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Business Leaders Speak Out on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Healthcare and Wellness Experts Discuss Common Health Risks in Louisville


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Business Leaders Speak Out on Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace Vol. 4 • No. 7

Healthcare and Wellness Experts Discuss Common Health Risks in Louisville


Patience Fields, Erica Fields (Brooks Grain), Dr. Shaio Woo (University of Louisville), John Shaw-Woo (NOIR Black Chamber of Commerce) SEATED:


Cynthia Knapek (Co-Chair of GLI Business Council to End Racism)



Healthcare and Wellness Experts Discuss Common Health Risks in Louisville BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS


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28 Diversity & Inclusion in The Workplace To address diversity and inclusion in the workplace on a macro level in the Louisville area, the Metro Chamber of Commerce Greater Louisville, Inc. recently established the Business Council to End Racism - “a dedicated council that will provide a bold platform to uncover the inequities within the city and region.” Ralph de Chabert, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Global Community Relations Officer for Brown-Forman, and Cynthia Knapek, President of the Leadership Louisville Center, serve as CoChairs, along with Jerilan Greene, Global Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer of YUM! Brands.



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Win a House, Help a Child


Derby Diversity & Business Summit


Top Shops: Fun in The Sun



Diversity & Inclusion in The Workplace


Special advertising section



The Top Health Risks in Louisville


Special advertising section




fashion: Fascinat-ing Fashion


Boutique Spotlight: Peppermint Palm


wow wedding: Rachel & Jakson

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color catalog: First Light


design guru: Closet Factory


In The Garden


tour of homes: Hunting Creek Home Holds Pieces of History, Travel



Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill


recipe: Aloha Sliders With Cajun Sweet Potato Fries


top 5 dining: Pizza



Healthy From The Inside Out


Summer Skincare



tops cares: Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation


Breaking the bronze ceiling: Caroline Apperson Leech




Out & About


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A Healthier Louisville is our theme this month.


ur goal is to spotlight not only the many amazing doctors, healthcare professionals, and businesses who have been heroically serving their patients and communities, but also to feature important diverse voices in our community. We all witnessed the tragic slow-motion death of George Floyd, which ignited a national debate on police procedures and humane treatment. Here in Louisville, Breonna Taylor, was an innocent victim shot in her own home. Downtown protests have become a nightly occurrence here in our city. Our nation has seen too many Black lives taken and it’s important for us all to be part of our city’s conversations on race, justice, equality, and inclusion. The TOPS cover this month features local leaders who give us their perspectives on diversity and inclusion. Inside, you will find other prominent leaders such as Junior Bridgeman, Alice Houston, and Dr. Neeli Bendapudi with additional commentary at this pivotal moment in our community. Covid-19 continues to dominate our lives. As of press time, Kentucky is doing better than most states in flattening the curve. As we have seen around the nation, that can change rapidly. Certainly, we are all facing a “Bummer Summer” of wearing masks, practicing social distancing, rescheduling vacations, and constantly sanitizing our hands. We are waiting to see how events, sports, schools and other important activities plan to open and under what guidelines. It was just announced that the Kentucky Derby will have spectators. That gives us hope and optimism for the first Saturday in September. The Derby is ON! Businesses such as those you see advertised in our magazine are going above and beyond to keep you as safe as possible. These responsible business owners are following guidelines and investing their own money for safety supplies needed to make your visits safe and enjoyable. Thank you for being a loyal reader. Thank you for helping to flatten the curve. Thank you for your support of social justice and equality. We CAN make a Healthier Louisville.

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Tawana Bain is a multi-entrepreneur: a multipreneur. She is the founder and CEO of NAC, a project management company. She owns Encore on 4th, a Kentucky Proud restaurant and bar located across from the Louisville Palace downtown, and she owns the boutiques AFMThreads in Oxmoor Center and in Mall St. Matthews. In 2017 Bain founded DDBS, the Derby Diversity & Business Summit to remove the silos between diverse groups all struggling for equitable treatment in the global economy. These silos were creating further division and discrimination and, she says, it just needs to stop. “We’re bridging cultures by bringing business and community together,” she said. “Procter & Gamble was the first corporate sponsor to say yes.” Bain had expected it would be a corporation outside of Kentucky that would stand up first to an event necessary to drive "big conversation" around racial, gender and ability equity as she had come to notice how quiet the state was around the subject, which fueled her to create a national stage around the largest economic driver in Louisville: the Kentucky Derby. P&G is a leader on racial, gender and ability equity, so naturally other brands began to follow. "It oftentimes takes just one company to stand up and lead. Just one,” Bain said. Taking place during Derby Week, now the first few days of September in 2020, the DDBS conference is evolving into a festival with business and community events, breakout sessions and keynotes, an awards banquet, the Derby Sneaker Ball, a fashion show called International Derby Travels the Runway, Youth Jam Fest to encourage more young and diverse talent to take an interest in the sport of horse racing and the entrepreneurship

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opportunities through ownership, and Film Festival, laying the groundwork to educate the world on the contributions of the Black jockeys and their removal from the sport around the Jim Crow era. “I think people that are really interested in creating advantages for black and brown people, LGBTQ people, the disabled, and our veterans, the corporations that are really

intentional in providing equitable opportunities should be in the room and investing in our work,” Bain said. "I have struggled over the last three years at how easy it is to bump into CEOs who have fancy statements around Diversity on their organization’s website at various Derby events around town but fail to stop by the conference for even a day. Or the struggle to get some to sponsor and view it as mission critical. We’ve had CEOs fly in

I think people that are really interested in creating advantages for black and brown people, LGBTQ people, the disabled, and our veterans, the corporations that are really intentional in providing equitable opportunities should be in the room and investing in our work. – T A W A N A BA I N

from other major cities but none right in our backyard without partnering with other organizations whom are not Black-led. We have to do better. Leaders who are serious about making the workplace and the supply chain more equitable should be there.”

the right to progress. We need our white men, white women, Hispanic, Black, gay and straight to set aside our egos before our country burns to the ground. DDBS is calling on all of our leaders to act on a plan that will unite us.”

Bain is from Rochester, New York, and has a degree in French Communications from the College at Brockport, State University of New York. Her professional background is in business process outsourcing, marketing strategy and corporate social responsibility.

The Derby Diversity & Business Summit attracts global and local employees and employers, business owners and CEOs, and human resource, marketing and procurement professionals, all of whom are there to meet peers, share and learn best practices, and participate in the conversation around bridging the divide between race, gender and ability.

In June 2020, Bain, along with Nikki Lanier, Evon West, OJ Oleka and John Shaw Woo, launched the “My Old Kentucky Home Reimagined Initiative” in response to the latest issues in Kentucky around injustice. “And we call on all leaders to join our call to action,” Bain said.

“I try to push people out of their comfort zone, so they can see different hues and genders and economic statuses,” Bain said. “There’s a lot of good that not everybody gets to experience because of how they have segregated their life.” 

“Once upon a time, it took white men for the white women suffrage to happen. Once upon a second time, it took white men to grant the right to vote to Blacks. Neither women nor Black people could grant this themselves,” Bain said. "That’s why it's systemic; until the system is equitable all the way around, all peoples cannot grant themselves

She moved to Louisville in 2004 and fell in love with the city by way of the Kentucky Derby. “I will never forget the opportunity to change three times a day to go to all these different events. I saw the magic and beauty of what made Louisville great, but the one missing element was togetherness from people of all backgrounds, everything seemed so segregated,” she said.


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o address diversity and inclusion in the workplace on a macro level in the Louisville area, the Metro Chamber of Commerce Greater Louisville, Inc. recently established the Business Council to End Racism - “a dedicated council that will provide a bold platform to uncover the inequities within the city and region.” Ralph de Chabert, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity & Global Community Relations Officer for Brown-Forman, and Cynthia Knapek, President of the Leadership Louisville Center, serve as Co-Chairs, along with Jerilan Greene, Global Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer of YUM! Brands. The contractor hired by GLI to manage the Business Council to End Racism will be paid with funds Humana and YUM! Brands have given specifically for that purpose. “We are grateful for Humana and Yum! Brands’ generosity and we join the call for accountability and reform,” said GLI President & CEO Sarah Davasher-Wisdom. “We need to use our collective influence to highlight the racial issues that hold us back as a city.” When his family moved to Connecticut from NY in the 7th grade, Ralph de Chabert was the first Black student in the history of St. Margaret’s Elementary School. Also as the first Black male student at his high school, Ralph de Chabert was only just beginning to understand how a lack of diversity affects individuals and organizations. “Throughout my entire business career, I did not have a peer who looked like me. I was often the first and only.” Ralph defines diversity as “a collective mixture of similarities, differences, and related tensions wherever they are found. The vision we have is to create an environment where diversity and inclusion management occurs naturally in the pursuit of a sustainable marketplace advantage.” Cynthia Knapek experienced implicit bias firsthand as a woman in the male-dominated banking industry. “It makes me more attuned to it when I see it in other places.” One important strategy Cynthia recommends to counteract implicit bias is developing sponsor relationships. “A sponsor talks about you in rooms where you cannot be and uses their social capital for your benefit.” Beyond her personal experience, she has seen “what an incredible asset diversity is for businesses to gain a competitive

advantage in creativity and innovation.” She continues, “Companies who want to harness this asset should focus on creating a culture of belonging where people feel they can bring their full selves into their work.” Businesses should not shy away from what is uncomfortable when thinking about diversity, according to Cynthia. “Lean into uncomfortable spaces. Embrace discomfort for growth.” One of the reasons she agreed to help lead this effort is because GLI’s willingness to convene the conversation is a perfect example of an organization leaning even if it may be difficult. This starts at the top. Cynthia sees not only courage but vulnerability as an important company/corporate value, especially for leadership. “Senior executives need to be emotionally committed,” agrees Ralph. “They need to become more aware of potential biases and to manage them accordingly. We believe if you know better you will do better. We also believe if you have a compelling reason to do this work, you will stay the course even in the face of competing priorities.” Jerilan Greene weighs in with Yum! brands vision of diversity and inclusion, “At this unprecedented time, businesses have an opportunity to help society shape a future with more equality, fairness, and opportunity for everyone, especially communities in crisis. I’m pleased that Yum! Brands is building on its legacy of making a difference and partnering to be part of meaningful solutions for equity, diversity, and inclusion in our city. Businesses, governments, citizens and non-profits will need to work together to lead the change we want to see.” At Brown-Forman, Ralph says, “Our executives care about this work. We are fortunate to have a group of leaders who understand the importance and relevance. This work is also consistent with the Brown family values of caring.” Leadership Louisville teaches “skills that help us listen to diverse voices.”. For more than 40 years, their purpose has been “to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better.” Cynthia adds, “When you bring together pacesetters like Brown-Forman, Yum! Brands, Humana, and Leadership Louisville and connect them with the broad reach of GLI, you start to assemble the essential elements to drive the systemic change needed to end racism.”

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diversity 2. Foster equity. Equity is not the same as equality. Equality is treating everyone the same. Equity provides opportunities “to allow each person to be their best.” Dr. Bendapudi offers an example of introverts and extraverts: Equality is giving everyone a chance to speak, but extraverts would be more likely to make themselves heard. A more equitable approach would be to allow time to think and then share, which evens the playing field for introverts. 3. Strive for inclusion. “Leaders cannot mandate inclusion. You need to know that you are heard.” In her own experience, fewer women than men served on the boards of various businesses with Dr. Bendapudi. While she received support from mentors who don’t look like her, she also understood the importance of having mentors who do. She once participated in an international women’s forum with 27 women from 18 different countries, “women from all around the world and with all different skin colors.” Seeing them come together from across the globe, she noted the many advantages of recognizing similarities and appreciating differences.

Dr. Neeli Bendapudi

university of louisville president As the 18th President in the history of the University of Louisville, Dr. Neeli Bendapudi is also its first female president and first president of color. Dr. Bendapudi was born and raised in Vizag, India, the eldest of three daughters. She came to the US with her husband, Venkat, to complete her doctorate at the University of Kansas. After teaching at OSU and Texas A&M, Dr. Bendapudi returned to Kansas to become dean of the School of Business, then provost and executive vice-chancellor. After a nationwide search, she was selected U of L

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President by the Board of Trustees in April of 2018. Dr. Bendapudi identifies three key issues for diversity and inclusion in the workplace: 1. Celebrate diversity. “Gather different voices around the table with common goals. Understand what makes them unique.” She references the Catalyst ( study which found “Teams that include different viewpoints or thinking styles (cognitive diversity) solve problems faster.”

