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t’s the season of all seasons in the Derby City and the hundreds of thousands who will take in the festivities surrounding the first Saturday in May. The 2022 Fillies Derby Ball starts a month’s worth of events, exactly four weeks prior to the Kentucky Derby. This year’s gala, with the theme “Spring in the Bluegrass,” is at the Galt House Hotel on Saturday, April 9. “Spring in the Bluegrass speaks to a renewed energy in our Derby season,” said Derby Ball Chair Jocelyn Dave. “We hope our guests are ready to celebrate and help kick off an exciting time in Kentucky.” The excitement during the Fillies Derby Ball itself is six hours of festive fun from 6

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p.m. to midnight (or later, of course), beginning with a cocktail reception, followed by the spinning of the wheel to crown the Derby Queen. After dinner, it’s dancing with live entertainment from The Crashers. If you would like to request a Fillies Derby Ball invitation, reach out to the Fillies organization at Tamara Scantland Adams, a well-known watercolorist in the region, designed and painted this year’s ball invitation, capturing the theme of “Spring in the Bluegrass.” Tamara has won numerous awards for her watercolors over the past 30 years as a professional artist. Audrey Schultz, a Kentucky Crafted artist, created soft-sculptured horses in a whimsical twist for the centerpieces on the tables in the ballroom at the Galt House. Some

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of Audrey’s works have gone to the White House and have been featured on HGTV. Audrey is approaching her 90th birthday and the Fillies are proud to display her art at the Derby Ball. There will be raffles at the Ball for some amazing items, including an Oaks and Derby shopping spree, wine and spirits pull, and Kentucky bourbon tours. For those unable to attend in person, bidding is available with the online auction at Proceeds of the Fillies Derby Ball go to support the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kentucky Derby Festival. The KDF Foundation produces educational programming and other local community endeavors, and they are supported year-round by the Fillies organization.

Tabitha Burchett Rhodes Tabitha Burchett Rhodes, current Publicity Chair for The Fillies, Inc., is a native Louisvillian. As a senior in college, she applied for the Derby Princess program. “I was truly honored to have been selected to the Derby Princess Royal Court and that experience made me want to come back to the Fillies to serve,” she said. “Being a Derby Princess was such an honor, and an experience more than I could have imagined. The Royal Court went to over 80 events that year and even though we were going nonstop with very little sleep for two weeks, I think I can say the five of us on the court would not have traded it for anything in the world.” That was in 1990 and she is still friends on social media with several members of the Derby Royal Court. After starting a career as a CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist) and getting settled into family life, Tabitha was ready to give back to the community as a member of the Fillies. “I joined this amazing group of ladies in 2006 and have served on several committees,” she said. “I wanted my daughters to learn from example on what it means to serve your community.” Children ages 4 to 10 have the opportunity to get dressed up in their Derby finery at The Children’s Tea, produced by the Fillies. This year’s event is April 30 at Crowne Plaza. Several hundred kids will get to see and meet the Derby Princesses and Royal Court at this formal tea party. Giggles allowed. For ticket info, visit 



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For all of Louisville’s storied suffragist history, including women of wealth and social prominence, there were many unsung heroes for women’s equity. These educators, advocates, physicians, and politicians of diverse backgrounds dedicated their careers to leveling the playing field. With March as Women’s History Month, we spotlight some lesser-known local champions.



pon her nomination for the Gillian Rudd Vanguard Award, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) honored her this way: "Dr. Lilialyce Akers is a visionary who sees the world as it should be and advocates changes for equality, justice, and human dignity that produce a safer, healthier, happier world. She views challenges as creative opportunities and works unflinchingly attaining goals, regardless of difficulty. She brings global views of the world, recognizing interconnections. She works for change at home, designing programs that can be implemented at global level, providing all persons the opportunity to share the benefits. She recognizes the importance of improving lives of individuals. She makes policy while she mentors and fundraises. She is a visionary who produces results." A professor emeritus in sociology and women’s studies at the University of Louisville, Dr. Lilialyce Akers walked her talk. During her 40-year career, she was a researcher, legislative activist, consultant, and expert witness on women’s issues. Dr. Akers was a representative to the UN Commission on Women and presented at UN conferences worldwide. Her legacy continues with the Lilialyce Akers Graduate Assistantship in Community Engagement for U of L’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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fter being denied a teaching position in Washington DC for being “too Black,” Nannie Helen Burroughs later wrote, “An idea was struck out of the suffering of that disappointment - that I would someday have a school here in Washington that school politics had nothing to do with, and that would give all sorts of girls a fair chance. It came to me like a flash of light, and I knew I was to do that thing when the time came.” Although she spent less than a dozen years in Louisville, Nannie Helen Burroughs left a lasting impact as a founder of the Women’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention. She served the organization for nearly a half-century and as President for thirteen years. In 1907, Burroughs received an honorary MA from HBC Eckstein Norton University in Cane Spring, Bullitt County, Kentucky, merged with Simpson University in 1912. Refusing money from wealthy white donors, Burroughs relied solely on small donations from Black women to launch the National Trade and Professional School for Women and Girls in Washington DC in 1908, renamed Nannie Helen Burroughs School in 1964. Burroughs died in 1961, having dedicated her entire life to the school. The school’s Trades Hall is now a National Historic Landmark.

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of the suffering of that “An idea was struck out would someday have I at th t en tm oin pp sa di at school politics th n to ng hi as W in re he ol a scho d that would give all had nothing to do with, an . It came to me like sorts of girls a fair chance I was to do that ew kn I d an , ht lig of h as a fl thing when the time came.”



ediatrician Grace Marilynn James was the first African-American woman on faculty at University of Louisville School of Medicine. She spent her career caring for Louisville’s African-American community, which often struggled with health disparities and access to regular health care. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Dr. James studied in Chicago and Nashville. and completed her internship and residency at Harlem Hospital in New York City. In 1953, she opened a private practice and a walk-in clinic in Louisville’s West End. Dr. James advocated publicly for African-American students to embrace a career in medicine and was honest about the barriers she confronted, including the “triple jeopardy” of racism, capitalism, and sexism particularly faced by African-American women. She was also a healthcare activist who espoused her strong belief in preventive, comprehensive, and universal care. Dr. James accepted all patients in her practice and clinic, many of whom were unwed mothers and children, regardless of their ability to pay. She often distributed diapers, clothing, blankets, books, and toys to patients at her own expense.



James was also on staff at Louisville Children’s Hospital downtown, which was still segregated by law. She opened the West Louisville Medical Center at 23rd and Broadway in 1976. Dr. James died of failure in January 1989, having practiced medicine until day she died.

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r. Artishia Gilbert was the first Black woman licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky. She graduated from Louisville National Medical College in 1893 and Howard University College of Medicine in 1897. Dr. Gilbert returned to Louisville to teach obstetrics and served as Red Cross Sanitarium Superintendent. She was an active member of the Woman’s Industrial and Woman’s Improvement Clubs and the Colored Orphans’ Home board of directors. Before studying medicine and opening her practice at 938 Dumesnil Street, Dr. Gilbert was editor of Our Women and Children magazine and taught English and Greek grammar at her alma mater State College, later known as Simmons College. A representative at National Baptist Conventions, she was a popular speaker throughout the South on Women’s Baptist Educational Convention tours. Gilbert married Bernard Orange “B.O.” Wilkerson in New York City in 1896, and the couple had three children. Dr. Gilbert died two weeks after the birth of their third child in 1904. Her namesake middle child and only daughter earned degrees at Howard University, University of Chicago, and the University of California. Artishia Wilkerson Jordan then became a bishop’s wife and leader in the AME Church and LA chapter president of the National Council of Negro Women.



eturning to Louisville after college and a brief, unhappy marriage, Patty Blackburn Semple ditched her married name and named her daughter Bonner Semple. Now a divorcée and single mother, Semple began teaching in 1885. From 1893 to 1900, she founded and operated the progressive college preparatory school for girls Semple Collegiate School where she encouraged her young women to further their education. The school continued operation until 1915. Semple remained a fierce promoter of her alma mater Vassar College, from which her daughter and granddaughter would also graduate. She was actively involved in numerous civic organizations and social clubs. Semple was the first woman trustee of the Louisville Free Public Library and first President of the Woman’s Club of Louisville. As a suffragist, she was especially passionate about the enfranchisement of Black women. When William Shallcross Speed and Virginia Perrin Speed founded Louisville Collegiate School for preschool to 12th-grade girls in 1915, many of the incoming students came from Semple Collegiate School. Louisville Collegiate School was completely coed by 1983.

