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rom journaling on notecards to essays to a published book at the age of 9, Louisville’s own Prisha Hedau chronicled the past year in hopes of helping young people through these unusual and often challenging times. Prisha was inspired to write her book, Pandemic 2020: A 9 Year Old’s Perspective - Practical Tips for Online School, Hobbies, and Healthy Habits during COVID-19, from watching the news and daily updates from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear. “I began writing notecards because I knew this was a once in a lifetime event, and I wanted to remember what I did on a daily basis,” says Prisha. Her parents, Raj and Rachana, encouraged her to turn the notes into essays. “So I sat at the dining table and just started writing.” Those essays then became chapters.

Hi readers! I’m Prisha from Louisville, Kentucky. I am your author for this book. These are challenging times. This is a different book, and a different story - that’s why it’s unique. I’m sure that a whole new perspective will be shown. At the 41st Annual Conference on February 23, the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education named Prisha Hedau the 2020-2021 KAGE Distinguished Student, “In recognition of distinguished achievement in academics, leadership, and the arts and contributions to her community at a level beyond which is expected of her age group.” She is the first JCPS student in 21 years to receive the prestigious award. To learn more about Prisha, visit prishahedau. com, follow @Prisha Hedau_Official on Facebook, and @prishahedau_official on Instagram. Her book is available through Amazon and BookBaby.

“I never realized until writing that I would be able to put my perspective, emotions, feelings, and thought processes into a book,” explains Prisha. But the writing process was not always easy. “Now, I will respect every single book I read. I realize the effort the author and illustrator put into their work.” Her favorite author is J.K. Rowling, and her favorite book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Prisha first checked the books out from the school library, then saw all the movies and acquired her own copies. She enjoys comics as well. Now ten years old, Prisha reflects on her recent struggles. “We are not socializing as much as we used to. We are not in school. We aren’t spending time with our friends. We can’t travel the world.” But Prisha found that if she made herself a schedule every day and stuck to it, her routines helped her feel better. “If I forgot, my day would go lopsided.” In managing her online schooling, Prisha developed tips she found helpful and brainstormed ideas to produce more. As

for the rest of her time, Prisha tried to maintain a positive attitude with the mantra, “I am happy that I am safe at home.” In addition to state and national rankings in Chess and Math Kangaroo competitions, she fills after-school hours and weekends with painting, dance, and some time outdoors. Prisha picked up painting in the past year because she found it calming. She has been dancing in different styles and swimming since age 4. Following her book’s publication, Prisha also had a plan for the proceeds from her book sales. She split the money into three areas: her education fund, fun activities for celebrating the book release, and helping people in need. Through her contributions to Dare to Care Food Bank, Prisha provided 1050 Thanksgiving meals and 1000 meals at Christmas time. She also donated $500 to the Team Kentucky Fund. Prisha plans to spend 2021 “developing ideas” for future projects. She is already well-represented on multiple social media platforms (with her parents’ careful supervision) and creates self-choreographed dance routines for her TikTok and YouTube channel. Prisha loves technology and even developed her own website. Beyond this year, she is careful not to limit her choices. “Your personality changes as you get older. But my favorite subjects in school are math, technology, and social studies.” Whatever she decides, Prisha has strong role models, such as her parents and Michelle Obama, to help shape her future vision. “I learn what I can from them and then take that and add it to myself.” Prisha is also inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris and a quote from her election victory speech, “I may be the first, but won’t be the last.” Prisha also looks up to Indian actresses and music artists Madhuri Dixit and Priyanka Chopra for their artistry and activism. Prisha was recently certified by India’s World Records Foundation as “Youngest Girl Author to Publish a First Non-Fiction Book on Pandemic 2020.”

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Author Hallie Lee Unveils Debut Novel, Paint Me Fearless About Hallie Lee MY MAMA


omeday it will happen,” she said over and over, like a mantra. Her words, always delivered with certainty and faith, sometimes made me think she could make my dreams come true through sheer will alone. A voracious reader, and a gifted storyteller, my mom introduced me to books as a kid. She’d share lively, animated stories about the novels she read, and could weave a tale about Henry VIII that would impress even the most fervent Wolf Hall fan. I knew at an early age I wanted to be a writer. Possibly because I sought my mama’s approval, but ultimately because I loved the idea of evoking that kind of emotion in people. Naturally, my mom encouraged my passion. Armed with an IBM typewriter, and fueled by her careful and constructive criticism, I began submitting stories to any magazine that accepted unsolicited manuscripts. With every small victory she cheered, and with every rejection she reminded me that my someday would eventually come. She maintained that conviction, even when my journey took me far away from her…from Small Town, Louisiana to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Santa Fe is where I really honed my writing skills. The exposure to such a creative movie making community gave me the opportunity to attend many writing conferences and classes.

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As my screenplays were recognized with placements and awards in various contests, I had the chance to take a course with Emmy Award winning screenwriter Kirk Ellis. Beyond that, producer Ronnie Clemmer (A League of Their Own) saw something in me he wanted to mentor. His tutelage and insight made me a better, more mature writer. “I knew it,” Mama insisted with each new stage in my growth. “You’ve got what it takes. Just don’t give up.” But in 2015, my life changed with two significant events. My husband and I moved to Lexington, Kentucky. And my mama, my biggest advocate, and my most enthusiastic champion, passed away.

MY FAITH I didn’t write for two years after my mom died. I had plenty of excuses. Trying to settle into a new state. Trying to support my husband in his new job. Trying to acquire a taste for horses and bourbon. (I succeeded in the first, but not the latter.) Finally, feeling bereft when our daughter returned to Baylor after spending the summer in Lexington, I thought another seat at the keyboard might help. If nothing else, writing might assuage the loneliness. Honestly, it wasn’t a great screenplay, but what really crushed me, was typing FADE OUT upon completion… and realizing my mama would never read it. To heck with someday, I decided. Time to quit the silly dreams and get on with my life. Sometime after tossing in the towel, we visited Southland Christian Church in Nicholasville. Not to sound cliche, but becoming a member of the Southland community turned out to be the catalyst to my eventual healing. I didn’t make an immediate, mad dash to my computer afterward, nor did my grief suddenly vanish, but what did happen was a steady, deep growth in my faith, nurtured

every Sunday by an inspirational teaching from a refreshing, relatable pastor. Quite simply, this church, these pastors, and this community, rekindled my sense of hope. God’s timing truly IS divine, because just when I needed it the most, I began to feel less afraid, less alone, and less heartbroken. I also grew more courageous, more optimistic, and more...fearless. Finally, I felt strong enough to take another seat at the keyboard. To try…one last time. Paint Me Fearless is the result. And with it, The Shady Gully Series was born. Turns out my mama was right…and my someday was at hand.

MY HOPE The headline on my press release reads: “Novelist explores themes of Faith & Lies; Betrayal & Redemption; and the Unfathomable Value of Friendship When Everything Falls Apart.” While humbled by my publisher’s description of my work, I think the theme of Paint Me Fearless is as old as time. It’s about our need for acceptance. Our yearning for approval. Why do we fall short? Why aren’t we enough? The protagonists in the story, Desi and Robin, carry their insecurities into adulthood—both those they inherited and the ones they nurtured and bloomed all by themselves. The insidious effect of self-condemnation shapes their decisions, alters their lives, and eventually, pits them against one another. My hope is that Desi and Robin’s journey inspires readers, and that they come away with the strength to overcome the lies the devil tells them about themselves. Fear, shame, and regret can steal our lives, and my biggest triumph would be for readers to get to the last page and exclaim, “No more!” 

EXCERPT FROM Paint Me Fearless It’s the spring before high school and DESIREE and ROBIN have little in common. DESI, having moved to Shady Gully from Albuquerque, is miserable as she tries to adjust to small town life, while ROBIN, forever doomed at the "bottom of the popularity pyramid" is terrified she’ll never measure up. When Desi is introduced in class, Robin hates her on sight, but fate draws these two alienated girls to one another, and together they overcome mean girls, weight

hang-ups, and disturbing family dynamics. Their bond stands the test of time, even as their paths diverge and they raise families of their own, but when a shocking betrayal ignites old insecurities, the layers of their friendship begin to unravel. As they confront the lies that ravaged their lives, they finally learn that the world’s prizes—beauty, recognition, and approval—are fleeting. And with that truth they find the freedom to live unashamed. And unafraid. TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2021 19


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HEATHER FRENCH HENRY Miss America 2000, Former Commissioner, Philanthropist




020 was the 20th anniversary of Heather French Henry’s Miss America 2000 reign. 2021 is the 100th anniversary of Miss America and the first year since World War II without a Miss America pageant. Though these times are not unfolding as she might have hoped, Heather reflects and regroups around the people and causes that matter most to her. “All the different realms of your life come together in one space that you live in constantly.”

kitchen table. Harper is a sophomore at the University of Louisville and Taylor is a senior at Atherton High School and the reigning Miss Bardstown 2021. In the ages of social media and COVID, Heather emphasizes the importance of maintaining “sincere connections” and understanding the difference between “followers versus real friends.”

“As I look back on my career over the past 20 years, I think of the women who inspired me to get to where I am. I want my daughters to build that kind of village around them.” At the top of Heather’s list is her mother Diana, a military wife who held the household together throughout her husband’s military service and beyond. Heather’s high school art teacher Wanda Felice and college thesis advisor Margie Volker-Ferrier at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning encouraged her fashion design passion. In her pageant days, Heather relied on the Miss Kentucky Executive Director and chaperones. “The Miss America Foundation helps you soar.”

