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We’re Changing Louisville p.13 IDEAS FOR BEAUTIFYING YOUR HOME p.43

“I wanted to feel happier and follow my heart.”

Ann Carruthers’ Greatest Passion p.8 Two Terrible Phone Calls p.10

One Thing She Loves p.12 HER SWITCH TO HEMP FARMING p.12

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Make a Change p.62 JUST ASK JOYCE p.78

Helping Kids Reach HIgher Heights p.6

WAY TO GO WOMAN! Winners p.68

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ON THE COVER: ON Laura THE Patterson COVER: is making waves with a Lisa Zangari moved to Louisville from NewFind York City swimsuit line any woman can wear. for a more change in lifestyle. “There is more about how she’s doing it on work/life page 6. balance, more free time, more connection to the community. TheWigginton pace is dramatically different, and it Photo: Sunni is really lovely.” Read more about her and others who chose Louisville on page 36. Photo: Trina Whalin, Lulu Photography

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FLYING TOWARD POSITIVE CHOICES By Megan S. Willman Photos Trina Whalin


professional pilot and flight instructor, Laura Benson Jones hopes that in sharing her love of aviation she can not only develop young pilots but can also pass along skills that will help teenagers make decisions that keep them safe and healthy. Two years ago Laura presented the idea of a kid’s flight club to pilots John Casper, Jeff Daus, and other members of the Vintage Warbirds at Bowman Field. “Flight Club 502” began with eight girls, and today its membership includes 60 students aged 12 to 20. Laura and the other adults are mentors, but the kids run all aspects of the club, including instruction and club finances.

How it’s Helping Young People Students becoming teachers. After Laura taught Sara Ensor and Iman Ghali “ground school” (instruction in all aspects of flying without taking to the air), the girls became instructors for all subsequent students. Paying their own way. Flying is an expensive hobby, and the group did not want to exclude anyone based on economic status. “The kids work to raise money for all they do. We want them to engage in social entrepreneurship to help pay for their lessons.”

Two teens who have found a home in aviation are Flight Club president Iman Ghali (left, a senior at Sacred Heart Academy) and vice-president Sara Ensor (a junior at Kentucky Country Day School).

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Sparking creativity. Flight Club 502 offers after-school classes and summer camps, and the club members build the curriculum for those experiences.

Taking ownership. The flight club was given two rooms on the second floor of the hangar, and they quickly went to work personalizing the meeting and classroom space. Buying their own plane. The adult mentors for the club volunteer their time, but renting planes was a financial burden for the kids. They solved this problem by holding a raffle. Club members sold $100 tickets, with a prize of a private flight. The kids sold 550 tickets and purchased a 1970 Cessna 150 K plane with the $55,000 they raised.

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efore afternoon coffee, Kimberly May had written a poem, traded a healing session with a friend (Pranic for her, Havening for him), and counseled clients on how to find their inner fire. Years ago, this certified life and wellness coach, and owner of Inspire Wellness, would never have imagined these items on her daily agenda — a drastic shift from her former life in the corporate world. “I went from fast food to wellness,” she says with a chuckle, describing her days at Papa John’s Pizza. “I was using all my life’s energy to get people to eat cheese and dough. I was stressed and overwhelmed and out of balance. It took a terrible car crash for me to begin my own healing journey,” she explains. This event led her down the path to her current passion: inspiring others. “I wanted to feel happier and follow my heart. I wanted to help other people, so I quit my job and enrolled in a certification program for life and wellness coaches.” She consults with businesses to help employees cope with change and trains educators and children on how to lower emotional stress and gain inner focus using the HeartMath method.

Kimberly surrounds herself with positivity. She avoids the news and practices the art of self-expression. She is writing a book (with the working title The Cosmic 2x4) about her life-changing accident, reads an average of five books at a time, and frequently writes poetry. “It’s my job. People come to me to be uplifted and inspired, so that’s what I have to do. I spend all my time researching and immersing myself in inspirational topics. I read inspiration, I listen to it, I watch it, and I live it. I love it. It’s my purpose!”

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“When I treat a person with respect and understand that I could be the one sitting in their position, I’ve found the positive results to be astronomical.” Ann Carruthers’ passion for children is apparent within the first 60 seconds of meeting her. “I want to empower families to a level of selfsufficiency and sustainability. I use the word ‘sustainability’ because that implies long-lasting.” Human interaction is Ann’s approach, which is a lost art in a world of social media and advancing technology. Dedicating about 30 hours a week to her volunteer position as president of Prevent Child Abuse is just one of the ways Ann spends her time. She is on several community boards and also coaches middle school basketball. — Brigid Morrissey

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TWO TERRIBLE PHONE CALLS By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog


he saying goes that two wrongs don’t make a right, but in this Turning Point, it turns out that two negatives did make a positive. Just ask Kathy Morris who, on the same day in 2003, received two phone calls: one from her doctor telling her that she had breast cancer and one from her boss telling her that the executive position she held at a local bank had been eliminated. “Those disturbing phone calls turned out to be blessings,” says Kathy, who is now director of the Louisville Nature Center, which is situated on 10 acres and adjoins the 41-acre Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve with its hiking trails. Kathy says she had already been considering leaving her corporate job, which she admits just didn’t fit her any longer. “I didn’t feel right in that world. I had been seeing a career counselor hoping to figure out what changes I could make.” As sometimes happens, life made those changes for her. Over the next four years she got involved in many things, she says. “I took classes and became a Jefferson County Master Gardener, and as part of its community service requirement, volunteered with Air Pollution Control.” And for a while she owned a gift shop in Jeffersontown that sold local crafts. “By 2006, I had been on the board here at the Nature Center for three years. I wrote a proposal offering to serve as interim director while they searched for a new one. Eleven years later I am still here. “I enjoy being outdoors. I enjoy digging in the dirt. I love the people who I work with — an eclectic mix of creative, passionate, and amazing volunteers and co-workers.”

The Nature Center, at 3745 Illinois Avenue near the Louisville Zoo, is the place to go for a quiet respite from city traffic and busyness, she says. “It’s a place where one can stroll along the brick pathways of the Sensory Garden and smell the lavender, touch the fuzzy leaves of the Lamb’s Ears, and enjoy the sound of the pond’s small waterfall.”

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One Thing She Loves By Lucy M. Pritchett Photos Patti Hartog


WHAT’S SHE LOVE? La Conica Caffettiera Espresso by Alessi. “This is the silver espresso pot that my husband Chris and I got as a wedding present. It's from Italy. It works as a stovetop percolator. I lived in Italy for two years, and this is how they make coffee there. I use the Illy ground espresso, and I have a double shot with sugar every morning.”

K, I didn’t think I would ever be composing a sentence that combined the words ‘cellist’ and ‘doula.’ And yet... Grace Salsman is a cellist and a doula. Here are just a few activities that Grace handles with, well, grace. She and fellow cellist Seth Johnson perform as Louisville Cellos. “Our newest adventure is playing on the Big Four Bridge.” Grace also gives private cello lessons to children and adults and is in her fifth season performing with Louisville Philharmonia. As if that wasn't enough to keep her calendar squares full, a year ago she and friend Alyson Thiel joined together to form Artemis + Hera Doulas. Her first experience as a volunteer doula came when she and Alyson offered support to another friend when she had her first child. “We enjoyed the experience so much we both took a doula course this past January. We are not medical professionals, but we can help with the birth plan, suggest questions to ask at prenatal visits, and try to be prepared for whatever may happen.” SEARCH: Grace Salsman

HER SWITCH TO HEMP FARMING By Megan Seckman Photo Trina Whalin

Kentucky, it’s time you met your real local hemp farmer: Phyllis Haag Smith. She’s 67, a part-time elderly caregiver, women’s fitness coach, farmer’s market vendor, and a full-time grandmother. She and her husband have worked their Henry County land, Green’s Fork Farm, for decades, and they think they’ve finally found a crop that can pay the mortgage and secure their retirement: hemp. They’ve struggled to keep their small farm afloat since the loss of Kentucky’s tobacco program, but hemp seems to be the panacea. It nourishes the soil, is resistant to most pests, is easy to grow, and yields an excellent profit. Phyllis was permitted by the state to grow two acres of certified organic hemp as long as they complied with the state’s stringent regulations. At harvest time, Phyllis’ hemp is sold to a state-licensed processor, who extracts the hemp oil into tinctures, skin care products, and extracts. The plant is viable and versatile, and Phyllis hopes to see SEARCH: Phyllis Haag the state’s program be a success.




Today’s Woman magazine has spent 25 years reporting on the women who have restructured, reimagined, and repurposed Louisville. We have met women who start businesses from nothing, run companies that hire thousands, create nonprofits to fix problems, and encourage the future of the city. After featuring more than 8,000 women, including 178 Most Admired Woman winners, 55 Way to Go Woman! (young women) leaders, and 30 Best (Healthy) Bodies, we keep finding that the women of this city are making good things happen — even in bad situations. Thank you, Kentuckiana women, for inspiring us and everyone around you! We hope you find that Today’s Woman connects the women of this community through advice, answers, inspiration, and encouragement — similar to a friend you can trust. We will keep striving to reflect the many ways that you, the women of our community, are improving this city. We’re honored to do what we do and to feature the businesses on the following pages that are also changing Louisville and the surrounding areas. What are you doing to change Louisville? By Carrie Vittitoe Photos Melissa Donald and Aubrey Hillis

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The Animals That Teach Kids About Making Good Choices


hen Mary Ellen Stottmann began painting exuberant animal artwork for her grandson-to-be in 2005, she did not anticipate the big changes that Baxter’s birth would engender.

