Contact any of our team members by clicking on their picture or by calling 502-589-0343.

Meet Our Team

Center For Neighborhoods has a great team of people that bring a diversity of skills and perspectives to the work of neighborhood engagement, education and planning. 

Adminstration
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Mellone F. Long, Phd, AICP
Executive Director

Mellone F. Long brings to Center For Neighborhoods her rich experience in public sector neighborhood planning, economic development and higher education in Lorain, County, OH; Fort Myers, FL; Greenville, SC; and Cleveland, OH.  Her background includes comprehensive neighborhood planning, transportation planning, historic preservation, economic development, affordable/workforce housing initiatives, and brownfield redevelopment. She holds a Ph.D from Clemson University’s School of Planning Design & the Built Environment, a M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and a B.A. in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University.  She also currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Planning, Urban Studies, and Economic Development at Cleveland State University.

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Gordon Garner
Interim Executive Director

Gordon is the former Board Chair of Center For Neighborhoods and a longtime board member until December 2018. His expertise includes non-profit strategic planning and organizational assessments. He has served or is serving on the boards of the Kentucky Waterways Alliance; Volunteers of America; Wednesday's Child; Kentucky Conservation Committee and others. His career as a professional engineer spans both public and private sectors, and includes over 35 years of experience in public works and utility management. He is a past Commissioner and Commission Chair of the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission and the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission(ORSANCO). He believes strong and healthy neighborhoods are essential to strong and healthy cities. 

Terri Hathaway
Development and Finance Director

Terri leads our development and communications strategy and manages all philanthropic, grant and corporate relationships. Before moving to Louisville in 2011, Terri lived and worked in Seattle, Washington, California and Cameroon, where she accumulated over 12 years of non-profit experience engaged in grassroots organizing, advocacy, and social change. Terri holds a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in social welfare. She is a proud Schnitzelburg resident and is passionate about philanthropy, social justice and sustainability.

Engagement and Education
Mikal Forbush
Education and Engagement Director

Mikal Forbush is a native Louisvillian and resident of Old Louisville. He leads the Neighborhood Liaison outreach program and all Educational programs including the Neighborhood Institute and the Neighborhood Summit. Previously, he was a Senior Program Coordinator with the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. He has a background in working with youth and community organizations around creating change. Mikal is a graduate of the University of Louisville with degrees in Pan African Studies and Sociology, and enjoys many activities within the city. Mikal serves neighborhoods in Metro Council Districts 6, 9, and 25.

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Johni Ison
Neighborhood Liaison

Johnique (Johni) Ison is a West Louisville Native and is a current member of the Pleasure Ridge Park neighborhood. She has had ample experience working with various communities bringing about change to both individuals and organizations. Aside from consistent service throughout District 5, Johnique has worked with underrepresented groups through Girl Scouts and Jefferson County Public Schools. She also sits on the board of a local non-profit that focuses on the enriching of children from ALL Louisville areas. Her passions include giving love and seeing change. In her spare time, she likes to read, create and travel. As a Neighborhood Liaison, she serves Metro Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, & 25.

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Ryane Puckett
Neighborhood Liaison

Ryane Puckett was born and raised in Hobart, Indiana, but moved to Louisville in 2005. A resident of the Southside neighborhood for the past 10 years, she is very passionate about her neighborhood and has worked with her neighbors to enhance the many assets the Southend has to offer. She was a graduate of the Neighborhood Institute, founder of the Southside Neighborhood Association, volunteer for Better Block Woodlawn Avenue and a community leader on Southside PAINT project before joining the staff. Her interests include spending time with her husband and 2 daughters, finding hidden gems in cities, and hosting dinner parties. As Neighborhood Liaison, she serves neighborhoods in Metro Council Districts 10, 8, 11, 18, 19, 20, 21, 26

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Tia Coatley
Neighborhood Liaison

Tia Coatley is a Louisville native from Newburg who currently resides in Prospect. Before joining the team, Tia was an entrepreneur working with small businesses and nonprofits to grow their brands and connection to community.  She volunteers with Centerstone, ArtxFM, SCORE, and Louisville Tourism. Her personal passions include community engagement, event planning, and radio broadcasting. She also enjoys spending time with her grown children. As a Neighborhood Liaison, she serves Metro Council Districts 4, 5, 6, 7, 13, 16, 17, and 24.

Planning and Design
Jess Brown
Planning Director

Jess leads neighborhood planning and community design projects such as  Better Block Louisville, P.A.I.N.T – Producing Art In Neighborhoods Together, and Community Design Assistance. Previously, she worked with Louisville Metro as a Policy Analyst at the Center for Health Equity, with a focus on racial equity and government policy, and the Office of Performance Improvement and Innovation in the Mayor's Office where she developed equity initiatives for the Mayor’s Strategic Plan. Jess has a Master of Public Administration and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville. Jess is a volunteer urban gardener and volunteers for her neighborhood association in Meriwether Fort Hill.

