Caroline Heine, Co-Founder and Project Director, Seed Capital KY
Caroline co-founded and serves as project director for Seed Capital KY, leading all aspects of the organization, including the development of the West Louisville FoodPort. Caroline has 25+ years of executive management experience, focusing largely in the nonprofit sector working in the areas of business and strategic planning, business development, relationship management, communications and marketing, and operations. Prior to focusing her attention on Seed Capital KY, Caroline served as Chief of Staff for Stephen Reily, offering strategic and management support in corporate, philanthropic and civic ventures, including work with IMC Licensing, VibrantNation.com, the Greater Louisville Project, and several local non-profit organizations. Before joining Mr. Reily, Caroline served as president & CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kentuckiana, and chief operating officer for GivingNet, a national nonprofit organization focused on developing strategies, products, and services for the community foundation field. Caroline serves on the policy board of the Greater Louisville Project, on the Jefferson County Extension Council, on the People Committee for the Choice Neighborhood Initiative, and as a director for the Awesome Foundation as well as Yoga East, Inc. She previously served as president of the board of Grasshoppers Distribution, Inc., an online local grocery service that provided a marketplace for over 60 Kentucky and Southern Indiana family farms. Caroline earned a B.A. in Political Science with honors from Butler University and an M.B.A. with honors from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Stephen Reily, Co-Founder, Seed Capital KY
Stephen is an attorney, businessman, and social entrepreneur whose philanthropic energy has focused in recent years on building the local food economy in Louisville and a more sustainable future for Kentucky’s farmers. In 2011 he founded Seed Capital Kentucky, a non-profit whose projects have included commissioning the first-ever formal evaluation of regional demand for local food; organizing annual events for the local food movement to convene and share knowledge; and providing grants for technical assistance to help regional farmers build more sustainable businesses. Stephen also led a group that recapitalized Grasshoppers Distribution, the leading locally owned distributor of local foods. Stephen graduated from Yale College and Stanford Law School, after which he clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the U.S. Supreme Court. He is the Co-Founder of IMC, a licensing agency that represents some of the world’s largest consumer brands, and the Founder of Vibrant Nation, the leading online community for women 45+.
Charles Booker, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Seed Capital KY
Charles Booker is a lifelong Louisvillian, born and raised in the Shawnee Neighborhood. As a young man from adverse circumstances, Charles has grown to be a leader and strong voice for his family, our city, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Charles received his Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctorate degrees from the University of Louisville, and has used his education and experiences to be a passionate advocate for families, youth, and communities throughout our city. Charles has an expansive career in government relations, community empowerment, and neighborhood development. Charles has interned in the U.S. Congress, assisted families as an assistant for Attorney Denise Brown, served as Legislative Assistant for the 4th Metro Council District, managed volunteers for Congressman Yarmuth’s 2010 and 2012 campaigns, and worked as a Legislative Analyst for the Legislative Research Commission. In 2014, he was appointed as Director of Personnel and Administrative Services for the KY Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. In this role, Charles paved the way for greater urban engagement and recruitment, supporting his goal of ensuring that every citizen has access to Kentucky’s rich resources. Most recently, Charles has returned home to lead in a fellowship role as Project Manager for Mayor Greg Fischer’s Innovation Delivery Team, helping to spearhead initiatives such as neighborhood Wi-Fi.
Theresa Zawacki, Senior Policy Advisor, Louisville Forward, Louisville Metro Government
Theresa holds a masters degree in community planning and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati. She spent three years practicing planning, zoning and environmental law at a large law firm, and six years at the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office representing boards, commissions, the Louisville Metro Council, and all associated staff members in planning, zoning, land use and historic preservation matters.
