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DO YOU NEED SOME GLAM? COVER: Photo Melissa Donald Styling Aubrey Hillis Makeup Gretchen Krammes, Marie Fulkerson Makeup

Dressing for Her Personal Brand p.34

A Moment of Dignity p.36

ON THE COVER: Rachelle Starr is giving women who have been working in the sex industry a chance to create a new recipe of life for themselves. Read more about her on page 10.

26 THINGS p.28

She’s the CEO of 18 Wheelers p.36 Local TV journalist and mother of two, Shannon Cogan, makes a daily transformation to be TV-glam read — even if she comes from a crazy day of playing ball in the backyard.


#DoSomething This Christmas p.42


Her Heart is with the Animals p.42

She is Running a Startup and How Her ‘Vent Line’ Helps p.40

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What’s Miss Kentucky Reading? p.44

Get inspired to try something Be Confident p.44 new to pamper yourself Celebrations p.48 or to make you feel like a better you.

oday’s Woman is always about being your best self — your most relaxed self, your most confident self, your most healthy self. Sometimes that takes a daring jump into a new lifestyle or a brave step into a new career. We know it is always more about what is inside your mind than outside your head, but at the same time, we know that sometimes you should take a minute for yourself.

In this issue we confront a different comfort zone — it is about taking a step into the world of beauty treatments. Whether it becomes a regular maintenance routine you do for yourself or a one-time treat, a little glamour can change how you feel and think about yourself. Be a Glam Girl and yourself at the same time. — Anita Oldham

ON THE COVER: Laura Patterson is making waves with a swimsuit line any woman can wear. Find more about how she’s doing it on page 6.

GIFTS TO OUR COMMUNITY p.4 Photo: Sunni Wigginton


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f you are like me, living in the same city all your life can make you a little oblivious to all the wonderful gifts it has to offer. You may think to yourself, “Louisville is great,” but you might find that you can’t put your finger on what, specifically, makes it great. We wanted to take a look at some of the places — old and new — you might not think about when you think about loving our city. Louisville has been the recipient of a variety of “community gifts” that are bringing nature, art, food, hope, prosperity, education, and engagement to residents.

Photo David Boggs @skylouisville


By Carrie Vittitoe

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Photos Melissa Donald Wells Made Co.

Lucretia’s Kitchen

Revolution Confections

(L-R) Sherry Miller of Mama’s; Kortney Warfield of U-Chews; Lucretia Thompson of Lucretia’s Kitchen; Viviana Dias Ferreira of Revolution Confections; Andrea Wells of Wells Made Co.; and Vy Howard of Syndesi.

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Chef Space


t its core, CHEF SPACE is a 13,000-squarefoot licensed commercial kitchen, but it is really much more. Community Ventures launched Chef Space in November 2015 to serve a multi-pronged mission in West Louisville. Jessica Morgan, director of marketing and public relations for Community Ventures, says Chef Space provides technical assistance to entry-level food entrepreneurs, providing them access to a commercial kitchen and all the gadgets and appliances they may need. This kitchen access ultimately helps them grow their revenue so they can move into their own space. With 25-30 small businesses operating out of Chef Space, it is an incubator for new talent, but it draws on the experience of its partners. Texas Roadhouse, for example, is a community partner that is using Chef Space as a training kitchen. Jessica says one of the benefits of experienced


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food companies coming into the facility is “sharing best practices to improve the service model.” Jessica has numerous leads every week from chefs interested in a membership to Chef Space, either on a full-time basis, which gives them 24/7 access to the kitchen, or on a part-time basis, which allows them to schedule time in the kitchen to create. Whether an individual is an up-and-coming entrepreneur or a hobbyist chef, Chef Space provides space and an opportunity for creativity and dreams to flourish. The big winners, though, are community members who like to eat and drink. Chef Space has helped a number of entrepreneurs develop distribution networks so that consumers can purchase the items at local stores or via food trucks. Read more about some of these entrepreneurs on page 32.


Whiskey Row Revitalization

Photo Larry Vinson @kentucky_skywalker

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The Duluth Trading Co. is one of the newest tenants on Whiskey Row.


Courier Journal article in 2011 spurred Christy Brown to become involved in the Whiskey Row revitalization on Main Street. “These magnificent cast iron buildings were being threatened with demolition,” she says, and she felt she had to act. Phone calls led to meetings with city officials, investors, and other benefactors like herself. Christy says it became clear early on that preserving the buildings required expanded types of partnerships. “There were lots of people who cared deeply about the cultural heritage of these buildings,” she says. Those unique partnerships ultimately led to the

Photo Speed Museum

Speed Art Museum


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creation of Vital Sites, a nonprofit focused on adaptive reuse in development. Christy says one of the goals of Vital Sites is to prevent future demolitions of preservable buildings. A fire in 2015 set the Whiskey Row project back, but most of the building’s shell is complete, and new tenants have moved in. Duluth Trading Company opened in November on the Main Street level. Other forthcoming businesses are a speakeasy and a German beer hall. This redevelopment gift is, of course, the preservation of these beautiful facades of historic buildings, but it is also the further revitalization of our downtown in the form of


new businesses and increased foot traffic to the area. However, when we think about this gift, we cannot dismiss the spirit of perseverance in this project. Insurance determined that the fire was a full loss and didn’t require that the project be rebuilt, but investors didn’t back away. “They doubled down by taking the insurance proceeds and putting them back into the building. It took every dime plus to get us back,” says Valle Jones, one of the co-developers of the project. Taking that risk and holding that vision of what Whiskey Row could be at completion are gifts to Louisville, too. Thanks to the Owsley Brown Foundation, you can visit the Speed Museum for free on Sundays.

he Speed is 90 years old and one year old,” says interim director Stephen Reily. With its long history and massive renovation, the art museum has both the wisdom of time and the exuberance of youth that continues to make it a prominent gift to the local community. The things the Speed has long done well it continues to do, such as bring world-class exhibits to the city and offer outreach opportunities to schools. Now its expanded space allows the Speed to introduce new events for the community, such as after-hours gatherings and cinema programs. The new Elizabeth P. and Frederick K. Cressman Art Park and public piazza bridges art and the outdoors. Its renovation has really given the Speed a license to innovate, to try new things, and see what the community responds to. Its exhibits, such as Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, which ran through October 2017, invited the community to consider art in terms of issues within the community. Next year the Speed will celebrate women with its exhibit Women Artists in the Age of Impressionism.

