Today's Woman September 2018

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Today’s Woman / September 2018


contents SEPTEMBER 2018



spotlight 12 SURVIVAL SKILLS Bringing art to her beer


“I will give them a voice by using my own.”

28 EATING WELL Nothing canned or boxed


Painting a wedding — and her inspiration palette


Giver of second chances

42 TURNING POINT Her turning point


66 features


Books and follows for business


Listening to stories


Empowering others

46 WHAT WORKS Why she stays passionate


Living like a Gladiator champ

56 26 THINGS

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

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Wide variety and blissful indulgence


7 things she can’t live without...and why she might stop in for a visit

64 LOVE ABOUT Duo style

64 JUST ASK JOYCE Why won’t he talk to me?


Dress without limits

70 WORK WARDROBE A designer’s work wardrobe


Easy cheese and veggie boards

6 Loving Louisville

Women who have started positive movements in Louisville

13 We’re Changing Louisville and Southern Indiana

Companies that are making an impact

30 Living Beautifully

Special home decor section

48 Way to Go Woman Our five winners

67 Before and After Section Ready for a change?

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SEPT. 2018 | VOL. 28 | NO. 10




Earl and Cathy Zion, owners of Today’s Media, and Trixie, barketing manager, celebrate a new change with Today’s Media.

reating change. How do we do it? We continue to look toward the women of Louisville and Southern Indiana and we keep finding movement and change in all areas. How fortunate we are that we get to introduce you to change agents with new ideas. In this issue we feature five winners of our annual Way to Go Woman! Awards. These women are creating a path that is both affecting their lives as well as our community. (Read about them on page 48.) Our feature Loving Louisville explores the work of three women who have created projects that are changing different areas of the city. Perhaps the rest of us can take their success (see page 6) as a challenge to change a little corner of this community. And, if you know of someone who is already doing this, let us know by emailing Anita@ Our company is also changing. We have evolved into Today’s Media and have expanded to be more than magazines. We now create integrated marketing campaigns that are broader than our print and digital magazines. It is just another way of connecting good businesses to local interested customers. — Anita Oldham

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Anita Oldham EDITOR Tiffany White CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Lucy M. Pritchett Miranda G. Popp COPY EDITOR/SR GRAPHIC DESIGNER April Allman DESIGNER/PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Jill Cobb DIGITAL DESIGNER/STYLIST Aubrey Hillis PHOTOGRAPHER/PHOTO EDITOR Melissa Donald OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Scheri Stewart Mullins ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Susan Allen BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR Rachel Reeves SENIOR MEDIA CONSULTANTS Teri Hickerson Joyce Inman MEDIA CONSULTANT Deana Coleman CIRCULATION MANAGER W. Earl Zion Today’s Woman is published monthly by: Zion Publications, LLC 9750 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 307 Louisville, KY 40223 Phone: 502.327.8855 The opinions expressed herein are exclusively those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the publisher. Today’s Woman magazine does not endorse or guarantee any advertiser’s product or service. Copyright 2018 by Zion Publications LLC, all rights reserved. Reproduction or use of editorial or graphic content in any manner is prohibited without permission from Zion Publications LLC.

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Kids who participate in Lemonade Day learn about the basics of entrepreneurship in a fun way. Lauren Coulter is pictured with Rayna, Christopher, and Estella.

Lovi n g Louisvil e By Emily Gahafer Photos by Louis Tinsley

THROUGH THE GROWTH OF NULU, BUTCHERTOWN, AND PORTLAND, and thanks to passionate, Louisville-loving individuals and organizations, the city is attracting new businesses, entrepreneurs, artists, and developers while prompting native Louisvillians to stay in the city they call home. Louisville is becoming a better place to live, work, and play, and ultimately a better place to call home. PAGE 8>>


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LEMONADE DAY — Investment in the Future to Bring Change


ouisville bursts at the seams with incredible nonprofit organizations. Lemonade Day, a nonprofit dedicated to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in young kids reaches them through the old-fashioned lemonade stand. “Most adults have a memory of doing a lemonade stand of sorts when they were kids, and it’s a really accessible and relatively cheap avenue for kids to learn practical business skills,” says Lauren Coulter, executive director of the Louisville chapter of Lemonade Day. “We take the typical lemonade stand and apply a much more business mindset to it.” Kids have the opportunity to flex their creative muscles to create different variations of lemonade from regular to frozen to sugar free, along with lemonadeflavored and themed snacks to sell. “They’re not just grabbing some lemonade and taking it out to their yard,” Lauren says. “The kids are deciding where they will set up, where they will have the best foot traffic, and marketing and advertising their product.They work through 15 different lessons with a mentor, and then we culminate in our city-wide lemonade day.” Lemonade Day includes children in kindergarten through sixth grade along with mentorship opportunities for high school students and adults. Louisville’s second annual Lemonade Day on April 28 featured 77 registered lemonade stands and 660 participants. “Part of the program is encouraging kids to be good citizens, giving back to their community through philanthropy at a young age,” Lauren says. “We encourage them to set spending, sharing, and saving goals and for them to actually decide what they want to spend their money on, who they want to share some of their profit with, and how much they want to save and what they want to save for.” The trajectory of growth in Louisville will only continue by starting at the source — our kids. Investing in their ideas helps develop their skills and confidence and fosters a can-do attitude. Lauren is proud to work for an organization that is making an impact in our city and across the country. She says that according to Gallup, five in every 1,000 kids has what it takes to start a successful business, but one of the things that tends to fall to the wayside as kids grow is an entrepreneurial mindset. Lemonade Day is working to reverse this trend in Louisville. “I think short-term, we’re providing an avenue for kids to do something both educational and fun,” Lauren says. “In the long-term, our hope is that we’re introducing some kids to an entrepreneurial mindset that they wouldn’t have otherwise been exposed to. In terms of long-term impact in our city and our economy, if even half of those people chose to stay here that could mean big things for our city from an economic development perspective.To me it’s a long-term venture to the betterment of our city. You can’t help but be ecstatic when you ride around on Lemonade Day and see all these kids making their own money. There’s something special about that.”


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Stephanie Kertis sits on the steps inside The Dolfinger building. She helped turn the former school into a creative space.

PORTLAND INVESTMENT INITIATIVE — Investment in Neighborhoods to Bring Change


very neighborhood in Louisville, regardless of location, has something special to offer — a personality all its own. Stephanie Kertis, managing director of the Portland Investment Initiative, and her team are working to shine a light on the many businesses, artists, people, and opportunities in the Portland neighborhood.

“Our work spans four different areas of focus including affordable housing development, commercial development, larger scale warehouse development, and new construction,” Stephanie says. “The Portland neighborhood is Louisville’s largest neighborhood spanning about two square miles. Since it’s such a big neighborhood, PAGE 10>>

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<<PAGE 8 for feasibility we defined our original area of focus as Ninth to 26th streets and the river to Main Street.” The Portland Investment Initiative uses an approach called Urban Acupuncture. Stephanie says the idea is that if they target the worst house on the worst block in the worst neighborhood, it results in a bigger ripple effect overall. Stephanie is no stranger to Louisville or neighborhood development within the city. She grew up in Germantown in the ’80s and worked closely with the revitalization of the NuLu neighborhood that took place a few years ago. For the past five years, the Portland Investment Initiative has been working in the neighborhood. It owns and is working on 50 different properties, 20 of which are shotgun houses that have been completely renovated to become affordable housing. In addition, a number of local organizations are moving into the neighborhood, including Heine Brothers Coffee, which recently relocated its headquarters and roastery, Louisville Visual Art, and Farm to Fork Catering. The University of Louisville is also working to renovate a warehouse into a new space for its Master of Fine Art program headquarters and anthropology and archaeology labs. The Portland Investment Initiative’s goal is to quadruple the number of local businesses in the neighborhood to around 200 by 2020, a goal Stephanie says it is about a quarter of the way to reaching. “I actually got grounded for going to Portland when I was 17,” Stephanie says. “A friend and I went there and nothing bad happened, no problems, but we both got grounded because our parents found out where we had gone. I think that really speaks to so much of what we’re up against as a city. A big part of what we’re doing is working on a shift in public perception in Louisville, something we need just as much as a shift in the built infrastructure work that is happening in Portland and in the West End as a whole. Sometimes I think that people knowing that it’s a really cool neighborhood is worth just as much as fixing up an abandoned house. I feel like at the end of the day if my career is dedicated to making this city that I grew up in and love even better, then there’s not really much more I can ask for.”

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF LOUISVILLE — How It Is Investing in City Change “Through its CFL Impact Capital program, the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) and our donors facilitate investments that result in positive social change. Unlike a grant, an impact investment is a loan, meaning the capital can be redeployed to do more good once the loan has been repaid. Additionally, Impact Capital loans make it possible to participate in large community projects. These loans have helped support job creation, affordable housing, educational opportunities, community revitalization, and more — improving the community as a whole and transforming individual lives.” — Trisha Finnegan, vice president of Mission & Impact Projects include: The Housing Partnership Inc.’s Beyond 9th Initiative for affordable housing in West Louisville, Community Ventures’ Chef Space kitchen incubator, New Directions St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood Education, Portland Investment Initiative’s building renovation for an educational facility, River City Housing’s affordable housing in Southwest Louisville, Volunteers of America’s Freedom House Addiction Recovery Center, YouthBuild Louisville’s campus expansion, Day Spring’s headquarters renovation, Passport Health Plan’s Health & Wellbeing Campus, and LHOME’s support for homeowners in West Louisville.


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Lovi n g Louisvil e MAIN & CLAY LUXURY APARTMENTS — Investment in Luxury Living to Bring Change


uch like Louisville, Main & Clay luxury apartments is the perfect mix of quaint, welcoming, modern, and developed. The location and amenities offered create an atmosphere of home. “Butchertown and NuLu have been working very hard

“WE’RE BRINGING A DIFFERENT DEMOGRAPHIC INTO DOWNTOWN, ATTRACTING ENTREPRENEURS AND PEOPLE WHO ARE NEW TO THE CITY AND WANT TO FIND A TRENDY, GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD TO LIVE IN.” — SHAYNE MARTIN REGIONAL PROPERTY MANAGER, GREYSTAR to re-define themselves over the past few years, and I think bringing a property into that area the quality of Main & Clay is going to make them grow,” says Shayne Martin, regional property manager at Greystar, a property management company involved with Main & Clay. “I think it’s going to help economically and socially by bringing a whole new demographic to that area.” Shayne works with several

properties in Kentucky and Ohio, but, as a Louisville native, Main & Clay holds a special place in her heart. “It’s been really exciting to watch the growth and revitalization in that area,” Shayne says. “Growing up we didn’t think of Butchertown in a particularly good light, so it’s been very rewarding and exciting to watch. I’ve been in this business for a little over 30 years, and I don’t think I’ve ever been as excited about a property as I have been watching this one.”

Shayne Martin works with the developers of Main & Clay, who see it as an opportunity to spur economic growth.

The Bristol Development team took the time to research the city before beginning work, taking into account Louisville’s attention to historic preservation and customized amenities to fit the Louisville lifestyle. The building includes a preserved façade from the former structure, a dog park, dog spa, bike repair facility, and outstanding views of the city. In addition, Main & Clay partnered with LouVello to install a bike station outside the building, allowing for easy commute options.

