Community Outreach

American actress, model, philanthropist/socialite. Best known with twin Priscilla as 1 of 1970's Doublemint Twins. Co-hosts annual Barnstable Brown Gala-high-profile charity event in Louisville, during KY. Derby weekend-renowned for its celebrity guests raising millions in diabetes research.

Edelen is no stranger to being on stage. While juggling teaching & competing in several local & regional pageants, she earned her ticket to the Miss Kentucky competition.

A nonprofit fundraising executive with proven results. She currently serves as Hosparus Health's (Louisville, KY.'s largest nonprofit) as SR. VP/Chief Dev & Mrktg Officer. Under her leadership, the Hosparus completed a $29 million campaign & over her career, Tawanda has raised over $200 million!

Tawanda Owsley

Senior VP/Chief Development & Marketing Officer for Hosparus Health

Interviewed: 01-20-2023

Born in Pakistan & raised in Southern California, & after only 9 months as Metro United Way's Dir. of Major & Legacy Gifts, she rose to this position!

Impassioned after surviving a Sept. 6, 2018, mass shooting in Cincinnati, OH., Whitney cofounded Whitney/Strong-a non-profit focused on responsible gun ownership & ending gun violence by taking a non-partisan approach to legislation, with her husband, Waller.

Gant founded Gant Hill & Associates in 2002, which specializes in enhancing the best interests & outcomes of its clients that own, invest, lease &/or operate real estate.

Adria embodies hope, integrity, humanity & has focused her career on lifting some of society’s most vulnerable populations & being of service to others.

Tom was instrumental in having a marker dedicated to Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln memorial.  He also advanced a similar resolution naming Thomas Merton Square in Louisville where Merton had his famous epiphany.

A veteran with an Entrepreneur's heart. Jeremy founded the Veteran’s Club & has assisted countless veterans with their nationally recognized Equine Therapy Program, Career Transition, Family Outreach Program, & the Camp Restoration Community to house & heal homeless veterans.

Di's personal goals have been to champion small business ownership & success by working to remove the obstacles that keep people from achieving the "American Dream."

Di Tran

Serial Entrepreneur, Computer Engineer, Mentor and Vietnamese Immigrant

Interviewed: 01-24-2020

He talks about his Sept. 2018 major stroke, & how it taught him Attitude is Everything-no matter what your challenge you need to believe with all your heart & soul you can overcome it. So many people come to their adversity already defeated. I took my recovery 1 day at a time & always had daily goals.

Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer-based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.

Phil was a very close friend with Founder Brandon McGuinness, who sadly died at age 27 in 2007. Fuck Cancer - F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Visit the Fuck Cancer homepage to show your support at

Robert is motivated by the form that a dancer gains from training in the traditions of classical ballet, where respect & discipline can facilitate breathtaking strength & freedom.

Robert Curran

Past Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet

Interviewed: 08-30-2019

Marcia leads the Lean strategy for the business focusing on delivering winning products and services for customers and consumers while minimizing waste throughout ALL functions.

Marcia Brey

Vice President of Distribution at GE Appliances, A Haier Company

Interviewed: 08-23-2019

Since the age of 11, Alex has been leading a bipartisan effort in the Kentucky legislature to end the use of corporal punishment in schools. Alex's MoxieTalk was conducted @ the age of 15, making Alex BY FAR, the youngest guest ever featured on MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs.

Josh celebrates the brilliance & strength of marginalized people including LGBTQ+ & Black communities through photography & collaborative storytelling.

She collects, curates exhibitions, writes, lectures, & appraises fine quilts. Zegart has curated many exhibits in the U.S. & abroad, & lectures on all aspects of quilt history & aesthetics.

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

Under Barker, TARC was designated as the nation’s Urban System of the Yr by the Community Transportation Association of America.

Ferdinand serves as the Executive Director for (TARC), the largest public transit agency in the Commonwealth of KY. Carrying 15 million annual passengers & is responsible for the ldrshp. & direction for all operations in the system.

Prior to Dick’s philanthropic efforts, he served in the Vietnam War as a combat photographer & graduated from the University of Louisville.

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

How publishing her first work at 10 years old led writer Angela Burton to “Feet to Fire”.

Angela Leet is an engineer, community leader, mom, and Metro Council member.

Learn how Dr. Allan Parnell rose from a rural one-room schoolhouse to create a trucking empire.

With Maryhurst more than 43 years, Judy is nationally recognized for her work with children who are survivors of abuse & neglect. Since 1990, she has served as Pres. & CEO of Maryhurst, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for kids & families in KY.

