MEET THE LIVE IN LOU CITY CHAMPS

Walter Woods

Walter Woods hasn’t been in Louisville long. He moved here in 2017 for a job opportunity and to move closer to family. As an enthusiast of the arts, Walter enjoys visiting performances by the orchestra and visiting the Speed Art Museum. In his free time he likes to hike, camp, and horse trek and his favorite restaurants include Mayan Café and Fork & Barrel.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Arts
  • Traveling
  • Philanthropy
  • Activities in Lou
Diana Duran

Diana moved to Louisville in 2007 from Lima, Peru and instantly fell in love with the city and its welcoming people. As a member of Prospanica and the Greater Louisville International Professionals (GLIP), she appreciates the Louisville’s commitment to diversity as a Certified Welcoming City. In her spare time, she enjoys running through one of several Louisville parks.

Ask me about:
  • Running
  • Prospanica
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Louisville Festivals

Michael moved to Louisville in 2015 from Washington, D.C. A Lawyer by trade, when he’s not working Michael likes to spend time with his kids, play basketball, fantasy football and baseball, and enjoy a good bourbon or beer. His favorite things to do in Louisville are walking the Big Four Bridge and visiting the Zoo and Actor’s Theatre.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Law
  • Fantasy Sports
  • Bourbon
  • Family Activities in Lou
Jeanne Hilt

A former resident of Ohio, Southern California and Colorado, has been in Louisville since 1994. She regularly visits the Speed Art Museum and also enjoys local live music and plays at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. In her spare time she likes to walk her dog, socialize with her girlfriends at local wine bars and attend the many events and festivals in Louisville.

Ask me about:
  • Paristown Pointe
  • Speed Art Museum
  • Local Music
  • Louisville Parks

As a native Louisvillian, Candice prides herself in being a connector and helping new residents feel welcome and at home. Candice loves the small town feel mixed with a culture of diversity that Louisville offers. In her spare time, Candice enjoys visiting Louisville’s many beautiful parks and checking out all the local attractions.

Ask me about:
  • Places of Worship
  • Education
  • Newburg Neighborhood
  • Attractions in Lou

Randy has been in Louisville his whole life. He gives credit for keeping him engaged in his hometown to the low cost of living, central location, incredible arts and foodie communities, and the opportunities to be involved in so many wonderful organizations. He In his spare time, Ricky enjoys hot yoga, Orange Theory, hiking, cooking, and drinking bourbon.

Ask me about:
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Bourbon
  • Frankfort Avenue
  • Louisville Arts

Born in Ann Arbor, MI, Amanda has called Louisville home since she was little. She loves meeting new residents and getting them plugged into the local culture and fun happenings around town. For Amanda, the city’s unique combination of big city amenities and small town culture gives Louisville the unique personality that sets it apart.

Ask me about:
  • University of Louisville
  • Beechmont Neighborhood
  • Yelp Elite Squad
  • Local Events

Henry is a current student at Centre College in Danville, KY but he just couldn’t wait to become a City Champ. A native of Louisville, Henry appreciates the amenities and opportunities of a large city that combine with an involved, close-knit community atmosphere. It’s Louisville’s Compassionate City designation that makes Henry proud to be a Louisvillian.

Ask me about:
  • Running
  • Prospanica
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Louisville Festivals

It was Kimberly’s husband, a native Louisvillian, who convinced them to move back to Louisville by way of Tampa, FL in 2016. But once she arrived, Kimberly immediately fell in love with the city’s culture, restaurant scene and thriving job market that awaited her. Now an avid UofL sports fan, you can find Kimberly cheering on the Cardinals throughout the year!

Ask me about:
  • Junior League
  • St. Matthews
  • Catholic Schools
  • Tech Jobs in Lou

Despite moving to Louisville by way of Columbia, SC during high school, John stuck around and doesn’t plan on leaving. When John’s not on his continued quest to try every great burger in town, you can find him enjoying the walking trails of Cherokee Park, drinking bourbon at one of Louisville’s many cocktail lounges or throwing tomahawks at Flying Axes.

Ask me about:
  • YPAL
  • NuLu
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Kentucky Derby Festival

Lori grew up in the Greater Louisville area, has left for work & school opportunities more than once, but always came back. Lori feels Louisville is a city where you can live a truly local life, supporting local businesses to fill just about every need/interest you have. She loves helping people find them, so feel free to ask!

Ask me about:
  • Distilleries
  • College Sports
  • Germantown
  • The Speed Art Museum

Ashley has been in Louisville since 1999 and is currently the Board President of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance (LIBA). She is a real estate broker but in her free time she can be found enjoying stand up paddle boarding, attending music festivals and live concerts, walking in Cherokee or Seneca Park and volunteering with her children’s schools.