The incorporation of a facility like Main & Clay into Louisville will help the entrepreneurial and young professional demographic grow, in turn helping the city grow economically. Main & Clay shows its commitment to the arts in Louisville with the employment of its artist-inresidence, Scott Smith, a singer and musician who moved to Louisville from Hurricane, West Virginia. His partnership with Main & Clay allows him to focus on his music and music events for the apartment residents and in the city as a whole.

“We’re bringing a different demographic into downtown,” Shayne says, “attracting entrepreneurs and people who are new to the city and want to find a trendy, great neighborhood to live in. Economically we are bringing the dollars into that market by providing such an awesome place to live. Socially, we are really entrenched in the neighborhood through our involvement with the Nulu and Butchertown neighborhood associations and helping the area continue to grow. I think having the artist-in-residence makes us a bigger part of the area as well.”


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BRINGING ART TO HER BEER By Holly Hinson Photos by Patti Hartog


eah Dienes wasn’t always a beer drinker. In fact, when she turned 21 she preferred bourbon. “When I was in college, I could only afford to drink one beer when I went out with my friends, and I didn’t even like it,” Leah says. “But after college, I began to develop a taste for it — not just drinking it but brewing it, too.” Fast forward to today and Leah is owner, partner, and head brewer at Apocalypse Brew Works in Butchertown, which opened in 2012. “It was a hobby that went completely out of control,” Leah says. The brewery owner, who attended Youth Performing Arts School, plays five instruments: viola, sax, tuba, trombone, and electric bass. She attended the University of Louisville for two years and then completed her music degree at Boston University, but a musical career didn’t end up being Leah’s path. She returned to college at Northwestern to study computer graphics and design, a decision that led her to a 25-year career in Louisville working for Fearless Designs. But it was a bar manager at a previous job that piqued her interest in home brewing, a hobby she pursued for many years before it became her livelihood. “The bar manager at the Bristol came in one day and said, ‘I made this beer. Here, taste it.’ He thought I might be interested in brewing since he knew I liked to cook. I went out and bought the how-to book. My first batch was not very good, but I kept making it, and the beers got better,” Leah says. Leah and two friends were attending a homebrewers’ conference and she noted that many breweries opening were starting out small and local. “I turned to my friend Bill and said, ‘We could do that,’” Leah says. Bill Krauth became her partner in the venture, and they added a third partner, Paul Grignon. Today, Apocalypse Brew Works is a no-frills, weekend-only brewery that offers a walk-up bar station with a large outdoor space at 1612 Mellwood. In keeping with the apocalyptic theme, the lot is surrounded by razor wire and chain link fencing, and the 15 beers on tap have names like Fallout Dust and Atomic Amber. Leah is happy with her second-act career. “People drink beer when they’re happy and when they’re sad. It enhances your meals, relaxes you at the end of the day, it’s social, tastes good, and has such a variety of flavors. There’s a whole lot to it. I’m never going to stop learning about beer.”


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Owner Leah Dienes, below, still uses the original brewery (on the other side of the building) for smaller batches. The graffiti wall was created by Spinelli Pizza and its graffiti artists.

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we’re changing LOUISVILLE & SOUTHERN INDIANA By Carrie Vittitoe | Photos by Melissa Donald

CHANGE CAN BE SCARY, BUT IT CAN ALSO BE WILDLY EXHILARATING. IT CAN FORCE US TO VENTURE INTO NEW CREATIVE ENTERPRISES THAT BROADEN OUR HORIZONS. IT CAN MAKE US BETTER PEOPLE. Our personal changes often translate into transformations in the organizations and businesses in which we are involved. They become more efficient, responsive, tolerant, agile, and creative. The businesses and organizations featured in this section are making positive changes in Louisville by fostering these actions:

• Encouraging people to change their life stories • Helping people stay engaged in life regardless of their ages • Supporting people who want to stay healthy and thrive • Educating people about their health and wellness What positive changes are you making in your own life? How can these businesses and organizations inspire you?

Email us at about how you or your business is making a difference. – PROMOTION –

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Photo submitted All Women is changing how women experience obstetric and gynecologic care in Louisville by offering a small, independent office of experienced physicians and compassionate staff. Top (l-r): Dr. Lisa Crawford, Dr. Elena Salerno, Dr. Amy Deeley, Dr. Kira Powell, Rachel Thompson, NP. Bottom (l-r): Dr. Tanika Taylor, Dr. Aimee Paul.


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ver the years, Louisville has garnered nationwide attention for its unique restaurants and boutiques, but it also offers independent medical practices that provide unique services in the community. All Women is one of those practices and is focused on providing exceptional obstetric and gynecological services to women at all stages of life.


Independence and Choice


All Women is unique in that it is not owned by a hospital. While its physicians have hospital privileges and value their relationships with major Louisville hospitals, the six female physicians are the owners and decision makers of the practice, which gives them a special understanding of the economic side of health care. “Because we are independent, we always explore the opportunity for our patients to have superior care, but we always look at the price point,” Dr. Elena Salerno says. “We really try to minimize the costs for our patients.” All Women’s independence also gives its physicians the freedom to refer their patients to specialists they know and trust. Size Does Matter “We don’t want to be a huge enterprise,” Dr. Salerno says. Being a small, independent practice means the physicians can schedule their patients to ensure both parties have ample time to discuss issues and concerns. “We have the ability to see our patients at our own pace,” she says. Educating About Hormones

4010 Dupont Cir L-07 Louisville, KY 502.895.6559

Hormone replacement continues to be a hot topic, but it is no longer limited to just estrogen. All kinds of hormones, including testosterone, bio-identical hormones, and hormone pellets, have grown in popularity, but hormones and – PROMOTION –

their effects can be complex. All Women’s physicians want to ensure their patients know the full range of possible advantages and disadvantages to taking hormones so they can make informed decisions. “Ours is a total approach to how you feel and how you want to age in a good way instead of stay young forever,” Dr. Salerno says. All Women’s physicians discuss exercise, sleep, and diet in addition to hormones. Obstetrical Care The physicians at All Women understand that modern mothers-to-be expect to be informed of their choices and options regarding labor and delivery. “We really try to accommodate different needs and desires as much as possible,” Dr. Salerno says. MonaLisa Touch All Women is the only obstetrics/gynecology practice in Louisville that offers MonaLisa Touch, a once-a-year laser treatment designed for women who suffer from painful intercourse, vaginal dryness, or stress urinary incontinence. This 10-15 minute procedure is not painful and doesn’t require any downtime, so it is perfect for busy women with busy lives. Community Outreach The practice is always on the hunt to help the community and thinks globally but acts locally. All Women has been involved in various fundraising endeavors for Twisted Pink because of its Louisville connection, including cosponsoring the Oxmoor/Today’s Woman Pink Woman event for breast cancer awareness. “We tried to focus on something that was more local rather than a big nationwide research program,” Dr. Salerno says.

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ver a year ago, Kathryn Ray, the program coordinator at Belmont Village senior living community, contacted local elementary schools to see if any of them would be interested in working with her to establish a program to connect Belmont residents with the younger generation. Ascension School, which is two miles away, responded, and thus began the The Young and Wise program. Twice a month, Belmont residents visit the school, going to different classrooms to participate in activities. “The teachers end up ‘fighting’ over us,” Ray says. Residents have been to various classes, including music and social studies. During one visit, students taught residents how to play chess. “Research shows how beneficial it is for older adults to stay connected to the younger generation,” Ray says. “It brings new life to a senior’s perspective. In a senior residence setting, they see seniors all day long and can lose the perspective that there is more to life than the seniors they see.” The Belmont residents who have participated in the The Young and Wise program have been reminded that they can still give to and teach the young. They have a tremendous amount of insight to instill in others. Ascension students refer to Belmont residents as their “grandparents,” and have established real connections. Even if the participants don’t always remember each other’s names, they remember faces. Ray says students definitely gravitate toward the residents who regularly attend the program. In addition to Belmont residents visiting the school twice a month, Ascension students come to Belmont once a month. Students have joined residents for a party, which included a band, as well as a visit from Metro Animal Services, during which residents and students made dog treats and cat toys.

The Belmont residents and Ascension students are able to learn from each other through regular interaction.

history lesson, they also become more comfortable with the idea of aging. They see that all stages of life have value and interest. “The students are totally immersed in what the residents say, and see that life is not over because you move into a senior community,” Ray says. At all ages and stages, life can have an upward trajectory.

Students love to ask residents questions about what life was like when they were growing up. Belmont residents are equally amazed by what life is like for these children. All of the students have iPads, which blows away the residents. “Residents are amazed at what the students can do and their learning capacity,” Ray says.

Belmont residents have been invited to attend dress rehearsal performances of the school’s musical as well as participate in pep rallies. “They’ve really embraced us,” Ray says.

Belmont Village, in conjunction with Ascension School, is changing the way the generations value themselves and others.

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This intergenerational relationship is not just good for seniors, it is also beneficial for the students. Not only do they get a live


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t can seem easier to not think about your health until you get sick. You then visit the doctor and take a pill to get well. But is your health really better, or are you just not feeling ill anymore? “You may be unsick, but you may not be thriving,” says Steve Tarver, YMCA of Greater Louisville’s CEO. The organization he leads is hoping, over time, to help economic systems support the transition from a treatment model to a prevention/behavior change model. “We try to think treatment and behavior change are the same, but they are not,” he says. “A dose of prevention requires a much longer commitment than a dose of treatment.” Pre-diabetes affects three out of every eight people in Louisville. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is a CDC-approved, evidence-based program that helps people take steps to prevent and manage the disease. Tarver notes that diabetes “is a giant hill we’ve got to climb.” Lasting change, which is needed to prevent diabetes, is much more difficult than simply taking a pill. “We’ve got to build a set of skills around the behavior change model and offer social support,” he says. As the organization works to take on diabetes, it continues to address other chronic health issues, including cancer and Parkinson’s disease. Pedaling for Parkinson’s is a new-toKentuckiana trademarked program from the Cleveland Clinic that combines the expertise of the YMCA with U of L’s Movement Disorders Clinic. This class is tailored to Parkinson’s patients and helps them achieve a set number of revolutions per minute (rpms) which, over time, reduces the severity of tremors. Karen Wyatt, program director at the Oldham County YMCA, says the program began in May 2018 and is gaining in popularity at the Norton Commons, Downtown, and Floyd County branches. After Parkinson’s patients are cleared by their physicians to participate, they are given three free visits to the class and have the opportunity to acquire a reduced threemonth membership to the Y.

The Livestrong Program helps cancer patients regain their physical strength.