Well-known as a former Miss America and the only woman to serve as Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, Heather has traded in her crown for many hats! She is a fashion designer with three evening wear lines in over 150 retailers nationwide and owner/operator of Rose Hill Boutique - Heather and Steve, a prostate cancer survivor, founded Kentucky Prostate Cancer Coalition, which 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baptist Health Louisville #1 in the region for the eighth time, and offers free screenings at the State Fair. The Heather and her husband, former Kentist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm Henrys established the nonprofit Rosemary tucky Lieutenant Governor and orthopedic air, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement and knee Clooney Museum ( in surgeon Steve Henry, were accustomed to acement. Floyd received accolades in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure.Augusta, We would Kentucky, like to extend and home to the beloved working from home at least part-time. Their gratitude and congratulations to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible.White To learnChristmas more about our Collection. A portion of the two daughters have now set up shop at the


proceeds of Heather’s handcrafted White Christmas ornaments (heatherfrenchhenry. com/ornaments) benefits the museum. Following her commitments to natural and historic preservation, Heather assists Steve with the Future Fund Land Trust (, and in 2018 the couple received the Bittners Award presented by Whitehall. As a proud member of The Woman’s Club of Louisville and The Fillies®, and in her affiliation with Brielle Cotterman’s media training and strategy group for entrepreneurs, Heather seeks to “spread influence, get influence, and be fed by associations with other women. Women need to help each other build empowerment to tell our stories and tell them loudly!” Someday, Heather will resume her demanding schedule of in-person appearances, speaking engagements, and emcee/hosting duties. In the meantime, she is “grateful for the experience of being home,” with the two powerful young women plotting bright, meaningful futures of their own - at the kitchen table. Visit and follow @heatherfrenchhenry on Instagram.

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life+style has been selected to chair the 2022 Go Red for Women Event in Louisville. “I am passionate about this cause because it focuses on raising awareness for women’s heart issues, closing the gender gap in research and STEM careers, and addressing inequities in access to care and treatment.” She is also a 2021 Health Enterprises Network Fellow and member of Greater Louisville, Inc.’s Business Council to End Racism.

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GRETCHEN LEITERMAN Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Health Louisville


ith over thirty years of experience as a healthcare administrator and in her current role as COO of Baptist Health Louisville, Gretchen Leiterman continues to be a leader in the industry. “Women have struggled for representation and, I believe, developed strong skills as a result. Because of the many different roles we have in our personal, family, spiritual and professional lives, we have learned the power of collaboration and how to get things done.” Gretchen was born and raised in Chicago and graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. Her first job was as an admissions counselor for a large Chicago nursing home. “I learned so much about people, medicine, finances, and contracting in that job. Never underestimate how much you can learn from an entry-level position.” Gretchen moved to Louisville nearly two years ago for her position with Baptist Health. “I’m excited for post-pandemic opportunities to get more connected in Louisville. My first six months in Louisville were a joy. The city surprised me in so many positive ways. And then the pandemic hit, which ended many of the venues for connection I was beginning to develop.” After twenty years as a volunteer for the American Heart Association, Gretchen 26 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2021

Gretchen’s mother, who died of Alzheimer’s Disease at only 59, is her greatest inspiration. “My dad is second, but don’t tell him that.” Her mother raised her to believe she could do anything she put her mind to and was “a strong feminist and advocate for equal rights.” According to Gretchen, “She was also an amazing mother who made everyone feel important and connected.” She provided Gretchen the great life lesson of never taking the good things in life for granted. A more recent inspiration is the life and work of Mother Mary Odilia Berger, who immigrated from Germany in 1872 in pursuit of religious freedom. After learning her story and working in the organization she created, Gretchen has a picture of her on her office wall. “My hardest days are likely nothing compared to her experiences.” This past year Gretchen has observed humanity and “our ability to adapt, adjust, and support each other in the face of huge challenges. The pandemic has defined the work I’ve done this year and is further evidence that when we work together as a team, we can make changes and improvements faster than we ever thought possible. One of the greatest joys I’ve had this year is working with my team to set up the vaccine clinic at Baptist Health Louisville. It’s bringing hope to all of us.” The power of motherhood also had an impact on Gretchen in 2020. “Watching Tamika BAPTISTPalmer HEALTH stand LOUISVILLE up after the tragedy of losing her daughter to inspire change has been incredible. Her calm and determined demeanor to do what’s right no matter how hard is overwhelming. The same could be said of Wanda Cooper-Jones and countless others.”

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enuine caring and concern shine through as Dr. Rebecca McFarland For Spring 2021, Gretchen looks forlooks back on the last twelve months. “This ward to the future. “It’s an exciting time was a challenging year for a lot of people. to be at Baptist Health.” In addition to Getting through 2020 and now into 2021 caring for many COVID-19 patients over has required perseverance in adversity. I the past year, “We’ve completely renohave talked with patients and colleagues vated our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, For 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baptist Healthwho Louisville #1 had in thesome region for thecult eighthtimes.” time, andAs a have diffi nearly doubling the space for our tiniest Baptist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm cardiologist with Baptist Health Medical patients, and are beginning a comprehenrepair, aortic valve surgery, bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement andtoo kneewell Group, Dr. McFarland knows all sive renovation of ourheart mother/baby units. the effect stress have on like ourto hearts Floyd in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heartcan failure. We would extend Inreplacement. addition, wereceived are accolades investing over $80 and overall health and well-being. our gratitude and congratulations to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our million in a multi-year expansion project


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Dr. McFarland is a general adult cardiovascular specialist with particular interests in congestive heart failure and cardiovascular imaging, including nuclear imaging, echocardiography, and cardiac CT imaging. The new technology, medications, and treatments in these fields are emerging almost weekly. “Taking on these areas of expertise provides a challenge professionally,” says Dr. McFarland, “But it is stimulating to learn and grow in a field.” As a medical doctor, wife, and mother of six children, Dr. McFarland stays very busy at work and home. “My husband helps me hold it all together. I couldn’t do it without him.” Despite what would be an already demanding schedule, she enjoys giving back to the community. Dr. McFarland works on initiatives to reduce cardiovascular disease and promote healthy lifestyles. She volunteers her time and expertise to Have a Heart Clinic in downtown Louisville and Hope Health Clinic in LaGrange. These clinics provide free and reduced-cost cardiovascular care for the underserved, who

are often disproportionately affected by cardiovascular disease. “There is a significant mortality difference between eastern and western Jefferson County.” Dr. McFarland’s friend and colleague Dr. Michael Imburgia retired from his cardiology practice in 2020 to develop the Have a Heart clinic full-time, along with his wife Sandy(RN) and their friend Susan Dillon, FASE RDCS. In her regular practice, Dr. McFarland is trying to make sure people are regularly seen for cardiac care, whether through in-person care or Telehealth. She tries to ease patients’ fears and assure them that the clinical space is a safe, clean, quarantined environment. In terms of the leading causes of death in the United States, “Cardiovascular disease still has the highest annual mortality,” says Dr. McFarland, “so it’s crucial to not put off concerning symptoms even during COVID.” If 2020 taught us anything, it is that our mental health also needs attention and focus. In many ways, “We’re all in the same boat,” according to Dr. McFarland.




oming from humble beginnings, Milly Martin is on to big things. "I don't think of the challenges that African Americans face as being based on race," she says. "They are more to do with the class structure. In order to get ahead, we need to all work towards changing paradigms. It's a time where everyone wants to make a difference but perhaps doesn't quite know what they need to do to get there. That's where I come in. If you're a business owner or hold a high position in a company that wants to do the right thing to combat systemic racism within your company, I'm here to help get you where you need to be. I can make sure that you and your company have a good connection in the community and know your audience, and that you are building respect, creating community support, and building a real database of research into what you want to do, to get us all on the same page."

BEING CENTERED ON YOU Milly is a Diversity and Inclusion ReMILLY BRINGS OUT THE BEST INsearcher. US.She founded Milly on the Watch


to partner with various institutions and create greater diversity andaortic support in their ranks. Through tist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aneurysm a lot of dedication and hard work, Milly air, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement and knee has overcome adversity and keeps makacement. Floyd received accolades in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure. We would like to extend ing a difference. "I grew up poor, and the

to 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baptist Health Louisville #1 in the region forcorporations the eighth time, and

Founder, Milly onto thethe gratitude and congratulations physicians,Watch staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our

“You can easily become overwhelmed and need support. It is okay to feel weak and fatigued, but don’t let it define you. I also rely on my faith in God for strength as well as those around me.” Dr. McFarland finds inspiration in her favorite book, The Hiding Place on the life of Corrie ten Boom. “She was ornery and stubborn like me, but she was devoted to God’s calling for her, and she would not give up.” Some other inspirations are missionary to China Gladys Aylward and Dr. McFarland’s grandmothers, who taught her to trust her calling and have “a positive outlook and derive energy and power from challenges.” During her workdays, Dr. McFarland feels fortunate to have such a great practice that is “encouraging, collegial, and makes work fulfilling. My staff and colleagues care about what they’re doing and bring joy to work.” Visit and follow @BaptistHealthLouisville on Facebook and @BHLouisville on Twitter for more information.

circumstances I encountered are far from unique," she says. "I'm part of a very common lived experience." Even from having odds stacked against her, Milly has persevered. She attributes much of that to help along the way, and support from people like entrepreneur, social activist, and GEDDI founder Tawana Bain, whom she considers a great mentor. "Tawana saw something in me and has helped me to succeed," Milly says. "There's no substitute for doing the work or putting in the time, but she showed me how to apply myself and become better articulated." Milly hopes that within five years, hers will be the go-to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Company for organizations not just here in Louisville but outside of our city as well. "I would like to see this expand throughout the country," she says. "I would like to see opportunities created for there to be more executives than entrepreneurs in the Black community, creating a system where we can go to school early for realistic goals of holding the same kind of influence we've seen people outside of us acquire and hold. I feel that this is what I was destined to do, and I will never stop because this work is just too important."