According to Dr. Bendapudi, some organizations make the mistake of thinking diversity “will just happen, forgetting that you need to be intentional about it.” Diversity is of little use without inclusion. “Once they come, make sure that they truly feel welcome.” Dr. Bendapudi likens this to her arrival in the United States. “It’s similar to coming to a new country. You don’t know all the rules yet.” She also encourages looking at the leadership team. “It’s actually smart business to have a diverse team.” But it’s not only up to the leaders. “Diversity is everybody’s job. Everyone in the organization has to understand why it matters. The nobility of business is to care about the community. What larger role do you play?” At the University of Louisville, inclusion is a priority in “recruiting, retention, procurement, and clearing pathways.” The work is ongoing. Dr. Bendapudi refers to a quote by writer and activist James Baldwin, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

junior bridgeman President/CEO Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company

didn’t look hard enough.” A variety of ideas and backgrounds keeps the business from becoming one-dimensional. During his basketball playing days, Junior would sometimes encounter people who had little understanding of what he was going through and what it might take to motivate him. When business-people feel uncomfortable getting to know other people and can’t appreciate what makes them tick, they tend to just “hire who they’re comfortable with.” On the other hand, when they take the time to develop “a frame of reference to communicate” in the workplace and with partners, people feel that they are “treated fairly and have opportunities.” Mr. Bridgeman cautions that diversity is “not numbers only” but “an atmosphere and a culture” of how people relate. “Different perspectives about how to accomplish things - how to go to market, and how to sell to all customers - come from a wider variety of opinions, ideas, and thought processes.” Those different perspectives are advantageous to the market and ultimately to consumers. “With so much time spent at work, a healthy community and a healthy workplace make life better.” At Heartland, “Diversity and inclusion are part of the culture, part of who we are. We are always trying to do more to get people to understand each other, to learn how to have the hard conversations. You cannot legislate racism away. It requires a change of heart and change in mind.” Mr. Bridgeman goes on to explain that communication in the workplace should become systematic, “starting with smaller groups where everyone can feel free to discuss their feelings and the leader gives the first example to make everyone else feel comfortable.”

First beloved by the city as a University of Louisville basketball player under Hall of Fame Coach Denny Crum, Junior Bridgeman led the team to the Final Four of the 1975 NCAA Division I Tournament in his senior year and then spent 12 years in the NBA. He returned to Louisville where he built the restaurant franchise businesses Manna Inc and Bridgeman Foods Inc, eventually owning and operating nearly 500 locations in 20 states. He divested in 2016, and in 2017 became President/CEO

of Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Company, serving Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Canada. Throughout his career in basketball and business, Junior Bridgeman developed a sterling reputation for community service. To maximize success, Mr. Bridgeman believes a business “needs to reflect society” and hire the best people from different backgrounds. “When I hear someone say, ‘I can’t find anybody,’ I tell them they just

Junior Bridgeman acknowledges that he has been around a long time. “I’ve lived through the civil rights movement and protests of the 60s. This time is different. This time the protesters are from all different backgrounds. Demonstrations have been held in 169 American cities and internationally. This is the best opportunity to make a change. A younger generation is ready for change. They want to understand the context and learn about history. They want to be judged by the content of their character.”

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president brooks grain, llc Erica Fields is President and majority owner of Brooks Grain, LLC, established in 2007. Erica has spent over 40 years supplying rye to the distilling industry “for the favorite beverages we enjoy.” She defines diversity in the workplace as “ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, and religion opening the conversation to other perspectives, resulting in solid decisions and good marketing decisions.” Erica grew up in a very open family, with parents who had friends from all over the world. She had a Jewish “aunt” and “uncle” who had escaped the holocaust in Germany. There were often people of color and from many different countries invited to their home. As a younger white male starting in the industry, she saw the beginnings of diversity at work. Erica’s personal experience of coming out influenced her philosophy of mentoring on the subject of diversity. With the help of a therapist and her mentors, she successfully transitioned in 2010. The distilling industry and her family were supportive. “It was a humbling experience. I was one of the fortunate ones who didn’t lose everything. Many of my friends did.” Erica gives back as a former board member of Quorum, the Minneapolis chapter of the NGLCC (National LGBT Chamber of Commerce), and Co-Founder of CIVITAS Regional LGBT Chamber of Commerce. “We try to help businesses become LGBT-certified to broaden the base of knowledge, understanding, and perspective.” A common mistake organizations make in their thinking about diversity is looking at the issue from their own perspective. “They need to search for people that bring different perspectives, that have common goals but different perspectives.” Business leaders need to “be very open and not dictate their viewpoints but create a greater

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discussion, respectful of belief systems.” A great benefit to diversity in the workplace, according to Erica, is that “the people already there learn from different ideas, which enhances their understanding of the world.” She encourages a work culture where people are free to reach out and get

to know their coworkers as people. “Diversity really begins in each person’s heart. Diversity is not a function, not a box to be checked. With diversity, we can feed off of each other and give to each other to create something greater than the whole.”

alice k. houston

chairman/ceo hji supply chain solutions Alice Houston is a native Louisvillian whose father was a basketball and football coach. Alice graduated in 1968 from Baldwin-Wallace College (now Baldwin Wallace University) in Berea, Ohio, and was a Danforth Foundation Fellow in Latin American History at Vanderbilt University. In 1969, she married Wade Houston and moved to Strasbourg, France, where Wade played and coached basketball. They returned to the US in 1971 to begin successful careers at the University of Louisville: Alice in administration after receiving her Master’s degree there and Wade as Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach under Denny Crum. Alice served as Associate Director of Financial Aid at U of L until 1988 when she joined the family business which would eventually become the largest minority-owned transportation company in North America. Wade became Head Basketball Coach at the University of Tennessee in 1989, then left to join Alice in business in 1994. Alice divested in 2001 to develop HJI Supply Chain Solutions where she now serves as Chairman and CEO. Diversity is essential at HJI. “A diversity of thoughts and ideas makes it possible for a business to overcome challenges and obstacles, to innovate, and gain competitive advantage.” Alice offers two analogies for thinking about diversity. “Red roses are beautiful. But if all you ever saw were red roses, you would be missing out on all the other colors.” She also compares diversity to an orchestra with all its different instruments played together to make music. Alice recalls a business relationship with Ford Motor Company and “their intentionality for the supplier base to look like their customer base.” The late Arnie Silvers, a former Purchasing Director at the Kentucky Truck Plant, once reached out to Wade seeking to partner with minority vendors. Alice says too many businesses have not incorporated diversity into the body of their organization. “It needs to

be embedded in who they are, as a value along with social responsibility and community engagement. They have to believe in the worth.” On a practical level, Alice says focus on diversity “can bring you more business.” Consumers become customers when “they see people who look like them.” Diversity ultimately “improves the bottom line, increases market share, and earns more customers.” Diversity and inclusion are not achieved by a simplistic revision of company values by business leaders, according to Alice. “The necessity of diversity has to have been revealed to them.” Alice underscores the importance of an awareness of structural racism, including the systemic inequality of redlining, the systematic denial of certain services in banking, and racial limits to the application of GI Bill backed mortgages, all of which prevented wealth-building opportunities for minority populations. “Be a participant in the solution instead of the problem. This is a gut check. We need to ask ourselves, ‘How did we get here? What role did I play? What can I do to permanently live up to the values and ideals of America?’ I would like Louisville to own it. All of us have a role in this.”




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radiation oncologist, university of louisville John Shaw-Woo and Dr. Shiao Y. Woo are a married couple who moved to Louisville from Houston, Texas ten years ago. Houston is consistently ranked among the top multiculturally diverse cities in the US. “We had a good experience there, with different ethnic groups and different languages being spoken,” says Dr. Woo, Professor and Chairman of the Radiation Oncology Department at the University of Louisville. While Louisville is often considered a compassionate and multicultural city, it lands at the bottom of charts measuring the neighborhood diversity index. These results indicate that Louisville remains a fairly segregated city. John and Shiao are well-positioned both in the community and in their professions to help their adopted city examine the roots of issues preventing further integration. John Shaw-Woo has a long and fascinating resumé including a stint in Human Resources and Recruiting for Macy’s. “Corporations should strive to represent the populations of local communities. They should research the ethnic makeup of the area and put forth the effort to offer opportunities for all to be represented. We would still hire the best person for the job, but made sure the opportunity to interview was there for those qualified.” As the founder of GMeals, a fast but healthy food company, John partnered frequently with both local corporations and social service organizations. He established the GFoundation to help reduce poverty in Kentucky. Other philanthropic ventures include Kentucky Poverty Initiative, Inc.,

and the West Louisville ecoHUB Arts Community, Inc. As of 2019, John is Founder/CEO of NOIR Black Chamber of Commerce, a national 501c3 focused on education rather than lobbying, which has grown from 10 members last year to 115 members this year. Dr. Shiao Woo is thankful to have been a part of diverse workplaces, including the University of Louisville with a strong set of diversity and inclusion policies. “I always try to recruit minorities and women. Different experiences, cultures, and backgrounds enrich the environment, make things more interesting, and reduce unconscious biases.” John adds that it is important to consider socioeconomic diversity and “keep in touch with everyday people and their struggles to uplift them to a higher economic standing.” Diversity and inclusion involve “a learning process to realize we’re all the same in so many ways. The challenge is to put forth the effort, show empathy, have a desire to give back, and get creative with different approaches.” “Culture is the expression of long term habits of a group of people,” says Shiao, “and each culture has a different way of looking at things. When more points of view come together to examine how we think and how we act, that interaction enriches our experience.” Even the seemingly smallest interactions contribute to the bigger picture. John illustrates their magnitude, “The world is changing. Change is scary. You have to be a part of it to not be left behind.” 

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Papa John’s is a global company with 120,000 corporate and franchisee team members that recognize diversity as a strength and competitive advantage. “It’s important that every team member feel safe to bring their full selves to work,” says Victoria Russell, VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. “You celebrate diversity when you celebrate people. Two of our core values are ‘everyone belongs,’ and ‘people first.’ That means you celebrate who they are and value what they bring to the table.”

Papa John’s African American Employee Resource Group and allies serving in the Louisville community at the vigil ceremony honoring Breonna Taylor. Our team members wanted to be a part of bringing people in our community together against racial injustice. (June 2020)

Papa John’s has made a tremendous commitment to embracing a strong sense of diversity and continues building a curated culture of active listening while also engaging and supporting a more progressive society in general. “Our team members represent communities around the city,” says Lyndsay Railey, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Papa John’s. “Through our employee resource groups, we have empowered our team members to use their voices and diverse perspectives to champion causes that are important to them , such as recognizing Pride month by hanging the Philadelphia Pride flag at our corporate headquarters, walking in the Veterans Day parade, and finding ways to recognize Juneteenth. Whether it’s Hispanic Heritage Month or Women’s History Month, our employee resource groups work to ensure team members are brought along in celebrating the many communities we serve.” Papa John’s has become a beacon of possibility, a growing institution where voices are strengthened together. “It’s a journey,” Victoria says. “We’re not where we want to be, but we’re not where we’ve been.”

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Team taking a moment to enjoy the Garlic Sauce Fountain featured during the 2nd Annual Employee Resource Group Fall Festival. (November 2019)

The Papa John’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group is standing in solidarity with the black community. We raised the Philly Pride flag. The black and brown stripes are an inclusionary way to highlight black and brown LGBTQ+ members within our community. (June 2020)

Our Veteran Employee Resource Group proudly participated in Louisville’s Veterans Day parade November 2019.

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IU Southeast is the regional campus of Indiana University that serves southern Indiana and the Louisville metropolitan area. IU Southeast provides high-quality programs and services that promote learning and prepare graduates for productive citizenship in a diverse society.

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his spring, James Wilkerson joined IU Southeast as the new director of staff equity and diversity and the Title IX deputy. His arrival coincided with the closure of campus due to COVID-19, but the IU Southeast community came to know him through a virtual town hall where the campus community discussed the current protests against police brutality and racism in the country. A New Albany native, Wilkerson holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville. He also holds a Master of Arts in communication from Bellarmine University. According to Wilkerson, in all of his years lecturing

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on collegiate sexual assault prevention, he has never met a student that knew their campus Title IX coordinator. So, for the Title IX side of his role, his main goal is to be visible, and someone students feel comfortable approaching. “When the campus sees me walking down the hall, I want them to automatically think ‘that’s the Title IX guy,’” said Wilkerson. “My office needs to be a beacon of education when it comes to campus sexual assault prevention.” For the diversity and equity side of his office, his main goal is to keep the diversity conversation going.

“I don’t want it to be a trend or a fad or a hashtag,” he said. “I want it to be something we continuously talk about.” Wilkerson would like to implement a guest lecture series focused on diversity initiatives, as well as training for faculty, staff and student leaders. “I want ‘I feel welcome, valued and supported’ to be a phrase that students say when they discuss IU Southeast as a college they wish to attend,” said Wilkerson.


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he mission of Kindred Healthcare is to help its patients reach their highest potential for health and healing with intensive medical and rehabilitative care through a compassionate patient experience.

The company and its 32,000 employees deliver care to more than 400,000 patients each year across 46 states. These patients – and Kindred’s teams of clinicians who care for them – closely represent the racial, ethnic and religious demographics of the communities in which Kindred services are located. Consequently, the company’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion are not only the right thing to do; they are the right thing to do to best serve its patients and its business, according to Jason Zachariah, Kindred's Chief Operating Officer.