The paintings of puppets led to the idea of stories, which led to the creation — with writer Linda Villwock Baker — of a series of children’s books under the women’s new organization, Baxter’s Corner. The books have been evolving and changing since 2012. They have always been educational, teaching animal facts with a focus on manners and values. The hope is that the series helps both caregivers and children be more emotionally literate in the face of struggles that children face in today’s world, such as having a parent in prison (Ally Alone). Stottmann and Baker are now in the process of repurposing all the books to match their seventh book in the Baxter’s Corner series, Gerome Sticks His Neck Out, a story that helps caregivers teach children that the choices they make impact their own futures and

those of others. The book features a “Go Beyond” addendum with additional ideas for reinforcing the story, making connections to the child’s life, and motivating the child to be his or her best self. Stottmann would like to see every child under five in Kentucky have a copy of these books, which could be as many as 100 when the series is complete. “We want children to grow up learning how to make healthy choices,” she says. The women are also working to support those who work closely with kids. As schools have taken on more responsibility for children’s social and emotional learning, Stottmann and Baker are reaching out to educators, counselors, and administrators. Following the launch of Gerome Sticks His Neck Out in the fall, Baxter’s Corner hopes to introduce all its books to underserved families at local libraries and continue its outreach at Cabbage Patch Settlement House, where it’s hosted four summer writing camps.

Together, author Linda Baker (left) and illustrator Mary Ellen Stottmann are creating a series of stories for their eight animal characters, each book teaching a simple life lesson.



“As a business, social and artistic venture, we are most proud of growing our community through relationships and partnerships that help us spread our message about helping young children learn to make better behavioral choices as they grow up,” Baker says. “Our hope is to leave a legacy for generations to come by changing children’s lives… one story at a time.” Stottmann’s grandson Baxter, the namesake of their company, is now a preteen who offers his critiques of their new books. Just as Stottmann has watched her grandson grow from an infant to a young man, she has also observed how Baxter’s Corner — as well as herself and Baker — have changed over time. “We feel that we have learned so much through the production of our first five books, and we are pleased to share these evolutions in Gerome,” Stottmann says. “We also feel challenged to keep learning and getting better at our craft — just as we ask our young readers and listeners to do.”


Changing Girls’ Lives


resentation Academy has been changing Louisville and its young women since 1831. With an enrollment that attracts students from 45 different zip codes across Kentuckiana, Presentation has made its presence felt in both large and small ways in every corner of the region. Throughout its history, Presentation has encouraged young women to be leaders within the community who use their voices to enact positive change. At Presentation, students are empowered to articulate their own ideas for the school and bring those projects to fruition with the assistance of faculty and staff. For example, three years ago two senior students began diversity week, a tradition that continues. This past year, diversity week included guest speakers, Archbishop Kurtz and Elizabeth Kizito. Throughout the week students and faculty took part in workshops on such subjects as volunteer opportunities to assist refugees and immigrants, to exploring cultures represented by Pres Girls. Aside from bringing excitement to Presentation, diversity week embodies the vision of inclusivity and diversity within the academic institution. The school also offers a Senior Independent Project (SIP) course where students channel their interests and passion into an in-depth effort. In a cohort with other students and a teacher advisor, they self-direct their learning, developing their leadership skills by reaching out to alumnae and community leaders. “Building these relationships between community leaders and Pres Girls is a huge plus for our city,” Principal Barbara Wine says. This past year, students have created an animated short film, composed an original piece of music, conducted detailed studies of political figures, and organized

a dance marathon to raise awareness and funds for Huntington’s disease. These projects are only a sample of the outstanding work completed through SIP. “Next year we have a student who will be developing and directing her own play, partnering with a local Catholic elementary school. Not only will she be mentored by others through that process, but she will be a mentor to young children within the Louisville community,” Wine says. Presentation students bring change to others in greater Louisville by completing service hours in the form of Corporal Works of Mercy: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and prisoners, burying the dead, and giving alms to the poor. The placement of the service work must directly benefit people in the community and reflect Christian values. Students have volunteered with Home of the Innocents, Highlands Community Ministries, the Louisville Deaf Oral School, Nazareth Home, and Churchill Park Elementary School, among others. The unique urban setting allows students to take advantage of cultural venues, historically important sites, and civic resources. Presentation shares the sidewalks with Spalding University where some students take courses, and classes utilize labs for specific lessons. Presentation teachers often take students on field trips to bring book learning to life. For example, a group of English students visited The Seelbach Hotel after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. Students also visit the courthouse, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and Actor’s Theatre. Presentation Academy is helping to ensure Pres Girls use their four-year personal growth experience to become change agents for the greater good of Louisville.

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Presentation students get the benefit of walking to historic locations in downtown Louisville.


Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Challenges Girls to Climb Higher


lthough girls’ lives have changed dramatically since Girl Scouts was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912, the need for an organization that promotes female leadership still exists in today’s world. Young women can now play sports and aren’t restricted to home-based activities, but there remain plenty of glass ceilings that females haven’t yet shattered. The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana continues the mission Low began by encouraging young females to unleash the Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader (G.I.R.L.) that live within them to make Louisville a better place. The Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana helps girls develop a strong sense of self so that they are able to take chances, accept challenges, and learn from setbacks, and it does so through its volunteer network. These unsung female volunteers model the proactive, risk-taking, and innovative leadership traits that they work to instill in girls. And while what they do is for the girls, the reality is that volunteering with the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana brings its adults far more positive rewards and personal growth than they thought possible.

inspiring to see young girls learn from and model themselves after older ones. “As a leader of older girls, there is a feeling of accomplishment when we watch our girls teaching curious, little minds,” she says. One of the things adult leaders like about Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is that while its programs promote the outdoors, life skills, entrepreneurship and STEM learning, the programs also give volunteers the freedom to make their troops and activities work for their own busy lives. “I can build it the way it fits me and my community,” Kenyatta says. Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and its female volunteers are changing Louisville and surrounding areas by guiding girls to be honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, responsible and respectful. Maybe it’s time for you to get involved. To volunteer to help shape tomorrow’s women — and make our city and our world a better place, go to

Rachel Mauser loved Girl Scouts as a kid and worked as a camp counselor at Bear Creek Aquatic Center in Benton, Kentucky, for many years. For the past two years, she has been leading a troop in the Smoketown neighborhood. “For me, Girl Scouts is about empowerment. As a young person when I was growing up as a Girl Scout, it was about doing things or learning skills that I never thought I could do. Even now as a troop leader, I’m still being challenged, but it’s in different ways,” she says. Kenyatta Thomas became a troop leader in the Shively/Pleasure Ridge Park area eight years ago in large part because of her preteen daughter, Kennedy. “I wanted an outlet that we could share together and where we both have to work hard.” Over the years, Kenyatta admits that Girl Scouts has helped her develop useful skills and a stronger sense of her own worth: “I never saw myself as a role model for anyone. I never saw myself allowing other girls who are not mine to look up to me” she says.

Upasana Chhibber, who has led troops for a decade in Middletown, Kentucky, says one of the best things about volunteering for Girl Scouts is seeing the sisterhood develop between young and older girls, especially at day camp during the summer. It is truly aweu Girl Scout Leaders (l-r) Rachel, Upasana, and Kenyatta invite others to join them in volunteering for the Girl Scouts.




Giving Mothers-To-Be a Different Birth Experience


here is no greater life change than giving birth. Even though it is a monumental experience, it comes after many months of tiny, incremental changes throughout pregnancy, a time for women to consider how they envision their child’s birth and investigate their labor and delivery options. WomanCare in Jeffersonville, Indiana, is a local practice that has been fostering change amongst women of childbearing age by expanding their birthing options. “[This] makes the Kentuckiana area better because not everyone fits into the same mold,” says Dr. Christopher Grady. “Not everyone likes or can adjust well to the ‘standard way of doing labor.’” Of the few independent obstetric practices around Louisville, Grady says WomanCare is the only one with certified nurse midwives (CNM) on staff, ensuring that WomanCare is able to help women have the type of birth experience they want. A recent behind-the-scenes change in obstetric medicine is the result of a joint consensus statement of two national authorities in the practice, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. In 2016, these groups reaffirmed their statement on Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery, which guides physicians and midwives on how to safely reduce the

incidence of cesarean section in favor of a less risky natural birth for normal low-risk pregnancies. With this best practice in mind, the doctors and CNMs of WomanCare work together as a team to provide the appropriate level of care to patients, says Elizabeth Bary, WomanCare’s most experienced CNM. “We learn from each other and have been able to maintain a low cesarean section rate, a high vaginal birth after cesarean rate, lower induction rates, and a more personal connection with our patients,” she says. Bary describes how support from the birthing community has led WomanCare to its next project: the development of a freestanding birth center. “[It will be] the first in the area and will allow low-risk women the option of birthing in a facility outside of the hospital and returning home in a few hours with their newborn,” she says. “The families of Kentuckiana have been deprived of this birthing option long enough.” Grady says WomanCare especially strives to offer patients personalized care because it is one of the few remaining privately owned practices. “Our relationship with our patients is everything to us,” he says. “We provide more personal attention; patients are people and not a number here at WomanCare.”

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These best friends used the same midwife (Nicole) and had their babies on the same day.


Ali’s Powerful Impact: Past and Future


hat if every change, for every individual, for every business, for every organization, is like Muhammad Ali’s Red Bike Moment? When young Cassius Clay’s bike was stolen and he decided to show up at Sergeant Joe Martin’s gym to learn how to box, he didn’t know what that small change would bring to his life and to the lives of his family, friends, neighbors, city, and the world. The Muhammad Ali Center is the brick-and-mortar embodiment of how one small change can be revolutionary and how Muhammad’s life’s transformation can be an inspiring example for achieving “greatness” no matter what our personal circumstances might be. Ali’s core principles of confidence, conviction, dedication, respect, giving and spirituality guide the Center in everything it does, from its exhibits to partnerships, educational initiatives to its annual humanitarian awards. “We’re very proud to be here in Louisville and to fulfill the Alis’ dreams of making the Center a place that really spurs interest in Muhammad’s principles and self-discovery, and carries on The Champ’s legacy,” says Jeanie Kahnke, senior director of public relations and external affairs. Since Ali’s passing on June 3, 2016, the Center’s commitment to and the public’s awareness of these principles have been magnified.