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orn on October 19, 1923, in Jimtown, a Black settlement outside Springfield, Kentucky, Georgia Montgomery was born the only girl in a family with nine children. The family moved to Louisville after a tornado leveled their two-room shack. Montgomery graduated from Central High School in 1940 and studied at Louisville Municipal College, now known as the HBC Simmons College of Kentucky. After marrying her first husband Norman “Nicky” Davis and adopting son Billy, Georgia Davis got involved in Democratic Party politics with the encouragement of a fellow church member. She traveled the country as a campaign organizer and civil rights activist. In 1967, Georgia Davis Powers became the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate. When she arrived in Frankfort, she was unable to get a hotel room as a Black woman. Senator Powers claimed to be present at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, the morning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. In her twenty-plus years of service as a State Senator, she sponsored bills prohibiting employment, sex, and age discrimination and supported legislation for fair housing and accessibility. Senator Powers retired in 1988 and received honorary doctorates from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.



ounded by Rebecca Rosenthal Judah in 1895, the Louisville Section of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW™) is the oldest and largest women’s organization in Jefferson County. Judah was elected Treasurer on the national level in 1902. According to the NCJW website, NSJW is “continually guided by Jewish values that call on us to improve the lives of the most vulnerable women, children, and families. NCJW-Louisville pioneered many social services in the city, and its many hundreds of volunteers continue to serve, educate, and advocate for women and children. In January 1906, NCJW-Louisville joined the Kentucky Federation of Woman’s Clubs, supporting school suffrage. That same year, Judah helped form and was elected Treasurer of the Kentucky Child Labor Association. She also served as Vice President and Treasurer of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association (KERA). KERA became the Kentucky League of Women Voters after the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920. NCJW-Louisville celebrated its 125th anniversary on June 15, 2021. The event included a virtual celebration, a “Celebrating Our Past” luncheon, and a “Celebrating Our Future gathering followed by a walk over the Big Four Bridge, lit in NCJW’s signature blue and green colors. The event also served as a major fundraising campaign for the Louisville Section.

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n 1908, after five years as a Louisville Free Public Library secretary, Jennie Maas Flexner studied at the School of Library Science at Western Reserve University in Cleveland. She returned to chair the Louisville Woman Suffrage Association’s Legislative Committee. Flexner helped organize the 1911 National American Woman Suffrage Association convention hosted in Louisville that year. She also served as Press Superintendent of the Kentucky Equal Rights Association and worked to get out the vote after Kentucky women gained “school suffrage” in 1912. As the Louisville Free Public Library’s circulation department head from 1912 to 1928, Flexner became a leading authority on reader-centered libraries. She promoted service to the Black community and professional education for librarians. In 1926, Flexner served on the American Library Association’s curriculum staff and wrote the book Circulation Work in Public Libraries 1927, a standard text for library schools based on that experience. Through the depression and World War II, Flexner founded the Readers’ Advisory division at New York Public Library and innovated adult education and training programs benefiting immigrants, refugees, and minorities. She published Making Books Work: A Guide to the Use of Libraries for the common reader in 1943. Jennie Maas Flexner died on November 16, 1944, in NYC and was buried in Louisville’s Adath Israel Cemetery. 

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GENDER EQUITY IN LOUISVILLE In these pages, we have honored and continue to celebrate Louisville women past and present who have advanced the cause of gender equity in our city. As we observe Women’s History Month, Gretchen Hunt, Executive Administrator of Louisville Metro Government’s Office for Women (OFW), is just settling into her new position. “The thread that has run through my career is equity and elevating women.” BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTO

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retchen Hunt has worked as Immigration Attorney for the Center for Women and Families. She served the Kentucky Attorney General as Director of the Office of Victim Advocacy and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) as a staff attorney. Hunt worked with Governor Beshear’s office to resolve the state’s rape kit backlog, taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville and Brandeis School of Law, and is a nationally-recognized consultant on the subject of human trafficking. She was inducted into the Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2019 and most recently served as Emerge Kentucky Executive Director.


The Office for Women was formed in 1991 following a high-profile domestic murder-suicide involving two public school teachers in Louisville. According to Hunt, “Unfortunately, it was one of my beloved teachers who perpetrated the terrible crime and it had a ripple effect through the community and in my life.” Over thirty years later, Hunt’s background in reducing gender-based violence helped land her the Executive Administrator position. “Mayor Fisher elevated the Office for Women to be within the Office of Equity,” says Hunt, which is a significant shift “centering racial equity within the work.” The office is vital because it serves 52% of Louisville’s population. “Its purpose is to help women achieve their potential regardless of their circumstances.” OFW’s broad focus includes violence against women, human trafficking, social and economic well-being, housing, education, civic engagement, and autonomy. Hunt sees it as her duty to promote OFW programs and services, increasing their availability and communication. “I intend to partner with the community, working together, better and smarter, to elevate women. The COVID pandemic has made clear the disparities and gaps in services for women, such as childcare issues, leaving the workforce, domestic violence, and the housing crisis. Black women and women of color, in particular, have been hardest hit and deserve particular focus and attention.”

For more information, visit louisvilleky. gov/government/office-women. To engage with the Office of Women directly on issues such as diaper need or becoming an ambassador, reach out to Follow @OFWLouisville on Facebook for events and updates.

Louisville Metro Council recently launched its inaugural Women’s Caucus for gender equity with presentations from the OFW and Metro United Way. The OFW is also forming a gender-equity working group within Metro government and an Ambassadors project for women across the city. “Ambassadors for the office will learn more and be advocates for their communities, mainstreaming gender equity with diversity in participation.” Short-term projects and goals are to “get out in the community to hear from community leaders, to raise the status of women with bold ideas to move the needle on gender equality, and necessary structural changes.” Hunt’s long-term goals and vision for the OFW are “to change the statistics for those seeking housing, to reduce the frequency and severity of domestic violence, and to have more women leading with greater visibility, especially marginalized women.” When people think of Louisville, she wants them to know and feel that women are leading in this city. “Indicators rise when you empower women.” Hunt’s advice for women trying to advocate for themselves in healthcare, at work, or politically is to work together and get support. “We are strongest when we are collaborating to advocate. And if you are already in a position of power, it is your responsibility to advocate for other women. Make change for other women, not just for yourself.” 

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DR. JOYA Imagine, if you will, a Dr. Pimple Popper for pets! Louisville’s own Dr. Joya Griffin, DVM stars in the television series “Pop Goes the Vet with Dr. Joya” on National Geographic WILD. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS


r. Griffin specializes in veterinary dermatology caring for the skin, the largest organ on an animal’s body. Her interest in animals stems from her early childhood in Dayton, Ohio. Joya connected with animals and wanted to be a veterinarian from the time she was seven when the family adopted their first cat, Chessie. Over the years, the family kept many pets, including dogs, a rabbit, fish, a frog, and even a wild-caught snapping turtle kept in an attic bathtub. (Although Dr. Griffin now advises against keeping snapping turtles as pets.)

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When Joya went away to college, her parents got a Lhasa Apso named Gizmo as her “replacement.” But poor Gizmo suffered from bad skin, hair loss, and had to wear an e-collar. “There were not as many treatments then. Veterinary medicine has come a long way. We only ever saw temporary improvement with Gizmo.” So Joya took Gizmo back with her to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. “Within weeks, they were able to clear up her infections and get her itching under control. Her skin healed, her hair regrew, and she came out of an e-collar! I saw firsthand the difference quality specialized care could make, how it saved her life, and I wanted to do that for others.” Dr. Griffin loves seeing the transformation in beloved family pets and how meaningful her work is in restoring an animal’s appearance, quality of life, and bond with their humans. Dr. Griffin is board-certified with the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) and joined


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Animal Dermatology Group in 2010. The Louisville practice she leads with ACVD Resident Dr. Jeffrey Tinsley that started as a satellite office now has two satellites of its own: Lexington and Evansville. They pride themselves on building solid relationships with pet parents and consider their colleagues and coworkers as friends and family.

“I enjoy filming, teaching, and educating Louisville and the country about veterinary dermatology. My new pet parents often say, ‘I didn’t even know you existed.’” Working in Kentucky also allows Dr. Griffin to delve into a particular interest in equine dermatology. “The show sheds a positive light on the city with beautiful footage of Louisville and the surrounding area.”

After responding to an inquiry about becoming the Dr. Pimple Popper of the animal world, Dr. Griffin spent much of 2020 collecting videos for sizzle reels and press tapes to send to the production company. When filming began in earnest, it made for longer days at the office with an already busy work and home life. “The flow of my days is different with the film crew there.” But Dr. Griffin is hoping for “Pop Goes the Vet” Season 2.

When filming wraps and her workday is over, Dr. Griffin enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Her husband, Dr. Forrest Cummings, is a veterinary internal medicine specialist and an excellent home chef. They have three children - son Caden and boy/girl twins Coby and Carter. Dr. Griffin loves traveling, working out, and “sometimes” running. She has completed four half marathons and plans to continue training. 


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It is the same sense of family that makes a partnership with Independence Bank such a natural fit. “Our values align perfectly,” says Louis R. Straub II, Louisville Market President for the Bank, which has a similar foundation for its employees and like KFC, is compassionately community oriented. Louis is committed to what he calls “Everyday Excellence,” and with that in mind, Independence Bank helped the KFC Foundation build a strong investment strategy, resulting in significantly higher returns and create the capacity for the KFC Foundation to do more good work for decades to come. In addition to its St. Matthews signature location, Independence Bank also offers a second office at 1900 Colonel Sanders Lane. It is a wonderful arrangement for two fantastically civic-minded institutions.