Ask me about:
  • Real Estate
  • Local Music Scene
  • Louisville Parks
  • Local Business

Lisa moved to Louisville in 2005 originally as a trailing spouse from California and is now a proud Louisvillian by choice. Her favorite thing to do in Louisville is to try new places—especially those that serve brunch and drinks! She is a supporter of the arts and often attends both the ballet and the theatre. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys travelling and cooking.

Ask me about:
  • Travel
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Louisville Arts
  • Entrepreneurship

Nate is a graduate of Bellarmine University and moved to Louisville in 2009. In his spare time he enjoys attending Louisville City Soccer games, playing sports, canoeing, and being outside. His favorite things to do in Louisville include visiting the Parklands of Floyds Fork, attending performances by the Louisville Orchestra, and going downtown to visit Museum Row.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Sports
  • Outdoor Activities in Lou
  • Louisville Museums
  • The Highlands

Baylee was born in Louisville and has lived here on and off her whole life. She moved back to attend college at the University of Louisville and quickly remembered just how much she loved it. Baylee enjoys staying active by walking the Big Four Bridge, climbing at Climb NULU and doing yoga. Her favorite local restaurant is Royals Hot Chicken in NULU.

Ask me about:
  • Marketing & Comm’s
  • Rock Climbing
  • Louisville Arts
  • UofL

Ricky moved to Louisville in 2000 when his family was transferred here for his father’s job. Fluent in Spanish, Ricky serves as a member of the Prospanica Louisville Chapter, the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). His activities include attending the many festivals, visiting the Slugger Museum, and supporting our area sports teams.

Ask me about:
  • Hispanic Culture in Lou
  • Prospanica
  • Local Sports
  • Local Government

Tiffany arrived in Louisville back in 2000 after attending school in Chicago. As a mother of two, Tiffany enjoys volunteering with their schools and staying involved in the community. In her spare time she enjoys live music and the Louisville Arts. Some of her favorite restaurants include Mussel & Burger, El Taco Luchador, Holy Grale, Jack Fry’s and many more.

Ask me about:
  • Getting Involved
  • Louisville HR
  • Louisville  Restaurants
  • Louisville Arts

Erica was born and raised in Louisville and has loved watching the city evolve from a sleepy southern town to a blossoming center of art and commerce. She enjoys all forms of art including visual, performing, and literary. In her spare time, Erica enjoys writing, doing yoga, sipping on good bourbon and exploring Louisville’s local ethnic food scene.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Bourbon
  • Louisville Arts
  • Journalism in Lou

Born and raised in Louisville, Shaun has recently come back to the city to be closer to family. For Shaun, Louisville’s central location and breadth of opportunity is what makes us so great. Her favorite Louisville activities include attending performances at the Kentucky Center, attending the Louisville Zombie Walk and enjoying the world’s only underground zipline!

Ask me about:
  • Louisville HR Management
  • Louisville Arts
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Zombie Walks

A native of Louisville but recent boomerang from Chicago, Teresa has been impressed with the growth Louisville had experienced when she returned in 2017. Her favorite things to do in Louisville include restaurant hoping around NULU and Bardstown Rd and going to the many street fairs and festivals throughout the year.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Real Estate
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Festivals & Events
  • Louisville Restaurants

Monique moved to Louisville in 2007 to attend the University of Louisville. Monique owns a successful consulting firm and is a proud member of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA). In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering with many non-profit organizations and mentors high school age students interested in career development and service projects.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Nonprofits
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Career Development
  • Service Projects

Anne Marie has lived in Louisville her entire life. As the Executive Director of the Young Professional Association of Louisville (YPAL), Anne Marie enjoys networking with new residents to get them connected within the Louisville community. Her favorite Louisville attractions include Churchill Downs, Actors Theatre, and Gravely Brewing.

Ask me about:
  • YPAL
  • Louisville Fitness
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Traveling

Born and raised in Louisville, Lettie prides herself on being a strong advocate for education and equity across the city and values Louisville’s culture of inclusivity. And as a leadership guru, entrepreneur, and community activist, volunteering with several local nonprofit organizations in Louisville is Lettie’s way of giving back to the city she loves.