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life+style started at the age of 37. Now 74, she continues her work to help other teachers, mentors, and coaches determine “how to help young people determine their potential.” In 2003, she began developing the Discover My Potential tool to “help young people realize their unique qualities and empower them to use those to reach their full potential. For young people to learn, they need to understand themselves, be better understood by others, and understand each other.” The further-developed Atlyss Operating Style Assessment now takes 15 minutes to complete and results in a detailed profile. “Atlyss’ mission is to improve the understanding of the unique operational qualities of individuals for their own benefit, as well as for others with whom they interact.”

SHERLEEN SISNEY Teacher; Developer, “Discover My Potential” Tool


nce a teacher, always a teacher. Former Ballard High School social studies teacher Sherleen Sisney reached what many would consider the pinnacle of their career when she accepted the 1984 National Teacher of the Year award from Ronald Reagan in the rose garden. Forty-five of her former and current students made the trip to DC to attend the ceremony. Ballard High School’s principal had nominated Sherleen. “I didn’t know it had national implications until I was already one of four finalists.” In many ways, Sherleen was just getting

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“Effective communication is a critical element in developing and sustaining strong, productive relationships,” explains Sherleen. The nonprofit Shara’s Hope Foundation, a memorial to Sherleen’s daughter Shara, continues the work that Shara had begun with her mother. In Shara’s words, “As I have gained in knowledge and experience in the classroom and had the opportunity to work closely with talented educators, I have observed that the most effective learning environments are those in which the educator focuses first on cultivating a positive relationship with his or her students. After establishing an open and honest rapport that makes the student feel important and loved, the educator can then begin meaningful instruction.” Sherleen is inspired in her work by many of her teachers and mentors over the years. She recalls Dr. Jack Morgan, founder of the Center for Economic Education at the University of Louisville, who “challenged me to do what I didn’t think I could do.” Ann Rankin encouraged Sherleen to become BAPTIST HEALTH LOUISVILLE Scholars involved with the Governor’s Program and the Junior League of Louisville and “taught me that I needed to have courage.” Another mentor was educator Bettie Johnson, who now has a U of L Dorm named for her, sitting on land of a school Bettie could not attend due to her race.

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Ms. Plus America 2014; Mentor, BEING ON of YOU But Sherleen is also focusedCENTERED on the fuFriends Nicole


ture. Three young ladies, all former students, visited one day. As she marveled at ith a gift for bringing people totheir successes, Sherleen thought about gether, Nicole Hayden is creating her own legacy and that of her daughter grow and For 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baptist Healthopportunities Louisville #1 in thetoregion forpersonally the eighth time, andproand her friends. “It is exciting for me to fessionally for herself and others every Baptist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm see what young women are doing today. day. "I want to be a friend to everyone," surgery, heart in bypass cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement and knee I repair, have aortic beenvalve very blessed mysurgery, life. Iheart amfailure, colon she says. "I believe that if we move with a replacement. received accolades in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure. We would like to extend grateful forFloyd all the great students, and not purpose and act unapologetically, dreams our gratitude and to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our necessarily thecongratulations highest achievers.” and goals can become a reality." Nicole is


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on a mission to educate and inspire women to own their confidence, be a voice to the voiceless, provide mentorship, and inspire a future generation of leaders.

something that she had to do. "In the end, after losing my mom, I was given a gift," she says. "Her last lesson to me was to let people know I was here, to make a difference somehow. To ask the question of myself- when my time comes, what legacy will I leave behind? I knew that this could be my way."

Nicole was crowned Ms. Plus America in 2014. Since then, she has been featured nationally in media such as TLC and USA Today as an inspiring motivational speaker and serial entrepreneur. The city of Louisville honored her with her very own day (July 20th). She paid that notoriety forward, using the attention to create the successful #500FreeHugs Campaign. The initiative brought people together from different walks of life and socioeconomic backgrounds, emphasizing the things we all have in common- a need to be loved, recognized, and considered fellow humans in a shared experience. Nicole is known for being very approachable, easy to recognize while out and about, as well as her tremendous sense of empathy. That's all part of how her organization was born. "I started Friends of Nicole as a way to spread a positive outlook," she says. "I find inspiration in people. Anywhere there are people, that’s where my work begins. I live for the people, love the people, connect people with people so that we can build-up and be better together." Providing mentorship is another great passion of Nicole's. "I want to help college-age girls and students build into womanhood," she says. "My vision is to build a generation of confident women throughout the world by encouraging them to find their fitness, honor their curves, and embrace positive self-image and self-love." Towards that end, Nicole founded the 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative, Inc. It's a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to empowering youth BAPTIST HEALTH BAPTIST HEALTH through partnerships via mentorship with LOUISVILLE FLOYD professionals and community leaders.

VICTORIA RUSSELL Chief of Diversity, and Inclusion Officer; Beam Suntory


ictoria Russell isn't on a career path as much as a journey of self-reflection and discovery. Her work and her personal life are inexorably linked. "I lost my mom to cancer in May of 2018, the week of Mother's Day," she recalls. "I've gotten past mourning and into just celebrating her life at this point. She was a teacher at Barret Traditional Middle School. At her funeral, no one talked about the car she drove or the clothes she wore. It was all about her influence on people. The way they felt and continue to feel about her, the impact that she had on their lives."

To say that 2020 was a challenging year for Louisville would be a vast understatement, but Nicole is dedicated to helping to rebuild and reshape the city she grew up in and loves. She uses her naturally tremendous skills as an ambassador of kindness to create a greater sense of understanding. "I believe in active listening and the importance of transparency," she In July of that year, Victoria was ofsays. "Now is a time to act passionately but fered the role of Chief of Diversity, EquialsoReport strategically, and to do Louisville that, we 2020-21, U.S. News & World has ranked Baptist Health #1 have in the region forty, theand eighthInclusion time, and at Papa John's. She had to be willing to learn from each other." been with company for over a decade, tist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aorticthat aneurysm working and in knee various Marketing positions. connect Nicole, can visitCOPD, hip replacement air, aortic valve surgery, heartTo bypass surgery, with heart failure, colonyou cancer surgery, knew and 5050menacement. Floyd received accolades in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure.She We would liketaking to extendon this new job would be a challenge. She also knew that it was gratitude and congratulations to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our


Victoria served as a guide through a difficult time for Papa John's and helped that brand turn controversy into opportunity, turning a negative into a positive picture of community outreach and progressive impact. When that company relocated to Atlanta, Victoria was offered a position doing similar work for Beam Suntory. "I wanted to remain here in Louisville at a time when this work seems especially important," says Victoria. "Everyone at Beam Suntory understands that beyond just being the right thing to do, inclusivity is a business imperative. Besides that, I have a love for the Spirits Industry, and Beam Suntory’s portfolio contains premium brands that I'm already a fan of!" There is an analogy that Victoria uses that, once heard, is not forgotten. "For any organization moving from being mindful about diversity, to putting inclusion in action, to creating a true sense of belongingdiversity is a bit like being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance, but belonging is involvement in selecting the playlist," she says. "Making this a priority can drive business results. It creates a better, stronger, more engaged, and more innovative workforce. Living the values that you say you have creates stronger sentiments in the public eye. For new generations, it's about the heart, it's about communities, it's about people. Not just a checkbox, but making people feel that they belong. That's what I'm working towards. We can all work together for a better tomorrow, find ways to come together, find spaces to share and collaborate. Those spaces are where you will find me. That's where I want my legacy to reside."

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REV. DR. JAMESETTA FERGUSON Pastor, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ; President & CEO, Molo Village CDC


ith nearly breathless excitement, the Reverend Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson conveys the story of her dedication to her religious vocation and community involvement. Time seems to fly as she shares the progress of her church, St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, and Molo Village Community Development Corporation. “The Russell neighborhood and the West End have suffered for years from disinvestment. But now investors are willing to take a risk and make a difference in Black wealth and West End quality of life - financially, in education, and health.” Dr. Ferguson has been pastoring at St. Peter’s UCC since 2006 and is President & CEO of Molo Village CDC. She is a graduate of Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, received a Master of Education at the University of Louisville and a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Dr. Ferguson has worked in banking and was a Practice Manager and Business Administrator for the University of Louisville School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for 30 years. Molo Village CDC was formed in 2011 “so that the church could increase capacity, financially and numerically. Then Molo Village separated from the church as we grew.” Molo means “welcome” in the South African dialect Xhosa. It was there that Dr. Ferguson spent a mission trip working on HIV/AIDS and race reconciliation. She realized in her work at St. Peter’s UCC that they “needed to do ministry and mission differently. We were not as creative as we needed to be. We were missing the economic piece - the ability to bring economic development to the community.”

