Partnership Against Domestic Violence Selects New Board of Directors Chair and Adds Eight Board Members

ATLANTA ‐ August 22, 2019 - Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), Georgia's first, largest and most experienced nonprofit working to end domestic violence, today announced its new board of directors chair and the addition of eight new members to its board.

The new PADV board chair is Constance Dierickx, PhD, an advisor to corporate and nonprofit boards and senior executives, helping them with high-stakes decisions and crisis management. The new board members include a variety of advocates from attorneys and entrepreneurs to sales managers, vice presidents and consultants – all whom will serve three-year terms to help the organization in its goal to end the crime of intimate partner violence.

” I’m always thrilled to see new PADV advocates join the board,” said Nancy Friauf, President and CEO – Partnership Against Domestic Violence. “I can’t wait to see how Constance leads this board and what innovative tactics she and the members will bring to us to help PADV increase the awareness and impact needed to end the crime of intimate partner violence.”

The board members include:

Constance Dierickx, Ph.D., will serve as the chair of PADV's board of directors. She is an advisor to boards and senior executives, helping them with high-stakes decisions and crisis management. An expert on mergers and acquisitions, she works with companies of all sizes across the globe. Boards hire Constance to help them with governance, senior leader succession and conflicts in the boardroom and between the board and management. She is a contributing writer for Harvard Business Review and Constance is the author of High Stakes Leadership: Leading Through Crisis with Courage, Judgment, and Fortitude (Routledge Press 2017) and The Merger Mindset (Routledge Press November 2018). In addition to serving the Partnership Against Domestic Violence as board chair, she is a member of the Advisory Board of Executive Women of Goizueta (Emory University). 

Brittany Edwards-Franklin is an associate attorney and practices employee benefits law at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP’s Atlanta office, where she has worked since graduating from Duke University Law School. She helps companies design and implements employee benefit plans and structures executive compensation arrangements. Before law school she was a community educator and client advocate at the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault in Kansas City, Missouri.

Robyn Farmer is an associate general counsel for the Atlanta Braves. In this role, Robyn is responsible for compliance and labor/employment and international law matters. Previously, Robyn served as the director for ethics and compliance for The Coca-Cola Company where she managed a team of senior ethics and compliance managers with global responsibility for the Code of Business Conduct. 

Robyn also led the Company’s anti-bribery legal counsel and labor and employment counsel teams. Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Robyn served as the chief ethics and compliance officer and chief labor and employment counsel for Newell Rubbermaid Inc. (now Newell Brands). Robyn also worked as a labor and employment attorney at Bryan Cave LLP/Powell Goldstein LLP and Fisher & Phillips LLP.  Robyn is an honors graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law and earned her B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Robyn lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her three children.

Dusty Fisher is an operations/sales manager at Cisco and is responsible for sales growth, strategic planning, recruiting, customer loyalty, partner relationships and marketing programs for his customer base. Fisher is a high energy entrepreneurial leader specializing in sales and driving innovation within the Telecommunications Market Sector. He also has a proven track record of building and developing high performing teams.

Mercedes Garcia-Baker is an entrepreneur and owner of Goodword Jobs LLC., which specializes in employment staffing services, specifically within the automotive industry supporting roles from blue-collar to executive level.

Formerly the director of talent acquisition for Asbury Automotive Group, a Fortune 500 headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, she’s worked within the automotive industry for more than 10 years. Garcia-Baker holds a master’s degree in business management with a concentration in marketing, and a bachelor’s degree in retail merchandising with a concentration in event planning from Lasell College in Boston, Massachusetts.

A first-generation from Cuba, Garcia-Baker was born and raised in Maine, and has resided in Georgia for the past 10 years. Longing to build deeper roots within the Atlanta community by way of a non-profit, she knew the cause and mission of the organization had to align with her beliefs and goals. As a domestic violence child survivor, she searched for a non-profit that was using their platform to the fullest extent with an audience focusing on both adults and children. After some research and volunteer work, she knew PADV was the non-profit she wanted to join and grow with to help reduce the risk of domestic violence in homes.

Carey Herron is chief financial officer for CAB Worldwide Holdings, Incorporated, a privately-held steel manufacturing and logistics company. As a financial expert and visionary, Herron navigates organizations through complex decisions with financial bearing. Herron is a Certified Public Accountant who has also worked for C.R. Bard Incorporated Women’s Health Division (Bard) and The Dial Corporation. She holds a B.S. of Accounting and Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Strategic Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University and the National Association of Purchasing Managers.

She is chair of the Gwinnett Development Committee for PADV and recently joined the PADV board’s finance committee. 

Nickie Parker is vice president of commercial excellence for WestRock Company, a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions. Parker has served in several leadership roles during her almost 21-year career with WestRock (and predecessor company MeadWestvaco), including managing director of the company’s Asia-Pacific business based in Shanghai, and vice president of WestRock’s liquid packaging business.

Parker was recognized for her work supporting and developing career opportunities for women by TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) with its 2018 Woman of the Year award.  

Ashli Smith is managing director for institutional advisory services at Investment Research & Advisory Group, Inc. In this role, Smith assists corporations and organizations in fulfilling retirement plan fiduciary duties through analysis and monitoring of investment options, benchmarking costs, optimizing plan design features and providing oversight of record-keepers and administrative service providers.

She has been a speaker at several retirement and financial industry events, including those hosted by the Profit Sharing Council of America and Financial Executives International as well as a judge for the Profit Sharing Council of America’s Signature Awards honoring excellence in retirement plan communication and investment education. Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Kentucky.  She currently serves on the Fulton Safe House Development Committee for Partnership Against Domestic Violence and most recently was the Auction Chair for the 2019 Hearts with Hope Gala.

Laura ("Laurie") Vickery formed The Vickery Law Firm in 2010 to assist victims and their families who have experienced personal injury or wrongful death as a result of automobile, motorcycle and trucking collisions, slip and fall, dog attacks, product liability and premises liability. After defending cases through insurance companies for more than 10 years, she understands the tactics and approach of insurance companies and defense attorneys, which allows her to provide enhanced service to her clients. 

Laurie was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1999 and is admitted to practice in all Georgia trial and appellate courts, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle District of Georgia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. She earned her undergraduate degree from Emory University in 1995 and her law degree from Emory School of Law in 1999. Laurie was a member of the Moot Court Board as well as an Atlanta Law School Fellow.