“Being inclusive helps us attract, develop and engage the most talented and highestperforming individuals,” said Zachariah. “It helps us deliver better medical outcomes, because a more representative group of caregivers is more apt to understand the needs of a diverse population of patients. Inclusivity also leads to innovation and increased stewardship in terms of establishing and maintaining relationships with diverse, highquality, cost-effective suppliers.” Kindred’s Inclusion and Equity Council works to ensure that inclusion-related work is planned, prioritized and implemented across the Kindred system. To date, some of the Council’s key initiatives include: •

The launch of a companywide Unconscious Bias training program

Redesigning Kindred’s Beginning Diversity and Inclusion Behaviors training

Establishing Employee Resource Groups

The introduction of a comprehensive D&I scorecard to track progress

Expansion of foundational Core Values and related peer-topeer recognition platform

“Being inclusive helps us attract, develop and engage the most talented and highest-performing individuals.” - Jason Zachariah

Recently, Kindred also announced that it would establish a $1 million scholarship program dedicated to supporting its teammates from underrepresented segments of the population. Each year the company will award up to $1 million in scholarships to help team members complete a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree program. Kindred also designated $1 million to create the Kindred Institute of Inclusion and Equity to support not-for-profit organizations that seek to empower individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. “This direct investment in our communities will help support causes related to healthcare disparities, gaps in the education system and social services in the cities where our team members live and work,” said Zachariah. TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2020 39


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he University of Louisville creates thriving futures with its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

At UofL, everyone is welcome. Students from 91 countries who have different socioeconomic backgrounds, life experiences and points of view come to UofL to learn. The student body is one of the most racially and ethnically diverse in Kentucky and nearly 20% are first-generation college students. “We are a place that celebrates diversity in all its forms. Diverse thoughts, diverse viewpoints, diverse life experiences – we celebrate it,” said UofL President Neeli Bendapudi. “No matter who you are, when you walk through these doors, you are part of the Cardinal Family. Forever.” For six years running, UofL has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award and was one of fewer than 100 schools to receive the accolade last year. It also has been named one of the nation’s top universities for serving the needs of African American and LGBTQ+ students. Campus organizations and programs, including the Cultural Center, Black Student Union, Women’s Center, the African American Male Initiative and the Kentucky Refugee Program, give students resources to thrive and empower them to unleash their potential to make a difference. Community service is key to being a Cardinal. As one of only 69 universities in the nation rated by the Carnegie Foundation as both a “Research 1” and “Community Engaged” university, UofL creates and applies knowledge that changes lives. UofL’s Signature Partnership, designed to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity in West Louisville, is considered a national model. UofL believes inclusivity is a catalyst for impact, and is dedicated to supporting, challenging, promoting and celebrating all Cardinals.

At UofL, diversity and inclusion are guiding principles. The university aims for everyone — in the richness of all their many unique and intersecting identities — to know they are an important member of the Cardinal family.

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Treyton Oak Towers is dedicated to providing the highest quality of individualized care for their residents and treating all with dignity and respect, all while honoring their Christian foundation: “If you see a hurt, heal it. If you see a need, fill it.”


n Irene Spicer’s lifetime, she’s seen a great deal of positive change in attitudes towards diversity, but still feels we have a long way to reach a better understanding of each other. “I always liked how Martin Luther King said, ‘The time is always right to do what is right,’” she says. “There’s rarely a perfect time to talk about these feelings, but anytime is good!” Mrs.Spicer has been a resident at Treyton Oak Towers for seven years. She says that she’s always felt entirely accepted and even proudly represents the retirement community at monthly meetings within the Old Louisville neighborhood, as well as participates when the residents of Treyton

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Oak Towers meet to have a monthly conversation on race. Debbie Harper is a nurse at Treyton Oak Towers, and she echoes Ms.Spicer’s sentiments. “When I took my oath, I understood that to mean that nurses must be colorblind,” she says. “Every person, no matter their differences, deserves the same care.” She also notes that the familial atmosphere at her workplace lends itself to a greater sense of a shared and diverse community, and believes that it’s essential to raise the next generation with the same ideals. “The other day, I sat down with my ten-year-

old granddaughter, and she had a lot of questions about what’s been going on,” she says. “I pulled out a quilt made up of many different patterns sewn together and said to her that this would be pretty enough if it were all the same, but what makes it beautiful is that it’s made up of many different parts. Humanity is the same way.” “Everyone at Treyton Oak Towers treats each other with respect and dignity, and we continue to talk and learn from each other’s experiences,” Ms.Spicer says. “At dinnertime, we all sit down and eat together.”


George Floyd and Minneapolis.

Even as we seek a reinvented and safe normal this fall… we cannot conceptualize safety on our campus strictly as freedom from illness.

Steven Taylor and San Leandro, California.

Safety also must mean freedom from fear.

Breonna Taylor and Louisville.

As we return to our campus this fall, we must do our part to bridge divides that exist. We have experts throughout our campus on health issues, but also regarding race, inequality, disparities and justice. They too will be called upon to help. Dialogue is not enough. We have to do what we can, now, to find these solutions.

Ahmaud Arbery and Georgia.

Names that comprise a legacy of loss and grief. Places that have become, for too many, a map of mistrust and fear. For the University of Kentucky, one name entails a particularly deep sense of sorrow. Breonna Taylor was a student at UK in 2011. She went on to serve as a health care provider, caring for those who needed it most. We mourn her loss. We grieve with her family. How do we ensure that her tragic death is not forgotten? How do we do better tomorrow than we have in the past? How do we do better than we are doing today?

We can’t immediately eliminate seeds of hate, planted in gardens near and far. But in reinventing our campus, we have a chance to reinvent and reimagine our community. We must take it. We must ensure we are a university for everyone. Eli Capilouto

I don’t have answers or absolution for America’s original sin. But we must acknowledge that the seeds of racism and hate, division and despair, continue to grow and thrive in our midst.


Systemic and systematic racism – deeply rooted in our society – has imprisoned and killed people of color in disproportionate numbers for too long.


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Healthcare and Wellness Experts Discuss Common Health Risks in Louisville BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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As the largest city in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Louisville faces significant health challenges to its citizens. Many of these challenges are magnified in the city due to its larger Black and African-American populations being disproportionately affected by the same health risk indicators routinely showing Kentucky ranked at or near the bottom as compared to other states. The Mission of the nonprofit, nonpartisan Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is, “To address the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by developing and influencing policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity. And their Vision is, “A Kentucky where every individual and community reaches their highest levels of health.” Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President/CEO Ben Chandler served as a United States Representative for Kentucky from 2004-2013. He now acts as the public face of the Foundation and sets policy with the Board of Directors. Ben and the Foundation work with Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness Director Dr. Sarah Moyer and Louisville health providers to increase public health investment in the city. The underlying issue in many healthcare concerns is the delay of care due to a lack of insurance coverage. While the Affordable Care Act made great strides in closing

the gaps with Medicaid expansion, more work is needed to preserve that and expand coverage even further. Ben points out that early stage and ongoing preventive care are much less costly than treatment of acute and/or chronic health problems. The other Foundation initiatives aligning with Louisville health risk management are in the areas of tobacco use reduction, obesity prevention, and children’s health. Kentucky competes with West Virginia for the highest tobacco use in the nation; and tobacco use is particularly high in Louisville’s West End. Tobacco use

exacerbates most every other health risk and yet is the most preventable risk factor. Obesity also complicates other health issues. “Cheap food tastes good but is low in nutrition and high in calories,” says Ben. The answer seems simple, “Eat right and move around.” But some neighborhoods and communities lack access and the ability to afford fresh, whole foods. Children’s health is negatively impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), such as abuse, neglect, trauma, and growing up in households with instability due to substance abuse, mental health issues, and parental separation or incarceration. In Louisville’s annual health report, ACEs emerged as “a tale of two cities” and, according to Ben, “the inequality leaps off the page.” Disproportionalities similar to these have surfaced in tracking Jefferson County’s COVID-19 cases and where coronavirus infection “rates are considerably higher,” especially among Black and African-American populations. Investment in identifying, examining, and correcting the root causes of these issues is necessary to prevent them. We consulted with leading medical specialists and experts for more information in these areas and other top health risks in Louisville.

HEALTH RISK: ASTHMA For the last 50-75 years, allergies and asthma have become increasingly prevalent worldwide, particularly in Western countries. Urbanization has produced more pollution and allergens leading to more asthma. Viral infections, more easily spread in dense populations, often affect the respiratory system. Inner-city housing lacking proper sanitation and pest control can lead to dust mites and cockroach and rodent infestation, all of which trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Pollution and allergens settling in the Ohio Valley, especially in spring and fall, add to asthmatic complications in Louisville. Dr. James Sublett is Co-Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Medical Officer of

Family Allergy & Asthma established 41 years ago in Louisville. FAA is now a regional practice with offices in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, and Tennessee. Dr. Sublett is also a Clinical Professor and Section Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and is the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) Executive Director for Advocacy and Governmental Affairs. His main professional interests lie in “managing difficult-to-control asthma and the environmental triggers of allergy.” Unlike so many other health risks, Dr. Sublett says, “There is not a lot you can do to prevent allergies. Smoking cessation and reducing pollution


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healthcare can help ease the effects.” He cites a Cincinnati study of residents living near interstates and the impact of diesel particulates. Avoidance of allergens and keeping clean, low-humidity “healthy homes” free of dust and pests can also help to reduce asthma attacks. Reliever and rescue inhalers may still be necessary. Severe asthma is treated with

“biologics and allergy shots to help boost immune response.” When asked what we need to know now and what news or advancements he has to share concerning asthma, Dr. Sublett says it is important to realize that “You don’t have to suffer from it. Although it is a chronic condition, you can take long-term control

of it. Seeing a Board-Certified Allergist can be life-changing.” It is estimated that 10 to 12% of the population in Louisville has asthma. The national average is 8%. For asthma support and information, visit the Kentucky Asthma Partnership at and For allergy testing information, visit

HEALTH RISK: CANCER According to the CDC, Kentucky is “ground zero” for the highest cancer incidence and death rates in the United States. Some contributing factors are tobacco use, radon exposure, and rural and inner-city populations’ lack of access to care. Regarding treatment, the underrepresentation of older and non-white cancer patients in clinical trial enrollment is of particular concern to Medical Oncologist, Dr. Rebecca Redman. Dr. Redman has 10 years of experience in oncology with a background in internal medicine and is Deputy Director of Clinical Trials Research with the University of Louisville. Clinical trial participation potentially eases the burden of the patient and helps other cancer patients in the future. The National Institute of Health’s National Cancer Institute at outlines several examples of statistical cancer disparities, including: • Higher death rates of African Americans for many cancer types • Higher likelihood of death by breast cancer among African American women;

and they are almost two times more likely to receive a diagnosis of the more aggressive, treatment-resistant triple-negative form of breast cancer • Higher rates of cervical cancer among Hispanic and Native American women and higher death rates of cervical cancer among African American women • African American men have the highest lung cancer incidence and death rates • These disparities can be reduced through addressing root issues such as poverty, access to screening, and genetic research. The prospects for our city and state concerning cancer are not necessarily all grim. According to Dr. Redman, cancer risk can also be reduced through healthy living: “a healthy diet and lifestyle, tobacco cessation, and age-appropriate screenings based on family history and risk factors.” The national cancer death rate has declined by 26% from 1991-2015 with advancements in immunotherapy versus the more conventional

DR. REBECCA REDMAN chemo and radiation therapies. More research is also aimed at “personalized medicine and individual disease with tumor and tissue analysis of genetic mutations in tumors to target or block the gene.” Prevention is key. But once a cancer is diagnosed, a patient’s best bet is “a team of doctors who personalize the new treatments in our toolbox.” Dr. Redman currently specializes in cancers of the head and neck at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

HEALTH RISK: COVID-19 As the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s “Healthy at Work” phased reopening continues, following Governor Beshear’s coronavirus “Healthy at Home” orders, Louisvillians are navigating yet another new normal. Mask-wearing is recommended in indoor public and shared spaces and in crowded outdoor spaces; and citizens should maintain social distancing of at least six feet apart. The coronavirus is still with us. As of mid-June, Jefferson County still had over 3300 cases, nearly three times the number of cases in any other Kentucky county. Jefferson County’s

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COVID-19 death rate represents nearly 35% of all Kentucky COVID-19 deaths. While the county was successful at “flattening the curve” to prevent hospitals from being overrun, the possibility of a second spike remains. Dr. Anna Hart is an Infectious Disease Specialist, Advisor to Infection Control, and Co-Chair of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee for Baptist Health Louisville, and was named a Louisville Magazine Top Doctor in 2019. Before the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Hart worked part-time at the outpatient clinic, on in-patient consults, and in


administrative meetings. Then rather suddenly she found herself working full-time, weeknights until 7 or 8pm, and on weekends. She still works full-time with COVID patients, at the outpatient clinic, and in meetings, continuing to monitor, respond to changes, and implement plans. But she is no longer on call and can spend more time with family. Baptist Health’s Chief Medical Officer, emergency management team, and hospital

administrators work directly with Louisville Metro Government officials on coronavirus planning and response. Dr. Hart recommends that Louisvillians continue to monitor the most up-to-date information on the spread of the coronavirus and maintain awareness of respiratory droplets as a vehicle, even from those who are asymptomatic. In addition to mask-wearing and social distancing, she emphasizes the continued importance of diligent

hand washing, sanitizing, and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces. “The coronavirus is still unpredictable. No one knows how it will play out over the summer and in the fall as kids go back to school. Be on high alert. Don’t get complacent because it seems to have died down. Be very vigilant, seek accurate sources of information, and avoid misinformation.” Dr. Hart recommends using as a primary resource.

