Catholic Conference, as required by statute.

Sharon Tucker, of Baton Rouge, is the Deputy Secretary of Operations at the Department of Children and Family Services. Tucker will be appointed to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children and Family Services, as required by statute.

Jodie Holloway, M.D., of Mandeville, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the LSU Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in New Orleans. Holloway will be appointed to serve as a representative of the Louisiana Council for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, as required by statute.

 
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