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

MIKAL

FORBUSH

Education & Engagement Director

Mikal 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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JOHNIQUE

ISON

Senior Neighborhood Liaison

Johni 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. She is currently working towards a Masters in Social Work at University of Louisville. As a Neighborhood Liaison, she serves Metro Council Districts 1, 2, 3, 12, 14, 15, 22, 23, & 25.

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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.

Prasanthi Persad

Finance & Development Director

Prasanthi is the development and finance director at CFN.  Her professional background includes health policy and public policy analysis, as well as work in fundraising and development / organizational growth.  Prasanthi previously worked as an independent policy consultant and began her policy work as an analyst with the local Louisville health department.  Her expertise includes Health Impact Assessments (HIAs), which are tools for achieving health in all policies.  The CDC defines HIA as “a tool that can help communities, decision makers, and practitioners make choices that improve public health through community design... [it is] a process that helps evaluate the potential health effects of a plan, project, or policy before it is built or implemented.”  Prasanthi holds a Masters of Public Health from Boston University School of Public Health and also holds a law degree.  

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION 

PLANNING AND DESIGN

JESSICA

BROWN

Planning Director

Christi

Stevens

GIS & Data Coordinator

Jess is certified planner and leads all planning and community design projects such as Better Block Louisville, neighborhood planning, neighborhood assessments, P.A.I.N.T – Producing Art In Neighborhoods Together, and Community Design Assistance. She is a graduate of the National Charrette Institute. 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 a mother to Jack (6) and Jemma (1).

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.

Ja'mel

Armstrong

Neighborhood Liaison

Ja'mel is a Louisville native raised in Russel, currently residing in the Iroquois Park/Auburndale neighborhood.  With close to 20 years of community and non-profit experience, he has spent the last 10 years planting churches, a process of engaging a community to determine its greatest needs, and forming a local congregation to assist in meeting those needs.  Ja'mel is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity Degree from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL.  He is married to Rochelle and they have 3 children, Jonathan, Jessica and Dejah.

Tahjena

Muldrow

Neighborhood Liaison

Tahjená is a Louisville native, currently a resident of the Highview community, and a Neighborhood Liaison at the Center for Neighborhoods. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diversity and Community Studies, she has acquired a critical framework for understanding identity, inequality, and community development. With a concentration in Citizenship and Social Justice, she has also studied social change through political structures and social movements. As a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., she has had the pleasure of serving various communities through public service and program planning. Through her passion for the arts, she has been a mentor and dance coach for girls and young women, gaining interpersonal and leadership skills. She is a multifaceted, young professional who seeks to be an advocate for individuals and communities, evoking change through the necessary groundwork in neighborhoods. 

Lou

Lepping

Planning & Programs Associate

Board of Directors

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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.

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ROBERTO BAJANDAS

Board Development Chair

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

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STEPHEN PERKINS

Programs 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.

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JECOREY ARTHUR

Board Member

Councilman elect for Metro Council district 4, 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.

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EBONI COCHRAN

Board Member

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

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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.

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MITCHELL KERSTING

Board Member

Co-founder of WORK Architecture + Design, AIA-KYC leader, and member of Audubon Park board of directors.

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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.

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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.

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TINA WALTERS

Development Chair

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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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.

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JENNIFER CHAPPELL

Board Member

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

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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.

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KIMBERLY KAUFFIELD

Board Member

Senior Manager for Pricewaterhouse Coopers

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MELISSA MERSCHON

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.

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DORIS SIMS

Board Member

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

Lou's foremost passion is community empowerment and grassroots engagement.  She works to support social, racial and food justice movements in Louisville through the Portland Orchard Project, the Highland Community Ministries community garden, and co-leading the Say Her Name Bike Ride.  Lou's experience in design, planning, Ecology, marketing, social and racial justice, activism and community organizing makes her a unique fit for working closely with neighbors throughout Louisville to realize their neighborhood visions through tactile urbanism with CFN's Better Block Louisville and P.A.I.N.T. projects.  Lou has a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and a BA in Restoration Ecology from Sterling College, where she also served as Director of Marketing for three years.  Lou dreams of healing communities through healing the land with restorative agriculture, and can often be spotted around town riding her bike, Scout.