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ocation, Location, Location!” - long considered the three essential considerations in real estate, is followed closely by timing and trends these days as the market continues to heat up.

The U.S. housing market is booming, with home prices peaking at a yearover-year rate of 20% last year and a Spring 2020 Zillow® forecast of a 16.4% spike. With a lack of inventory and interest rate hikes looming, keeping up with home buying and selling trends is vital for both sides of every potential transaction. Knowledge is power. The Greater LouisPaula deville Association of REscribes the ALTORS® (GLAR) is over fourth quarter of 5200 members strong and 2021 as an amazing serves a seven-county area. adventure. “It was not “We help educate agents, proa dull time to be in the tect consumers, and offer a multireal estate business - at 2021-2022 GLAR ple listing service,” says 2021-2022 all!” With low inventory President Paula GLAR President Paula Barmore of at all price points, Paula Barmore of Parker Parker & Klein Realtors. Paula’s fadoesn’t see that chang& Klein Realtors ther was a developer and builder, ing any time soon. “It was and she worked in onsite sales for and still is a great time to him for four years. She has been a sell.” Another significant realtor and associate broker for 27 years and factor in the market recently is “people lookstill enjoys “making dreams come true” for ing at their homes in a different way.” Our her clients. homes are now multi-purpose, with so many

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of us working from home and children engaged in Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI). “Right-sizing becomes a priority when you know you will be in your home more.” Our perspectives on how we see our home carry over into 2022, and newer ones are also coming to light. “How will the home be used differently now?” Paula thinks time in the kitchen will be even more valuable as we have grown accustomed to gathering there, gaining and developing cooking skills, and making memories. She also sees multi-generational living as a growing trend with athome care for senior family members and children out of school.

“As interest rates tick up, grandparents become a more affordable option to help care for children.” With Louisville’s ever-growing immigrant population, multi-generational living is a cultural norm they bring with them to the city. This trend begets other trends with changes to expectations and requirements in home floorplans and expanding footprints. “Some homes now have a second kitchen often modified to prevent accessibility issues.” But in-demand in-law suites aren’t just for in-laws anymore. “They are useful for an au pair living in the home,” says Paula. “Or older children who now live at home longer to save money and need that separation of space.”

So what advice does Paula have for buyers and sellers as they consider these trends and make crucial financial and lifestyle decisions? For buyers, “Have a licensed realtor help guide you through the process. Know that it will require patience and persistence. Get financing lined up before you start to look. And be prepared to move quickly!” Sellers should “Have a realtor walk your house from the outside in. Landscaping makes a huge first impression. Inside, declutter and take down photos so that potential buyers can better imagine themselves in the space. Clean until it sparkles and fix minor things. Updating lighting and lighting

fixtures is an inexpensive way to make a big difference. Choose brighter bulbs and use the same kinds of bulbs throughout the house. A fresh coat of paint also goes a long way to lighten and brighten. Invest in having great photos taken for the listing.”  For more information, visit Follow @GreaterLouisvilleREALTORS on Facebook and Instagram.

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Women’s Council of Realtors is a national community of some of the brightest and best real estate professionals in the business. Women’s Council was initially created and brought into existence because women were barred from admission in the local Realtor associations. The organization was originally formed by 37 women from 9 different states across the country at the 1937 Annual Convention in Milwaukee. “Our Women’s Council community today is vast with more than 10,000 members and more than 250 local and state networks in nearly 40 states,” says Julie Gamble, President. “Women’s Council is the largest Network in the Realtor family with more than 1,200 elected officers. Its 80-year history and legacy is significant, and the value it offers is so much more than just an organization of women. The opportunities for personal growth and development are large within the Women’s Council Network. Since its beginning, many members have served as role models in the industry as well as in their communities. Women’s Council offers an award-winning business leadership program. Additionally, the Council’s Performance Network Management program provides specific training geared toward operating a real estate business. With this said, the average Women’s Council member’s income is $134,470.” A full 70% of members believe their involvement with Women’s Council has made them a stronger leader, increased their business skills, and improved their personal life. Women’s Council members are very active with the National Association of Realtors (NAR). With members holding 11% of committee slots, and 19% having served on NAR Boards of Directors, Women’s Council members rate of participation in RPAC is the highest in the Realtor family. Annual contributions from Women’s Council members is $3.10 million, with 471 representing as President Circle investors.

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Whether you’re buying or selling, Amy Wagner will negotiate your way to success. Amy has made a name for herself as one of Louisville’s Premier Realtors. Already well known as a stellar Designer, Stager, and General Contractor right here in our community, Amy is Louisville’s one-stop-shop for all things Real Estate. She’s with you for every Real Estate decision you make, for as long as you need Real Estate. “I have been creating turn key listings for over 14 years, helping clients to sell homes fast and for top dollar,” she says. Buyers benefit from Amy’s expert eye on estimating renovation costs and interior design plans, and she holds all the resources to complete those projects for her clients herself. “My goal is to help buyers find their dream home, with an experts’ vision and resources all under one roof, while assisting sellers in creating show ready listings,” says Amy. Amy is there to be with you well beyond just one transaction.

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When a trusted mentor told him to never leave his potential behind him after he leaves the world, Ethan Adams took it to heart. His goal oriented vision landed on a new target: he's a proud ReMax agent. Already one of the top realtors in Louisville and still in his twenties, Ethan has translated his gregarious nature into massive success. "More than any financial aspect, I love people," he says. "I love looking out for people. I treat each home sale just like it’s my house. I don't want to be thought of as a salesman, I'm a real person and I want to leave a big, positive impact. I believe that if you commit yourself to helping people and being the best version of yourself that you can be, rewards will naturally come around." Ethan believes in never giving up and carries great gratitude. "I will be in this business for the rest of my life," he says.

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In addition to being a Realtor, Michelle Kurland is the Vice President of The Schnitzelburg Area Community Council. She’s also active in the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association, Greater Germantown Business Association, Louisville Grows, and a graduate from the Center for Neighborhoods Institute. She’s an all around civicminded, proud Louisvillian. “I love this city and being involved in the community,” she says. Over the years, she’s helped many of her clients find homes in these great, burgeoning neighborhoods. Her devotion to supporting local interests has resulted in an almost 100% referral based business model, as well as a great deal of success. Michelle understands the tremendous importance of relationships and she’s on point and personalized in her level of service. “I take a lot of pride in communication and my clients always come first for me,” she says.

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What a year it already has been for Anthony Reddington. You might recognize him as one of the TOPS magazine’s 50 under 50 from this year’s January issue. As a skilled negotiator with extensive knowledge of the local market, Anthony Reddington is dedicated and passionate about helping others. He goes above and beyond for each and every client, educating them about the process of buying or selling a home. “I believe in treating everyone like family and providing the best real estate experience that is possible.” Anthony never fails to surpass his client’s expectations. When he is not working to ensure his clients needs are met, he is focusing on being one of EXP Realty’s best mentors for newly licensed realtors in the Louisville area. “With such a high failure rate of new agents, it is very important to surround yourself in a brokerage that gives you the education and tools to be successful.” Having a passion for where he lives and works makes Anthony the right choice for all your real estate needs.

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A large man who is passionate about tiny homes, Chris Thieneman is a builder from a family of builders. He played football for U of L and went on to go pro, but today, his goal is to make affordable housing a reality for those in need. “What makes us great as people is that we’re all different,” he says. “Today’s market is tough, and options are really low for people who want or require something more affordable. I like to try to get people like veterans on a budget out of apartments and into nice places that they can own and have a yard.” These tiny homes are minimalistic, flexible, and nimble, perfect for people who appreciate the art of living simply and simply living. “Affordable does not equal bad,” Chris says. “And helping others is so important; to give a hand up instead of hand down.”

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Licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana, Sara LeGaspi brings vast industry knowledge and creative problem-solving in service to her clients. Sara has been in the Real Estate field for over two decades. “I love houses and I love people, so this has been the perfect industry for me,” she says. “The relationships that I form are not purely transactional. A lot of personal investment goes into it.” Sara specializes in creating what she calls “A Red Carpet Feeling” in her day to day. “Buying and selling a house is a stressful thing no matter what,” she says. “I’m here to help manage that through a very communicative process.” Sara is a Cali girl living in a Kentuckiana world. Licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana, she’s here to help you with all your Real Estate needs.

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Catering to homebuyers whom are 45 and over, Rich and Michelle Heareth serve a group that has typically been ignored when it comes to new home construction. “The market traditionally focuses on first time and move-up buyers, leaving these folks with few options in the marketplace,” Rich says. “With 68 million Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers quickly moving into a stage in their life where ‘rightsizing’ away from their 2-story home with the big yard starts to appeal to them, providing options for them is key.” That’s where Perfection Builders, an Epcon Franchise Home Builder, comes in. “We felt we could bring a much-needed product to the Louisville market,” says Michelle. “Offering luxury, single-level homes in a low maintenance community with amenities like a clubhouse, fitness center, walking trails, pickleball courts, etc, our homes and communities fill a vital need that was not adequately being addressed in the Louisville market.”