HEALTH RISK: MENTAL HEALTH / ADDICTION Mental health and substance use disorders are particularly pertinent issues that are at risk for worsening during a global pandemic. Rates of distress, anxiety, and mood disorders have tripled in recent months according to Dr. Mary Helen Davis, a practicing psychiatrist at Integrative Psychiatry and consultant for Baptist Hospital of Louisville’s Cancer Program and director of their Psychosocial Oncology program and past president of the Kentucky Psychiatric Medical Association and Southern Psychiatric Association. Recent events from the pandemic to the public health crisis of racism and racial disparities have created significant levels of interpersonal and psychic distress. If left unchecked this distress can become the gateway to more serious mental health and substance use disorders. Dr. Davis encourages being proactive in the recognition and management of stress and distress. Although it may be a common and normal reaction to the events we are currently dealing with, having a plan can help diminish the impact. Dr. Davis recommends creating and following a “daily structured schedule” that includes being physically active, defining meaningful activity, utilizing one’s spirituality through prayer or meditation, and staying socially engaged. Although we are currently practicing physical distancing, it is important

to maintain social connections with friends and family even virtually in the short term. We also have to be sensitive to emotional wellbeing across the lifespan, recognizing the impact of the “psychological footprint of the epidemic” on children through seniors. If your level of stress seems excessive in that it interferes with your ability to function, impacts your sleep, concentration, or energy level, then you may need to seek medical care including medication assistance for persistent symptoms. “Primary care doctors are often the foot soldiers of mental health,” says Dr. Davis. Many of them already offer screenings for anxiety and depression and can initiate treatment. It is also important to monitor lifestyle choices and avoid using alcohol or substances to cope with increased anxiety or sleep disturbances.

neuromodulation, neuromagnetic stimulation, medication-assisted treatment in opioid addiction, and cognitive behavioral therapy offer hope to those who have not responded to more traditional treatments.

Just as individuals must cope with the pandemic, so do medical providers. The practice of psychiatry has entered the telehealth arena virtually overnight. This is likely to be the most significant change in mental health in 2020, has been well received by patients, and improved access to care for many vulnerable populations. Kentucky leads the nation in telehealth legislation that passed in 2018 and went into effect in July of 2019 before the pandemic. In addition to the adoption of telehealth, advancements in

Dr. Davis is a big proponent of population health and understanding the impact of social determinants of health. She reports that in times of crisis there tends to be an increase in domestic violence and child abuse. Ongoing awareness with education on resources for help is critical. Dr. Davis is encouraged by the expansion of insurance efforts by Governor Beshear, which should help in addressing some of the disparities in health care as well as protecting those who have lost insurance coverage due to unemployment.


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HEALTH RISK: OBESITY Two out of three Americans are clinically overweight or obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 or above. Contributing factors are lack of education or misinformation, highly processed foods, and financial and racial disparities in income and health, according to Dr. Meredith Sweeney, a bariatric surgeon with Norton Healthcare. She is board-certified in general surgery and is a Fellow of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons. Dr. Sweeney cautions us that the old Food Guide Pyramid many of us were taught simply does not work to address weight issues. Its emphasis on consumption of fruit and grains overloads the diet with sugar and carbohydrates. “Processed ingredients also cause more problems than solutions,” says Dr. Sweeney. She recommends that we not shy away from healthy fats and proteins that the old pyramid suggested we should limit. “Whole foods” or foods with only one ingredient are anti-inflammatory. Those who live in urban

areas known as “food deserts” often lack physical and financial access to affordable, quality fresh foods. Their easier options are typically cheaper fast food and/or processed foods. Overweight and obesity are pre-inflamed states that exacerbate the inflammatory nature of infections such as coronavirus and virtually guarantee worse outcomes. To reverse the inflammatory state, Dr. Sweeney instructs current and prospective patients to remove processed foods, sugar, and starches from the diet. “Little changes can change your way of thinking. I encourage patients to take their health into their own hands with a whole foods diet. Live the years you have left to the fullest. Take control now. The benefits are well worth it.” To track progress, she suggests downloading “the ZERO Fasting app and Carb Manager carb counting app that helps guide people to make good choices.” Bariatric surgery can be a great tool not only for weight loss but also for reversing

DR. MEREDITH SWEENEY chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and sleep apnea.” Norton Weight Management Center has 3 full-time, Fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons on staff, which is unique to Louisville. Dr. Sweeney is proud to be a part of the entire team, including therapists, dieticians, and nurses.

HEALTH RISK: DIABETES Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are elevated due to insulin deficiencies. Insulin is the hormone which regulates food storage and energy, storing glucose in the blood or moving it into the cells as necessary. When the body does not produce enough insulin or cannot use it efficiently, blood glucose rises and results in a variety of symptoms and an increased risk of organ damage or failure and other chronic illnesses. There are three types of diabetes: 1. Type 1 Diabetes (sometimes known as insulin-dependent or juvenile diabetes) is diagnosed more commonly in children and teens. It results from a body’s attack on pancreatic cells preventing them from producing enough insulin to control blood sugar. This form of diabetes occurs in only 5-10% of diabetic cases and has no known root cause or cure. 2. Type 2 Diabetes (also known as insulin-resistant or adult-onset diabetes) is much more common and stems from low insulin production or inefficient insulin use in the body. It can be controlled through lifestyle modifications

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and sometimes requires oral medications or insulin injections.

these and other issues to close that gap and lower the overall rate of diabetes in the city.

3. Gestational Diabetes occurs in pregnant women and usually reverses itself after childbirth. This form can also be controlled through diet and exercise, but medicines may become necessary. Statistics indicate that this form seems to pose a higher risk for the development of Type 2 Diabetes later in life.

On an individual level, we can lower the risk or manage diabetes by losing 5-7% of total body weight, avoiding sugar and unhealthy fats, drinking more water, exercising 30 minutes per day five times per week, minimizing stress, prioritizing sleep, and keeping up with regular doctor visits. Baptist Health offers a Diabetes Management Program and Pre-Diabetes Fitness Program. Louisville is fortunate to have one of the leading medical research universities in the nation. “The University of Louisville Diabetes & Obesity Center supports leading-edge basic and clinical research to generate new knowledge for the prevention and management of diabetes and obesity. We believe a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach to research has the power to yield dynamic results. Our team is making new discoveries every day - discoveries that bring us one step closer to a more effective strategy for the treatment, management and prevention of these growing epidemics.”

Diabetes is an increasingly significant health threat, especially in the last twenty years as rates have almost doubled. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes was prevalent in 10.5% of the population as of 2018. The CDC says one-third of American adults are prediabetic and only 20% of those are aware of their status. In Kentucky adults, the rate of diabetes is up to 13%. Jefferson County’s rate stood at 11% in 2018. In West Louisville, the prevalence is as high as 32%, a disparity rooted in issues such as access to care, food deserts, poverty, and unemployment. Metro Louisville government, in partnership with Louisville-area health systems, is committed to working on

HEALTH RISK: HEART / HYPERTENSION “Hypertension is an important risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease,” says Dr. William Dillon of Baptist Medical Group. Kentucky lies in the “Heart Attack Belt” of the nation. There is a very high prevalence of cardiovascular disease in the state. As many as 20% of adults over the age of 20 have high blood pressure, while 40% of Kentuckians suffer from hypertension. Not to mention, 1 in 5 adults don’t even know they have hypertension because, due to fear or lack of insurance coverage, they do not make regular doctor’s visits. Another contributor to high blood pressure in Kentucky is the typical Southern diet, delicious though it may be with its high fat and salt content. Dr. Dillon is an Interventional Cardiologist who has been in practice in Louisville for over 20 years. He attended DePauw University and Indiana University School of Medicine, served his residency at the University of Minnesota, and completed a fellowship with IU School of Medicine. Dr. Dillon’s clinical focus is cardiac catheterization and

intervention, prevention and management of cardiovascular disease, pulmonary embolism intervention, structural heart interventions, and cardiac arrest care. “Surgeries are often a band-aid. They don’t reverse heart disease. Cardiovascular disease can often be slowed or prevented through risk factor modification.” For the prevention of cardiovascular disease, Dr. Dillon recommends a four-pronged approach: 1. “Smoking cessation drops the risk of heart attack by 35%.” 2. “Check and monitor blood pressure regularly. 130/90 or lower is good. Lower salt intake to under 3 grams of sodium per day. More than 2 alcoholic drinks per day can raise blood pressure.” 3. “Get regular aerobics activity. Walk with a purpose to get your heart rate up.” 4. “Keep your weight in a normal range. Everything from a cardiovascular standpoint improves with weight loss.” Together, following these lifestyle changes can lower the risk of heart attack or stroke by as much as 80%. Once a heart attack has occurred, quick intervention is key. A heart attack is not necessarily a death sentence, but the sooner someone is treated usually the better they will do. “There have been great advancements in procedures - less invasive and

DR. WILLIAM DILLON better techniques are being developed and refined. While stents can save lives during a heart attack; the cornerstone of cardiac care is risk modification and medical therapy. Medical therapy has gotten better.” Dr. Dillon adds, last but not least, “I would be remiss if I did not address the healthcare inequities of African-Americans and minorities versus Caucasians. The chronic stress of systemic racism contributes to hypertension. African-Americans have two times the risk for cardiac arrest.” For more information on prevention and treatment of heart disease and hypertension, visit and and the American Heart Association at

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HEALTH RISK: STROKE The Louisville Metro area is located in the “Stroke Belt” or “Stroke Alley” - an 11-state region in the southeastern United States where the risk of stroke is 34% greater than the general population. This disparity is largely attributable to diet and lifestyle choices and tobacco use. According to the American Stroke Association, “Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain.” It is the 5th leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the US. The Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Stroke Study, an ongoing survey by the University of Cincinnati, found that the overall incidence of stroke among the Black and African American populations in our region was about 2/3 higher than for Whites. “A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.” Dr. Ben Thornton is a neurologist, neurohospitalist, and Medical Stroke Director with Baptist Health. He attended medical school and served his neurology residency at the University of Louisville. Dr. Thornton emphasizes the importance of “primary prevention” or healthy diet and lifestyle changes, which are “more effective and more powerful than any medication a doctor can prescribe.” Lifestyle changes should include smoking cessation and exercise at least 30 minutes per day 3 times per week. He advises finding an exercise you enjoy so that it will get done consistently. Dr. Thornton specifically mentions two diets proven to be effective in reducing inflammation and preventing atherosclerosis: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. The Mediterranean diet is based on the eating habits of 16 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Because of the many differences between those countries, there is no one standard Mediterranean diet. However, according to the American Heart Association, there are common factors: • Plenty of fruits, vegetables, bread and other grains, potatoes, beans, nuts, and seeds • Olive oil as a primary fat source • Dairy products, eggs, fish and poultry in low to moderate amounts • Fish and poultry are more common than red meat

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• Centers on minimally processed, plantbased foods • Red wine may be consumed in low to moderate amounts, usually with meals The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet is similar but allows more dairy products and meat. Regarding treatment of stroke once it has occurred, time is of the essence. IV tPA, or intravenous tissue-type plasminogen activator, is most effectively administered within 90 minutes of stroke occurrence. A catheter to mechanically open the blocked artery is a newer treatment that is best applied within the first 6 hours. TIAs (or Transient Ischemic Attacks) “should be evaluated in hospital for the cause to determine the best diet, lifestyle, or medical treatment including more long-term heart monitoring.” says Dr. Thornton. “We really try to hammer home time-sensitivity, that when you experience

DR. BEN THORNTON symptoms, it is best to call 911 and get to a hospital as quickly as possible, no matter how mild those symptoms may seem.” For symptoms of a stroke, remember FAST: Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Slurred, Time to Call 911.

IN CONCLUSION... Ben Chandler’s work with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky will continue in the second half of 2020 with “a vigorous program of coronavirus contract tracing” promoted by PSAs. He urges everyone in the city to volunteer to participate or to participate if called upon to do so. “Louisville is a city with wonderful quality and pace of life. Health is the rock that everything is built on in our lives.” Regarding overall health in our community, Ben says social determinants such as location, circumstances, education level, and access to healthy meals can be addressed with more public health investment and policy changes. Black and “African-American productivity in the community affects everyone,” at least economically. “We can improve the quality of life in Louisville if we focus on these things. The numbers are sobering; but there is room for improvement, to move the needle up with conscious decisions.”

Massage Envy With five clinics in the Louisville area, Massage Envy is the gold standard not just for massage, but also fantastic skincare services. “We offer 60 and 90 minute customized facial and back facial sessions featuring professional-grade products to make your skin look and feel fabulous,” says Marcia Cotner, owner of the Middletown and J-Town ME locations. “Our estheticians are thoroughly trained on all of our customized facials using Obagi and Jan Marini products. We also offer advanced skincare services of Chemical Peels featuring PCA SKIN and Microderm Infusion. Utilizing the advanced skincare services between facials is a great way to get your skin the healthiest it can be. These combined services can get rid of dead skin, reduce the signs of aging, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and uneven skin tone.” Skincare retail products available at ME include Jan Marini Skin Research, Obagi, PCA SKIN, Murad, PROACTIV, and CyME by Massage Envy. Also, Massage Envy’s commitment to safety has never been greater, recently working with industry leader CTEH to conduct a deep, holistic review of standards targeted at sanitation and infection prevention and control. CTEH is a scientific consulting firm specializing in environmental health and provides advice based on reliable science to safeguard individuals and communities. Through that collaboration, ME has further strengthened key policies. Among them are mandatory cleaning and disinfection protocols, proper hand hygiene protocols, and requirements related to the use of personal protective equipment. Massage Envy requires all team members to wear masks while performing services, and each employee has completed additional health-specific training. Everyone at Massage Envy is working hard to ensure that your experience with them will leave you only feeling better and more healthy.


