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, Program Development Coordinator
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, Training and Technical Assistance Project Coordinator
Mariah Stidham Wineski manages public education and prevention campaigns, statewide trainings, and ally engagement. 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. She spent three years managing a gang violence prevention program near Denver, Colorado. Ms. Wineski has 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. She is pursuing her master’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and is fluent in Spanish.
Ashley Chretien, Public Policy Coordinator
Ashley Chretien works to improve LCADV’s capacity to provide legislative advocacy on the state and national levels. Ashley also provides training and technical assistance to LCADV Member Programs on various legislative and policy issues and coordinates trainings for allied professionals working with victims of domestic violence. She is also the Project Coordinator of LCADV’s Children Exposed to Violence Program (CEV).
Prior to working at LCADV, Ashley spent 6 years at Oasis A Safe Haven for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence, the local domestic violence service provider in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She has been both a Child Advocate and Director of Children’s Services. She has expertise in prevention programming, safety planning and educating children on the dynamics of domestic violence. She has served on community boards and worked to implement violence prevention initiatives in local schools. Ashley has extensive experience coordinating events and training and is highly skilled at engaging allies and community members in the movement to end violence against women.
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.