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“It took a lot of education to figure out what I wanted to do,” quips Kristy Dugan, a full-time Realtor with a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. “My business model is one built on high levels of service combined with extensive market knowledge,” she says. “I meet the client where they are in the real estate process and provide guidance to the degree that they need and desire.” Kristy has salient advice that applies in any market. “Get a Realtor involved in your real estate needs when you begin thinking about it rather than when you are ready to act,” she says. “ A quality Realtor will take out some of the guesswork, dispel myths and provide guidance to you well in advance of signing paperwork.” “We have worked with Kristy on both the seller and buyer side - simply the best. Authentic and professional in every way.” – Mike & Marcia

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“In an industry that has never been more competitive, the smallest details can make the biggest impact in a transaction. They cannot be overlooked,” says Crystalyn Noland. “I thrive on the details. Communication, confidentiality, and trust are my top priority.” Being mindful and attentive to her clients’ individual needs is critical in order for her to compose a tailored plan for each client. This is where she excels. With a deep sense of loyalty and compassion for people, she loves to help however she can. “My goal is to provide the smoothest transition to the closing table while building lifelong relationships,” she says. “I’m so thankful to have a career that allows the opportunity to serve on a daily basis.”

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Brad & Katie NOE


As a husband-and-wife team, Louisville natives Brad and Katie Noe – licensed in both Kentucky and Indiana - pride themselves on a service oriented approach that goes above and beyond what buyers and sellers experience in a typical Real Estate transaction. The Noes are set apart by their listing consultation process when working with sellers. From decluttering and staging to professional photography and videos, aggressive multi-channel marketing campaigns, prospecting for buyers, and detailed market analysis with an optimal pricing strategy, these two get their clients’ homes sold faster and for top dollar. They are widely recognized as one of the top Listing Agents in the region with an average of just two days on market before accepting a contract. Brad and Katie kicked off the year with an exciting announcement on their partnership with Southern Indiana home builder RyBuilt Custom Homes, representing their residential developments in booming Charlestown, Indiana, at the Gardens and the Estates of Danbury Oaks.

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“We feel that honesty and integrity should be at the forefront of every real estate transaction,” says Joshua Arthurs of the profession that he shares with his wife, Sara. “We focus on the East End and surrounding counties, but do sell throughout the Greater Louisville Area. Our business practices are driven by our faith and our core values.” Incredibly hard workers who strive to fervently serve their clients, these two excel at truly listening and serving with the utmost passion and loyalty. With the motto of “Let us help you find a home you love in a town we love,” this sympathetic and empathetic pair believe that exemplary customer service is an absolute necessity and strive to bring boutique quality service to all, along with the marketing power and resources of one of the largest brokerages in town.

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“I love my job and my life. I thank God and my family every day,” says Julie Klein, Realtor. Julie entered into the world of real estate eight years ago, after over eighteen years in the medical field. “I always enjoyed helping people, and Real Estate gives me the opportunity to do just that,” she says. “The home selling and buying process can be stressful, and that’s where I feel I can do the most good.” Julie goes above and beyond for a smooth transition and strives to be a trustworthy and reliable guide through every step. “I love getting to meet amazing people who many times become my friends. I want to be the person they call if they need a lender, plumber, electrician or handyman. Working with Semonin has been amazing. They have the best staff, mentors, marketing and support to ensure all my clients have the best team working for them as well.”

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The real estate market is extremely competitive right now and it can become quite stressful on buyers and sellers. With the core values of kindness and transparency, Claire Schenk minimizes stress for her clients. She exhibits tremendous dedication, due diligence and guidance, so that the clients she serves can accomplish their goals. Adding the use of first-class technology to her eleven plus years of experience and unwavering work ethic, Claire is here to help people realize their dreams. “There are some common misconceptions about realtors; that they’re just out to get a contract signed and make money,” Claire says. “This is not a money business; it’s a people business. Less than 10% of my professional life is composed of drafting contracts. My main focus is on client relationships and working together to ensure that the entire real estate process is positive from the time we meet, to long after the transaction closes.”

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“We offer 50% of our commission, 100% of the time because that drives other agents to our listings, which brings more clients, creates competition and produces the best results for our buyers,” says Bill Menish, Owner and Managing Director of SVN Menish Commercial Real Estate. “We are different because we always put our clients needs ahead of our own.” A retired broadcaster of 20 years, Bill doesn’t just market properties, he broadcasts them to interested buyers with the theory that “every property has a story to tell.” It could be the history, a unique attribute or how it can be a great investment for a future buyer. “Of course the story has a happy outcome when the new owner begins a new chapter.” When not working in commercial real estate, Bill travels the country conducting charity auctions and raising millions of dollars for non-profits. When tragic tornadoes struck Kentucky in December, Bill sprang into action, raising more than $3.4 million dollars for tornado victims. It is a point of tremendous pride for Bill and the others who created that incredibly successful fundraiser in just 11 days.

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A licensed Realtor for over twenty years, Danny Boehnlein subscribes to the belief that if you help and serve others to get what they want, you will have everything in life that you want. “I try to listen and focus on the things that the people that I work with need,” he says. “I can’t do anything for anyone until I begin to build that trust.” Danny is a part of Gant Hill & Associates, a full-service real estate brokerage and advisory firm. They specialize in the purchase, rental, sale, management and marketing of preferred residential and commercial properties. It’s a boutique firm whose brand imparts integrity, expertise, and superb knowledge. This is a team of experienced, friendly, honest agents who want nothing more than to help you find the perfect property. Their understanding of the area and its local amenities, combined with a keen ability to assess your desires and needs results in a truly efficient buying process.

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“You can think of Integra as a ‘boutique’ mortgage brokerage providing a ‘concierge’ level of service,” says President and Founder, Skip Banister. “Whether a client is borrowing $50,000 or $500,000, the service remains the same. At the end of the day, service is what we all are offering our clients.” Skip established Integra Mortgage Group, LLC in 1997 as a home-based business with the goal of eliminating overhead costs and passing those savings on to his clients. There is also great care in providing total transparency in communication as information is provided to clients throughout the entire process so there is never any confusion or ambiguity. “Our business model allows us to offer our clients the best mortgage products at a better value than other lenders. Integra is large enough to offer all of the mortgage options available but small enough to provide the absolute best experience for our clients.”




“I’m a realtor who always answers her phone,” says the ever reliable Beth Kreakie. “Unless I’m on the phone with another client. If that’s the case, I’ll call you right back.” She believes in putting her clients in the exact home they want and never settling. She’s here to help clients of every type to navigate the process, but she does particularly enjoy working with first time home buyers and veterans. “That’s where my heart is,” she says. She gets it honesther husband, who buys her a bottle of wine and writes her a poem with every home she closes, is a United States Marine. “I always leave crying when I get someone moved into their new place, but it’s so worth it,” she says. In the business since 2006, Beth believes in working to play and enjoys her downtime. “I love my family and friends, and I like living a full life,” she says.

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O N E PA R K V I S I O N One Park, led by Ulysses “Junior” Bridgeman, Dr. Mushtaque Juneja, and Kevin Cogan, is a $250 million proposed development at Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road that will receive national acclaim for its architecture, combination of interactive uses, and prominent location next to a major urban park at the gateway to Louisville’s downtown

• The crossroads of four neighborhoods leading to downtown • A gateway into downtown from Interstate 64 • Creating street character that is pedestrian-oriented • Having multi-modal access and connections • Using sustainable principles that benefit the environment • Providing access and views to the recreational uses around it

Jefferson Development Group is a Louisville, Kentucky based real estate development company specializing in the management and construction of luxury, urban properties. 2650 Technology Drive | Louisville, KY 40299 | (502) 896-2888

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LOUISVILLEPREMIERECLEANERS.COM In these days especially, the importance of cleanliness can’t be emphasized enough. Luckily, Krystal Jarrell and her team at Premiere Cleaning are expertly qualified to properly clean your home, office, restaurant, school, store or manufacturing company.. With 34 years in business, Premiere is a nonfranchise, locally owned company. They are trusted in this region by companies like the YMCA, JCPS, Merkley Kendrick Jewlers, Starbucks, and Walgreens. Premiere has received special ISSA certification for the Coronavirus. “Not only can we respond to the virus, we can help prevent it” says Krystal. Krystal brings a personal touch to her work. Her motto is, Your time is valuable, Our time is available. “I listen to my clients and truly get to know what they are seeking, whether I meet with them in their home or over the phone,” says Krystal. “I provide a sophisticated yet affordable approach, creating the perfect cleaning plan based on their wants and needs.”

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fitness: Fitness Questions Answered


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I asked a number of members at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center along with people I encounter daily what questions they had about fitness. Here are answers to some top 10 frequently asked fitness questions.