Livestrong is a 12-week free exercise and social connection program for patients at any stage of their cancer journey. “Cancer can make patients feel very isolated,” says Livestrong Director Barb Millhollan, so the program focuses on helping cancer patients re-engage their bodies and reconnect with others in the community. “Recovery begins the day you are diagnosed,” Millhollan says. She works closely with every Livestrong participant to create an exercise prescription that is tailored to his or her individual needs using the results of an initial fitness assessment. Even though economic systems haven’t shifted to support a wellness/prevention model of health care, Tarver says the YMCA of Greater Louisville is using the Transtheoretical model (Stages of Change) to help it scale prevention. “Community-integrated health is the health care system of the future,” he says. – PROMOTION –


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t seems like senior living communities are popping up on every block, but what sets them apart from each other? What are they doing to improve the lives of seniors and change Louisville for the better? Symphony at Oaklawn has distinguished itself by changing how it meets the physical and social needs of its residents. Meeting Physical Needs Symphony at Oaklawn offers 24-hour nursing care, which is not always available at senior living communities. Nursing staff is available at all times to assist with medication, monitor illnesses, and provide health education to residents. Providing this service is not a state regulation, but it is a standard of care at Symphony at Oaklawn. The nursing staff also has access to a medical director 24 hours a day to address medical emergencies and concerns. Having a medical director who comes to the community a couple times a week can be a blessing to a resident who is ill but doesn’t have to leave the comfort of the community to be examined and treated. Meeting Emotional and Social Needs Life is more than just meeting the needs of the body, which is why the lifestyle and leisure director at Symphony at Oaklawn works with residents to plan activities and events that peak their interests. Residents take an active role, which keeps them motivated and excited. Residents have planned outings to Churchill Downs, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Bernheim Forest, and Louisville Mega Cavern. They also engage in volunteer activities that allow them to contribute to the Louisville community at large. Wayside Christian Mission and Kentucky Wounded Heroes have benefited from the generosity of Symphony at Oaklawn residents.

Symphony at Oaklawn offers transportation to go shopping, visit friends, or even a ride in the country.

“We take one resident every week to visit her child who is in a nursing home,” says Shauna Darbyshire, executive director at Symphony at Oaklawn. “We have one resident that we take to her bridge club. When she moved in with us she didn’t lose those outside friendships.” The 3 Cs “What makes us unique,” Darbyshire says, “is we concentrate on exceptional

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Symphony at Oaklawn is changing the way its residents experience senior living by ensuring they are given a chance to voice their desires and have access to the activities and events that Louisville provides.

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Symphony at Oaklawn also offers transportation service for its residents at no additional charge. Residents can check the transportation calendar and book a ride with a driver who is also a certified nursing assistant (CNA).


care, compassion, and continuity. We want our residents’ families to lay their heads down at night confident that they’re in the best place they can be.”





t is frustrating when you’ve got a dermatologic need but have to wait months for an appointment to see a board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Rana Mays, owner of Mays Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in St. Matthews, is hoping to change the time frame so that patients don’t have to wait three to nine months for a new patient appointment. “Dermatology needs are time-sensitive,” she says. “A deadly skin cancer such as melanoma can spread quickly, and time saved is life saved.” Furthermore who you see makes a difference. Dr. Mays believes in board certified physicians as the only providers in her practice. Dr. Mays also offers the convenience of keeping commonly prescribed generic medications on hand so that patients can avoid running to an off-site pharmacy after an appointment. While patients don’t have to use these medications and can go to their pharmacy of choice, many clients like being able to get everything accomplished during a single visit. One of Dr. Mays’ specialties is hair loss. Not all hair loss is the same, which means not all treatment should be the same. “There are approximately 120 causes of hair loss,” she says, and these causes may be autoimmune, hormonal, or genetic. Dr. Mays’ availability to patients means they can be evaluated quickly for proper diagnosis and avoid spending money on various over-the-counter treatments that may or may not help. A comprehensive exam allows Dr. Mays to determine the next steps for treatment, which could mean a biopsy or blood work. While Mays Dermatology focuses on the underserved field of medical dermatology, Dr. Mays also offers cosmetic procedures such as injectables and lasers. She has her own customized skin care line and tries every brand her office carries to ensure that what she recommends to patients are products that she believes in and has used herself. Young patients frequently turn to the internet or retail stores first before they seek out a dermatologist for acne, rosacea, or skin sensitivity. While this may seem like the

Dr. Rana Mays makes efficiency a priority when providing care for her patients.

easiest route, it means time and money spent on products that may not actually help the condition, and in some cases, can make the condition worse. By striving to offer same-day appointments, Mays hopes to help young men and women get a medical diagnosis so that they can make informed decisions about which products to use. Her office is working in conjunction with Baptist Health to offer two free skin cancer screenings per year. “We want to educate the public on the importance of a boardcertified dermatologist performing yearly skin checks for skin cancer prevention,” Dr. Mays says by providing a full spectrum of surgical treatments for all skin cancers and benign lesions including Mohs micrographic surgery all in the convenience of the office. Mays Dermatology and Cosmetic Center is blending traditional and modern medicine to help meet patients’ needs. – PROMOTION –

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f you are searching for a more conservative approach to improving the appearance of your skin, Creative Aesthetics Skin Spa offers a concierge service of procedures. The team at Creative Aesthetics, which includes Dana Smallwood, owner and a longtime aesthetician, massage therapist Amy Green, and Tina Carroll, RN, CPSN (Tina Carroll Aesthetics, LLC) have nearly 60 years of combined experience in skin care and offer a wide range of services to clients, including micro-needling (collagen induction therapy), Botox, facial peels, permanent cosmetics, massage cupping, and fillers. More and more women see skin care and regular treatments not as a way to correct their flaws, but as a way to prevent skin damage before it begins. Although the stigma of facial peels and injectables is lessening, there are still some clients who wish to keep their skincare a private experience. They appreciate the elegant space that Creative Aesthetics offers. Sometimes clients wonder whether they are getting quality treatment if a physician isn’t the one providing the service, as in the case of permanent makeup or injectables. Smallwood is board certified in permanent makeup, and Tina Carroll is a trainer for Allergan and Galderma, the pharmaceutical companies that make Botox and Restylane, respectively. “She trains physicians who provide injectables,” Smallwood says. Creative Aesthetics is hoping to alter the way local women think about their skin by helping them understand that procedures can be conservative and still highly effective. Smallwood and her team don’t use lasers and find that techniques, like micro-needling, offer better results with fewer side effects. “You can achieve great results without being invasive,” she says. “With today’s working woman, downtime is not always an option.” Permanent makeup is a popular service. Even though it is permanent in that makeup doesn’t have to be applied every day, week, or month, it isn’t lifetime permanent. Over the course of


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Dana Smallwood offers patients conservative techniques to improve their skin.

five or 10 years, if touch-ups aren’t done, the pigment fades, which Smallwood says clients like. “Do we really want anything completely permanent on our faces?” she asks, noting that how we change over time and age might necessitate us changing our skin and cosmetic routine. In addition to offering permanent eyeliner and eyebrows, Smallwood also has experience performing areola restoration for breast surgery patients. As it moves into its second year of operation, Creative Aesthetics is changing the way local women think about aesthetics by offering them an intimate, quiet environment to improve their skin and personal appearance using less invasive approaches that provide quality results. It is a business that began with Smallwood’s passion, was built by her team’s experience, and is always about you, the client.


12307 Old Lagrange Rd Suite 204 Louisville, KY 502.495.3210




ince 1915, Semonin Realtors® has been changing people’s lives one home at a time. Whether couples purchase homes for their expanding families or people sell homes to downsize their lives, Semonin has long offered expertise and support to make these life changes seamless. Buying or selling a home is more than just negotiating over the price of land or property. It’s about taking a vision of what a person wants his or her life to be and making it become realized. “Our purpose is to help make it easier for people to change their life’s story,” says Tim Moore, senior vice president of marketing and technology. Semonin has seen the landscape of housing trends change over its 103 years of business from homes with formal, separate living rooms to open floor plans. Semonin has also seen how technology has changed homes and people’s lives. While central air was once a mind-blowing technological advance, smart devices that automatically turn on lights or cool the house with the click of a button are becoming the norm. Semonin has acted as a catalyst for entrepreneurs who want to be in charge of their own schedules and earning capacities. Semonin Realtors® are affiliated with a well-respected broker but also enjoy the freedom to be their own bosses. REALTOR® Joyce Duncan had spent most of her career working with her father on a tobacco farm and raising cattle. When he passed away, Joyce knew she needed real estate to become her full-time focus. Joyce says it didn’t take her long to take advantage of what Semonin leadership offers: “If you want to be good at this, here are the resources to help you.” Her hard work has helped move her into a leadership position with the company. “I realized how much I really enjoyed being a go-to person in the office,” she says. Becoming affiliated with Semonin is about more than employment or professional advancement. A job may pay the bills, but a paycheck doesn’t always drive your why or give you a sense of purpose. In helping others write (or rewrite)

Joyce Duncan has found a career and lifestyle at Semonin Realtors.

their life stories, Semonin agents have a hand in something meaningful. Their assistance and support help people build families, establish traditions, and create memories. In building relationships with clients and other REALTORS®, Semonin agents have found that there are surprising personal benefits for their own lives. “The career has afforded me the opportunity to be a strong presence in my home as a husband and father,” says Semonin Realtor Erik Speaks, “as well as in the professional realm, where I have the opportunity to guide individuals through one of the most empowering, costly, and stressful decisions they will ever make. I thought this industry would make me more focused on money and accolades; I have found that I am more focused on developing relationships and personal growth.” Semonin distinguishes itself by empowering its REALTORS® as well as its clients to write and change their stories, and thereby, change the story of Louisville. – PROMOTION –

600 N Hurstbourne Pkwy #200 Louisville, KY 502.420.5000

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ed Edge Realty, Highlands prides itself on offering its clients services to change how they experience selling and buying homes in Louisville. Though it is a small office of 10 agents, three of those agents are family members who work closely to ensure that clients’ needs are met promptly. Managing partner Bea Metts, along with her son, Christopher Metts, and a daughter-in-law, McKenzie Metts, will pinch hit for each other because they understand how busy their customers are. “We work the schedule around the customer,” Bea says. All of the agents at Red Edge Realty, Highlands are willing to show property for their colleagues to ensure their clients are happy and can see properties when it suits them. Each agent brings something special to the real estate process. Christopher, in addition to being a licensed realtor, is also a photographer and videographer, which means clients are able to see their homes listed more quickly. McKenzie is a realtor but also does marketing, social media, and home staging. Bea brings her 30 years of experience in mortgage/real estate and residential construction through a familyowned business to support and guide clients as they begin their home buying or selling journey. Bea is also a multi-million dollar agent in Louisville’s top 100. Red Edge Realty, Highlands’ multigenerational team gives it an edge when it comes to understanding clients’ tastes and needs. Whether you’re a Millennial or a Baby Boomer home-buyer or seller, Bea and her team can appreciate and locate the types of homes and living situations that different aged clients have. Since the Highlands branch opened in the spring of 2017, it has differentiated itself as a locally-owned and locally-proud business by sponsoring monthly Louisville Live events. In this program, Red Edge Realty, Highlands


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Bea Metts, Christopher Metts and McKenzie Metts work to make home buying and selling a great experience.

