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Navarra Appointed to North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners

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  • Written By: Melanie Zaffuto

The Tangipahoa Parish Council has appointed businessman Roger Navarra of Independence to the North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners for a six-year term.

Roger Navarra

His appointment was made at the council’s August 27 meeting following their decision to expand North Oaks Health System’s territory, also known as Hospital Service District No. 1 of Tangipahoa Parish.

Navarra’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. Loranger resident Terry Harper also was appointed effective Sept. 10, 2018. With the appointments, the board has grown from five to seven commissioners.

“I have always believed that the health care of our residents should be an extremely high priority,” affirms Navarra. “I am proud to be entrusted with the responsibility of serving on the North Oaks Board of Commissioners.”

A lifelong resident of Tangipahoa parish, Navarra has been a State Farm insurance agent in Independence for more than 32 years. He is an alumnus of Southeastern Louisiana University, where he graduated with honors and a bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor in Business Administration. He also holds the distinction of membership in the university’s prestigious “13 Club,” which recognizes academic excellence.

Navarra reigned as king of the Independence Sicilian Heritage Festival in 2012 and is a past president of the Tangipahoa Parish Life Underwriters Association. Currently, he serves on the Mater Dolorosa Catholic School Board in Independence and belongs to the Independence Chamber of Commerce, for which he is a past vice president.

As an ordained deacon, he serves the parishioners of Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church in Independence and St. Dominic Catholic Church in Husser. He also is chaplain for the Independence Volunteer Fire Department and Mater Dolorosa Knights of Columbus.

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; Terry Harper of Loranger; and Joycelyn Lee, RPh, of Hammond.

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