Edwards announces Children and Family Services Committee

Courtesy: John Bel Edwards/Twitter/MGN Online
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BATON ROUGE, La (Press Release) - Governor-elect John Bel Edwards has announced a sixth transition committee.

The Children and Family Services Committee will make recommendations on ways in which the state can better empower Louisiana families and prioritize the safety and well-being of our children. The Committee is also charged with identifying ways in which the Department of Children and Family Services can be fully staffed and funded in order to fulfill its mission.

“Children must be our number one priority in all that we do” Gov.-elect Edwards said. “I’ve asked this committee to focus on the well-being of our children which should be at the heart of every solution they seek. We can and must do better by our children, and I look forward to this committee's recommendations.”

The Committee is chaired by Katherine Spaht, Professor of Law, Emeritus at the LSU Law Center. It is co-chaired by Judge Guy Bradberry, 14th Judicial District Court.

The following is a list of those serving on the Children and Family Services Committee:

Annetta Garner, Leadership Academy Coordinator, Volunteers for Youth Justice
Artelia Bennett-Banks, Program Specialist-Social Services, Department of Children and Family Services
Bambi Polotzola, COO, Immaculate Heart of Mary, PSC
Betty Cooper, Instructor, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Cathy Johnson, President, Jefferson Federation of Teachers
Charmaine Caccioppi, COO and Executive VP, United Way of South East Louisiana
Clifton Starks, President, Central Trades & Labor Council of Shreveport AFL-CIO
Darrin Goss, President and CEO, Capital Area United Way
DeLisa Washington, Board Member, Louisiana Association of Educators
Jacqui Vines, Former Senior Vice President at Cox Communications Southeast Region
Judge Guy Bradberry, Judge, 14th Judicial District Court
Judge John Campbell, Retired Judge, Minden City Court
Julio Galan, President and CEO, Family and Youth Counseling Agency
Katherine Spaht, Professor of Law, Emeritus, LSU Law Center
LaMonica Jones, President, Monroe City Association of Educators
Mallery Callahan, Reverend, LA Home & Foreign Mission Baptist State Convention
Pam Hutchinson, Community Activist
Samuel Tolbert, President, National Baptist Convention of America
Sandie Lollie, Vice President, Louisiana Federation of Teachers
Sharon Braggs, Itinerant Hearing Specialist, Caddo Parish Schools
Sherry Guarisco, Executive Director, Louisiana Partnership of Children and Families
Wanda Washington, Child Welfare Supervisor, Department of Children and Family Services