sponsors local charities, such as The Kentucky Humane Society, Home of the Innocents, Butterfly Backpacks, and Women and Children’s Group of the Catholic Charities, at local restaurants to both raise awareness and support other homegrown businesses. This past summer, it sponsored a Jeffersontown Little League baseball team. “I raised my kids in J-town so I have a connection with the community,” says Bea. Although based in the Highlands, Red Edge Realty wants people to know it can assist with real estate needs regardless of where in Louisville a client lives. Red Edge Realty, Highlands is excited and honored to have been featured in an ABC television program called American Dream, which first aired on August 11 and will continue to air on Saturdays at 1 pm a few times per month. Bea, McKenzie, and Christopher are not only educating clients about the home-buying and selling process on the show, they are showing that great skills and services can come in small, independent realty offices. – PROMOTION –

1230 S Hurstbourne Pkwy #200 Louisville, KY 502.509.5131




ging well isn’t just about the body; it is also about the mind and spirit. Staying active, connecting with others, and staying emotionally centered are ways to make aging a positive experience. Treyton Oak Towers is a retirement community that offers a wide range of opportunities and features to ensure its residents’ minds, bodies, and spirits are enriched. Wanda Morrow, Treyton Oak Towers’ full-time wellness coordinator, has dedicated her career to helping older adults be their best physical, emotional, and intellectual selves. She offers a wide range of wellness classes. Residents can select from yoga to Flexercise to an aqua therapy class, which is a short drive to the Kay and Jim Morrissey pool at the Home of the Innocents. Some form of wellness class is offered at Treyton Oak Towers five days a week, and there is enough variety that virtually any resident can find something that suits his or her interests, activity-level, and temperament. Classes typically range from 2045 minutes in length. Tai Chi and relaxation classes are offered to small groups in quiet, intimate settings, and Wanda may even work one-on-one with residents to help them achieve mindfulness. Other classes are more lively and energetic and get residents’ blood pumping. Treyton Oak Towers has even partnered with the Parkinson Support Center to offer Rock Steady Boxing classes twice a week, which the public is welcome to attend. The camaraderie that residents develop in these classes with each other and with Wanda is part of aging well, because friendships nourish the soul. “No one leaves her class not smiling,” says Rhonda Harding, director of sales, marketing, and residency development at Treyton Oak Towers. Residents are encouraged to bring family members and friends who visit them to any and all wellness classes.

The fitness classes offered at Treyton Oak Towers allow residents to develop friendships and improves their mental health.

Another way Treyton Oak Towers helps nourish the mind and spirit is by surrounding residents with nature, even in the midst of downtown. The retirement community has created a city block length of gardens for its residents to enjoy. A formal garden has a tiered fountain, where residents are able to enjoy alfresco dining. Another garden features a babbling brook and a family of box turtles. The Oak Street garden is lush and features a walking path, while the fourth garden has a reflecting pool. Many residents find that when they come to Treyton Oak Towers their health improves because they are exercising, developing friendships, enjoying the gardens, and they no longer have many of the worries and responsibilities of home ownership. “When the burdens are gone, they are sleeping and eating better. Their life is more carefree, and their days are full,” Harding says.


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ome women are looking to improve their appearance without invasive procedures and have a lot of questions about first steps. Avanti Skin Center of Louisville is focused on educating clients about their options. “We do free consultations so we’re able to sit down with you and really map out what concerns you most. However, if plastic surgery is your best option, we’ll recommend it,” says Ashley Snellen, nurse practitioner and co-owner. Ashley and her business partner, Jamie Bryant, who is also a nurse practitioner, focus on the medical aspect of aesthetics. An aesthetician on staff takes care of client’s noninvasive skin care needs, including facials and dermaplaning. One of Avanti’s signature services is CO2 resurfacing. The CO2RE laser rebuilds the skin and forces the body to produce new tissue. The laser rejuvenates your skin in a short period of time. “We always say, ‘Give us 7-10 days of social downtime, and we’ll take 7-10 years off your skin,’” Jamie says. The controlled burn of the laser helps the body renew collagen and elastin. “It’s really good for rough texture issues, deep wrinkles, and severe sun damage,” Ashley says. The same CO2RE laser technology can be used for vaginal rejuvenation as well as for resurfacing the face, neck, and chest. While it is increasingly popular for improving women’s intimate health, including the lessening of pain during intercourse and decreasing urinary leakage, it can also do wonders for other areas of skin. For clients who don’t want to use a laser on their entire face and only wish to target certain


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Nurse Practitioners Jamie Bryant (right) and Ashley Snellen (left) own and operate Avanti Skin Center of Louisville.

areas, Avanti Skin Center offers Fraxel Restore, which can improve the appearance of acne scars and age spots. Ashley and Jamie are master injectors who are experienced in a variety of injectables, including Kybella, which permanently removes fat from the chin and jowl areas. Another popular option is Sculptra, which is a collagen stimulator that replenishes volume and is good for the temple and mid-face. Avanti Skin Center of Louisville was one of the first medical spas owned and operated by nurse practitioners in the city. In addition to changing Ashley and Jamie’s professional paths, it has been at the forefront of changing how Louisville women think about improving their appearance.


1301 Herr Ln #130 Louisville, KY 502.244.2828




f you’ve ever walked down Bardstown Road in the Highlands, you know there are hidden gems just waiting to be discovered, from galleries to restaurants to boutiques. One of those gems is BAZ and BEA, which owner Justin Keibler says “is a one-on-one specialty store at an affordable price point.” In addition to carrying stylish merchandise in the shop, BAZ and BEA works with a large number of wholesalers, which means a customer who is looking for a specific piece or style can have it ordered. While some clients love fashion and don’t require a road map, others need the guidance that Keibler, his partner Nathan Smothers, and their staff can provide.

BAZ and BEA is fusing the owners’ love of costuming and fashion with a mastery of dye to create one-ofa-kind pieces of wearable art.

Perhaps the most unique change the store has brought to the city is its handcrafted dye work. The shop’s dye work service is multifaceted. Some clients may like a certain style of clothing carried in the store but want it in a different color. Some clients have pieces they’ve bought elsewhere that they need custom dyed for a wedding or to match another item of clothing. Some clients purchase BAZ and BEA uniquely dyed merchandise. “You can have a wardrobe exactly how you want,” Keibler says.

1433 Bardstown Rd Louisville, KY 502.365.1029




or more than a quarter of a century, State Farm agent Terri Litch Waggoner has made it her mission to educate her clients about insurance, retirement, and financial stability. “I always want to help people. That’s a big deal to me. I want to help them keep what they have and realize their dreams,” she says.

Whether it is life, business, health, home, auto, or disability insurance, retirement planning, auto loans, or general banking, Terri Waggoner has the experience and the empathy to guide clients.

With her years of experience, Terri has seen both the best that can happen when insurance coverage is ample as well as the unfortunate situations when coverage is minimal or nonexistent. “I think it’s very important when people spend the amount of money they do on insurance, they understand what they’re buying and what it does. For example, in the case of a lawsuit, your insurance pays for the attorney. I work with clients to educate them on what their insurance does and what it covers,” Terri says. She calls her clients annually to review any life, health, home, or career changes that may impact their insurance needs. “We figure out a plan and work on it. Every year, we’ll add what we can,” she says.

Terri Litch Waggoner, Agent


704 Highlander Point Dr Floyds Knobs, IN 812.923.3970

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e are celebrating! We have been publishing magazines for 26 years but now are developing more ways to reach beyond our magazines. We are now Today’s Media — and we are changing how local businesses reach their customer. “It is the next step in offering our clients a full range of services,” says Cathy Zion, owner of Today’s Media. “This is all about helping businesses connect to customers. We can provide creative, cohesive messaging for our clients in digital and print products. “We have sophisticated clients who are looking for marketing solutions to connect them with their customer, and we can now help them do that — we want them to succeed,” adds Cathy, emphasizing that when a client’s business succeeds and grows, it is reason to celebrate.

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Our company’s most popular magazine, the one you are holding right now, has been leading the way by celebrating and inspiring women in this community for 26 years. “Today’s Woman’s mission is to inform, inspire, and encourage women, whether it is by seeing success or perseverance,” says Anita Oldham, editor in chief of all three of Today’s Media magazines. “We want to continue to help grow the community.”

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‘I WILL GIVE THEM A VOICE BY USING MY OWN.’ By Bella Portaro-Kueber Photo by Melissa Donald


ancer is a heck of an opponent. Luckily, there are passionate “My mission is passion driven. people like Sony Steier who are I live for [my willing to put their time, talent, and sister’s] memory energy into raising awareness, donations, and to fight the opponent that and camaraderie between survivors and has taken her life those who have lost loved ones to the and the lives of countless others: I disease. will give them Sony is a co-chair of Light The Night, a a voice by using fundraiser walk benefiting the Leukemia my own.” and Lymphoma Society. Sony’s sister lost her life to the disease when she was only 30 years old. “Tina was my everything,” Sony says. “I found my sister’s death to be devastating. She not only lost her life, but she was LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK pregnant at the same time and lost the baby before her LEARN MORE AT LIGHTTHENIGHT.ORG death.” But, Sony says, “The lifesaving research and support generated from the Light the Night event is ignited by the lights in a dark sky to remind us we’re not alone. I just wish I could have had [my sister] in my life a little longer.”


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NOTHING CANNED OR BOXED... By Ashli Findley Photo by Melissa Donald

For 74-year-old Linda Linker, a lifelong change in diet began in 1973. Her two daughters were in first and third grades at the time. The older was displaying issues with reading and writing, while the younger daughter’s issues were relegated to hearing and phonetics. Both girls also suffered from frequent ear infections.

Linda says eliminating sugar from your diet is one the of the simplest ways of improving your health.


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Although not officially diagnosed with the disorder, Linda’s daughters participated in a study on dyslexia at the University of Louisville. The study premised that the disorder may be affected by certain foods or environmental causes. To participate in the study, the girls could not eat anything that was canned, boxed, white, or contained artificial colors or preservatives. “That made it pretty difficult, trying to find the right foods to feed them,” recalls

Linda. “So it was just easier for the whole household to be on the same diet.” Once going on the new regimen, Linda noticed that the girls had a drastic improvement in learning at school, and they felt better in daily life. They also stopped getting ear infections. After the study concluded, Linda continued with the specialized diet. On both sides of her family, there’s a history of heart disease and diabetes. She credits her eating habits as a saving grace from both diseases. “The simplest thing you can do that isn’t going to cost you money or take any time is to not add sugar to anything,” Linda says. “If people did that, that would make a huge difference.”

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LIVING Beautifully By Megan M. Seckman Photos Melissa Donald


fter leaving TK Wismer’s remodeled Butchertown home, I spent the rest of my Sunday afternoon contemplating my own interior design flaws. Every inch of her space, from the ground floor pocket-doors that combine the living and dining rooms to the third floor rec room, is designed with precision. It is a showcase of good taste and cohesion. Keep reading and we think you will be inspired to update your home decor. PAGE 32 >>

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The things in TK Wismer’s home came from closeout sales, independent artists, travel, and thrifting. She also loves her design magazines and never throws them away. Many items have been repurposed, including her dining room table.

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The rug and artwork hanging behind the couple’s bed was bought from a roadside stand in Costa Rica during their honeymoon.