One of the Muhammad Ali Center’s new temporary exhibits, which runs through January 8, 2018, is Grandmother Power and illustrates how, like Ali himself, the small changes made by individuals can make a powerful impact in the world. The courageous grandmothers featured in this exhibit showcase confidence, conviction, and dedication to their families by wanting to make a better future for not only their grandchildren but all children. Every other month, the Muhammad Ali Center features a prominent female who exemplifies courage and giving in its Daughters of Greatness breakfast series. Past and future participants are engaged in activism and social justice and inspire others with their commitment and enthusiasm. Donna Orender, who is a past president of the WBNA, CEO of Orender Unlimited, and has been recognized as one of the 10 most powerful women in sports, will speak on September 22, 2017. Muhammad Ali’s Red Bike Moment occurred when he was 12 years old, and using this story as an introduction for young people to become acquainted with Ali’s principles is something that really resonates with them. While its Muhammad Ali Center Council of Students (MACCS)and UCREW engage high school students, the

“When Muhammad and I first envisioned the Muhammad Ali Center we wanted it to be a personal symbol of global understanding that would welcome everyone to share in Muhammad’s vision of hope for building a better world, united under our common banner of humanity. I take pride in the fact that the Ali Center is the steward of Muhammad’s legacy and that it has become a gathering place for our community and the continued inspiration that Muhammad brought to the world.” — Lonnie Ali



Center has developed partnerships with Louisville TKO Boxing and Global Game Changers among others, to bring character-building, athletic training, and learning to younger children. Its 2-1/2 levels of award-winning exhibits let visitors learn about Ali’s global impact. What Ali learned as a child, expanded and matured into adulthood and throughout his life. Each year the Muhammad Ali Center recognizes and honors individuals who are making a difference in their communities and globally through the annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards. This year’s event will take place on September 23 at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Muhammad Ali’s life in Louisville came full circle from Grand Ave to Cave Hill Cemetery, and yet he continues to embolden others to be agents of change. “Last June after Muhammad’s passing, Louisville experienced something extraordinary: the world acknowledged and honored him, but his hometown actively showed their love and celebrated Muhammad’s life and impact for an entire week. His life has changed Louisville, and his legacy lives on through the Ali Center, through our programs, through our partnerships, through our exhibits, and through the people that have been touched by The Greatest of All Time,” Kahnke says.


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Cost-Efficient, Timely Care to Fit Your Busy Schedule


n what feels like the blink of an eye, a woman moves from having her first child to entering the various stages of her menopausal years. The changes that occur as women age are quiet ones that aren’t often spoken about, and certainly aren’t celebrated with showers and sprinkles. Educating women on how to successfully navigate these changes at every stage of life is one of the ways that Women First is helping health care evolve. In recent years, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) revised its pap smear screening recommendations, a change that was both welcomed by and confusing to women. Women First has worked to educate its clients that this screening change doesn’t negate the need for an annual gynecological appointment. In addition to a pelvic exam to screen for pelvic abnormalities and a breast exam to screen for breast cancer, an annual visit includes family history, weight, body mass

index (BMI), blood pressure and vaccination history. “There’s simply no replacement for the physical exam,” says Dr. Rebecca Booth. A welcome change to gynecologic care comes in the form of more in-office procedures for Women First’s patients. Denise Kirkham, Executive Director, says “I believe that the more services we can provide in-office, the more we will really help our community, not only by reducing costs but by reducing the time spent away from family and work.” Many minor gynecologic procedures can be performed safely and effectively under local anesthesia in an office setting, with the added benefit of being more cost-effective. Bladder botox for the treatment of overactive bladder is one such procedure; others include endometrial ablation, diagnostic hysteroscopy, and urodynamic testing. Women First’s physicians are sensitive to the financial and emotional needs of their patients. Kirkham says

One of 11 doctors in Women First, Dr. Margarita Terrassa, works with a patient in an office. Many procedures are being performed in their office offering convenience and cost savings.



that over the past five years they’ve seen patients contend with higher deductible insurance plans so the practice has really made an effort to minimize women’s out-of-pocket costs for gynecologic treatment. In-office procedures also mean that patients can be more comfortable in Women First’s office, which reduces their anxiety. Kirkham says, “We’ve also worked very hard on access and availability,” and, for urinary tract and vaginal infections, breast lumps, or gynecologic emergencies, patients can get a same-day or next day appointment. Acknowledging how busy women’s lives are as they raise children and maintain their professions — by incorporating greater cost savings and time efficiencies with its compassionate OB/GYN care — Women First is changing the way Louisville women utilize their health care.


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C W LO HA E’ UI NG RE S V IN IL G LE Mother and daughter enjoy a painting session with Anna Ladig, memory specialist.

Fighting Alzheimer’s with Creativity and Community


hanging the way the community perceives a devastating disease such as Alzheimer’s is a Herculean task. But Belmont Village is taking on that challenge by educating greater Louisville and helping its memory care residents remain contributing members of the community. The Belmont Village staff has been working with its residents for months to prepare for its annual fundraiser festival for the Alzheimer’s Association on Sept. 28, 2017 from 4-6pm. Residents have created paintings for the silent auction portion of the festival in ways that keep their brains active and engaged. Sheri Ash, Community Relations Director at Belmont Village, says families may not know how to talk to their loved one following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis or as the disease progresses. That’s one reason the families of memory care residents were invited to work with their loved ones during a painting session. Both the families and residents could bond while contributing to the local community, says Anna Ladig, Belmont Village’s memory program coordinator. Knowing that the art would benefit the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the auction made the experience even more special.

Painting is also part of Belmont Village’s therapeutic approach using whole brain fitness. Regardless of whether residents have mild or severe Alzheimer’s, staff strive to meet them where they are and offer them what Ladig calls “just-right challenges for their brains.” The sensory process and tactile opportunities of using squirt bottles, sponges, and other objects to create art help keep the brain flexible. While the fall festival is a fun cookout with raffles, live music and the auction, it is also a way for Belmont to remind the community that Alzheimer’s is a family disease that affects every member in some way. “It is important for families to feel like they can go along the journey with their loved ones,” Ladig says.

In another painting session, Belmont residents created splatter paintings and later described themselves using one word, adding words such as “sassy,” “playful,” and “creative” to their creations.


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Proposed new Republic Bank Foundation YMCA in West Louisville.

Working for Generational Change in Health and Education


hen the Y comes to mind, we may think of the gym and before/after school child enrichment programs, but the ways in which the Y is changing Louisville are much broader and deeper than most of us realize.

education and health, which the YMCA and its partners recognize as being inextricably linked. Better education leads to better health, and accessibility to these things is critical. “The choices people make are the choices people have,” Tarver says.

Every few years, the YMCA of Greater Louisville gathers input from hundreds of community stakeholders to see what the needs are in Kentuckiana and how the Y fits into meeting those needs. Now in the midst of a three-year cycle, the Y’s strategic vision encompasses five aspirational pillars: education, health, connecting people, accessibility, and character/ethics.

This monumental project will bring big change to Greater Louisville with an anticipated groundbreaking in late 2017. However, the work that the YMCA will do as part of the West Louisville project is, according to Tarver, a generational thing. “It is not something that will happen in a single year or election cycle,” he says. By taking the slow-and-steady approach to change, the YMCA is planning to make it to the finish line with a better-educated and healthier Louisville at its side.

“Education is our fastest-growing area of endeavor,” says Steve Tarver, president/CEO of the YMCA. “We have been embraced in the educational movement.” For example, nearly 1,000 children at 13 different locations around Louisville, Bullitt County and southern Indiana participate in summer learning programs to prevent loss in literacy and math skills during the school break. Close to 200 children attend the YMCA’s three preschools. For close to four decades, the YMCA has sponsored its Black Achievers Program, which partners high school students with professionals in various occupations to help them discover their career paths. One of the biggest YMCA changes on the horizon is the West Louisville project at 18th Street and Broadway. The partnership between the YMCA, Norton Healthcare, ProRehab, Republic Bank and Family and Children’s Place seeks to bring the five aspirational pillars together in one location. A special emphasis will be on

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Changing How We Think About Organ Donation


hange in Louisville often happens behind the scenes. The public might not even be aware that organizational change is occurring, but it ends up making a big impact on the community. “The Kentucky Circuit Court Clerks’ Trust for Life had a longstanding friendship with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA),” says Shelley Snyder, director of community outreach of KODA and executive director of Trust for Life. Both organizations did public outreach for many years, but Snyder says, “We have formed a strategic alliance between the organizations as a better way of educating the public.” With Snyder in a hybrid role for both organizations and Julie Bergin as the new CEO of KODA, the alliance is a powerhouse of young female leadership. This organizational change has many goals, but an important one is reducing public confusion about organ donorship. “In reality, it’s not about the organization or titles,” Snyder says. “It’s about the mission of organ donation.” Although KODA is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Trust for Life has been serving the public for 25 years, the need to eradicate myths about organ donation continues.

For example, in order to donate an organ, an individual must have passed away under the following criteria: in a hospital setting, on a ventilator, of brain death, be healthy enough, and be on the organ donor registry or their family must consent to donation. The odds of all these criteria being met? One percent. Signing up to become an organ donor doesn’t mean people will donate their organs; it simply means they would be willing if all of the criteria were met, and there is a 99 percent chance that they won’t be. “You are more likely to need an organ transplant than to actually be able to donate,” Snyder says.

Dawn received a heart transplant and a double lung transplant.

Snyder and her team of representatives work to educate the public in 120 counties in Kentucky and parts of southern Indiana and West Virginia. She says 54 percent of Kentuckians are signed up to donate, which means there are still plenty of people who have missed the message of how important it is to register. Many people don’t think about organ donation until a loved one needs a kidney or a lung, but fortunately, as Snyder says, “We were working for them before they even knew they needed us.” Trust for Life and KODA are still forming the narrative of the organizational change in some ways, such as considering whether to combine the organizations’ two Facebook pages, but the shared mission hasn’t changed at all. Snyder uses her own family’s experience with organ donation to motivate herself. “When my dad passed away, he was a tissue and cornea donor,” she says. “He gave sight to a 22-year-old and a 29-year-old. It has always meant so much to me.” In changing how Louisville thinks about organ donation, Trust for Life is teaching the community to say, “If we can help, we will.”



Patti Naiser is helping clients find the best care for their loved one.