In 2014 Dr. Ferguson was selected to the Leadership Louisville Center’s Bingham Fellows Class and participated in the reimagining of 9th Street and Beecher revitalization. “We talked to community members and stakeholders about their wants and desires and got a real-life view of what people were dealing with. Not only were they not getting what they needed, but they were also being ignored.” Because the St. Peters UCC historic church was falling in disrepair, the church congregation relocated to a store-front not too far from Beecher Terrace. The $3 million price tag for repairs seemed insurmountable until the United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund offered a program called Partners in Vision, created to convert brick-and-mortar urban churches into an economic development project for ministry and mission. The United Church of Christ Church Building and Loan Fund (CB&LF), UCC Cornerstone Fund, MBS Urban Initiatives CDE, Gheens Foundation, James Graham Brown Foundation, city of Louisville, and a dedicated team of development professionals, neighborhood residents, small businesses, nonprofits, and entrepreneurs embraced our vision and worked towards making it a reality. The all-women consulting team with Aim Development along with Forty & One helped determine how to develop the building and sell the project with the potential to bring $25 million andBAPTIST 125 jobs back into HEALTH the Russell community. LOUISVILLE A 5-phase plan to relocate in 2014 and $7.8 million to make it happen became a reality.

Ferguson. “Investment in the area makes a difference in roads, schools, and time for the people who live there.” Dr. Ferguson watched her 94-year-old mother work all her life as she taught her daughter the importance of education, giving back, and being persistent. “Women’s voices matter, like their voices in the marches for Breonna Taylor and social injustice. As an election officer, I saw the women driving people to the polls BAPTIST HEALTH and working the polls. I volunteer at the FLOYD Broadbent vaccination site, and 90% of the volunteers are women. Women are a key part of the church. As a pastor in the Southern Baptist community, it has been a difficult journey to claim my voice in ministry and mission, break down barriers, and prove I am capable in all arenas - business and spiritual. We are nurturers, caretakers, and advocates - women in the forefront trying to make a difference.”

The Village @ West Jefferson, a Molo Village CDC project, “is a new 30,000 square-foot two-story mixed-use retail and office development in the historic Russell neighborhood,” was due to open last month at 100% pre-lease. Confirmed tenants include Molo Village CDC, Sponsor 4 Success, Park Community Credit Visit and follow @ Union, AMPED, Ohio Valley Educational @jamesetta.ferguson For 2020-21, U.S.G. News & WorldRealty Report has ranked Baptist HealthMOLOCDC Louisville #1 in and the region for the eighth time, and on Cooperative, Starks Co./LeverFacebook. information on St. Baptist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville ratings inFor eight more areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm age Property Management, an offiearned ce ofhigh performing Peter’s United Church of Christ, visit Louisville Metro Housing Authority, and repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement and knee and follow @Stpetersucmore to beFloyd announced. Theinproject has replacement. received accolades three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure. We would like to extend clou on Facebook.  exceeded wildest dreams,” says Dr. our gratitudeour and congratulations to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our


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BEING CENTERED ON YOU BRINGS OUT THE BEST IN US. For 2020-21, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Baptist Health Louisville #1 in the region for the eighth time, and Baptist Health Floyd has tied for #3. Louisville earned high performing ratings in eight areas: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, colon cancer surgery, COPD, hip replacement and knee replacement. Floyd received accolades in three areas: COPD, lung cancer surgery and heart failure. We would like to extend our gratitude and congratulations to the physicians, staff and volunteers who made this possible. To learn more about our nationally recognized care, visit Corbin | Floyd | Hardin | La Grange | Lexington | Louisville | Madisonville | Paducah | Richmond

LIFE+STYLE THE BLAZER We prefer navy instead of the classic black. Find one with gold buttons for that extra touch of class. Pair it with some diamond studs and you’re all set.



Soft & Sleek Double Breasted Novelty Button Blazer in navy, $158 | Express Sparkle round earrings, $38 | Kate Spade Oversized Satin Portofino Shirt in champagne, $54 | Express High-Rise Wide-Leg Pleated Ankle Pant in khaki, $80 | Banana Republic Ab-Solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans by Wit & Wisdom, $68 | Nordstrom

A blazer looks great with: trouser jeans and a tucked in silk blouse, skinny jeans with a white v-neck tee or even a pair of linen wideleg khakis and a simple camisole. You can’t go wrong either way you choose!

Reversible V-Neck Camisole, $40 | Express

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Petite Print Pleated Shirt, $89.50 | Banana Republic

THE BLOUSE Every woman has to find the perfect silk button up blouse - okay maybe it’s not silk, it’s rayon but we won’t say a word. A classic white or black is always a go-to; spruce it up and go for a fun pattern instead! Add a smocked cuff for a modern twist and play up your femininity. The Karen Kane crossover tie top is the perfect choice - longer in the back which makes it “leggings-approved”. Pair it with some black boots and gold hoops and you’ve got yourself a classic look. Crossover Tie-Top in chocolate, $98 | Karen Kane

River Island polka dot organza sleeve top in black, $61 | Asos

THE CASHMERE TURTLENECK A camel cashmere turtleneck is a staple ladies as it can compliment pretty much every skin tone and it’s super comfortable too! Pair it with jeans or slacks and a classic nude heel and you’re all set.

Wool Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater, $145 | Cuyana

Jean-ish® Ankle Leggings by Spanx, $98 |

Smocked Cuff Portofino Shirt, $58 | Express

Mila Leather Pumps in nude, $128 | Ann Taylor

Metallics gold flip flop sandals, $50 | Tkees

Cotton-blend pullover tunic, $89.50 | Chicos

The Gemma Mule in black leather, $98 | Madewell


This piece is seasonless and the perfect go-to for work. The Chicos wrinkle-resistant tunic in white can be worn so many ways: with cammo leggings and gold flip flops for a more casual look or ankle length pants with a pair of black pointed toe mules for a more sophisticated look. You can’t go wrong either way! Accessorize with some tortoise shell statement earrings and a gold bangle for a modern look. TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2021 33



High-Rise Wide-Leg Zipper Pocket Jean, $110 | Banana Republic

A pair of dark rinse bootcuts are the perfect start to any work day. Unless you’re a banker, the more casual work environment that we have (partially due to COVID) has allowed the trouser jean to replace black slacks and we’re here for it! Now, to make these boss-approved, you must pair them with some classic nude pumps and a stylish tucked-in blouse, but we know that’s not hard to achieve.

Petite smockedneck blouse, $65 | Banana Republic

Casual bootcut jean in white, $29 | Venus

You should buy your white bootcut jeans now before they sell out! Southern mamas would say don’t wear them until after Easter on April 4th, but who are we to judge?

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THE PUMPS You may think all black - all year is the rule for the workplace, but we’re here to break the rules every now and then. Change up your pumps for a pop of color. Remember that black silk button up? Add a fuchsia pointed toe heel or a turquoise t-strap to spice up your look while keeping it professional. Coordinate with some statement earrings and your powers are limitless. 34 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2021

Mariah Vintage Gold Drop Earrings In Turquoise Magnesite, $68 | Kendra Scott

Pleasant high block heels in taupe, $43 | Asos

Fuchsia pointed toe pumps, $398 | Stuart Weitzman

Laurie T-Bar Heels in shade wild meadow, $190 | Boden

THE DRESS We all know you need that LBD (little black dress) but spring is quickly approaching and has us dreaming of this season’s flirty florals and tiered ruffles. You can still look professional with a little detail to your wardrobe.

High-neck shirred waist mini dress in ditsy floral print, $66 | Asos

Tiered midi dress in pink floral by Y.A.S, $115 | Asos

Cristiana Stretch Dress in Amalfi Blue Alligator Isle, $228 | Lilly Pulitzer

Remember to keep your shoes nude when going for a more patterned, detailed outfit up top. Nude pumps have a way of elongating your legs and adding that visual illusion of height.

Gala Ready Lavender Offthe-Shoulder Ruffle Midi Dress, $82 | Lulus

Be advised - steer away from too much floral to avoid the “Little House on the Prairie” look. It’s hard for people to take you seriously if you look like Laura Ingles.

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TIGHTS We’re counting the days until it’s warm enough to ditch these babies, but during the cold season they’re a must to smooth out those legs and add some warmth.

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Boutique Spotlight: Bella Pelle Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center Following six years in group practices, Dr. Natalie Houston Daniels opened her solo practice Bella Pelle Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center, on March 4. 2014. “My goal was to create an environment where patients could have full-service dermatology care in one place. Many people go to their medical dermatologists in one practice, have their cosmetic treatments in another, and visit yet another for facials and skincare products. I wanted to make it simple and all-inclusive. Patients appreciate having their medical and aesthetic needs met in one location under a doctor's care.” BY DAWN ANDERSON • PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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chosen as one of the exclusive providers in Kentucky to inject this amazing filler. Patients love the results!” Most patients need at least two syringes of filler, so throughout March, Bella Pelle will offer a free Hydrafacial MD treatment to patients purchasing two syringes of RHA® Collection filler. Another new treatment, Stem Cell Recruitment Therapy with DermaFlo®, “is coupled with SkinPen Microneedling or CO2 Laser Resurfacing to enhance collagen production for skin tightening, wrinkle reduction, and acne scarring. Our patients love the look and improved texture of their skin!”


r. Daniels graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and attended the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she completed her Internal Medicine Internship and Dermatology Residency. Dr. Daniels also completed a year-long Cosmetic Dermatology/ Dermatologic Surgery Fellowship in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board-certified in Dermatology and is the only area Cosmetic Dermatologist to have completed an additional year of advanced, specialized training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as botox, fillers, laser therapy, and various others. “I believe patients deserve to have providers who are skilled, well trained, and will take great care of them.” Dr. Daniels is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the Kentucky Medical Association.

surgical procedures. Aesthetician services include Coolsculpting, facials, skincare consultations, and eyelash/brow tinting. “We value our patients and know they can go to any dermatology practice, so we appreciate them choosing us. We strive to deliver excellent medical care in a kind, compassionate, and friendly environment.” Dr. Daniels and her staff are excited about some products and procedures new to Bella Pelle. RHA® Collection “is a designer hyaluronic acid filler approved for dynamic wrinkles and folds made to last longer than others on the market and is very natural-looking because it moves with the movement of the face. I am grateful to have been

According to Dr. Daniels, “From the products that we sell to the treatments we provide, we are led by science. The safety of our patients comes first. Because of my training and expertise in cosmetic dermatology, I hold myself to a high standard. I am continuously reading and learning about new developments and technologies in the aesthetic industry.” In the spring, Bella Pelle hopes to launch the new cellulite treatment Qwo®, “It is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe cellulite in the buttocks of adult women. Cellulite is one of those textural changes to the thighs and buttocks that 80-90% of women will have at some point in their lives, and most likely, all of us hate it! I am thrilled that our practice will be able to offer this treatment soon!” 


