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Meet the Live in Lou City Champs!

The Live in Lou City Champs are here to help you find whatever you need like the right park, a new restaurant, a cool networking event, a hidden gem of the city you didn’t know existed, the best events and festivals, and so much more! Consider them to be your guru for all things Lou.  Click through the photos below and you’ll find our full lineup along with some of their favorite things and interests. Connect with them and soak up all of their Lou knowledge. You never know, you might end up with a new best friend.
ASHLEY PARKER
Parker & Klein Real Estate
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.
Real Estate; Local Music Scene; Louisville Parks; Local Businesses
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STEVE COOK
Metro United Way, Inc.
Steve, who moved to Louisville in 2010 to teach at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary before transitioning to Metro United Way in 2022, is a proud City Champ. Eager to explore his community and connect with newcomers, he brings a wealth of volunteer and fundraising experience. Steve serves on the Vestry of the Episcopal Church of the Advent and cherishes the Highlands near Cherokee Park. A running enthusiast, he appreciates Louisville's parks and greenways. Steve is ready to share insights on running routes, live jazz venues, and the best spots for cheeseburgers, enriching newcomers' experiences in the city.
Tips for running in local parks and greenways: how to catch live jazz in Louisville; where to get the best cheeseburgers in town.
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LAUREN SONGER
Gartner Inc.

Lauren relocated from Washington DC to Louisville eight years ago to be closer to family, initially unfamiliar with the city. However, through involvement in various organizations and events, she built a strong network and fell in love with Louisville's charm. Now deeply integrated into the community, Lauren wants to be a City Champ to help newcomers navigate the city and discover its treasures. While residing in St. Matthews, she frequents NuLu and Butchertown, enjoying their vibrant atmosphere and supporting local businesses. Lauren actively participates in arts events, street festivals, live music, and volunteering, contributing to Louisville's thriving cultural scene.

Civic leadership and networking; Junior League of Louisville; getting established as a newcomer; music and performing arts
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NATE LITTLES
MPG Media Services
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.
Louisville Sports;, Outdoor Activities in Louisville; Museums; The Highlands area
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OLIVIA MCDANIEL
Louisville Insurance
Born and raised in Louisville, KY, Olivia is on a mission to unite the local community and boost the economy. As an insurance broker for KY and IN, she actively participates in Louisville Tourism and the Unbridled Eve planning committee. Olivia embraces the city's diverse offerings, from local restaurants to the bustling NULU area. Despite COVID's impact, she's thrilled to witness the city's resurgence. Olivia enjoys live music, craft cocktails on patios, and local festivals. Based in Middletown, she serves as a local connector, hosting networking events citywide to support businesses and the community, showcasing her commitment to Louisville's vibrancy.
The local business network scene; beautiful hiking/places to check out; local women and connections with new people for social or business; shopping & retail
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SYDNEY DOCTOR
The Royal Room
Although a Kentuckian by birth, Sydney moved to Louisville 10 years ago via London, England, upstate NY and Indianapolis, IN. Sydney’s favorite activities include trying the ever-changing local food scene, biking on both urban and rural bike paths, and lounging at the world-renowned, Lakeside Swim Club.
Local Restaurants; Triathlon Training; Lakeside Swim Club; Lyndon area
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TAMMY MOLOY
BeLocal Louisville

Tammy, a Louisville native and nonprofit veteran, aspires to be a City Champ, aligning with her organization BeLocal's mission. With 28 years of nonprofit experience and now consulting, she's aided over 100 local charities. Through BeLocal Louisville, Tammy connects new residents to the city, emphasizing community engagement. Passionate about uplifting women-owned businesses, she favors NULU and Women Owned Wallet. Tammy and her husband relish the local food scene and outdoor activities, residing by the Ohio River and often exploring on their pontoon. Their fondness for Louisville's offerings, from culinary delights to scenic walks, drives Tammy's desire to promote the city's vibrant culture and community spirit.

Nearby lakes and boating opportunities; locally-owned businesses; nonprofits; food & bourbon
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YUMIKO DUNTON
Hitachi Energy

Yumiko, originally from California and with ties to Hawai'i and Kansas, settled in Louisville in 2008 due to a spouse's transfer to Fort Knox. Embracing her new home, she's developed a deep appreciation for the city's vibrant culture. Yumiko is enthusiastic about being a City Champ, eager to share her "hometown tourist" experiences with fellow transplants. Her involvement with the Asia-Institute Crane House and past work with a local non-profit highlight her dedication to the community. Yumiko finds joy in exploring the diverse events Louisville offers, with WorldFest being a particular favorite. She admires the unique personalities of different neighborhoods and enjoys leisurely strolls in the historic homes of Old Louisville, where she finds it easier to walk. For Yumiko, Louisville's neighborhoods offer a diverse range of culinary delights.

Arts, Remote Work, Asian-American community
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TINA WHITESIDE
Louisville Geek
Tina and her husband relocated to Louisville by way of Oregon a few years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Although she describes Louisville as a small town, she feel the city’s big heart, talent, creativity and indentureship makes it so special. A lover of craft beer, Tina enjoys Louisville’s vast brewery scene and spending time dining in her favorite neighborhood of Germantown.
Germantown Neighborhood, Logan Street Market, Local Breweries, Relocating to Louisville
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CRISTALLE VIVONA
Merrill/Bank of America

Cristalle, originally from Bullitt County, relocated to Louisville after completing law school, becoming a fervent advocate for the city. Eager to formalize her promotion of Louisville's charms, she engages in volunteer work with organizations like the Bellarmine Alumni Board and Gilda’s Club, along with fundraising and grant writing for KentuckyOne Health. Cristalle's fondness for neighborhoods like J-town and the Highlands is matched by her enthusiasm for exploring the city's diverse culinary scene. Her dedication to community involvement and culinary exploration underscores her commitment to showcasing Louisville's unique offerings and fostering its vibrancy.

Hiking/parks, things to do with kids, restaurants/food, the bourbon scene
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ALICIA ARIATTI
Destination Lou
A resident of Louisville for over 10 years, Alicia’s love for the city grew so strong, she founded her company, Destination Lou, to promote the special things about Louisville to incoming conventions and visitors. A resident of the Clifton neighborhood, in her spare time, Alicia enjoys attending concerts and hiking in our regions many forests.
Louisville attractions, events, parks & local music venues
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ALEX MUCKLER
UofL Brandeis School of Law

Alex is the Assistant Director of Admissions for UofL's Brandeis School of Law and board president at the Louisville German American Club, plus she moonlights at Headliners Music Hall. She was born in Louisville, grew up in Southern KY and moved back to the “hometown of her heart” in 2003 for college. She is great at making connections and enjoys sharing the things she loves about Louisville such as the music scene ranging from the orchestra to the local bands like My Morning Jacket and Jack Harlow. Alex enjoys volunteering at local events, often as a bartender. Her favorite neighborhood is where she calls home, Germantown, and she especially enjoys hanging around Goss Avenue, the Barrett Corridor, Logan Street Market, and considers NachBar her living room.

Anything music, from festivals to orchestra; volunteering; Louisville German American Club
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MITZI HARVEY
Intuit Inc
Mitzi, a Louisville native, is eager to become a City Champ Ambassador, viewing it as an exciting chance to introduce others to her beloved city. She sees this role as an opportunity to both contribute to her community and expand her network. Outside of her responsibilities, Mitzi dedicates her free time to volunteering for various events. Her fondest memories are rooted in West Louisville, particularly the scenic Shawnee Park, which holds a special place in her heart from childhood through her teenage years.
Historic Architecture, Derby, Arts & Culture, Parks & Outdoor Activities
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LORI MANGUM
Gilda's Club Kentuckiana
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!
Distilleries; College Sports; Germantown; The Speed Art Museum
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CHARLIE TODD
Stored Value Solutions (SVS)

Charlie has never had a dull or quiet day in his hometown with all of the food, sports, and social atmosphere Louisville has going on, especially in the Highlands and Nulu, which are his favorite neighborhoods. He spends his free time working with professional development groups like YPAL and the UofL Graduate Business Alumni Council and non-profits such as Make-A-Wish and Metro United Way.

