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 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.

Donald W. North, of Zachary, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Mr. North is an attorney and professor at Southern University Law Center. He will serve as the representative of the 1st Appellate Court District. As required by statute, Mr. North was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 1st Appellate Court District.

Katherine E. Gilmer, of Shreveport, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Ms. Gilmer is an attorney with Elton B. Richey & Associates, LLC. She will serve as the representative of the 2nd Appellate Court District. As required by statute, Ms. Gilmer was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 2nd Appellate Court District.

Michael C. Ginart Jr., of Meraux, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Mr. Ginart is an attorney and the owner of the Law Offices of Michael C. Ginart Jr., LLC. He will serve as the representative of the 4th Appellate Court District. As required by statute, Mr. Ginart was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 4th Appellate Court District.

Thomas D. Davenport Jr., of Alexandria, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Mr. Davenport is an attorney and the owner of The Davenport Firm, APLC. He will serve as the representative of the 3rd Appellate Court District. As required by statute, Mr. Davenport was nominated by the majority of public defenders in the 3rd Appellate Court District.

Patrick J. Fanning, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Public Defender Board. Mr. 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.

 

Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission
The Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission is responsible for constructing, maintaining, repairing, and operating the dual span bridge-Expressway and requisite approaches, and the Causeway Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain connecting Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes.

Patrick Lindsey Williams, of Metairie, was appointed to the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission. Mr. Williams is an attorney in private practice and will serve as a representative of Jefferson Parish. As required by statute, he was nominated by a legislator who represents Jefferson Parish.

Patrick W. Fitzmorris, of Madisonville, was appointed to the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission. Mr. Fitzmorris is an assistant managing director at The Azby Fund and will serve as a representative of St. Tammany Parish. As required by statute, he was nominated by a legislator who represents St. Tammany Parish.       

 

Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee
The Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee serves to protect the general public from incompetent and fraudulent acts of residential contractors while promoting the integrity of the construction industry.

Wesley L. Wyman Jr., of Belle Chasse, was reappointed to the Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee. Mr. Wyman is the president and owner of W. L. Wyman Construction Co, Inc. He was nominated by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association and will serve as the representative for the 1st Congressional District.

Frank W. Morse Jr., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee. Mr. Morse is the president of Morse Homes Inc. He was nominated by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association and will serve as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

Jody S. Guidry, of Lake Charles, was appointed to the Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee. Mr. Guidry is the owner of JG Development and Construction LLC and a member of Guidry Realty. He was nominated by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association and will serve as the representative for the 3rd Congressional District.

James C. “Jim” Fine, of Bossier City, was appointed to the Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee. Mr. Fine is a founder and vice-president of Duggan & Fine Construction Co., Inc. He was nominated by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association and will serve as the representative for the 4th and 5th Congressional Districts.

Robert J. “Rob” Hamilton, of Houma, was appointed to the Residential Building Contractors Subcommittee. Mr. Hamilton is the president and owner of Rob Hamilton Construction, Inc. He was nominated by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association and will serve as the representative for the 6th Congressional District.

 

Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District
The Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District serves as a multi-parish authority to mitigate flood damage in the Amite River Basin. The Commission works to accomplish flood control measures by facilitating cooperation between federal, state and local governing bodies to foster floodplain management, maintaining and operating structures built under the auspices of the Commission, and coordinating river management within the basin.

Burrell J. Carter, of Greensburg, was appointed to the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District. Prior to his retirement, Judge Carter served as the chief judge for the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He will serve as a representative of St. Helena Parish. As required by statute, Judge Carter was nominated by a legislator representing St. Helena Parish.

Donald E. Thompson, of Baton Rouge, was reappointed to the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District. Mr. Thompson is a part owner of American Press and will serve as an at-large member on the board. As required by statute, Mr. Thompson was nominated by a legislator representing a parish within the district.

Willie George Lee, of Denham Springs, was reappointed to the Amite River Basin Drainage and Water Conservation District. Mr. Lee is retired and will serve as a representative of St. Helena Parish. As required by statute, Mr. Lee was nominated by a legislator representing St. Helena Parish.