Helping Navigate the Senior Care Industry


atti Naiser watched her father go through the stages of Alzheimer’s disease. At a certain point, she knew it was time to find him a safe place to live. At that time, she had no idea where to start the process. She contacted resources she found online. However, the companies simply asked a few questions, sent her a list of a few facilities, and said they’d follow up in a week. It left her feeling like she had no idea what to do next. It was frustrating and confusing to sort through the information and make a decision. After that experience, Patti decided to find a way to help other families going through similar situations. So, Senior Home Transitions was born.

rates. They can also assist with Veteran’s benefits. “As I’ve researched the senior care industry, I have discovered that there are many options we didn’t consider, simply because we didn’t know they existed,” Patti says. “I have visited and inspected each and every senior care facility I recommend.”

Patti has created Senior Home Transitions so it is the solution you’re looking for if your parent or loved one is struggling at home and needs help finding assisted living or memory care. According to Patti, the company works with every senior community within a 50-mile radius of Louisville. Senior Home Transitions has served more than 1500 families in the last six years. Because they visit every community on a regular basis, they know the personality of each community and what is offered. They help you find a place that is not only affordable, but where your loved one will find companionship and activities that speak to their personal preferences. Senior Home Transitions provides their services at no cost to a client, and will even tour with a person and negotiate


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C W LO HA E’ UI NG RE S V IN IL G LE The arts are a big deal at Treyton Oak Towers.

Connecting Seniors with the Arts


reyton Oak Towers is a retirement, personal care, and skilled nursing community in downtown Louisville that is changing the way seniors interact with our city’s rich arts community. Residents engage in the arts through dance, music, and theater for the sheer fun of it but also because participation benefits their cognition and physical activity. In partnership with The Fund for the Arts, Treyton Oak residents participate in the pilot program Arts in Aging, which not only takes residents out to venues for performances but also brings in performers from The Louisville Ballet, The Louisville Orchestra, and Kentucky Opera. One of Treyton Oak Towers’ newest partnerships is with The Chamber Music Society of Louisville. “Even if residents are in the nursing home, they can still come down to see a live performance,” says Rhonda Harding, director of sales, marketing and residency development.

Many of the residents at Treyton Oak have arts backgrounds and share their talents with others. “We have six residents who play the piano,” Harding says. “They will pop down to the lobby and practice.” Several residents are artists who create works in the onsite studio and display them in the Treyton Oak Towers’ gallery. It is impossible to fit all the arts events onto the Treyton Oak Towers’ activity calendar, Harding says, but it is easy to see the benefit that the arts brings to residents. “Everyone deserves to have this joy in their life,” she says.

Many residents specifically choose Treyton Oak Towers because of its close location to and affiliation with the arts community, Harding says. “Nothing brings people to Treyton Oak Towers more than the love of the arts. Residents say, ‘I may need to give up driving, but I need to get to the theater.’ It’s a natural fit.” This past spring, Treyton Oak seniors partnered with the Louisville Youth Choir to perform a commissioned work at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in celebration of the Choir’s 50th anniversary. Not many people make it onto the Whitney Hall stage in their lives, so this intergenerational project was a thrill for its participants. “It kept my residents young and vibrant,” Harding says. – PROMOTION –

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Linda Linker works with clients such as Kim to find the best skin treatment possible.

Changing Louisville’s Skin


t is no small task to change how people feel about themselves, but that goal drives Linda Linker and her staff at Faceworks, who know that skin conditions can wreak havoc on a person’s confidence and self-image. “Your skin is the largest organ, the one that is exposed to the environment, and the only one that people see,” Linker says. With close to five decades of experience, Linker is a skincare expert whose goal is to bring affordable skin care to women who live on a budget. “There are myriad skin problems that people think they have to live with,” she says, but many of these problems can be treated. One such skin condition is rosacea, which is inflammatory in nature and caused by an under-functioning of the skin.

about their skin needs. With budget in mind, Linker says her staff picks products that can do many jobs with two or three active ingredients. Since its inception in 1993, Faceworks has seen its client base become multigenerational. Linker says many of her initial clients are bringing in their daughters or granddaughters. Faceworks has garnered loyalty because of its emphasis on educating customers and making skincare simple and affordable. By enhancing clients’ skin and appearance, Faceworks is enhancing individuals’ lives and making Louisville a more confident place, one face at a time.

Women aren’t the only ones who benefit from Faceworks’ expertise. “Men don’t have the benefit of using foundation,” Linker says, adding that many men who work with the public or in sales desire to have the most healthy skin possible. Some individuals that have benefited from the practice’s corrective procedures for congenital conditions or cancer. Faceworks offers specialized care to their clients, which differs from what one may find in a chain salon where one brand is used. Linker says, “They might do the same 10 steps on everyone because that is what the brand requires.” At Faceworks, clients tell staff


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NuYale’s new app allows you to schedule pickup and delivery.

Laundry Goes High Tech


n the 61 years since NuYale Cleaners was established, life has changed dramatically. People are connected by technology and busier than ever. The family-owned business recognizes that it is important to utilize technology to connect with customers to bring conveniences they need to manage their daily lives. “We’re becoming more of an on-demand economy,” says Brandon Maloney, marketing and IT manager for NuYale. For more than 10 years, NuYale has been offering free pickup and delivery service, but Maloney says, “We’re still trying to communicate the message of how easy it is.” In addition to its website presence, NuYale is working to launch an app in the fall that will give customers the ability to make their dry cleaning and laundry an on-demand experience.


NuYale has listened to their customers to know they would rather put their time into work, family, or community events than doing laundry. With 12 stores in Southern Indiana and Kentucky, some offering conveniences such as a 24-hour kiosk or 24/7 locker access, NuYale Cleaners is delivering on its promise to use technology to keep its customers well-dressed and happy.


President and CEO of Metro United Way Theresa Reno-Weber in the 2-1-1 call center area.

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Providing Answers


etro United Way has been changing Louisville for 100 years, but it has been doing so behind-the-scenes in ways that President & CEO Theresa Reno-Weber admits is not always sexy. Metro United Way provides a foundation to connect human service providers as they fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person in our community. “We’re creating lasting change by working to make the system efficient and empowering the most effective organizations,” she says. “We understand the multidimensional needs that people have and how we’re all interconnected.” For example, Metro United Way’s 2-1-1 referral network of services — operated in partnership with The Center for Women and Families — is a 24/7/365 call center with trained specialists to provide information online, by phone and by text for over 900 local organizations that can provide assistance to individuals and families. Last year alone over 119,000 people connected with 2-1-1; whether financial, domestic, health or disaster- related, 2-1-1 links people to the information they need when they need it most. “We connect agencies so it’s easier for individuals to get help for their specific needs,” Reno-Weber says. “We want to make sure every person can achieve their full potential in life.”


Living Well Into the Future


magine yourself a resident of a retirement community, comfortable with your peers and the staff who care for you, having experienced years of quality care and kindness. As time passes, you outlive your monetary resources and are asked to leave the home you have grown to love for financial reasons. Such a change would be devastating. Episcopal Church Home does not want any of its residents to experience this kind of negative life change, and its Promise Fund helps ensure that its residents have a home for life. It is this promise that Executive Director Beverly Edwards says makes her most proud. “Our promise fund gives our residents peace of mind and the assurance that they will continue to receive quality care and services. This allows them to live their best life,” says Edwards.

On the 22-acre campus, residents are able to live their
best lives due to a variety of special touches that make the retirement community unique. Campus animals, including dogs, cats, turtles and rabbits, provide both entertainment
and unconditional comfort to residents in the Memory Care Center of Excellence and other neighborhoods providing skilled nursing and personal care. Residents who live independently in the Dudley Square patio homes tend to a community garden, while a sensory stimulating garden with flowers and herbs is available to residents in another courtyard on campus. Residents may participate in a writing program called Feet To the Fire, which encourages them to write stories about their lives.
Edwards says, “The elderly population is not often talked about or lifted up for their contributions to society,” but Episcopal Church Home works diligently to ensure that its residents are both seen and appreciated for what they continue to give to the community. Episcopal Church Home serves as an integral teaching center, which changes the way in which future doctors, nurses, social workers and dietitians think about and care for the older population. Students from the University of Louisville Geriatrics program, the Kent School of Social Work, Bellarmine University, and Jefferson Community and Technical College regularly observe and interact with residents as part of their studies. By helping to educate young people, residents maintain a sense of purpose and meaningful contribution to the future.

Students from local colleges learn from residents, such as Father Sam, to help change the future care of older adults.

Residents stay engaged with the surrounding area in two other major ways. St. Luke’s interdenominational chapel on
campus serves as a place for residents to meet and develop relationships with people of faith who come to worship from the surrounding area. Residents also maintain ties to the community because the campus serves as a meeting space for a number of organizations, including Graymoor-Devondale’s city council meetings.

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By keeping its promise to residents and helping the community see the contributions that its residents make, Episcopal Church Home is changing how we envision living well into the future for older adults in the Louisville area.



Blending a Salon and Retail Boutique


ometimes being an agent of change in a community means finding a balance between evolving and preserving history. Stefanie Griffith, Stacy Tunnell, and Julie Young, the sisters who own Strandz and Threadz in New Albany, have been balancing a view of the future and a respect of the past since 1993.

The building in which Strandz and Threadz is located at 322 Vincennes Street has a long history in the beauty industry. It was built in 1937 and housed a family-owned salon until the 1950s, when it became the New Albany Beauty College. When the sisters purchased the site, they had the idea to blend a salon and a retail store into one, which their clients have loved. Griffith says clients are able to browse the retail shop while their hair is processing. “They get a new hairstyle and a new outfit to go with it,” she says.


“We've always been family; we’ve had some clients for over 30 years,” she says. Strandz and Threadz works to maintain a blend of deep appreciation for clients and the history of New Albany with an eye to the future of fashion.

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Owners Kevin Franke (left) and Beth Franke (center) along with Director of Professional Services, Raymond Stanton (right) walk with their clients on their journey to better hearing.

Helping Louisville Hear Again


n March 2013, Beth and Kevin Franke flew to Phoenix, Arizona, to meet with the first of several hand-picked digital hearing aid manufacturers. This trip was the culmination of several months of research and planning leading to the formation of Derby City Hearing Inc., a provider of affordable hearing aid technology and ongoing service to help hearing impaired people better connect with their friends and families. Raymond Stanton, a highly sought after industry professional and Board Certified in Hearing Instrument Sciences, joined Derby City Hearing in March 2015 as Director of Professional Services over the company’s two strategically located area offices.

