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:

Parish Boards of Election Supervisors
The purpose of the board in each parish is to oversee and supervise all elections within the parish to ensure the safety and accuracy of the democratic process. The Board of Election Supervisors oversees the preparation and conducting of each election in the parish. Each parish’s board is composed of the parish’s registrar of voters, the parish’s clerk of court, the chairman of the parish executive committee of each recognized political party and one member appointed by the governor.

Louis C. Bernard, of Natchitoches, was appointed to the Natchitoches Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Prior to retiring, Mr. Bernard served as the Natchitoches Parish clerk of court.

Janice K. Ackley, of Sulphur, was reappointed to the Calcasieu Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Ms. Ackley is the TFL regional manager for the Louisiana Public Health Institute.

Lisa R. McCrell, of Downsville, was appointed to the Union Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Ms. McCrell is an administrative assistant for the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Rachel L. Converse, of Napoleonville, was appointed to the Assumption Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Ms. Converse is a CNA for HomeCare PCA.

Jackson W. Dean, of Winnsboro, was reappointed to the Franklin Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Mr. Dean served as the Franklin Parish assessor for 36 years prior to retiring.

Paul J. “Joey” Murray III, of Destrehan, was appointed to the St. Charles Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Mr. Murray is the president of Murray Architects.

Margie D. Cruse, of Jena, was reappointed to the LaSalle Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Ms. Cruse works for the East Jena Water System and is a Sunday school teacher.

Louria Dell Jefferson, of Arcadia, was reappointed to the Bienville Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Ms. Jefferson is the executive director of Arcadia Women in Action, Inc.

Carlton Campbell, of Abbeville, was appointed to the Vermilion Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Prior to retiring in July of 2016, Mr. Campbell was the chief deputy clerk of court for the Parish of Vermilion.

Sidney H. Cates V, of New Orleans, was appointed to the Orleans Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Mr. Cates is a criminal investigator with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and a former detective with the New Orleans Police Department.

Kermit A. Bourque, of Gonzales, was appointed to the Ascension Parish Board of Election Supervisors. Mr. Bourque is retired and previously served as the Ascension Parish clerk of court.

 

Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners regulates the contract security guard industry in the state of Louisiana making sure companies register their personnel and obtain the required training as prescribed by law.

Hector B. Echegoyen, of Benton, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners. Mr. Echegoyen is the branch manager for The Kehoe Group. He will represent the 5th Public Service Commission District.

Durell P. Pellegrin, of Mandeville, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners. Mr. Pellegrin is the branch manager for Loomis. He will serve the board at-large and will represent a nationally operated security company.

 

Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners
The Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners licenses private investigators and businesses in the state of Louisiana in order to contribute to the safety, health and welfare of the people of Louisiana.

Annette V. Kovac, of Mer Rouge, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners. Ms. Kovac is a private investigator for the Investigative Network. She will represent the 5th Public Service Commission District.

Marcal R. Poullard, of Morse, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners. Mr. Poullard is the owner and an investigator for Encore Investigations and Consulting Company LLC. Mr. Poullard will serve the board at-large and will represent LA Private Investigators.

Walter T. “Tim” Asmussen, of Zachary, was appointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigators. Mr. Asmussen is the owner of Asmussen and Associates, LLC. He will represent the 3rd Public Service Commission District.

Kennith J. Landry, of Lacombe, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners. Mr. Lacombe is the owner of Investigation Research Group, LLC. He will represent the 1st Public Service Commission District.

 

State Police Commission
The State Police Commission was created by constitutional amendment to provide an independent civil service system for all regularly commissioned full-time law enforcement officers employed by the Office of State Police, who are graduates of the State Police training academy of instruction and are vested with full state police powers and persons to become such officers. The mission of the Administration program is to provide a separate merit system for the commissioned officers of Louisiana State Police. In accomplishing this mission, the program administers entry-level cadet examinations and promotional examinations, processes personnel actions, issues certificates of eligibility and schedules appeal and pay hearings.

Monica J. Manzella, of New Orleans, was appointed to the State Police Commission. Ms. Manzella is the assistant city attorney for the City of New Orleans. She will represent the 2nd Congressional District.

 

Louisiana Military Advisory Council
The 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.

Ronald G. Richard, of Baton Rouge, was appointed to the Louisiana Military Advisory Council.  Major General Richard is a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps. Prior to retiring in 2014, he served as the president and CEO of the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

 

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.

James T. “Jay” Dixon Jr., of Lafayette, was appointed to the Reentry Advisory Council. Mr. Dixon is the state public defender. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as the representative of the Louisiana Public Defender Board.

 

Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology
The Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, created by the legislature, provides regulatory authority over persons offering speech-language pathology and audiology services to the public in order to protect the public from incompetent, unscrupulous and unauthorized persons and from unprofessional conduct by speech-language pathologists, audiologists and speech-language pathology assistants.

Stephen J. Harris, of Lafayette, was reappointed to the Louisiana Board of Examiners for Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Mr. Harris is the coordinator of related services for the St. Mary Parish School Board. He will serve the board as a practicing audiologist.

 

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).

Hamilton Drew Keahey, of Columbia, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Mr. Keahey is the owner and president of Keahey Flying Service and Keahey Farm Venture. He will serve as a representative of Caldwell Parish.

Michael A. Calloway, of Monroe, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Mr. Calloway is a self-employed farmer and will serve as a representative of Ouachita Parish.

Julian V. Kinnaird, of Bastrop, was reappointed to the Tensas Basin Levee District. Mr. Kinnaird is a self-employed farmer and will serve as a representative of Morehouse Parish.

 

Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission
The Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission serves to research, collect facts and statistics, and make special studies of conditions pertaining to the employment, health, safety and financial status of women in the state of Louisiana.

Charmaine D. Caccioppi, of Metairie, was appointed to the Louisiana Women’s Policy and Research Commission. Ms. Caccioppi is the COO and executive vice president of the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. She will serve as chair of the Commission.