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Scarlet’s Bakery


f Scarlet’s Bakery was a cupcake, the bakery and cafe would be the delicious cream cheese frosting on top. The moist yet substantial cake below, supporting that dollop of frosting, is the social enterprise mission of the business. Rachelle Starr had volunteered helping exploited and trafficked women through Scarlet’s Hope mission and knew there was a need in the community to help them. Her vision was to employ women in transition who were trying to create a new life for themselves. The fulfillment of her vision took eight years, from the time she began doing research to when the bakery opened in Shelby Park in December 2015. The women who come to work at Scarlet’s Bakery enter an 18-month program, which helps them develop marketable skills in food service and earn


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money. The program also provides them with life skills, parenting classes, individual and group counseling, money management assistance, and housing. At the end of the 18-month period, the goal is for them to transition to getting an education or a career. “The goal is to meet as many of their needs as possible. It is more than a job and a paycheck,” Rachelle says. She jokes that some Louisvillians consider Scarlet’s Bakery’s cinnamon rolls the biggest gift to the community, but anyone who hears the bakery’s mission knows the gift is much more. Eventually, Rachelle hopes to branch into more locations beyond the Shelby Park neighborhood and move into multiple social enterprises that can employ women in more than the food-service setting. page 12>>

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Crystal Dawes danced in strip clubs and sold drugs but says learning about Scarlet’s Hope inspired her make a better life for herself. “Something changed in me, and I wanted to live life right. Through working at the bakery, I put myself through school and graduated from college. Now I have a job in radiology that I absolutely love.” CRYSTAL IS WEARING: Calvin Klein dress, $278; Gianni Bini shoes, $98; Kate Spade New York earrings, $58. Kate Spade New York necklaces, $148/ea. All Items available at Dillard’s, 5000 Shelbyville Rd, 502.893.4400. MAKEUP: Gretchen Krammes, Marie Fulkerson Makeup


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Parklands of Floyds Fork


hen Dan Jones, founder of 21st Century Parks Inc., attended a meeting of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy in 2002, it seemed obvious to him how a new generation could have the same impact as the original park system. “We should do the same thing again,” he thought after a few months of letting the idea marinate in his mind. The first steps of what became The Parklands of Floyds Fork were discussions Dan had with Bill Juckett, chairman emeritus of Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, which then branched into meetings with Jones’ father, Dan Jones, Sr., and former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry. Eventually, Dan and his colleagues completed 80 separate purchases to acquire nearly 4,000 acres of land used for the four major parks: Beckley Creek, Pope Lick, Turkey Run, and Broad Run, and their connecting corridor. In under six years, The Parklands of Floyds Fork went from planning stage to completion, and it continues to make improvements to enhance the park experience for visitors, including the Silo Center Bike Park in Turkey Run Park, which opened in September. Safety, cleanliness, fun, and beauty are the four driving concepts that guide the Parklands’ board in how it governs, and Dan says the board focuses on programming for the 90 percent park user, which are those people who use the park for random, individualized activities, such as reading a book, taking a walk, riding a bike, or playing with their children. “What drives a city


Photo Melissa Donald

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The Humana Grand Allee trail, one of many trail options in Beckley Creek Park.

park is the 90 percent user,” he says. The Parklands is also focused on education and outreach to ensure that people who don’t have easy access to the park system can have opportunities to visit and enjoy it.

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Chiseling out a pathway for nature in the midst of suburban growth is a gift that will continue to give to the community just as the Frederick Law Olmsted Parks have been doing since 1891.

Parklands of Floyds Fork is a donor-supported park. You can make a donation at

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ho would have thought that right here in Louisville we have a simulation lab focused on aging? The Thrive Innovation Center was conceived as a result of economic development incentives in 2010, when Signature Healthcare relocated to the city. InnovateLTC was created as an affiliate of Signature to drive innovation and collaboration. Sheri Rose, Thrive Center CEO and executive director, says the goal is for the facility to “become the epicenter of long-term care and aging innovation.” Every eight to 12 months,

the Thrive Center will focus on a theme, with its initial one being memory. It has partnered with technology vendors who have stepped up to develop and test new gadgets and software specifically designed for the older population. For example, Piper, a company that created the countdown clocks for the New York City subway system, has donated a beaconing technology to the Thrive Center. This beacon will allow the center to determine which exhibits visitors frequent the most, but it is also a technology that might be used to help caregivers keep track of their loved ones with dementia.

Sheri says the center is also partnering with local universities, including Bellarmine and Spalding, to bring in occupational and physical therapy students to work with older adults who visit the center. The center will offer classes and programs — such as writing workshops, cooking, and support groups — to keep older adults living vigorously. Louisville has long been a hub of medical advances, but having a center specially designed to keep older adults as healthy and active as possible is a gift that will impact many generations.

(Top) Thrive Innovation Center displays new ideas for better quality of life in the home, including the bedroom. (Top right) A bathroom equipped with sensors as well as a mirror screen can show plans for the day and medication reminders. (Bottom right) Today’s Woman Publisher Cathy Zion tries the Applied VR, a type of technology that leads users through a virtual adventure designed to alleviate stress.


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Louisville Metro Police Foundation Photo Melissa Donald

The 2005 death of Rebecca Grignon-Reker’s husband, Officer Peter Grignon, started the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. She is shown here with memorabilia from his service.


