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The VIA Team


Vickie Irwin-Avery

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Vickie Irwin-Avery has held positions of Contract Management Manager, Supplier Diversity Manager, Supplier Development Project Manager, and Supplier Development Consultant.


Vickie is vice-chair of the board of directors of the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council (GMSDC), chair of the GMSDC Supplier Diversity Leadership Council, co-chair of the NMSDC Utility Industry Group, and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Other memberships include Georgia Society of CPAs, American Association of Blacks in Energy, and Project Management Institute-Atlanta Chapter.

She holds a BBA degree in Accounting from Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Vickie is the recipient of the 2017 MogulCon Mogul Award for her support of women-owned businesses and two-time recipient of a Southern Company Excellence Award.

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Dr. Lisa Garner-Robinson

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Dr. Garner-Robinson is a passionate educator with 33 plus years of experience in the Atlanta Public School System.  Her experience includes Classroom Teacher (Pre-K-12th) with a vast amount of leadership and classroom instruction. She has served as a Supervising Teacher and Instructional Liaison Specialist providing support to new teachers in both Atlanta Public Schools and several Universities.

Her contributions to education beyond the public-school system include assisting with the development of curriculum and procedures within the criminal justice system.  She is also a certified facilitator for Domestic Violence and Anger Management and a contact person for Social and Emotional Learning.

Dr. Garner-Robinson is a native Atlantan and a proud product of the Atlanta Public School System.  She holds an Educational Doctorate-Educational Leadership, Argosy University, Sarasota, FL., Master of Education- Early Childhood, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, Bachelor of Arts-Early Childhood, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia. State Certifications: Early Childhood Education (P-5), and Educational Leadership (P-12).


Dr. Felicia Phillips

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Dr. Felicia Phillips is a Master Business Strategist and an award-winning, certified MBE.  Dr. Phillips specializes in program development as well as supplier education and succession planning.


Dr. Felicia has built her 30-year career on serving, educating and speaking on topics regarding entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion as well as training for sales teams.


She is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council and has been featured in The Huffington Post, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Rolling Out, Black Enterprise and Upscale Magazines, CBS, FOX, BET, TLC and many other media outlets.


Dr. Felicia has had the pleasure of working with the City of Atlanta, Southern Company, Wells Fargo, Delta Air Lines, City of Atlanta, IKEA, The Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration and many other organizations. 

Dr. Felicia is a wife, mother and caregiver who enjoys spending time family and at beach relaxing.


Jovi Irwin

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Ever inquisitive - or nosey, depends on who you ask.  Luckily, there’s a market for it.  Jovi Irwin is a content curator and television producer.   Currently, she produces a lifestyle tv show in Jacksonville, Florida. 


Jovi began her career as a news producer in Macon, Georgia. She specializes in sifting through lots of information and making it easy for people to understand.  Managing quickly changing situations is her speciality.  Content creation is the family business.  Jovi also works with her husband, Chris, who’s a sports director and anchor in Jacksonville.  They have one daughter, Ma’at.

 She is an avid reader - preferably historical fiction.  When she’s not creating her own content, she enjoys watching reality shows.  Jovi is a proud alumnae of Spelman College.


Ma'at Vivienne Porter

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Keeper of the Legacy and Chief Inspiration Officer

Ma'at Vivienne Porter is an imaginative,  playful, funny, and curious pre-school student who loves all things Disney!  You can catch her vivid personality in her guest appearances on her Dad's TV sports broadcast-Porter's Place in Jacksonville, FL.  Ma'at is the real "MVP" of the family!


T. Renee Smith

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