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Photo provided by Melanie Lanaux Zaffuto -- North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners Chairman Blake Daniels, left, presents retiring board member A.J. Bodker with an engraved platter commemorating his 12 years of service from February 2004 to February 2016.

A.J. Bodker, of Ponchatoula, recently retired from the North Oaks Health System Board of Commissioners after 12 years of service.

“It has been a pleasure working with Mr. Bodker. He is both a consummate professional and a gentleman at all times,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Blake Daniels said. “His experience and wisdom have helped guide North Oaks through some of the most tumultuous times ever in health care.”

The Tangipahoa Parish Council appointed Bodker to the board for a six-year term in February 2004 and reappointed him for a second term in 2010. He served as vice chairman from 2010 to 2013 and chairman from 2014 until his retirement.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to serve North Oaks Health System and the people of our region,” Bodker said. “I am humbled, yet proud, to have played a part in North Oaks’ evolution into one of the finest health systems in southeast Louisiana with a national reputation for excellence in patient experience, quality and efficiency.”

Bodker, a retired educator, was Ponchatoula High School’s principal for 35 years. Previously, he taught and coached at Ponchatoula High for 11 years. From 1988 to 2003, he supervised Southeastern Louisiana University student-teachers.

He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Tangipahoa Parish Library and Rosenblum Mental Health Center, past elder of First Presbyterian Church in Ponchatoula and past chairman of the Retired Teachers of Tangipahoa Parish. He has belonged to the Ponchatoula Rotary Club since 1964, was a member of the Ponchatoula Jaycees for 10 years and is a member of the Southeastern Alumni Association, having served as president of the Board of Directors and on the Membership Committee.

Bodker was replaced on the board by Robert E. Barsley, whose six-year term began Feb. 1.