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afety and security are gifts we prize in our city, but we don’t often consider the cost of these gifts to the men and women who help provide them. The 2005 death of Officer Peter Grignon spurred the creation of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation (LMPF), which works to ensure that the first responders who provide help to the community get the resources they need. One of the ways in which the Foundation does this is through its Officer in Distress Fund. This grant process provides assistance to officers and their immediate family members when dealing with a personal crisis, such as a house fire, serious illness, or death. In the midst of crises, police “give up their nights, their holidays, and time with their kids. They abandon their own families to care for others,” says Tracie Texas Shugart, LMPF’s executive director. The LMPF works to ensure that the officers are taken care of when they need help the most. The Foundation also raises funds to help departments purchase needed equipment and attend trainings. Tracie says just under 94 percent of the police budget goes to personnel costs, so the foundation helps where it can to ensure officers have the resources they need. The foundation has purchased K9 dogs, a bomb suit, and SWAT team training, among many other things. With the support of local businesses, the LMPF also helps each division coordinate its Shop With a Cop program, which officers take part in with both local children and older adults in senior communities this month.

Rebecca Grignon-Reker, the director of community engagement at the Louisville Metro Police Foundation, says being able to provide financial support to officers and their families in need, is their way of showing appreciation to those who risk their lives protecting others. “They (officers) don’t make much money and many of them live paycheck to paycheck. It helps them emotionally, because they can focus on their job better, and we need officers at their best when they are out on the street.”

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Ohio River Greenway


ne of the best things about living in Louisville is being so close to Southern Indiana, which has its own set of special gifts that Kentuckiana residents share. One of those is the Ohio River Greenway project, a 7.5-mile green corridor, which began in earnest in 1993 when a commission was formed between New Albany, Clarksville, and Jeffersonville. “All three communities started at the river and built out. We are reinvesting in and rediscovering that area,” says commission chair Philip Hendershot. The project’s goal is connectivity.

“We are reconnecting people to the river, and connecting the riverfronts of the three communities,” Philip says. The commission hopes to also enhance quality

of life for residents and improve economic development. The Ohio River Greenway, scheduled to be complete by August 2018, has been a challenging process, in part because it is a project of separate municipal jurisdictions which have different rules and operational procedures. Despite these challenges, Philip and other members of the commission know there is value in this community gift. “The project has been built in 11 segments, and each time one has opened, people are using it immediately,” Hendershot says. “They are hungry for this.”

Louisville Free Public Library

P The library in Shawnee after its recent renovation.


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ublic libraries have long been a gift to local communities, but the Louisville Free Public Library is adapting that gift to improve how people read, learn, interact with technology, and engage with others. One of the ways it is doing this is through the creation of three new 40,000-square-foot regional branches to help fulfill its mission of bringing 90 percent of the local population to within five miles of a library. Individual branches have also been renovated or built, including a free-standing branch in Newburg and renovated space in Shawnee. “Neighborhood branches reflect the specific dynamics in the community in which they are

located and hone in on their specific community needs,” says LFPL director Jim Blanton. Chandra Gordon, executive director of The Library Foundation, says one of the gifts the foundation tries to give the community in its partnership with LFPL is “real access to information, software, and classes.” While the buildings themselves are gifts, it is what is in those buildings, such as free ACT prep classes, research tools, and the South Central Regional Library’s COLLIDER artist-in-residence program, that really make the library system a special place in the community for people from all walks of life.

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Big Four Bridge & Waterfront Park


aterfront Park is an 85-acre gift to the residents of both Louisville and Southern Indiana that will continue to give enjoyment for many years to come. It was developed in stages, and parts of it are still in the works. Phase IV, a 22-acre site between 10th and 15th streets, has great historical significance, according to Waterfront Development Corporation President David Karem. “It was the site of foundries that made [much of] the wrought iron on those fabulous balconies in New Orleans,” he says. One of the most visited parts of Waterfront Park is the Big Four Bridge. The original plan for the walking bridge called for an earthen mound to be the access point for


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Some prominent Louisville business and community leaders, including Brown-Forman and Humana shareholders, are chipping in a total of $220,000 over each of the next two years to keep parking free for everyone at Waterfront Park.

walkers and bikers, but David says this idea was physically impossible to achieve. “The weight was enormous and unstable,” he says, so developers abandoned it. The current circular ramp plan not only offers visitors views of the water, but it allows the lawn beneath the bridge to be used for concerts and events. “The bridge is an iconic and popular part of the park,” David says. It has welcomed 3 million people and will continue to beckon many more.

Photo Paul Schuhmann @pas812

The Big 4 Bridge offers the opportunity connects Louisville Waterfront Park to Jeffersonville on the Indiana side.

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Leaving a Legacy in Your Community

By Carrie Vittitoe




f there is a common thread in the stories of these community gifts, it is that the path to creating a legacy is never smooth and straight. The individuals who thought of or became involved in these projects may have had an idea where the project might go, or where they wanted it to go, but at times, they just grabbed their hats and held on for the ride. Legacy development is a blend of wanting to make positive change, planning, taking a risk, dealing with accidents, maintaining fortitude, and remaining creative. When Dan Jones took his first steps on the path to what became THE PARKLANDS OF FLOYDS FORK, he was in a bit of a professional lull. “I was looking for something,” he says. Though he wasn’t afraid of taking on the project, he admits he is an “accidental CEO.” He had an idea, and when he began investigating how to proceed, it took on a life of its own. “I hired a planner to consider where we might do such a project, and it snowballed from there,” he says. Adaptability is a key to survival. While the goal of modeling The Parklands on the Olmsted Parks system remained the same throughout the project, “we responded to various challenges and realized that we would not just build it, but also operate it, which required some interesting shifts in our planning,” Dan says. He jokes that “I had no idea” almost became a tagline for the project. Rachelle Starr did a tremendous amount of research before launching SCARLET’S BAKERY, but nothing could really prepare her for how hard it is to manage not only a bakery and cafe but also the various programs that the social enterprise offers to exploited and trafficked women. “It’s much bigger than I ever thought,” she says. While that work is overwhelming, it is also what keeps her motivated. “I know these women; they’ve become like daughters to me. The people are why we push so hard.” Accidents are almost always a part of creating a legacy. The WHISKEY ROW project not only preserved historic buildings, but it led to “a creative way of gifting to the city,” says Valle Jones. The devastating fire forced the developers to be even more ingenious in how they

