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Family & Children’s Place elects six leaders to board of directors

July 6, 2017

New members bring government relations, finance, technology, and consulting experience  

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (July 6, 2017) – Family & Children’s Place, Louisville’s leading agency working to prevent and heal child violence, abuse and neglect, has elected six new members to its board of directors and bid thanks and goodbye to several others with significant service to the agency.

New board members are:

  • Bill Ehrig, former vice president of public relations/senior director of Government and International Affairs for Yum! Brands Inc.
  • Dwight Maddox, Information Technology manager, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)
  • Richard Garner, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Dave Durand, CEO, co-founder, Forest Giant
  • Michelle Hagan, Brokerage Finance & Accounting Training, UPS.
  • B. Hickman, senior manager, Strothman and Company

Departing the board are Steve Day, John Hamilton and Harriett Lair. Day recently retired as vice president and chief marketing officer for Delta Dental of Kentucky, Hamilton is a principal with Alliance Cost Containment, and Lair is vice president of Public Funds for Fifth Third Bank.

Also leaving the board are Chris Fears, controller at Bridgeman Foods; Greg Hoover, CEO at A. Arnold World Class Relocation; James Poullard, division vice president, Pharmacy Lab; and Gary Thompson, president/CEO at Imperium Health Management, who is moving to the board’s Council of Advisors.

“We are fortunate to benefit from the skills and expertise of new board members, especially in areas such as finance, information technology, and governmental affairs,” said Pam Darnall, president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place. “But we’re also fortunate to benefit from their passion – their determination to be warriors for children.” The agency also is confident, she said, that departing board members would continue to be involved.

Officers for 2017-18 are:

  • Chair: Doug Haynes, family attorney, Fernandez Haynes & Kohn
  • Vice Chair: Terrence Spence, Senior Director Human Resources, Louisville Water
  • Secretary-Treasurer: Kim Friend, tax partner with MCM CPAs & Advisors.

Ehrig directed government affairs on the federal and state levels for Yum! Brands’ three domestic companies: KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell.  He also directed the company’s international government relations program and political elements of international trade concerns. He served as a campaign staff/consultant to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, Michigan Gov. Bill Milliken, Sens. John Heinz, Howard Baker and Arlen Specter, as well as former President Richard Nixon. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Grove City College and did his graduate studies in International Relations at American University in Washington, D.C.

At TARC, Maddox helps plan, direct and coordinate the daily operations of the IT department and is responsible for capital and operational budgeting, strategic planning, project management, designing and maintaining IT infrastructure and enterprise systems, and managing IT procurement and contracts. He is a board member for Kosair Charities, a longtime supporter of Family & Children’s Place, and a graduate of the University of Louisville.

Garner leads Booz Allen’s Army Human Capital business, which includes more than 150 staff delivering services to more than 20 client organizations, including the Army G-1, Human Resources Command, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, U.S. Army Cadet Command, and the Soldier Support Institute.  He earned a degree in History at the University of Virginia, and his Master’s in Telecommunication from George Washington University.

At Forest Giant, Durand leads sales and strategy as well as oversees the creation of the marketing and user experience for the digital media company, which engineers software solutions for some of the largest companies in the world, reflecting aviation, food and beverage, connected consumer products, and industrial applications.

Hagan instructs and supports brokerage finance accounting training classes; creates and maintains training modules on the company’s Brokerage Accounting website; helps streamline processes for yearly audits, and develops and identifies process improvements for finance and accounting systems. She earned a degree in Business Management from Sullivan University in Louisville.

Hickman is a senior manager for Strothman & Company, with diverse experience working in healthcare, public utilities and in public accounting with small businesses and nonprofit agencies. In his role, he leads the development, organization, and direction of the outsourced accounting segment of the firm.

Family & Children’s Place board members are unpaid volunteers and serve three-year terms.

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 About Family & Children’s Place
Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and, through evidence-based services, helps them heal. The organization has supported families for more than 130 years and helps more than 6,000 children and family members annually. For more information about Family & Children’s Place, visit or call 502-893-3900.