For more information, visit Follow @bellapellederm on Instagram and Twitter and @bellapelledermatology on Facebook.

“Becoming a business owner, and at the same time providing the best dermatology care that I could, was a steep learning curve, and I'm still learning and growing every day,” says Dr. Daniels. “I am grateful that I have had great support from my husband, Condrad, and my parents Wade and Alice Houston, who run our other family business, HJI Supply Chain Solutions. Since I was a child, my parents have been entrepreneurs, so their guidance has been invaluable. Like most, I am looking forward to brighter days and new opportunities this year!” Bella Pelle offers a wide range of dermatologic services, including medical dermatology for adults and children as well as minor

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Engineers Wed at


Whitehall Ceremony

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Industrial Engineer Madison Kraft Boyd and Chemical Engineer Cameron Spencer Boyd are big fans of the south, having met at the University of South Carolina and lived in Alabama, so it was no stretch of the imagination that the two married at plantation-style Whitehall in October. BY TAYLOR RILEY PHOTOS BY FIRM ANCHOR

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ike many engaged couples in 2020, the couple planned to have their wedding at a church, but with Covid restrictions, moved it to a smaller ceremony and reception at historic Whitehall on Lexington Road. “We loved having everything outdoors,” Madison says. “The garden was beautiful. There was plenty of space for people to spread out and the landscaping was beautiful for all our pictures.” The couple chose not to do a First Look and instead saw each other for the first time that day during the ceremony. “We are so glad we chose to do that because everyone got to see our reactions, and it gave us all the happy goosebumps during the ceremony,” Madison says. “The photographers captured it perfectly, and we had plenty of time and good lighting after the ceremony to take pictures just the two of us.” A sweet moment from the ceremony included the young ringbearer who walked his flower girl sisters down the aisle. “He was so precious, but we didn’t really get to practice, so when he got to the end of the aisle, his sisters went to sit down and the Best Man was motioning to him to hand the pillow over, but the poor guy froze,” Madison says. “He looked back and forth a few times and finally tossed the pillow like a football and ran for his seat. Way too cute!”

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t the reception, a Nanz and Kraft flower wall was put together for the selfie station, complete with a personalized sign. The couple got a copy of all the pictures and loved looking through them and seeing all the fun the guests had at the party. Even though the wedding didn’t go as initially planned, Madison says it was even better. “Trust that it will work out,” she says to other couples. “We are both big planners and we spent so much time planning and re-planning. We were definitely a little stressed the few weeks leading up to it that we had forgotten something or something wouldn’t be right, but it completely came together.” Madison suggests for the future brides and grooms to use the vendors that come recommended. “There’s a reason people are recommending them, and they definitely make your day personalized and bring it all together,” she says. 

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Caroline Johnson Founder, Twisted Pink

“People facing metastatic breast cancer often feel left behind the pink ribbon,” says Caroline Johnson, founder of the grassroots Twisted Pink organization. Metastatic breast cancer (MBC) has spread beyond the breast and it is considered stage IV breast cancer. There is no cure for MBC and people living with MBC will be in treatment for the remainder of their lives. For Caroline, it’s all very personal. “One year after I was diagnosed with stage 3 ER+ breast cancer, Twisted Pink was founded,” she says. “I used my experience gained in patient advocacy and being a caregiver for my son Michael who was born with a rare genetic deletion in 2005. Michael is non-verbal and suffers from Epilepsy and Autism. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I felt equipped to advocate for myself and navigate the complex roadmap of a cancer diagnosis. I want to continue to help others do the same. I also feel compelled to do everything possible to remain an active and vital part of my children’s lives and want to help make an impact on the research that will make this possible.” Twisted Pink is the only grassroots organization in the region with a focus solely on metastatic breast cancer. Entering their seventh year, Twisted Pink is bringing about change through the support, research, and hope that they provide to over 168,000 people in the United States living with MBC. Locally, Twisted Pink supports over 700 breast cancer survivors through collaborations and advocacy efforts. “We are so grateful for the hope that is provided from every single donation to our organization,” Caroline says. (502) 890-2662 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Stephanie Virgin Owner & Realtor, First Saturday Real Estate

After starting her real estate career with the largest brokerage in Kentucky, Stephanie Virgin set out to create the most agent-focused and service-oriented brokerage in the Louisville area. Stephanie founded First Saturday Real Estate in 2018 with her husband Greg. She has grown her practice exponentially each year since 2014 and led First Saturday to a stunning growth rate of 170% in 2020. Stephanie has been one of the highestproducing individual agents in the Louisville area since the start of her real estate career. She attributes much of this success to her passion for the industry. Stephanie is dedicated in every role she fills, and her drive is inspiring to the agents she has trained and mentored in building First Saturday. By teaching agents about tools of the craft, educating buyers about home maintenance, and informing sellers about the market, her innovative approach to the service of clients keeps her a step ahead of other real estate professionals. Over the last several years, Stephanie has become a force to be reckoned with in the Louisville real estate industry, and there is no doubt that First Saturday will continue to grow under Stephanie’s leadership. In addition to her passion for real estate and entrepreneurship, she is also an active member in the Louisville community. Stephanie is dedicated to raising awareness about ovarian cancer and enjoys spending time with her two young sons. (502) 494-8552 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Marian Sang-Knepshield Owner, Omagi Salon Spa

Located at Paddock Shops, Omagi Salon Spa is an Aveda Lifestyle Salon. Omagi is among an elite, limited group of salons in the United States with this prestigious designation. Their staff comprises a certified, talented team of beauty professionals who receive extensive training on the latest trends, tools, and techniques, ensuring customers receive the highest quality service. Owner Marian Sang-Knepshield founded Omagi as a business dedicated to improving the lives of its employees and the community. Omagi service professionals are salaried with health insurance benefits. There are no commissions or “booth rentals.” Omagi is also a non-tipping salon. If a client insists on some sort of gratuity, Omagi accepts donations for a different charity each quarter. The current recipient is Camp Hendon® Kentucky Diabetes Camp for Children. Camp Hendon® gives children with diabetes “lifechanging experiences, empowering each of them to take control of their unique journey.” Omagi Salon Spa is serious about COVID and follows all mandated protocols and then some, including the monthly spraying of a CDC-recommended solution that kills coronavirus and lasts for 30 days. Handbags and coats are bagged in plastic with each visit to help ensure staff and guest safety. Omagi Salon Spa truly cares, and it shows in every detail. For more information, visit and follow @omagisalon on Instagram. (502) 426-2213 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Dr. Julie Sergent Owner, Sergent Wellness

Dr. Julie Sergent helps women and their families recover from injuries, aches, and pains, and supports them every step of the way. People who have seen multiple doctors and specialists with no relief find the answers they need at Sergent Wellness. “So many patients weren’t given options outside of medications, injections, and surgeries,” Julie says. “The traditional healthcare system wasn’t designed for patients to advocate for themselves.” When you’re experiencing an injury or pain, whether it’s been there for ten years or ten days, you can come directly to a physical therapist and usually start feeling relief that same day. Dr. Julie can help you get the most out of your body and provide a path back to the activities and hobbies you love. “I want women to know that it’s never too late to start feeling better in your body,” she says. “Chronic injury and pain disrupt so much more than one’s ability to exercise. My approach is unique, and most of my patients come to me as a last-ditch effort to get answers and results. Many people want to avoid the challenges that can come with aging and losing function, and I’m here to tell you it’s 100% possible with the right support.” Their programs offer varied levels of support through physical therapy and custom personal training, as well as health and nutrition coaching. Before you get to the point that you stop doing the things you love, or find yourself waking up at night due to pain, do yourself and the people who love you a favor. Plan a visit today! (502) 548-8319 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Victoria Syimone Taylor DJ, DJ S.Y.I.M.O.N.E