Bourbon scene, performing arts, and outdoor activity
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EVAN JOHNSTON
Houchens Insurance Group

Evan, a Louisville native who attended WKU, became a City Champ to enlighten others about the city's offerings. Engaged with YPAL and educational cooperatives, he aims to deepen his involvement. With a fondness for Saint Matthews, Evan enjoys exploring parks, trying new eateries, and attending sporting events. He aspires to clarify misconceptions about Louisville's education system, leveraging his encounters with newcomers. Evan's enthusiasm for sports, parks, and culinary delights makes him a valuable advocate for showcasing the city's diverse attractions. Eager to share insights and promote Louisville's educational and recreational assets, Evan embodies the spirit of a dedicated City Champ.

Education/school systems, sporting events, parks, and great places to eat!
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NICHOLAS JOHNSON
Louisville Sustainability Council

Nicholas moved back to Louisville from a rural part of the state to be back in a city with art, culture, diversity, entertainment, people to meet, and opportunities to get involved. His favorite thing about the city is it’s big small-town or small big-city size, as he never runs out of things to do (from music and art festivals to street fests and outdoor recreation) without becoming overwhelming with traffic or long commutes. This is especially true for his neighborhood of Saint Joseph where he is just a few minutes away from major amenities, UoL campus, and all the bars, coffee shops, and entertainment venues in Schnitzelberg, Germantown, and Shelby Park!

Sustainability, pub trivia and happy hours, volunteering
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DEBY VALDEZ-HOBBS
Leadership Louisville
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.
Old Louisville area; Haunted Neighborhoods; Marine Moms; Visual Arts
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MICHELLE KURLAND
Homepage Realty
As a Realtor and Community Member, VP of the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council, a board member of the Shelby Park Neighborhood Association and Greater Germantown Business Association, Michelle knows her stuff about all the events and festivals that are hosted in her area. It’s just a short walk to many local bars and breweries, restaurants, parks, and local shops and markets. She loves going to the Logan Street Market and catching a concert at the Waterfront Park and Paristown! Ask me anything about Louisville and Real Estate!
Real estate, how to get involved in your community, where to eat and drink, where to meet people with similar interests
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BRITTANY CHOUHAN
Hogan Lovells, US LLP

Brittany, a Louisville resident for 22 years, moved to be closer to family, fostering a strong bond with the community. Eager to become a city champ, she actively engages in local events like Nulu Bock Fest and Gaslight Festival. Working at a local bar, she offers insights to newcomers, enhancing her knowledge of the city's culture. Brittany's community involvement extends to roles as a community relations advisor, election poll worker, and volunteer for organizations like Boys and Girls Haven. A dedicated UofL sports fan, she holds season tickets for football and basketball, making her a trusted source for local information on festivals, nightlife, dining, and university events.

Local festivals, Nightlife, Louisville restaurants/spaces, Sporting events, and the University of Louisville
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JANAE MARTIN
Helmers & Associates
A legal administrator at Helmers and Associates, Janae would like to connect with her visitors in her community, as she wants to be more involved in Louisville’s diverse culture and rich history. She currently serves as DEIA vice chair for the National Association of Legal Administrators. Her favorite part of the city absolutely is West Louisville, as she enjoys many of hidden gem historical buildings, landmarks, people, and history, especially the Olmstead parkways and parks.
Things to do for families with children, joining professional organizations, neighborhoods and places to visit
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MICHAEL MOELLER
Louisville Ale Trail
Michael, Co-Founder of Louisville Ale Trail, aspires to be a City Champ to showcase his hometown's charm. He serves on several boards, including Louisville Beer Week and Second Chances Wildlife Center. Schnitzelberg holds his affection as a favorite neighborhood, while he admires Louisville's park system, burgeoning beer scene, and culinary offerings citywide. Passionate about sharing his knowledge, Michael eagerly anticipates introducing others to the vibrant culture and attractions of Louisville.
Louisville breweries, running, public relations
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KEITH MILLER
Vibe Consulting
Founder and president of Vibe Consulting, Keith fell in love with the Louisville community after living all across the country and decided to move here soon after. His marketing and strategy consultancy works with communities from the East End to West End and with nonprofits. He currently serves on the Board of CHOICE for underserved youth and No Kill Louisville. From being a Bellarmine grad to making a difference in the community, Keith has found his home.
Diversity, opportunities, local history and lifestyle
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AMANDA JAMES
University of Louisville
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.
University of Louisville; Beechmont neighborhood; Yelp Elite Squad; local events
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ROBYN SEKULA
Presbyterian Church Foundation

Robyn moved to Louisville in 2002 and quickly fell in love with the city and the robust culture. In her spare time, Robyn enjoys writing, hiking and time with her three daughters. Her favorite things to do in Louisville include walking the Big Four Bridge, visiting the Frazier History Museum and the Parklands at Floyds Fork.

Journalism in Louisville, Local Museums, Outdoor Activities, Family Activities in Louisville
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RACHEL THOMAS
United Real Estate Louisville
A resident of Louisville for most of her life, Rachel feels the city’s unique neighborhoods that showcase a wide blend of cultures really sets us apart. For Rachel, no matter what part of town you’re in, each resident embodies heart and passion for their city.
Beechmont Neighborhood; Louisville Tourism; Louisville Parks; Iroquois Amphitheater
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KATE BIAGI-RICKERT
Community Foundation of Louisville
After 10 years away from the city, Kate moved back to Louisville in 2011 to take advantage of all the opportunities this place offers that her previous homes in Saint Louis and New York City couldn’t. She is very involved in the nonprofit community, with previous experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently serves on the Holy Trinity Church Parish Council. She enjoys volunteering and attending annual events like the Bourbon Mixer and St. Joe’s Picnic for the Kids, as well as going to programs offered by the Louisville Public Library and arts organizations.
Crescent Hill and St. Matthews neighborhoods; nonprofit community, volunteerism, and philanthropy
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TRICIA BURKE
Habitat for Humanity
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.
Volunteering with Habitat for Humanity; Catholic Churches; Cherokee Triangle; YMCA; Louisville Parks
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ANTOINE TERRY
LG&E and KU Energy
Antoine is originally from Louisville, and became a City Champ to aid in attracting and retaining minority talent in our city as he feels that with the right network, drive, and connections there is opportunity to do and start-up almost anything here. He is a member of Metro United Way, the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, and co-founder of Unite 502 which is a community organization focused on empowering, uplifting, and unifying men of color. His favorite neighborhoods are Butchertown, NuLu and Downtown.
Minority groups; Unite 502; Louisville Thoroughbred Society
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BETH RICH
Kentucky Refugee Ministries
Beth moved here in 2015 to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) at Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Louisville quickly became a place she connected to and is now proud to call home. For fun, Beth enjoys visiting the Speed Art Museum, spending time with her husband and dog, playing video games and learning guitar, cooking, and gardening.
Things to do with your dog, Speed Art Museum, Education, ESL, Refugee Community
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CHARITY PUGH
Humana

Charity's connection with Louisville dates back to her family's move in 2003! She completed high school at Atherton and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisville. Her deep love for the city drives her desire to be actively engaged in its thriving community. As a Ph.D. student at Bellarmine University and a graduate representative on the President's Advisory Board on Equity and Inclusion, Charity is devoted to fostering positive change. She's a dedicated volunteer for various non-profits and actively involved in organizations like YPAL and Leadership Louisville. With a background in education and a role as Vice President of the Humana Women's Network Resource Group, she's a force for empowerment. Charity's passion for small businesses and local eateries is evident as she enjoys strolling from one to the next. Exploring new restaurants is her favorite pastime, emphasizing her appreciation for Louisville as a vibrant foodie hub.

Local restaurants, women's boutiques, organizations doing anti-human trafficking work.
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SAMANTHA HARRISON
Applied Self-Direction
Samantha is passionate about welcoming people who are new to the area and connecting them with resources in their communities and school systems. She serves as an advocate for adults with developmental disabilities in her community. She has really fallen in love with the J-Town neighborhood that she now calls home.
Navigating community resources, support services for families of children/adults with disabilities, wellness and selfcare
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DEMETRIUS DIAZ
Mirazon

Demetrius fell in love with the city 13 years ago when he moved here to open all of the local Roosters restaurant locations, met his wife, and decided to make his life here permanently! With his background as a chef, he and his wife love to try new places to eat and check out the local breweries, farmers markets, and the many festivals, from art to food trucks, that come through town.

Breweries, restaurants, adult date nights, fun local experiences, cooking and food in general
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TIFFANY CARDWELL
MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP

Tiffany arrived in Louisville back in 2000 after attending school in Chicago. As a mother of two, Tiffany enjoys volunteering with various non-profits, playing sand volleyball a few times a week and staying involved in the community. In her spare time, she enjoys live music and the Louisville Arts scene. Some of her favorite restaurants include Mussel & Burger, El Taco Luchador, Volare, Proof and many more.

