Forty-seven women leaders selected for the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program, the Leadership Louisville Center’s program for women leaders.

Louisville, Kentucky (February 16, 2024) – Forty-seven women leaders have been selected for the second cohort of the Leadership Louisville Center’s Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program, presented by HJI Supply Chain Solutions. This half-year cohort experience was established in 2023 to help mid-level women leaders master the dual role of leading others and managing up. The curriculum – designed by women and taught by women – is centered around the Center’s Women’s Elevated Leadership Learning (WELL) Model. This model ensures participants come away Well-Grounded, Well- Voiced, Well-Connected, Well-Accomplished, and Well-Fueled. The Leadership Louisville Center is also proud to partner with PNC Bank, Humana Inc., Farm Credit Mid-America, and Republic Bank to present the program’s exclusive WELL curriculum. The program is named for esteemed female executive and community trustee, Alice Houston, co- founder/owner and former CEO of HJI Supply Chain Solutions.

Also being announced are the new members of the 2024 Elevate: A Women’s Leadership Council, a strategic advisory council of top-level women leaders who are guiding the Leadership Louisville Center as it continues to invest in women’s advancement. The participants of the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program will benefit from mentorship with these influential women leaders during the six-month program.

“We know that there is still work to be done in bridging the gender gap, but we believe that it starts with providing women with skills, confidence, and connections so they can be promoted into positions of power,” said Cynthia Knapek, president and CEO of Leadership Louisville Center. “After a successful inaugural class in 2023, we’re excited to expand the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program to forty-seven talented women leaders from our community, furthering their strengths and abilities alongside a blend of diverse peers.”

Members of the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program are (click here to learn more):

  • Emily Brandon, Founder, Honing LLC
  • Tanée Brewer, Controller, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
  • Cynthia Brown, Director Center for Entrepreneurship, Louisville Urban League
  • Hillary Bullock, Principal, Hillary Bullock Consulting
  • Deidra L Collins, Contract Plant Specialist, Chevron USA Incorporated
  • Nannie Grace Croney, Program Lead, The Hope Buss, Inc
  • Andrea Davis, General Manager of Museum Operations, Louisville Slugger Museum
  • Samantha Davis, Director of Behavioral Health Services, Family Health Centers,
  • Ina de Mattos Miller, Executive Director, Louisville Youth Philanthropy Council,
  • Lindsey Fleming, Senior Vice President, Elder Advisers
  • Kristy Flippins Bartlett, Founder/CEO, Option to Success
  • Staci Fountain, Director, Talent Acquisition, Heaven Hill Brands
  • Megan Gardner, Director, Marketing, Norton Healthcare
  • Megan Gibson, Partner, Gray Ice Higdon, PLLC
  • Ashby Green, , Fire Inspector 1, Louisville Metro Government
  • Savannah Gregorchik-Menendez, Development Director, Kentucky Humane Society
  • Mickell Harris, Director, Compensation, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Erin Herbert, Senior Director of Education & Curation, Muhammad Ali Center
  • Monchiere’ Holmes-Jones, Chief Brand Curator, Mojo Marketing
  • Diana Jerine Johnson, Senior Engineer, Papa John’s International,
  • Natalie Kelly, Vice President, Strategic and Grant Initiatives, Seven Counties Services Inc.
  • Cynthia Lee, Regional Sales Manager/ Entrepreneur, Diverse Entrepreneurship Summit
  • Cheakita Lee-Webster, Human Resource Business Partner, Walgreens
  • Andrea Lightsy, VP-Commercial Banker, JPMorgan Chase
  • Paula Lockhart, Associate Director, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
  • Rachel Mahoney, Capture Management Lead, National Medicaid Operations, Humana
  • Lori Michelle Mangum, Chief Operating Officer, Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana
  • Renesha Martin, Co-Owner, Behavioral Health Professional, Martin and Muir Counseling
  • Elizabeth May, Firm Administrator/HR Manager, Wetterer & Co.
  • Jennifer McMahon, Vice President, Development, Special Olympics Kentucky
  • Amy McStoots Holleman, Regional Area Director, Malone Workforce Solutions
  • Katie Teets O’Connor, Manager of e-Commerce, Yum! Brands, Inc.
  • Katherine Pack, National Account Executive, Aline
  • Karmen Powell, Manager, Distribution Electric Engineering, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Dana Price, Director of Records & Information Governance, Louisville MSD
  • Yolanda Pritchard, Senior Human Resources Director, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Tiandra Robinson, Lead Educational Talent Search Counselor, KentuckianaWorks College Access Center
  • Katie Rountree, Senior Applications Scientist, Givaudan Sense Colour
  • Tamara Russell, AVP, Office of Belonging and Community Engagement, Jefferson Community and Technical College
  • Becky Schroeder, Director of Sports Nutrition, University of Louisville
  • Lindsay Scott, Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
  • Tiffany Smith, Chief Security Officer and Head of IT Operations, Farm Credit Mid-America | Rural 1st
  • Monalisa Tailor, D., President, Norton Healthcare
  • Jessica Burba Turner, Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Angel’s Envy Distilling
  • Mackenzie White, VP/Relationship Manager, PNC Bank
  • Jennifer Williams, