The Community Partnerships, Inc. team is made up of experienced therapists, Employment Specialists, Support Brokers, and other professionals. Members of the agency’s Leadership Team are below:
Albert A. Fisher, President & CEO
Joining the agency in March of 2007, Albert A. Fisher brought over 25 years of university and nonprofit experience to Community Partnerships. With proven leadership success, high standards, and a long-term commitment to nonprofits, he places a high premium on individual and organizational integrity.
A graduate of Duke University, where he worked for more than 20 years in various management roles, Bert has brought innovative ideas and new perspectives to an established organization with a long record of success. His strengths include strategic planning, fiscal management and budgeting, personnel development, operation and utilization of technology, fundraising, and communications.
Bert recognizes the importance of a viable safety net to help support people in need, and is an ardent advocate of accessible, high quality services in all communities. At the same time, he understands the critical need for sound fiscal responsibility and works hard to ensure that Community Partnerships manages its finances in an exemplary manner.
A native of North Carolina, Bert and his wife, Leto Copeley, currently live in Hillsborough.
Laurie Stickney, Chief Operations Officer
Laurie Stickney has served in a leadership capacity at Community Partnerships, Inc. for 13 years and is currently the Chief Operations Officer. Her position involves program planning and oversight, evaluation, cross-programmatic fiscal management and clinical consultation. A primary focus of her work is also on quality improvement initiatives.
Laurie has a strong clinical background, and previous experience includes direct services to individuals with chronic illnesses and disabilities. With an undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science degree from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Rehabilitation Psychology and Counseling, she has been a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor for over 14 years.
She is passionate about the agency’s mission, and even though her role in it is not a direct one, she is most proud of the work that the staff does to help individuals live the lives that they choose and reach their goals.
Elaine Hickey, Chief Financial Officer
Elaine Hickey oversees the day to day operations of CPI’s accounting department and is responsible for fiscal reporting and compliance. With the support of a dedicated and knowledgeable team, Elaine ensures deadlines are met and provides assistance to management with developing and monitoring budgets. She takes pride in CPI’s reputation of outstanding financial audits and the numerous accolades from it’s funders with regard to the quality of the financial records.
Elaine earned her BBA in Accounting from Pace University in New York and was the Assistant Controller for a global market research firm before joining Community Partnerships in 1998. Elaine typically does not have direct contact with the agency’s consumers but finds her role rewarding knowing the administrative functions provide the infrastructure necessary for CPI to provide high quality services to its consumer and their families.
Carol Collins, Director of Vocational Services
Carol Collins is the Director of Vocational Services at Community Partnerships, Inc. She manages the day to day operations of the Brain Injury Support Services programs and provides oversight to the Youth Employed and Succeeding programs. A major area of focus for Carol is to make sure there are quality services available for individuals who are trying to overcome obstacles in their lives.
Carol began working in the human services field 19 years ago as a counselor at a runaway shelter. Her focus was to help youth find stability in their lives. Over the years her focus has remained the same although the population for whom she works has expanded. Ten years ago, Carol received her Master’s in Public Administration in order to prepare her to develop and implement strong, quality services for individuals who have a brain injury. Over the past 7 years Carol has been able to continue her focus of designing, implementing, and evaluating services at Community Partnerships, Inc.
Todd W. Parker, MS-CSAC-I–Director of Quality Assurance
Todd Parker joined Community Partnerships in October of 2012, bringing his experience with Electronic Health Records and program compliance. He oversees Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement activities to ensure the agency remains in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Parker oversees medical records, the health/safety activities of the agency, chairs the Continuous Quality Improvement Committee, and serves as the HIPAA Privacy Officer. He is also a member of the Program Committee.
Todd is a veteran in the field of Health and Human Services, beginning his career as a Speech/Language Therapist at the Exceptional Children’s program in Brunswick County, NC, where he later moved into administration as Program Coordinator. He is a founding member of Carter G. Woodson School of Challenge (an NC Charter School) in Winston-Salem, where he was instrumental in developing a program of total inclusion for children with special needs. Mr. Parker transitioned into the field of MH/DD/SAS in 1999 and has extensive experience in direct service provision as well as program management. He began working exclusively in the area of Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement in 2008.
Parker has worked as a consultant and trainer for agencies throughout North Carolina in the areas of Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Quality Assurance activities. He is a NC Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board approved trainer.
Nikki Smith, Director of Communications & Donor Relations
Nikki Smith’s professional journey has included forays into several different career choices. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in English (with a minor in Theater), Nikki attended the North Carolina School of the Arts – School of Filmmaking. In the early years of her career, Nikki worked as everything from a ballroom dance teacher to a cataloger of rare books.
In 2000, Nikki volunteered as an intern at Coastal Carolina Press, a nonprofit book publisher. By 2005, she had worked her way up to Chief Editor. In 2005, she moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where she worked as a Content Strategist and then Editor for MicroMass Communications. Nikki ultimately decided that she belonged in the nonprofit world. She joined Community Partnerships as a part-time employee that same year.
Today, Nikki works full-time as the Director of Communications & Donor Relations for Community Partnerships. She feels honored to tell the remarkable stories of the people the agency serves.
Sharon Hudgins-Waters, Billing Coordinator
Sharon Hudgins-Waters provides billing support services to the agency and is dedicated to helping the consumers’ families and the Community Partnerships staff navigate the intricacies of commercial, private and public funding. Sharon began her billing and insurance administration career as a bookkeeper in a nursing home. What started off as a job has turned into a career with 2 decades of experience accompanied by a Masters degree in business and health administration. Sharon is dedicated to ensuring that billing process is seamless and that Community Partnerships achieves its bottom line.