Getting Involved, Louisville HR, Louisville Restaurants, Louisville Arts
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JERRY GNAGY
Against the Grain Brewery
Jerry is the Co-Founder and Head Brewer for Against the Grain Brewery, a member of the Master Brewers Association of America, and a global karaoke champ!. He was born and raised in Kansas, then moved to Louisville in 2003. Jerry says that having lived in Louisville for over two decades, he is excited to champion this city by expanding his knowledge and discovering new things about the city to share with others. He has volunteered with Love City, Louisville Grows, and his company, ATG, frequently works with non-profit organizations. He has three children in various schools and is involved in school events. He likes going out to eat and drink, visiting galleries, attending concerts, and hiking.
Brewing beer; Hiking spots; entrepreneurship
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AKSHAY KADAM
Noosh Nosh

Akshay, originally from Mumbai, India, relocated to Louisville in 2016 and is currently the General Manager at Noosh Nosh. Eager to assist newcomers in acquainting themselves with the city, he seeks to become a City Champ. Cherokee Park holds a special place in his heart as his favorite area. Akshay brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his role, aiming to facilitate smooth transitions for those considering or making a move to Louisville while showcasing the city's charm and opportunities.

Bourbon, parks, events
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JESS ANDERSON
Mercer
A Californian by birth, Jess and her family relocated to Louisville when she was young. But it was Louisville’s can-do attitude and incredible willingness to update, re-create, and evolve that made her want to stay. To Jess, whether it’s big hats, baseball bats, or bourbon, Louisvillian’s are willing to embrace it all!
Dog Hill, Goose Creek Neighborhood, Start-ups, Big Four Bridge
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CHRISTINE TARQUINIO
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Christine moved to Louisville as a child and has called it home since. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, painting, travelling, yoga, and CrossFit. She is a NeXt Arts Leadership graduate and supporter of the Kentucky Opera. Her favorite things to do in Louisville include trying new restaurants, and cheering on the cards.
Real estate; marketing/advertising; getting involved in Louisville
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MICHELLE BLACK WHITE
Brightside Foundation
Michelle is a City Champ because she loves connecting people and sharing Louisville’s incredible parks, arts, and local dining. Her favorite time of year is Derby season because the whole city celebrates the greatest two minutes in sports! Michelle loves to run and bike in our parks, with Cherokee, Iroquois and the Parklands being her favorites! She also enjoys performances by Teddy Abrams and the Louisville Orchestra, walking the Big Four Bridge, and trying new restaurants.
Anything arts-related; Louisville parks; Leadership Louisville
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SHAUN SPENCER
Trimen Solutions HR
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!
HR Management; Zombie Walks; Louisville Arts
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DEVIN HILLSDON-SMITH
Hyphen Strategies, LLC
A new resident of Southern Indiana, Devin now serves as the Deputy Director of the River Ridge Development Authority, focusing on strategic development of the premier commerce center in Indiana. His interests include backpacking and long-distance hiking, Louisville City FC, live music, and travel.
Southern IN, Hiking, Jeffersonville IN area, Transitioning to the Area
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ROSEMARY SIMS
Semonin REALTORS
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.
Louisville Neighborhoods & Parks; Nightlife; Concerts
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ERICA RUCKER
LEO Weekly

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.

Journalism in Louisville; Louisville Restaurants; Bourbon; Louisville Arts
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VANESSA OMEOKACHIE
TravBudd™

Vanessa, originally from Nigeria, moved to Louisville as a pre-teen and attended the University of Kentucky. As part of her job, she connects people to explore and enjoy Louisville in new ways, aiming to foster a deeper sense of connection to the city. A member of Young Professionals of Louisville (YPAL), she's immersed in the startup community. Vanessa adores Downtown Louisville and the Waterfront, enjoying walks and picnics by the great lawn. She cherishes summer events like Waterfront Wednesdays and Shakespeare in the Park, while autumn finds her hiking through Cherokee Park to revel in the vibrant foliage.

Building a startup; Waterfront Park & Cherokee Park; great food locations; KY Shakespeare
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JEFF HOFMANN
ACE Mentor of Louisville

Jeff is a City Champ and a proud Louisville native with 60 years of cherished memories. He's motivated by the desire to share his deep knowledge of the city's history and neighborhoods with newcomers. Jeff holds a special affection for the Highlands and Germantown areas. He finds joy in visiting local restaurants and taverns, creating memories with his grandkids at the zoo, and cheering on UofL in football and basketball games. Jeff also relishes attending Bats games and immersing himself in the annual festivals that bring the city to life. Walking through the neighborhood is another favored pastime for this passionate Louisvillian.

The neighborhoods. Restaurants. History of the city.
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KELSEY SCHNEIDER
Humana
Kelsey is originally from Louisville, and joined the City Champs for the opportunity to network and meet new people in the area! She has a passion to make the city the best it can be, and serves as both a GLI Ambassador and on the UofL Family Business Center Advisory Board. Her favorite neighborhood is the Highlands, and enjoys visiting the different shops and restaurants throughout the city.
Family Business; Highlands neighborhood; local art fairs
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DEBBIE BURDORF
Semonin REALTORS

A Louisville native, Debbie is a go to resource for your relocation questions and needs! Debbie currently serves as the Director of Corporate Relocation Business Development with Semonin Realtors where she works closely with existing and perspective Louisville companies and their transferees each day. A diehard ice hockey mom at heart, in her free time Debbie enjoys spending time with her family attending Indy car races, volunteering, and enjoying the local music scene.

Relocation, Louisville & Southern IN Neighborhoods, Getting Connected, Ice Hockey
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MERRY-REID SHEFFER
Edge Employment

Merry-Reid never had been to Louisville before her job interview here in 2019, yet now never plans to leave because of how much love she has for the city! She is an active member in the Black Market garden, Leadership Louisville’s Ignite Challenge, and the Governor’s Employment First Council. With her experiences, she is excited to connect with prospective young professionals looking to learn more about the city.

Best places to eat, bike, and walk your dog; thrift shops, coffee shops, and parks
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TONYA JOHNSON
Fifth Third Bank

Tonya has traveled quite a bit, but says that there's nowhere she'd rather live than her hometown of Louisville! She joined City Champs to engage with folks new to the city to make their first experiences good ones, and to learn from others, as she enjoys any interaction with people from different backgrounds, experiences and cultures. Tonya likes to go to sporting and arts events and discovering new places to eat. She also volunteers with various community organizations, Russell initiatives, and Dare to Care food bank.

Volunteering, family activities, and NEW things to try!
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RENITA BERNAT
Quest Outdoors
Originally from the Chicago area, Renita moved here in 1972 when she got married. As an avid cyclist, she falls in love with Louisville every day seeing all the “hole in the wall” restaurants and hidden gems as she travels across the city to take in the rich tradition of our diverse neighborhoods, Olmstead parks, and 60 miles of the Louisville Loop.
Cycling infrastructure, clubs, and contacts; retail shops and outlets; high quality sweet treats
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SARAH DAVASHER-WISDOM
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Sarah serves as the President & CEO of Greater Louisville Inc. – the metro chamber of commerce. She loves that Louisville has the friendliness of the rural South combined with the culture of a metropolitan city. And although there is something for everyone in Louisville, Sarah especially enjoys the ballroom salsa, and argentine tango dance scenes.
St. Matthews Ballroom, salsa, and tango dancing Louisville Food Scene Animals
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LONDON ROTH
Humana

Louisville’s big city amenities that sit beautifully alongside its rich and historic charm drew London in from her time living in Chicago and hometown of Charlotte, NC and she hasn’t looked back after living here for 15 years. London spends her time outside of work as an advocate in her community by serving on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kentuckiana and the Whitney/Strong organization, and participating in professional development programs such as the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite and Leadership Louisville programs, and Leadership Kentucky.

Louisville healthcare network, volunteer opportunities, restaurants, hiking in and around Louisville
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OLIVIA WOODS
Louisville Tourism

Olivia, who relocated from Michigan in 2010, is eager to become a City Champ to showcase her love for Louisville. Working at Louisville Tourism for over a decade, she's passionate about sharing insider knowledge and promoting the city's attractions. Olivia volunteers on the Louisville Bourbon Society board, reflecting her affinity for the city's culture. Residing in Audubon Park, she enjoys its proximity to Downtown and Germantown, two areas she equally cherishes. Olivia appreciates Louisville's diverse offerings, from bourbon tastings to special events and festivals, and looks forward to highlighting these experiences to others, reflecting her deep pride in her adopted city.

