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Jul 30, 2008
Governor Announces Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board

BATON ROUGE- Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board.

The Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board shall provide, information and recommendations from the perspective of advocacy groups, service providers, and parents to the Children’s Cabinet. The purpose of the Cabinet is to facilitate and require coordination of policy, planning, and budgeting affecting programs and services for children and their families. The cabinet carries out its functions in order to assure the most efficient and effective use of resources, particularly through programs for intervention and prevention and through services that assist and support children.

According to statute, the board is comprised of forty gubernatorial appointments including:

  • A representative from Agenda for Children
  • A representative from the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund
  • A representative from Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Council on Child Abuse)
  • A representative from the Louisiana Maternal and Child Health Coalition
  • A representative from Louisiana Early Steps (formerly Child Net)
  • A representative from the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • The director of the State Head Start Collaboration Project
  • A representative from the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board
  • A representative from Louisiana State University, Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service
  • No fewer than three and no more than five parents nominated by agencies represented herein and approved by the cabinet
  • The assistant secretary of the office of community services of the Department of Social Services
  • The assistant secretary of the office of family support of the Department of Social Services
  • The assistant secretary of the office for citizens with developmental disabilities of the Department of Health and Hospitals
  • The assistant secretary of the office of public health of the Department of Health and Hospitals
  • The assistant secretary of the office of mental health of the Department of Health and Hospitals
  • The director of the bureau of health services financing of the Department of Health and Hospitals
  • A representative of the Louisiana Workforce Commission (formerly the Department of Labor), to be designated by its secretary
  • The assistant secretary of the office of youth development of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections
  • Three representatives of the Department of Education to be designated by the superintendent as follows:
    • One member representing academic programs
    • One member representing special education
    • One member representing educational support programs
  • The board also includes a representative of the Division of Administration, as designated by its commissioner
  • A member of the Commission on Perinatal Care and Prevention of Infant Mortality
  • A member of the Louisiana Families In Need Of Services Association
  • A member of the Louisiana Court-Appointed Special Advocate Association
  • A member of the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops (formerly Louisiana Catholic Conference)
  • The president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System or his designee
  • The chief executive officer of the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, health care services division, or his designee
  • A representative of the National Association of Social Workers
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations
  • A representative from the Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • The assistant secretary of the office for addictive disorders of the Department of Health and Hospitals
  • The president of the Louisiana Council of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry or his designee
  • A member of the Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the March of Dimes
  • A representative of Families Helping Families
  • A representative of the Louisiana Association of Childcare Agencies
  • A representative of Louisiana Children's Advocacy Centers
  • A representative of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University
  • A representative of the Louisiana Primary Care Association
  • A representative of the Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families 

Appointments to the Children's Cabinet Advisory Board:

Janice Allen, of Baton Rouge, is the department director of Adoptions for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Baton Rouge and represents the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops on the board, in accordance with statute.

Susan Batson, of Baton Rouge, is the director of educational improvement and assistance in the Department of Education and is one of three representatives of the Department of Education serving on the board, in accordance with statute.

Michael J. Coogan, MD, of Baton Rouge, is a pediatrician with Coogan, Drumm & Melton.  Dr. Coogan is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and will represent the AAP on the board, in accordance with statute. 

Michael Duffy, of Greenwell Springs, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Addictive Disorders of the Department of Health and Hospitals.  Duffy will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Anna Fogle, of Baton Rouge, is the president and chief executive officer of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana and will serve as its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

M. Rony Francois, M.D., of Baton Rouge, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Public Health of the Department of Health and Hospitals.  Francois will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Donna Nola-Ganey, of Baton Rouge, is the assistant superintendent of the Department of Education and is one of three representatives of the Department of Education serving on the board, in accordance with statute.

Marketa G. Gautreau, of Baton Rouge, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Community Services of the Department of Social Services. Gautreau will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Lynda Gavioli, of Monroe, is the executive director of the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana in Monroe.  She is the representative of Louisiana Partnership for Children and Families serving on the board, in accordance with statute.

Frankie George, of Baton Rouge, is the state director of the Louisiana chapter of the March of Dimes and is its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Stewart T. Gordon, MD, of Baton Rouge, is the chief of pediatrics at the LSU Health Sciences Center and is the designee of Michael K. Butler, MD, MHA, CPE, FACPE, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the LSU Health Care Services Division, in accordance with statute.

Prince Gray, Jr., of Port Allen, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Youth Development of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Gray will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Dr. Melanie Guste, of Baton Rouge, is the president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and is its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Etta Harris-Whitmore, of Baton Rouge, is a state budget manager in the Office of Planning and Budget in the Division of Administration.  Harris-Whitmore will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Judy Harrison, of Baton Rouge, is the executive director of the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund and will serve on the board, in accordance with statute. 

Mary Louise Jones, of Baton Rouge, is the elementary standards section supervisor in the Department of Education.  Jones will serve as one of three representatives of the Department of Education on the board, in accordance with statute.

Jennifer Johnson Karle, of Natchitoches, is the executive director of Cane River Children’s Services and is the representative of the Louisiana Association of Childcare Agencies serving on the board, in accordance with statute. 

Anissa W. Kaywood, of Darrow, is the president of the Families In Need of Services Association and will serve as its representative, in accordance with statute.

Kathy Kliebert, of Thibodaux, is the assistant secretary of the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities of the Department of Health and Hospitals and will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Judge Patricia Koch, of Alexandria, is judge of Division E of the 9th Judicial District.  Judge Koch will represent the Louisiana Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the board, in accordance with statute.

Jennifer Kopke, of Jefferson, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Mental Health in the Office of Health and Hospitals and will serve on the board in accordance with statute.

Rhonda R. Litt, of Zachary, is the executive director of the Louisiana Primary Care Association and will serve as the association’s representative on the board, in accordance with statute.

Dr. Joe D. May, of Baton Rouge, is the president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.  May will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Girard Melancon, of Baton Rouge, is the special assistant to the secretary of the Louisiana Workforce Commission and will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Dr. Geoffrey Nagle, of New Orleans, is the director of the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health at Tulane University and is its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Alison Neustrom, of Baton Rouge, is the assistant secretary of the Office of Family Support of the Department of Social Services. Neustrom will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Chip Peters, of Baton Rouge, is the executive director of the Louisiana Assembly on School-Based Health Care and is its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Jerry Phillips, of Baton Rouge, is the director of the Bureau of Health Services Financing of the Department of Health and Hospitals.  Phillips will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Ronald A. Rossitto, of Lake Charles, is the first assistant district attorney for Calcasieu Parish and represents the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advisory Board.  Rossitto will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

Michelle Smith, of Baton Rouge, is the state coordinator of the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Louisiana and will serve as its representative, in accordance with statute.

Kahree Wahid, of Lecompte, is the director of the Louisiana Head Start Collaboration Project in the Department of Social Services and will serve on the board in accordance with statute.

Judith H. Watts, of New Orleans, is the president and chief executive officer of Agenda for Children and is its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Carmen Weisner, of Baton Rouge, is the executive director of the National Association of Social Workers and will serve as its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

Dr. Becky White, of Baton Rouge, is an associate professor at the LSU School of Human Ecology and is a family development specialist. White is the designee of Dr. Paul Coreil, Vice Chancellor and the director of the LSU Ag-Center, and she will serve on the board, in accordance with statute.

John E. Wyble, of Franklinton, is the executive director of Louisiana CASA and will serve as its representative to the board, in accordance with statute.

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