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With a new 132,000 square-foot campus under construccon, located in Louisville at Terra Crossing Boulevard off Old Henry at the Gene Snyder Freeway, Galen College of Nursing connnues to define excellence in nursing educaaon. With campuses in Louisville and Hazard, Kentucky; Cincinnaa, Ohio; Tampa Bay, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas, as well as online for post-licensure educaaon, Galen College of Nursing is one of the largest educators of nurses in the country with first--me NCLEX® pass rates that consistently exceed the naaonal average. Founded over 30 years ago with a mission dedicated to expanding access to quality nursing educaaon, Galen’s faculty and staff are commiied to helping students enter and advance in the rewarding field of nursing. Whether called by a passion for helping and caring for others, or the desire to create a bright future filled with opportunity, Galen students are provided an educaaon centered around one thing and one thing only – excellence in nursing. With mullple pathways and educaaonal oppons in nursing, and the ability to swiily adapt and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of healthcare, we provide the tools and support necessary for our students to go on to deliver quality care in the communiies we serve. Galen offers an accelerated, 3-year Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program as well as an Associate Degree in Nursing Program for those wishing to become an RN. The Pracccal Nursing (PN) program can be completed in 12-21 months. For those seeking to advance a nursing degree postlicensure, Galen offers an Online RN to BSN and two Online MSN program oppons—Nursing and Healthcare Leadership and Nursing Educaaon. Galen also offers an LPN to ADN Bridge program for current LPNs that are interested in becoming an RN. We could not be more proud of our students who go on to lead, comfort, and care for our communiies. Galen is honored to support the essennal role of nursing criical to the connnuaaon of quality healthcare in our country.


SeniorCare Experts

Patty Dissell Dedicated to helping seniors remain living safely and comfortably at home for as long as possible, SeniorCare Experts, a local nonprofit, has been making a difference in the lives of many for over 46 years. SeniorCare Experts continues to be at the forefront of helping caregivers find solutions. The conscientious staff at SeniorCare Experts has adopted a holistic approach for the care of your loved ones, offering compassionate and detailed assessments, developing goal-oriented care plans with regular monitoring of on-site conditions, and scheduled client interactions. “I was the caregiver for my dad for ten years,“ says Patty Dissell, Executive Director of SeniorCare Experts. “Our intention is to always act as an extended part of the family, offering options and solutions while respecting the dynamics in place. We treat everyone as an individual, helping people stay at home and live with dignity the way that they want to.” The SeniorCare Experts’ professionals often use “tools” to provide the wrap-around care for their clients, such as nonmedical home health care, medical alert safety devices, home delivered meals, and more. “The emotional comfort, best possible health, and personal safety of our clients are the critical priorities for our staff,” says Patty. “If necessary, we will be the first to say that someone under our care can no longer stay at home. Until then, we help them to lead happy and productive lives.” SeniorCare Experts also engages the hearts of our local community with opportunities for impactful volunteer involvement, channeling donations to assist those in need, and participation in special events. Patty Dissell

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502 Direct Primary Care Dr. Ilana Kayrouz Dr. Ilana Kayrouz opened 502 Direct Primary Care, her own direct care practice, on April 1, 2020. After ten years as a devoted physician working within the conventional methods of practice, she decided that it was time for a change. “I wanted to take better care of patients by offering more personal, convenient, and cost effective care,” she says. “Switching to a Direct Primary Care model allows me to do all of that.” DPC is a pure membership model of medicine. It eliminates the middleman so the doctor can focus directly on the patient, improving access to care, keeping costs down, and offering price transparency. By having a more personalized relationship with your doctor, health outcomes are improved. “This all lends itself to a better quality of life not just for my patients, but also myself,” Dr. Kayrouz says.

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Treyton Oak Towers Jim Grady, Executive Director Jim Grady is the Executive Director at Treyton Oak Towers, and in his 30 years in Senior care and Senior living, he’s never seen a place that rivaled Treyton Oak Towers. “The relationships between residents and staff here is very special,” he says. “Brochures and slogans don’t do it justice. It’s something to see in person; the joy and love that’s shared are tangible.” Treyton Oak Towers has been the icon of upscale active social living in downtown Louisville for over 35 years. It was a challenge to deliver this top shelf experience while meeting the conditions of the “new normal” that Covid-19 has created. These new rules now compliment the same recognizable upmarket branding that has come to define Treyton Oak Towers. During the recent outbreak, they balanced the health needs of their residents while maintaining the elegant independent living community. “We are blessed with an amazingly talented team of clinicians and associates that deliver two distinct levels of service,” says Jim. This continuum of care community (CCRC) also allows and encourages a remarkable amount of customization by residents; in their apartments, their daily activities, and their healthcare. With all of these resources together under one roof, residents can expect to live as free and easygoing as possible. “Healthcare and Independent Living is all about serving people. At Treyton Oak Towers, it’s more than that,” Jim says. “We are a true family.”


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Advanced ENT & Allergy With the regular use of masks due to COVID-19, now more than ever, hearing health is critical. Do you find yourself in any setting where it is difficult to hear? Hearing loss is the third most common health problem in the United States. Advanced ENT and Allergy provides a full spectrum of ear, nose, throat and allergy care as well as a full complement of head and neck surgery. Our dedicated medical professionals provide a complete array of diagnostic and therapeutic services for any and all healthcare needs associated with the head and neck. In addition to general ENT we have specialized medical expertise available through our Hearing Center. Contrary to what many in the healthcare community assume, age-related hearing loss (ARHL) is not a benign consequence of aging. ARHL is associated with a number of psychosocial and physiological conditions.1 Chronic conditions associated with hearing loss include: • • • • • • •

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Boutique Spotlight: Peppermint Palm


wow wedding: Rachel & Jakson

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The Derby is on! So, Derby like no one is watching with these elegant fashions and hats from local merchants.

1| Six Sisters Boutique 2| Six Sisters Boutique (Fascinator), Magnolia & Fig (Dress), Peppermint Palm (Lily Pulitzer necklace) 3| Dee’s 4| Dee’s

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1| The Hat Doctor 2| The Hat Doctor (Fascinator), Sassy Fox (Kate Spade dress), Magnolia & Fig (necklace) 3| The Hat Girls 4| The Hat Girls

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Boutique Spotlight:



says Jane Natalie Bennett, manager and buyer for the Louisville store. Peppermint Palm carries Lilly shifts, casual dresses with spaghetti straps or long sleeves, tunics, rompers, jumpsuits and separates, in custom color palettes that all work well together. Jane and her staff offer an engaging and fun shopping experience. “We're here for one thing, to make the customer happy and feel confident,” says Jane.


et’s start with something fun, something bright and cheerful, exploding with joy. Lilly Pulitzer it is, then. The fashion prints of this designer can’t help but bring a smile to the women who wear them. Peppermint Palm is a Lilly Pulitzer signature store in the Vogue Center on Lexington Road. Owners Roger and Vanessa Le-

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dridge already had their first location in Lexington when they opened the boutique in the River City in June 2006. The brand has been around since 1959, thanks to Lillian Lee McKim Pulitzer Rousseau in Palm Beach. “She wanted something easy, cool and comfortable to wear, that's how the shift dress started,”

The boutique itself is super cute and the dressing rooms were hand-painted by a Lilly Pulitzer studio artist. And did you know? You can find the name Lilly hidden in the pattern on every piece of clothing. Lilly Pulitzer clothing is available in sizes zero to extra-large. Peppermint Palm is also able to special-order for customers and offer shipping. The store has a large assortment of children's Lilly Pulitzer fashions, like swim shorts and dresses.

“Our biggest and newest part of our line is the Luxletic, our activewear line,” Jane says. Tank tops, yoga pants, tennis skorts, golf skorts and other pieces, in prints and solids, keep active customers clamoring for more. The Luxletic “weekenders” are lounge pants in bright and cheerful colors for a more relaxed look when going out to brunch. They pretty much sell out with every new shipment. Peppermint Palm carries other fun Lilly Pulitzer merch like 17-month spiralbound agendas in various sizes, cups, mugs and candles. Plus purses, jewelry and accessories. The loyalty of the customers who come in week after week is the No. 1 thing Jane loves most about her job. "When the customer can come in, try something on and feel confident leaving the store, knowing it fits her and looks good. We sell to make the customer feel 110% good about themselves.” During quarantine when the store closed its doors temporarily, was created for online

orders and that website is remaining operational. “You are still shopping local, still supporting a local business and still receiving merchandise at your door,” says Jane. When the first order of Lilly Pulitzer masks came in, 80 of them in cute patterns, they sold out in one day. “Masking is going to be around for a while, so you might as well make it fun,” says Jane. “The quality of the Lilly Pulitzer brand is so wonderful. It's a happy, happy brand.”


Peppermint Palm, a Lilly Pulitzer signature store, is located in The Vogue Center at 3741 Lexington Road. For more information call 502896-9190 or visit peppermintpalm. net. Hours of operation: MondayFriday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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C O U P L E C R E AT E S ‘ C L A S S Y & CHIC’ WEDDING EXPERIENCE Kentucky native Rachel (Price) and Jakson Deyer may have met at a country music festival, but their September 2019 wedding was all things classy, elegant and chic.



he couple met at Red, White, and Boom in Lexington in 2016 while they were both there with separate friends––call it being at the same place at the same time. When a mutual friend introduced them that night, the rest was history. Rachel, an occupational therapist, was born and raised in Somerset, and Jakson, a CPA, is from Wilmore. He was just in town for the weekend when the couple met, so he spent a lot of time on I-64 visiting Rachel in Lexington the first year of dating. Rachel eventually finished graduate school and joined her future husband in Louisville, where they got engaged and bought their first house. “We knew that Louisville was our home base, where lots of our friends are located. (It’s) a terrific city. And, therefore, we decided to get married here in Louisville,” Rachel says.

The couple fell in love with their venue, the Olmsted, immediately upon touring it. Rachel says the couple loved that they could have the ceremony outside on the front lawn and then go inside for a formal reception. The Olmsted is large and open but sectioned off into three different large rooms for a more intimate ambiance. In the event of rain, the Olmstead has indoor options for the ceremony as well. “In addition, we loved that our guests would be in one place for the entire evening,” Rachel says. “Since neither of our families are from Louisville and therefore aren't extremely familiar with the city, it was nice to give them one location and not have to worry about them driving to two different locations or having to worry about them navigating downtown or heavy traffic. It was a win win for us!”

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he couple envisioned a “classy, elegant and chic” day with mauve, gold and greenery. The decor and flowers were two of the bride’s favorite things of the day. The florist was able to repurpose most of the ceremony flowers into the reception, which was a big help for the couple’s budget. “I remember walking into the reception after being outside taking photos for hours,” Rachel says. “I walked in and was in complete awe of how beautiful all the decor was.” The couple decided on a “first look,” where the bride and groom meet in their wedding attire before the ceremony. “Neither of us had originally wanted a first look as we wanted to see each other for the first time at the aisle,” Rachel says. “However, the more we thought about it, we didn’t want to miss out on any time with our wedding guests due to taking pictures. We ended up having our first look in the aisle with all the empty chairs around us, and it was so special. All the wedding day jitters were gone at that point and it was just so special to have so much time together before the ceremony.” It was one of Rachel’s fondest memories, along with the couple’s letters they read to each other before the first look.

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sentimental detail of the big day was when Rachel’s step dad performed their ceremony. It was his first officiated wedding, but he was the “perfect person for the job,” she says. “I knew I wanted a very personalized ceremony performed by someone who knew us both very well. Our ceremony was extremely special to us, because my stepdad was able to incorporate stories from our relationship, give us personalized advice, and at the same time, totally captivate the audience with his humor and witty personality.” Rachel’s stepfather later wow’d the crowd again when he and Rachel surprised everyone with a choreographed father-daughter dance at the reception.

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nother precious moment was when Rachel wore her mother’s sapphire diamond ring. She wasn’t too concerned about incorporating something blue or borrowed into her wedding day, but her mother insisted on it. “She insisted I wear her sapphire diamond ring and I’m so glad I did,” Rachel says. “It ended up holding meaning for me, and I know that it will be a very sentimental detail that I look back on in years to come.”  PHOTOGRAPHER: Meagen C Photography VIDEOGRAPHER: Alexander Francis Films CEREMONY VENUE: The Olmsted RECEPTION VENUE: The Olmsted CATERING: Mastersons Catering CAKE: Louisvillicious Cakes and Desserts DAY OF COORDINATORS: Alli B Down the Aisle and the Handmade Hostess FLOWERS: J. Elizabeth Designs RENTALS AND/OR DÉCOR: Southern Classic Rentals BRIDAL GOWN: Blush by Hayley Paige from the Couture Closet BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE: Alfred Sung GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE: Joseph Abboud from Men’s Warehouse HAIR AND MAKEUP: Hair By Maddie Woff and Makeup By Sarah Lynn STATIONERY/CALLIGRAPHY: Minted and JC Designs DJ: Pulse Mobile Entertainment BRIDAL VEIL & JEWELRY: Sara Gabriel from the Couture Closet

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color catalog: First Light


design guru: Closet Factory


In The Garden


tour of homes: Hunting Creek Home Holds Pieces of History, Travel

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Sierra Woven Rattan Wall Disc


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Looking for an airy alternative to beige or white? Benjamin Moore’s First Light (2102-70) is a soft pink that plays well with other colors, creating a delicate backdrop for whatever life may bring. If you find yourself dreaming of beach trips, First Light is a great choice for your spaces. When paired with midcentury accents and sea glass tones, this dawn pink can help any room feel like a beachside vacation retreat. Make the most of your room’s natural architecture to create a quaint cottage resort feel. No dreamy vaulted ceilings in your home? Paint only three-fourths of the way up the walls to make ceilings feel grander. First Light is stunning in sitting rooms, mother-in-law suites, guest bathrooms and home offices. Since it’s a grown-up pastel, pair it with colors that pack a punch. Teal, flamingo pink and black will bring a fun throwback vibe. Natural woods, glass and woven fibers keep the look grounded.

