Melanie Courville, RN
Melanie Courville, CEO of Victory Addiction Treatment Center, has an extensive history not only in behavioral healthcare but in the community of Lafayette. Melanie was born and raised in New Iberia, Louisiana, and she is a registered nurse by trade, having graduated in 1986 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.S. in Nursing. Fifteen years sober, Melanie is dedicated to providing quality addiction treatment to the community she calls home.
Her work experience includes 18 years of both staff and management positions with Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, LA, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, TX. Most recently, Melanie held the position of CEO for Acadiana Addiction Center in Lafayette, LA, where she began as a nurse shortly after its opening in 2004.
Melanie’s clinical experience, combined with her substance abuse background, enhances her ability to ensure Victory Addiction Recovery Center’s mission to provide the best substance abuse services possible, while helping move our community forward.
Melanie is a CEO who successfully leads the members of the Victory team with compassion, experience, and training. She continually emphasizes the need to provide the best in client care.
“Recovery is first at Victory. We constantly strive to help our clients achieve and maintain a life of sobriety. I feel incredibly fortunate to be in a position to better the lives of others and do not take the responsibility lightly.”
Kerri Cunningham, LCSW, LAC
Kerri is licensed as a clinical social worker and addiction counselor and serves as the Program Director for Victory Addiction Recovery Center. She received her master’s degree in social work from Louisiana State University. She has almost 15 years of experience in substance abuse treatment, starting off as a primary counselor and then moving her way up to program director for Acadiana Addiction Center and Belle of the Oaks.
In 2009, Kerri started her own private practice and, three years later, was a consultant who assisted in building the Victory program. Kerri was hired as program director at Victory Addiction Recovery Center in October 2014. She specializes in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, interventions, and trauma counseling.
In 2014, Kerri was selected by Governor Bobby Jindal as a commission member for the Louisiana Council on Addictive Disorders. In 2017, she was appointed by John Bel Edwards to the Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority.
“Working with substance abuse patients and their families is amazing work that I feel privileged to be able to do.”
Julie St. Martin, RN
Director of Nursing
Julie was raised in Lafayette, LA, and graduated from the University of Southwest Louisiana, now known as University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 1996. In 2005, she began her journey into chemical dependency and addiction medicine at University Medical Center in Lafayette as a floor nurse on detox. This is were she discovered her true passion. She was there until its closure in 2012. Since that time she has been in management as the DON of Acadiana Treatment Center followed by Compass Recovery Center. Julie also has an extensive history in the staff and client education realm as well, serving as Manager of Clinical Education at University Hospitals and Clinics for many years where her department served over 1,100 staff, residents, and doctors. Her passion is, and always will be, the field of chemical dependency and addiction.
Business Office Manager / Human Resources Director
Adrienne has 14 years of experience in business management and medical billing. Prior to Victory, she worked at two other psychiatric and addiction treatment centers in Acadiana. She graduated with an AS from Remington College and attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Adrienne was born and raised right here in Acadiana and is married with one child.
Crystal Cochran, CAC
Business Development Director
Crystal has over 15 years of experience working in the mental and behavioral healthcare industry. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and obtained Certification in Addiction Counseling through Louisiana Addictive Disorder Regulatory Authority (ADRA). She is a member of the National Association for Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors and Louisiana Addiction Counselor and Trainers.
Crystal’s professional career began as an outpatient substance abuse counselor and case manager, then quickly moved into leadership positions. Prior to joining Victory’s team, Crystal served 7 years as the Director of the Assessment and Referral Department for a large prominent psychiatric hospital.
“I am honored to be part of such an exceptional, passionate team of professionals that puts the healing and recovery of the client and family first. I personally understand the turmoil addiction has on the lives of all involved. Through that understanding, my passion in assisting those affected by the disease thrives.”
“Victory is a premier treatment center offering affordable treatment conveniently located in the heart of Acadiana. The staff at Victory are truly vested in positive outcomes. The care is holistic and extends to the whole family system. Victory is just as dedicated to the community as they are to the client and families by offering support groups, education, and community awareness.”