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:

Pontchartrain Levee District
The purpose of the Pontchartrain Levee District is to operate, maintain and protect the federal levee system(s), specifically authorized and constructed flood control and hurricane risk reduction projects. The district’s function is to ensure the Mississippi River Levee and Hurricane Protection Levee structural integrities are not compromised in any way so that they will function as constructed and designed by the federal government when necessary to prevent or mitigate flood damages throughout the six east bank parishes of this district.

Blaine J. Sheets, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Pontchartrain Levee District. Mr. Sheets is the owner of Specialized Industrial Maintenance in Gonzales. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Canadian National Railway Company, formerly known as the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway Company.

Leonard J. Wilson Jr., of New Sarpy, was appointed to the Pontchartrain Levee District. Prior to retirement, Mr. Wilson worked as an operator at Valero Oil Refinery in Norco. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Canadian National Railway Company, formerly known as the Illinois Central Railroad Company.

 

Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps
The Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps serves to advise and assist the Lead Agency in the performance of its responsibilities, particularly in regard to: (a) identification of the sources of fiscal and other support for early intervention services; (b) assignment of financial responsibility to the appropriate agency; and (c) promotion of interagency agreements. The Council also advises and assists the Lead Agency in the preparation of applications, the transition of infants and toddlers to preschool or other appropriate services at age three, and the preparation and submission of an annual report to the Governor and to appropriate federal authorities on the Status of EarlySteps.

Colleen Klein-Ezell, Ph.D., of Hammond, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps. Dr. Klein-Ezell is a professor and department head at Southeastern Louisiana University. She will serve as a member who is involved in the preparation and training of early intervention providers to become qualified to provide services.

Michelle Reneé, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana State Interagency Coordinating Council for EarlySteps. Ms. Reneé is a program manager at the Louisiana Department of Health. She will serve as a representative from the Louisiana Department of Health, Medicaid Division.

 

Military Family Assistance Board
The Military Family Assistance Board is responsible for establishing rules for funding need-based claims submitted by families of activated military personnel and travel assistance for deployed military personnel.

Elizabeth A. “Alex” Juan, of Denham Springs, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Board. Ms. Juan is the communications director for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. She will serve as an honorably discharged veteran of the Louisiana National Guard or the active or other reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces, as required by statute.

John E. Nolan Jr., of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Family Assistance Board. Mr. Nolan is the outreach director and an executive officer for the Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs. He will serve as an honorably discharged veteran of the Louisiana National Guard or the active or other reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces, as required by statute.

 

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.

Tyler P. Gray, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Water Resources Commission. Mr. Gray is the general counsel for the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. He will serve as a representative from a list submitted jointly by the Louisiana Chemical Association, Louisiana Mid-Content Oil and Gas Association, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, and the Louisiana Pulp and Paper Association.

Lindsey K. Gouedy, of Choudrant, was appointed to the Water Resources Commission. Ms. Gouedy is a self-employed environmental education consultant. She was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Sparta Groundwater Conservation District.

 

State Plumbing Board
The State Plumbing Board is responsible for protecting all persons who use and rely upon plumbing and medical gas piping systems for personal or commercial needs, and for affording protection against incompetent, inexperienced or unlawful acts by persons who perform work on plumbing and medical gas piping systems. The board qualifies and examines applicants for plumbers' licenses and serves, licenses and enforces the law.

Terry J. Smith, of Prarieville, was appointed to the State Plumbing Board. Mr. Smith is the president of American Plumbing in Baton Rouge. As required by statute, Mr. Smith was nominated by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Louisiana and will serve as a master plumber on the board.

Kelly G. Craft, of Ragley, was reappointed to the State Plumbing Board. Mr. Craft is a business agent for the U.A. Local 198 Plumbers and Steamfitters. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Plumber’s & Steamfitter’s Union and will serve as a journeyman plumber on the board.

James C. Finley Sr., of Destrehan, was reappointed to the State Plumbing Board. Mr. Finley is the president of C.N. Finley, Inc. in New Orleans. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Department of Health and will serve as a registered engineer 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, Louisiana’s military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana.

Deborah B. Randolph, of Alexandria, was reappointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Ms. Randolph is the president of the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of Commerce. She will serve as a president of a regional economic development organization, as required by statute.

 

Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality
The Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality is responsible for researching and reviewing all state laws, regulations, guidelines, policies, and procedures that impact perinatal care and, where appropriate, making recommendations to the legislature and secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health. In addition, the Commission is responsible for providing a plan that the state can adopt to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies, sick infants and infant mortalities.

Amarjit S. Nijjar, M.D., of Alexandria, was appointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Dr. Nijjar is the medical director at Pediatrix Medical Group in Alexandria. He will serve the commission as a neonatologist actively engaged in medical education.

Emily A. Stevens, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality. Ms. Stevens is the director of care management at Woman’s Hospital. She will serve as a social worker representative on the commission.

 

Louisiana D.A.R.E Advisory Board
The Louisiana Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Advisory Board is charged with developing, promoting, monitoring and evaluating the D.A.R.E. program throughout the state. In this respect, the Board serves as an advisory body to the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice.

Victor E. Jones Jr., of Natchez, was reappointed to the Louisiana D.A.R.E. Advisory Board. Sheriff Jones is the sheriff of Natchitoches Parish. He will serve the commission as a member of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association.