Restaurants; Attractions and things to do; How to find information on the city
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ELISA CARRITHERS
GlobalAir.com
Hailing from Taylorsville, KY, Elisa, now residing in Jtown, embraces the role of a City Champ to connect with diverse individuals. She finds joy in Louisville's vibrant dining scene, frequents Farmers Markets, and appreciates the spectacular Jeffersontown fireworks display. Elisa's passion lies in aviation and fostering business partnerships, reflecting her dedication to the city's dynamic landscape. As a City Champ, she eagerly shares her love for Louisville, showcasing its culinary delights, community events, and her enthusiasm for the aviation and business sectors that contribute to the city's flourishing environment.
Dining, Aviation, Business Partnerships
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MIRIAM NALLY
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Miriam moved to the region in 2017 from Texas and is now living a new type of southern living and loving every moment. She resides in Southern Indiana, works in Louisville and plays throughout the region. She enjoys the growing food scene, the diverse art culture, and attending local markets and festivals.
Southern Indiana; Local Food Scene; Louisville Art Scene; Louisville Festivals
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LORIE LEITNER
ProLift Toyota Material Handling
A champion of local knowledge among her friends and coworkers, Lorie excels at planning her schedule to include all the local events and sharing it with her network. A Make-A-Wish board member and Yelp Elite member, you’ll often find her at local events and festivals in Nulu, Saint Matthews, Crescent Hill, or the Highlands.
Local festivals and attractions, Make-A-Wish, Yelp Elite squad, local restaurants, bars, and breweries
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JUSTIN BAXTER
Malone Healthcare
Justin wants to help his hometown community strengthen and grow. As a travel RN recruiter, his focus is to facilitate new connections and bring RNs from other areas to work in hospitals in Louisville’s vast healthcare ecosystem.
Travel nursing, neighborhoods and potential living spaces, events and hotspots
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MATTHEW MEUNIER
City of Jeffersontown, KY

Matt moved to Louisville for career opportunities in 1991 and the city has shaped his career and community involvement ever since! Matt is a member of many professional organizations that include the Kentucky American Planning Association, American Public Works Association, Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce, and the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, to name a few. Matt is heavily involved in the workings of Jeffersontown, helping to establish the neighborhood through the popular Gaslight Festival, farmer’s market, and Jtown Beerfest.

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MICHAEL FINE
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs
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.
Louisville Law; Fantasy Sports; Bourbon; Family Activities in Louisville
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DMITRIY GOEBEL
Humana
Moving here five years ago to pursue engineering, Dmitriy now has a career in healthcare. He looks forward to sharing his experience with those traveling to visit Louisville, especially with young adults (25-35) looking to create fun memories in the city. He currently participates in volleyball, kickball, tennis drop shop, and tennis sport leagues in his free time.
Local restaurants and unique bars, monthly events promoting beer, bourbon, and community, and corporate jobs and culture at Humana
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ANDREW ALLEN
GE Appliances
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.
Local hiking trails and parks; day trips around the region; the Big Four Bridge
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KIMBERLY MCLAREN
Bamboo Health
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!
St. Matthews neighborhood; Catholic schools; tech jobs in Louisville; the Junior League of Louisville
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MARLYCE ALI
Primary Care Organization
Although Marlyce has lived abroad, Louisville is and will always be considered home. In an ode Louisville native, Muhammad Ali, Marlyce loves the fighter spirit she feels that shines through our city’s residents. Marlyce is also an experienced Founder and entrepreneur also with a demonstrated history of success working in a matrix healthcare corporate environment.
Beuchel Neighborhood; Jefferson County Public Schools; Festivals; Kentucky State University
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RICKY SANTIAGO
City of Louisville
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.
Louisville Hispanic Culture & Prospanica; local sports; local government
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KRISTY FLIPPINS BARTLETT
Option To Success, Inc.
Born and raised in the city, Kristy is the CEO and founder of Option to Success, Inc. She is very involved with different professional organizations in the region. Her favorite thing to do right now is walk the Walking Bridge and explore the local businesses downtown or check out the 4th Street Live area.
Employment opportunities, housing market, advancements
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JOE HAVELDA
U.S. Bank/Elavon

Originally from Owensboro, Joe works in banking as Payment Solutions Market Manager for U.S. Bank/Elavon, specializing in small business banking. Joe is also on the Board of Directors for Second Chances Wildlife Center. He really enjoys soccer, and is a season ticket holder for the Racing Louisville FC team! This year, his mission is to complete the Ale Trail this year to try all the awesome breweries.

Soccer, breweries, live music
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ANDY MAKIELSKI
Meta

Andy, originally from outside Chicago, IL, relocated to Louisville in 2020 with his wife, who is a Louisville native. They saw it as a perfect place to raise their family and seize opportunities to connect with new people. Andy is a dedicated board member for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of KY, TN, & IN, actively participating in fundraising events like Walk MS: Louisville 2023 and Misters for MS 2023. He's also contributed as a past member of the Friends of the Louisville Zoo, focusing on sponsorship initiatives. Andy cherishes the Highlands, often strolling down Bardstown Road with a coffee in hand, and finds joy in cycling through Cherokee Park.

Career Opportunities; Raising a Family; Comparing Lousville to other major cities I have lived in (Chicago and San Francisco)
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WILLIAM PATTERSON
Semonin REALTORS
William is a GLI Ambassador, and enjoys promoting and advancing the city to keep pace with other surrounding areas. He originally moved her from Bowling Green, KY and worked in hospitality for over 25 years. William’s favorite area of the city is downtown, and he also loves Louisville’s parks, hospitality, and the celebration of the Kentucky Derby.
Real Estate; Highlands or Crescent Hill neighborhoods; Local festivals
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JENNIFER MARIN-CHANDLER
Bluegrass Hospitality Group

Jennifer, a former Elizabethtown resident, settled in Louisville in 2018 after her husband's relocation from Michigan. She's captivated by the diverse activities Louisville offers, from 5k runs to vibrant festivals and flea markets. Jennifer's deep affection for the city fuels her desire to become a City Champ, connecting with like-minded individuals and professionals. Actively involved in job fairs, she seeks opportunities for networking and potential collaborations with other companies. Jennifer treasures her Oldham County neighborhood and frequently explores the nature preserves, often accompanied by her rescue dog during Saturday runs. An avid fitness enthusiast, she participates in bodybuilding competitions like Kentucky Muscle. Jennifer also relishes shopping and dining at trendy restaurants. She's a regular at J-town beach for volleyball matches and recently joined a league on Sundays.

Local activities, parks, food & bourbon
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RANDY WOODFORD
Heaven Hill Brands
Randy is a born and raised Louisvillian who is passionate about the future of our city and all of the new people moving in town! He sees Louisville as a small but big city with lots to do and unlimited food options. His favorite things are Bourbon distilleries, Breweries, Museums, Sporting Events, and Dinners. He also volunteers for the non-profit Sowing Seeds With Faith and is a regular at Louisville Sporting events and nightlife.
Spirits, sports, museums
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MCKENZIE GARY
TeriGrowth, BiteInnovation, RoamVista

Moving from Maine to Louisville for family and to start his business, McKenzie now takes full advantage of the city’s Waterfront Wednesdays, Shakespeare in the Park, and enjoying the many public parks dotted across the area. He volunteers his time at a behavioral health and criminal justice-related nonprofit and serves as a board member for a business looking to provide housing to formerly incarcerated individuals.

Starting a business, volunteering/getting involved, places to eat
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BRIAN SCHNEIDER
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Brian is a boomerang who grew up in Louisville but after a few years away, decided to make his return home. From his adoration of bourbon, the city’s vibrant culinary scene, and dynamic nightlife arena, Brian enjoys the southern charm of Louisville’s social atmosphere. He is an avid supporter of the University of Louisville athletics and a football season ticket holder.
Urban Bourbon Trail; Downtown area; Louisville Bars; Public Golf Courses; Louisville Tourism
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ROSE CAPLE
Louisville Tourism

As the Tourism Sales Manager for Niche and Affinity Markets with Louisville Tourism, Rose is responsible for responsible for growing our Black and African American and LGBTQ+ visitation. Rose is a true guru for all things Louisville, whether it’s wanting to learn more about attractions, restaurants, shopping, or Kentuckiana’s hidden gems, she’s your go-to person! Rose enjoys spending her free time running through Louisville’s many parks, checking out local breweries, and spending time on both sides of the Ohio River.

