Two Leading PADV Staff Members Honored in Influential Statewide Awards

October 31, 2019 - Two key staff members of Partnership Against Domestic Violence (PADV), Georgia's largest and most experienced non-profit working to end domestic violence, have been recognized with awards from statewide organizations. Jeffery Brown, Vice President of Development and Marketing, has been recognized as one of Georgia Trend Magazine's 40 Under 40 for his exemplary work. Katha Blackwell, Vice President of Shelter Services and Supportive Housing, received Atlanta's 100 Women of Influence recognition for her dedicated work in helping the community.

Georgia Trend's prestigious 40 Under 40 honors the state's best young leaders in government, small and large businesses, nonprofits, education, healthcare, banking and professional sports. Brown was chosen for the honor out of more than 300 applicants. As Vice President of Development and Marketing, Brown is very passionate about raising awareness for PADV.

"I'm proud to introduce people to PADV and the life-saving work we do on a daily-basis," Brown says. “Our staff works tirelessly to give people the resources they need to end an abusive relationship and live a healthy and happy life. I'm honored to receive this recognition and look forward to continuing my work with PADV to put an end to domestic violence.”

Blackwell was chosen as one of Atlanta's 100 Women of Influence due to her standard of excellence through leadership, commitment and volunteerism. Through her work aiding survivors living in PADV's shelters, Blackwell consistently exemplifies passion and dedication to the organization and its mission. She continuously helps to improve the lives of many survivors seeking the aid of PADV.

"I am honored to be chosen as a Woman of Influence," says Blackwell. "My work with PADV has been a strong driving force in my life because it’s something I knew I always wanted to do. Every day I walk into work knowing that I have a unique and priceless opportunity to not just change one life, but the lives of future generations."

Nancy Friauf, President and CEO of PADV, is extremely proud of Brown and Blackwell for their respective awards and believes they are well-deserved.

"Jeffrey and Katha have continuously demonstrated exemplary work for PADV," says Friauf. "I could not be prouder of their accomplishments and believe it's absolutely deserved. I know the work they will continue to do with PADV will help us achieve our goals of impacting more lives and bringing greater awareness to our mission and work."


About Partnership Against Domestic Violence
PADV's mission is to end the crime of intimate partner violence and empower its survivors. The organization has served metro Atlanta since 1977 and it is currently the largest nonprofit domestic violence agency in Georgia. PADV helps to transform the lives of approximately 20,000 women and children every year through emergency intervention, education, violence prevention and long-term advocacy. For more information, please visit, or follow PADV on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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