<< PAGE 30 TK Wismer is a freelance designer with one core belief about Living Beautifully: always leave things looking a little better than you found them. This mantra applies to every detail in her recently remodeled Butchertown Victorian, where she lives and rearranges furniture on the regular with her partner, Rob Gardner. “I believe in taking care of what you have. Our disposable culture weighs on me, so I find it particularly rewarding to repurpose items or buy secondhand where I can. Not to mention, the quality and craftsmanship of materials are often many times superior. Take that tea set,” TK says from her hand-crafted, repurposed wooden dining table. She points across the room to her buffet cabinet, “I bought that from an estate sale. This little old lady had each piece wrapped in dish towels and handed it over to me with such pride. Everytime I look at it, I think of her; she took care of it, and now it is my turn. You wouldn’t get all that from the lady at the Macy’s counter.” TK relishes in the hunt, and although her collections appear high-end, they primarily come from closeout sales, independent artists, travel, and thrifting. Despite the collection of bric-a-brac throughout the house (antique globes, books, and mirrors), each piece adds to the house’s character and never overshadows it. In her son’s bedroom, you’ll see bright white walls, surf boards, and books, but the focal point is on the room’s giant windows that overlook the trees in blossom and the industry of downtown. Until, that is, you look up: a powdery blue ceiling adds this amazing sense of calm. TK says she likes to paint ceilings and keep the walls white so that the color doesn’t become obnoxious. This blue reminded her of the painted ceilings of North Carolina porches and gives the room a soothing feel. PAGE 34 >>


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A clean open design for the bathroom.

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HOME DECOR << PAGE 32 When helping her clients design a home, she believes in letting the house set the tone. For instance, although she is drawn to chrome, pops of yellow, and the blues and greens of the ‘90s, she has chosen brass accents and muted, powdery tones to reflect her home’s turn-of-the-century history. She plays with modern details throughout to create a cohesive palette that blends the old and the new. A mid-century modern couch that she has moved all over the city resides, subdued in its minimalistic style, in her living room in order for the room’s architecture to be the focal point, not the sofa. Living beautifully for this designer also means great lighting, beautiful textiles, and scores of magazines. “I eat, breathe, and sleep design. I don’t throw away my design magazines because I know whatever trend is in now will come around again in a few years. There are no new trends, just new expressions of nostalgic looks. I am constantly editing and rearranging things, and my magazines give me inspiration.” TK says lighting is also integral to the success of a well designed home but is often neglected. “Rob and I agree on most things design. Once, he left a hotel room because it had bad lighting!” she says with a laugh. Throughout the home, the eclectic lighting (brass chandeliers, frosted glass globes, brass library lamps, wooden pendants, etc.) illuminate the craftsmanship of the handcarved wooden staircase, the exposed brick on the second floor, the remodeled kitchen with slate flooring — all products of Rob and TK’s hand. The two (along with an antique wood expert and a general contractor) converted the duplex into a single-family home. The couple did the demolition themselves, unearthing a gorgeous original staircase and exposed brick. The collection of Persian and vintage rugs throughout, artificial turf on a balcony, and the bright magenta front door celebrate playfulness and risk-taking in design, another characteristic inspired by TK’s love of design magazines and unique textiles. On the second floor, the converted second kitchen of the original duplex is now a dressing room to house TK’s collection of clothes and dresses. “I don’t even wear them [the dresses], I just like to look at the fabrics for inspiration. I don’t throw anything away.” Perhaps this is the biggest take away from my time with TK: live beautifully with what you already have. They are your precious things — relish them, move them around from time to time, then pass them on with pride.


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Carson loves playing Minecraft in his teepee.

The bright colors in her son’s bedroom keep the focal point on the large windows. She added a sense of calm by painting the ceiling blue.

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The ups and downs of Kathryn’s life in recent years have developed a deeper appreciation for the seven things she can’t live without — her “inspiration palette:” ART It’s clear that art, especially painting, has played a huge role in Kathryn’s life. Whether doing it professionally or for enjoyment, it has always been a constant. “If you’re born an artist you have to create or it’s like not breathing,” Kathryn says. THE ELEMENTS OF NATURE Kathryn spends as much time as possible outside. Her upbringing is a direct reflection of her love of the great outdoors. “I grew up near the Adirondack Mountains in a little town with a lake,” Kathryn says. “My parents were very outdoorsy so we spent all of our time outdoors.” CHARDONNAY “That’s the only alcohol I drink, and I just love it so much…It’s dry, crisp, and light. I have a favorite one, Far Niente. It’s so expensive...I can live without it because I can’t afford it, but I would say SonomaCutrer would probably be the Chardonnay I actually drink and can’t live without.” SEARCH: Kathryn Gray



or years, Kathryn Gray worked as an interior designer. Just before her life was drastically altered by the banking crisis, she had retired from interior design in order to pursue her true passion, painting. She began by teaching a few friends how to paint, and today she teaches 60 students per week at her own facility, Gray Gallery + Studio. Recently, Kathryn expanded her painting repertoire to become Louisville’s Wedding Painter. “I had a friend who had a pop-up wedding disguised as a 40th birthday party, and I live-painted the scene, and I just had so much fun doing it,” Kathryn says.


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As Louisville’s Wedding Painter, Kathryn paints live at weddings, usually capturing the reception, cake cutting, or first dance. She paints live for about two hours at the wedding. During this time, her fiancé David captures photos of the event for Kathryn to refer to. A few weeks later, she revisits the painting and adds finishing touches. Despite the difficulties Kathryn has faced in recent years, she has created a life for herself doing what she loves every day and spreading positivity everywhere she goes. “I want to try to be inspirational and encourage people to make a change if they think they need to.”

FRANCE “I love Paris. I’ve been there eight times,” Kathryn says. “[My fiancé] David and I just visited and that’s where we got engaged. He proposed right under the Eiffel Tower.” GOLDEN RETRIEVERS “Everyone who knows me knows I am the biggest dog lover ever,” Kathryn says. Golden Retrievers hold a special place in her heart. She loves their loyalty and the sense of comfort they bring her. WEDGES “Because I work on my feet a lot, but I like cute shoes, I love wedges. I have a pair of Donald Pliner and Tory Burch wedges that I live in. They’re just so easy to stand on all day.” LOCAL BUSINESSES Louisville is full of fabulous, locally-owned businesses. Owning a business herself, Kathryn likes to spread the love and support her fellow local business owners any chance she gets. Primp Style Salon, 211 Clover Lane, and Snips are a few of her favorites.

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Giver of Second Chances By Holly Hinson Photo Melissa Donald


pencerian College just celebrated its 80th commencement with a new generation of nurses and other allied health professionals. Executive Director Jan Gordon has never missed a commencement ceremony, held twice a year for the last 40 years. “What’s cool is that even after all these years, it never gets old,” Jan says. “It’s so great to see that culmination. Many times, our graduates are first-generation college grads, and the average age is 26 to 28. We have a lot of moms and parents, so it’s the whole family that graduates together. They’ve done it as a team and sacrificed along the way.” In her current role, listening and having people skills is critical to dealing with a wide variety of students from types A to Z, Jan says. “You have to be noncondemning and open with students or family members, even helicopter parents or controlling husbands,” she says. One responsibility of Jan’s position at the university is to evaluate and make decisions on academic appeals, a role that conjures up a memorable student for Jan. “I had a nursing student who was struggling academically, and I decided to give her a second chance and grant her appeal. She worked hard and graduated and two months later, she


appeared on my doorstep with her child in tow and her nursing license in hand. She had landed a good job at a local hospital. She looked at me and said, ‘Now I can provide for my daughter.’ That one incident stands out for me because I had been close to not granting her appeal. Just think how different her life might have turned out,” Jan says. On her 30th anniversary with Spencerian, the president created a scholarship in Jan’s name that she gets to award annually to a student who has her diploma and wants to seek an associate’s degree. “It’s very personal and gratifying to me,” Jan says. “I try to look at a student who has had some life struggles to overcome but still has a high GPA — that’s who I will award it to.” With her high-pressure job, Jan chooses to relax with fast cars and boats in her free time. Her flashy red Corvette convertible is her signature ride, and you can find her many weekends with her husband on their 40-foot cigarette-style speed boat. “It’s like a mini-vacation on the weekend,” Jan says. “I think it’s more important than ever for people in Kentucky to have a direct line to work. With our programs, you don’t have to wait. You can be making a good income in two years or less, and also are set up to build from there.”

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on educational paths and career trajectories,” Jan says.

Spencerian College relocated to the Dupont location in December 2017. The three separate entities — Spencerian College, Sullivan College of Technology and Design, and Sullivan University — are now merged under the Sullivan University brand.

According to Jan, another benefit for nursing students is that the bachelor’s completion program for RNs will now be available at the Dupont campus. “This is really responding to the market need, because more hospitals are pushing for nurses to have that bachelor level,” Jan says.

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For Jan, with the merger, her title has changed to Vice President, Sullivan University, Dupont Circle.

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Her Turning Point By Lucy M. Pritchett Photo Patti Hartog


ddly enough, this business woman’s Turning Point put her in a position to help other business owners reach their own turning point. As owner of Impact Sales Systems, Amy Romines serves as revenue and growth coach and business advisor to her clients. Her path to becoming an entrepreneur started when she was a young professional working for Brown-Forman. In 1994, though, her division was sold to a company in New York, and her position was eliminated. “I could have become an employee of the new company, but instead I started my own software development business and took that company on as my first client. “Over 13 years in business, my company grew by expanding existing clients, but I saw that I had to learn to be strategic and how to actually sell to create new clients. Eventually I hired a sales coach and discovered that was what I wanted to do.” She has now been advising clients for 11 years. “I had to overcome my own inner thoughts of ‘Who do you think you are that you can advise people?’ To be good at something, you just have to be better at it than the people who need your help. As I became better at what I did, the complexity of my clients evolved. As I have evolved, so has my business grown and evolved.”

Amy works mostly with solely owned, closely-held businesses and usually spends 18 to 22 months with a client. “When you get greater control over what you’re doing on a daily basis, that evolves into greater control over what you do over the months and years.”

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BOOKS AND FOLLOWS FOR BUSINESS By Keri Foy Photo Sunni Wigginton

As CEO of Mightily, a web design and digital marketing agency, Lesa Seibert is dedicated to supporting her fast-growing business.

k “Music is an escape,” says Lesa, a classically trained soprano who sang with the Louisville Orchestra. “If things are stressful or I want to mellow out the mood, music is always there, and it always works.”


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Currently, she’s reading Traction by Gino Wickman. “It’s about process and structure for your business,” says Lesa, who picked up the book after two women business owners made the recommendation. “The book’s concepts have worked really well for them. Mightily is experiencing rapid growth and has a need for putting more structure in place for the business as we grow.” On Twitter/Facebook Lesa follows Forbes Entrepreneur and Metro Startup Launcher. “Metro Startup Launcher was started by a friend who helps local entrepreneurs get funding outside venture capital,” Lesa says. SEARCH: Lesa Seibert

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Photo by Patti Hartog

EMPOWERING OTHERS By Bella Portaro-Kueber

“I want to be a role model for my daughter and for her to see women empowering one another and pursuing their dreams,” Janna says. “If someone wants to be a stay-at-home mom, I support that as well. Life is about finding our passions and encouraging one another to reach goals.” — Janna Flowers, mother of baby daughter and owner of Clique Boutique salon, which recently opened its second location in Holiday Manor Shopping Center.