Downtown Louisville, Urban Bourbon Trail, Louisville Festivals, New Albany, IN
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XAIMARA TORRES JIMENEZ
Churchill Downs Racetrack

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Xaimara graduated from the University of Central Florida and found herself in Louisville for a professional development opportunity. She currently serves as an Advisory Board member for the Backside Learning Center and is a member of YPAL. For her, being a City Champ is a way that individuals in the Hispanic community have a resource they identify with and feel comfortable reaching out to. She loves bar hopping around town, karaoke nights at Akikos, walks across the bridge, and night racing at Churchill Downs!

Job opportunities in the horse racing industry, best Latin restaurants, weekend activities for the whole family
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ED BLAYNEY
Virtual Peaker
A resident since 2015, Ed and his wife fell so in love with the city that they also convinced his in-laws to move here, too. When he’s not working as the Civic Technology Manager for the City of Louisville, in his free time Ed coach’s youth basketball, enjoys DIY tech projects and walking the Big Four Bridge, Seneca Park and Jefferson Memorial Forest.
Basketball, Technology, Code Louisville, Louisville Parks
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ELLEN TRAHAN
Northwestern Mutual
Ellen is a Louisville native, and loves meeting new people and introducing them to our fantastic city! She says that Louisville is big enough to attract wonderful employers, entertainment, and offer a “kickin” food scene, but small enough to feel connected to your neighborhood. She serves on the Louisville Sustainability Council, and regularly attends Shakespeare in the Park, WorldFest, and area farmer’s markets. With her recent move to Jeffersontown, she has become a big fan of the area’s restaurants and breweries.
Jeffersontown; local farmers' markets; Shakespeare in the Park
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KAYLA PEZZAROSSI
Embassy Suites Downtown

Kayla, originally from Alaska, relocated to Louisville to be nearer to family. She aspires to be a city ambassador, passionate about her beloved Clifton neighborhood. Kayla enjoys strolls around the reservoir and is dedicated to supporting local businesses, cherishing the city's history, and highlighting what makes Louisville unique and vibrant today!

How to support local businesses; local history; and, what makes Louisville special now!
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BOBBY FORD
Heaven Hill Brands
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.
NuLu Neighborhood; the Startup Scene; Golf Courses; Bourbon
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CASSIDY HYDE
YPAL
As the Executive Director for the Young Professionals Association of Louisville, Cassidy is a fantastic resource for young professionals getting acclimated to the city. A native of Western Kentucky, Cassidy has always loved the big city feel of Louisville while also maintaining a southern charm.
YPAL; Volunteering/Non-profits; Dog parks; Breweries
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RANDY BLEVINS
Think Tank Marketing

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.

Marketing and Advertising, Bourbon, the Frankfort Avenue Corridor, Louisville Arts
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BHAVNA PATEL
Subway, owner

Bhavna relocated to Louisville in 1993 to assist her brother in managing a Subway Sandwich Shop. Eager to deepen her connection with the city, she aspires to become a City Champ to engage more actively with the community. Bhavna finds solace in walking through the city's parks and appreciates its evolving downtown scene, with its array of shops, restaurants, museums, and cultural events. She sees Louisville as more than just the home of the Kentucky Derby, emphasizing its welcoming atmosphere, rich history, and promising future. Bhavna's enthusiasm for exploration and community involvement drives her desire to contribute positively to Louisville's growth and vibrancy.

Schools/education; Downtown Lou's revival; Bourbon culture
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KRISTEN GARNER
Teach Kentucky Inc
Originally from rural Southern Illinois, Kristen fell in love with Louisville after frequent visits, eventually making it her home as a single mom with a middle-school-aged daughter. Enamored by Louisville's parks, diverse dining options, vibrant art scene, and rich music culture, Kristen is deeply involved in non-profits, particularly with Teach Kentucky. As a City Champ, she's passionate about assisting new teachers acclimate to Louisville. Grateful for the warm welcome she received, Kristen aims to help newcomers connect with the city's greatness. Based in the Highlands, she cherishes the area's diverse offerings. Living in Middletown provides the ideal blend of a small-town feel and city adventures for Kristen and her daughter.
Non-profit organizations, Public Schools, Activities for older kids, Getting involved as a new resident
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JOHN GUTHRIE
Evolve502
John is a Louisville native and passionate advocate for our fair city! He was also part of the Bingham Fellows group that created the concept for City Champs in 2017. John grew up in the Clifton and Crescent Hill neighborhoods, but left Louisville in 1995 to complete a journalism degree from Indiana University, then returned to Louisville in 2005 and began working as a consultant with nonprofit organizations on philanthropy, capital campaigns, fundraising, volunteer engagement and more. John founded and launched Louisville Distilled (www.louisvilledistilled.com), a weekly online magazine that sought to tell Louisville’s story in an authentic positive way through its people, its local businesses and organizations, and its neighborhoods, followed by his latest role as Director of Development for Evolve502, a nonprofit focused on increasing access and improving equity for students by providing a two-year tuition-free postsecondary education opportunity for all eligible JCPS graduates. John currently lives with his wife and two children in Crescent Hill.
Louisville Neighborhoods, Journalism and Publishing, Louisville Arts, Louisville Parks
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KAY MADRICK HOWARD
Norton Children's Hospital Foundation
Kerry is originally from Louisville, and although she has lived in other parts of the country, she moved back to the area in 2005 noting that the Louisville has all the things a big city offers at a more enjoyable pace. She’s enjoyed seeing Louisville grow in so many ways and appreciates that activities are easily accessible. She volunteers on the board for the KY Shakespeare Festival, the Norton Children’s Hospital Foundation, and is a member of the Louisville Rowing Club. Her favorite place in the city is Cherokee Park, and says that Floyd’s Fork is also a true gem.
Kentucky Shakespeare; Louisville Rowing Club; visual and performing arts
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BAYLEE PULLIAM
UofL Research & Innovation
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.
Marketing and Communications, Rock Climbing, Louisville Arts, University of Louisville
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DIANA DURAN
Humana
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.
Running, Prospanica, Louisville Festivals
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MORGAN CROCKETT
Norton Healthcare
Morgan is a native Louisvillian, who recently ‘boomeranged’ back from Indianapolis. Since moving back, she has been amazed at the amount of growth the city has experienced in recent years! When she is not working, you can find Morgan at the local library, exploring new restaurants (hello happy hour), and working out at her local fitness studio.
Louisville Fitness; St. Matthews area; Local Breweries; Young Professional Association of Louisville
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VIDYUTA RANGNEKAR
Five by Five Photography
Monique moved to Louisville in 2007 to attend the University of Louisville. Monique has owned a successful consulting firm and has worked for Kentucky Innovation prior to her current role. She 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.
Bourbon; Waterfront Park; Louisville festivals; architecture and design
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DEVYN NANCE
Consultant

A native Louisvillian that found herself back in town after leaving for graduate school, Devyn is excited to be here and explore new places now that she is back, especially after learning more about Frankfort Avenue, Highview, and Nulu neighborhoods. Her new routine includes exploring local boutiques, bookstores, and each of the unique libraries around town and checking out the parks with her dog.

Shopping, fun things to do for 20 somethings, karaoke, best places to have an event
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DOMINIC MURPHY II
Dean Dorton
Dominic is a Louisville native and enjoys the range of experiences that Louisville has to offer throughout the city, and notices that by simply going to another part of town he will likely learn something, experience something new, or meet another person to better help him understand the fabric of the region. Through his work as an HR Professional, I realize that part of that process will be in the attraction and retention of professionals who can add to and multiply the opportunities and resources the city has to offer. As a City Champ Ambassador, Dominic says “I believe I can offer multiple authentic presentations of the area as both a professional and as a native with the goal of mutually positive experiences.”
Volunteering at local schools; the Highlands neighborhood; community organizations
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GARRETT BUNCH
Parsons Co.

Settling into their new home in the Beechmont neighborhood, Garrett returned to their hometown to be close to friends and family. Coming back to the city has renewed their interest in exploring places in the city they haven’t ever been to before and taking classes to expand their many artistic hobbies, like weaving at the Little Loomhouse.

