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.

 

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.

 

Josie St. John, Director of Program Development

Josie St. John manages LCADV’s Program Development Team, which provides programs with the training and resources necessary to ensure quality shelter, advocacy and children’s services. Josie began her work full-time in the domestic violence movement in 2014, serving in a local program. Starting as an on-call advocate in a domestic violence shelter, Josie worked her way up into a leadership role. Josie has also served at the National Network to End Domestic Violence on their Capacity Technical Assistance team. Most recently, Josie served in a leadership role for the House of Ruth Maryland where she was responsible for training and supervising the Resident Advocate team and ensuring effective 24/7 staffing of the 96 bed emergency shelter. She is a certified danger assessor, and has a B.S. in Human Services from Springfield College and an M.S. in Justice, Law, and Criminology from American University. Josie is also a veteran of the United States Army.

 

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 Alford received his B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, his M.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas, and his J.D. from Southern University Law Center. In law school, Cory worked as a research assistant and student attorney in the Southern Elder Law Clinic. The elder law clinic handled Medicaid, guardianship, wills, successions, housing, consumer fraud, as well as abuse and neglect cases. After law school, Cory clerked at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services where he helped author a guide to child support. Cory has also participated in externships with the Pro Bono Project and the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana.

 

Jeremy Woolard, Attorney

Jeremy holds a B.S.W. from Western Carolina University and a J.D. from Tulane University. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana. Prior to law school, he worked at a large regional non-profit, and was instrumental in expanding employment services for disabled individuals in western North Carolina. While in law school Jeremy worked as a research assistant and student attorney in the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic where he represented survivors in divorce and child custody cases. He was also recognized for his pro bono work at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in the Family Law Unit and the Homeless Advocacy Unit. While at LCADV his writing has been published in the Domestic Violence Report and the Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly.

 

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.