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safely preserved the building facades. “I hope it will be a model for other historic areas and buildings. Despite the problems from the fire, appropriate adaptive reuse is the best way of recycling and having a healthier community,” Christy Brown says. THE SPEED was born of risk and creativity by Hattie Bishop Speed in 1925, and that risk and creativity are still what guide it today. “We are finding all new ways to be relevant,” says Stephen Reily. Even if a legacy has 90 years of history behind it, it has to adapt to whatever new ways the public needs it to fit into their modern lives. THE LOUISVILLE FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY continues to see its legacy change from paper and books to a whole new array of information technologies and functions. Diving headfirst into a major project requires celebrating small victories because sometimes it may feel like a lifetime until it all gets done. During the development of WATERFRONT PARK AND THE BIG FOUR BRIDGE, David Karem says the board intentionally made incremental progress announcements “so we would help the public stay excited about the growth of the park. We kept communicating that progress was being made.” Those progress celebrations are critical for helping see how far you’ve come and finding the motivation to keep on going. Every single person involved in these gifts is seeing a direct impact on the community as a result of the legacy projects. The people who walk across the Big Four to grab lunch and a beer at The Red Yeti are part of the legacy, as are those who are moving Duluth Trading into its new location at Whiskey Row, and those who shop there will be part of it. The police officer whose wife has Stage IV breast cancer and needs assistance from the Louisville Metro Police Foundation is part of the legacy. The teachers who access the Louisville Free Public Library online databases for instructional ideas and the cyclists who whiz past the Egg Lawn at Beckley Creek Park are part of the legacy. As we share our part in these community gifts, we might ask ourselves, “What legacy can I leave my community?”

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26 THINGS (Why 26? Because we are 26 years old!)

It’s Today’s Woman’s 26TH BIRTHDAY THIS MONTH!!!

Happenings, news, and tidbits that caught Today’s Woman’s eye this month By Anita Oldham

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You can learn more by sitting across the table from someone. We aren’t that different, but we don’t necessarily know that right now. — Paula Schoenhoff


“It takes a lot of drops of water to fill a bucket. I can be one of them.” — Susie Stewart


“We all have to work and be in this life together.” — Dr. Karen Cost

4 Illustration Silvia Cabib

My Legacy:




My Legacy: LOVE FOR NONPROFITS “My most meaningful legacy will be my children and my efforts to bring people and groups together to build the fabric of our nonprofit community which cares for the sick, educates the child, thrives through the arts, and honors the veteran.” — Gregory Nielsen, CEO, Center for Nonprofit Excellence


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Our special section this month is about leaving a legacy. Here are a few quotes to help you think about that aspect — making things better for those around you.

IMPACTING QUALITY OF LIFE “The Gheens Foundation started as a legacy gift of Mary Jo and Edwin Gheens of $28 million in 1982. Since its beginning, the Foundation has invested $112 million in our communities and continues to do so. The Gheens’ remarkable sense of selfless, generous stewardship is itself a legacy we should all seek to emulate.” — Phoebe Wood, Trustee of Gheens Foundation

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My Legacy:

ONE GOOD THING INSPIRES ANOTHER “In everything I do, I want to honor the foundation that women who came before me laid for women’s and girls’ equality and inspire those who come after me to keep showing up and doing the work and to never give up the fight. The brilliant, strong, passionate, funny, and talented women I know and love inspire me every day. Use your voices and skills to build the world you want to see.” — Holly Houston, attorney


My Legacy:

– seven – Fiber Artist Mary Craik was recently awarded the UofL Women’s Center Empowerment Award. The glass art award design is based on a quilt (in photo) Mary designed as a gift for the Center seven years ago. Mary, now 93, has been a big supporter of women’s progress and the Women’s Center. She is an inspiration for creating and opening a gallery in downtown Louisville at the age of 80.


Do They Want?

8. “ Time with my girls, son-in-laws, and grandchildren is absolutely at the top of my list!” — Cindy Collier, p. 36

9. “ My wishlist includes Fenty Foundation, the Huda

Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow, and the Cartier Love Bracelet (with a boyfriend to go with it please).” — Madelynne Myers, p. 44

10. “My favorite gifts usually aren’t ‘things.’ They are

more experiential, because that really creates a memory.” — Jessica Hill Powell, p. 38

11. “Mantra Band: Everyday jewelry wear is a key for me as many days I have to go from day to night attire with little time to adjust.” — Madison Hardy, p. 44


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A SURPRISE LEGACY “What began as my volunteering as a reading tutor, grew into what is today, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Since 1989, millions of lives, both children and adults, across the country have been changed as they have participated in our programming and utilized our resources to create a path to success. Any lasting legacy can be created by helping even one person in need.” — Sharon Darling, President and Founder, National Center for Families Learning


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ON IMPACTING WOMEN IN SOUTHERN INDIANA “Both professionally and personally I’ve had the great fortune of being a part of some amazing acts of philanthropy in our region. The Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana reinvented our approach to fundraising and grant giving by launching Impact 100 SI. We just concluded our first annual event by making a $50,000 grant to support transformational change for women facing homelessness in Clark, Floyd, and Harrison Counties. This is ten times the size of our previous awards.” — Kerri Cokeley, President of the Advisory Board, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana

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Hosparus Health’s Executive Director of Palliative Care, Denise Gloede RN, MSN, CHPN, talks about advanced illness care and gives us the inside scoop on the top questions being asked about this new program Hosparus Health provides.

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What does “advanced illness care” mean?

Also called palliative care, advanced illness care is supportive care for people with serious illness that’s provided wherever a patient calls home. It focuses on the whole person, optimizing quality of life and minimizing suffering by anticipating, treating, and even preventing disease symptoms. Our specially trained team of professionals works together with a patient’s doctors and healthcare providers to provide an extra layer of support. Care also extends to the patient’s family because we know family members are actively involved in their loved ones’ care and need support, too.

