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.

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

Jeffrey Evans is the former Chairman, CEO, President, and CFO of The Will-Burt Company.  Mr. Evans is a product of Ohio higher education, as a graduate of John Glenn’s alma mater, Muskingum University, with an MBA from Bowling Green State University.  He then went on to pursue post-graduate education at Harvard Business School, The Wharton School of Business, the Kellogg School of Business, and the Center for Creative Leadership.

Mr. Evans started his career in public accounting, working as a CPA with both Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young.  He then moved on to Firestone Tire & Rubber Company where, among other positions, he had responsibilities for worldwide audits in Liberia, Africa and throughout New Zealand.  A tenure at GenCorp followed before taking the CFO position at Penn Racquet Sports in Phoenix, with management responsibilities including a plant in Mullingar, Ireland and throughout Europe.

In January 2002, Mr. Evans became the 6th CEO of The Will-Burt Company, and became Chairman in April 2003.  Will-Burt has been a part of the manufacturing fabric of Ohio for over 100 years, and is 100% owned by its employees.  Jeff stepped down as CEO and Chairman of Will-Burt in January 2020, and remains with the company as a senior advisor.

The Will-Burt Company, located in Orrville, Ohio, is the world’s premier manufacturer of telescoping mast and tower elevation solutions for military, fire, law enforcement, border patrol, cellular, broadcast, entertainment and other applications. The company also performs high-end manufacturing services for critical-application, discerning major domestic and international firms. Will-Burt has been an ESOP since 1985, is 100% employee-owned and is an S Corp. Will-Burt has a strong commitment to the continuous improvement process set forth by its ISO 9001 certified quality system.

Over Jeff’s 18 years as CEO, Will-Burt grew dramatically, with organic growth from new products, modernized manufacturing, and improved sales and marketing capabilities, all augmented by the acquisition of six separate companies around the world and US.  Will-Burt now has factories and other facilities beyond its Orrville headquarters in Oklahoma, Waischenfeld Germany, Birmingham England, and Singapore.  Over the past few years, Mr. Evans and his team have led Will-Burt through a dramatic turnaround resulting in a stronger company generating record performance in financial results, quality, customer service, and corporate sustainability.

Mr. Evans is an expert in leading and managing ESOP companies.  He has served on seven ESOP company boards as a director, and has held positions as chairman, audit committee chairman and compensation committee chairman, while serving in total more than 100 total years on ESOP boards.  Mr. Evans spoke as the featured keynote speaker at the April 2011 OEOC conference.  In 2019, the Ohio Employee Ownership Council awarded Jeff with its highest honor, a lifetime achievement award for his service to ESOPs.

Jeff and his wife Oleta reside in Jackson Township, Ohio.  They have three grown children, Ben, Abby and Kristy and seven grandchildren.  Jeff and his family have a strong presence in their church and they enjoy gathering at their vacation home at Atwood Lake.

Jeff is an author, frequent keynote speaker and presenter, executive coach and consultant.  Mr. Evans has founded Strategic Executive Partners (SEP), a consulting company established to help other companies benefit from the lessons he has learned.  SEP has a unique skillset from Jeff’s 20+ years of management and leadership and board service in ESOP and other middle market companies.

Jeff’s book, Strategic Alignment:  Succeed Through Values-Driven Leadership, was published in early 2020. Through narrative, Jeff describes how he built his faith-based, values-driven leadership style, and why living a balanced life is better both for you personally as a leader, as well as for your organization.  Jeff leads the reader through his 4-step process for establishing your strategic plan in complete alignment with your values, while ensuring that your execution plans today are moving you towards achieving your future vision.  He also provides guidance on how also to align your talent management and communications plans.

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.

She 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 across multiple industries including retail, consumer products, real estate, manufacturing, media, technology, automotive, health care and the nonprofit sector. Her clients, both global and domestic, include The Coca-Cola Company, Cox Enterprises, Cox Media Group, Cox Automotive, Coca-Cola Bottler Sales & Service, , CONA Services, Apple Inc., Aetna, AT&T, Atlanta Housing, Big Sky Real Estate, McKesson Health Care, Cotiviti Health Care, Equality Now, CARE, Kimberly Clark, Dean Foods, Big Sky Resort, Big Sky Chamber of Commerce, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Trees Atlanta, Gallatin River Task Force, Arts Council of Big Sky, Big Sky Discovery Academy, Outlaw Partners, Moonlight Community Foundation, Walton Communities, RADCO Residential, NORR Middle East, NetApp, RainFocus, Steelray Software, Verint Systems, and Xilinx.

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 Change Style Indicator assessments.

Lori is active in the Association for Talent Development and Georgia International Coaches Federation, serves as a TEDx Speaker Coach, and has performed as a keynote speaker for the Atlanta Chapter of ATD, Technology Association of Georgia, International Association of Business Communicators, MSU Women’s Circle of Excellence, International Women’s Day Summit, Business & Professional Women, 406 Creatives, National Multi-Housing Council, and the National Apartment Association. She has guest lectured at Montana State University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Auburn University, Kennesaw State University, and Emory University among others.

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.

Ty Miller

Ty Miller

Vice President of Sales, Facilitator

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.

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.


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






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