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On average, how long does it take to see results once I start exercising? At the start of a new year, many new year’s resolutions include restarting a fitness plan. After a month, if fitness goers do not see results on their scale, many quit and give up on their routine. A little bit of advice: give it time! It did not take you one month to put that weight on, so it will take longer than a month to lose. Do not worry about numbers on a scale right away. They will fluctuate up and down and can give you inaccurate readings, resulting in discouragement. Releasing endorphins, increasing muscle mass, and improving your cardiovascular endurance takes time. After a couple of months of consistent exercise and healthy eating, your body will feel better, and fat mass will drop. TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 67

Can I work out and gain weight? Yes. Incorporating weight training, higher weight, and less reps allows your body to increase muscle mass, which in return helps the body put on “good weight.” Fueling your body with protein directly after exercising helps heal the muscles and keeps lean mass on. Foods such as avocado are a good essential fat that can be added to your protein (fish, chicken). Give your body at least a month of two to feel and see a difference in healthy lean muscle mass gain. How do I lose weight fast? There is no magic pill to lose weight. Healthy eating habits, an exercise plan designed for you as an individual, and keeping your stress at bay will lead you to the healthiest version of yourself. Never starve or deprive your body. It may be a quick way to lose weight for a week, but you will eventually gain that weight back plus more. Tricking your body is unhealthy. On average, fueling your body with a healthy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks in between, is best; however, everyone is different, so always consult your personal trainer and doctor on what is best for you. What type of training do I need to do to increase muscle mass? Strength training. Meet with one of our trainers at Milestone to get a program set up for you. How often do I need to rest? Take one day out of the week to rest from your regular routine. This is just as much a mental release as it is physical. You can still exercise if you need to; just do something different, like a casual walk along a trail with family. If I “cheat” with my eating one day, does it undo all my hard work at the gym? Everyone is allowed a “cheat” moment when it comes to food and drink. This does not mean you continually make unhealthy decisions the rest of the day or the next. We all have a vice. If we completely deprive ourselves, when the opportunity strikes, we will overdo it. For instance, if you are at a wedding and you really want that cupcake, eat half. Satisfy your craving in moderation. Is a morning workout more beneficial than an afternoon or evening workout? No. This is completely up to the individual. If you feel that you are more motivated in the morning, make that effort to exercise then. If you are a busy parent and a workout in the morning causes more stress, wait until the kids are asleep and do your workout in the late evening when you have the time.

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Should I weigh on a scale everyday? No. Weighing everyday can give you inaccurate readings. Weighing weekly can keep you motivated but can also be discouraging because of normal fluid shifts in the body. I prefer to weigh my clients once a month at Milestone. Does muscle weigh more than fat? Muscle does weigh more than fat if you compare samesize portions. According to science, a pound of muscle weighs the same as a pound of fat. The difference is muscle is much more dense than body fat. Even if you are losing bad fat, you may see an increase in overall weight because of lean body mass (muscle). Do not let this discourage you. Lean mass increase helps protect bones and combats obesity. How often should I stretch? After exercise. Hold stretches for 30 seconds, a static stretch, no bouncing. If you feel that your body needs stretching before beginning a routine, feel free to do so. Listen to your body. Alison Cardoza, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist Health Milestone Wellness Center. B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, minor in Health promotions from The University of Louisville. Former UofL Ladybird and NFL Colts Cheerleader.

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Lash t s u L BEAUTY


Achieving long, luxurious lashes is not easy, even when you’re using your favorite mascara. If you were born with lashes that make you say 'I look like I’m dying' when you don’t have any product on, then welcome to the club, doll! No need to worry, though, because there are plenty of ways to enhance what God gave you and create lashes that will make you say, 'Wow, I look good!' when you look in the mirror. Lash serums, falsies, and extensions are all options when trying to take your fringe to the next level. You may be asking yourself if these products actually work, but we’re here to tell you that they do! The women around the TOPS office all have our favorite ways to boost our lashes, and we want to let you in on our secrets.

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Serums are great for increasing eyelash growth and thickness, but you’ll have to wait a while for full results. If you’re willing to wait, here are some products we recommend.

Latisse is the only FDA-approved serum, and it’s available with a prescription from your dermatologist. It requires daily applications along the lash line of the upper eyelid, and should be used for at least two months to see full results. If you use it daily, you’re sure to see your eyelashes grow and thicken. Although, once you stop using Latisse, your eyelashes will return to their original appearance. If you use any Rodan + Fields products, you know they may be a little pricey, but oh are they worth it. Lash Boost is a lash conditioning serum that, when applied nightly, will result in longer, stronger, darker lashes. It also helps maintain moisture, enhances lash durability, and protects against breakage. For best results, apply on the upper lash line and use it for eight weeks. It can even be used on your eyebrows! If you’re looking for a vegan option, LashFood is for you. LashFood is the world’s first and only Ecocert natural eyelash enhancer, and 99% of its ingredients come from a natural origin! This product nourishes lashes to look longer, thicker, and stronger with Phyto-Medic Complex. What the heck is that? Well, it delivers nutrients to your lashes directly at the follicle with natural ingredients. With LashFood, you can expect full results after 16 weeks.

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Lancer's Lash Serum Intense is formulated with Biotin and Panthenol to help lashes look more lush, even in your early Saturday morning moments when you drank a little too much wine the night before. It also contains Pumpkin Seed Extract and high performance conditioning agents, both rich in essential fatty acids, to improve the look of thin or sparse lashes. If you buy directly from the Lancer website, you even get a twopiece gift with your purchase! Professional eyelash extensions result in less work for you and last longer than at-home extensions, about six to eight weeks. Extensions are semi-permanent lashes that are hand-glued on top of your natural lashes by a lash pro. Unlike strip lashes, these are glued individually to your natural hairs, so they’re ultra customizable and look like real lashes. Once you have extensions, there’s no need to use mascara. It’s actually recommended to stay away from mascara, as it can cause your extensions to break and clump them together, making them harder to clean. Speaking of cleaning, these require quite a bit every day. Professionals recommend cleaning them with a spoolie

brush when you wake up, after you shower, and before you go to sleep on your silk pillowcase. If you’re looking for long lasting, little-work-involved lashes, we recommend you try out professional eyelash extensions. Hourglass Aesthetics & Salon and Gatwick Beauté Collective are just two fantastic options in Lexington for this service. On the other hand, if you’re looking for natural growth and willing to wait, serums are a great choice to extend your lashes. At-home extensions are a nice middle ground as they don’t require daily care, but can be popped on at a moment’s notice.

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top 5: Woman-Owned Restaurants

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Celebrate Women’s History Month by supporting restaurateurs making some local history of their own! The women owners featured here represent various cultures and flavor profiles, including Mexican, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, vegetable-centric, and more. Gather your best girlfriends and put some Ladies’ Nights in your calendars. We know just the places!

Agave & Rye®

Recently named a 2021 Women Who Mean Business honoree by Cincinnati Business Courier, Agave & Rye® Co-Founder/CEO Yavonne Sarber is not one to rest on her laurels. “The recognition means a lot and is an opportunity to show what we’ve got. Success breeds more opportunities which are so important for women and minorities.” Sarber brought her fine-dining background, passion for interior design, and business savvy to propel her restaurants into an exciting growth pattern. The Agave & Rye® Tequila & Bourbon Hall concept has expanded to ten locations, including Louisville and New Albany, with over 900 employees. She takes pride in the individual artistry of each space and believes the people truly set Agave & Rye apart. “We are a family, not just team members. There are no managers, only leaders.” According to Sarber, their food is different from other taco & tequila concepts. “As food trends have changed and diners have become savvier, we take the fine-dining approach and put it in the vessel of a taco, which is approachable and affordable. We are a 100% scratch kitchen with a small freezer just large enough to hold some ice cream. We fresh-squeeze limes every day for margaritas.” A current craze and personal favorite of Sarber is Birria Grilled Street Tacos: consommé-dipped flour or corn tortillas filled with slow-braised beef, guajillo chiles, Oaxaca cheese, cilantro, and onions. Agave & Rye features 20 varieties of their famous double-shelled tacos. Sarber recommends The Rooster, inspired by Nashville Hot Chicken, and a side of HouseMade Sea Salt Tater Tots served with

Alabama White BBQ Sauce. Her husband’s pick is The Alderman with carne asada steak, street corn salad, cotija cheese, and spicy Chile de Árbol salsa. For dessert, The Salty Pimp Epic Tacos are a chocolate and caramel lover’s dream. Agave & Rye®’s patio season begins mid-month with an outdoor bar and 130 seats in Louisville and a rooftop bar and 50 seats in New Albany. Sarber’s S.O.B. (aka Son of a Butcher) Steakhouse opening in Cincinnati will eventually expand to Louisville. For more information, visit Follow @agaveandrye on Instagram and @agaveandryelouisville on Facebook for the latest updates.