 

Louisiana Physical Therapy Board
The Louisiana Physical Therapy Board licenses and regulates physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who wish to work in Louisiana. The Board is mandated to interpret the scope of practice for physical therapy, write regulations and discipline licensees who have violated the law.

Craig A. Prejean, of Scott, was appointed to the Louisiana Physical Therapy Board. Mr. Prejean is a physical therapist assistant at St. Landry Extended Care Hospital. He will serve as a physical therapist assistant on the board.

 

Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists
The Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists is responsible for licensure and regulation of psychologists within the state.

Amy M. Henke, Psy.D., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. Dr. Henke is an assistant professor of clinical psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Psychological Association.

 

Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act
In December of 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESSA), was signed into law. The ESSA aspires to give parents, local educators and communities a voice in making decisions affecting education. It seeks to empower state and local decision-makers to develop and strengthen their own systems for school improvement based upon evidence. The ESSA reduces testing requirements thereby allowing more time for instruction while still maintaining measures to make sure our children are learning. Finally, the ESSA strives to provide every student with high quality educational opportunities, regardless of his or her zip code.

Governor John Bel Edwards established the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act through Executive Order on May 26, 2016. The Council is tasked with conducting an extensive review of the ESSA and making recommendations on specific actions necessary for the implementation of the ESSA in Louisiana.

Larry J. Carter Jr., of New Orleans, was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on the Every Student Succeeds Act. Mr. Carter is the president of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers and United Teachers of New Orleans.

 

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.

Bridget A. Dinvaut, of LaPlace, was appointed to the Reentry Advisory Council. Ms. Dinvaut is the district attorney for the 40th Judicial District. As required by statute, she was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.

 

Louisiana 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.

Richard G. Perque, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. Mr. Perque is an attorney at Perque Law Office and will serve as the representative of the 2nd Congressional District.

 

Tensas Basin Levee District
The Tensas Basin Levee District provides flood protection for a large portion of Southeast Arkansas and Northeast Louisiana. The district serves to construct, operate and maintain flood control structures including 434 miles of levee, 361 miles of flood control channels, 135 floodgates, 7 storm water pumping stations, and 15 dams (weirs).

James R. “Rodney” Hutchins, of Harrisonburg, was reappointed to the Tensas Basis Levee District. Mr. Hutchins is the owner and manager of Rodney Hutchins Farm and will serve as a representative of Catahoula Parish.

Ramona N. Haire, of Rayville, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Prior to retiring, Ms. Haire worked as the Richland Parish Clerk of Court. She will serve as an at-large member on the levee district.

Edward Ashley Peters, of Winnsboro, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Mr. Peters is the owner of Peters Crop Consulting and will serve as a representative of Franklin Parish.

 

South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East provides flood protection for the east side of the Mississippi River in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Bernard parishes.

Jason P. Latiolais, of Ponchatoula, was appointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Mr. Latiolais is a NSA Group Manager for Barriere Construction. He will serve as an engineer or a professional in a related field. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.

Andrew J. Englande, Ph.D., of Madisonville, was appointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Dr. Englande works as an environmental consultant for EBS, LLC. He will serve as a civil engineer. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.

Hebert I. Miller, of Metairie, was appointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Prior to retiring in 2014, Mr. Miller was a civil engineer for URS Corporation. He will serve as an engineer or a professional in a related field. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.

Quentin D. Dastugue, of Metairie, was appointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Mr. Dastugue is the CEO of Property One Commercial Real Estate and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He will serve as an at-large member. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.

Clay A. Cossé, of Arabi, was reappointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Prior to retiring in 2012, Mr. Cossé served as the director of housing and redevelopment for St. Bernard Parish Government. He will serve as an at-large member. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.

Lambert J. “Joe” Hassinger Jr., of New Orleans, was reappointed to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Mr. Hassinger is the director at Galloway Johnson. He will serve as an at-large member. As required by statute, his name was submitted by the nominating organization for SLFPA-E.