Meet the Staff
Beth Meeks, Executive Director
Beth Meeks is currently the Executive Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a statewide non-profit that provides advocacy, education, allocation of funds, and technical assistance to 16 domestic violence programs in local communities throughout Louisiana. She has a Masters Degree in Forensic Psychology, has been a certified Hostage Negotiator and police trainer and has specialized training in media relations. She is a frequent trainer for probation, medical professionals and other service providers.
Ms. Meeks has worked in the field of domestic violence for more than 25 years. Prior to her current position she served for more than 13 years as the Executive Director of one of Ohio’s largest domestic violence and rape crisis programs. During her tenure, the agency and staff received 12 state or county wide awards for innovative programming and quality services, including an Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro’s Promising Practice Award, and designations for Outstanding Organization Statewide and Outstanding Domestic Violence Project Statewide. She also served on the Board of Directors, Public Policy Committee and Batterers’ Intervention Committee of the statewide domestic violence coalition in Ohio. She served on the committee that authored the current Batterers’ Intervention Standards in Ohio. Ms. Meeks is herself the recipient of several awards including an Attorney General Lee Fisher Unsung Hero Award, an Athena award presented by Senator George Voinovich and Congressman Mike Oxley, a Community Impact Award and a Business and Professional Women’s Award. Ms. Meeks currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission, Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement Victims Advisory Board, the Louisiana State Sexual Assault Task Force and the Louisiana State Victims Assistance Academy Planning Team. She also serves on the Louisiana Interstate Compact for Juveniles Board, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review Panel and chaired the Statewide Task Force on Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Programs empaneled by the Louisiana legislature in 2011. As the main lobbyist for LCADV, Ms. Meeks provides testimony to the Louisiana legislature on domestic violence issues and legislative analysis for member programs.
Kim Clement, Director of Program Development
Kim Clement has worked in in the field of violence against women for twelve years. Ms. Clement began her career as an advocate for survivors of domestic violence at The Haven, Inc. She occupied multiple roles with various positions throughout the organization. She has worked in administration at various non-profits and has extensive experience with accreditation and quality assurance processes. She has specific experience in children’s programming and has served as an advisory board member of the Lafourche Parish Supervised Visitation and Exchange Program. Ms. Clement has spent significant time working in community engagement. She has worked with the media and major corporations to secure program support. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Family and Youth Advocacy from Nicholls State University.
Mariah Stidham Wineski, Director of Public Affairs and Ally Engagement
Mariah Stidham Wineski manages public education and prevention campaigns, statewide trainings, communications, public policy, and ally engagement. She also works to improve LCADV’s capacity to provide legislative advocacy on the state and national levels. Ms. Wineski has twelve years of experience working throughout the United States and internationally on social change campaigns, violence prevention, and curriculum development. She is trained as an instructor by the Stalking Resource Center, a program of the National Center for Victims of Crime. She has additional specialized training in financial management and sustainability, program design, and legislative advocacy. She has extensive experience with statewide organizations, having previously served as Director of Education at Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. She has coordinated legislative policy, public affairs, and media relations for regional and national women’s health organizations and has managed several regional gang violence prevention initiatives. Ms. Wineski served on the board of directors for Boulder Sister Cities and has provided international consultation on educational policy and curriculum development. She has a B.A. in Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies and an M.S. in Sociology. She is fluent in Spanish.
Russell Bonewitz, Finance & Operations Manager
Russell Bonewitz has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance and an Accounting Minor from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Mr. Bonewitz has over 20 years’ accounting experience in the private, state, & corporate sectors. His experience ranges from Controller to Small Business Owner to Office Manager. Mr. Bonewitz has played a key role in revamping and streamlining the accounting policies and procedures, and has been an important part of monitoring grant spending, filing grant reports, creating budgets, reviewing grant applications, as well as organizing the accounting records for smooth annual audit preparations.
Rhonda Evans, Systems Advocate
Rhonda has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M. She was most recently a Professor of Sociology at Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts. Prior to that she served as a Department Head and Criminal Justice Professor at the University of Louisiana Lafayette for more than 10 years. Rhonda has extensive expertise in both domestic and sexual violence as well as gender, race and justice issues. She has authored or co-authored more than 20 publications and 15 research projects on these issues. She has served on numerous community boards and committees, including serving as a Faith House Board Member.
Ashle Hayes, Systems Advocate
Ashle has a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and has spent the last 8 years in non-profit work. Ashle has past experience in community organizing where she worked with community members to identify resources and craft solutions to problems such as violence, drugs and housing in impoverished communities. She has also worked in administration and has extensive experience with non-profit finances, budgeting and employee management. She is a current Board Member with the Louisiana Federation for Families and Children’s Mental Health, Inc. LFFCMH is a statewide advocacy organization for families of children and youth with mental health needs.
Cory Alford, Attorney
Cory has an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA and his Juris Doctorate from the Southern University Law Center. He also spent time studying overseas at The University College of London, England. Cory was most recently a law clerk at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services where he helped author a Guide to Child Support. He also worked with the Elder Law Clinic at Southern and has done internships with pro bono projects working on immigration cases as well as working on death penalty cases at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center.
Jeremy Woolard, Attorney
Jeremy has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Carolina University and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University. Jeremy previously worked with a firm primarily handling disability cases. While in law school Jeremy contributed more than 150 hours of pro bono work at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. He worked extensively in the Domestic Violence Law Clinic at Tulane where he represented clients in divorce and child custody cases, and contributed to a specialized training for prosecutors handling DV cases. He also spent time at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the Family Law Unit and the Homeless Advocacy Unit.
Dawn Joseph, Project Administrator
Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from the University of New Orleans. She has spent much of her career in administrative roles with non-profits where she coordinated tasks as diverse as payroll and event planning. Dawn has extensive experience in the design of websites, advertisements, charts, graphs, spreadsheets and other print resources. She has also done disaster work with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and provided direct services to Seniors and underprivileged youth. Dawn designed the Louisiana statewide license plate recognizing the issue of domestic violence.