Board of Directors

Rickey Bearden

Captain, Domestic Violence Division

Rickey Beadern is a 12-year MNPD veteran, who will lead the department’s Domestic Violence Division. Bearden most recently worked in the Office of Community Outreach & Partnerships. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Tennessee State University and a Master’s Degree from Cumberland University. Bearden succeeds Josh Blaisdell, who is now the captain over the Criminal Investigations Division.

Randi Benton


Randi Benton is a Nashville family law attorney. Randi attended the Nashville School of Law under the leadership of former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice William C Koch, who serves as Dean. While in law school, she worked as a family law paralegal in Davidson and Williamson counties, laying the foundation for her later practice. Randi is currently practicing family law at the Welty Law Office.

Chris Buford

Assistant District Attorney

Chris Buford is the Assistant District Attorney, Division V for the Nashville/Davidson County District Attorney’s office.

Tara Bender

Domestic Violence Survivor

Tara bender is a resilient survivor of Domestic Violence. Tara is a supermom to two kings. After marrying at 19, Tara found herself in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship. After seeking services at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Mary Parrish, and the YWCA, Tara stands before you a survivor and has a powerful testimony.

Tina Fox

Assistant Director of Programs at Tennessee Coalition AGAINST DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE

Tina L. Fox is the first African American state Director of Victim Services for the Tennessee Board of Parole. She works directly with crime victims to make sure that their legal rights are being upheld for Parole Hearings. Five years ago while participating in the Tennessee Government Management Institute (2012) with the University of Tennessee-Knoxville Office of Public Service; she was elected its 2012 Class Vice-President. Additionally, she is Vice-Chair of the Association of Paroling Authorities International Crime Victims’ Committee, a member and Vice Chair of the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence Coordinating Council (Chair of BIP Monitoring), a member of Nashville Coalition against Domestic Violence (Training Co-Chair) and organized a Statewide Victims’ Services Committee. On October 7, 2013, she received the Champion of Victims’ Rights Award by Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, for her outstanding leadership through her work with homicide victims during parole hearings and in victim services. On October 7, 2017 the Nashville Coalition against Domestic Violence recognized her as the 2017 Outstanding State Official Recipient.


Metropolitan Trustee

Erica served as a Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County At-Large Council Member, representing the entire city of Nashville with some 680,000 constituents. She is the former Chair of the Metropolitan Council of Health, Hospitals, and Social Services Committee. Erica also served as a member of the following Metropolitan Council Committees: Budget and Finance, Ad Hoc Affordable Housing, Public Safety-Beer and Regulated Beverages Committees, and past president of the Metropolitan Council Minority Caucus. Nationally, Erica has served as the Assistant to the President, National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, Vice-Chair, National Association of Young Black Elected Officials, and Vice-Chair, Universities Council, National League of Cities. She previously served as the Assistant Dean of Student Conduct at Tennessee State University. Erica is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues related to women and children, racial justice, public health, civic engagement, and service.

Madeline Long

Founding Partner of MAD Konnect Foundation

Madeline Long is a visionary on a mission to help save lives. She is often referred to as the “Health Crusader”. She has worn many hats in the management and healthcare space; Managing Partner, Fellow, Vice President of Business Development, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Corporate Development, Chief Marketing Officer, and most recently Chairwoman of MAD Economically Advanced Communities and Organizations (MEACO LLC) providing technology, healthcare, housing, agriculture, training that is nimble, ease-of-use, adaptable and customizable. It goes beyond leveling the playing field. It is a combination of non-profit and for- profit companies uniquely designed to move the needle and sowing seeds for those less fortunate. Madeline is a Fellow with the National Leadership Academy For The Public’s Heath (NLAPH) designated to represent the State of Maryland, funded and supported by the CDC. NLAPH is a national program focused on improving population health by working with multi-sector leadership teams and training the teams through an applied, team-based collaborative leadership development model.  Madeline has appeared on Dr. Oz, Good Day Washington, recognized for her work in breast cancer by Vice President Biden, the Tom Joyner Morning Show and a speaker at various national conferences. She is a former Board Member of the St. Louis Family Violence Council and former Corporate Advisory Board Member of NAFEO (representing 106 Historical Black Colleges and Universities). Madeline recently joined the executive board of testFRWD as Director, USA and North America.

Darkenya WAller

Executive Director at Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands

DarKenya W. Waller joined the Legal Aid Society in 2008. She became the Managing Attorney of its Nashville office in 2010 and the Executive Director in 2018. Her legal practice is focused primarily on family law. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi - School of Law and earned a Master of Business Administration from Belhaven University. Mrs. Waller is a 2011 member of the Tennessee Bar Association’s Leadership Law Program for outstanding young lawyers. She was appointed to the Indigent Representation Taskforce by the Tennessee Supreme Court and is a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Bar Association, the YWCA of Nashville, the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) where she is Board Chair. She has been recognized as a 2016 Woman of Influence and 2018 Best of the Bar by the Nashville Business Journal, as a 2016 Cable Athena Award Nominee and as the 2015 Advocate of the Year by the NCADV. Mrs. Waller has held leadership positions with the Lawyers Association for Women – Marion Griffith Chapter and the Nashville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.