What can I expect to get out of advanced illness care?

In addition to pain and symptom management, our Care Team provides care coordination and will work with you to develop an individualized care plan that aligns with your goals and values. We can also assist with advance care planning, and we offer counseling and spiritual support to both you and your family.

Is advanced illness care the same as hospice care?

Not exactly. Hospice care serves patients with a life expectancy of six months or less. Advanced illness care is for patients at any stage of serious illness who may not be eligible for hospice, either because of treatment preferences or because their illness is not considered terminal.

What are some outcomes I might expect from advanced illness care?

You may experience relief from symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, and difficulty sleeping. You can also expect close communication and more control over your care.

How do I know if advanced illness care is right for me?

Advanced illness care might benefit you if you’re dealing with one or more serious illnesses. You can have this type of care at the same time as treatment meant to cure you. People living with a diagnosis of lung disease, congestive heart failure, cancer, dementia, diabetes, and neurologic conditions such as stroke, MS or ALS, among many other conditions, can all benefit from this type of supportive care.

“Your Hosparus Health Care Team will listen to you, provide information about your illness, and identify options for improving your quality of life. They help make sure your care is coordinated and aligned with your goals and preferences — ultimately allowing you more control over your care.”

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Hosparus Health is one of the largest non-profit providers of hospice care in the nation.

The organization has been the leader in care for the chronically ill for 40 years, providing compassionate hospice and palliative care to 7,500 patients and families in Kentucky and Indiana each year. At the forefront of healthcare innovation, Hosparus Health believes the time is now to move toward a model of person-centered care navigation that helps people make the most of not just their final days, but their final weeks, months, and even years. That’s why the nonprofit has responded to today’s ever-changing healthcare landscape by expanding its focus beyond traditional hospice to include comprehensive advanced illness care and management. Many people don’t understand that Hosparus Health’s care is not about giving up hope. In fact, it’s designed to help anyone dealing with serious illness shine as long and as bright as they can.

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With no sign of superhero strength, these three women explain why they do what they do without wearing a real cape. And, maybe you can join the heroic efforts.


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“The betterment of our community is not just for our lifetime, we have to make sure there is continuity for the community for the rest of time,” says Susie Stewart about why she serves and gives to nonprofits in her community. “Setting up an endowed (permanent) fund through the Community Foundation ensures that continuity,” says Susie, 60, a pilates teacher. In 2013, Susie and her husband set up the Michael and Susie Stewart Enrichment Fund through the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana (CFSI). She is past chairperson of the CFSI and continues to support the foundation’s unrestricted fund as well as other non-profits.



When she first joined the Community Foundation board in 2011, she wasn’t aware of how much the organization benefited the community. “I worked on showing the community all of the great things that were being made available because of other people in the community contributing to the fund,” she says. “My passion is the Community Foundation’s unrestricted fund that keeps growing,” Susie says. “That’s where all the important work is happening. That fund is going to be able to do more than my one fund is able to do.

“It’s not about how much you can give, it’s about understanding the importance of giving back to the community and giving what you can. It doesn’t matter if that is your talent, time, or your treasures — we need all three of those to truly make things happen, to better the community. “You can’t have people just donating money because there’d be no one to do the work. You can’t have only volunteers, because you have to have money. And if you don’t have people who are vested in a like-minded cause — the people with the talent and passion — the momentum to push things is not there.”

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he greatest way that people can leave a legacy is to not be passive, but to be active champions for these causes.” says Chris Stevenson, president and CEO of Cedar Lake.


Cedar Lake is an organization that provides both intensive and community based support to those who have been diagnosed with intellectual and developmental disabilities before the age of 21 and who are now adults. About 89 percent of Cedar Lake’s funding comes through Medicaid and 11 percent through fundraising. Cedar Lake is reaching out and asking the community for help. “We have been fortunate to build our endowment through the generosities of many people who have named Cedar Lake in their will.” Stevenson says. For those interested in leaving a legacy, they can contact Mr. Stevenson directly to make special arrangements. “Cedar Lake is a Christian organization that is reflecting values through facilitating meaningful interactions between those with and without disabilities,” says Stevenson. He also asks you to contact their legislators and let them know that people with disabilities, through no fault of their own, need Cedar Lake’s services.

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common misconception about leaving a legacy through charitable giving is that you have to be wealthy in order to do so. However, the Community Foundation of Louisville has a broad range of funds, from permanent endowments with a $25,000 minimum to funds with no minimum requirement to make lifetime giving easier, says Heather Cash, Director of Gift Planning. Whether donors make donations throughout the year or only in their estate planning, “we help donors do more than they ever thought possible with their charitable giving,” she says. In 2016, with close to 1,500 individual charitable funds in its care, the Community Foundation distributed $52 million in grants to nonprofits, churches and schools, most of which stayed in Kentuckiana. Cash emphasized that “the Community Foundation carries out the charitable intent of our donors with excellence, integrity, and responsibility. One reason these values are so important is because many of our donors are no longer with us, and we are carrying out their charitable legacy according to the directives they gave us during their life,” she says. Cash summed it up by saying, “With our local knowledge and donors’ charitable intent, together we create a philanthropic community where people and place thrive.”

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kick down barriers with a conversation On the last Sunday in September, Paula Schoenhoff and many of her family members were breaking bread in Iroquois Park with more than 1,000 Louisvillians — immigrants, African-Americans, Hispanics, whites, Asians, etc., at a giant potluck to connect the community called The Big Table.

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“We encouraged people to sit with people they didn’t know,” says Paula, 54, who wants to make the world a better place for everyone through experiential education. So she helped organize and fund this first-time event.

push the boundaries through education Dr. Karen Cost had just given a lecture to dermatology students at the University of Louisville when the chief of the department — Dr. Maurice Fliegelman — came up to her and told her that she should get involved in the community. “We need to get you on the board of Metro United Way (MUW),” she remembers him saying. It was 1978 and Karen had just arrived in Louisville from Ohio to pursue a post-doctoral fellowship in microbiology and immunology at UofL. Thirty-nine years later, Karen is still involved as a board member of the MUW, having served six terms and serves as past president.