Gretchen Milliken, Director of Advanced Planning, Louisville Metro Government
Gretchen is an architect and urban planner. A recent transplant from Stockholm, Sweden where City Planning is synonymous with sustainable smart growth and best practice, Gretchen brings a holistic approach to urban design with a focus on creating quality of place. Since joining Louisville Metro, Gretchen has played a key role in a number of city-wide initiatives including Vision Louisville, a 25 year visionary plan inspiring innovative and transformative ideas for Louisville’s future built environment and MOVE Louisville, a long-range strategic multi-modal transportation plan focusing on creating greater mobility between the places where people live, work, shop and enjoy leisure time in Louisville. Receiving her Masters of Architecture from The Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) Gretchen spent the following two decades working across a broad range of project types including mixed use, workplace design, private residential, adaptive reuse and urban design and planning. She has lead or collaborated on numerous projects which have received honor awards along with national recognition. In addition to her architectural work, she was an associate professor at KTH. Gretchen is a member of both the American and Swedish Institute of Architects.
Yaroslav Kovaliv, Finance Director, American Communities Trust
Yaroslav Kovaliv serves as ACT’s Finance Director, responsible for all budgeting, deal structuring, and financial analysis activities. Prior to his work with ACT, Yaroslav worked as Accounting Manager at The Enterprise Center, where he oversaw all financial activities of three affiliated non-profit economic development organizations, and managed over $4MM in revenues and $10MM in assets including a $1MM micro loan portfolio. Previously he worked as Assistant Real Estate Appraiser with Gail S. Kerzner Certified R.E. A., where he conducted research of market area and comparable home sales in Philadelphia. Yaroslav holds a degree in Finance and International Business from Drexel University College of Business and Administration.
Dana Jackson, Partner, Better Together Strategies
Prior to co-founding Better Together Strategies, Dana served as Executive Director of the Network Center for Community Change (NC3), a community development organization focused on changing the odds for kids and families in some of Louisville’s toughest urban neighborhoods. Dana was responsible for overseeing NC3’s network of more than 5,100 members and organizations committed to making durable change in Louisville’s urban core, building effective collaborations with community partners and funders and providing technical assistance nationally and locally. Under her leadership, NC3 grew from a small locally known initiative to a nationally respected non-profit that received local, national and international recognition and awards. Dana has over 25 years of experience spanning from grassroots organizing to policy making. She served the state of Kentucky as: Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Community Based Services, the state’s social services umbrella agency; Director of the Division of Protection and Permanency, the state’s child and adult protective services arm; and as Director of Child Care, where she oversaw the state’s child care programs, as well as administered the child care subsidy program. Dana is an Annie E. Casey Fellow, a Bingham Fellow and an Alden Fellow. She is an active community leader and has been appointed to many commissions, boards and councils.
Jennie Jean Davidson, Partner, Better Together Strategies
Jennie Jean previously served as Deputy Director of the Network Center for Community Change (NC3), a social change organization that was dedicated to changing the odds for kids and families in some of Louisville’s toughest neighborhoods. At NC3 she was instrumental in marrying traditional social change strategies with network theory and emerging research into social networks. This new approach to community organizing led to national attention as an innovation in social and community change. Jennie Jean served in several other roles in the initiative, including as Diarist (chronicling the lessons of the initiative) and Technical Assistance Liaison (connecting organizations to national resources for expert consulting). Prior to joining NC3, Jennie Jean served as Program Director for the Neighborhood Institute at the Center for Neighborhoods and worked as a community development consultant to local government and non-profits. She has served in numerous community leadership roles including the Board of Directors for YMCA Camp Piomingo, the Mayor’s Food Policy Advisory Council, and as Vice Chair for the Mayor’s Vision Louisville Living Team. She is a member of the Leadership Louisville class of 2015. Jennie Jean has a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University.