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Photo by Melissa Donald

Listening to Stories By Keri Foy


nheard voices find a microphone with Shannon Woolley Allison’s theatre company, Looking for Lilith. Shannon uses her free time reading, watching, and listening to media to hone her storytelling skills, find out whose voices are the loudest, and to unwind after a day of applied theatre.

WHAT SHANNON IS LISTENING TO… • Ear Hustle, a podcast that tells stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The stories are based out of San Quentin State Prison located in California. LOOKING FOR LILITH THEATRE COMPANY’S MISSION IS TO “EXAMINE HISTORY AND TODAY FROM WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVES AND LIFT UP UNHEARD VOICES.”

• This American Life, a weekly podcast that shares people’s authentic stories based around a theme. “There are hundreds of great podcasts,” Shannon says. Her other favorites include Strangers by Lea Thau and The Heart, both found on Radiotopia.

• Louisville’s local NPR station, WFPL. “As a human being, [it’s important] to be informed of what’s going on. With my job, I also need to seek out the voices that aren’t being heard and to be aware of who is being heard. Who’s getting the microphone?”


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SEARCH: Caroline Knop


“For some women it’s about having the little black dress, but for me it’s having 10 pairs of black leggings. I wear the Champion brand sold at Target and also have leggings from Fabletics and The Gap. I am always ready to work and work out. I wear my leggings, tennis shoes, and a nice black zip up jacket or black rain jacket.”


By Lucy M. Pritchett


eet a woman who started with a singing career and now sings the praises of her clients. You would be hard-pressed to keep up with Caroline Knop, owner of Simply PR. She starts her day at 4:30am at her computer, looking for what’s going on in the city that might tie in with her clients’ needs. She reaches out to the media with pitches and angles for stories or events and then heads to The J for spin class. Spin class is her creative time. “This is my thinking time. While I’m in spin class or lifting weights I can think and come up with ideas. I’m usually at The J every morning anywhere between 6:45 and 8:15.” While some of us might want to think of taking a nap after that ambitious start to the day, not so for Caroline. “I’m constantly connecting the dots either between a client’s products or other people. If I believe in your product and you, I am go go go. PR

Living Like a Gladiator Champ

takes a lot of heart and passion, and I provide an active role. I am there with the client on interviews or at events.” Caroline says she had planned to attend The Juilliard School to study singing but that didn’t work out. She moved to Orlando and became a singing wench at a dinner theater there. She has lived in Los Angeles, New York City, and even did a short stint with Planet Hollywood in Cancun and London. In New York, she served as director of fundraising for the now closed National Shakespeare Company and then went on to become an account executive at a PR firm, which led her to starting her own company. “I love promoting people, and if I believe in you I will spend my energy doing that. I will help a client create an event and be there to help work that event. I am not just writing press releases all day, but brainstorming and connecting with people. If it makes sense, I’ll connect it.”

“Stop making excuses of why you can’t. We limit ourselves by our excuses.”

By Ashli Findley Photos by Melissa Donald


ho would’ve thought a small town girl from Hobart, Indiana, would go on to be crowned champion of the iconic TV show American Gladiators? Or that for 10 years, she would run her own educational fitness show on TV, fittingly named The Body Perfect by Cheryl? These are just glimpses of Cheryl Ann Silich’s life’s work of advocating for health and fitness while chasing one’s dreams. It was after Cheryl’s success on American Gladiator that she felt compelled to do something about childhood obesity. She put together a children’s film called Adventures in Oz — “taking kids down the yellow brick road to exercise,” she says. As one might imagine, her journey with fitness has been intertwined with eating healthy and being healthy overall. “We ingest more than just food,” the 54-year-old says. “We ingest with our eyes, our mind, our ears, and our heart. Those are the things that cause addiction, in my opinion. The most important thing I eat and ingest is truth and love.”


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Our WAY TO GO WOMAN! winners will do whatever it takes to create a thriving community. They are driven by their desire to influence others in a positive way, and aren’t satisfied with the status quo. Read about how their contributions are having a ripple effect and paving the way to success for people in our city.

The 2018 WAY TO GO WOMAN! winners are women under the age of 40 who were selected by the editorial board of Today’s Woman based on nominations from our readers. By Anna Oldham Photos by Melissa Donald Styling by Aubrey Hillis Makeup by Amber Schnobrich and Emily Roberts, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique


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LEADERSHIP Dr. Latonia Craig, 36 Director of Graduate Recruitment and Diversity Retention University of Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS) Family: Floyd Craig, Jr., husband; Hayden Lee, daughter


r. Latonia Craig believes in the following mantra: an effective leader is one who is committed to learning and listening. She lives by these mantras: A leader cannot lead if they are unwilling to follow. A good leader empowers others to be their best selves, creates opportunities for mentorship, and serves as an advocate for the underserved and underrepresented. This focus has landed her numerous leadership roles, and she has served as commissioner on the University of Louisville’s Commission of Diversity and Racial Equality and as associate director of graduate admissions and diversity recruitment. Latonia was recently promoted to director of graduate recruitment and diversity with UofL’s Retention School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies — a new level of leadership.


“I think one of my most challenging roles is my current position. I wear many hats — director, advisor, instructor, mentor, administrator, advocate, counselor, coordinator, and friend. I sometimes feel as though I am needed everywhere by everyone at the same time. Prioritizing is how I have managed. People often rave about having good time management skills, but realistically, I have learned you cannot manage/control time — 24 hours is 24 hours. Engaging in self care [health and wellness] and squad care [friends] helps me to remain clear about my purpose and contributes to my overall well-being.”


“It has been my life’s work to provide ‘access’ to the underrepresented and underserved. Students entering higher education continue to be increasingly diverse, but the presence of underrepresented minority students pursuing advanced degrees remains low. This is particularly evident at the doctoral degree level. To that end, I have increased the number of underrepresented graduate students pursuing advanced degrees through innovation and access, intentional recruitment practices, and retention support.”

MOVING FORWARD LATONIA: Blush shorts, General Eccentric, $20; silk blouse, Sassy Fox, $110; blush shoes, Sassy Fox, $25; necklace, General Eccentric, $14; earrings, General Eccentric, $9; sweater, Sassy Fox, $18.


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“Every decision, every program, every personal/career move I have made has been spiritually led. I am blessed to walk in my purpose and that God continues to shine His light in me. So my goals for the future? Continue to serve.”

“One way to exercise being your best self is learning to use the word ‘no.’ Sometimes saying ‘no’ is saying ‘yes’ to yourself.”

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WAY TO GO WOMAN! “My first supervisor, Diego Miron, had a quote on his desk that I still try to live by every day: ‘Never become so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.’ And that’s exactly what my career change enabled me to do.”

KELLY: Wrap, Kohls, $50; silk blous, Sassy Fox, $72; skort, General Eccentric, $32; earrings, General Eccentric, $9; shoes, Sassy Fox, $46.

REINVENTED Kelly Bowles, 32 Library Media Specialist, Klondike Lane Elementary School Family: Mattie Spaulding, husband; Finley and Arthur, children.


fter two years of practicing law, Kelly Bowles decided she needed a change. Not something trivial, like a new haircut or a week-long vacation — a real change. In 2014, Kelly decided to quit the law profession and make a career change. She went back to school and earned her master’s degree in library media education. Kelly now works at Klondike Lane Elementary as a library media specialist — nurturing young minds and encouraging them to reach their full potential.


“Being determined enough to switch careers after going to law school and practicing law for two years, to go back to school to earn my masters in library media education and become an elementary school teacher.”


“Working with the kids is the best part of my job. I know every student’s name in the school. In the professional world, especially in malpractice, you deal with these huge problems you can’t truly fix. With kids, the problems are things like learning to tie shoes. I can help fix that. Empowering these young people, whether it’s through a good book or working with classmates, that’s my goal — helping them become better people.”


“[I want to] raise my family and teach my students to be global citizens, working for the betterment of all people.”


“I found myself becoming a person I didn’t want to be. In order to deal with people, I felt like I had to lie, be a bully. I tried changing firms, the type of law, but still dreaded work. Changing careers for my family and my personal life was very scary — after all, I have a ton of debt toward a legal education I never intend on using again. There are days I still think, ‘What the heck did I do?’ But my overall happiness is so much better since taking the risk and making the change. You may get crazy looks from people when you tell them about the change in your life, but it’s your life, you have to live it. You have to wake up every morning and live with yourself and your decisions from the day.”


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COMMUNITY Priya Chandan, 33 Assistant Professor, University of Louisville Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine Family: Matthew Adamkin, husband


riya Chandan has a passion for community, especially when it comes to individuals with special needs. Her older brother, Ankar, who has Down syndrome, has inspired both her personal and professional goals. Priya says people with intellectual/developmental disabilities experience significant health disparities. She strives to combat this issue through her work at the University of Louisville and with community organizations.


“I serve as the project director of the National Curriculum Initiative in Developmental Medicine (NCIDM) — a five-year partnership between the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry and Special Olympics International, with resources from a cooperative agreement funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our goal is to provide training to medical students in the field of developmental medicine, which focuses on the care of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities across the lifespan.”


“I love the fantastic community organizations we have in Kentucky, including Special Olympics Kentucky and Down Syndrome Louisville. I would like to see more collaborations between community organizations and academia, as these collaborations are key to educating healthcare providers about serving patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities.”


“I recently attended the Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle, Washington, as an honored guest. It was a privilege to be a part of the experience and support athletes from Team Kentucky. I want to participate in a Special Olympics Kentucky Unified Swimming team with my brother, Ankur. I don’t think my current time is fast enough to be competitive, so I need to put in some work!”

PRIYA: Dress, Tunies, $67; shoes, Target, $29.99; earrings, Tunies, $32; necklace, Target, $14.99.

“Early on, a mentor told me that it is OK to say ‘no’ to good opportunities in order to say ‘yes’ to better opportunities that align with my mission. I have learned to become laser-focused on the goals I have set to help and serve parents of toddlers.”

ENTREPRENEURIAL Adrienne Patterson, 29 Founder of Learn With Adrienne, LLC Speech-Language Pathologist Family: Cody Patterson, husband


drienne Patterson believes you can transform mundane daily tasks into teachable moments for children. That parents can help their toddlers talk. That you can layer language skills into everyday life. That by teaching communication skills, you connect families. These beliefs, along with her entrepreneurial spirit, led Adrienne to launch her business — Learn with Adrienne.


“As a pediatric speech language pathologist, I provide speech therapy home visits for toddlers who have language delays. I consult with their parents to help put strategies in place to support their toddler’s language skills, thereby helping them become good communicators. But after a few years in the field, I noticed a recurring problem. The parents seemed to struggle once their toddler hit the ‘terrible twos.’ I noticed most parents adjusted to their toddler’s tantrums and power struggles by becoming either hyper strict or overwhelmed and discouraged. Either way, they felt disconnected from their child. I found myself answering the same questions over and over again. I wished I could clone myself. So I did. I started making YouTube videos.”