Hobbies and artistic endeavors, concerts, outdoor activities, cool events at local venues
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MEGHAN BAYLOR
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Meghan, a Louisville enthusiast, returned to the city with her family in 2017 after living abroad. Eager to promote Louisville's charm, she loves to share her favorite bars, eateries, Olmsted parks, and hidden gems in Louisville’s lovely neighborhoods. Residing in Shelby Park and working in Nulu,  she enjoys the walkability of the surrounding neighborhoods and taking in live shows around town. She loves to travel and takes any opportunity to chat in German after her time living in Germany.

Music and Fun things to do with the family
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JULIE EAGLE
Insight Global
Julie, originally from Ohio, moved to Louisville two years ago to be near her sister and for her career. She became a City Champ to promote Kentucky for networking and community building. Currently living in St. Matthews, Julie enjoys farmers markets, fish frys, dog-friendly spots, coffee shops, shopping, and dining out. Working downtown, she embraces new experiences with clients and reports. She's a resource for local job opportunities and affiliated companies. Julie offers insights on relocating, making friends, and discovering favorite places. She's a go-to for restaurant and event recommendations, including festivals, comedy shows, concerts, and more.
Relocating and finding new friends; new restaurants, festivals, comedy shows, concerts.
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TAMISHA BOLEWARE
Malone Workforce Solutions
Tamisha currently serves on the Kentucky Association of Colleges & Employers board, is a member of Bates Memorial Baptist Church, and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald house and Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana. With each neighborhood providing a unique experience, she can’t pick a favorite!
Family, food, work and education opportunities
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GABRIELLE EVANS
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Gabrielle, originally from Iowa, relocated to Louisville in May 2021, quickly finding her niche in the hospitality industry and developing a profound affection for the city. Eager to share Louisville's uniqueness, she aims to be a City Champ, particularly highlighting its diverse offerings beyond bourbon. As a member of YPAL, Gabrielle appreciates the vibrant atmosphere of Nulu, enjoying its late-night scene and boutique shopping. She delights in attending various events across Louisville, from block festivals to art exhibitions and beer fests, relishing the city's dynamic and ever-changing landscape. Gabrielle's perspective as a newcomer adds fresh insights, allowing her to appreciate and share different facets of Louisville with both residents and visitors.
Restaurants and breweries; Downtown/Museum Row/4th Street and Nulu
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AIMEE JEWELL
Leadership Louisville
As a native Louisvillian, Aimee’s passion for improving the community is unmatched. In her role as Engagement Specialist for the Leadership Louisville Center, Aimee recruits civic-minded leaders to participate in the LLC’s leadership development programs. In her free time, Aimee enjoys live music, the local parks, and trying new restaurants and breweries.
Volunteerism and philanthropy, Leadership Louisville, How to get involved in Louisville, Downtown Louisville
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DARIN EPPERLY
ServPro
Darin, a Louisville native, continuously seeks to expand his personal and professional networks. He believes in the power of being available and sincere, volunteering his time to forge genuine relationships. As a City Champ, Darin aims to contribute to the city's growth economically and socially, assisting newcomers and established residents alike in discovering new experiences. He finds solace in the city's parklands, indulging in activities like walking and biking. Darin's love for community extends to attending baseball and soccer games, exploring neighborhoods like NULU and the Highlands, and relishing in the excitement of beer festivals and local events like the Gaslight Festival in Jeffersontown.
Community culture, cost of living, major businesses
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KENDRA FLANIGAN
Humana

Kendra, a Louisville native, joins as a City Champ to foster connections, strengthen networks, and facilitate collaboration within the community. Passionate about her city, she embraces volunteering and giving back as integral parts of her identity. With a penchant for local family activities, shopping, and exploring culinary delights, Kendra embodies the essence of Louisville's vibrant culture. She aims to leverage her role to enhance collaboration between her workplace, affiliations, and the broader community, contributing to the city's growth and vibrancy. As a dedicated advocate for local businesses and community engagement, Kendra's enthusiasm enriches the City Champ initiative.

Local family fun activities and shopping; diversity; development west of 9th street
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STEPHANIE BURDORF
Soccer Holdings, LLC

Originally from Chicago, Stephanie found herself in Louisville in 2010. She loves that her job requires her to connect with community organizations, as well as volunteering with the Louisville Sports Commission and Down Syndrome of Louisville. A constant attendee at events held at the many music venues across the city (Iroquois Amphitheater is her favorite!), she loves stumbling on live music by chance in town. And of course, you can find her at Forecastle, Louder than Life, Bourbon and Beyond, The Big Stomp, and Waterfront Wednesdays.

Music/festivals scene, dining options for Pescetarian, vegetarian, and vegan diets, LouCity/Racing Lou and sports
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GRAHAM MAUPIN
Brown-Forman

A proud Louisville native, Graham spends much of his time with his membership in the Louisville Hash House Harriers, the Louisville Magic Club, and the Governor’s Commission to Support People with Intellectual and Development Disabilities. His favorite neighborhood is Schnitzelburg, where he attends weekly trivia nights at Merryweather, going to shows at the Louisville Comedy Club and Planet of the Tapes.

Beer, entertainment, kayaking spots, and city wheelchair accessibility
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CHANTEL BATTON-UTLEY
Amazon
New to Louisville by way of Texas, Chantel has thoroughly enjoyed exploring her new hometown and meeting the city’s friendly residents. And while she hasn’t been in the city long, she’s thoroughly enjoyed exploring the many unique neighborhoods and restaurants and is eager to meet new people!
Teach Kentucky; relocating to Louisville; things to do all around the city
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SCOTT MAMMOLENTI
Nimlok
Scott is an experienced Commercial Sales Representative with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive and commercial industries. Originally from South Bend, IN, Scott moved to Georgetown, IN and has pursued careers in various industries. He loves to golf, spend time with his wife and daughter, and has a knack for working on vehicles!
Golf, Southern IN, cars & racing, football (go Irish!)
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ELIZABETH LIEBSCHUTZ
University of Louisville

Elizabeth, while not originally from Louisville, has developed a deep connection with the city over the years. Her journey began with work at the University of Louisville in 2009, which eventually led to her family relocating to Louisville in 2011 for a better work-life balance. She has a profound appreciation for the city's rich arts scene, the Ohio River, the Kentucky Derby Festival, diverse restaurants, schools, concerts, Museum Row, the zoo, various neighborhoods, libraries, and sports. Elizabeth is passionate about helping newcomers discover the best of Louisville, and her involvement in community-building, professional organizations, and volunteer work reflects her commitment. She has a special fondness for Clifton, the Highlands, and downtown Middletown. Elizabeth’s go-to recommendation for out-of-town guests is the Kentucky Derby Museum, and she enjoys exploring Museum Row, attending shows at the Kentucky Center for the Arts, and relishing concerts and dining experiences. She also values the city's green spaces and park systems.

Childcare, schools/school choice; what to do and enjoy in the city; how to get involved and find groups in the city
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NICHOLAS DUFFEE
Cardinal Carryor
Nicholas is originally from Louisville, and is currently a Sales Manager with Cardinal Carryor. He attends Northeast Christian Church, deemed “Love the Ville” Church, and enjoys going to events at the KFC Yum! Center. He became a City Champ to help promote Louisville and all of the great things it has to offer! He enjoys sharing what the city means to himself and his family. Nicholas takes pride in the variety of communities and the melting pot that Louisville has become for different cultures, and says that Louisville has a small-town feel once you become really involved in the community!
Family activities; local schools; Middletown area
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AMY ANDERSON MILLER
Brown Hotel
In meeting guests who visit Louisville for the first time, Amy loves the reaction they have about having so much to do, and sees this as a high compliment to the city. She is a Certified Tourism Ambassador and supports Louisville by frequently volunteering for The Kentucky Derby Museum, St James Court Art Show and Louisville Tourism along with the Outriders Society. Amy joined City Champs to enhance her desire to learn as much about Louisville and its regions; she loves this city and truly enjoy being able to relay her knowledge to our city guests. Amy is also a certified Bourbon Steward and a member of The Whisky Chicks and says she lives for the restaurant scene, often searching for new restaurants but frequenting her favorites.
The Whisky Chicks; St. James Court Art Show; Clifton & Crescent Hill neighborhoods
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ETHAN ENGLERT
Waystar

Ethan is originally from Huntingburg, IN, and loves that Louisville has provided him with so much opportunity and other unforgettable experiences! In addition to his career at Waystar, he has worked with the city’s large music festivals and recently joined an LGBTQIA+ Affinity Group, which is a part of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at his company. He enjoys trying new restaurants around town, and going to live shows. On the city of Louisville, Ethan says “I think Louisville is often overlooked city by people looking for a change, and I think that has to do with Louisville being filled with hidden gems that a lot of locals know about!”