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n the beginning, the ‘art of organization’ meant creating great closets. But now it’s so more than that,” say Jerry Ostertag and Marilyn Jones, husband and wife owners of Closet Factory. More than 20 years in, their business today is all about transforming spaces throughout the house - spaces where better, beautiful storage solutions lead to a more livable, less stressful home life! Overlooked areas where great organization makes a difference include home offices, libraries, garages, and kid’s spaces. More specialized areas such as craft rooms are often candidates for improvement, too. And if you’re looking to add a wine room, call Closet Factory. The materials this company uses offer the widest selection by any specialty organization company and let you make the most of any space, from luxurious dressing rooms to functional, multipurpose rooms prized by downsizers.

Jerry is a native Louisvillian with a communications and media background. Marilyn’s career was in advertising and corporate communications. Both were working less than three miles from the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. While they loved living in Northern Virginia, that event was the impetus to come home. Both are organized by nature. Marilyn’s background included website development, focusing on content development, and information architecture (organizing that content). As we spoke it occurred to Marilyn that her previous career was truly a logical precursor to their current work. In seeking out a Louisville-based business, Jerry developed a specific set of criteria, and Closet Factory was the perfect match.

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Closet Factory is set apart from wouldbe competitors. Other home organization businesses “tend to have prescriptive methods and a fixed set of tools in their toolbox,” says Jerry. “When all you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.” Closet Factory, on the other hand, can “be more fluid, has access to a larger selection of materials, and offers the deepest bench of the most experienced designers.” Their designers bring “an extraordinary level of capability” to their work. Marilyn and Jerry are more excited than ever about the offerings and trends coming available now. New manmade materials

are “green” and recycled, and the finish of lightweight laminates is very realistic with “surface texture and visual grain.” Beyond function, Closet Factory spaces are designed from an aesthetic, not just utilitarian, perspective. More attention is paid to “the look and feel.” For example, master closets have evolved into elaborate, comfortable living spaces, with higher ceilings, better lighting, windows, color, and seating as well as security. Some even include such luxuries as small wine fridges, chandeliers, secret entrances, and safe storage, with specialty task lighting like LED lighted closet rods and lighting incorporated into the structure.

Following the governor’s “Safe at Home” guidelines, Closet Factory has continued business safely, with virtual appointments and in the thoroughly clean, safe environment of their showrooms. The design and installation process might take a bit more time these days with occasional hiccups in the supply chain; nevertheless, Closet Factory is still speedier on the job than most. For more home organization ideas, visit and

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in the Garden: The Fruits "& Vegetables" of Your Labor BY DAWN ANDERSON


uly in the garden in Louisville brings a harvest of ripe summer fruits and vegetables and the full flowering of beautiful blooms and plantings. Even as they reap the benefits of their previous labors, vigilant gardeners watch the weather, manage possible drought, avoid overwatering, and battle pests throughout the month. Some planting possibilities remain, along with maintenance and cleanup to be done. What can still be planted now: beans, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, peas, onions, spinach, summer squash, and nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Most well-developed tomato plants need spraying and staking or caging by this time. Don’t forget to pull some early for fried green tomatoes!

Examine plants for diseases and insect infestation and treat accordingly. Do not fertilize flowers, lawns, or plants in the hotter, drier conditions. Instead, wait until temperatures moderate and there is more humidity in the air. Deadhead faded blooms, pick ripe berries, fruits, and vegetables, and pull up the old annuals. To plant another

Gardening book recommendations: The Gardener’s Garden A Way to Garden: A Hands-On Primer for Every Season by Margaret Roach The Vegetable Gardener’s Garden by Edward C. Smith Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard by Douglas W. Tallamy Floret Farm's Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms by Erin Benzakein and Julie Chai

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round of summer annuals, some good choices for this Plant Hardiness Zone are begonias, salvia, helenium, euphorbia, impatiens, purple fountain grass, coleus, elephant ears, Scaevola, and Zahara zinnia. Lawn care can be tricky in the heat of summer. Check your water hoses and sprinkler system to be sure they are functioning properly before the hottest weather strikes. Mornings are the best time for watering. Evenings are fine once in a while; but regular night-time watering may subject your lawns and gardens to fungus, mildew, molds, snails, and slugs. Watering more deeply, but less frequently helps plants develop deeper roots that can protect them from drought and extreme temperatures. Spruce up mulching and move that sprinkler around to keep from wasting water. Hot July afternoons are better spent indoors but don’t necessarily have to be unproductive for your gardens. Get the manual labor done in the mornings and early evenings. In the meantime, plan summer to fall transitions and the fall garden. Browse the internet for tips and tricks. Crack the gardening books you already own and shop for new ones. 

Rodale's Basic Organic Gardening: A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden by Deborah L. Martin The Cook’s Herb Garden by Jeff Cox The Backyard Gardener: Simple, Easy, and Beautiful Gardening with Vegetables, Herbs, and Flowers by Kelly Orzel Southern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening: Plant, Grow, and Harvest the Best Edibles - Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma & Tennessee by Katie Elzer-Peters

snack time

Reward your hard work and research with Kentucky Style Fried Green Tomatoes for supper. Heat bacon grease in a cast-iron skillet. Dip ¼” green beefsteak tomato slices in a beaten egg whisked with ¼ cup whole milk, then dredge in a dry mixture of ¹/³ cup all-purpose flour, ¾ cup cornmeal, and ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper. Fry 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and sugar. For extra decadence, top with pimento cheese.

It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. – L EW I S G RI ZZA R D

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HUNTING CREEK HOME Holds Pieces of History, Travel



retired two-star U.S. Navy admiral and his family recently renovated their Hunting Creek transitional home with European flair, including items from their aroundthe-world travels. Stacia and Stewart O’Bryan have lived in an open-plan, two-story home with 7-bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms, and 5,703-squarefeet for eight years. Three years ago, they decided to make a change. The couple transformed the kitchen and bathrooms in their Prospect home to accommodate their family of 18, with three married children and 10 grandchildren. The O’Bryan’s home includes many sentimental items from generations in the U.S. Navy, including a 60-year-old sword belonging to Stewart’s father Mike, given to his son when he was commissioned. The O’Bryan family moved 21 times during Stewart’s 34year career, living all over the United States and Italy. Their home reflects their travels. Stewart retired in 2012 as a two-star admiral. He made 10 deployments, was commanding officer of four ships, including a commodore of Desron 22, during Operation Iraqi Freedom and a strike group commander. He was the commissioning commanding officer of the USS Cole DDG67 and had various shore tours, including Standing Joint Forces Command, which participated in helping with Hurricane Katrina.

SPONSORED BY EUROPEAN SPLENDOR European Splendor specializes in hand-crafted, affordable European furniture, gift and accessories Having lived in Europe for several years, and with nearly 20 years experience, owners Susan and Matt Straub are experts in providing hand-crafted European items with superior workmanship at affordable prices. Whether its fine European furniture, hand-crafted Polish pottery, French lotions and soaps, Bohemia crystal, French linens, candles, pillows, baskets, and art, European Splendor is the place to shop.

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rom their time abroad, the O’Bryans developed a love for Italian coffee and their renovated kitchen by Isaac Contracting and Design and Bramer Contracting is outfitted with appliances from Bonnycastle that includes a coffee machine that makes espresso and cappuccino. The center island countertop is French black walnut on top of black cabinets with frosted glass. The rest of the cabinets were repainted white to contrast with the black granite countertops. The kitchen is decorated with colorful ceramics purchased while in Italy and the decor is from Spain and Ireland. A half bath, painted ruby red, was also renovated. The couple installed a new sink and vanity. Stewart painted the cabinets in the master bathroom black for a new look.

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he main areas of the home are a medium gray that flows through the great room, foyer, and kitchen with hardwood floors throughout the main floor, accented with Persian area rugs from Bahrain and Afghanistan. “We love the openness of our main level and the flow of it,” Stacia says. “It is perfect for entertaining.” The family loves to host, especially during the holidays. “We love having our children and grandchildren fill the house with laughter and fun,” Stacia says. The dining room, a Mediterranean blue, holds a Murano glass chandelier, which was purchased in Venice, Italy. The front foyer has marble flooring with a table from Deruta, Italy, made of volcanic ash, which is hand-painted with an Italian scene and sits on a handmade iron stand near a handmade Italian iron coat tree.

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n addition to the many unique pieces the O’Bryans collected while traveling, they also own a secretary and captain’s chest from Karachi, Pakistan, an accent table in the upstairs hallway from Sorrento, Italy, and an onyx chess set and book ends from Afghanistan in the study, which accent a golden-tan paint on the walls. The couple loves art, too. They own a signed and numbered lithograph of Christopher Columbus by Salvador Dali, purchased at an art auction while living in Newport, Rhode Island. Another memorable piece is a Bruvel lithograph of the Astronomer, also purchased in Newport at an auction. Outside, the deck holds a handmade iron and granite dining table and chairs from Italy. The beautiful landscape also includes flower beds with stones and rock, a dogwood tree, iris plants that grew in Stacia’s grandmother’s yard and Lily of the Valley that Stewart’s parents had growing in their yard. “It is nice to have flowers that have been in our families’ yards for years,” Stacia says. The couple is excited to finally be in their renovated Prospect property after 34 years of moving with the U.S. Navy. Louisville is home, according to the couple. 

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The Details: Owners: Stacia and Stewart O’Bryan Neighborhood: Hunting Creek, Prospect Square-footage: 5,703-square-feet Bed/Bath: 7-bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms Style: Transitional, Open Floor Plan, Two-Story, European Flair Renovations: Kitchen by Isaac Contracting and Design and Bramer Contacting Paint Colors: Ruby Red in bathroom; Mediteranean Blue in Dining Room; Golden Tan in Master Bedroom and Study; Medium Gray in main areas

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Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill


recipe: Aloha Sliders With Cajun Sweet Potato Fries


top 5 dining: Pizza

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Celebrating their first anniversary on May 16, Steak & Bourbon: An American Grill is yet another big hit for Louisville’s own OLE (“oh, let’s eat!”) Hospitality Group. OLE Founders and Chefs Fernando and Yaniel Martinez have brought us Havana Rumba, Mojito Tapas, Guaca-Mole, Mussel & Burger Bar, Taco Luchador, and more. 102 TOPS LOUISVILLE | July 2020

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ccording to General Manager Brandon Thompson, the concept behind Steak & Bourbon in the Graymoor-Devondale neighborhood near Lyndon is a “traditional, American-style steakhouse with big portions at a reasonable price” using high-quality ingredients and served with genuine hospitality consistent with all OLE restaurants. Steak & Bourbon opened on May 16, 2019, following a Derby pop-up preview. GM Brandon Thompson joined the OLE Group in November of 2015 after four years in the food and beverage business, starting with Rocky’s Sub Pub across the river in Jeffersonville, Indiana. Brandon has also worked in management for Captain’s Quarters Riverside Grille at Harrods Creek in Louisville. Aside from the East End location, Brandon believes the hospitality at Steak & Bourbon sets it apart from other traditional steakhouse concepts in the city. “Our servers and bartenders are more personable at tableside, treating guests like family and making sure they know they are part of the establishment.” Executive Chef Zack Wolf has worked in Louisville restaurants since the age of 14, studied culinary arts in high school, and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Sullivan University. He assumed his first Executive Chef position with Café 27 in New Albany following his work at Covered Bridge Country Club, the Brown Hotel’s English Grill, and Gary’s on Spring. Chef Wolf joined OLE Hospitality Group in July 2016 at their previously owned Mercato Italiano Trattoria, and in 2017 was named Corporate Executive Chef for the restaurant group, overseeing all restaurants’ kitchen operations.

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Our servers and bartenders are more personable at tableside, treating guests like family and making sure they know they are part of the establishment.

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All of our steaks are Certified Angus Beef™ and aged a minimum of 21 days, seasoned with our house-blend steak seasoning and finished with our house herb butter, Served with your choice of side.

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s for Zack’s Steak & Bourbon menu, Brandon recommends starting with the popular appetizer Yellowfin Tuna Poke with toasted sesame seeds, orange glaze, chives, guacamole, and served with wonton chips, accompanied by a glass of Kabinett Riesling. For the main event, Brandon prefers the hand-cut 14oz Ribeye, but the Center Cut Filets available in three sizes are customer favorites. According to Chef Wolf, “All of our steaks are Certified Angus Beef™ and aged a minimum of 21 days, seasoned with our house-blend steak seasoning and finished with our house herb butter, Served with your choice of side.” The Sides and Spuds are decadent accompaniments indeed, including Maple Glazed Carrots, Caramelized Brussel Sprouts, Raclette Mac & Cheese, Chef Recommended Steak Fries, and Marshmallow Loaded Sweet Potato. Choose from steak add-ons Crab Cake, Garlic Shrimp, Oscar, Blue Cheese, and Crab Meat Dynamite and Bourbon Steak Sauce, Chimichurri, Au Poivre, Hollandaise, and Horseradish Creme Fraiche. To pair with your steak, Brandon puts their S & B Old Fashioned with Old Forester Signature, Demerara Simple Syrup, Angostura Bitters, and Amarena Cherry up against any Louisville classic Old Fashioned cocktail recipe the city has to offer. From the S & B Favorites section of the menu, Brandon highlights the Short Rib Pot Roast and the guests’ personal favorite Pan Roasted Chicken, sous vide, seared, and served with roasted baby Yukon potatoes, sauteed green beans, and chicken jus. Try a Cabernet Sauvignon or Zinfandel with the pot roast and a Pinot Noir with the chicken. At press time, Steak & Bourbon is operating under Kentucky Governor Beshear’s restaurant reopening guidelines of reduced capacity, table spacing, cleaning, and sanitizing. All staff wear face masks, gloves, and wash and sanitize hands often. The restaurant has added patio seating and awnings for expanded outdoor dining and looks forward to getting back to regular weekend specials and happy hours. For more information and the latest updates, visit, Steak & Bourbon. on Facebook, and @steak-bourbon on Instagram. 