Poised and ready for big things as we emerge from the pandemic, Victoria Syimone Taylor is widely recognized as Louisville’s DJ of choice. “I’m ready to get this vaccine and get back into it,” she says. Just before the shutdown, you may have seen her spinning on rotation at spots as various as Derby City Gaming, the Belle of Louisville, or Gravely Brewing Co, to name just a few. In the meantime, you might have seen her mid-week pop-up shows on social media. “Music is everything,” she says. “It brings such joy. I love taking people away for a couple of hours, especially these days.” Victoria began her career years ago at the renowned and dearly departed Red Lounge, the legendary Frankfort Avenue nightclub. “I was told that I needed to get a hobby,” she says with a laugh, “and that was DJing.” It quickly became a passion. Louisville has been great to me. I wouldn’t get these opportunities anywhere else.” Through a lot of dedication and hard work, Victoria takes great pride in providing a wide variety of music to a wide variety of people. Weddings and corporate events are a specialty for her. “I can go from Sinatra to Jay-Z,” she says. “I play music for the people in front of me. It brings us together, has something for everybody, and can make everyone feel represented.” Facebook: DJ S.Y.I.M.O.N.E

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Lindsay Tichenor Owner, Not TOO Shabby

Lindsay Tichenor of Not TOO Shabby specializes in refinishing and creating farmhouse dining sets out of old and new furniture. She’s also an expert at refinishing dining sets and other pieces they currently own such as buffets, dressers, and cabinets. “I keep a large amount of inventory for customers who want to pick out their own style, all the way down to their own choice of paint, stain, or fabric. Pieces let you create your own set from scratch without even leaving the house!” Lindsay uses only quality furniture for sets new or old, including a wide variety of styles from Farmhouse, to Rustic, to Modern, whatever your heart desires. Using only the highest quality pieces, Lindsay makes unique pieces to order and will come to your home to refinish your set or element. “I have done this for over two years now, and I put extreme time and passion into every creation,” she says. “Your dining set is a very intimate piece that you put in your home. It’s where your family sits each night, eating or spending time together. My satisfaction comes from the customer being happy and satisfied, and that’s why I love doing this!” (502) 821-4147 • @NotTooShabbyMtWash

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Vanessa Pennoyer, MBA President, Go 2 Girl, Certified WBE

Go 2 Girl SM: A Business Development Firm works “for transparency in corporate systems and advocacy towards fair opportunities. Certification can be a tool to get a seat at the table if a business development plan is in place,” says President & CEO Vanessa Pennoyer. “If you identify as an organization that values a diverse supply chain of certified vendor partners, Go 2 Girl SM requests the opportunity to have a conversation to develop and challenge your procurement, on-boarding process, vendor management reporting, solicitations, and supplier diversity initiatives.” Vanessa never identifies as a consultant or coach or with her professional titles while on the job. “I actually do the work behind the scenes as an extension of your team.” Go 2 Girl SM serves clients locally and nationally. “Being Go 2 Girl doesn’t mean I only serve women. It also isn’t just about “paperwork.” It’s the education and experience of hundreds of applications submitted with 100% awarded rate. Clients come to me to build value for revenue growth, learn how to leverage their certification or to establish a robust supplier diversity program.” (502) 303-6030 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Judith Hollis Jones

Co-Founder, Buzzard’s Roost Spirits A Kentucky native and “Boomerang Louisvillian” who keeps finding herself drawn back to our city after living in seven other megaplexes, Judith Hollis Jones is applying her vast entrepreneurial spirit to the business of spirits. “I wanted to create a company based on Kentucky culture and heritage,” she says. With vast sales, technology, and supply chain experience added to her culinary ability and heritage, Judith put together a diversified team including her co-founder and Bourbon’s Bistro founder, Jason Brauner and built Buzzard’s Roost Spirits, LLC. The combination of skills led to quick success. “When I returned here, I discovered I had a new passion for bourbon,” she says. “I’ve always been a wine advocate, but when I discovered that whisky also has deep flavors and nuance, I fell in love.”

Women-O�ned B�siness

Ingrid Martinez and Yajaira Morphonios

Co-Founders, Strategic Alliance Consultants The Government and Large commercial developers spend billions of dollars hiring contractors every year. Despite their good faith efforts to increase minority participation, executed contracts are not prevalent among Minority Business Enterprises (MBE) due to barriers that need to be addressed. “We bridge the opportunity gap by partnering with progressive stakeholders who want go beyond the diversity and inclusion check box with talented MBEs.” says Yajaira Morphonios. “We develop a strategic plan and manage all aspects of the MBE participation in the projects.” In addition, Ingrid Martinez leads and supports the upskilling efforts on the contractors’ side. “I provide ongoing daily business and operations support, guidance, and training programs so they can improve how they do business which will ultimately lead to profitable, long lasting relationships with the stakeholders.” says Martinez. (502) 930-3244 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Melissa Huff Owner, Mamili

“Melissa Huff opened her boutique, Mamili, in early March 2020 with plans to be your source for Derby hats, fascinators and more. You might have seen her headwear in her successful Mad Hatter 502 pop-up store, the forerunner of this wonderful establishment. Now, Mamili can provide the complete outfit for women from their headpiece, to the outfit, to the jewelry and of course the statement purse for Oaks and Derby week, in addition to shirts, ties, belts and fedoras for men. Mamili brings a tone of casual sophistication in a broad range of women’s apparel, jewelry, accessories, select men’s and youth merchandise, as well as some spectacular accessories and gifts. Mamili is proudly a part of the NuLu business community, located in the NuLu Marketplace. Combining Southern Hospitality and great customer service, Mamili is a new part of the Louisville shopping experience.” (502) 384-4450 • Follow us on Instagram/Facebook: @mamili502 Located at: 826 E. Main Street

Women-O�ned B�siness

Christina Weixler

Co-Owner/Operator, The Loft at Hubbards “I believe the art behind the chair goes far beyond just doing hair. It’s about the connections made and unbreakable bonds with everyone that enters The Loft. We’re a family,” says Christina Weixler, owner of The Loft at Hubbards.This hidden gem in St.Matthews was founded in 2017 by both Christina Weixler and Sarah Boylan. Three months after opening, Sarah’s family had an amazing opportunity to move to Alaska they couldn’t turn it down, so Christina took the bull by its horns and became sole owner of The Loft. As many other businesses have struggled to survive the pandemic and hurdles of 2020, Christina again tackled adversity head-on and full force. The Loft not only maintained a healthy business but expanded from a four chair salon to twelve. Louisville native Christina is determined to keep a positive attitude and wholesome heart, inspiring not only her clients but also the stylists that work with her. (502) 767-2278 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Mi’auna Kinnard Owner, The Body Vault

Mi’auna Kinnard holds a passion for helping people become the best version of themselves, inside and outside. “At The Body Vault, I specialize in reducing your inches and fat cells around your waistline with different combinations of our main services; B Lipo, V Lipo, and Heated Detoxification,” she says. Although most clients see a difference in their first visit, it takes a series of treatments to reach your desired image through non-invasive cosmetic treatments ranging from fat reduction to skin tightening. “Helping my clients reach their ultimate goal is important to me,” says Mi’auna. “For my clients to get there, it helps if they understand that reaching your body goals is a mental, physical, and emotional journey. I’m here to help you begin and stay the course.” (502) 709-9589 •

Women-O�ned B�siness

Becky Duncan Owner & CEO, redbox+

Woman and veteran-owned dumpster rental business redbox+ of Greater Louisville offers the area’s only all-in-one waste solution, the Elite Dumpster, featuring two portable toilets attached to each 20 and 30-yard dumpster. Projects are completed with less workflow interruption, saving time and money. “Contractors, remodelers, and their customers appreciate the convenience and efficiency our Elite Dumpsters bring to each project especially during a pandemic!” according to “Louisville’s Dumpster Diva” Owner & CEO, Becky Duncan. “We provide superior surface protection on concrete and asphalt driveways with polyurethane skates under the dumpsters,” says Becky. “Our innovative dumpsters look great and are more convenient, which often comes with assumptions that we are more expensive. However, redbox+ rental rates are very competitive in Louisville and the surrounding area.” Every time a customer needs to “talk trash,” they speak directly with an owner. For commercial projects requiring diverse supplier goals, redbox+ is a certified “Woman Business Enterprise” and gives General Contractors a distinct bidding advantage. Visit and follow @redboxplusofGreaterLouisville on Facebook for more information. (502) 317-2450 •

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Women-O�ned B�siness

Pam Thelle

Owner, Kiddie Kastle Kiddie Kastle is a Louisville legacy. Since 1947 and for every generation since, Kiddie Kastle has been the place to shop for children’s furniture and bedding - from the quality craftsmanship to their top-notch customer service. They love their customers! “Most of our business comes from word of mouth,” says owner Pam Thelle, “and a lot of those are from grandmas and great grandmas that bought from us.” (502) 895-1648

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Barcelona Bistro Bar Chef/ Founder/Owner Alba Clementson has lived a life every bit as colorful and exciting as her tapas, paellas, and sangrias. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER


orn and raised in beautiful Barcelona, Spain, how could she not be inspired by her home country’s art, architecture, and delicious food? As a child, she learned how to identify and use what was fresh at the markets each day. Alba recalls friendly cooking competitions among friends as they grew, challenging each other to make their best versions of a given dish. Her “second home” was the magical Mediterranean isle of Menorca, where her sister and brother-inlaw run a resort. Alba would wait on the harbor for fish straight off the boats to carry back for the evening feast. Alba’s many talents include a successful career as a Spanish/Catalan dubbing actress for major motion pictures, television shows, and commercial campaigns. Alba is the voice of such notable actors as Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Julianne Moore, and Lisa Kudrow - “Phoebe” from “Friends”! She met her American husband while in New York for an acting job. Mark accepted a job transfer to Louisville, and Alba found a lovely cottage in Jeffersontown from which to serve seasonal, scratch-made Spanish food. Her musical voice reveals the joy she takes in providing guests with laughter and happiness. “This (restaurant) is not for my pocket. I want to see people enjoying being alive and sharing that enjoyment with everyone.”