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With affordable pricing and exceptional ongoing service, Derby City Hearing competes well even with national chains and big box stores in order to place hearing better within reach. “To see a client’s face light up when we turn on their new set of hearing aids is the best reward,” Kevin says.



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hey have seen the world. They have successful careers. They could live anywhere. They chose Louisville. Here are three transplants — tops in their fields — who are making Louisville their forever home and stitching themselves into the quilt of life that is the Bluegrass.

Kathy Stearman From the World to Kentucky

“My job was amazing, especially when I got to work overseas,” says Kathy Stearman, who was an FBI agent for over 26 years. “I would meet people (counterparts in allied countries) and they would say, ‘Oh my god, you have so much to teach us.’ Even our partners would look at us as, ‘You are the United States, you are the leaders.’ We need to do better (with foreign relations) because others do view us as the leaders of the world.” She got her first taste of the power of the U.S. in India. “I hadn’t been in India very long when the equivalent of the FBI in India, the CBI, called a meeting of legal attaché counterparts at embassies. The CBI in India said, ‘I want you all to come to some consensus.’ The representative from one of our allied countries looked around and said, ‘What is the U.S. going to do? Because what you do, we are going to follow.’ I thought, ‘I just got here.’ This was such a huge responsibility, and everyone is going to follow it. “To me that was one of the first profound moments I had experienced overseas. I always kept that in mind. It was my responsibility to live up to their expectations.”



Why Louisville? “I’m from Greensburg, Kentucky, about an hour and 45 minutes from here. It has two stop lights. I wanted to travel and be adventurous. So I decided to do something different, something that women don’t normally do. Someone suggested, why don’t you try the FBI or the Secret Service, and I applied. “My husband, Keith Glynn, had moved with me and my career for over 30 years. He is a chemical engineer and a network security engineer. He protects computer systems. When I retired out of San Francisco, we initially went to Austin, Texas, for a year and a half. We did not like it. “We both started looking outside of Texas and he got a job offer from Humana in Louisville. I’d been gone (from Kentucky) almost 35 years. “I love my family, but ever since I was a little girl, my eye was on the horizon. I was getting out. Coming back for me was hard. When we told people we were coming to Kentucky, especially Keith’s family because he’s from New York City, they said, ‘What are you doing that for?’ Louisville has to overcome the reputation of Kentucky.” In spite of her initial reservations, they moved here in November 2015. And now she’s made page 38 >>>



Kathy Stearman has traveled and lived all over the world in her more than 26 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Then she retired and moved to Louisville for her husband’s job. Kathy says, “Louisville is small enough that you don’t have a lot of big city problems. I really like the fact that you have everything here that you want to do.”



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herself a part of the fabric of the community. “I really like Louisville. It’s small enough that you don’t have a lot of big city problems. There’s so much going on: great music venues, great restaurants. I love the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Kentucky Author Forum. People are super, super friendly. I really like the fact that you have everything here that you want to do. And yet, it’s not overwhelming like living in a larger city. “We love our neighborhood and house. We bought a fixer upper in the Highlands. There are a lot of ‘Mom and Pop’ stores. It still has that authenticity. “Louisville is centrally located. We can be in Chicago in four hours by car, or take a 45-minute flight. We can drive to Nashville. “Louisville is what Austin was 15 years ago, when people loved it. Louisville has its own funkiness. It also has its problems. There are things that need to be fixed.”

What she’s doing now Kathy has participated in Leadership Louisville programs, Focus, and Encore, and is on the Board of the Louisville Committee on Foreign Relations. “I wanted to keep abreast of the rest of the world and how the U.S. fits into that arena. “I knew that I needed to get to know Louisville and the people here. So, every door that opened, I walked through it. “We probably will always live here,” she says.



a consulting firm, helping companies grow by coming up with strategies for new product development, new experiences, new business models, and training leaders to be more innovative. “A lot of startups like Facebook and Google have innovation in their blood,” Lisa says. “However, the corporations that have been around for a long time are built to be highly efficient, not innovative. Because the world changes globally and is more competitive, innovation has to be a core part. They need someone from the outside with fresh eyes. It’s hard to see how to make things better if it’s your everyday work.”

Why Louisville? Along came Nick Zangari. He also had been living in and loving New York City. “The big thing that was a catalyst was love. We’ve only been married for 18 months. He was born and raised in Louisville, but hadn’t lived there for 16 years. We decided we would get married and start a family.” Nick kept bringing her down to Louisville and talking about raising a family here. After about four or five trips, the River City began to grow on Lisa, who is a native of St. Louis. “He was the one who initiated that

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Lisa Zangari From NY to the Heart of this City For 12 years, Lisa Zangari traveled the world (Europe, Asia, and North, South, and Latin America) for her job as an innovation consultant based in New York City. She loved living there. Then she found love. She worked with large corporations such as American Express, Coca-Cola, Disney, and Hasbro and for ?What If!,



thought. The more I saw and met his family, I tended to agree. We had no family close on either side in New York, and the thought of raising kids in that city can seem exciting and cool. But it would be tough. “The hardest part was walking away from two careers that we both loved. We were making a life choice.” She adapted right away. “I have felt a sense of belonging much more quickly in Louisville,” Lisa says. “This city still feels innovative, and that is what made it attractive to me. And I work fewer hours. There is more work/life balance, more free time, more connection to the community. The pace is dramatically different, and it is really lovely. “The biggest draw is all his family is here, and they are champions of Louisville.” Nick is vice president of Treasury, Investor Relations, and Risk Management for Churchill Downs Inc. “The prospect of living downtown was a pretty big deal to me. We live on Main Street in the Fleur de Lis building. What’s so amazing about downtown is we feel like we are in the heart of the city. I know other people don’t feel that way. I work in west Louisville, up and down Main Street; we walk across the bridge to Jeffersonville, walk to NuLu. “We love the waterfront. We ride our bikes. There is energy downtown. It’s fascinating and still a little bit raw and an important part of the city. It feels like we are part of something.”

Lisa Zangari quickly felt a sense of belonging after she moved to Louisville.

As director of learning for the Leadership Louisville Center, she leads the strategy and development of the Leadership Green Room for mid-level or emerging leaders and the newly launched Executive Green Room for senior leaders. “I do strategy consulting, like board retreats and growth strategy,” Lisa says. “What competences do corporations need? What thinkers can develop content? We study leadership on a global scale. Then we talk to local businesses and try to marry the two and create the next big thing. “In the Leadership Green Room we’re defining leadership broadly. page 40 >>>

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We have individuals who may not have the positional authority or the title, but they are a leader in the community. It’s for all levels of leaders. We do everything from develop your personal brand and communications skills, to how to be an inclusive leader. We cover tons of different competences. “In the Executive Green Room, we have the corporate athlete. We work on energy management — physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional. How are you feeding all of those energies? How do you manage your energy as the corporate leader and in your personal life? The spiritual is what you can tap into in your hardest time. It’s a world class program that we brought to Louisville. “Our leadership center has more programs than any other leadership center in the country.”


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From a Vision Board to the Runway Models of all shapes and sizes walk the runway at the Second Annual Derby Scholarship Fashion Show at the Olmsted, wearing body conscious but elegant and sophisticated clothes locally designed by RaeShanda Johnson, 35, for her All Is Fair In Love and Fashion line. The clothes highlight the mystique and the tenderness of being female. These are clothes that say, “I Am Woman” with a carefully placed languorous ruffle here, a tasteful slit there, a playful floral print lightly embossing a hip curve, or a discreetly bared shoulder. “I want everyone to feel like a celebrity without paying the celebrity price of the clothes,” RaeShanda says. “I want to be able to stun people with elegance, to show that you can be fully dressed and fully fabulous at the same time.” You’d never guess that RaeShanda was the proverbial rags-to-riches story. And if you haven’t heard of RaeShanda Johnson, you will. Though she has experienced defeat, she has the confidence and fight of Muhammad Ali. She’s one of those people who can lose and start again. In one year, RaeShanda, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, went from selling plasma to help take care of her four children while living in an extended stay hotel on Dixie Highway, to making six figures producing and selling her clothing page 42 >>>




Lisa Zangari in some ways moved to Louisville for a boy — her husband, Nick. They had both been relishing the New York City life, but they decided to move to Nick’s Kentucky hometown to start a family.










RaeShanda Johnson’s life situations took her many places before she made a home — and founded a successful fashion line — in Louisville.



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line and being a fashion consultant.

Why Louisville? Between 2004 and 2013, RaeShanda’s life zigzagged between Mississippi, Texas, and Kentucky taking her through a divorce, Hurricane Katrina, and then a move to Frankfort to work as a financial aid counselor at Kentucky State University. But she was wary of Kentucky. “After Hurricane Katrina came through Texas, a friend said, ‘Why don’t you come to Kentucky?’ I said, ‘People don’t wear shoes in Kentucky.’ She said, ‘I can’t believe you said that.’” She returned to Mississippi, only to lose her savings. She wanted to set up a nonprofit for teen moms in Jefferson County, Mississippi, because she had been one herself. “Only it was the wrong Jefferson County. I was redirected here by the ultimate GPS system.” Too embarrassed to return to Frankfort, RaeShonda drove her truck to Louisville at the end of 2011. She created a vision board for a Today’s Woman magazine project, which led to her meeting someone who helped her get housing, which eventually led to meeting someone who helped her find manufacturers to produce the clothes that she designed at night simply out of passion. “The excitement of my day at Kentucky State wasn’t processing loans. I got to get up every day and style myself out. I would walk across campus, and someone would always remark.” By 2013, she had an online boutique on Facebook. http://www. She has nearly 400,000 followers. In 2015, she opened her physical boutique on the 16th floor of the Heyburn Building, open by appointment. She has customers from all over the country. “Louisville has been amazing,” RaeShanda says. “I have had great support. Kentucky was my redemption state. I got to start over with nothing and work on building this empire in this city. I have made so many different friends from different walks of life. There are so many avenues here to help entrepreneurs that I probably wouldn’t have had in Mississippi. Louisville gave me the tools to start over, and my children love it here.”

