Our People

Carver & Associates is a strategic alliance of independent business professionals with experience spanning corporate, government, academia, and non-profit organizations.

We represent a new approach to staffing that allows us to bring the most effective and knowledgeable consultant to any client.  We maintain a roster of over thirty experienced experts across many fields and are very strategic when assigning projects.

Our goal is to provide truly customized training that is led by the person who has been integral in its design, and whose background, skills, and passion bring a level of insight and authenticity to every client we partner with.

Dr. Joy

Dr. Joy

President, Carver & Associates

Dr. Joy is a management consultant, executive coach, dynamic speaker and presenter whose high energy programs inspire, motivate and bring about positive change in individuals and organizations.

Joy has served as a consultant for Franklin Covey, the world’s premiere time management and leadership development authority. Her client portfolio includes many Fortune 500 companies as well as government entities and educational institutions.

For the past 28 years, Joy has captivated and inspired audiences around the world. She magically engages listeners with her genuine approach: a unique blend of timely humor, insightful knowledge, contagious enthusiasm, and personal sharing. Joy plucks her poignant stories from a background rich in leadership development, sales and customer service.

Joy has an undergraduate degree from New York University, an M.P.A. from Rutgers University, and a Doctorate from Wisdom University in Counseling & Ministry.

She is the author of five books including Crying for Joy, Moving Toward Wholeness,, Faith Lessons, Speaking of Success, and Working Together: Diversity as Opportunity.

Ty Miller

Ty Miller

Chief Operating Officer | Facilitator, Trainer & Coach, Carver & Associates

Ty is a dynamic speaker, trainer, and consultant with a history of delivering transformational results around diversity & inclusion and leadership.

Ty has served as a consultant for Franklin Covey, the world leader in consulting and training, enabling individuals to achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior. He enjoys pulling vibrant stories from a background in education, management, sales, customer service, and hospitality.

His demonstrated high interpersonal intelligence, flexibility, and adaptability have enabled him to effectively strengthen communications between employees while bringing vision, creativity, and meaning to the workplace.

Ty has a Bachelors’ in Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey, with a concentration in Interpersonal and Organizational Skills.

His greatest contribution is the ability to inspire and motivate others with genuine enthusiasm, humor, and passion for life.

Trish Thorne

Trish Thorne

President, SuccessPartners.Biz

Trish’s energy coupled with more than 15 years of human resources experience helps her offer a fresh look at the people and management challenges that keep leaders awake at night.

Trish developed her HR expertise while at J.M. Huber Corporation, one of America’s largest family-owned manufacturing companies, where she balanced her career between learning and development, and human resource management. She continued her work in human resources as an employee and then as a contractor with The Coca-Cola Company supporting the IT and Shared Services client groups, delivering training on performance management and interview skills, and leading restructure efforts for her client groups.

To enhance her experience, Trish attained an MBA from Auburn University allowing her to provide business-changing guidance to a diverse set of clients in technology, real estate, consumer products and education.

In addition to an MBA from Auburn University, Trish holds an undergraduate degree from Indiana University. She is a member of SHRM, ASTD, Rotary International and the Eufaula Barbour County Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Community Development. She attained PHR and Green Belt certifications, guest lectured at Kennesaw State University and Auburn University, and was recently a guest speaker for AARP.

Chuck Rose

Chuck Rose

President, The Talent Collaborative

Chuck Rose has a passion for organization effectiveness. With over 30 years experience, he is a gifted facilitator and coach, having expertise in organization strategy, capability building, talent management and organization transformation. And unlike many consultants, Chuck has the real-world business chops to back-up his work. He’s worked for one of the world’s biggest and most respected brands, launched a start-up venture and has worked as a general manager of a small business.

Lately, considering the ever-shifting context we are all surviving, Chuck has focused much of his energy on how organizations can turn adversity in to opportunity. Using co-creation, cornerstone transformation methods and strategic road-mapping, he is helping executive teams pivot in times of crisis focusing heavily on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and pandemic recovery.

Chuck has worked in 30+ countries at the senior most levels navigating the complexities of many cultures. Past clients include: The Coca-Cola Company, IHG, Nabisco, Bayer, L’Oreal, Liz Claiborne, GlaxoSmithKline, McKesson, CARE USA, OXFAM America and the Atlanta Housing Authority among others.

Industry Sector Experience: Consumer Products, Pharmaceutical, Fashion, International Development / Non-Profit, Government (Housing), Manufacturing, Hi-tech, Defense

As an undergraduate, Chuck studied Economics and Business at Emory & Henry College. His post graduate work includes Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations as well as the Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

Chuck lives in suburban Atlanta, where he and his partner occasionally provide foster care to children in crisis. He spends his free time in his garden with three rescued dogs. He is currently working on a series of articles related to creating a strategic talent agenda within high performing organizations.