Barcelona Bistro Bar

(pictured left) Alba Clementson, Chef/Founder/Owner of Barcelona Bistro Bar in Jeffersontown, learned to cook as a child from her mother. Magda recently visited Louisville from Barcelona, Spain, and mother and daughter reunited in the kitchen at long last! Clementson’s second home was the beautiful island of Menorca in the Mediterranean Sea, where she waited on the harbor for fresh fish straight off the fishermen’s boats. Barcelona Bistro Bar’s cuisine is a magical blend of family recipes like her grandmother’s Lasagna Bolognese and show-stopping Paella de Mar y Montaña (aka Sea & Mountain or Surf & Turf Paella), along with fresh ingredients, tapas, and sangrias. The art and architecture of beautiful Barcelona inspired the design and decor of the restaurant, and Clementson sets the tone for customer service as a charming host. Her passion is providing guests with laughter, happiness, and an escape from everyday life. That passion translates to the plates. She makes some tempting recommendations whether you’re in the

mood to share small plates or dig into hearty entrées. Diced Grilled Sirloin sparkles with Mediterranean herbs atop Patatas a lo Pobre. Ribs are seasoned and cooked in a Basque-country 1920s era Kalamotxo cocktail of red wine and Coca-Cola. The ribs come with roasted potatoes, onion, cream, and cheese. Garbanzos with Chorizo is a traditional Spanish stew with pork ribs, pancetta, chorizo, chickpeas, onion, carrots, garlic, cloves, tomatoes, and cabbage. For Lamb with Chimichurri, three tender grilled lamb cutlets are served with chimichurri sauce, mashed potatoes, and caramelized apples. The Yellowfin Tuna Steak is grilled tataki on a bed of mashed potatoes covered with Mediterranean sauce and ponzu, sprouts, and fresh mango. Try a glass of cava “Catalan champagne” and indulgent Spanish-style churros with Chocolate a la Taza to end the meal. Visit and follow updates @Barcelona_Bistro_Bar on Facebook and Instagram.

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Ciao Ristorante

Armed with Calabrian family recipes and inspired by her father’s dedication and homestyle cooking, Bridgette Pizzonia builds on the success of Ciao Ristorante in Louisville’s Irish Hill neighborhood. “My father raised us and cooked for us every night. No one out there cooked like him.” Pizzonia grew up in The Bronx in NYC, where her father was a builder and set designer for Broadway shows. She opened Ciao with her brother Fred in November 2016. “We use fresh ingredients, local vendors, and make as much from scratch as possible,” says Pizzonia. “Our bread dough, sausage, and marinara are all made in-house.” She walked us through the menu, with its “concentration on Classic Italian and Mediterranean style cuisine,” to spotlight some of the most popular dishes. To start the meal, try the “Chef’s Whim” Savory Monkey Bread made with pizza dough and other ingredients that change daily. The Ciao Caesar salad has Kentucky Bibb lettuce from a local grower. From the Classico section of the menu, the Baked Lasagna with traditional ingredients and crumbled hard-boiled egg was a Pizzonia family Christmas tradition. Freddie P’s family recipe Spaghetti & Meatballs are “Large Enough to Fill You Up” with 10-oz meatballs, House Marinara, and parmesan. Pizzonia’s House Pasta pick is Gnocchi alla Vodka with house-recipe Italian sausage, vodka sauce, handmade potato gnocchi, Ricotta Salata, and house-made basil pesto. The 12’ or 20” Scampi House Pizza has shrimp, pesto cream, lemon, oregano, and sweet peppadew peppers. Have Dolci Dreams with Ciao’s house-made traditional recipe Tiramisu. Ciao’s Bar Manager Ashley Towning is a highly-skilled mixologist who has been with the restaurant since the beginning. She crafts the bar menu and fresh-squeezes and mixes all juices by hand for creative cocktails, such as The Marble Relief with Copper & Kings “A Symphony in Orange” Infused Gin. In addition to a heavily Italian wine list, Ciao offers sherry, port, aperitif, spirits, beer, and amaro. Bridgette Pizzonia sees Towning as a co-leader. “We are not only woman-owned; we are women-operated.” Visit Follow @ciao.louisville on Facebook and @ciaolouisville on Instagram for Ciao’s Daily, Fish, and Lenten Chef’s Specials.

District 6

Sisters and Co-Owners Tram Thai and Chef Hanh Duong opened District 6 Vietnamese Gastropub in September 2019 in St. Matthews. They wanted to honor their mother and late father, who owned Chinese restaurants in the Louisville area in the mid-1980s to early 2000s. 76 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022

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The District 6 menu was inspired by family recipes and their grandmother, who used to cook with Hanh when she was a young girl. The vision was to create a distinct Vietnamese experience that could fit into any city. “Vietnamese food is among the best in the world because it is fresh, flavorful, and balanced with a unique combination of influences from Chinese, French, and Southeast Asian cultures. Vietnamese cuisine is more well-known for pho and banh mi, but there is so much more worth trying.” The sisters put their heads together to highlight the most popular menu items. From the Lunch Menu, Chef Duong recommends trying the Sweet & Spicy Cauliflower: “crunchy fried cauliflower drizzled with sweet & spicy sauce, topped with green onions.” For Dinner, the Short Rib Pho features “Dino beef rib” slow-cooked for six hours until tender and juicy with an 8-10 hour broth and noodles. Crispy Fried Whole Fish with Tamarind Sauce is branzino sea bass topped with crispy shallots, fried garlic, and cilantro with a side of mango slaw. The caramelized Braised Pork Belly with Soft-Boiled Egg comes with rice and steamed bok choy. The District 6 Monthly Special for March is the savory, crispy crepe known as Banh Xeo or “sizzling cake.” The sisters are also cooking up ideas for a monthly Supper Club. District 6 takes its name from the southwest urban district of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city, known for having an amazing variety of cuisines from different regions of Vietnam. Visit for more information. Follow @district_6_gastropub on Instagram and @ EatDistrict6 on Facebook for the latest specials.

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Naïve Kitchen + Bar

Catherine MacDowall has spent her entire working life in the hospitality industry. Climbing the ladder to become Operations Manager for James Beard Award-winning and two-star Michelin Chef José Andrés in Washington DC, MacDowall earned degrees in Interior Design, Finance, and International Business at George Washington University. She noticed an opening in the Louisville market to bring a “forward-thinking concept” to a smaller city. “There is a misconception that we are a strictly vegan or vegetarian restaurant, but we do serve beef, pork, poultry, and fish.” At NaÏve Kitchen + Bar in Butchertown, “there is a seat for anyone at our table, no matter their dietary preference or lifestyle, to feel included on the menu.” According to MacDowall, ”Vegetables are at the forefront based on seasonality with four menus per year and what is local and growing at the center of each dish.” MacDowall remembers what it was like opening her first restaurant at 27, not understanding all the ins and outs, and trying to gain peers’ respect. She wants to impact the lives and futures of Louisville hospitality workers. “I hope to have influence and teach the lessons I’ve learned over fifteen years to heighten the food scene for the next generation of leaders who will create, innovate, and push.” MacDowall shared some recommendations from Naïve’s innovative Dinner Menu. From the Vegetable section, Roasted Sweet Potato has parmesan, garlic tahini, mint, chive, and hazelnut. Butter Beans come with Grainwright sourdough, crème fraiche, fennel, and herb salad. Garlic mustard vinaigrette dresses the Tuscan Kale Salad topped with parmesan, shallot, pink peppercorn, Asian pear, and everything spice. For an entrée, try the Bucatini with trumpet mushroom, truffle, sunflower cream, and lemon, or Braised Chicken with harissa, black lentil, and leeks. Be sure to check out the flatbread special on weekdays. Naïve has a renovated 3500 sq ft patio opening in March, and Spring 2022 also has a new restaurant opening in store with Nostalgic Restaurant & Cocktail House at The Bellwether on Bardstown Road. Visit and follow @eatnaive on Instagram and Facebook. TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 79

empowering a culture of inclusion, equality, and diversity for a brighter Kentucky. At LG&E, we work hard every day to empower business owners and facilitate economic development in the communities we serve. And as an industry leader in supplier diversity, we proactively provide opportunities by mentoring, building relationships with, and buying from companies with diverse backgrounds. Over the last 10 years, we have spent $1.3 billion with Black-, minority- and veteran-owned companies – spending more than $170 million with 144 diverse businesses in 2019 alone. Because we’re all in this together. Visit to learn more.



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ou know more than one person (and maybe it’s you!) who loves animals and wants to care for every one of them. All the dogs. All the cats. All the fur babies. For those animal lovers, and for people with a heart, the Animal Care Society, ACS, works around the clock to save cats and dogs. “In a nutshell, we find new, safe and loving forever homes for adoptable dogs and cats,” said Randy Blevins, vice president of the Animal Care Society board of directors. Animal Care Society is an organization run with integrity and dedication to treat animals with compassion and dignity. ACS was founded in 1984 as Louisville’s first nonprofit no-kill adoption agency for dogs and cats. “We’re a privately funded, volunteer-driven organization whose financial support comes solely through annual subscription memberships, donations and adoption fees,” Randy said. “We receive no federal, state or local government funding.”

That means donation to this 501(c)(3) are welcome any day and every day. Monetary contributions, of course, as well as item donations

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from the organization’s wish list. “We are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help transport animals from high-kill shelters, transport animals to vet visits, and walk and socialize animals at the shelter,” Randy said. “Volunteers are also needed to assist in administrative roles at the shelter, to help at fundraising events, and to foster animals when space is at a premium.”

