Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors brings together a powerful collection of local and national leaders in the fight for women’s health and well-being. Organizations listed for identification purposes only.

Eddie Mae Burke, Retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Eddie Mae Burke is retired social worker with more than forty years experience working with the State of Louisiana. Born and raised in Central City New Orleans, Ms. Burke is a graduate of Southern University of New Orleans (BA and MSW) and a member of Theta Phi Sigma sorority. She began her first position with the state in 1969 in the Division of Special Education, where she worked as a Case Manager with the Better Young Men and Boys Club. In 1976, she transitioned to the New Orleans Center for Addictive Disorders, now known as Metropolitan Human Services District. There she met Danita Muse, with whom she co-founded and incorporated Women With A Vision, Inc. in 1991. Ms. Burke is a proud mother and grandmother. She enjoys cooking, sewing, sports, talking, and laughing.

Laura McTighe, PhD, Society of Fellows, Dartmouth College

Laura McTighe is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Dartmouth Society of Fellows and the Co-Founder and Associate Director of Front Porch Research Strategy in New Orleans. She earned her PhD from Columbia University and her Masters from Harvard University. Laura’s ethnographic and historical research is grounded in twenty-years of grassroots organizing to end state violence and advance community-led healing and reparation. She is the co-founder of the Institute for Community Justice in Philadelphia, and currently serves on the boards of Men & Women In Prison Ministries in Chicago and Reconstruction Inc. in Philadelphia. Laura’s writings have been published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (forthcoming), Syndicate (2017), Beyond Walls and Cages: Bridging Immigrant Justice and Anti-Prison Organizing in the United States (2012), the International Journal for Law and Psychiatry (2011), Islam and AIDS: Between Scorn, Pity and Justice (2009), and a variety of community publications.

Danita Muse, LCSW, LAC, Retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Public Health Practitioner

Danita Muses is a retired Clinical Social Worker Specialist, Licensed Addiction Counselor, Board Clinical Diplomat, and Masters in Public Health in New Orleans. She is one of the founding members of Women With A Vision, Inc. As a harm reductionist, she believes in providing the community with all of the information they need to make an informed decision about their health choices. Danita has a history of providing condom distribution, syringe exchange, health promotion on reproductive health, focus groups on women’s health, breast and cervical cancer education, and HIV testing. Danita also has a more than 25-year history of working in substance-abuse treatment programs.

Melody M. Robinson, St. Thomas Health Community Health Center

Melody M. Robinson has more than 12 years of experience in community health and public health program development and management. Ms. Robinson currently serves as the Clinical Director of St. Thomas Health Community Health Center. She previously served as the Program Manager for the Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. Ms. Robinson was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the State of Louisiana Comprehensive Cancer Plan, regional staff across the state and the development of regional cancer control plans. She also served as the Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Louisiana Cancer Control Partnership. She has also been responsible for the development of the Women’s Health Department, Adolescent health Development, and developed the School linked clinic program for St. Thomas. Ms. Robinson has also served as an adjunct Professor for Dillard University and Tulane University School of Public Health. She received a B.S. in Biology from Xavier University of New Orleans and a MPH in Material and Child Health and Health Communication and Education from Tulane University School of Public Health.

Dr. Michelle Stiaes, Clinical Psychologist

Michelle Stiaes, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist who has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years. Dr. Stiaes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Loyola University in 1990 and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Baylor University in 1996. During her training at Baylor, Dr. Stiaes provided psychotherapy and assessment services to children, adolescents, and young adults in the Texas School System. On internship at Tulane University Medical Center, her clinical rotations included the New Orleans Adolescent Hospital, Charity Hospital and the Tulane University Neurology and Psychiatry Clinic. After graduating from Baylor, she spent three years teaching at Dillard University. Dr. Stiaes became licensed in 2000 and immediately accepted a position with Southeast Louisiana Hospital’s Developmental Neuropsychiatric Program providing assertive community treatment to children and adolescents who were dually diagnosed with a developmental disability and a psychiatric disorder. After six years of civil service, Dr. Stiaes took a brief hiatus during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to assist the Jewish Board of Children’s and Family Services of New York with designing and providing resiliency workshops for mental health professionals who had the difficult task of serving Hurricane Katrina survivors while still having to tend to their own Katrina related affairs. Dr. Stiaes returned to civil service in 2009 and is currently employed by the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities as a Community Psychologist working with individuals of all ages with intellectual/developmental disabilities who exhibit severe challenging behaviors.

Ashley Wennerstrom, Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute; Tulane School of Medicine

Ashley Wennerstrom has been doing community-based public health work in New Orleans for nearly a decade. She is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Tulane School of Medicine where she directs a required community health clerkship that educates medical students about the social determinants of health. She directs the Louisiana Community Health Worker Institute, and she is a co-founder of the Louisiana Community Health Outreach Network. Ashley collaborates with community health workers and grassroots organizations to conduct community-based participatory research on community-identified issues including domestic violence, behavioral health, and health care models to serve formerly incarcerated people. Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish from the University of Colorado, a Master of Public Health in Maternal & Child Health from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. Community Health Sciences from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.



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