Faragher, who earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in social work from UK, began her career in the field in 1979 as a social worker in Kentucky’s Cabinet for Human Resources (CHR) and would become a member of Fayette County’s first adult protective service team while at CHR.
After leaving state government, Faragher started the Domestic Violence Prevention Board as part of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government (LFUCG) Department of Social Services in 1987. As executive director, she helps the board execute its mission of “coordination of the individuals, agencies, and organizations to develop and facilitate a broad-based collaborative community program aimed at the prevention of interpersonal and family violence.” Under her leadership, the board has:
- disseminated safety plans in English and Spanish to the public;
- streamlined victims’ reporting processes with local officials;
- provided specialized training to lawyers, medical personnel, educators and faith based organizations; and
- held candidate forums prior to state and local elections.
Likewise, Faragher was instrumental in securing four federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grants totaling $1.6 million for the community. She also serves as a consultant for the VAWA Domestic Violence Enforcement and Protection Project that has placed two victims’ advocates in the LFUCG Police Department.
Faragher continues to serve the social work field outside of board duties. She has numerous publications and presentations to her credit in domestic violence prevention, serves as part-time faculty and a field instructor for the UK College of Social Work, and taught in the state’s credit for learning program. Faragher even started a baked goods business with her sister Annie called “My Family Farm,” which donates its profits to children’s charities.
Hicks, who earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Winston Salem University in North Carolina and his master’s in social work from UK, is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and a certified domestic violence counselor who has served the state of California for more than 25 years.