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There are any number of reasons an animal might be surrendered to ACS. The pet’s human is moving into a nursing home is one example. Or a family has fallen on hard times and can’t afford to care for the dog or cat. Sometimes a pet has too much energy for a particular living situation. No judgement. When a surrender happens, the staff and volunteers at Animal Care Society make sure the animal receives humane, loving and responsible care until a new home can be found. “This includes medical care and rehabilitation of animals, socialization and careful adoption vetting to make sure the forever home truly is forever,” Randy said. ACS services the Louisville metro area for adoptions, “but we provide relief to high-kill shelters in Kentucky and Indiana, taking in overflow animals that would otherwise be destroyed,” Randy said. 2022 started off with Animal Care Society taking some time to make improvements to the shelter facilities on Westport Road. A scheduled open house on Feb. 26 welcomed the public back to show off the renovations. Yes, the pandemic put a wrench in many of the organization’s normal fundraising efforts, so Randy and the board are looking to reimagine the annual Pet Gala and the popular fall event Bark in the Park later this year.

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ob interviews, whether remote or in person, require a professional outfit and confidence. Dress for Success Louisville (DFSL) offers comprehensive career support for women through six specific programs: computer literacy, financial empowerment, a career center and mobile career center, a professional women’s group and Suits to Success. Your donations of professional clothing for the Suits to Success program are so important, and can also include closedtoe shoes (flats and heels), purses, work-appropriate jewelry and new makeup. Serving nine counties in Kentucky and four in Southern Indiana, Dress for Success Louisville is “an incredible asset to Kentuckiana’s women, families, workforce and economy,” said Executive Director Monet Becker. The organization empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing them with a network of support and tools to help them thrive in work and in life. “We actively collaborate with a continually expanding and diverse group of nonprofits and government agencies—including homeless shelters, immigration services, job training programs, educational institutions and domestic violence shelters, among many others—to refer women to our organization when they are in need of a job or once they have secured a job interview,” Monet said. “Through offering suiting, career counseling, skills training and professional development opportunities, DFSL is able to grow and advance the women’s workforce in Kentuckiana and support women in every facet of their careers.” SPONSORED BY LG&E

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Dress for Success began in New York City in 1997. Dress for Success Louisville was founded in 2000 by Marcia Fackler and Shannon White, two Louisville businesswomen who recognized that “local women had long faced challenges to achieve and sustain economic independence and needed the services and support to address them,” said Monet. “A network of support, professional attire, development tools and genuine care can have deep impact on one’s self identify and career development, but this holds especially true for women hindered by histories of poverty,” Monet said. Poverty disproportionally affects women the most, so addressing women’s needs “is central to improving the quality of life for not only that woman, but also her family, future generations and her community.” DFSL addresses those needs locally by serving disadvantaged women in Kentuckiana who seek brighter futures. There’s no cost for participants in DFSL’s programs and services, so financial support is vital from individuals, corporations and organizations. Get involved with DFSL and empower women in Kentuckiana by volunteering, mentoring, making a donation or becoming a program sponsor. Visit louisville. 

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Upcoming Events

MARCH 8, 4-8 P.M.

DFSL International Women’s Day fundraiser at Kendra Scott in Oxmoor Center, with 20% of sales going to DFSL.

MARCH 10-12

Shop for Success Inventory Sale at DFSL Boutique on East Main. VIP access 3/10 (5-7 p.m.), public hours 3/11 (8 a.m. to 2 p.m.) and 3/12 (10 a.m. to noon). $10 VIP access.


Donation Day. On the third Saturday of each month, donate your new or gently used professional women’s attire at the DFSL Boutique, 913 E. Main St.


DFSL Derby Hat Exchange Fundraiser at Hellospoke, 118 East Main St. Tickets are $35.

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BROADWAY In Louisville™

Making its triumphant return to Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, PNC Broadway in Louisville™ presents a blockbuster 2021-2022 season. Getting this season up and running has been no easy feat. Thankfully, the task fell to Louisville native Leslie Broecker’s capable hands. She celebrates her 35th anniversary with Broadway in Louisville this month. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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roecker joined as Marketing Director for Louisville and Cincinnati before her role expanded into the Columbus, Indianapolis, and Birmingham markets. She now serves as President of Broadway in Louisville™ and Broadway Across America®’s Midwest Division, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Kansas City. Broecker previous-

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ly worked as the artist-relations coordinator for JVC Jazz Festival in New York (now known as Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island) and Grande Parade du Jazz in Nice, France. She lives on Running Water Farm, where she grew up in east Louisville, and enjoys frequent trips to the Great White Way as a Tony-voting member of The Broadway League®.

“COVID-19 hit the same day I announced the 2020-2021 Broadway in Louisville™ season,” says Broecker. She had to rebook shows multiple times in the 616 days until WAITRESS finally opened in Louisville on November 9, 2021. A large touring Broadway show coming to Louisville depends on cities nearby and across the country to sustain a

full performance schedule. The level of coordination is tremendous in normal times, not to mention amidst a global pandemic and the myriad complications it introduces. Touring Broadway shows first resumed in Texas, where fewer COVID restrictions were in place, and then expanded from there. Audience reception for the highly-anticipated WAITRESS and 11th Louisville running of CATS was not only encouraging but highly emotional for Broecker and her team. Despite negative COVID test and vaccination requirements, audiences displayed great loyalty and enthusiasm. “We also maintain a ‘backstage bubble’ for cast and crew who are tested and vaxxed unless they have a legitimate medical exemption. Thankfully, our subscribers stuck by us. The numbers have remained steady.” Canada’s musical COME FROM AWAY ran February 15-20, taking Louisville audiences on a breathtaking, 80-minute, intermissionless journey to Gander, Newfoundland. Gander residents housed and fed 7000 stranded airline passengers, nearly doubling their population, in the days following the September 11 terrorist attacks. Christopher Ashley is the show’s Tony Award®-winning Best Director. Broecker is excited to open MEAN GIRLS in Louisville this month, March 22-27. “The show is a huge hit with Tina Fey’s brilliant writing and music from her husband, Jeff Richmond. The tour is booked for the next two seasons. Casey Nicholaw of Aladdin and The Book of Mormon is the director. This all-star team adds to the variety of our season, which has something for everyone.” Lin-Manuel Miranda’s HAMILTON returns for a two-week 16-performance run June 7-19. Miranda based the show on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography, and the score combines hiphop, jazz, R & B, and Broadway. HAMILTON has won Tony®, Grammy®, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented Kennedy Center Honors special citation. According to Broecker, “You get more out of it the second time. If you loved it the first time, you will really love it the second.” She recommends listening to the soundtrack first to get the lyrics down. “The lyrics are so smart, and you can learn so much from them, but they fly at you so fast!” August 2-7 Broadway in Louisville™ welcomes ANASTASIA: “From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.” Broecker calls it a classic mystery of “Was she or wasn’t she?” in “soaring, epic style” with “scenery from country to country providing a magical backdrop.” Sadly, ANASTASIA’S legendary librettist Terrence McNally succumbed to COVID complications on March 24, 2020, aged 81. As for next season, Broecker hopes to include some previously announced COVID-canceled shows, such as Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations or perhaps To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as shows currently playing on Broadway. She plans to announce the 2022-2023 Broadway in Louisville™ season on April 6. 

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Celebrating Women’s History Month Lt. Anna Mac Clarke: A Patriot & Pioneer Anna Mac Clarke, born in Lawernceburg, KY, was the first African American woman from the Commonwealth to join the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC.) In her short life, she became a pioneer in military leadership and in ending segregation on military bases.

On February 7, 1944, Clarke was assigned to lead the first WAC unit at Douglas Army Air Field located in Arizona which was one of only four to have both African-American soldiers and WACs. At that time, the theater on the post was still segregated and Clarke was warned not to go. However, she and several women went to the theater, refusing to sit in the “Colored” section. News of this incident reached the commanding officer of Douglas Army Air Field, Colonel Harvey Dyer. Colonel Dyer quickly issued an order to his officers “to educate properly all enlisted and civilian personnel in your respective departments to accept any colored WACs assigned as you would any white enlisted man or enlisted woman in the Army of the United States. Every consideration, respect, courtesy and toleration will be afforded every colored WAC. No discrimination will be condoned.”

ost Kentuckians didn’t agree with the inclusion and equality of blacks and women,” states Pamela Stevenson, a Kentucky African American woman who retired from the US Air Force as a Colonel after 27 years of service. “Anna Mae persevered and was willing to face the harshest of challenges to make sure that we were included.”

There, Clarke completed her four-week Basic Training course just prior to Christmas 1942. It was during her training that the Officer Candidate School was desegregated. Within two weeks, Clarke became a candidate in the 15th Officer Class, WAAC OCS Program. By February 1943, she was reassigned to the Fourth Company, Third Regiment, as a Platoon Leader. Clarke was the first African-American WAAC in history to be assigned

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a member of the new Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in September 1943.


Clarke graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1937 and then attended Kentucky State College, now Kentucky State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in both sociology and economics in 1941. Shortly after the invasion of Pearl Harbor, she joined the military. In 1942, Clarke was sent to train with the United States Army Fifth Service Command’s Signal Corps School in Cincinnati, Ohio. After officially becoming a WAAC on October 3, 1942, she boarded the train to the First WAAC Training Center at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, the largest training center for African-Americans.


