Bonnie Cole (Director): Neighborhood Organizer. Civic leader. Change agent. Bonnie Cole has been a community leader through her leadership at the Southern Star Development Corporation campus in West Louisville, where she served over 300 children and their family members on a weekly basis. She designed and lead programs such as: Yes! All Students Can Learn, Summer Delight Camp, Ms. Bonnie’s Girls Network, Women Realizing Lessons Learned through Photography and Poetry Writing, Champions of Stars Basketball League, Community Health Fair, Home Repair Services for Young Men and Senior Citizens Red Carpet Ball. Bonnie serves as President of the Shawnee Neighborhood Association as well as a member of the Resident Advisory Council for the University of Louisville Signature Partnership Initiative. She is the first representative of the West Louisville FoodPort Community Council to serve on the Seed Capital KY Board of Directors.
John-Mark Hack (Director): Values-driven leader. Big tent thinker. Local foods champion. John-Mark is Founder and Executive Director of the Local Food Association (LFA), a national trade association for those in the business of local food. LFA works to increase market access and market share for both sellers and commercial buyers of local food. John-Mark is also a founding partner of Marksbury Farm Market, a processor and wholesale distributor of locally produced, pasture-based and naturally raised beef, pork, poultry and lamb in Garrard County, Kentucky. Since 2005, John-Mark has served as an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, teaching a course entitled Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources, facilitating student analysis of the globalized food system. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System since 2007. He serves on the boards of God’s Pantry Food Bank and the Good Foods Co-op, both based in Lexington, Kentucky. John-Mark founded and served as President of Global Development Partners (2003 – 2008), a rural business development consulting firm which provided project consultation for a diverse clientele in the food, agriculture, banking, real estate, economic development, alternative energy, land conservation, and public health arenas. From 1997 – 2003, he served in a number of senior-level agricultural policy roles within the Kentucky Governor’s Office. He founded Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy (GOAP) in 1998 and was named its first Executive Director. John-Mark earned his BA in Political Science from Transylvania University in 1988, his MA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Kentucky in 1992, and has done extensive graduate work in Sociology. He is also a 1996 graduate of the Kentucky Natural Resources Leadership Institute and a 2010 graduate of Leadership Kentucky.
Caroline Heine (Director): Community leader. Strategic thinker. Change agent. Systems builder. 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.
Augusta Brown Holland (Director): Urban planner. Environmental steward. Social investor. Augusta, a native of Louisville, has an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University. After writing her Thesis on Farmland Preservation, she then worked for a year at Environmental Defense Fund on the Farm Bill. Upon returning to Louisville, she and her husband developed the platinum LEED certified Green Building. They have since been instrumental in transforming the neighborhood around it into a thriving sustainable district. The owner of a historic farm, Augusta is a firm believer in preserving our Kentucky farmland. <div=clear:both>
Stephen Reily (Director): Social entrepreneur. Civic leader. Business creator. 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+.