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Hannah Crepps
Planning & Programs Associate

Hannah assists with CFN programs for both planning and education, including Better Block Louisville, PAINT, Neighborhood Institute and Neighborhood Planning.  She holds a Master's of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville's School of Urban and Public Affairs - where she was awarded the Outstanding Student Award - and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Before joining the team, Hannah was an active volunteer and intern with CFN. Hannah lives in Old Louisville and loves exploring neighborhoods across the Louisville area. Hannah enjoys reading and writing, hiking in nature, and traveling to new places. 

Christi Stevens
GIS & Data Coordinator

Christi is passionate about grassroots community building and is on a mission to bring the power of data and mapping into the hands of community leaders. She is a certified GIS Professional with 25 years of experience providing geospatial services, including more than 10 years with LOJIC. Her experience includes development and maintenance of ArcGIS Server based web map services, geospatial analysis, geospatial database and applications development, data mining and data fusion services. Christi has a BS in Environmental Geography from the University of Louisville. Christi enjoys playing music and gardening in her spare time, and currently serves on the board of Crescent Hill Radio where she created, produced and hosted the original Home Grown Radio Hour.

Board  of Directors

Center For Neighborhoods has a wonderful Board of active and committed members that are driven by a desire to make a positive impact in the lives of people and neighborhoods. CFN's Board members utilize their personal skills and time to ensure the health and expand the work of the orgnanization.

Tim Holz

President & Board Chair

Brown Forman Corporate Communications and past president of Cherokee Triangle Association, CTA Willow Park Committee, CTA Art Fair Finance Committee, Comprehensive Plan Community Form Work Group, Olmsted Park Steward.

Leo Klarer

Vice President

Architect with Grossman Chapman Klarer Architects, VBNA Architects.

Kent Weyland

Treasurer/Secretary

Manager at Weyland Ventures, Owner of Glassworks Fitness; Experience in Public Health, the built environment, urban real estate; Previous membership on Louisville Health Impact Assessment committee and Step Up Louisville/Bike Louisville Walkability committee.

Roberto Bajandas

Board Member, Board Development Chair

Bajandas Properties, LLC. Architect & Developer, Landmarks Commissioner & Old Louisville resident-activist involved in zoning and property improvement issues

Stephen Perkins

Board Member, Fund Development Chair

Founder of Wellspring, Co-owner of Miller Consultants; previous board membership with Metropolitan Housing Coalition, St. Francis School, Downtown Goshen, Metro United Way, and various St. Matthews ministries; Served on Metro United Way Vital Neighborhoods committee and chaired the Governor’s Housing Policy Advisory Committee.

Doris Sims

Board Member, Programs Chair

SVP Strategic Partnerships, Danny Wimmer Presents - Louisville; South Louisville resident.

Betty Adkins

Board Member

Resource Development Manager at Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness; Board member at Molo Village; Member of the BOUNCE coalition; Previous president of the Southwest Rotary Club and Shively Area Business Association; Founding Executive Director of Shively Area Ministries; First Christian Church Board; and Alliance for Youth.

Jecorey Arthur

Board Member

Music Education Manager at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, Director at Ida B. Wells ADOS Center for Social Justice, a Genius Fellow for Black Male Engagement. He is also a member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network Artist Roster, an Endorsed Artist through Salyers Percussion, and serves on the Board of Directors for Louisville Downtown Partnership. You can follow him online at @1200LLC.

Jennifer Chappell

Board Member

Sierra Interactive, Jefferson County Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioner, Schnitzelburg Area Community Council member, and Three Points Louisville creator.

Eboni Neal Cochran

Board Member

Co-Director of REACT (Rubbertown Emergency ACTion), founder and Executive Director of West Lousville Math and Science Project.

Bruce Duncan

Board Member

Sole proprietor of Duncan Architecture for over 25 years, expertise in historic renovation and rehabilitation, residential development, alternative building materials; photographer and Deer Park neighborhood resident. Active supporter of local arts and grassroots endeavors.

Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick

Board Member

University of Louisville Associate Vice President for Community Engagement in the Office of Community Engagement. Member of the Lincoln Heritage Scout Council, the Mayor’s Cradle to Career Cabinet, and 55,000 Degrees Initiative.

Nancy Hancock

Board Member

Attorney with Hancock Law Offices, PLLC; past president and vice president of Kentucky Philosophical Association; Teaching Philosophy Association, American Association of Philosophy Teachers, and Founder/President of Little Orphans Kitten Rescue, Inc.

Kimberly Kauffield

Board Member

Mitchell Kersting

Board Member

Melissa Mershon

Board Member

Interim Executive Director, Kentucky Nurses Association; former Supplies Over Seas President & CEO; Retired Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Neighborhoods; Crescent Hill Community Council Board Member; Peterson-Dumesnil House Foundation Board Member.

Renita Rosa

Board Member

Assistant Vice President, Relationship Manager II/Community Consultant at PNC Bank, Community Development Banking Division; board member at Metropolitan Housing Coalition.

Tina Walters

Board Member

Director of Investor Relations at Poe Companies, consultant with Walters Consulting, LLC; previously with James Graham Brown Foundation; board member of One West; previously served on LISC Indianapolis advisory board, Women 4 Women, Blue Apple Players, United Way of Central Indiana Advisory Board, Kentuckiana Works Advisory Board.

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502-589-0343

507 S. 3rd Street

Louisville, KY 40202

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