Mary H. Robert

Mary H. Robert

HR Consultant & Change Agent

Mary H. Robert is a versatile Human Resources Executive with over 30 years of experience with an extensive record of driving results and leading organizational transformation in diverse industries. She has worked as a trusted Human Resources partner/consultant to her client groups within several fortune companies.

She is adept at establishing rapport and a high degree of credibility at all levels of the business. As a situational leader she known for strengthening culture built upon “doing the right thing for employees”. Excellent at influencing her clients through strategic partnerships, utilizing her extensive HR expertise. She recognizes individual differences and creates solutions to meet both professional and personal goals.

In her most recent role with Cox Media Group a subsidiary of Cox Enterprise she and her team were responsible for providing overall strategic HR leadership for Radio and Television operations in multiple Cox markets across the United States. She has served as a co-sponsor for CMG’s Diversity Advisory Group chartered to influence change and make recommendations to Senior Leaders on its diversity strategy. CMG was awarded the distinguished Diversity Councils Honor Award in 2013 for their Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Earlier in her career in the banking industry she also designed and implemented the first Diversity Program that lead to increased awareness/ sensitivity.

She participates with the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, SHRM Atlanta, the Big Brother Big Sister program, and was a previous board member for The Jerusalem House. She is also an active member with missionary work focusing on those in need.

Mary, a Georgia native earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Ft. Valley State University.

She has a zeal for life, a passion for giving back and loves time with her family

Jeffrey Evans

Jeffrey Evans

CEO & Principal, Strategic Executive Partners

Jeff is a successful 20-year CEO and Board Chairman driving extraordinary results through building a team-oriented culture, professionalizing the organization, and rigorously implementing well-designed, aligned strategic initiatives.  After executive experience in billion-dollar companies, Jeff’s last 25 years focused on middle-market firms, including roles as CEO, Chairman, and Lead Director.  He has over 100 combined years of corporate board experience and combines real-world executive leadership with a strong educational background including post-graduate education, beyond his MBA, at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School of Business, Kellogg School of Management and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Examples of demonstrated successes:

  • Turned a small, mid-west manufacturing firm into a $100M global juggernaut dominating its primary business internationally with 1,000% improvements in profits and shareholder value.
  • Led the complete restructuring of a near-insolvent firm, resulting in record profits and shareholder value within 3 years.
  • Transformed a US-based company into a global leader, driving international sales from 5% to greater than 50% while doubling sales in 5 years.

Lori Addicks

Lori Addicks

President, Larkspur Group

Lori Addicks, President of Larkspur Group, is a performance consultant, master facilitator, and executive coach specializing in leadership, organization and team development, as well as multi-generational diversity.

 Lori has more than 25 years of experience partnering with senior executives in North America, and 65 countries across Africa, Europe, Mid-East, Asia and Latin America to translate business goals into value-added people strategies across the spectrum of talent management. With expertise in selection, assessment, performance management, diversity and inclusion, team development and leadership development, she specializes in getting the right people in the right job at the right time. She knows how to inspire people to get the desired results, especially during times of transition.

Lori has worked with clients both global and domestic, across multiple industries including retail, consumer products, real estate, manufacturing, media, technology, automotive, health care and the nonprofit sector. 

 Her education and training include an undergraduate degree from Oregon State University, OD Certificate with University Associates, and a Certificate in Building Business Acumen from DePaul University. She holds numerous master certifications in leadership development curricula, and she is certified to administer and interpret HBDI®, the Hogan Suite, Birkman Method, EQ Index, and the Change Style Indicator assessments.

Rex Hauch

Rex Hauch

Senior Consultant

Rex Hauck brings over twenty-five years of business leadership experience across a range of industries including aviation, technology, and communications. This real-world business experience impacts his facilitation in the training room.

He works with senior leaders from two-star generals to Senior Executive Staff to Division heads. He is equally comfortable working with front line staff such as project managers, contracting agents and the people who turn wrenches to make things work.

His business experience in media has introduced him to clients seeking to develop and execute marketing and sales strategies that incorporate social media in all forms including social media, television, film, and publishing content creation.

He also holds a Masters in Oceanology and works with organizations who focus on environmentally and socially conscious issues. He has worked with Trout Unlimited, HUD, PBS and CNN.

His other clients include HBO, the United Nations, Price Waterhouse Cooper and over 30 Federal agencies including – NASA, the EPA, USPS, all branches of the US Military, TSA, Homeland Security, the Department of State, US AID, the Commerce Department and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

Rex has won 3 EMMYS for his work in television and is a New York Times best-selling author.