“Only through inclusive health, which is the inclusion of people with intellectual disability in mainstream health education, can we improve access to quality health care for people with intellectual disabilities.”

Adrienne’s first dive into the business world was with her online sign language courses. As a speech pathologist, Adrienne felt unqualified to launch a business. She began researching and taking online classes about business strategies and tactics. In just nine months, Adrienne’s online sign language classes enrolled over 100 students. This experience gave her the confidence and skill set to launch Learn with Adrienne — her biggest accomplishment to date. “Being able to help and serve people from all over the world through videos and classes has been rewarding,” Adrienne says. “Whenever I get an email from a student saying that my online class has changed their life, I am encouraged and it spurs me on.”


“I am currently a one-woman team, so one goal is to hire someone to edit my videos. By taking editing off my plate, I can focus on creating more videos and helping more people. I love helping and educating people around the world through my videos.”

ADRIENNE: Romper, General Eccentric, $44; tank top, A.St.Clair, $89; sweater, Charlotte Russe, $24.99; boots, Sassy Fox, $28; necklace, Kohls, $28; earrings, Kohls, $12. Today’s Woman / September 2018



“I am a big believer in setting and achieving goals. Not only does it give you a sense of accomplishment, it also gives you a metric to know if you and your company are hitting the necessary milestones to be successful.” LAUREN: Poshsquare palazzo pants, Amazon, $42; sweater, Tunies, $50; shoes, Nine West, $69; bracelets, $12.99, earrings, $7.99, and necklace, $16.99, Target.

PROFESSIONAL Lauren Brown, 31 President of Michaelis Events Family: Dan, husband; sons Benson, Eli, and Payne


s president of Michaelis Events, Lauren Brown strives to make each event as unique and special as her client. She describes her business as “one-of-a-kind” in the region, as it provides all elements — catering, design, florals, everything. With goals to continually expand her company, there is no telling where Lauren’s profession might take her.


“First and foremost, my family is my biggest accomplishment. I have an amazing and supportive husband, along with three great kids. We make a big effort to spend a lot time with them and be involved in their lives.”


“We are the only events company in Louisville and the surrounding area to offer custom event experiences using exclusively in-house services. We collaborate with our clients to tell their story — all while using our own event managers, in-house catering/bar services, design, floral, and decor teams. We even bake all of our custom cakes and desserts in-house. There is no other company in the region that produces and manages events with an internal team from start to finish.”


“The favorite part of my profession is that we are constantly creating something new. There is no routine, and very rarely are we doing the same thing twice. I am the type of individual who gets bored very quickly and always needs a new challenge. The industry gives me that. It also lets me interact with different people. On any given day, I could be working with a company out of town for a Derby floral install, a corporate client for a holiday party, a law firm for a small event in two days, and a huge company picnic that has to be pulled together in eight weeks. Everything is always different, and I never know what to expect when I start each day. It keeps things interesting.”


“Our five-year goal for the company is to expand into other major markets such as Chicago, Nashville, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati for both privately held events and for our Signature Events Series. Our Signature Events Series is a ticketed, open-to-the public event where we have created an immersive ‘magical’ experience — similar to the Harry Potter Christmas Dinner at Warner Bros. Studios. The event brings Michaelis Events’ own wizarding world, ‘Alabaster: An American Wizarding & Witchcraft School,’ to life — complete with a magic school, shops and boutiques, fashion, creature creations, food, drinks, magical history, and more.”


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


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

The Art of Breaking Free


In this exhibit Debra Lott spotlights the current #MeToo movement where she reveals pivotal moments when women break free from sexual harassment. See the exhibit between September 6 and October 20 at the Pyro Gallery. “For me this exhibit encourages victims, gives them a voice and promotes healing and hope,” says Debra Lott. “The inspirations for this series are the women breaking the silence of sexual abuse. They are the community of survivors who are in the process of healing and moving forward together.”


Shannon Cogan, WAVE3 news anchor and our 2018 Most Admired Woman winner, will be speaking at the 100 Wise Women event on September 13 at 8:30am.(


Blossom into the woman you’ve always wanted to be by attending the Bloom Conference at Northeast Christian Church September 14-15. You’ll learn about being a better leader and hear from a panel, including Cathy Zion, publisher of Today’s Media. (


Walk in the name of someone affected by ovarian cancer at the Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky’s Memorial Whisper Walk on September 15 at 8am-11am at the Douglass Hill pool. Registration starts at 7:30am. (


Help fight cancer with a big night out at American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala on September 22. Music by Linkin’ Bridge and auction. (

Helping Women 6. Impact 100SI — a group that works to empower women to transform Southern Indiana by granting $100,000 each year to a deserving organization. One hundred women from the group each give $1,000 and on September 27, they hear the finalists’ plans and vote for the organization that will be granted the money. You can join the event on September 27. ( 7. Be inspired by the story of Elizabeth Smart — the featured speaker at this year’s Women 4 Women luncheon — and help women and girls in this area on October 10 from 11:30am-1pm. The event will be at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. (


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Maybe you will get some ideas — or maybe we will find you and your goals next. FIVE THINGS SUZANNE HELD HAS CHANGED ABOUT HER LIFE

8. “I joined a gym. I’m going to take advantage of all the

classes — yoga, weights, dance. I’ve dabbled in all of it before, but this time I’m really going to kick it up a notch.”

9. “I joined St. James Church with my nephew who just

moved to town. I’m not a ‘in this box’ type of person, but the church itself is beautiful. It’s a beautiful experience.”

Story and photo by Brigid Morrissey

10. “I was in New York for 30 years before I moved to this area, and I love it. New York was never home, even though I tried to make it home. I moved to the Cherokee Triangle because I couldn’t take the noise in New York.” 11. “I’m taking art classes online. I’m just trying to engage my brain in music and art. I canceled TV.” 12. “I am learning to be more positive about myself, not believe the first thing that comes to my mind. Challenges are placed in front of you to face them.”

Finding Herself

Happy 30 Years of Changing Louisville Dr. Rebecca Terry, founder of Women First of Louisville, became a trailblazer when she helped change the landscape of women’s healthcare in Louisville. Thirty years later, her innovative approach to patient care and a strong commitment to service has contributed to the longevity of the business. She became inspired to open the business when she worked in private practice with three male doctors. Dr. Terry noticed that her patients preferred to see female doctors. “If I left to do a delivery [the patients] would sit and wait until I got back. I thought the model I was in was not working for me so I decided to form an all women’s group, and we were busy from the start,” she says.

SOME THINGS THEY CHANGED: 13. “We set it up where one doctor would do all of the deliveries and emergencies for that day so that allowed every other doctor to have a set schedule. That minimized the rescheduling,” she says.

14. Women First became one of the first practices in Louisville to do laparoscopic hysterectomies. They have expanded their in-office surgery suite to include other medical procedures.

15. They do mammograms and ultrasounds which gives patients the convenience of having all of their healthcare services done in one place.



“I lost my husband six and a half years ago. I’m trying to find who I am as a woman. This is a very new experience. I bought my own property and car for the first time, and I feel so proud of it. I look at myself now in the role that I play to keep these things in perspective, where I can be as good as I can.” — Gloria Russ


We’re searching for the people/organizations behind Louisville’s greatness — maybe you can help. Do you know an individual or organization who has contributed an impactful community gift to our city that is influencing the present and future? Nominate him or her to be featured in our December issue at DEADLINE: October 5 Today’s Woman / September 2018




SOME FITNESS CHANGES START SMALL — A STEP FORWARD 18. “I have to learn not to get upset about things I have no control over. We recently found out that our son has ADHD and, emotionally, it’s taking a toll,” says Amanda Harris.


19. Danita Burks is trying to read her Bible more and “I’ve been trying to walk more, so I bought a Fitbit. The walking helps me feel better mentally.” 20. “I’m starting to do some more exercising. I did three pushups this morning,” says Sherry Dowell, who says she is also trying “to listen more so I don’t stress as much.” 21. “I have an underactive thyroid so I’m always in search of something that will boost my metabolism and help me lose weight,” Julie Morris. “I’ve recently found a new program, Haylie Pomroy Virtual Nutritionist, and I did a program with her last summer and it worked. She came out with a new program that’s easier to follow and it’s working. I’ve lost eight pounds this week so far. It’s all about eating good food, eating often, and making shakes if you don’t have time to prepare a meal.”


Story and photos by Brigid Morrissey

“About three years ago I lost about 60 pounds. Then I had my second child and only gained the baby weight. My goal is to get back to where I was.”


“I have been trying to get up and go to bed at the same time each day. I use an app — I wake up at 7:30am and go to bed at 11pm.”


22. “I’ve been focusing on making my workouts count in an hour timeframe,” says Renee Belcher. “I’m a competitive crossfitter, and since having a baby, I’ve had to learn to maximize my time when I have it. It’s all about quality over quantity.” 23. “I’ve started cutting out carbs and dairy and eating a more plant-based, wholesome diet,” says Jen Anderson. “I feel a lot better. Before, I noticed I was very lethargic and hitting a wall at 3pm, and I knew I needed a change.”

“Renee also begins her day with the First 5 app “so I spend the first 5 minutes of my day reading the Bible.”




How TK’s Designer Style Evolved

Photo Melissa Donald

TK Wismer’s design style is inspiring. Growing up in a family that moved many times for her father’s profession, the family would have to completely design new spaces that would feel like home.


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The skills she learned growing up have aided her in her interior design career and her own home. Along with her husband, she has remodeled a building he used as an office in Butchertown and together, they have created beautiful spaces by being selective and using repurposed furniture. (Plus they love lighting!) Read more on page 30.

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The Lunch Wild Eggs

3985 Dutchmans Lane (and two other locations) M-F 6:30am-2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am-3pm


Wild Eggs offers a great variety of food options, from breakfast to brunch to lunch, including this Egg Salad Sandwich.


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ild Eggs offers an absolutely loaded menu — serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch options at all times. Yes, that means you can roll in at lunchtime and order biscuits and gravy if that’s what suits you. With such a wide variety of menu options, Wild Eggs has a plate for every palate. Craving something sweet? Opt for the delicious Strawberry Tall Cakes — buttermilk cakes, fresh strawberries, strawberry compote, whipped cream, and powdered sugar. Is salty and savory more your style? My all-time favorite is the Farmer’s Market Skillet — bell pepper, onion, zucchini, yellow squash, wild mushrooms, skillet potatoes, broccoli, oven-roasted tomatoes, melted cheddar jack cheese, two eggs (cooked to your liking), and a famous Everything Muffin on the side. I also have to recommend the fresh-squeezed orange juice. It’s a perfect complement to your breakfast meal! If you’re in the mood for the typical lunch items, choose from a large selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches. Some favorites include: POPs Poppin’ Egg Salad, An ACE of a BLT, and the Taco Salad. And if you’re ready to take this Lunch + Fun date to the next level, Wild Eggs has a phenomenal Bloody Mary and Mimosa. Go for it. Trust me.