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Aloha SLIDERS with


INGREDIENTS: » 1 garlic clove » 1 pound lean ground beef » 1 teaspoon ground ginger » ¼ teaspoon salt, divided » ¼ teaspoon black pepper » ½ cup less-sodium teriyaki marinade » 2 large sweet potatoes » ½ tablespoon coconut oil » 1 teaspoon cornstarch » 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning » Lime, zested » 8-ounce can crushed pineapples, juice reserved » 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise » 1 tablespoon rice vinegar » 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro (about 15 stems) » ½ small red onion (send whole onion) » 10-ounce bag shredded red cabbage » 2 teaspoons sesame seeds » 4 mini Hawaiian sweet dinner rolls


Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 2 sliders + 18-20 fries

Calories 464 | Fat 17g | Carbohydrates 53g | Fiber 5g | Sugar 23g | Protein 27g

Recipe Courtesy of

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PREPARATION: Prepare the Sliders: Mince the garlic, and add it to a bowl with the ground beef, ground ginger, ⅛ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper. With clean hands, mash all of the ingredients together and form 8 equal-sized slider patties, using about ¼ cup of beef for each one. Marinate the Sliders: Place the sliders in a single layer in a baking dish, and pour the teriyaki marinade over them. Flip the sliders over once to make sure the bottoms are touching the marinade. Wash your hands thoroughly, and cover the dish tightly with foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Prepare the Cajun sweet potato fries: Preheat oven to 400°F, coat a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Wash and peel the sweet potatoes, and cut into thin fries. Combine the coconut oil, potatoes, cornstarch, and Cajun seasoning. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, flip, and bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until golden and tender. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Prepare the Slaw: Zest the lime and whisk it together with the pineapple juice, mayonnaise, vinegar, and ⅛ teaspoon of salt. Wash and chop the cilantro. Cut the red onion in half, and thinly slice the other half (saving the first half for another use). Combine the red cabbage, red onion, cilantro and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing over it and toss with tongs. Cook the Sliders: Heat a grill pan over medium heat and coat with cooking spray. Remove the sliders from the marinade and allow the excess to drip off. Cook the sliders for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145°F. In a microwave safe bowl, warm the crushed pineapple. Split the Hawaiian rolls in half, and put 2 halves on each plate. Layer 1 slider on each bun half, followed by a heaping 1 tablespoon of slaw, and 1 tablespoon of warmed pineapple. Divide the sweet potato fries evenly between 4 plates.

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The Post



he Post Owners Laura and Nash Neely wanted to go into business for themselves and seized that opportunity with the purchase of the historic old Louisville VFW Post #3593. The building was completely renovated and modernized while retaining the character of the Germantown neighborhood and all the gatherings and fellowship that had inhabited the space for generations. Because Nash had worked at pizza joints while attending college and graduate school in Lexington, that familiarity combined with the absence of New York-style pizza-by-the-slice in Louisville crystalized their restaurant concept decision. Order pizza-by-the-slice in person at the restaurant for the hottest, freshest version of the giant cheese slice, pepperoni slice, or slice of the day. Everything else can be ordered online for carryout only. A dozen specialty New York-style pizza pies, including “build your own”, are available in three sizes. Laura recommends “the chicken dinner” with a buffalo or bbq sauce base, chicken, bacon, cheddar, onion, and bleu cheese or ranch drizzle. Grilled Subs are served on a 10” baguette with a side of chips. The “Italian” is stacked with salami, pepperoni, ham, giardiniera, provolone, tomato, and mayo. On the lighter side, salads are customizable and best dressed with chunky bleu cheese, ranch, or red wine vinaigrette house-made dressings.

Louisville Style Pizza is generally defined as having a substantial crust, relatively spicy marinara sauce, with generous double layers of toppings and mozzarella cheese. But Louisville Style is not the only game in town. Louisvillians also enjoy family buffets, Chicagostyle deep dish, woodfired Neapolitan, and New York styles, all right here at home. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

The Post had their busiest year ever last year. But due to simple economics and the layout of their shotgun-style building making social distancing difficult to impossible, the Neelys don’t plan to reopen The Post for dine-in service until coronavirus restaurant reopening guidelines are lifted to allow 100% capacity. The Neelys have been “overwhelmed with the outpouring of support by our employees who worked really hard to get this new (carryout) version of our business up and running. We truly appreciate our regulars, all the new customer support, and good reviews.”

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jake & elwood’s



ake and Elwood’s brings authentic Chicago-style deep dish pizza to Louisville in a thick, buttery crust reminiscent of Lou Malnati’s, topped with a tomato sauce inspired by Giordano’s. Cheese and toppings are stuffed between to turn pizza as we’ve known it almost completely upside-down. The March 16, 2020 opening was rocked that very evening by the mandated closure of Kentucky restaurants due to COVID-19. But Jake and Elwood’s has hardly missed a beat, building a carryout business as robust as their deep-dish pies.

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Owner and Chicago native John Thurlow worked for a Chicago ad agency that sent him to Louisville on business for 10 days out every six weeks. He “met a girl” and fell in love with this city, but it would take another twenty years before he made the big move and rented the former Clifton Pizza location. Jake and Elwood’s “unique homemade sauce and crust” and various Vienna Beef products all served in a family-style restaurant will be a real draw as dine-in service returns this summer. There are two sauce and size options for the four specialty Chicago Style Deep Dish Pizzas, as well as Build Your Own. The Classic Chicago Style Hot Dog is the very specific composition of Vienna Beef hot dog, steamed poppy seed bun, yellow mustard,

relish, chopped onions, tomato wedges, sport peppers, celery salt, and a pickle spear. Ketchup is blasphemy! Other Chicago favorites on the menu are the Maxwell Street Polish Sausage and Chicago Style Italian Beef Sammich. Kentucky ‘Tine puts a Bluegrass State spin on Canadian poutine, substituting beer cheese for gravy. Thin crust pizza slices and wings are also available. NFL Football and MLB Baseball games will be shown on the big screens as those seasons resume. For service changes and daily lunch and dinner specials, visit


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he making of an authentic Neapolitan pizza is an art and craft so world-renowned that it landed on the UNESCO “intangible cultural heritage” list. Originating in Naples, Italy, this style of pizza-making is rigorously governed by Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana rules. Pizza LUPO’s versions feature sauces made with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella, and a classic Neapolitan crust woodfired at the traditional 900 by Executive Chef Max Balliet. Max opened Pizza LUPO, co-owned by his sister Sarah and her husband Adam Turla, in 2017. Max had previously worked at Primo and The Blind Pig in Louisville before starting his Holy Molé taco truck in 2011. He is well-respected in the Louisville restaurant scene for that dedication to the city’s burgeoning food truck movement and his formidable talents in Italian cuisine.

Pizza LUPO further follows and preserves Italian tradition with handmade pasta dishes and a full bar with a selection of 50-60 sweet Amari selections, Bitters, and Fernets. Max recommends the barrel-aged Negroni or a Boulevardier cocktail for the bourbon aficionados. Amari flights and spritzes are perfect for those experiencing Amari for the first time. Until dine-in is once again allowed at a minimum of 50% capacity, Pizza LUPO will offer handmade Pasta Kits and special new 16” pizza hybrids similar to the Old New York “neo-Neapolitan” style. These iterations will still be wood-fired over oak and ash hardwoods and have a raw San Marzano tomato sauce but be topped with an aged mozzarella. The modifications will make the pizzas less delicate so as to maintain quality for transport through carryout or DoorDash delivery. A new POS system for online orders should keep the process running seamlessly until Pizza LUPO once again welcomes its valued customers into their Butchertown neighborhood dining room. For menu and service updates, visit

50+ menu options With our vast menu selection, meal prep will never seem boring again! We offer new options that rotate every 2 weeks! Eat healthy and delicious! 502-618-0664 1929 Blankenbaker Pkwy 502-963-5552 2218 Bardstown Rd

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opening in Lyndon Monday after Derby in Fat Jimmy’s pizza 1999. With as many as 6 locations at one time LEAVE WITH AN experience. (502) 244-2500 • FATJIMMYSPIZZA.COM 12216 SHELBYVILLE RD LOUISVILLE, KY 40243


ollowing a stint in the Army and work in the hospitality industry, Jimmy Ferrell considered starting a business of his own. One Saturday afternoon he asked his wife, “What about ‘Fat Jimmy’s’?” And the restaurant concept was born, even though Jimmy had never made a homemade pizza in his life. “But that’s what I love about him,” says wife and Co-Owner Sarah Ferrell, “It takes grit and determination to start something from nothing.” Fat Jimmy’s had its grand

and numerous franchise requests, the Ferrells have developed a singular focus on the Middletown location, which opened in 2009.

Fat Jimmy’s is famous for its family-friendly atmosphere and pizza buffet. (They hope to continue buffet service with safe, new serving procedures this summer.) Customers are like family; the restaurant feels like home. General Manager Todd Schuckman has been around since Day One. Dine-in, outdoor picnic tables, carryout, Postmates delivery, and catering options are available, along with a seamless online ordering/pay online/drive-through service.

The pizza crust is traditional; and their specialty pizzas are in high demand. The Fat Jimmy is the one to order if you want the works. Ranch Grilled Chicken has a ranch sauce topped with grilled chicken, onion, mushroom, and bacon. The Tito has ranch sauce, grilled chicken, onion, banana pepper, bacon, and hot sauce. But don’t dive into your pie until you’ve started things off with Hot Buttery Balls: baked pieces of pizza dough covered with garlic sauce, parmesan, oregano, and served with pizza sauce. Save room if you can for Sweet Balls by the Dozen: baked pizza dough pieces swimming in butter and drizzled with a powdered sugar glaze. Visit for the latest specials.


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earno’s Pizza was established by the Mooney family in 1977, serving distinctive Louisville-style pies with a solid crust, zesty sauce, and generous toppings. Rob Mooney carries on the family tradition maintaining consistency in product and operations. Bearno’s currently has 14 neighborhood locations in Louisville, southern Indiana, and Shepherdsville, including the original Bowman Field location. Bearno’s by the Bridge in downtown Louisville is co-owned and operated by George Timmering and celebrated its 25th anniversary on July 1st of this year. George and some friends had worked in that same building as servers since 1986, even before Bearno’s found a home there. Bearno’s by the Bridge was the first Bearno’s to feature a full bar and has benefited greatly from all the arts and sporting events, conventions, museums, and Bourbonism (Bourbon tourism) that surround it. George is proud to serve Louisville-style pizza and be a part of the larger Louisville pizza scene. “It encompasses many different styles and rivals

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» FAMILY BUFFET the biggest pizza cities in the country. There is real demand across the city and southern Indiana. And Bearno’s has some real handson owner-operators.” The Mama Bearno’s Special makes up over 50% of Bearno’s pizza orders, loaded with sausage, pepperoni, fresh mushrooms, onions, green peppers, black and green olives, and the finest mozzarella cheese. Other Specialty

Pizzas include All Meat, BBQ Chicken, and Super Bearno’s. Gluten-free and cauliflower crusts are available upon request. The original Lasagna recipe has remained unchanged since 1977. The Submarine Gondola is a classic Italian sandwich that adds Bearno’s own tomato sauce. George is particularly fond of their unique Bread Stix fresh out of the oven. Bearno’s by the Bridge is currently offering Dine-In, Carry-Out, and FREE Delivery.

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Why exercise and eat


During quarantine, some have had more free time to walk in the park and stay active. Movement becomes a daily habit because our body craves workouts and our image in the mirror becomes more appealing. Body fat decreases and muscle mass increases. Therefore, that goal of fitting into that perfect dress or suit is much more realistically attainable. Our body now displays bigger biceps, a flatter stomach and better posture. Externally we improve and for many of us this is why we began to exercise. Sure, exercise improves outward appearance, but the internal benefit is just as important, positively affecting our brain and immune system.

