BREAKING NEWS – Governor Deal has proposed cutting ALL state funds for domestic violence—leaving the Department of Health Services’ Family Violence Division entirely dependent on Federal TANF and grant funds.  The details are here in the DHS’s budget presentation.

Bottom line, Nathan Deal zeroed out all 4 million-plus dollars the state spends on protecting women and children.  Gone.  Poof.  Nada.  And he wants it gone immediately—both for the FY2011 amended budget and the FY2012 budget.   Of course this is just the “proposal” and it will all be reviewed in committee.  Regardless, this move is shocking and very dangerous.

While other divisions took cuts, for sure, the only one other zeoroed out program was the Support for Needy Families Work Assistance Program.  What does this say for Governor Deal?  It says that he does not find these issues to be a priority and if we want women and children to be safe, well, the Federal government better come through with the funding, because Nathan Deal is not going to do a darn thing.

God forbid we look for alternate revenue sources, much less hold off on that corporate tax break.  It’s only hundreds of women and children dying preventable deaths every year.

 

This is the first in our series of posts highlighting our newest board members.  Today we are featuring La’Keitha Jonise Daniels.

La’Keitha is Corporate Counsel for Concessions International, LLC, a family and minority-owned company and a leading airport concessionaire, with operations in Atlanta, Detroit, Denver, Miami, Columbia, Seattle, Portland, and St. Thomas.  She also has followed her passion for baking and  is Owner of “Sweet Justice”, a bakery serving traditional and gourmet cakes and cupcakes.  

La’Keitha served as President for the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys for 2010  and currently sits on the Board of the Red Clay Democrats and the American Constitutional Society.  She was recently named to the Atlanta Business League’s 2010 list of “Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence”  “Power 50″ List of Atlanta’s top 50 industry leaders and has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend’s Top 40 Under Forty for 2008 and named Community Champion by Mothers Against Drunk Driving for 2009.   She received her Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law and completed her undergraduate degree in Mass Media Arts/Public Relations at Clark Atlanta University.

One of the founders of Young Lawyers for Obama and directors for Generation Obama in Georgia, La’Keitha has been involved in politics since she was 5 years old and participated in her first canvassing effort for a County Commission race in Miami.  Since then she has worked on grassroots and high level campaigns in Florida and Georgia on the local, state and federal level including coordinating the voter protection efforts for Congressman John Lewis and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. 

WIN List knows that both her political and work experience will make her a valuable addition to our Board of Directors.

 

WIN List kicked 2011 off to a great start in electing four new directors to our Board.  We welcome:

  • La’Keitha Daniels
  • Janet Kishbaugh
  • Caroline McNulty (not pictured)
  • Meg Smothers Robinson

Will be posting individual bio’s on each of these phenominal women in the next fes days!

 
Allie Kelly, Incoming Chair

WIN List is pleased to announce that at our annual meeting on January 18, 2011, the Board of Directors elected new officers.  

  • Allie Kelly, Chair
  • Jenna Moore Colvin, Vice Chair
  • Lauren Benedict, Secretary
  • Candace Smith, Treasurer 

    Amy Morton, Outgoing Chair

     

  

We thank our outgoing officers – Amy Morton, Chair, Allie Kelly, Vice Chair, Kathy Floyd, Secretary, and Jenna Moore Colvin, Treasurer -who have provided countless hours of hard work for WIN List.  We want to especially recognize Amy who has been instrumental in leading WIN List to our successes of 2010.  

Under Amy’s direction as Chair of the organization, WIN List has: 

  • Elected 26 of 28 endorsed women and took back a Republican-held seat in the Georgia legislature.
  • Hired its first full time staff member, Executive Director, Anna Beck.
  • Launched WIN Corp, a program to train young women and then place them as regional field directors to provide campaign support for our endorsed women.
  • Taken a “hands on approach” in the races of some of endorsed women to make sure that they could WIN on election day.
  • Developed a women voter turnout model through Georgia Women Vote.

Although Amy and Kathy are rotating off the Executive Committee, the good news for WIN List is that both will continue on the Board to provide additional support as we move forward in helping women WIN in 2012!