Photo by Patti Hartog

The Fun Joseph’s Salon Essential Pedicure

3938 Dutchmans Lane Monday 9am-6pm T-Th 9am-8pm Wednesday 9am-5:30pm Friday 9am-6:30pm Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm Sunday Closed


Try a tasty cocktail such as a Bloody Mary or a Mimosa with your brunch at Wild Eggs.

fter a delicious meal at Wild Eggs, hop across the street to experience an hour of complete bliss with an Essential Pedicure from Joseph’s Salon and Spa. When you walk inside the salon, located at the corner of Dutchmans Lane and Dupont Circle, it’s impossible not to feel relaxed. The friendly receptionist will offer you a complimentary beverage before connecting you with your nail stylist. The Essential Pedicure is, as its name implies, essential for the proper maintenance and care of your feet and nails. The pedicure includes a relaxing foot and calf massage, exfoliation masque, hot towel wrap, and a polish color of your choice. As if that’s not enough to relax you, your stylist will add an aroma of your choice (Stress Fix is my favorite) to your pedicure, and you’ll also receive a heated neck wrap and hand massage ritual, all for $62 (adding aromas may cost more). I’m relaxed all over again just thinking about it. A full belly and a relaxing pedicure — sign me up!

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7 Things She Can’t Live Without...




... and why she might stop in for a visit By Emily Gahafer Photos by Patti Hartog


ickie Senn, owner of Jack Senn Plumbing, knows a little about almost any subject you throw at her, and she’ll be the first to tell you that if she doesn’t know, then someone she knows will. Whether you’re looking for a handyman for a home improvement job or a place to find a good piece of vintage furniture, Vickie is your gal. The seven things Vickie can’t live without are a perfect reflection of her personality, passions, and daily life.

1. THE BIBLE SHE RECEIVED AS A FRESHMAN IN HIGH SCHOOL “It is so written in and cross referenced. It’s been re-bound once, and it’s heavily used,” Vickie says. “If I were to lose that, it would be devastating.”

2. HER SIGNATURE OUTFIT A cotton button-up with her hair pulled back in a ponytail. She loves a good cotton shirt because of its versatility. She can wear it in the summer, and it will reflect heat while in the winter it absorbs heat and allows her the ability to layer.


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3. OLD THINGS THAT BELONGED TO SOMEONE ELSE Vickie’s home is composed of pieces from all different places, eras, and styles. Entering her home is exciting because you never know what fun new pieces she has added to her collection.

4. HER SWISS MICKEY MOUSE WATCH “Like any woman, I have a couple of pieces of jewelry that are special to me, but none as special as the watch that I got from my mother when I was 10 years old.”

5. HER 50 PHOTO ALBUMS “I am old school. I still print photos and put them in albums. The kiosk at Walgreens and I are good friends.

6. HER 2001 CHEVY SILVERADO NAMED VIRGINIA While the truck itself holds some sentiment for Vickie, it allows her to drop in to say hi to friends and family. A huge part of her life is about staying connected to the people she loves, and she would rather do so in person than via a five-minute phone call.

7. HER NETWORK OF PEOPLE “I value the network of people that I have, who I work with and who I’m friends with and who I’m mentored by. People whose council I would call on when I need to make a decision about something.”

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Story and Photo by Miranda Popp

SEARCH: Madison Ewing


ometimes our style can be influenced by those closest to us, as is the case with Madison Ewing, owner of art gallery and event space M.A.D.S Gallery and her fiance, Jason Schmidt. Madison and Jason are a pair who complement each other’s style. Madison says, “We dress each other.” She turns to him for style recommendations, and he does the same with her. It’s not that they dress to match one another, but rather encourage one another on wardrobe selections for each special occasion, whether it’s a big social event or a family dinner. They consider themselves to be “aligned with classic trends” like double-vented sports coats, A-line dresses, and classic silhouettes. Madison calls Jason, who owns Derby City Dream Cars, a “fashionista.” “Our styles have really developed over the last two years,” she says. “We are a unit. We move as a unit, dress as a unit… and now we’re getting married next spring.”

“Art in a gallery is attainable the same way great fashion and style can be attainable without spending a ton of money,” says Madison Ewing, owner of M.A.D.S. Gallery.

Why Won’t Q: “My husband will not talk to me. I come home He Talk from work to find him to the TV. He says to Me? glued he loves me, and I believe By Joyce Oglesby

he does, but he says he simply has nothing to say. I feel shut out and lonely. Is this something I can change?

JOYCE: Silence is golden, until it’s not worth a plug nickel. Were you sitting across from me, I would have to ask you, was your husband Mr. Chatty when you were developing your relationship? If this is new, then you might have cause for concern. However, if his actions have settled into a pattern, then perhaps you married the man he is today.

SEARCH: Just Ask Joyce


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Is there something you can change? Absolutely. The key is “you.” We can’t control others’ actions; we can only control our own. Settling for silence is not the ideal marriage, I’ll be the first to admit, but it keeps you married to a man who loves you. Marriage doesn’t always change people, but sometimes, neither does divorce.

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DRESS WITHOUT LIMITS By Marie Bradby Photos Melissa Donald


onest. Comfortable. Spirited. Inspired. Transcendental.” Those are the words that Sally Bird, owner of Dot Fox boutique, uses to describe her style. She is wearing denim on denim — jeans, shirt, vest — a shimmery cerulean blue scarf wrapped generously around her neck, and iridescent purple leather ankle cowboy boots. Oh, and a silver ring with a rough black Tektite stone from outer space. “I dress how I feel,” says Sally, 47. “I dress to communicate, to transcend and connect. It’s very magical. All we’re really doing here is communicating. All this (the shop contents) is secondary. We need to sell things to make money.” Friends come in and she hugs and kisses them. A woman buys one of the rare earth mineral rings that Sally has just posted on instagram a few hours before. A guitar rocker with tousled white hair, earrings, checked shirt, and a big belt dominating his tight jeans comes in to share the news of his upcoming gig in Europe. Dot Fox, which sits prominently on Bardstown Road, has eclectic clothes, vintage Pierrot-looking clowns (“They make people happy. We make sure to get the right clown to the right person. We are like the clown stork.”), books, jewelry, cowgirl/boy boots, Stetson hats, and whimsical sunglasses. Dressing people is something “intuitive,” Sally says. “A lot of people don’t know their capabilities. They are limited by social precepts — age, arms, boobs — all that stuff we are sold that serves no one. We get a grandma wearing a T-shirt and she’s the happiest she’s been in years. She’s now a revolutionary and didn’t know it,” Sally says. She shops mostly at Goodwill and Acorn, a vintage shop. Her closet system: Use all the closets in the house and add racks in the basement. For business, she pulls together a pair of cropped black culottes with white pinstripes; a boxy print top in puff, blue, pink, and lavender; her iridescent purple ankle boots; and, cat-eye sunglasses. Another easy outfit: a long Indian print peasant dress with brown knee-high cowboy boots and a man’s Stetson hat. Her go-to: a white T-shirt embroidered with ‘Just Love;” a floral kimono in pink, lavender, and blue; vintage bell bottom Levis (“5/12, orange tag”); gray hat; and dusty blue studded wedge sling-back shoes.


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When Sally Bird is getting dressed she starts by selecting a pair of jeans. Then she picks a pair of shoes, preferably cowgirl boots. Next, she picks a T-shirt. (“They go with everything, even black tie. I wear mine with pearls.”) Then a jacket. Next a scarf. A hat and armloads of Southwestern jewelry finish her attire.

SEARCH: Sally Bird


Maybe Start With Your Daily Routine (We Love Hers) Story and photo by Miranda Popp


SEARCH: Samantha Huber


amantha Huber prepares for her day to be filled with peace and positive energy. Her morning ritual begins at 6am with a trip to the gym. When she gets home, she drinks orange juice and puts on LA Pure eye masks (24K gold collagen eye masks from Amazon, 15 sets for $19.99) while she then drinks her coffee. She writes down five things she’s thankful for in her ITF (I’m Thankful For) journal. Samantha says that gratitude has changed her entire life. The final part of her morning routine involves yoga after journaling. She lights two candles in the room. Then she does three sun salutations, sits or lies in a child’s pose for five breaths, and finishes with meditation for five to 10 minutes with a lengthy spine, focusing on her breathing. She then heads to her job as general manager of Neatbeat to implement the concept Positively Impacting People, teaching the 25 artists in the salon that through their own perspectives, attitudes, and behaviors, they have the power to change people through the experiences they have in their chairs.

OTHER PRODUCTS SHE LOVES • Dr. Bronner’s Castile Lavender Soap ($11.99 at Kroger). • Obagi ZO face cleanser (available at CaloSpa). • Lalogy moisturizer in Sunkissed •M akeup: Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation (found at Sephora), a Morphe Eyeshadow Palette, Nars lipstick in the shade of Kelly and NYX setting powder.

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A Designer’s Work Wardrobe By Marie Bradby Photo Sunni Wigginton

Interior designer Libby Rush, vice president for residential interior design for the design house Bittners, often fuzes her design style with her clothing style. “I gravitate toward interior design that is classic in style, but eclectic — infused with color and interest,” she says. “It could be contemporary art. So I guess my dressing style is very much like that.” FOUNDATION: “Skinny jeans that are dark or black or olive green — something without a lot of print,” Libby says. “My style is derived from [the need for] comfort, because I am running around pretty much all day, every day.” FOR BUSY DAYS: White jeans with a cinnamon sleeveless top, a long tassel necklace with pale blue beads, tassel earrings, and taupe strappy wedge sandals with frayed edges. FORMAL DAYS: A milk chocolate, sleeveless safari dress with multiple strands of pearls adorning the V-neckline. FAVORITE SPOTS TO SHOP: “I shop at Rodes and Circe,” Libby says, “and with (stylist) Patty Browning, who was with Worth; now she’s at Carlisle. I will pop into Liv Boutique. I build seasonally. I’m not an online shopper; I’m all about supporting local businesses.”



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Today’s Woman / September 2018


Try a Charcuterie Board

Story and Photos by Paige Rhodes


s there anything better than a late summer charcuterie and veggie board snack? These easy cheese and veggie boards are perfect for a picnic in the park or a poolside date night. Creating the perfect appetizer board is all about the balance and pairing of ingredients. • For a traditional charcuterie board, you’ll want three to five cheeses, roughly two ounces per person. Try to go for a variety of cheese textures and flavors, like a soft brie, semi-soft gouda, and a hard manchego. • Add two to five cured slices of meat, like chorizo or mortadella, fresh and dried fruits, and nuts. • You’ll need a variety of crackers for serving and a dish of salty olives. (Be sure to sit out an empty dish for the pits!)


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Cheese and Charcuterie Board Prep Time: 10 mins Serves: 6

Ingredients 8 ounces double crème brie 2 cups red grapes 1 cup dried apricots 1/2 cup kalamata olives 1/2 cup roasted cashews 4 ounces prosciutto 4 ounces salami 1/2 cup orange slices 2 ounces white cheddar 2 ounces Colby Jack Assortment of crackers Fresh herbs for garnish Instructions Arrange all the ingredients on a tray or cutting board. Serve cold.

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