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:

Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West provides flood protection for the west side of the Mississippi River in Jefferson and Orleans parishes.

Kendall A. Gaddy, of Slidell, was reappointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-West. Mr. Gaddy works for Crescent Technology, Inc. as a project evaluation manager. He will serve as an engineer or professional in a related field. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-W.

 

Commission on Human Rights
The role of the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights is to enforce specific laws pertaining to discriminatory practices in the state of Louisiana. To accomplish this purpose, the Commission uses distinct procedures for intake, investigation, mediation and determination to process official complaints of discrimination.

Julia Mendez, of Kenner, was appointed to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. Ms. Mendez is a principal business consultant for PeopleFluent. She will serve as an at-large member on the commission.

Cyril A. “Kirby” Verret, of Dulac, was reappointed to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Verret is the Title VII Indian education coordinator for the Terrebonne Parish School Board. He will serve as the representative of the 1st Congressional District.

 

Louisiana State Racing Commission
The Louisiana Racing Commission reviews, regulates, governs and supervises all forms of horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering in the State of Louisiana.

Michael A. Shelton, of Alexandria, was appointed to the Louisiana State Racing Commission. Mr. Shelton is the owner of Michael A. Shelton Enterprise, Inc. He will serve as a representative of the 5th Congressional District.

 

Reentry Advisory Council
The Reentry Advisory Council was created to establish a more systematic approach to identifying obstacles that impede successful reentry of ex-offenders. The council is charged with developing and implementing effective reentry strategies that improve public safety.

Courtney L. Baker, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Reentry Advisory Council. Ms. Baker is the director of technology as well as the director of trade, transportation and tourism for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry. She will serve as a representative from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, as required by statute.

 

Louisiana Shrimp Task Force
The Louisiana Shrimp Task Force studies and monitors the shrimp industry and makes recommendations to the state regarding same.

Kristen M. Baumer, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Shrimp Task Force. Mr. Baumer is the president for Paul Piazza & Son, Inc. He will serve as an active Louisiana Shrimp Processor on the task force.

 

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.

Larry M. Reiling Sr., of Covington, was reappointed to the State Plumbing Board. Mr. Reiling is the chief plumbing inspector for St. Tammany Parish Government. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Department of Health and will serve as a plumbing inspector 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 and the military and retired military personnel and their families who reside in Louisiana.

Willie Banks Jr., of Lacamp, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Colonel Banks is a veteran of the United States Army and an attorney in Leesville.

Dylan J. Tete, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council. Mr. Tete is a veteran of the United States Army and the executive director for Bastion Community of Resilience.