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Especially during this time in our life, we want to stay healthy and fight off disease, viruses, and colds. Any movement that can elevate heart rate for 30 minutes a day can help you live a longer and more wholesome life. During exercise, the body helps fight illnesses by preventing bacteria from growing. The elevation in body temperature during exercise can help fight infection. White blood count changes and circulates more rapidly, so it can detect illness at an earlier stage. Some examples of foods that boost your immune system are: watermelon, ginger, pomegranate juice, sweet potato, oysters and chicken soup. A major immune system boosting mineral is zinc.If you do not have enough zinc in your diet you tend to have fewer white blood cells to help fight off diseases. Studies show that performing aerobic exercise, such as dance, in the early onset of Alzeimers, can improve memory and reduce atrophy in the brain. Foods such as leafy greens, fish, and berries help our brain stay sharp. Diets that are

high in trans fats, (i.e., french fries) can lead to poor memory, reduced processing skills and poor comprehension. According to Norton Cardiologist Dr.Ponnattu Cherian, physical activity and healthy eating is the key component in achieving a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention. Heart disease, hypertension,diabetes, obesity, and mental health disorders are preventable or can be controlled. This will add a minimum of 10 healthy years to your life. So, why exercise and eat healthy? We want to look our best externally, but the most important component is a healthy inside. If we aim to reduce stress internally, we can improve our lives externally. Be healthy from the inside out. Alison Cardoza, B.S. Exercise Science and Sports Medicine. Minor in Health Promotions. ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitour Group Exercise Instructor at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center. Former University of Louisville Ladybird and NFL Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader.

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s the summer sun burns brighter, we are drawn more and more to favorite outdoor activities. But if we are not careful, all that fun in the sun can exact a toll on our skin. For the latest information and advances in summer skincare, we consulted with local experts: Dr. Rana Mays of Mays Dermatology & Cosmetic Center, board-certified in medical & cosmetic Dermatology, and Dr. Juan L. Quintero of JQ Plastic Surgery, a Cosmetic, Plastic, and Reconstructive Surgery Specialist. Mays Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is a full-service center offering services in Medical, Surgical, and Cosmetic Dermatology to patients of all ages. Dr. Mays believes an evaluation by a board-certified Dermatologist is key in early and proper assessment of the skin condition. Every patient is seen by the board-certified dermatologist on every visit. They offer same-day appointments and fit-ins, accessibility to generic prescriptions at a reasonable cost, and targeted customized physician formulated products and procedures. Dr. Mays tells her patients, “If you can see, you’re getting UV.” Sunscreen should always read broad-spectrum (meaning protects against both UVA and UVB rays). She recommends wearing the “right” sunscreen daily on the face and neck, preferably one with physical blockers such as zinc and titanium. “Sunscreen is not one size fits all. There is no one right kind or right amount,” says Dr. Mays, “It depends on your skin type/condition, its tolerability, ingredients, and added protective agents such as antioxidants.” She

Dr. Rana Mays

Dr. Juan L. Quintero

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recommends an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 30 or higher but warns that higher is not necessarily better, “Any higher than 30 and the effectiveness just plateaus.” The formulation should also be water and sweat resistant, reapplied every two hours, and replaced if expired. For the most dependable results, Dr. Mays recommends a physician-formulated, medical-grade sunscreen customized for your skin. But sunscreen is only the first layer of protection. She also advises seeking shade, wearing wide brim sun hats and protective clothing, and avoiding sun exposure during the hours of 11 am to 2 pm. Annual skin exams and skin cancer screening by a board-certified Dermatologist should be performed, especially during the summer months as severe sunburns increase the risk of melanoma. Sun damage resulting in melasma, sun spots, pigmentation, wrinkles, and dull skin is treated by Dr. Mays with a multi-modality approach including prescription skincare, PRP micro-needling, radiofrequency devices, injectables, and/or chemical peels. Some related recent developments in dermatology are new coral-reef friendly sunscreens, revised FDA guidelines for sunscreen/sunblock product labeling, and research into the presence of chemical sunscreens found in the bloodstream. JQ Plastic Surgery and Medi Spa is Dr. Juan L. Quintero’s skincare and outpatient plastic surgery center. Dr. Quintero agrees that sunscreen is not enough, advising the use of physical sunblocks like zinc oxide as well. Protective clothing and limiting time in the sun are also helpful. Prevention of sun damage is key. Once sun damage has occurred,

Dr. Quintero has a variety of treatment options to offer. “Photodamage manifests in a few ways: pigmentation changes, decreased skin elasticity, and wrinkles. Dark spots are areas of melanin overproduction. Wrinkles occur when collagen production and elastin are depleted.” Other more severe changes of photodamage are clearly skin cancer. Examples of treatment options provided by JQ Plastics are basic medical-grade skincare exfoliants, the pigment clearing and correcting topical hydroquinone, chemical peels, HydraFacials, IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), and Morpheus 8 micro-needling with radiofrequency among others. Tinted zinc oxide sunblocks are interesting new alternatives to foundation makeup that are more hydrating and provide a better barrier than sunscreens. Dr. Quintero also recommends VitaMedica anti-aging formula supplements and the use of collagen and hyaluronic acids to mitigate the aging effects of sun damage. Dr. Quintero cautions us to remember that sun poisoning or a bad sunburn is essentially a second-degree burn and a skin emergency. Dr. Quintero says, we can not and should not completely avoid the sun either, as it is a crucial source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D strengthens bones, teeth, supports our immune systems and neurovascular health, helps regulate insulin, improves heart and lung function, and can boost mood and energy levels. As the saying goes, “Everything in moderation,” Dr. Q says, “You have to try to find that perfect balance that we so much seek in life.” 

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Breaking the bronze ceiling: Caroline Apperson Leech

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TOPS CARES With nearly 350,000 Kentuckians who are uninsured and many more who are under-insured when it comes to vision, the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation’s services are in need more than ever. – LI N DY LAMK I N

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It’s 2020, the year of perfect vision. About 40,000 Kentuckians get free vision screenings every year thanks to the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. KLEF has a staff of three, and many volunteers, all of whom are dedicated to the nonprofit’s mission to provide vision services through education, detection, prevention, treatment and empowerment. BY KATHIE STAMPS • COURTESY PHOTOS

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ions Clubs International is the largest service organization in the world. In 1954, the Louisville Downtown Lions Club created the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation. Today, the 501(c)(3) organization serves people from across Kentucky through its mission. Volunteers conduct free vision screenings of children from 6 months old to 6 years old through KLEF’s Kentucky KidSight Program. Since the program’s inception in 2003, more than 201,000 children have been screened. A new piece of high-tech equipment became available a few years ago and is now used to conduct KidSight screenings. It’s called the Spot Vision Screener and KLEF owns dozens of these handheld devices. From three feet away, it takes a picture of a child’s or adult’s eyes, connects to an on-site printer and instantly returns the six test results for nearsightedness, farsightedness, blurred vision, unequal refractive power, eye misalignment and unequal pupil size. “It helps detect eye disorders or vision problems and is especially helpful in children who are too young to realize or communicate these problems,” said Lindy Lamkin, KLEF’s executive director. “If the results are out of range or there are concerns, we recommend the person go to an optometrist or ophthalmologist for a full eye exam.” KLEF’s Vision Van program began in 2002 and provides onsite vision screening for older kids and adults, as well as information about eye health and eye safety. The van has been used across Kentucky and has been at the Kentucky State Fair each year. Any community group can request the Vision Van for their own health fairs. The van is equipped with several stations of vision screening

screenings, and we recommend they complete routine eye exams,” Lamkin said. Lamkin grew up in Louisville, earned a degree in management from Xavier University, and wound up in the nonprofit world with two other organizations before taking the executive director position at KLEF in March of 2019. She hit the ground running. “Our organization is at a point where progress and increased impact are happening,” she said. “That excites me.” equipment to test for signs of various ocular diseases including cataracts, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and more. At the end of each screening, participants receive a brief report they can take to their eye doctor for follow-up care.

Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation offices are located in the Kentucky Lions Eye Center, which was built with the help of funds that were raised by Lions Clubs throughout Kentucky. The Lions Eye Center also houses the University of Louisville Department of Ophthalmology with whom the Foundation works closely to provide care to patients in need.

One of the ways KLEF focuses on vision treatment is by providing financial assistance for medically necessary eye surgery through the KLEF Patron Program. “We've served just shy of 400 in the last five years and many more before that,” Lamkin said. “With nearly 350,000 Kentuckians who are uninsured and many more who are under-insured when it comes to vision, the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation's services are in need more than ever.”

“We have amazing supporters within and outside of the Lions Club organization,” Lamkin said. “We are always trying to identify new volunteers and supporters, and it is more important now than ever before for KLEF to diversify our funding sources and invite the public to help us with sustainable funding to keep our organization strong into the future.” 

Another treatment focus is the Holloran Trust Fund Program, established in 1967, which provides financial assistance for legally blind individuals in Metro Louisville and eight surrounding counties. A committee reviews applications for both the Patron Program and Holloran Trust Fund Program.


Empowerment is another aspect of KLEF’s mission. “We strive to empower people to make good decisions about their eye health. We encourage people to participate in vision

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aroline Apperson Leech was born April 26, 1850 in Mount Sterling, Kentucky to Circuit Court Judge Richard Apperson and his second wife, Harriet Selman Rogers. Caroline had an older half-sister, Ann Elizabeth Apperson, and a younger half-brother, Richard Duncan Apperson. Her two older brothers were Coleman “Coley” Rogers Apperson, a 24th Kentucky Union Army Quartermaster Sergeant killed in the Civil War on May 14, 1864 at the Battle of Resaca in Georgia, and Lewis Apperson. She was educated at Transylvania Female Institute in Lexington, Kentucky, which was renamed Sayre Female Institute in 1885, and is now the coed Sayre School, downtown Lexington’s only private, independent, college preparatory school. On October 30, 1873, Caroline Married James Anderson Leech, a cashier at the Bank of Louisville. Their daughter and only child, Carolyn Apperson Leech, was born in 1874. By 1882, James was Vice President of City National Bank and later became President. James retired in 1900. The Appersons lived at 1249 First Street in Louisville; and the house still stands today. As a young wife and mother, Caroline became involved with women’s clubs and the temperance and suffrage movements as President of the Young Women’s Christian Temperance Movement. The Women’s Christian Temperance Movement sought to abolish alcohol as a means of solving social problems. The members believed they could wield more political power to make change if they sought equality and the right to vote. Caroline was a member of the Louisville Women’s Club, the Kentucky Federation of Women’s Clubs, and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, whose aims were to

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Across the country there is a growing movement to recognize noteworthy women and their historical contributions through public monuments. Unfortunately, less than 7% of the 5,193 monuments in the United States presently recognize women. We are about to change that statistic with the “Breaking the Bronze Ceiling” initiative. Each month TOPS will feature a Kentucky woman who impacted the Women’s Rights Movement. For more information visit

improve schools, sanitation, health services, literacy, and child labor conditions. She was also a member of state and local Child Labor Associations and Consumers’ League. Caroline was President of the Outdoor Art League which sponsored environmental Intuition. Patience. Discipline. A desire to learn. These are traits that many women naturally clean-up, planting, parks, and playgrounds. possess,to and that can lead to confident making and courageous accomplishments. She belonged the Fincastle Chapter ofdecision the They’re alsoRevolution the foundation that canahelp build a sound investment strategy. Working with a Daughters of the and was Presfinancial advisor who complements youreninvesting style and listens more than talks, can help byterian who taught Bible classes and you continue making those confident decisions and keep your wealth plan on track. joyed country life and traveling. In 1894, the Apperson home was the meeting place for the Equal Rights Association Wells was Fargolisted Advisors Complex Wells Fargo Advisors Louisville Branch and Caroline asBluegrass a member by 1895. 333 E. Main Street, Suite 120 297 N. Hubbards Lane, Suite 300 That same year, Caroline was the Kentucky Lexington, KY 40507 Louisville, KY 40207 delegate to the WCTU Annual Convention John Gardner Justin Schappe in Baltimore. The Courier-Journal at the Managing Director – Complex Manager Senior Vice President – Branch Manager time described Caroline as one of “the most prominent and intelligent women in the Wells Fargo Advisors name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC, Member SIPC, a registered broker-dealer and non-bank affiliate of Wells Fargo & Company. community.” Theis a trade Kentucky Equal Rights ©2019 Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC. All rights reserved. CAR # 0819-03226 Association worked on school suffrage laws, League of Women Voters and Chair of the economic protection for married women, Louisville Republican Women’s Campaign child labor regulations, reform schools, and Committee. Caroline’s husband passed away juvenile courts. in 1919; and she seems to have tired of such 1896-1910 is described as the “doldrums” of women’s suffrage. But in 1908, British suffragist Ethel Snowden came to stay with the Appersons for a speaking engagement in Louisville, where she is said to have “aroused a lively suffrage spirit.” Legislative victories in 1910 in Washington state and 1911 in California further reinvigorated the movement. In 1912, Caroline was Kentucky delegate to the National Association of Women’s Suffrage Societies National Convention in Philadelphia. She introduced a woman’s suffrage resolution to the KFWC in 1913, and in 1914 seconded and spoke on a motion to support women’s suffrage. By 1915, Caroline was Chair of the Louisville Women’s Suffrage Association Constitution and By-Laws Committee. She became President of the KFWC and Director of the GFWC around 1917. In 1920, she was an officer in the

a high level of community involvement by 1923, when she took a trip around the world with her daughter, who had never married or had children. However, according to the October 9, 1898 edition of the Courier-Journal, Carolyn was engaged to University of Chicago Assyriologist and Professor of Semitic Language and Literature, Robert Francis Harper. Robert’s brother, William Rainey Harper, was first President of the University of Chicago. In 1913, Carolyn published a book, When Mona Lisa Came Home. Caroline Apperson Leech died of heart disease on May 3, 1929 at her apartment in the Brown Hotel. Her epitaph at Cave Hill Cemetery reads: “I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course. I have kept the faith, Henceforth -- !”

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