Gov. Edwards appointed two Ascension citizens to Louisiana boards and commissions in the most recent wave of appointments.

H. Eugene “Gene” Hoover Jr., of Gonzales, was appointed to the Louisiana Finfish Task Force. Mr. Hoover is a retired high school principal with the St. James Parish School Board. As required by statute, he was nominated by the Louisiana Chapter of B.A.S.S. to serve as a member possessing recreational freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses.

The Louisiana Finfish Task Force was established to study and monitor the finfish industry and to make recommendations to the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and other state agencies for the maximization of benefit from the finfish industry for the state of Louisiana and its citizens.

Candace M. Melancon, of Sorrento, was reappointed to the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners. Ms. Melancon is a licensed practical nurse and PI Coordinator-Supervisor at Ochsner. As required by statute, she was nominated by the Louisiana Federation of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc.

The Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners prescribes minimum curricula and standards for practical nurses, examines and licenses qualified applicants, accredits practical nurse schools and courses, and conducts hearings upon charges calling for discipline of a licensee.