Judy Lambeth

Former President and CEO, MaryHurst, Inc. (Nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for KY. kids & families) (1990-2020)

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

Summer Dickerson shares her escape from human trafficking and founded Esther’s House.

Summer Dickerson

Founder, Women of the Well Ministry

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

How Amy Leenerts overcame childhood sexual abuse to train the public to recognize and prevent human trafficking.

Amy Leenerts

Founder/Director of

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

Her hand print & influence has been instrumental for decades in the “Behind-the-Scenes” work as a consultant or volunteer on such notable Louisville festivals as the Ethnic Heritage weekends in the 1970’s under her company’s banner Visionworks, LLC.

William Kellibrew IV is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children, and victims’ rights.

William Kellibrew IV

International Advocate for Civil, Human, Women, Children, and Victims’ Rights

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

In 1999, Claypool founded Bulldogs in the Bluegrass. a program that provides summer internships in Louisville, Kentucky for Yale undergraduates. Since it began, Bulldogs in the Bluegrass has brought over 570 Yalies to experience Louisville through a total immersion experience. Of those, many have returned to Louisville for full-time employment after graduation.

Rowan Claypool

‎Founder and President, Teach Kentucky

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

A passion for life drives Kinsey Morrison to make a difference.

For Mary Haynes, meeting the needs of long-term memory impaired people is a calling.

Mary Haynes

President and CEO, Nazareth Home

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

For 20 years, Mike Berry has been at the helm of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), one of the nation’s largest and most notable civic celebrations.

A passion for service fuels Jerry Abramson.

Abby Drane leads Uspiritus, whose mission is healing the hearts and minds of vulnerable youth and their families.

Ian Derrer leads the Kentucky Opera, fueled by a lifelong love of opera.

Ian Derrer

former-General Director, Kentucky Opera

Interviewed: 12-02-2016

Donald E. Lassere leads the Muhammad Ali Center and fosters its mission of building and expanding on the Center’s educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives.

When Nina Moseley talks about her work helping those in poverty, her eyes light up with hope and her enthusiasm fills the room.

Nina Moseley

Chief Operating Officer​, Wayside Christian Mission

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Mitzi Friedlander has spent much of her career bringing stories to life for the blind. After 50 years of recording books, Friedlander holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Rebecca Eaves saves and protects animals suffering from abuse and neglect.

Rebecca Eaves

Past President-(2013-2019), The Arrow Fund (Animal Welfare Organization)

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Barry Denton is passionate about his hometown of Louisville.

Gale Lively always felt her job was to help people excel in their jobs.

Gale Lively

Executive V.P. (retired), Louisville Apartment Association

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

Ankur Gopal’s desire to make an impact has fueled his success building a technology application company.

Driven by conscience and seeing challenges as possibilities drive Jackie Ford as she leads the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Jackie Ford

Former CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana (2015-2020)

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Emily Cleveland has a passion for helping children see past disability through friendship.

Emily Cleveland​

Former-Kentucky State Director, Best Buddies International-(2015-2018)

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick John Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Terri Foster knew from a young age she had musical gifts, and now seeks to use her gifts to help other young people develop theirs.

The 1993 tragic murder of their daughter, Mary, thrust Pat Byron and her husband, John, into advocacy work for domestic violence victims.

Fun and the challenge of creating a sense of wonderment drive Louisville-native Wayne Hettinger to create memorable events on a grand scale.

Wayne Hettinger

Producer and Originator, Thunder Over Louisville

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Major General (retired) Robert S. Silverthorn Jr. credits growing up in a military family as his inspiration and drive to achieve excellence.

Terry Taylor’s drive to bring peace to communities, through understanding each other’s differences, powers his work.

Terry Taylor

Executive Director (Retired), Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP)

Interviewed: 03-06-2015

Karen Morrison sees her job as president and CEO of Gilda’s Club as winning the job lottery.

Pam Darnall focuses her professional life on helping children and families facing abuse and violence.

Pam Darnall

President and CEO, Family & Children’s Place

Interviewed: 01-30-2015

A commitment to environmental responsibility as a principle of her faith powers everything Heather Warman does.

Summer Auerbach is committed to local independent businesses and leads Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods.

Jim Allen cites leadership by example as his style leading Hilliard Lyons.

Dawne Gee grew up dreaming of working in communications.

Jennifer Adrio desires to do meaningful work and make a positive impact on her community.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz experienced the calling and desire to serve others through the clergy while in high school.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz (2007-2022)

Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Mark Hogg seeks to end the global water crisis.

