Meet the Staff
Mariah Stidham Wineski, Interim Executive Director
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 thirteen 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 is the current secretary of the Louisiana Domestic Violence Prevention Commission and previously served on the board of directors for Boulder Sister Cities. She also serves on the Victim Services Advisory Board of the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement. She 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.
Sheri Eastridge, Director of Program Development
Sheri Eastridge provides technical assistance and training to support LCADV member programs and manages the Program Development Team, which provides programs with the training and resources necessary to ensure quality shelter, advocacy, and children’s services. Ms. Eastridge holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has eight years of experience working with families in trauma. She has had extensive training from national experts in trauma-informed services and the co-occurrence of domestic violence and substance abuse. She has provided statewide trainings to service providers, law enforcement, and prosecutors. She is trained by Praxis International to conduct Safety and Accountability Audits. She has participated in witness intimidation studies with AEquitas and in state-level grant review teams. In addition to her work to end violence against women, Ms. Eastridge has also managed programs for children with behavioral health disorders and for women with substance abuse and mental health issues. She is currently the secretary of the St. Tammany Commission on Families and serves on the Community Action Agency CSBG Advisory Board and the Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition Steering Committee for Region 9. She is also a member of the Governor’s Council on Homelessness Working Group.
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. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana.
Jeremy Woolard, Attorney
Jeremy has a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Western Carolina University and a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University. While in law school Jeremy worked as a research assistant and student attorney in the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic where he represented clients in divorce and child custody cases, and contributed to a specialized training for prosecutors handling DV cases. He also contributed more than 150 hours of pro bono work at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the Family Law Unit and the Homeless Advocacy Unit. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana.
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.
Nicolette Joseph, Children’s Advocacy Coordinator
Nicolette is an experienced social service professional, with over 10 years of experience in working directly with clients that have experienced crisis related trauma. She was formerly a Forensic Interviewer at Hearts of Hope: A Children’s Advocacy Center in Lafayette, LA, where she conducted non-leading forensic interviews when there were criminal investigations relating to sexual abuse, physical abuse, severe neglect, and/or violent crime. Nicolette has additional experience in specialty court settings, working directly with clients enrolled in drug court programs. She has also provided school and home based counseling services to youth who suffer from emotional, mental, and behavioral issues. Nicolette has a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Studies from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.