“I believe in what Metro United Way is doing,” says Karen, who has been a volunteer and donor all these years. “They have a better idea of where our donor dollars should go.” Karen has served on other boards, including The Center for Women and Families and Bridge Haven. She was recently elected chairperson of the Metro Louisville Board of Health. “That’s another way that volunteers can look out for the health of the community — to advocate and educate the community. My entire profession has been in health care. “There’s more to being healthy than just having your

check-up with a physician. We all need a healthy environment, to eat well, exercise, and have access to good health care. These social determinants of health are extremely important to your overall health outcome. “If you are an individual fortunate enough to be relatively healthy and self sufficient, you are only as good as the least well-off person in your community. There are social and economic determinants that make it difficult for some people to be successful. The community needs to address this. “We all have to work and be in this life together.”

“It was so wonderful,” Paula says about the event, whose sponsors included the Global Human Project and We Are Louisville, as well as the Paula Schoenhoff Family Foundation, which she set up through the Community Foundation of Louisville in 2016. “America is so divided right now. How can we talk to each other again? So we created a safe place for people to talk and reconnect with each other.” As vice president of fixed income capital markets for Raymond James and Associates, Paula handles the investment portfolios of nonprofits. “The better I do for my clients, the more money they have to give to causes,” she says. “But I don’t just give money, I give time. It’s not just, ‘Here’s a check.’ I put in the blood, sweat, and tears. That’s how you change the world. Each of us has the responsibility to do what we can for the community and humanity.”

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elebrating 100 years, Metro United Way still connects the people and resources needed to ensure everyone flourishes in the seven Kentuckiana counties it serves.


Metro United Way’s focus has always been on improving lives. Their support extends to ensure every individual, child and family achieves their full potential through education, financial stability and health. Their community investments this year support 99 partner agencies, collectively managing more than 150 programs and providing valuable services through a network that touches 1 in 3. “Whether it’s a lack of affordable housing, an opioid crisis, or the inability to provide food or shelter, we make sure we have a whole network of organizations working to solve those problems, and then move on to the next problems,” says Metro United Way President Theresa Reno-Weber. You can invest in the long-term future of our community by participating in Metro United Way’s planned giving program. Planned giving is a gesture that comes from the heart, allowing people to experience the joy of giving today and planning for our community’s future through Metro United Way.

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Her current favorite is a blue Ava and Aiden fitted dress. “I can put on a blazer and wear it to work or wear it to a cocktail hour.” She also loves her big black and white Brochu Walker sweater. “You’ve got to be a fan of layers in Kentucky,” Rachel says.

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DRESSING FOR HER PERSONAL BRAND By Keri Foy Photos Sunni Wigginton


s I become more comfortable in my career, I’ve also become more comfortable, regardless of the role I’m in, to look a little different,” says Rachel Dickey. Rachel has the unique challenge of dressing for multiple careers. Not only does she practice law at Weber Rose, she’s also the president of her own consulting business, Rachel Dickey, LLC; the co-founder of Herelancer, a website that connects Louisville-based freelancers; and Launch Your Arrow, a workshop series focused on female entrepreneurs. “I live in so many professional arenas. One day, I’m in a boardroom full of creatives; another day, a boardroom full of executives,” Rachel says. “Style is the consistency between all those.” Rachel’s style goals are to stand out, in an appropriate way. “There’s a personal brand you have — the way people see you.” Rachel says. Part of Rachel’s brand is a message delivered with ink on her forearm. It’s a large tattoo that symbolizes a famous quote by Carl Sagan: “The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” Rachel proudly displays her tattoo, but she also is mature enough to know when it’s better to throw a blazer on. Rachel has a new rule for herself, and it boils down to simplifying her wardrobe. She’s allowed to purchase one awesome thing, but she has to get rid of three other things taking up space in her closet. “I’m really trying to reduce the amount of clothes I have to the things I really love that are high-end, good quality,” Rachel says.


The tattoo symbolizes a Carl Sagan quote that feeds Rachel's spirit. "Your brother, your sister, the flowers, trees. We're all the same," Rachel says. "I try to remember constantly that we're all from different backgrounds, but at the core we're the same. We deserve respect and to be included. There are things so much bigger than me or you and things that connect all of us."

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“We are training people to take the company to the next level. I love seeing people flourish...” says Cindy Collier By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog or many women, moving seamlessly from a career in fashion to a career in freight might take some doing. But Cindy Collier, president and CEO of Mister “P” Express, Inc. in Jeffersonville, carried what she had learned in retail fashion and joined her father in founding the trucking company. She had no experience with this industry, and trucking came with a whole new language, she says. She had no idea what to do for the company, but she had drive and motivation so she did every job from billing to dispatching to hiring to cleaning toilets. “I recognized quickly that sales would be my forte and started building the sales department. I would call on customers and hand-deliver invoices and take them homemade pumpkin bread. They loved it. I was really good at follow-up and details and developing personal relationships.” The company is now celebrating its 30th year. It started with three trucks. It now has 200 bright red trucks with the company’s yellow insignia and more than 300 employees. “This is what I've learned: People can see sincerity. I believe in giving back to the community. My dad has been doing that for a while, and now it's time for me to get out there in the community as well.


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A MOMENT OF DIGNITY “When I think back on the impact (of AIDS), it really parlayed my journey,” Missy Vitale shares about how she first got involved in the cause. When she was in graduate school in 1990, she started volunteering with Glade House (which was later absorbed by House of Ruth) because she had multiple friends who got sick. “When you got AIDS back then, it was basically a death sentence.” k

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“I am much more compassionate toward people who I wouldn’t have been with otherwise. Everyone has a different story that puts them in House of Ruth, so I try to give them their moment of dignity and just listen to them.