Mark Hogg

Waterstep Founder & CEO (Formerly EDGE Outreach)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

The mantra “You are pure potential,” from his improv mentor, Dr. Martin de Maat, motivates Chris Hartman in his work against discrimination.

Gill Holland’s curiosity has led to careers as an independent film producer, building developer, and former lawyer.

Lynnie Meyer, a well-known civic leader and fundraising executive in Louisville, is fueled by her commitment to the community.

Troy Burden taps his inner drive to help others as the executive director of Highlands Community Ministries.

Troy D. Burden

Executive Director, Highland Community Ministries

Interviewed: 12-07-2012

Lora Tucker loves leadership responsibility – and making a difference – and has used that love from childhood through her military career and as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Gerald Neal credits his parents’ commitment to the community as laying the foundation for his career in politics.

KY. State Senator Gerald Neal

Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate District 33 (1989-present)

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Over the years, Kent Oyler has started 19 different business ventures and created over 1,000 jobs.

Madeline Abramson served as Louisville’s first lady for 21 years and is a tireless community volunteer.

Jackie Green, write-in candidate for mayor of Louisville, focuses on the local economy, central neighborhoods, education, energy, quality affordable housing, local food, safety, health, downtown, and transportation.

Jackie Green

Independent Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Living with a core of gratitude and an attitude of caring and sharing, Bernard Trager founded and built Republic Bank, always with a heart to serve.

A Louisville native and self-proclaimed life-long student, Dan Jones has a vision for the future Louisville landscape. And his vision is coming to life.

A custom builder and remodeler, Joe Pusateri thrives on challenge and using his talents to the best of his ability.

Driven by a desire to give back drives Cathe Dykstra to lead the Family Scholar House and help families thrive.

A driving curiosity about the world and the desire to be “a part of the solution” drive Denton Randall each day.

Denton Randall

Chief Development Officer, ElderServe

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Dr. Wayne Creighton prides himself in helping those trapped in addiction regain hope and reclaim their lives.

Dr. Wayne Creighton (1958-2022)

President & CEO, Interlink Counseling Services (1958-2022)

Interviewed: 08-08-2008

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

Michael Dalby is passionate about business and believes a strong and growing economy lead to a strong community.

John Yarmuth has dedicated his life to public service to make a difference for others.

Ed Glasscock is motivated by three main priorities, love of family, dedication to clients, and commitment to the community.

Dr. Kevin Cosby is driven to see people grow and see their mind, life, and relationships transformed.

Denise Vasquez Troutman is passionate about her work and believes there is still so much to do.

Denise Vasquez Troutman

Past President & CEO, Center for Women & Families (2006-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Steve Trager gets to make a positive impact every day in the lives of his associates and customers.

Dr. James Ramsey has a passion for public service and a vision for education and economic growth in Kentucky.

Owsley Brown Frazier has dedicated his life and fortune to improve his hometown for future generations.

Christine Johnson likes to make things happen and connect people who see opportunities to move things forward.

Ben Richmond fills a responsibility to steward his parent’s work in the civil rights movement and to further the principles and values taught by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Maria Hampton is competitive by nature and has a strong passion for success.

Sandra Frazier starts each day thinking about how she can contribute something that will make a difference.

Cynthia Knapek has a tremendous amount of civic pride in her hometown of Louisville and loves doing work that will impact and improve her community.

For Chuck Denny, continuous self-improvement is a driving force that motivates him every day.

Omar Ayyash sees himself as an ambassador and is passionate about helping people understand that the world is a global village.

Tyler Allen began life with a great foundation and believes that he has a responsibility to give back to the community.

Steve Higdon orients his life and career around his family, striving to be the best husband and father he can be.

Bill Weyland loves finding creative ways to solve big challenges.

Heather French Henry is inspired by hard work and dedication and believes that everyone can choose to make a difference with the time they have.

Rowan Claypool is a social entrepreneur who believes that young knowledge economy workers are the future to prosperous communities.

Rowan Claypool

Founder, “Bulldogs in the Bluegrass”

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Joe Regan is motivated by seeing lives changed through improved education and expanded employment opportunities.

Raoul Cunningham has always been passionate about equality and making our system work.

Rebecca Jackson was the first woman ever elected Jefferson County, Ky. judge executive, the county’s highest ranking elected official.

Rebecca Jackson

CEO, Crusade for Children & Former Jefferson County Judge Executive (1998-2002)

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Christopher 2X is driven by the plight of the poor and wants to help them transform their mindset.