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hen she opened the restaurant for takeout only (due to COVID) in May 2020, Alba did so without the Spanish chef and designing aunt she had initially planned to bring on board for the launch. Opening her first restaurant during a pandemic was not easy, and business was wildly irregular. But Alba has good relationships with the friendly front of the house and dedicated back of house teams she has managed to put together. And while people have not been able to travel as before, they can come to Barcelona Bistro Bar and “enjoy a sangria” in an environment that feels like Spain. Alba says she struggles to convey her “passion and feelings for the restaurant” adequately. “They are why I come here every day.” Alba’s passion translates to the plates. Among her most popular dishes are Serrano Ham Croquettes and Patatas Bravas. She also recommends the Catalan Spinach Salad, clay pot Garlic Shrimps,

Grilled Sea Scallops, and Spanish Octopus. In addition to tapas, Alba satisfies guests with familiar heartier fare like her grandmother’s recipe Lasagna Bolognese and her show-stopping Mountain & Sea and Vegan Paellas. Depending on your mood, be sure to try the refreshing gin & tonic or indulgent Spanish-style churros with chocolate to end the meal. As of this writing, Barcelona Bistro Bar is open for first-come-first-served 50% dine-in capacity and continues take out service, which can be ordered online at “Wedlessdays” on Wednesdays feature live Spanish Acoustic Guitar and drink specials from 5-8 pm. Alba is currently planning to build a deck for al fresco dining by springtime. Follow updates @Barcelona_Bistro_Bar on Facebook and Instagram. 

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March is National Women’s History Month, time to reflect on women’s contributions to United States history. To celebrate, we are featuring a wide variety of concepts represented by women restaurateurs: Coffee Bar, Southern, Afro-Caribbean/French, Tea Café, and Soul Food. Show your support for local, women-owned restaurants making a little history of their own! BY DAWN ANDERSON • PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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CASK Southern Kitchen & Bar



ike so many local restaurant owners in 2020, Ashley Sayler made the strategic decision to pivot and rebrand her “New American soul food” restaurant SOU! as CASK Southern Kitchen & Bar. SOU! opened in 2019 and was conceived as farm-to-table and at higher price points than the CASK concept. But when the pandemic hit, Ashley and her 50% partner agreed on a buyout giving Ashley sole ownership. In keeping with Louisville diners’ wants and needs at that crucial time, Ashley chose to create a family-friendly environment with more reasonable prices, hoping to produce more volume sales to keep the business afloat. As evidenced by her 10-month-old baby’s daily appearances in the dining room, the ambiance is equally comfortable for families. Ashley is now expecting twins, yet another significant development!

Ashley strives to always lead by example, doing dishes, bussing tables, greeting guests, whatever it takes so her team knows she is “in it with them.” CASK boasts a women-centered leadership team that includes General Manager Chastity Owens and Bar Manager Erin Strong. Erin serves up seasonal cocktails and a fine bourbon selection, and the menu is filled with customer favorites. For starters, try the fried green tomatoes or pulled pork nachos. Ashley recommends the 16-ounce pan-seared ribeye with fried okra and southern greens. Their shrimp + grits are slowcooked Weisenberger with gulf shrimp and andouille, and the smoked meatloaf is available as an entrée or on a sandwich. Former Cardinal basketball hero Luke Hancock is a big fan of the “best ever key lime pie.” CASK now serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am -2 pm. On Tuesdays, the CASK burger is only $8! 75-cent smoked wings are available on “Wings-days,” and Thursdays feature “dollar on the half shell” Chesapeake Bay oysters. Ashley looks forward to launching CASK catering this summer. Keep up with @cask502 on Facebook and @cask_louisville on Instagram for the latest updates.

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Brew & Sip Coffee Bar



rew & Sip Coffee Bar, opened in August 2020, began with the catering business Flavorfull Catering Events & More and was “born out of necessity for a diverse coffee shop,” says Owner LaToya Cook-Bradley. She takes pride in her scratch-made dishes and customer service commitment, including customized coffee drinks based on guests’ preferences. That customer service often involves educating the customer on the various preparations and alternative milk selections. LaToya has lived in Louisville for 13 years and has spent all her working life in food service, including fast-food management and hospitals. “I want to make people happy and bring

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their food vision to life on a decent budget.” Their most popular item is the deceptively simple Smoked Chicken Salad served on a buttery croissant with a side of grapes. LaToya serves up Shrimp and Grits smothered in a flavorful gravy. Her Chicken and Sweet Tea Waffles are famous! The crustless Chicken Pot Pie Soup, hearty Beef Stew, and French Onion Soup will warm your bones as winter finally wraps up. LaToya loves the French Onion - and she is “not into onions.” Other items include bagels, cake, cookies, muffins, and panini sandwiches. Be sure to try specialty coffee drinks like the Carmella, Cinnamon Swirl, and White Turtle. Brew & Sip Coffee Bar is expanding into the location next door on April 5. The new space will also follow all current COVID protocols and feature drive-through service. Never miss a trick on Brew & Sip Coffee Bar’s very active social media accounts: @brewandsipcoffeebar on Facebook and Instagram.

Eden & Kissi



hristine Gnamba - “Ms. Kissi” - is one of the brave souls who dared to open a restaurant in the year 2020. Her Afro-Caribbean cuisine with a French accent adds new flavor profiles to Louisville’s varied dining scene. Ms. Kissi is originally from Ivory Coast in West Africa and grew up in a family of 19 children. “So cooking with my Mom and Aunties was like cooking for a restaurant every day.” At 17, her father sent her to Paris to study. There Ms. Kissi fell in love, got married, had a family, and catered church events. After 29 years in Paris, Ms. Kissi’s husband accepted a job as a pastor here in Louisville. Ms. Kissi began cooking for various events and festivals around the city. Her food was such a hit that she decided to open a food truck in 2018 before going brick-andmortar last year. With dishes so full of flavor, customers constantly asked about Ms. Kissi’s sauces. She finally gave in and started bottling her habanero, green, and jerk chicken sauces. For first-timers, Eden & Kissi recommends their signature Jerk Chicken-Leg with rice and beans or yellow rice, a colorful pico de gallo, and all three sauces on the side. The Fully-Loaded Jerk Chicken Pita layers shredded jerk chicken, fried plantains, mayo, lettuce, and pico. The Curry Chicken Wrap with curry chicken and yellow rice is also dressed with mayo, lettuce, and pico. Eden & Kissi marinates their Peri-Peri Wings for 24 hours before smoking, grilling, and then tossing the tender chicken in a choice of sauces. Red Snapper comes grilled or fried and topped with Christine’s special sauce with onion, garlic, and peppers. The French influence comes into play with sweet and savory crepes. (Ms. Kissi’s passion for cooking earned her two diplomas in crepes and pies in Paris.) On Taco Tuesdays, try their cross-cultural $1 tacos. Eden & Kissi’s fresh Kentucky Proud® ginger and hibiscus juices are natural, homemade, and provide healthy antioxidant qualities. The restaurant’s small footprint means carryout only for now, but an outdoor seating area will be available in warmer weather. Look for Eden & Kissi for International Women’s Day at Oxmoor Center on March 6 and 7. For the latest specials, follow @edenandkissi on Facebook and Instagram.

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Sweet Peaches



pened eight years ago, February 1, Sweet Peaches is “the only true deli/bakery location in the heart of the West End.” You can feel the love in Owner Pam Haines’s voice as she describes feeding the people - body and soul. Pam has always worked in the food and beverage industry, but a demanding, fulltime job left her no time to finish her Ph.D. So Pam started baking. Before she knew it, she had a successful catering business, which led to Sweet Peaches restaurant. “I know how to talk to people and build relationships to meet their needs. They have embraced me as I have embraced them. With every bite of a cookie or sandwich, they can taste the love I have for them.” Every Wednesday, the 18th Street bus stops once in each direction to allow riders to step off and collect their free soup. Pam gives away at least 400 bowls a week. Because African Americans are disproportionately affected by COVID, Pam’s soup contains eleven ingredients to boost the immune system, including fresh ginger, turmeric, parsley, garlic, and other spices. With the spices in the fresh-picked collard greens, you would never know they contain no pork. “The smoked oxtail stew with fingerling potatoes, pearl onions, and petite carrots is smothered in brown gravy and poured over my mother's secret dressing,” says Pam. “The cornbread dressing is made with brown gravy, onions, celery, real butter, fresh sage, black pepper, and salt.” For breakfast, over-easy eggs and bacon come with fried potatoes and onions “just like Grandmama did.” Don’t leave without a generous slice of Burnt Butter Cream Cheese Carrot Cake. Sweet Peaches burns the butter in a small saucepan and whips the icing for 45 minutes before spreading on the carrot cake containing raisins and ginger, and tops it all off with fresh shredded carrot and pecans. Pam expresses the depth of her commitment and that of OneWest to building wealth in the community. Along with Encore Leadership of Louisville, they are building a model for other restaurants and look forward to making a big announcement about taking Sweet Peaches “to the next level.” Follow their progress @sweetpeaches8615 on Facebook.