Kentucky Artist Amanda Brooks painted Anna Mac Clarke as part of her HERstory: A Selection Of Kentucky’s Heroes SKyPAC exhibit in 2020.

to command an all-white unit. She then led a unit of 144 African-American WAACs at Wakeman General Hospital at Camp Atterbury before being sent to work in the Classification and Assignment Department of WAAC headquarters in Washington, D.C. She then enrolled in the Adjutant General’s School at Fort Meade, Maryland, and was assigned to Chicago’s WAAC recruiting program. Clarke was promoted to Second Officer on July 16, 1943, and returned to Fort Des Moines as the Army was transforming the auxiliary units of WAAC into the Regular Army making Clarke

“This demonstrates her power, grace and commitment to transforming how women and blacks were allowed to contribute,” declares Stevenson. “She is a hero because she was willing to live for something bigger than self with no fanfare and little support. She performed in a hostile environment for the greater good of all.” A few months later on April 19, 1944, Clarke died at the age of 24 due to complications from a surgical procedure. Lt. Anna Mac Clarke’s service and contributions will never be forgotten.  SPONSORED BY KARL TRUMAN LAW

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LEADERS for Life Leaders for Life is a class of changemakers dedicated to making a lasting impact on the health of our community on behalf of the American Heart Association (AHA). Each year, a select group of individuals is brought together to be a part of this group because of their passion and drive to make a difference. Every Leader for Life has been impacted by cardiovascular disease in some way; each with a unique story and their own “why.” Throughout the months of February and March, each Leader is conducting a personal fundraising campaign. The 2022 class will be recognized at the AHA Louisville Heart Ball on Saturday, March 26, with the Leader who made the largest impact during the campaign receiving a special award. To donate, visit To learn more about the Heart Ball, visit

Lucas Jones

Channel Manager – HANDLE “As a childhood cancer survivor, the type of chemotherapy that was used for my treatment had long-term side effects on my heart, causing cardiomyopathy. My family’s history with heart problems, along with spreading awareness for childhood cancer survivors who suffer cardiac risks from chemotherapy, are what make up my ‘why.’ I enjoy finding ways to educate our community about overall wellness regarding mental, physical, dietary and emotional health that will ultimately lead to longer, healthier lives!”

Jordan and Grace White

Senior Associate – Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Digital Influencer – A Southern Drawl

“Our ‘why’ is simple: The best way to fight cardiovascular disease is to be a healthier version of yourself. Fitness and health are very important in our household. It’s not only something that we bonded over when we first met, but something that Grace has made a major tenet in her career. We’re committed to being a part of this relentless force to inspire others to lead longer, healthier lives.”

Cary Hearn

Senior VP, Wealth Advisor – Truist

“In serving as a volunteer with the American Heart Association for over 18 years, I’ve learned about not only the lifesaving research and science that makes the association unique, but also the advocacy and education provided here at home and all over the globe. My deep passion for this organization and my ‘why,’ which is generational change, are what led me to participate. I don’t want my kids and future generations to suffer the same outcome as generations before me related to heart disease and stroke.”

Sarah Ostrom

Community Health Nurse – Shelby County Health Department “As a nurse, I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating effects heart disease has on those we love. I’ve even experienced it on the other side of the spectrum, as heart disease is also prevalent in my husband’s family. By contributing to Leaders for Life, you have an opportunity to help support my efforts and shape the health of our community, as well as support the innovative research, and bold initiatives of the American Heart Association that save and improve lives.”

Abby Mulvihill

Teacher – Franklin Square Elementary School “At 61 years young and just two years into my involvement with AHA Heart Ball, my mom, Laura Lindley, lost her life to heart disease. She was four months shy of retirement which would’ve brought more time in her garden, more time with her grandkids and more time to support the community she loved. My mom is my ‘why’ and my mission is to raise money, elevate the awareness and rally support for a cause that works to give people like my mom more time.”

David Foy

Mortgage Underwriter – Homepoint “On April 27, 2019, I ran the KDF mini marathon and collapsed in full cardiac arrest just feet away from the finish line. Thanks to the quick actions of a bystander who immediately jumped a barrier and began performing CPR, I was only without oxygen for 20-30 seconds. I support the American Heart Association because without its continued funding of cardiovascular medical research and providing basic lifesaving, as well as, advanced cardiac life support skills, I may not be here today.”

Daniel Mudd

Attorney at Law – Frost Brown Todd LLC “I’ve been involved with local charitable and philanthropic efforts for several years, but it wasn’t until we found out Christmas weekend in 2017 that my son, Davis, needed openheart surgery to fix a Sinus Venosus Atrial Septal Defect, a rare congenital heart condition. After his successful surgery in 2018, he is growing and thriving. I have since found a passion for anything and everything to support heart health, which is what led me to the American Heart Association and running a Leaders for Life Campaign.”

Chelsea Ellis-Hogan

Owner, CEO, President – Jim Reynolds Asphalt Contractor Inc. “I believe it’s important to support causes bigger than yourself, so that’s one of the main reasons I found it important for me to get involved with Leaders for Life. Also, I have a lot of family members who suffered from health issues such as stroke and heart disease. So, I always want to bring awareness to causes that can help others around me have access to resources that can help them live healthier lifestyles.”

TJ White

Sales Executive

“Participating in Leaders for Life is personally important to me because I’m a survivor who still currently battles heart issues. By leveraging the strengths of the American Heart Association and mobilizing leaders across our community, together we can truly make an impact and ensure that every member of our community will have the greatest opportunity to lead their best life.”

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Walter & Valinda Weibel

Sheila & Chuck Melander

Kristen & Jeremy Jarvi with Pamela & Paul Thompson

Kevin Harned, Shannon Cogan and Bill Menish

Sidney Doctor, Jeremy Jarvi, Shawna Burton and Mark Ford

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Amber Bickett, Karen Baker, Maggie Luking, Preston Fouts and Stephanie Marshall

Kim & Jon Barrie

Joel & Allison Zimmerman, Greg Bubalo and Pam Klinner

Miss Kentucky Haley Wheeler with Kentucky’s own J.D. Shelburne

Performer from the Cincinnati Circus Company

Kristen Javi, Shanta Stell and Jalen Matthews TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 93

TOPS February Launch Party February 8 kentucky derby museum photos by Marty King & Dick Arnspiger

Justin Grimm and Monica Taylor-Garner

Gretchen Hunt with Joi Martin

Sarah Mattingly and Ben Botkins 94 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022

Ken Ayes, Joey Sembillo, Chester Ricks and Josh Rogers

Lizzy Neutz, Jazzlin Hamilton, Miss USA Elle Smith, Alyssa Ferguson and Courtney Rager

Dick Arnspiger and Katie Winfree

Miss USA Elle Smith

John Shaw-Woo, Von Purdy and Javan Reed

Katherine Teston, Kasey Phelps and Martha Teston

Jackson Smith, Lydia Smith-Lockwood and Miss USA Elle Smith TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 95

TOPS February Launch Party February 8 Kentucky Derby Museum photos by Marty King & Dick Arnspiger

Miss Teen USA Breanna Myles and Darla Bergeron

Sara LeGaspi and Dominique Belt

Tia and Sean Edwards

Anthony Reddington and Erick Anderson 96 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022

Lisa Bottorff, Haley Bottorff, McKenna Woodard and Mallory O’Brien

Jonathan Klunk, Morgan Hancock and Justin Reid

Amber Johnson and Ethan Adams

Chris Martinez, Florence Browne and Ken Hulse

Visal Heng & Joey Miniard

Nathan Straub and Logan Flynn

Dominique Davis and Tamika Jackson TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 97

Puttin’ on the Glitz February 12 Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center photos by Sunni Wigginton

Shane and Hunter Honn

Edward Keidel, Donna Fox and Lilly

Isaiah and Courtney Dietrich 98 TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022

Jenny E.

Emma E. and Michele Carli

move real estate group of semonin realtors February 15 Le moo photos by Marty King

James Reed, Brent Whitson, Linda Gillock, Tiffany Mills, Kristy Dugan and Tiffany Byrd

Brent & Meredith Whitson

Bob Thomas and Kristy Dugan

Linda Gillock, Kristy Dugan and Tiffany Mills

Bill Pearse and Mary Jolly TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 99

nulu Bockfest launch party February 11 red tree photos by marty king

Ina Miller and Garwood Linton

bockfest gallery Phil Hines

Lara Donnelly with Mary Katherine

Randy Blevins and Garwood Linton

Scott McIntyre and Delanie Parker

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Kentuckiana Stroke Association Heartstrings February 12 louisville boat club photos by Marty King

Carrie Orman, Kathy Henderson and LeeAnn O’Bryan

Kim Schilmiller and Alisha Aboulhosn

Crystal Barajas, Jen Blum, John Dotson, Jennifer Welscher, Craig Gardner, Robin Byrd and Alisha Aboulhosn

Carrie & David Crockett

Beth Criscillis with Jill and Tom Bell TOPS LOUISVILLE | March 2022 101