Gov. Edwards Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Aug 2, 2019

BATON ROUGE — Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. 

 

Louisiana Real Estate Commission
The Louisiana Real Estate Commission's mission is to serve and protect the public interest in real estate transactions and other real estate-related activities. The Commission accomplishes this by maintaining a tradition of open government; providing fair and equitable administration and enforcement of the Louisiana Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules and Regulations; and through the development of progressive education programs that promote knowledge, ethics, and advancement of the real estate industry.

Jeffrey A. Free of Bossier City has been reappointed to the Louisiana Real Estate Commission. Mr. Free is an associate broker with Coldwell Banker. He is a licensed real estate agent and member of the Northwest Board of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. He is also a Bossier City Councilman. 

State Board of Examiners of Interior Designers
The practice of Interior Design is regulated by the Board in order to protect the public health, safety, and welfare. The Board accomplishes this mission by ensuring that those entering the professional practice of Interior Design meet and maintain the qualifications, standards, and professionalism required to competently practice their profession in Louisiana.

Karen F. Hazel of Ball has been reappointed to the State Board of Examiners for Interior Designers. She is an active member of the Board and holds a license in interior design.

Deborah Steinmetz of New Orleans has been reappointed to the State Board of Examiners for Interior Designers. She is the current board chair and a member since 1989. Ms. Steinmetz has owned and operated Steinmetz Interior Design since 1984. Based in New Orleans, the firm primarily provides space planning, programming, and full-service interior design.

Elizabeth Walther of Covington has been appointed to the State Board of Examiners for Interior Designers. Ms. Walther has 35 years of commercial and residential interior design with Owner Design Studio, LLC. 

Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants Advisory Council 
The Early Identification of Hearing Impaired Infants Advisory Council advises the Office of Public Health on various aspects of the development and implementation of the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants Law, which includes making recommendations on risk factors for hearing loss, program standards and quality assurance, program integration with community resources, materials for distribution, and program implementation and follow-up.

Dr. John Carter of New Orleans was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants. Dr. Carter is an otolaryngologist with Ochsner Health System. He serves children who are deaf and or hard of hearing and understands the current needs of families with deaf and hard of hearing children. He has an excellent approach to caring for young children and a reputation for excellent patient care.

Dr. Ellis Arjmand of New Orleans was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants. He is surgeon general in chief at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans. He is nationally known for his expertise in the areas of health care quality improvement and health economics and for his research related to pediatric hearing impairment. He was chief of the otolaryngology service at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of otolaryngology and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine where he held the Bobby Alford Endowed Chair in pediatric otolaryngology.

Olivia B. Lee of Walker was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Early Identification of Hearing Impairment in Infants. She is the parent of a young, deaf child. She has a valuable perspective and insight being responsible for providing care. She is ready and willing to serve on the Advisory Council to offer support and advice for the purpose of quality assurance.

Bayou D’Arbonne Lake Watershed District
The board of commissioners of the Bayou D'Arbonne Lake Watershed District serves to promote the conservation of soil and water and the development of natural resources and wealth of the district for sanitary, agricultural, and recreational purposes.

Ken Todd DeMoss of Dubach was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District.  Mr. DeMoss is a certified public accountant who owns Walpole Tire and Service, LLC in Ruston, LA. He is an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Louisiana Independent Tire Dealer Association and the Vienna Louisiana Planning & Zoning Commission. He is also a Dixie Youth League baseball coach. Mr. DeMoss represents Lincoln Parish.

Clinton A. Graham of Choudrant was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District. He is CEO of Lincoln Builders, Inc. in Ruston. He is a board member for Boys & Girls Clubs of North Louisiana and past president of Louisiana Associated General Contractors. Mr. Graham will represent Lincoln Parish.

Stephen W. Cagle of Farmerville was reappointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District. He is the vice-president of the Commission and is employed by Jones Environmental. He will represent Union Parish.

Terry Lynn Morris of Spearsville was appointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District. Mr. Morris is the owner of Big Star in Farmerville. He will represent Union Parish.

Trotter Hunt of Ruston was reappointed to the Board of Commissioners for the Lake D’Arbonne Watershed District. He is serving his second year as president of the Commission and is an engineer with Hunt, Guillot & Associates, LLC. He will represent Lincoln Parish.

Central Louisiana Human Services District
The District provides mental health and addiction-related counseling and treatment for adults, children and adolescents in the parishes of Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon and Winn parishes.

Laura N. Jolly of Pineville was appointed to the Central Louisiana Human Services District. Ms. Jolly is an operations manager at Midstate Supply Company, LLC and a licensed Notary. Her seat on the board will represent a parent, consumer, or caregiver of a consumer of services. 

Louisiana Emergency Response Network
The Louisiana Emergency Response Network Board (LERN) serves to defend the public health, safety and welfare by protecting the people of the State of Louisiana against unnecessary deaths and morbidity due to trauma and time-sensitive illness.

Dr. Charles A. Nassauer of Bogalusa has been reappointed to the LERN Board. Dr. Nassauer holds a license in optometry and is a former parish councilman for Franklinton, Louisiana. He will represent The Optometry Association of Louisiana.

Schielanda S. “Schaun” Chevis of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the LERN Board. Ms. Chevis is the emergency preparedness coordinator for the Office of Behavioral Health and the past public health emergency response coordinator for Public Health – Capitol Region. She will represent the Louisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health.