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SHE ATE HER WAY OUT OF BRAIN FOG By Ashli Findley Photo Melissa Donald


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fter the birth of her daughter eight years ago, Jessica Hill Powell started experiencing joint pain coupled with psoriasis and brain fog. It wasn’t until the severity of these symptoms increased after the birth of her third child that she actively sought medical attention. She was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune disorder in which inflammatory arthritis affects both the joints and skin. “I was never pleased with the options I was given, the medications I was given,” Jessica says. She started looking for a natural solution and came across the practice that has impacted her health the most: changing her diet. Jessica followed the Whole30 Program and removed grains and sugar from her diet while also limiting dairy. “It’s just become my way of life now,” she says, admitting


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that the grains were the hardest to give up. “Having to give that up was tough at first, but then I started noticing I felt so much better. “The dietary changes are absolutely what I feel has lifted me up out of that fog.” When Jessica realized that none of her doctors or specialists ever mentioned nutrition to her, it was the beginning of her wellness journey and becoming more aware of what caused her symptoms to worsen. Today, Jessica works as a natural wellness advocate. Her website is intended to help others find holistic wellness and to live their best life — now — through natural wellness. Read more about how she manages her stress and other things that have worked for her at

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JUST ASK JOYCE “Compromise is waiting to be reached regarding your perspectives of cleanliness, thriftiness, and healthiness. These are matters of sitting down in adult-to-adult conversations and reaching a common ground and tender understanding of expectations. Some concerns should be dealt with in a team-spirit approach (cleaning and spending), whereas others broached in attitudes of love and respect (concerns for eating and friends). For the sake of preserving your marriage, I would encourage you both to decide that concessions will be a noble sacrifice for each of you.” Peace is sometimes found a piece at a time, says Joyce. Find the entire answer to a question about a husband picking fights with his wife at Write to her about a relationship issue at

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She is Running a Startup — and How Her “Vent Line” Helps By Megan S. Willman Photo Melissa Donald


sing innovative technology, Angelique Johnson is exploring the ways that implantable electronics can be used to treat diseases and neurological disorders. Not only will these advances lower the cost of various treatments, but she anticipates tremendous improvements in the performance of those devices. “I didn’t expect to become an entrepreneur, but I saw a need, and I thought, ‘Let’s go after it!’” Angelique says. That idea became the beginning of her company, MEMStim. Through MEMStim, Angelique has brought to life her vision of using technology in the body as a way to enhance one’s quality of life. Being an entrepreneur, especially of a start-up, is not a simple endeavor, but Angelique is finding success. Here are some of the tips and strategies that guide her:

1. Faith “Business is so risky, and there are endless decisions to make. There’s always someone smarter and stronger. At the end of the day, you’re just not that significant. It helps me to remember that. I pray, and I get myself centered. Without my religion, I couldn’t make it.”

2. Friends “If I’m going through something, I can call my friends and say, ‘I’ve got


to talk about something.’ I call it the Vent Line. It starts with a vent but once I talk through it, I realize it wasn’t such a big deal. In the business world, if I bring too much personal stuff into business, it will cloud the issue.”

3. Health “I try to eat reasonably well. I don’t subscribe to any particular thing, but I’m conscious of what I take in. If I feel lethargic, it sets the tone for the day. It can be an excuse to feel overwhelmed. I’m also a runner. I’ve done four full marathons and now run in a group locally called Black Men Run (women are welcome too).”

4. Fun “I’ve got to make time to do something social. Sometimes you’re just grinding away and not really accomplishing anything. Give yourself a break. For me, that can be salsa dancing, cooking, trying out local restaurants, and traveling whenever I can.”

5. Escape “All your problems seem so big when you’re running the same cycle. Get away if you can. Escape that environment for just a little bit. When I can get away from the haze of it all, I can usually come back and solve the problem.”

6. Sacrifice “The hardest part of entrepreneurship is really kind of dying to yourself.

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Angelique’s design replaces the hand assembly of implants with machinery, which will significantly reduce cost and increase access for individuals who may not be able to afford them otherwise.

It’s easy to get consumed in your own pride and ego, and it happens in subtle ways. I might have a decision to make and the best choice may not be the best for me personally. I must be able to make the best choice for the company or another colleague to help them have a better quality of life.”

7. Fail “You are constantly confronted with failures or things that aren’t as good as you want them to be. You can fixate on that or focus on how to take positive action. As a woman and African American, I experience lots of micro-aggressions. I have to remember that not everything is worth going to battle, so I die to myself

in that moment. I have to remember that what I’m trying to achieve is bigger than my own feelings in that moment.”

8. Impress “The STEM field and the start-up world are maledominated. People see me first as African American and then a woman. But sometimes it works to my benefit. It’s nice to surprise people every now and then in their bias and ignorance. They see the quality of my work and they’re mesmerized. It keeps them coming back.”

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is the season for giving, but more importantly, giving back. Giving back is something we should do year-round, but December, for me, seems like an especially good time to think about what I’m doing in my life to help others. It’s something my husband and I always stressed to our children, and I think it’s why The Giving Tree and Rainbow Fish were among our favorite books. A few years ago at our TV station, WHAS11, we started our #DoSomething campaign. I have reported on many stories of people stepping up in big ways, and small ways, to do something to make life better for others. Two years after the first story ran, viewers still call to ask about delivering material to Birdie Lively, who makes quilts for sick children at Norton Children’s Hospital. Her response when I call to offer her more material, “more quilts for the babies.” I was also given the name of Ben Langley with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Community Support Services, who helps make beds for local children in need — thousands of children who don’t have a bed to sleep in at night. Given the creature comforts in my own home, thinking about those children kept me awake at night, so we sprang into action with a “build-a-bed” program at my church last December. This year at First Christian Church, we will do it again, building 30 beds just in time for Christmas. Last year, I received a picture from my husband of a local child who received one of our beds — a little boy with a smile, sitting on his own perfectly made bed, with a note saying thank you. It was my favorite gift. Our pastor asks us, “If not you, then who? If not now, then when?” ‘Tis the season for giving, and giving back. We can all “Do Something” to help others. Rachel Platt is a news anchor at WHAS11

Her Heart Is With The Animals By Bella Portaro Kueber Photo Aubrey Hillis

“I believe my love for animals started when I was a little girl,” says Johnna Kelly, an area sales manager for Waterford Crystal. “I would bring home any animal I could. I started volunteering in the early ’90s and have fostered so many litters I can’t keep track.” Fostering animals allows them to be nurtured back to full health till a forever home is able to take them in. “Every cat and dog that gets to go into a foster home impacts the number of pets euthanized each year,” Johnna says.


