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Harper Appointed to North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

The Tangipahoa Parish Council has appointed Terry Harper, a resident of Loranger and retired industrial health and safety professional, to the North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners for a six-year term.

Terry Harper

The council made the appointment effective Sept. 10, 2018 following their decision to expand North Oaks Health System’s territory, also known as Hospital Service District No. 1 of Tangipahoa Parish.

Harper’s appointment is one of two that the parish council has made to ensure representation of the health system’s larger territory on the Board of Commissioners. Independence resident Roger Navarra also was appointed effective Aug. 27, 2018. With the appointments, the board has grown from five to seven commissioners.

“I am excited to be serving on the Board of Commissioners as part of North Oaks Health System,” affirms Harper. “I am looking forward to having the opportunity and challenge of being a part of the day-to-day activities of the health system and helping bring our community and North Oaks closer together as a family.”

A lifelong resident of Tangipahoa Parish and ordained deacon through the Southern Baptist Association, Harper graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science/Biology before embarking on an accomplished career as a certified health and safety professional with Shell Chemical and Shell Oil Company. He worked for the company for nearly 36 years before retiring in 2010 from Shell Health and Safety.

A former member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association, Harper attained numerous certifications in the industry relevant to: occupational health and safety; radiation safety; asbestos; ergonomic and ergonomics workstation assessments; as well as olfactory and odor science.

Harper is a past president of both the Loranger High School Parent-Teacher-Association and Loranger Dixie Youth Baseball and Softball Board of Directors. He continues to represent the Loranger High School Class of 1970 as president.

In the eight years since his retirement from Shell, Harper has shown no signs of slowing down. With a passion for disaster relief, he has volunteered on a tree removal crew, designing recovery-related computer programs, gutting flooded homes and distributing building supplies and FEMA furniture to flood victims to help them recover. He also has served as a photographer for Farm Bureau and management advisor for Wendy’s.

Other North Oaks Board of Commissioners members are Chairman Ron Macaluso, JD, and Vice Chairman Ann Carruth, DNS, RN, of Hammond; Robert Barsley, DDS, JD, and Blake Daniels of Ponchatoula; Joycelyn Lee, RPh, of Hammond; and Roger Navarra of Independence.

For more information about North Oaks Health System or the Board of Commissioners, contact North Oaks Public Relations at (985) 230-6647.