Meet the Staff
Mariah Stidham Wineski, Executive Director
Mariah Stidham Wineski has 15 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 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.
LeTesha Davis, Director of Public Affairs and Ally Engagement
LeTesha Davis manages LCADV’s training and technical assistance to allied professionals, as well as the coalition’s strategic communications and public policy efforts. LeTesha began her work in the domestic violence movement in 2012, serving in direct advocacy, training, and social change roles, and building relationships necessary to promote survivor safety in the Acadiana region. In 2014, LeTesha was named Faith House’s employee of the year. LeTesha has extensive experience in legal advocacy, working with law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to promote best practices in domestic violence response. She participated in the Lafayette Domestic Violence Council, where she assisted with the planning and development of opening the Family Justice Center of Acadiana. LeTesha has played important roles in various coordinated community responses to domestic violence, having served as a member of the Lafayette Domestic Violence Council, Quality Assurance Steering Committee, Social Services Agency Network, Lafayette’s High Risk Response Team, and the Fatality Review Team. She is a certified danger assessor, and has a B.S. Degree in General Studies with a concentration in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Crystal Scrantz, Director of Program Development
Crystal Scrantz has worked in the domestic violence movement for over 15 years. Her experience includes the provision of direct services to adults and children affected by domestic violence, program development, HUD housing programs, navigating civil and criminal court systems, database management, supervision, and training. She was the founding chair of the Lafayette Domestic Violence Council and was also the founding Director of the Family Justice Center of Acadiana. Crystal has worked on many community based domestic violence projects including a High Risk Response Team, Fatality Review Panel and VOICES of Acadiana. She has conducted trainings regionally, statewide, and nationally on issues affecting survivors of domestic violence. Crystal is passionate about survivor safety and is committed to ensuring that high quality, trauma informed services are provided to survivors of domestic violence in Louisiana.
Donna Dupre, Finance Manager
Donna Dupre’ is currently the Finance Manager of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Ms. Dupre’ has a diverse background, holding an Associate of Science Degree in Business Management with extra course work in Accounting as well as an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Practical Nursing. Ms. Dupre’ is a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and offers private consulting services for Quickbooks. Ms. Dupre’ has over 20 years of accounting experience in the private, corporate, and small business sector. Ms. Dupre’ has held positions as a Bookkeeper, Office Manager, Accounting Manager and most recently as a Controller for a local Engineering firm. She is excited to join the LCADV team and looks forward to using her expertise to further the Coalition’s mission.
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.
Cory Alford, Attorney
Cory Armand Alford has been a staff attorney for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence since 2016. At the coalition, Cory has strategized with and provided technical assistance to law firms, legal advocates, law enforcement, and mental health professionals on a wide range of issues, including litigation, policy, professional development, shelter compliance, and internal procedures. Cory has also assisted in drafting domestic violence legislation, conducted statewide trainings on domestic violence topics, and provided trauma-informed legal services to survivors of domestic violence.
Cory received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College, his Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in constitutional law from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center. Cory has received a Champion Award for victims of domestic violence, is active in the legal community, and 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.
Darla O’Connor, Justice Systems Advocate
Darla was the founding Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Community Transition and Treatment Center, an adult co-correctional, residential reentry program contracted through the Federal Bureau of Prisons. She retired after 31 years of service to the Baton Rouge community. Darla is a Department of Justice Certified Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) auditor and after retirement founded Strategic Justice Solutions, LLC. Darla is a subject matter expert in correctional residential re-entry. She has collaborated on several projects with retired Bureau of Prisons personnel, establishing new residential reentry programs and working to influence criminal justice reform. She has contracted for PREA audits on the state and federal level in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas, Ohio, and Virginia. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Belhaven University and a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Louisiana State University. She is a certified civil law notary. Additionally, Darla is a certified SafeZone trainer, and an alumni of the Reformation Project Leadership Cohort training, both related to LGBTQ+ issues and policies.
Hatari Washington, Housing Advocacy Coordinator
Hatari Washington is an experienced housing professional with over 15 years in the housing industry. Throughout her career she has held various roles, from property manager to certified housing specialist. Her extensive frontline housing experience includes work as an Intake Specialist, being the first point of contact with the Housing Choice Voucher program and various other special housing programs for veterans, domestic violence survivors. Ms. Washington has received certifications as a property manager and housing specialist. She is knowledgeable of HUD regulations, and passionate and committed to helping individuals access housing and other related resources.