Ask me about:
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • West Louisville

It was the University of Louisville that first brought Amanda here, but it was the friendly people, amazing parks and the abundance of restaurants that convinced her to stay. To Amanda, despite the fact that Louisville is a big city, the small town charm of the local residents means people are always willing to help their neighbors.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Parks
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Downtown Scene
  • Local Festivals

Although Melanie tried to move away from Louisville before, she always came back! Having experienced living in over 5 states, Melanie enjoys the big city culture in a city that has a small-town feel. When she’s not hitting the town or dining at one of our many restaurants, Melanie serves her community through her participation in Louisville’s thriving arts scene.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Arts
  • Volunteering
  • YPAL
  • Nightlife

Emily came to Louisville by way of California and fell in love with our city’s eclectic culture. Emily sees Louisville as a town that takes the best parts from south, east and Midwest, and combines them all to create a truly unique personality. And as our Yelp community manager, Emily is an expert on what makes Louisville a great place to live, work and play.

Ask me about:
  • Yelp
  • The Highlands
  • Local Breweries
  • Arts Events

A native of Louisville, Stephanie believes the city’s fun nature is what makes us so distinctive! From our developed art scene to the abundance of outdoor adventure, Stephanie thinks Louisville offers a full package. In her spare time, you can find her shopping at one of Louisville’s many boutiques or exercising at one of several local gyms and fitness classes.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Boutiques
  • Fitness
  • Louisville Public Schools
  • Louisville Arts

As a life-long resident of Louisville, Andrew is an expert in Louisville’s rich history of bourbon and horse racing, but his real love is the unique neighborhoods that make up the city. Having lived in over 25 homes in Louisville, Andrew has spent time getting to know each area in-depth and has a deep appreciation of Louisville’s culture of inclusivity.

Ask me about:
  • Relocation
  • Neighborhoods
  • Shopping Local
  • Schools

Bobby came to Louisville by way of Alabama and instantly felt at home due to the warmth and inclusion he received as a new resident. Since moving to the city, Bobby has enjoyed exploring our thriving food and cocktail scene, attending local music festivals, hitting the links and checking out the many distilleries along the Urban Bourbon Trail.

Ask me about:
  • NuLu Neighborhood
  • Startup Scene
  • Golf Courses
  • Bourbon

While it was family that brought Deby to Louisville, it was the southern hospitality and big city heart that kept her here. A Certified Tourism Ambassador, Deby loves exploring Louisville’s many haunted neighborhoods and taking in our Shakespeare in the Park festival. But her favorite part about Louisville is the people and their love for the city they call home.

Ask me about:
  • Old Louisville
  • Haunted Neighborhoods
  • Marine Moms
  • Visual Arts

A native of Minneapolis, MN, Karin has been in Louisville since 1999 and is here to stay. To Karin, Louisville has a unique personality and a style of its own. From our beautiful parks and neighborhoods to the vibrant culinary and cocktail scene, Karin feels Louisville is the country’s best kept secret!

Ask me about:
  • Anchorage
  • Volunteering
  • Activities in Lou
  • Real Estate

For Jonathon, Louisville is the definition of a creative, progressive city that moves and travels like a small town. And because of Louisville’s affordability, he feels it’s the perfect city to chase your passions and dreams without breaking the bank. On a typical weekend, you can find Jonathon catching a local rock show or dining at one of several Highlands restaurants.

Ask me about:
  • Creative Mornings
  • Vintage Shopping
  • Southern Indiana
  • Louisville Music Scene

Born and raised in Louisville, Alex loves the city because the people are friendly, there’s plenty to do, and it’s affordable. A resident of Louisville’s historic south end, Alex enjoys sampling all the local food, meeting new people, and spending time with his new bride.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • South End Neighborhoods
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Things to Do

Katie Hicks was born and raised in Louisville and is a graduate of Bellarmine University. She is a nurse practitioner by day but in her spare time is an avid supporter of the arts and is a season ticket holder at the Kentucky Center. Her favorite things to do in Louisville include attending Kentucky Derby Festival Events and going to Louisville City FC soccer games.

Ask me about:
  • Tennis
  • Louisville Restaurants
  • Yoga & Meditation
  • Louisville Events

John moved back to Louisville in 2005 after being away for about 10 years. A passionate volunteer, John serves on a number of local boards such as is a member of the Center for Neighborhoods, the Olmsted Parks Conservancy and Louisville Public Media. John enjoys exploring new restaurants and attending arts and cultural events around Louisville.

Ask me about:
  • Louisville Neighborhoods
  • Journalism & Publishing
  • Louisville Arts
  • Louisville Parks

Born and raised in Louisville, Tricia prides herself in ensuring new residents feel welcome in her hometown. A resident of Louisville’s Cherokee Triangle neighborhood, on a typical weekend you can find Tricia and her husband hosting neighbors and friends on their front porch. In her spare time, Tricia serves on a wide variety of charitable boards and committees.

Ask me about:
  • Catholic Churches
  • Cherokee Triangle
  • YMCA
  • Louisville Parks