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Anna, owner of Anna O’Hara Interiors and her husband built this house in the Indian Hills neighborhood. See more interior photos at

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“You want clients to be able to walk into their space and take their shoes off and breathe within it because they’re able to be comfortable within an atmosphere they desire and identify with most,” says interior designer Anna O’Hara Heuke. One way Anna helps clients define their style is by asking them to show her three photographs of spaces or things they like because “those images are highly personal images that they identify with.” ~ Bella Portaro Kueber

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yn Mabry believes an abode can either feed you or fluster you. “Your home either feels comfortable, and you like to sink down in a chair and relax, or you feel agitated,” Lyn says. Living in a peaceful space isn’t necessarily about wanting everything beautiful in the eyes of a designer, but more about constructing a version of accord for the objects and artwork that speak to you. “There’s karma in the things you love,” Lyn says.

Even people who are more right-brain when it comes to their personalities and creativity are still drawn to spaces that feel good. She’s often heard clients from doctors to scientists remark they want their homes to feel the way Lyn’s home feels. “It’s about putting together the things they love — mementos, family things that matter to them — in a way that is soothing and comfortable,” Lyn says.

What can you do to adopt Lyn's restful vibes?

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Unclutter your home. Put objects you love and that have meaning to you in your space, but avoid overdoing it. "People find the not-overdoing-it part hard," says Lyn, who shares an anecdote about teapots. “If you love your collection of teapots, you don't have to display all of them. It overwhelms the space, and it's out of balance." She suggests editing your collection to five pieces to exhibit. She also advises getting rid of stuff lurking in corners and move things off the floor. "Spaciousness feels good," she says. She has a special word of advice to baby boomers. "I'm older so I can say this. As we get older and our life changes — our kids are gone away and our spouses are gone — we hold on to the things that remind us of them," says Lyn, "but we do it to a fault. It's tough to let go, but it feels so much better every time."



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HOW THIS HOME RESTORED HER By Keri Foy Photos Melissa Donald


hen Deanne Moore's husband passed away from cancer in 2009, she cried at the mention of his name. “I was having a hard time,” Deanne says. In the midst of her grief, though, Deanne found a house built in the 1800s and began a journey of restoration. The house, located on Main Street in Charlestown, Indiana, was up for auction but had no buyers. Deanne’s best friend urged her to check out the home. “I took one look at the house from the back, and I said, ‘I’m going to buy this house,’” Deanne says. “‘I’m going to fix this house up.’” She hired a local remodeler, Willard Nolan, and that’s where her dance with grief took a turn for the better. “I liked the guy right off the bat, and he gave me a ballpark figure for the job. I could live with that,” Deanne says. Deanne has long been interested in home renovations. “I’ve been remodeling houses in my mind since I was a kid,” Deanne says. Beyond decisions about flooring and cabinetry, paint colors and furnaces, the renovation gave Deanne something more


precious. “It gave me something to live for, something to get out of bed for,” Deanne says. When it came to this home built in 1865, Deanne didn’t try to keep much of the original look and feel. She opted to modernize it to suit her tastes. Deanne did keep a showstopper of a staircase, which she had sanded down to its original finish, an exposed brick wall upstairs, and a fireplace in the bedroom on the main floor. “That staircase is one of the reasons I wanted this house,” Deanne says. She added three bathrooms (the home didn't have any indoor bathrooms) as well as unit heaters and air conditioners to keep the home cozy. She tore out a side porch, sealed up a cellar, and created an open concept kitchen. Renovating this home was very therapeutic for Deanne. “My husband would love to see this,” she says. “Living beautifully means resurrecting something. It gave me a reason to get up in the morning and kept my mind off his death. It helped tremendously.”

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Though Deanne didn’t start this project with a public space in mind, it has had public gatherings and will evolve into more. With its facelift and additions, the house, now known as The Inn on Main, will be managed by her daughter, Rebecca Putman, who is moving to Charlestown from Lexington and plans to manage the Inn.

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CELEBRATIONS: AN ANTIQUE WEDDING Photos Christine: Darling Tales of Darling Bones


my Blevins and Bo Bott love all things vintage. They fittingly found a wedding spot at Joe Ley Antiques in downtown Louisville last spring. “While dating, Bo and I loved to visit Joe Ley and search for treasures there. We always said, ‘If we ever get married, this is where we want it!’ Even though no one had ever been married there before, as soon as we were engaged, our first stop was to ask Joe and Sheila Ley if we had their blessing to use their magical space.” Read more about this wedding at If you would like to share your wedding or party, send an email to and put Celebrations in the subject line.

Bride’s favorite photo: Bo and Amy in the courtyard, in front of the backdrop “our dear friend made for us.”

We chose to not have one large traditional cake, but rather several different flavored cakes baked and designed by Kristin Brill. These were served on a vintage tea cart, that has been passed down from my grandparents. It had been purchased in Iran in the '60s.



SEARCH: Celebration Amy says the only thing she would have changed about her wedding is to ask for “no rain!”

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25 THINGS (Why 25? Because we are 25 years old!)

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

Don’t forget that most of our articles run online at — here are some of the things you might have missed.

Photo Christine: Darling Tales of Darling Bones


It looked like so much fun at Amy and Bo Bott’s wedding (more on page 54 and all the details at

“We love photo booths, but felt like they were really played out, yet we wanted our friends and family to have a fun takeaway from the evening — and the Magbooth photo bus went right along with the vintage theme.”

Our August issue featured Best Bodies and every month we will feature other Best Local, Healthy Bodies — look at to be inspired.



What’s she reading?


wo of the women in this issue are featured for the changes they have made, but they are reading some interesting books too.

Phyllis Haag Smith, a local hemp farmer, reads a variety of Kentucky authors and is a huge fan of Wendell Berry. Her most memorable recent read was Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver, a Kentucky native and scientist. This novel inspired Phyllis to plant 300 milkweed plants that she now sells in the Henry County farmer’s market in hopes of sustaining this beautiful species (page 12). Kimberly May’s reading of Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert helped Kimberly see the magic in self-expression, so she now writes poetry as part of her routine. But her favorite? The Great Work of Your Life by Stephen Cope. “I’m a book junkie. Everywhere I go I carry books, but I tell everyone about this one!”



STEPHANIE BRISTOW (front) and her business partner, RASHNA CARMICLE, developed an exercise method at B. You Fitness Boutique that will have you dripping with sweat yet still grinning. “We’ve built a strong community where women can come together and connect,” Stephanie says. “They don’t have to be intimidated to come in. They can come in to do their workout and do whatever they need to do to escape that day.”



Photos Melissa Donald


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25 THINGS 8 “Together, we knew we had to

“Depressing? No, because I’m going to be working 1,000 percent for their improvement and positive change. And I’m going to bring all of my connections with me.”

support each other, do the best that we could with this time left, appreciate that time together, and just focus on the good. There’s more good than bad.” — Carrey Dewey, diagnosed with ALS (read the inspiring article about Carrey at

Ann Carruthers’ response when a friend asked if her daily interaction with kids in need was depressing. (page 8)


Coming Up 100 WISE WOMEN BREAKFAST September 19, YOUNGER WOMAN'S CLUB FALL INTO FABULOUS FASHION SHOW October 6, 2017 ANNUAL WOMEN 4 WOMEN LUNCHEON October 5, LOTS OF ARTS: Mellwood Arts Fair, Sept 9-10, Big Four Arts Festival, Sept. 9-10, St. James Art Show, Oct. 6-8



15 Today’s Woman loves to wander into beautiful homes, such as interior designer Anna O’Hara Heuke’s kitchen. Find more in several places in this issue and a new one every month at

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Vote for one business in each of these nine categories in our Best for You competition. Vote at (Winners will be featured in our January 2018 issue) – One vote per email address DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 20, NOON




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HOME INTERIORS (decor, window treatments, furniture)

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o Jewish Community Center o MADE Fitness & Training o Milestone Wellness Center o Pure Barre o Results by Design Fitness o YMCA of Louisville WELLNESS (hormones, supplements, nutrition, preventative)

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o Aesthetic Alternatives o Avanti Skin Center of Louisville o Bella Pelle Dermatology o Dedi’s Beauty Secrets o Dermatology Associates o Faceworks o Louisville Laser o Purple Lily Aesthetics o The Skin Group o Ultimate Vein Care o Vein Treatment Center

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o A Therapeutic Touch o Bluegrass Pain Consultants o Commonwealth Pain Management

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o UofL Physicians — Plastic Surgery



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Story by Megan M. Seckman | Photos by Joon Kim

e g n a Ch MAKE A


s humans, we are evolutionarily hardwired to resist change. Major life change can feel like stepping off of a steep precipice, the unknown a vast abyss ready to swallow us whole. This fear of change induces feelings of anxiety and panic at the mere thought of uncertainty, so much so that we stay in relationships or careers that do not fulfill us, that rob us of joy, that even make us sick. However, as evolution and history document, woman is also highly adaptable. If we weren’t meant to adapt, our knuckles might still scrape the ground. If we weren’t equipped for change, we’d still be trapped in the home, wearing corsets or binding our feet, without the right to vote. Change can be scary, but without it, we never grow. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “When you are finished changing, you are finished.”


Cathy Fyock

Just Give Her Six Weeks Cathy Fyock is no stranger to change. She started out as an elementary school music teacher, and when that didn’t pan out, she quickly made the change to the field of business. For years, Cathy established a career as a speaker and employment strategist in human relations. She ran a successful consulting business for 20 years with her mother and provided countless businesses with advice on how to recruit top employees and inspire an aging workforce. She was such a master in her field that she literally wrote the book on it. In fact, she wrote seven business books. Then, her mother passed away. “When my mother passed away, I instantly lost my partner, best friend, and mother all at once. I tried to do some consulting work for different companies, but soon realized I was meant to be an entrepreneur. I knew I had to reinvent myself,” Cathy explains.