Shohei Shigematsu, Partner, Director, OMA New York
As the director of OMA New York, Sho is partner-in-charge of all OMA projects in the Americas, from their conceptual onset to their final completion. Under the direction of Shohei Shigematsu, the New York office has overseen the successful completion of Milstein Hall, an extension to the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University as well as multiple retail projects in New York and Tokyo. Sho is currently overseeing the construction of a number of cultural projects, including the National Beaux Arts museum in Quebec, the Faena Arts Center in Miami Beach and a private foundation in the Philippines. He has also recently led the design of a number of collaborations with artists, including a seven screen pavilion in Cannes with Kanye West, the Marina Abramovic Institute for the Preservation of Performance Art and a studio renovation for artist Cai Guo Qiang in New York. In the past year, OMA New York led the winning competition designs for the Miami Beach Convention Center, a mixed use project in Santa Monica, California, a tower in Sao Paulo and a masterplan for a new civic center in Bogota, Colombia. During his time at OMA, Sho has acted as lead architect for many projects in various phases. Having led the team that won the design competition, he served as project architect for the CCTV (China Central Television) Headquarters in Beijing until the end of design development. Sho also directed OMA’s winning competition entry for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) Headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Christy Cheng, Lead Architect, OMA New York
Christy is a New York-based architect, writer, and editor who received her master of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and her bachelor of arts in English and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania. Christy’s educational and professional background has led her personal interests in the interdisciplinary potentials of architecture, design, art, research, and writing. Christy has worked as an architect at a number of offices worldwide, including OMA, where she was a key member of the 23 East 22nd Street team and a number of architecture and research based projects; Toshiko Mori Architect, where she worked on cultural, residential, and exhibition projects; and the artist Ai Weiwei’s architectural design firm, Fake Design, in Beijing, where she was the project architect for the Archaeological Archives in the Jinhua Architecture Park. She currently works independently on a variety of scales and types of projects. Christy has taught graduate level architectural studios for the past several years at Columbia GSAPP, Cornell AAP, and the CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture, and has been an invited critic at Harvard GSD and University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design. Her work has been exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture and the Center for Architecture, and published in numerous global publications. Christy is a registered architect in New York and California.
Chad Burke, Project Manager, GBBN
Chad is a designer and project manager on the Community Development Team. His unique sensitivity to design and his commitment to quality make him invaluable to his clients as he leads them through the planning, development, and construction phases of his projects. Chad brings a broad experience to each project, having worked on projects from Chicago to New York and ranging from high-profile projects with large user groups and multiple constituencies, to small renovations distinctively integrated into the context of the their urban neighborhood.
Brad Wilcox, Principal, McCall Group
Brad Wilcox is a Principal at McCall Group and is versed in the technical engineering aspects of large-scale development projects. With his 15 years of construction and design experience, Brad collaborates with Clients to achieve their desired solutions and has participated in some of the largest commercial construction projects in the Kentucky region. Brad has a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky, is a registered Professional Engineer (#22594), and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from Bellarmine University. Brad volunteers his time as a board member at St. Xavier High School. After serving as President of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers, he was honored with the 2008 Daniel V. Terrell PE Award. Brad and his wife Jennifer have two children.
Kyle Galloway, Of Counsel, Valenti, Hanley & Robinson, PLLC
A native of Connecticut, Kyle moved to Louisville after attending Colgate University. After working for several years in the then newly created power and gas brokerage markets as a broker of power futures and derivatives, Kyle went on to attend law school with the University of Louisville. Kyle began his legal career with Frost Brown Todd LLC. With Frost Brown Todd, LLC he regularly represented a variety of public and privately held businesses both regionally and across the country. Kyle then joined a Louisville based national real estate development company, Poe Companies, LLC, as General Counsel. At Poe Companies, Kyle was responsible for overseeing the legal aspects of hotel, retail, residential and multi-use projects in Texas, Arizona, Utah, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky and Belize. Some of those projects included the proposed $500 Million multi-use Museum Plaza project in downtown Louisville, Kentucky and the proposed $300 Million mixed-use hotel, restaurant and condo project known as 21C Austin. Kyle focuses his practice on commercial real estate, corporate and business transactions. His practice includes representation of commercial, shopping center, residential and apartment developers as well as lenders, investors, owners and managers in the acquisition, disposition, financing (including construction financing), development, leasing and management of commercial properties, including office, retail, industrial, apartments, hotels, residential subdivisions and health care properties. In addition, he is well versed in the pre-development process and has represented developers in the negotiation of construction, construction management, architect’s and engineer’s contracts. He also focuses his practice in business law, assisting clients in preparing the necessary documentation for the formation and operation of businesses, including non-profits, as well as assisting clients in the purchase and sale of businesses and business interests, and corporate restructuring.