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

Gov. Edwards announced appointments to the following boards and commissions:

Louisiana Folklife Commission
The Louisiana Folklife Commission advises the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development on policy, objectives, and budgeting needs in the identification, preservation, and presentation of Louisiana folk cultural resources.

Teresa Parker Farris, of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Ms. Farris is the deputy director and external affairs manager of the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and will serve as a representative of the university community.

James R. “Jim” Hogg, of Prairieville, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Mr. Hogg is the chief executive officer of the Jim Hogg Group and is the host of the syndicated radio show “Sunday Morning in Hogg Heaven.” Mr. Hogg was nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and will serve as a member who has shown a demonstrated interest in the folk cultural traditions of the state, as required by statute.

Raymond O. Berthelot Jr., of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Mr. Berthelot is a parks program manager for the Office of State Parks and will serve as the office’s representative on the Commission.

Brian M. Davis, of West Monroe, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Mr. Davis is a revolving fund manager for the Louisiana Preservation Alliance, Inc. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Preservation Alliance, Inc., and will serve as its representative on the Commission.

John T. Sharp II, of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Mr. Sharp is the assistant director for research at the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s Center for Louisiana Studies. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Louisiana Folklore Society on the Commission.

Melissa A. Yarborough, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Ms. Yarborough is a special projects director at Manda Fine Meats and a former Spanish teacher. She was nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and will serve as a member who has shown a demonstrated interest in the folk cultural traditions of the state, as required by statute.

Mona Lisa M. Saloy, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Ms. Saloy is a professor and coordinator of English at Dillard University’s School of Humanities. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and will serve as a representative of the university community.

Debra C. Credeur, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Ms. Credeur is the executive director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area within the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. She will serve as a representative of the Office of Tourism.

Kimberly S. Walden, of Jeanerette, was appointed to the Louisiana Folklife Commission. Ms. Walden is the cultural director and tribal historic preservation officer of the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana. She was nominated by the Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism and will serve as a member who has shown a demonstrated interest in the folk cultural traditions of the state, as required by statute.

 

Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District
The mission of the Capital Area Ground Water Conservation District is to provide for the efficient administration, conservation, orderly development, and supplementation of groundwater resources in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. The board develops, promotes, and implements management strategies to provide for the conservation, preservation, protection, recharging, and prevention of waste of the groundwater resources over which it has jurisdictional authority.

Jens P. Rummler, of Oscar, was appointed to the Capital Area Groundwater Conservation District. Mr. Rummler is a USDA-certified master farmer and a Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry certified master cattle producer. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of Pointe Coupee Parish.

 

Employment Security Board of Review
The Employment Security Board of Review acts as the higher authority review for unemployment insurance decisions made by the Louisiana Workforce Commission's lower authority appeals referees.

Sitman S. “Red” Loupe Jr., of Gonzales, was reappointed to the Employment Security Board of Review. Mr. Loupe is a retired executive assistant to the Ascension Parish President and veteran of the Louisiana National Guard. He will serve as a representative of management on 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.

William R. Finley, of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Louisiana Board of Professional Geoscientists. Mr. Finley is a licensed geoscientist and the president of Aqulia, LLC. He is a veteran of the United States Army. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Lafayette Geological Society and will serve as the representative of the 3rd Congressional District.

 

Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission
The Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission was created within the office of the governor for the purpose of assisting the governor's office of community programs to ensure and promote the proper treatment and well-being of animals.

Joelle A. Rupert, of Abbeville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission. Ms. Rupert is a retired animal cruelty investigator. She will serve as a representative of a humane society on the Commission.

Hilton M. Cole, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission. Mr. Cole is the director of the Baton Rouge Animal Control and Rescue and will serve a director of a public animal control agency on the board.

Shelly L. Fontenot, D.V.M., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Louisiana Animal Welfare Commission. Dr. Fontenot is a veterinarian and the medical director for SpayNation for Dogs and Cats. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association.

 

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.

Marie B. “M’Elise” Trahan, of Crowley, was appointed to the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board. Judge Trahan is a judge for the Crowley City Court. As required by statute, she was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

Carnell Washington, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Board. Mr. Washington is the president of the East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

 

Louisiana Cemetery Board
The Louisiana Cemetery Board serves to license non-exempt and exempt cemeteries; monitor and review perpetual care and merchandise trust funds through yearly reporting requirements; approve pre-development applications for cemeteries; and conduct on-site examinations (audits) of cemeteries and other entities with perpetual care and merchandise trust funds. The board also investigates consumer complaints and concerns.

Stacey L. Patin, of Pineville, was reappointed to the Louisiana Cemetery Board. Ms. Patin is the owner of Greenwood Memorial and will serve as a representative of the 4th Public Service Commission District. She was nominated by the Louisiana Cemeteries Association, Inc., as required by statute.

 

Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority
The Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority has the power to provide financial assistance to the Louisiana agricultural community. It has financed, constructed, and owns most of the office buildings and supporting facilities utilized by the Department of Agriculture.

Wilbert J. “Bill” Waguespack Jr., of Thibodaux, was reappointed to the Louisiana Agricultural Finance Authority. Mr. Waguespack is a farmer and the president of Crescent Farms of Vacherie and a veteran of the United States Army Reserves. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Senate President.

 

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.

Chris A. Wisecarver, of Ponchatoula, was reappointed to the Prison Enterprises Board. Mr. Wisecarver is the owner of Better Optics, LLC. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.