Meet the Staff
Mariah Stidham Wineski, Executive Director
Mariah Stidham Wineski has 14 years of experience working throughout the United States and internationally on social change campaigns, violence prevention, and curriculum development. She is the current chair 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, the Membership Committee of the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the advisory board of the Louisiana Violent Death Reporting System. 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. Ms. Wineski 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. 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.
Taylor Robison, Director of Public Affairs and Ally Engagement
Taylor Robison manages LCADV’s training and technical assistance to allied professionals, as well as the coalition’s strategic communications and public policy efforts. Ms. Robison is an experienced trainer of law enforcement, having frequently trained agencies in St. Mary, Iberia, and St. Martin Parishes. She was instrumental in implementing firearm divestiture policies in the 16th judicial district through innovative partnerships with Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, the 16th JDC District Attorney’s Office, and the St. Mary Parish Hearing Officer. Her dedication and extensive knowledge of legal advocacy was recognized with her receipt of the 2017 Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault Advocate of the Year Award. She has an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. Prior to beginning as Director of Public Affairs and Ally Engagement at LCADV, Ms. Robison worked for several years as a legal advocate with Chez Hope, and most recently as Program Coordinator of both Iberia and St. Martin Parishes.
Pam Hutcheson, Director of Program Development
Pam Hutcheson manages LCADV’s Program Development Team, which provides programs with the training and resources necessary to ensure quality shelter, advocacy and children’s services. For more than 25 years Pam has dedicated her professional career to helping individuals and families recover from trauma in direct service and leadership roles in non-profit and governmental organizations. She has extensive experience in domestic violence service provision, having previously served as a Shelter Advocate and an Executive Director of a member program. Pam has a diverse work experience with vulnerable populations including people experiencing homelessness, child maltreatment, substance abuse, mental health, and corrections. She has previously served on the board of directors for LCADV and the Northlake Homeless Coalition. She has specialized training in financial management and sustainability, program development and evaluation, human resource management, and grant writing. She has a B.A. in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration.
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.
Donna Lavigne, Operations Administrative Assistant
Donna Lavigne provides administrative support to the LCADV staff. Donna retired from the Department of Transportation and Development with over 30 years of service. As Director, she worked with all transit programs funded by the Federal Transit Administration. Her experience includes administering, managing, and monitoring the Federal Transit Programs statewide and developing the annual operation budget. She served on numerous committees, associations, and commissions. Donna has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Education/Administration from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
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.