Working in tech; nightlife, and bingo!
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YONBRETTA STEWART
Humana

Yonbretta, a lifelong resident of Louisville, aspires to be a City Champ to extend her community engagement on a broader scale. With a passion for exploring the city, attending events, and discovering hidden culinary gems, she embodies the spirit of Louisville's vibrant culture. Actively involved in various organizations and volunteering extensively, Yonbretta epitomizes service and community involvement. Her board membership in Education First Foundation, Inc. reflects her commitment to education and community partnerships. A member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she upholds values of service and sisterhood. Yonbretta's dedication to enhancing Louisville's vibrancy and promoting local businesses makes her a valuable asset to the City Champ initiative.

Adventurous and competitive things to do; Black-owned restaurants; sporting events
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JONATHON BARTLEY
Moonbase Tango
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.
Creative Mornings; Vintage Shopping; Southern Indiana; Louisville Music Scene
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JACK BYRNES
Humana

Jack, a recent transplant from North Carolina after completing graduate school in 2021, aims to become a City Champ to deepen his involvement in the Louisville community. As a Humana associate, he sees an opportunity to bridge the perceived gap between the company's focus and its roots in Louisville. Advocating for increased community engagement, Jack cherishes St. Matthews for its walkable amenities and enjoys running in Seneca Park. He eagerly shares insights on The Catholic Community in Louisville and offers tips for non-natives to meet people and find activities for children, enhancing the experience of newcomers in the city.

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REBECCA MINNICK
Louisville Nature Center

Born and raised here, Rebecca moved away for 17 years but came back to stay for good in 2013. A self-proclaimed “park person”, she is a part of the Association of Nature Center Administrators and several organizations that plant trees in urban areas. She also is a bluegrass musician and volunteers with Bluegrass Anonymous and the Louisville Folk School. She and her husband live in Germantown and often find themselves biking to the Speed Art Museum, Waterfront Park, and Cherokee Park, where she jogs the trails with her dog. She also loves to hike at Jefferson Memorial Forest!

Parks, hiking, greenspaces; walkability, weird things to check out in Greater Louisville
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KATHRYN CURTIS
WorK Architecture + Design

After returning to the city in 2020, Kathryn now is heavily involved in programs in the area, including Associate AIA, NCARB, Associate IIDA, and YPAL. One of her favorite aspects of her job as a designer and project manager of an architectural firm here is getting to know the different people involved in the development and enrichment of the city – from developers and contractors to musicians and artists.

Architecture and design, equestrian community, Louisville neighborhoods
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MELANIE KNIGHT
Owens Corning
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.
LGBTQ communities, Local Favorites, Performing Art Events, Nightlife
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MIKE GANDOLFO
RE Solutions
A Louisvillian by birth, Mike has always enjoyed how much the city surprises first time visitors. Whether it’s the thrill of attending the races at Churchill or experiencing the uniqueness of Louisville’s Urban Bourbon Trail, Mike appreciates Louisville’s original culture and personality that rivals nowhere else in the country.
Horse Racing, Kentucky Derby Festival, Entrepreneurship, Louisville Neighborhoods
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DANIEL HUNT
UofL Health

Daniel recently moved to Louisville in April 2023 to join UofL Health, attracted by a job opportunity and a desire for urban living. Eager to integrate into the community, he seeks connections with diverse individuals and aims to contribute meaningfully to Louisville's growth. Fond of St. Matthews and NuLu, Daniel enjoys activities like cycling, exploring local breweries, and capturing the city's beauty through photography. With a blend of professional expertise and personal interests, he aspires to leverage his talents and expand his network while making positive impacts on Louisville's development and fostering community connections.

Life in Louisville; Job opportunities; Biking trails
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AMANDA DAVIS
Black Equipment Company
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.
Parks, Restaurants, Downtown Scene, Local Festivals
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CATHERINE THOMPSON
University of Louisville Athletics
Since moving here in 2005, Catherine has immersed herself in the culture and atmosphere of Louisville. She especially loves the unique experiences you can’t find in other cities, like Derby, Thunder, and the Louisville Mega Cavern. Catherine is very involved in the Junior League of Louisville which creates network and training opportunities for women. She is also a member of YPAL, of YELP Elite, and has her own DJing business!
All things Yelp; the University of Louisville; Off-the-grid restaurants
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AARON DUVALL
FORVIS
Aaron was born and raised in Elizabethtown, KY but moved to Louisville for college in August 2013 and has been here ever since! He truly loves living in Louisville and feels it has something to offer for everyone, with great restaurants, entertainment, and hospitality. Aaron is very involved in the community. He serves on the board of directors for both the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) and Kentucky Chapter of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), in addition to being a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Aaron enjoys spending time at Churchill Downs for live races and live music, trying our diverse food scene, attending neighborhood festivals in NuLu and the Highlands, and grabbing a drink at any of our many breweries and bourbon bars.
Ways to get involved in the community; new to Louisville/relocation; things to do
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TOSHA RIDENOUR
Greater Louisville, Inc.

Tosha is originally from a small town in Indiana but moved here for college in 2010, and has found her favorite parts of the city to be the food options, the parks, and the performing arts scene. She coaches the dance team at Butler Traditional High School, and frequently attends shows at the Kentucky Center & Actor's Theater along with many of the local music venues. She volunteers with Junior Achievement teaching about entrepreneurship and coaches other young professionals on career building, professional development opportunities, and resume design. She wants to help others realize the unique opportunities and offerings that Louisville has to offer, and show them what she loves most about the city.

Where to play bingo; career solutions/finding a job; resume building
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LISA BOTTORFF
Lantern Enterprises

Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Lisa and her husband Chris live in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  She has been actively involved in Louisville and Southern Indiana most of her life through various careers and serving in the community. Meeting and connecting with others is important to her and this is why she is a City Champ.

Lisa owns her own business, Lantern Enterprises and works for HR Affiliates as their Strategic Partnership Manager.  She is an Ambassador for Greater Louisville, Inc. and the Jeffersontown Chamber as well as an active Alumnus of Leadership Southern Indiana. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Metro United Way and Hosparus Health.

Lisa enjoys exploring the region going to the great restaurants, shops, breweries, distilleries, parks, and events. She loves this entire region because it is fun with all the cool things to do through the arts, local attractions, educational opportunities, sporting events, food and beverage options, green spaces, and history. But she thinks the best part of this region is the wonderful, friendly, and caring people who live here, on both sides of the Ohio River.

Shopping, food & beverage, getting involved, Southern Indiana, networking
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STEPHANIE MILLER-SLONE
Actalent
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.
Louisville Boutiques, Fitness, the Arts, Public Schools
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EBONY DAVIS
Close Knit Solutions
Born and raised in Louisville, Ebony loves how the city has something to offer for everyone, if you are open to exploring all the possibilities! She serves as a board member for the Lighthouse Academy of Newburg and JCPS Activate, and volunteers with Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow. With her children’s school, she is Secretary of the PTA and co-president of her son’s football team. Ebony believes that serving others and having a great time while doing so is her calling! Her favorite neighborhoods are Butchertown and Nulu, and loves that you can create a different experience each time visiting. She joined City Champs with a passion for building relationships and connecting people to places and passions.
JCPS; volunteering; Butchertown or Nulu neighborhoods
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JAQUEETA WARFIELD
Options to Success Family Services
Jaqueeta is the CEO of Options to Success Family Services. She loves the West End and wants to be an asset to the community she loves as a resource for newcomers and citizens alike. Her current favorite thing to do is explore all of the places in Nulu.
Cost of living, friendly culture, personal and professional opportunities
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HEATHER SINGLETON
Norton Healthcare
A native of Owensboro, KY Heather moved to Louisville as a young girl and has always loved how residents welcome people with open arms. She loves Louisville’s reputation as a ‘foodie’ city with plenty of local and authentic restaurants to choose. In her free time, Heather enjoys the Louisville Ballet, as well as other various family-friendly activities around town.
Louisville Ballet, locally-owned restaurants; Crescent Hill neighborhood; Catholic School System
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TRACY SHAUNESSEY
Norton Healthcare

Tracy, a Louisville native who returned after 12 years in NYC, desires to be a City Champ to share her love for the city with newcomers. Favoring Clifton, she explores Louisville's diverse neighborhoods, reveling in its dining scene and attending cultural performances like those by the Louisville Ballet. Tracy cherishes outdoor activities such as kayaking and appreciates the city's park system. She values the opportunity to introduce others to Louisville's vibrant arts scene and cultural attractions, including museums. Tracy's passion for her hometown motivates her to connect with those considering or recently relocating to Louisville, offering insights into its rich offerings and welcoming community.