Melanie Miller

Melanie Miller

Principal, Melanie Miller & Associates

Melanie Miller, inclusion strategist, facilitator and senior consultant, has more than 20 years of experience in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion arena.  She has achieved great success in linking persuasive human relations skills with sound business practices for leading companies.

Melanie works in partnership with clients to customize and deliver high impact learning experiences and programs that strategically align inclusion with the values, goals and mission of each organization.

A strong focus is placed on mitigating unconscious bias as the largest impediment to inclusion.

She has spent many years studying best practices for inclusion, and specializes in diversity, belonging, unconscious bias, gender bias, sexual harassment, cultural dexterity, and consults to and supports employee resource groups (ERGs) and diversity councils.

She draws on her many years of organizational effectiveness, engagement and productivity through inclusion and has worked across varied industries including healthcare, pharmaceutical, hospitality, legal, education, finance, banking, energy, consumer goods, technology, aerospace, governmental agencies, and nonprofits. 

Melanie has a BS in marketing from Jacksonville State University and has spoken at Harvard University’s Women’s Leadership Institute, IBM’s Minority Women in Leadership Institute, and The Diversity Leadership Academy. She is frequently featured in magazines, blogs and podcasts, and television, and she has designed and delivered keynotes and training for many Fortune 100 and other top organizations. Her high-energy and engaging style keeps her clients coming back for more! 

Benjamin Evans

Benjamin Evans

VP Communications, Strategic Executive Partners

After attending Miami University, Benjamin Evans founded Pyne Ridge Productions, a marketing, communications and video production firm.  In over 15 years of managing the firm, Ben has helped companies create communications, training, and marketing programs both internally and externally across a wide variety of industries. Ben’s clients include large multi-national firms, large and small Employee-Owned Companies (ESOPs), as well as churches and education entities.  Ben provides his entrepreneurial zeal and technical skills to Strategic Executive Partners, serving as the company’s Vice President of Communications.

Reneé Maxwell

Reneé Maxwell

Organizational Development Consultant

L. Reneé Maxwell, B.A., M.S. SPHR and ODCP, currently serves as the Executive Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development for a German manufacture in North America.  She is a member of North American Executive Leadership Team responsible for the design, execution and administration of all US Human Resources and Organizational Development functions. A 25+ year HR veteran senior professional she is a public speaker, executive coach and workshop facilitator in the areas of human resources, emotional intelligence and leadership and mid-level management development.  

Ms. Maxwell has held HR leadership roles in multiple industries including parking and transportation, hospitality, consumer goods and manufacturing.  She received her undergraduate degree from HBCU Talladega College and a master’s degree from the University of Alabama in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Administration and holds her SPHR and holds her certification in organizational development.

Christopher W. Jones, PMP, ODCP

Christopher W. Jones, PMP, ODCP

Organizational Development Consultant

Christopher W. Jones is an Organizational Development professional who specializes in Change Management. He has 20+ years of experience in training and course development: delivering training and designing and writing courses for client organizations. He is an experienced professional speaker, published author and has a passion for delivering dynamic programs to the industry. He has a Masters Degree in Adult Education from Auburn University and this has given him extensive knowledge that he integrates into all of his training and educational events.

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt

Distinguished Professor, Stockton University

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, consultant, trainer, educator, community activist and performing artist, is nationally recognized as a leading expert on issues related to race, racism, anti-bias, anti-racism, and ethnic and cultural diversity.  She has more than 45 years of experience in academia as a teacher and administrator.  The combination of professoriate and performing arts experiences serves her well.  She is an extremely knowledgeable, effective and powerful communicator who successfully connects with her audience while simultaneously maintaining focus on sensitive and critical issues facing the American public and workforce.

Dr. Reid-Merritt has served as an educational and training consultant for inclusion, diversity, cultural sensitivity, race, racism and anti-racism to colleges, universities, local school districts, businesses, state and city governments.

 The author of numerous publications, Dr. Reid-Merritt is a noted scholar.  Her works include: the national Blackboard best-seller, Sister Power: How Phenomenal Black Women Are Rising to the TopSister Wisdom: Seven Pathways to a Satisfying Life for Soulful Black WomenRighteous Self-Determination: The Black Social Work Movement in America; Race in America: How a Pseudo-Scientific Concept Shaped Human Interaction; Tarnished Legacy: A Reluctant Memoir; A State by State History of Race and Racism in the United States; and, Race and Identity in Hispanic America: The White, the Black and the Brown.     

 Dr. Reid-Merritt received the Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Policy and Practice in Race, Law and Social Policy. She earned a master’s degree from Temple University and the Bachelor of Arts from Cabrini University.


    Carver  & Associates is based in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in Florida, New Jersey, Montana, and Colorado.






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