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Fleur de Tea Café

10704 MEETING ST SUITE 101, PROSPECT, KY 40059 (502) 742-9561 FLEURDETEA.STORE


hen the journey of life gets steep, we steep tea.” Fleur de Tea Café and Tea Shop is elegant and serious about tea, but outside her evident ambition, Owner Jasmine Gatti doesn’t take herself too seriously. “I don’t drink coffee - at all.” When she opened in 2019, Jasmine was determined to create a place where she and her friends might meet up, kick back, relax, and drink

tea without a more typical stuffy tea shop atmosphere. She imagined “a place where we could hang out and enjoy ourselves, instead of personal, quiet time,” as often found in a coffee shop. Before she came up with the idea of opening Fleur de Tea, Jasmine says, “I never worked in food service, never wanted to, and never had any interest, other than I knew I wanted to open my own business.” Fleur de Tea offers classic hot tea varieties and iced teas with detailed descriptions, bubble and milk teas, and teas brewed with various coffee-style methods. One of Jasmine’s favorites (and the one she enjoyed as we spoke) is a pecan turtle milk tea with boba. But the ever-evolving food menu

adds more excitement to the experience. The continually changing bakery options have included fruit tarts, egg muffins, and the most popular scones: lemon blueberry, strawberry lemon, and banana with a choice of cinnamon buttercream or caramel glaze. Jasmine is currently experimenting with recipes to look forward to, including cheesecakes, a cinnamon apple pie scone, and new savory scone options - Everything bagel seasoned and parmesan garlic. Fleur de Tea currently offers carryout and dine-in service. Track future developments @fleurdetea on Facebook and @fleurde.tea on Instagram. 

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March to a Healthier You! • Make time this month to exercise every day. 30 minutes a day will release stress. • Always drink 64 oz. of water a day. Hydration prevents infections and joint pain. • Remember to grab a green vegetable every day. • Change unhealthy habits. Eliminate 1 unhealthy habit this month. • Help others stay healthy. Be a positive role model in your family. 76 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2021

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Keep Moving With vaccines underway, let us MARCH out of this challenging time and turn to exercise as a release. Whatever your fitness room is these days, whether it is a fitness center or your living room, keep moving!


March in place for 5 minutes. Do this in between schoolwork, during commercials of a television show, or a quick break at work!


Standing bent knee leg raises. Stand with one leg on the floor and lift the other leg (bent) up and down 15 times. Try not to touch the floor as your knee raises up and down. 2 sets of 15 on each leg. This is an excellent marching balance exercise.


Jog in place for 5 minutes. Lift your knees and pump those arms! This is a fast march that will elevate your heart rate and burn calories!


Lunge and lift one knee to the chest. Go back to lunge position. 2 sets of 15 for each leg.


Always stretch your body and hold the stretches for 30 seconds after a workout. Take deep breaths and release tension.

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• Green beans – the nutrient folic acid is found in green beans. This B vitamin assists the body in making new cells. • Broccoli – a good source of protein.

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nterested in serving your community by running for elected office? Since 2009, Emerge Kentucky has trained 250 women across the state, from Pikeville to Paducah, as candidates for office to change the face of Kentucky politics. “Women are just as equipped and successful when we run for office,” says Executive Director Gretchen Hunt. “We are as qualified and as capable of running for office when we have the courage to step forward, not be afraid of failure, work hard, raise money, lead volunteers and always act with integrity.” The mission of Emerge Kentucky is to increase the number of democratic women from diverse backgrounds elected to office in Kentucky. After the six-month signature training program, the network of support continues with the organization’s alumnae network. Of the 250 women who have gone through the training, over a third have gone on to run for office, and 43 Kentucky Emerge alumnae are currently serving in elected office. Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman is among them, as are Rep. Attica Scott and Rep. Pamela Stevenson, the first two Black women in the legislature in nearly 20 years, and Rep. Nima Kulkarni, who is the first immigrant, Asian and Indian person to serve in the Kentucky legislature.


“It may take a few tries, but our record of women running and winning demonstrates the importance of persistence and resiliency,” says Gretchen. “Women are already leaders in their communities, in their families, in their churches, synagogues and mosques and it is within our power to step into the political realm.” Gretchen herself is an alumna of Emerge Kentucky. As a teenager, she was a member of the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program before her senior year at Atherton High School in Louisville. After high school,

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she earned degrees from Boston College and Boston College Law School. “I have always had a passion for public service and women's empowerment,” Gretchen says. She credits her mother as her model of leadership. Virginia Hunt was one of the first pediatric nurse practitioners in the country in the 1970s. Gretchen’s father, Dr. Lawrence Hunt, is a retired professor of virology from the University of Louisville. Both of them showed Gretchen the value of serving others. “My work with survivors of gender-based violence led me to an interest in public policy, which led me to run for State Representative in 2014 and complete the Emerge Kentucky training,” she says. While her first try wasn’t successful, it opened other opportunities for her to serve. She served as director of the Office of Victims Advocacy within Attorney General Beshear’s office. One of her proudest accomplishments was working with him to form the Survivors Council at the Office of the Attorney General “to empower survivors of crime to have a seat at the

Women are already leaders in their communities, in their families, in their churches, synagogues and mosques and it is within our power to step into the political realm. – G RET CH EN H U N T

table in policy, education and awareness,” she says. In September 2020 she was able to combine her passion for policy and women in leadership roles when she became the executive director of Emerge Kentucky. Emerge Kentucky is an independent organization but is part of the larger Emerge America network which was founded in 2005 and has a presence in 27 states. Emerge Kentucky was the 9th state and the 1st southern state in the network; it is funded by private donors, corporations, labor unions and other political organizations. “We are focused squarely on candidate training and do not take policy positions or endorse candidates,” Gretchen says.

The alumnae of the organization are still provided with ongoing continuing education. “We know that someday, we will train women who may run against one another,” says Gretchen, so the focus of Emerge Kentucky is on empowering women, building a supportive network and promoting a campaign of ideas, not personal attacks. Emerge Kentucky strongly values equity and inclusion in its class and alumnae network. “For Black, indigenous and women of color, single mothers, LGBTQ women, working-class women, survivors of gender-based violence and women with disabilities, we know that additional barriers of discrimination and bias exist, but they can be overcome,” says Gretchen. “We can, and must, ensure that politics centers diverse women in leadership. To support the organization or connect with alumnae, follow on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @EmergeKentucky. To nominate a woman to run, visit 

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KY D40 STATE REPRESENTATIVE NIMA KULKARNI Keeping the Conversation Going Kentucky House District 40 State Representative Nima Kulkarni is the first Indian-American in the Kentucky State legislature and continues the immigration law practice she founded in 2010, Indus Law Firm. DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTO


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was born in India and came to the US with my family when I was 6. The immigrant experience is a strong fabric in my life, and I have seen firsthand how immigrants have shaped and contributed to this country.” Her family’s experience was somewhat unusual. They had many advantages in India: both parents were educated and spoke English, and her father was an executive in the steel industry. They made the sacrifice to come to the United States so that Nima’s brother could attend the de Paul School in Louisville, with the help of Sister Ann Rita Mauck, who founded the school in 1970 for children with dyslexia and other learning differences.

Despite his impressive background and eventually becoming Director of Louisville Metro Office for Globalization, Nima’s father struggled to find work when they first arrived here. Her parents opened a small corner grocery name 8 To 8 at Swan and East Oak Streets in Germantown. “They made helping the community part of their business and always tried to find ways to give back. That really stuck with me and informed my decision to become an attorney.” Nima graduated from Atherton High School, received her BA and MBA from the University of Louisville, and her Juris Doctorate from the Antioch-UDC School of Law. It was there that she learned how the law could be used to help people, spending 700 clinical hours providing pro bono legal services to the DC community. Nima would eventually found the immigration nonprofit New Americans Initiative and serve on the Community Foundation of Louisville’s board, among others. She joined Emerge Kentucky in 2012 as an “academic exercise” to follow her interest in policy work and learn what it takes to run for office. Although she did not file for office until 2018, Representative Kulkarni “called on that network of women for support” as she ran for office and subsequently defeated a 20-year incumbent Democrat. “You have to find that balance between wanting to change the world versus understanding the value of compromise. You have to remember why you’re there and know the difference between campaigning and legislating. Never lose sight of why you ran in the first place, but sometimes you have to do what it takes to make progress, however small.” Representative Kulkarni is motivated by her constituents, who have a wide range of experiences and opinions, but who all want someone who will show up in Frankfort and work for them. “They

You have to find that balance between wanting to change the world versus understanding the value of compromise. You have to remember why you’re there and know the difference between campaigning and legislating. Never lose sight of why you ran in the first place, but sometimes you have to do what it takes to make progress, however small. – N I MA K U L K A RN I

just wanted to know what I would do for them and that I wasn’t going up there with my own agenda. In Frankfort, I take time helping other legislators understand a different perspective and strive to change hearts and minds. I try to find a way to connect the dots with a certain level of intersectionality that I bring to the table.” As for her legislative priorities, Representative Kulkarni fights for “good-paying jobs, safe communities, strong public schools, and affordable healthcare for all Kentuckians.” She is a primary sponsor of House Bills on overpayment debt waivers for unemployment insurance, unemployment insurance benefits for domestic violence victims, and an anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation) bill that “equalizes the legal fight over speech that is in the public interest.” House committee memberships include Economic Development and Judiciary. Caucus memberships are Kentucky Black Legislative, Louisville Metropolitan, Bourbon Trail, Women’s, and Kentucky Nonprofit. Whether you are a D40 constituent or not, you can support Representative Kulkarni’s important work in the following ways: 1. Talk to her! Reach out with interests or concerns by calling or emailing LRC: 502-564-8100 ext. 603 and

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