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Ben Langley with JCPS Community Support Services, Rachel Platt, and Harold McDaniel of K-I Lumber.


Johnna is a board member and event co-chair at the Animal Care Society. “I adopted my cat Dylan from ACS in 1991, and he will always hold a special place in my heart as will ACS for rescuing him.” SEARCH: Johnna Kelly

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WHAT’S MISS KENTUCKY READING? By Megan Seckman Photos Melissa Donald

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Madelynne is studying for med school, so she primarily reads MCAT books these days, although she is trying to squeeze in some of the classics she didn’t get to read in college with her heavy load of science courses. On her list are: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway

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She’s a familiar face at events all over town, from games at any University of Louisville venue to racing events at Churchill Downs. Madison Hardy has worked her way up the corporate ladder of the public relations and event production world and has taken her fun sense of fashion with her. SEARCH: Madelynne Myers


adelynne Myers, 22, wears the tiara with pride as she makes her way through the small towns of the state, but don’t underestimate this Miss Kentucky USA. Where the runway ends, a future in medicine and public service begins. In May, Madelynne graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in molecular and cellular biology and minors in chemistry and Spanish. Once her year as Miss Kentucky is complete, she plans to begin medical school and pursue a career in pediatric trauma surgery. Last January, Madelynne entered the competition despite having no background in pageantry. After two attempts, she was crowned Miss Kentucky USA 2017. Now, she is using


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the platform to speak to young girls across the state about women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and gender equality. “When I was working at a hospital someone would ask me how becoming a doctor would affect my future family — you would never ask a man that question. People think women can be one thing or the other — beautiful or intelligent — but we can be everything. That is what I am most passionate about.”

As the ACE (that’s her title) with BoxcarPR and the director of special events with the J Wagner Group, Madison’s schedule is full on a daily basis, and her style reflects that. On any given day, she often chooses a dress or pairs a three-quarter sleeve dress shirt with a pair of pants and a pair of Chucks or a low heel. She jokes that one would never find her in a pair of stilettos. Her greatest tip, and one she hopes others take to heart, is the importance of confidence no matter your personal or professional style. “Be confident in yourself, and don’t be afraid to love what you do.” SEARCH: Madison Hardy

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Pushed Over the Edge By Cathy Zion Photo Aubrey Hillis


ou’ve done it Metro Council… you’ve finally pushed me over the edge! For over 21 years, I’ve kept politics out of Today’s Woman. I just didn’t think we needed to go there. Other media covered politics, and we had higher aspirations. But this Councilman Dan Johnson debacle — he has been accused by several of sexual misconduct — is such a blatant woman’s issue that it sent me straight up the wall and to my keyboard. How in the name of justice and fairness could members of our Metro Council — several of whom I know and respect — initially legitimize keeping Johnson on? Council member Jessica Green said Johnson groped her butt during a community event this summer. Prior to that, an aide to council member Angela Leet said he exposed himself in the City Hall parking lot, and Greater Louisville Inc. has barred him from its events as a result of remarks made to one of its employees last year. Metro Council’s own Charging Committee recommended removal. Sound minds would have thought that Metro Council would have reviewed the Charging Committee’s recommendations and sent him walking. Done deal…no brainer… out of here, Dan-o. But no. Rather, they shifted the blame to the state for


changing the number of votes needed to remove a council member, which could muddy up a case for appeal. They proclaimed that they didn’t want to deal with the time or expense it would take to defend an appeal. That raises another concern — why is Johnson’s attorney being paid by the City? When former Metro Councilwomen Jessica Green and Barbara Shanklin were brought up for removal, the City didn’t pay for their defense. They apparently weren’t the right sex or race. No surprise when he immediately violated one of the terms of his “agreement” to remain on Council and was, after considerable discussion, finally removed from Council while proclaiming to appeal. So here we the same place as if the Council would have terminated him in the first place. In the meantime, we still feel the sting of the Council’s initial decision which was so wrong for so many reasons — the message it sent young girls and women…embarrassment to the City…acknowledgment of tolerating sexual misconduct. My only hope is that this will drive qualified people — who believe in doing what is right versus what is expedient — to run against those whose votes were unconscionable and indefensible.


Cathy Zion, Publisher, Today’s Woman If you would like to reach out to the Metro Council, contact: 502.574.1100, 601 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY 40202,

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CELEBRATIONS Photos Jess Register


anielle Castleman and Jacob Bales married last winter in an evening wedding ceremony at Mellwood Arts Center followed by a reception in the same location for more than 450 guests. “We loved having our ceremony and reception in the same room so we didn’t have to worry about travel for anyone during our winter wedding. Mellwood also has a huge dance floor that was perfect for us because we wanted our wedding to be a big party!” They spent about 10 months planning the wedding and were able to add some personal touches even on a budget. Danielle’s best money-saving tips: Use fake flowers versus real flowers; purchase suits rather than renting tuxes; pick a venue with an open catering policy. One of their special additions was a coffee bar. “Mellwood has a nice bar in the back of the room, and we used this as a coffee bar,” Danielle says. “We worked with Village House Coffee in Georgetown, Indiana to create a menu for the evening. It seemed to be a really big hit especially since it was very cold outside.” Read more details at

My favorite photo is the photo of us dancing at our reception. I simply love it because it has all of my favorite people in it, all in the same place, on my favorite day.

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My favorite memory is just simply looking around all day. It was so amazing to know how happy people were for us, and how much they were rooting for us.

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