Her world began to change when she got a call from the head of the Louisville Speaker’s Association who had heard that Cathy had written a book in six weeks. He wanted to know her process; he wanted her to prepare a program for the local chapter and coach others in her method. After the enthusiastic feedback she received from her lecture and from coaching two women to write their own business books in six weeks, she knew this was what she was meant to do. She had found a niche. “The universe has given me a fabulous gift. I’ve never been happier at work; I get to help people realize their dreams. For many, writing a book is on their bucket list. What is cooler than helping people achieve that? I get to hear people’s stories and connect on such a deep level — we share a common theme and work through the process together — it’s incredibly rewarding. This is my retirement...I can’t imagine ever giving this up.” Making the leap from HR consultant to book coach wasn’t easy. While

transitioning careers, Cathy continued to work 40 hours a week for the HR consultant firm that employed her, devised a detailed business plan that also consumed around 40 hours per week, and managed to write a book on how to write a book in six weeks, in six weeks. “There was no such thing as a work/life balance then, but you fall into the thing that is in God’s plan, and it’s just magical — you just do it.” Those six weeks of around-the-clock work have paid off. Cathy has now helped to publish 100 authors and has created six anthologies of business writing. Cathy’s advice on writing: “Write the book. One of the best ways to go down a new path and to establish credibility is to write the book on it. You have to ignore the ‘bitch,’ that inner voice that tells you you’re an imposter and are documenting for the world your level of incompetence. Just write the book so you can say, ‘I wrote the book on that.’ And do your homework. Ask as many people for advice as possible, articulate your plan, then do the work.” page 64 >>>

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Jill’s advice on downsizing: 4 Store memories each year. At the end of each school year, sit with your children and choose two important things to save. Instead, I saved everything and it was overwhelming to go through it all. I recommend taking photos of special projects, then tossing them. 4 We had hundreds of CDs that we had collected over our whole lives. We listened to them all on our patio over an entire summer and burned them all to an MP3 player to save the memories. It’s like the soundtrack to our lives. 4 Kids don’t want your stuff! Don’t make them feel guilty, and don’t feel guilty yourself, about not wanting your grandmother’s bedroom set. Detaching from your stuff is not as traumatic as you’d think.

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Jill Rhoades

From a Big House to a River Condo When Jill Rhoades’ last son went off to college, she and her husband were left with a big house full of stuff, but it felt empty. For years they had been threatening to downsize when husband Marty retired, but faced with their newly vacant home, they realized it was time. “I had an ‘aha’ moment — we don’t have to wait. There was no sadness or regret, we just knew it was time for our home to be for someone else,” Jill says, reflecting about her decision to sell everything she owned and move from a suburban home at the foot of Paoli Pike in Floyd County to a condo in downtown Jeffersonville. Jill and Marty planned, purchased, and purged — trading their old life full of things and raising their three children to a new minimalist life full of time for leisure and getting to know each other. “For two years we looked for



places, then sat at restaurants across the street and debated about what we should keep. It was easy for my husband to get rid of my stuff, and it was easy for me to get rid of his,” she recalls with a laugh. The Rhoades family had acquired a menagerie of furniture over the years. Their 3,800-square-foot, fourbedroom home could accommodate the furniture they had been gifted from family or purchased piece by piece, but their new condo was a fraction of the size at 1,350 square feet (including the balcony). So, they began the process of purging, beginning with offering items to their children. “We warned them for two years that if you want it, you have to come get it,” Jill says. Her children, all in their 20s, weren’t interested in most of the sets, and at first she found their decisions to not claim certain pieces shortsighted, but she soon realized that making her children feel guilty about not taking the furniture was exactly what she wanted to avoid. “I realized that kids

don’t want your stuff. It’s just stuff, and it was pretty easy to get rid of.” Jill used a private Facebook group to sell the bulk of her furniture to locals in Southern Indiana. Although she was a bit rushed (her house sold in 20 days, so the move was a lot quicker than anticipated) and felt like she could have gotten more money for her furniture, she was able to sell six of her largest pieces in five minutes from her couch. Those that purchased her furniture (and attached memories) were sensitive to Jill’s situation and sent her pictures and stories of how they had been refinished and reused. “People listened to our stories and their kind messages made it a lot easier to part with our things.” Jill also had to grapple with purging the plethora of childhood mementos she had saved over the years. She had amassed a whopping nine boxes for each of her three children and was faced with what to do as there wasn’t enough storage page 66 >>>

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Kate’s advice on starting a business: 4 Don’t be afraid to grow your skill-set or change completely. Step out of your comfort zone. I meet a lot of girls who have the skills, but lack the motivation simply due to fear. 4 Have faith and follow through, even when you will, undoubtedly, be scared. Make a plan and stick to it. Push your fear and negative thoughts aside. The outcome is always better than you expect. 4 Don’t be afraid to give up some control. Surround yourself with employees who help the business and help you have a life outside the business.

Kate Ashton

From a Waxer to an Owner She may only be 29, but Kate Ashton has already reinvented herself three times. Kate began as a hair stylist but soon realized that the job was tough on her body, so she used her cosmetology background to transition to the field of body services, despite never having waxed a body part in her life. For eight years, she dove into the land of body waxing, eyebrow threading, tinting, and esthetician services. “I saw a trend with brows and Brazilians from my clients and realized there was no waxing culture in Southern Indiana,” Kate says. She had worked in the Highlands of Louisville and knew

that this area would clamor toward the trend of niche beauty services. “I bought a house in Jeffersonville and rented out my Highlands home. I wanted to be part of the community I was going to serve.” However, everyone doubted Kate’s business plan. “The market research, my own business lawyer, and my parents said this wouldn’t work, but I had faith. I knew this area needed this — and I was right!” Kate’s business, Body and Brow Boutique in New Albany, Indiana, is successfully ending its first year, and she is already looking to expand and open another location in Louisville. Opening the salon, despite all the warnings, has helped Kate achieve her bigger dreams of giving back to the community. “I can touch and contact so many people in a day from this

community, that I realize what it needs. I’m now entrenched in community, and that was a part that I was missing in my life. My husband serves on the Clark County Addiction Board,” Kate explains. She also, ironically, has more family time since opening the business. Her mentor gave her the valuable advice to hire enough support staff. Kate is able to delegate a lot of the tasks it takes to run a business to her three front desk employees and two technicians. With this new-found pulse on the community and extra family time, it has also helped Kate realize her dream of adopting a child, and Kate and her husband are now undergoing that process. Her leap of faith has brought nothing but abundance to Kate’s family, both monetarily and emotionally.

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Jill Rhoades enjoys a lot more leisure time now that she and her husband downsized after their children left the nest.



in her new place. “At first I had them all come over, but we just ended up taking trips down memory lane and not getting rid of anything, so I decided to invite them over one at a time.” Jill says it turned out to be a therapeutic experience. They would have lunch and go through the boxes, tossing what wasn’t important, taking pictures of or saving what was. Her children left with boxes of their childhoods and albums they put together, and most importantly, received closure. Now, Jill’s new life is filled with a lot less stuff and a lot more time. Her fear of missing her garden and lion’s head fountain in her wooded backyard is no more. The condo’s gated community is filled with gardens she doesn’t have to attend to and the pools have five lion’s head fountains! While she used to spend the weekends cleaning and doing yard work, now she swims, works out in the fitness center, walks to the farmers market, and can ride her bike to work. Instead of being faced with an empty house and a laundrylist of chores, now her biggest concern is what she and her husband are going to do that evening. “We have a lot more leisure time and a lot more fun together. It’s fun to get to know each other again as a couple.”

Our WAY TO GO WOMAN! winners will inspire you to push your fears aside and bring positive changes into your life and community. Find out what these women are doing to make things happen — then create your own path for others to follow.

WAY TO GO WOMAN! 2017 Winner


Pamela E. Taylor, 33 Family Nurse Practitioner, Owner of All Around Healthcare


Taking care of people is a recurrent theme in Pamela E. Taylor’s life — from serving in the United States Army for three years to becoming a nurse practitioner. Now, she has parlayed her passion into a business where she can foster a community of healthy, happy people. In May 2017, she opened All Around Healthcare, an urgent and primary care facility located in the Shively neighborhood. One of Pamela’s long-term goals is to open more medical facilities in underserved communities. MESSAGE FOR OTHERS “If your dreams are not big enough to make you cry when you think about them, you are not dreaming big enough. We serve a big God and all things are possible with Him.” BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT “I had a vision before I started my eight-year journey in school to become a nurse practitioner and have my own practice. I stayed focused and dedicated until that vision became a reality.”

“Every interaction I have with Pamela continues to remind me how important people are to her. She also plays a vital role as a leader to the Health Ministry at Bates Memorial Baptist Church.” — Viisha P. Souza, ministry leader at Bates Memorial Baptist Church

Photos: Melissa Donald Makeup: Denise Cardwell, Image Works Studio Styling: Aubrey Hillis


Pamela is Wearing: Dress, $128; necklace $20; bracelet, $45; earrings,$15; shoes, $120. All items available at Dillard’s, 5000 Shelbyville Rd, (502) 893.4400. SEPT 2017 / TODAY’S WOMAN

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WAY TO GO WOMAN! 2017 Winner


Miriam Sigrun Krause, 37 M.D., F.A.C.O.G. Physician and Social Media Director, Fertility and Endocrine Associates Married to Tony Krause As a child living in Heidelberg, Germany, Miriam dreamed of becoming a doctor. After 14 years of medical school in Germany, a residency at Southern Illinois University, and fellowship training at the University of Louisville, Miriam is now helping couples find solutions for overcoming their infertility issues.

“While building my career, I realized that a good doctor is not just defined by accurate medical knowledge and perfect surgical skills, but that compassion, empathy, and the ability to listen are at least as important in order to build a good relationship with my patients.” BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT “My biggest accomplishment so far has been building my career as a specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is so rewarding to help a couple that struggles with fertility to have their dream of building a family come true.” NEW FRONTIERS Miriam is also the social media director for her practice and says that social media advertising in the medical field specifically is a new development and extremely challenging. “Most patients rely on this as a means of communication, but lots of safeguards have to be in place to protect patients’ personal information.”

“Dr. Krause is a generous, motivated, and hard working individual. Her priority is to provide compassionate care for our patients even if it means staying late in the evenings or coming in on a weekend.” — Kit Devine, DNP, APRN, Certified Women’s Health Practitioner



Miriam is Wearing: Dress, $195; earrings, $55; shoes, $169. All items available at Monkee’s Of Louisville, 3624 Brownsboro Rd, (502)897.1497.

