BATON ROUGE — On Sept. 15, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions. Of the appointees is Gwendolyn W. Hilliard, of Prairieville, to the Volunteer Louisiana Commission. 

Hilliard is a mentor with the Big Buddy Program and the Boys and Girls Club. She also serves as a frequent volunteer with Volunteer Ascension and the American Red Cross. Ms. Hilliard will serve as a representative of community-based agencies or community-based organizations within Louisiana on the commission.

The Volunteer Louisiana Commission is charged with encouraging community service as a means of community and state problem-solving, promoting and supporting citizen involvement in government and private programs, developing a long-term comprehensive vision and plan for action for community service initiatives in Louisiana, acting as the state's policy-making body for the Corporation on National and Community Service, and serving as the state's liaison to national and state organizations that support its mission. Appointments to the commission are made by the Governor in collaboration with the Lieutenant Governor.

Edwards also named Blaine J. Sheets, of Gonzales, to the Pontchartrain Levee District. Sheets is the owner of Specialized Industrial Maintenance in Gonzales. As required by statute, he was nominated by and will serve as a representative of the Canadian National Railway Company, formerly known as the Louisville, New Orleans and Texas Railway Company.

The purpose of the Pontchartrain Levee District is to operate, maintain and protect the federal levee system(s), specifically authorized and constructed flood control and hurricane risk reduction projects. The district’s function is to ensure the Mississippi River Levee and Hurricane Protection Levee structural integrities are not compromised in any way so that they will function as constructed and designed by the federal government when necessary to prevent or mitigate flood damages throughout the six east bank parishes of this district.

Terry J. Smith, of Prairieville, was appointed to the State Plumbing Board. Smith is the president of American Plumbing in Baton Rouge. As required by statute, Mr. Smith was nominated by the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Louisiana and will serve as a master plumber on the board.

The State Plumbing Board is responsible for protecting all persons who use and rely upon plumbing and medical gas piping systems for personal or commercial needs, and for affording protection against incompetent, inexperienced or unlawful acts by persons who perform work on plumbing and medical gas piping systems. The board qualifies and examines applicants for plumbers' licenses and serves, licenses and enforces the law.