Kayaking and our parks; the Louisville Ballet; the amazing dining scene
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JEANNE HILT
Paristown
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.
Downtown Louisville, Speed Art Museum, Local Music & Louisville Parks
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NATHAN BELLOWS
Semonin REALTORS
A resident of Louisville by way of Michigan, Nathan has lived in the River City since 2004 and hasn’t looked back since. Nathan feels his extensive military background can offer valuable insight to the Reservist or National Guard Airman or Soldier looking to relocate to Louisville. In his free time, you can find him exploring the city’s extensive park system.
National Guard; Paristown Pointe; The Parklands; Veteran’s Association of Real Estate Professionals
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SHAFIC EL HINDI
Nephrology Associates of Southern IN
Born in Tripoli, Lebanon, Shafic moved to Louisville in 2015 and has fallen in love with the city’s reasonable cost of living and exceptional quality life. A nephrologist by day, in his free time Shafic enjoys dining at some of his personal favorite restaurants and is always looking for a new hot spots to add to his ever-growing list.
Practicing medicine in Louisville; the Louisville Zoo; parks; new restaurants
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LETTIE JOHNSON
Gifted by Design Leadership
Born and raised in Louisville, Lettie prides herself in being a strong advocate for education and equity across the city and values Louisville’s culture of inclusivity. And as an 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.
Entrepreneurship; Community Service; Education; West Louisville
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TODD SMITH
Kentuckiana Pride Foundation

As the Communications Director for the Kentuckiana Pride Foundation, Todd is deeply connected to Louisville's community. With a genuine love for the city, he aspires to share his knowledge of local events and dining spots, making him an invaluable asset to newcomers and residents alike. Todd's passion for meeting people and showcasing Louisville's charm positions him as a welcoming ambassador. His strong communication skills and extensive community involvement, spanning organizations like the American Red Cross and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, highlight his commitment. Todd's favorite neighborhoods, Downtown and the Highlands, reflect his love for the vibrant atmosphere, where he enjoys spending time with friends.

The Waterfront; concerts and events; great places to live!
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TERESA ANLIKER
A native of Louisville but recent boomerang from Chicago, Teresa has been impressed with the growth Louisville had experience 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.
Louisville Real Estate, Volunteer Opportunities, Festivals & Events, Louisville Restaurants
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AMY OLDS
HR Affiliates
As a native Louisvillian, Amy believes the city’s amazing food and bourbon scene, outstanding park system and diversity is what has kept her here all these years. An avid hiker, in her spare time you can find Amy enjoying one of the many park systems.
Local hiking trails and parks; day trips around the region; the Big Four Bridge
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JOHN RIVERS III
LEAP Group
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.
YPAL, Nulu Neighborhood, Louisville Restaurants, Kentucky Derby Festival
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ASHLEY ROSE SCHNEIDER
Edward Jones

From Louisville originally, Ashley has tried moving away multiple times, but found herself drawn back again and again. She loves sharing with her friends and family the unique experiences Louisville has to offer when they come to stay in town, especially anything that has to do with the many festivals and performances all throughout the year.

Bourbon and bourbon tourism, theatre and the arts, day trips to the surrounding areas
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JOHN LAUNIUS
One Southern Indiana
Originally from a small town in Missouri, John planted his roots in Louisville upon graduating college in 2006. On a typical weekend, John and his family enjoy spending time outdoors or taking advantage of the the multitude of recreational activities. But on the first Saturday in May, you can be certain that John will be at the Kentucky Derby, betting on the horses with a mint julep in hand! John is also part of the team that created Sherby, the annual Derby Eve music and food festival at the intersection of Sherwood Avenue and Bardstown Road. As of 2022, Sherby was in its 10th year!
Kentucky Derby Week; recreational activities; horse racing
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ANN MARIE MALDINI
PNC Bank
Ann Marie is from Louisville and loves it here! Ann Marie works in Client and Community Relations at PNC. She enjoys networking with new residents to get them connected within the Louisville community. Her favorite Louisville attractions include Churchill Downs, Atrium Brewing and The Louisville Zoo.
Louisville restaurants, traveling and YPAL
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MONIQUE KUYKENDOLL QUARTERMAN
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development
Monique moved to Louisville in 2007 to attend the University of Louisville. Monique has owned a successful consulting firm and has worked for Kentucky Innovation prior to her current role. She 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.
Local nonprofits; volunteer opportunities and service projects; career development
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STEPHEN SWAN
University of Louisville

Growing up as an army brat, Stephen always was told “home is where the heart is” and his heart is definitely in Louisville! He is involved in YPAL, Louisville Adult Hockey Players Association, UofL Alumni Association, and is Friends of the Zoo. His family are season ticket holders at Lou City, and you can often find them at concerts, Racing FC, and UofL games. In the summer and fall, you can find them kayaking in Floyds Fork and Harrods Creek.

Who to network based on interests, family activities, education and schools
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BRUCE CORWIN
Bourbon Brotherhood
Bruce was warmly welcomed to Louisville when he moved here from Boston in 2008. He founded the Bourbon Mixer, an annual charity event hosted by the Bourbon Brotherhood and Whisky Chicks to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless and other local charities. He is currently an Ambassador for Greater Louisville Inc. and a certified Tourism Ambassador.
Bourbon, horses, festivals, business connections.
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TANELLE SAWYER
KCTCS
A Kentucky native, Tanelle landed in Louisville to attend UofL for her undergraduate and Masters degrees. An extrovert by nature, Tanelle loves exploring new shops, restaurants and hidden gems that exist around the city. On a typical weekend, you can find her spending time enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Career development; the University of Louisville; Louisville Gyms; Dog Parks
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KIM JAMES
Greater Louisville, Inc.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kim has experienced living in several neighborhoods, from Crescent Hill to Shelbyville. By day, Kim enjoys the bustling atmosphere of Louisville’s downtown corridor, but by night, she thrives on the simplicity of Louisville’s rural surroundings. In her free time, Kim loves gardening and supporting the arts, frequenting performances often.
Louisville Catholic Schools; Gardening; Shelby County Destinations
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SACHIN DEVKAR
Hilton Hotels

Moving from India in 2015, Sachin now explores local eateries in Nulu and Germantown and enjoys participating in volunteer work to give back, which includes supporting people interested in moving to our beautiful city!

New food, bar, and tourist places; real estate and development of the city
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KARIN TYRER
RE/MAX Properties East
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!
Volunteering and other activities in Louisville; real estate; Anchorage area
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MAKAYLA OWENS
Greater Louisville, Inc.

Makayla is a proud native of Louisville, KY, and a double graduate from the esteemed University of Louisville. With a thirst for adventure, Makayla finds solace in traveling, spending time outdoors, and expressing creativity through singing, dancing, and painting. Professionally, Makayla brings a wealth of experience in Higher Education, Recruitment and Retention, as well as Community Outreach and Engagement; embodying a commitment to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change within communities.

Family Friendly Attractions, Bucket List Restaurants, Music and Culture Festivals, Volunteer and Service Opportunities
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REBECCA PONDER
United Real Estate Louisville
Rebecca moved to Louisville by way of Texas in 2011. As a realtor, Rebecca loves the charming and historic neighborhoods through the Louisville area. Her favorite things to do in Louisville including visiting the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Kingdom, our State Parks and Bourbon Distilleries as well as trying new and different restaurants.
Louisville Real Estate, Family Activities in Louisville, Local Distilleries, Dallas Cowboys
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KELLY JONES
Morgan & Morgan

Kelly has absolutely loved the city of Louisville since relocating here in 2011. She enjoys attending events, visiting local businesses, and drinking bourbon. She loves Louisville's local dining scene and is a member of the Yelp Elite Squad, as well as a Certified Tourism Ambassador. Kelly lives in Shelby Park and runs the neighborhood's Instagram page.

Bourbon, Local Dining, Shelby Park
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