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WAY TO GO WOMAN! 2017 Winner


Alisha Marie Duvall, 32 CEO, Alee Solutions Aging-in-Place Social Worker and Senior Living Advisor, Alee Solutions Husband, Mathew Duvall Alisha Duvall is helping seniors live a better life through Alee Solutions, a company she opened in 2015 that focuses on finding aging-in-place living options for seniors. She hopes to use her company as a way of inspiring more women to become involved in issues that impact the senior community.

“I am here to show other young women that you can be a strong female without having to take on an aggressive attitude toward business. Be a woman. Be strong. Be yourself. Only then will you succeed.” THE MESSAGE FOR OTHERS “There are other options out there. Having a loved one who is struggling to live independently impacts the whole family. There is an untold value to having a personal expert by your side while you navigate the waters of healthcare.” CHALLENGES “I found myself becoming more aggressive and competitive than ever before. I was fighting for equality alongside some of the male-led national competitors when negotiating contracts. I struggled with feeling that female small business owners get underestimated and undervalued. It wasn’t six months in when I took a hard look at who I was becoming. I turned back into myself and dropped the stereotypical male attitude toward business.” BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENTS “Overcoming the ‘what ifs’ is my greatest accomplishment. Fear can be crippling. I thought of all the hundreds of ways starting my own company could go wrong, but instead of allowing them to hold me down, I used them as a path to succeed.” “She is highly respected in the Louisville community. Her eagerness to learn, along with her integrity, has made her an integral part of the Louisville senior community.” — Sheri Ash, Community Relations Director at Belmont Village Senior Living, St. Matthews



WAY TO GO WOMAN! 2017 Winner


Lindsay Reeves, 31 Director of Operations and Vice President at NOVA Salon, mother to Carsyn (9) Lindsay Reeves’ ability to foster strong relationships with clients and colleagues has led to a successful career as director of operations and vice president at NOVA Salon. She thrives off of being able to share new ideas with others in the industry and believes good communication is the most valuable characteristic of a leader.

“Being able to educate clients and make them feel better about themselves forms bonds that I cherish.”

BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT “Leading a team of amazingly talented, devoted, and tenacious people is eternally rewarding. Sharing our salon’s systems and culture with other professionals in our industry allows our team to become even stronger.” THE FUTURE “I have a constant goal of continuing to learn and grow. A more specific goal is for NOVA Salon to expand and have more locations. Being a mother, it is important to me that my daughter sees that anything is possible if you make the right choices. In fact, my leadership studies and experiences in my professional world have strongly influenced the way I parent.” WHAT IS AN EFFECTIVE LEADER “Being able to communicate clearly and succinctly is extremely important. You must be able to relay your vision to your team, so you can all work towards the same goal. Training and coaching also depend on healthy lines of communication.”

“She has gracefully and humbly invited more responsibilities to her plate and derives much professional satisfaction from the growth and respect that NOVA Salon has earned in this community and in the bigger ‘world of hair’ nationally.” — Barbara Juckett, client



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“The Lily Grace Project encourages others to pay it forward through random acts of kindness. Amy has also become involved with Healing of the Heart retreats. After attending herself, she now helps to organize and lead the retreats, which focus on helping grieving mothers.” — Emily Crouch, occupational therapist at Bullitt County Public Schools

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Amy Elzy, 39 Owner of Senior Living Advisor, Heartfelt Senior Transitions Husband, Ricky Hartlage and mother of five: Sarah (21), Ethan (15), Blake (12), Makayla (11) and Lily Grace After the death of her infant daughter Lily Grace in 2012, Amy Elzy turned her loss into a support system for grieving families. She started the Lily Grace Project, an organization that provides hairbows and knit hats to sick children who are in the intensive care units at Kosair Children’s Hospital. Amy maintains relationships with these families through her Facebook page called Never Forget Lily Grace. In 2016, she partnered with Sarah Ivens Moffett, a reporter with The Courier-Journal, to start a writing workshop for grieving moms. She is also the owner of Heartfelt Senior Transitions, a company that helps families find an appropriate living situation for their loved ones.

“FOR ME, USING MY GRIEF FOR GOOD HAS HELPED AND CONTINUES TO HELP ME.” BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT “I can think of several accomplishments that I’m proud of, but my children are my biggest accomplishments. All five of them!” GOALS “My goals are to help as many families as I can through my business. I feel I was put on this earth to help others, and it’s exciting to see my journey continues to unfold. I’ve also dreamed of presenting to medical professionals about what it’s like to lose a child, and how they can help, their approach, etc.” FUTURE “I do see my path taking me back to Kosair to volunteer or donate more time/hairbows to help families in the NICU/ PICU, where our daughter lived her entire life. I also see me making more videos in the future regarding my grief to help other grieving parents.”


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By Joyce Oglesby



Q: “My pre-teen has become disrespectful. He seems to be more concerned about what his peers think than what I desire him to do. He’s always been obedient, and I’m deeply troubled about why this is happening. I’m a single mom, and he’s a big boy. I don’t want his behavior to get out of control.” Joyce: Unfortunately, we have grown a culture of disrespectful kids. But not all are. Whereas popularity among peers has been important to kids (for at least since I was one myself), studies show that many of them are increasingly more concerned with being accepted by their peers. But studies also continue to show, and life bears this out, that kids need something more than that — unconditional love from parents. Sit down with your son and explain to him how important friends are, but talk about the importance of choosing friends with qualities of great character. Share with him your desire to maintain a great relationship between the two of you, yet your first obligation is that of being his parent, which includes setting rules and consequences for breaking those. Also, remind him that at all times you expect him to respect you as his mother. Remind him how much you depend on him to be the male model in the home and how that comes with great responsibility. Continue having healthy conversations with him on at least a weekly basis in order to maintain an open line of communication.


Q: “My high school daughter is struggling with her self-esteem. She has acne, and we have spent a fortune on over-the-counter and even prescription remedies, to no avail. How can I help her feel better about herself?” Joyce: Confidence is very nurturing for our children’s health and development. You and I know, of course, that this too shall pass. But to a young person struggling with this issue, these school years are incredibly tender. No hurtful words need be spoken to feel miserable about one’s appearance. Be sensitive to her feelings, knowing that you will have to compensate with other means of encouragement and praise. Whereas I am not a medical professional or technician, please allow me to suggest something I learned from a reliable aesthetician at the onset of rosacea. I passed along her advice to my grandson as well, and he had astounding results with his acne. It could cost you as little to $20-$50, depending on quality and quantity. Pillowcases. She told me to change my pillowcase every night before retiring for bed. I have done so, as has my grandson, and I’m happy to report our faces have responded amazingly. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain should it work, and I hope you will report the results to me.

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Q: “I’m embarrassed to say that my toddler is a biter and a hitter. I have tried different means to get her to stop the behavior, but I’m at my wits’ end. Any advice?” Joyce: Aggression is not at all uncommon behavior for toddlers. In fact, it’s part of normal development, so no need for shame. Having said that, it doesn’t mean the problem should be ignored, and you clearly are not disregarding it. Uncertain of her age, I would encourage you to increase consequences as she grows. Time-out, removing her from situations, and other appropriate consequences will be necessary. Rewarding good behavior encourages more of the same, so do praise and reward (but not to excess). Monitor her digital exposure. Do programs she views promote aggression? What about programs you and/or your family view with her in the room? Monitor diet, i.e., include less sugar and check for food sensitivities. And, finally, be sure to address the issue consistently. Don’t vacillate in your correction of her poor behavior. That causes confusion and could increase the aggression. Should her behavior continue, you’ll soon be explaining to her why no one wants to have playdates with her. That will likely be a very effective behavior modifier.

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hy not celebrate the late summer into fall weather with a picnic in the park with someone? This Lunch Plus Fun involves picking up some food and heading to nature.



The Lunch

Conveniently located in the Middletown Commons shopping complex right off the Shelbyville Road exit from the Gene Snyder Freeway (I-265) is Joella’s Hot Chicken. An order–at–the-counter-and-seatyourself kind of a place, Joella’s Southern specialty is fried chicken. Hot, fried chicken, to be precise, with several spice levels to choose from. My favorite is Ella’s Fav, a mid-level spice that adds just enough kick without putting my whole mouth on fire. Hotter levels like the Tweener are available, or a no spice option for those who can’t take the heat. Chicken plates come with a quarter piece of chicken and two sides for around $10. A popular side is the raw kale salad; also available as a full-sized salad with chunks of grilled chicken. Save room for the biggest selling dessert — the Nutella Poppers. These are yummy pieces of fried dough with Nutella inside with a dusting of powdered sugar. Best when eaten while they are hot! Joella’s has approximately 20 different beers available, as well as a small selection of wine and hard cider.

Joella’s Hot Chicken 13401 Shelbyville Road Middletown, KY 502.254.1111



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The Fun

Distance between Joella’s Hot Chicken and Beckley Creek Park (Shelbyville Road entrance), approximately 2.5 miles or 6 minutes. Beckley Creek Park is part of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, Blue Heron Road off of Shelbyville Road, just past Valhalla Golf Club heading east. After picking up lunch, drive just a few miles further east on Shelbyville Road to Beckley Creek Park. Take your Joella’s Hot Chicken and picnic in one of several different park locations. There’s the small shelter on the edge of Green Heron Lake or the larger shelter near the Egg Lawn and the PNC Achievement Center.

Or, sit under the trees at the Oak Picnic Grove across from the Humana Grand Allee. All picnic areas have access to trails. After lunch, you can hike, bike, walk your dog, paddle, picnic, fish...the options are all there! Beckley Creek Park has approximately 10 different trails for all fitness levels. Enjoy natural vistas and wildlife viewing from several different vantage points. Ask an employee at the PNC Achievement Center for trail information. The Louisville Loop trail is a multi-purpose, paved trail that connects all four parks in The Parklands system, and you will see people walking and biking on this trail.

Beckley Creek Park

1411 Beckley Creek Parkway Louisville, KY Hours: Dawn-Dusk; Egg Lawn 5am-10pm

Today's Woman September 2017  
Today's Woman September 2017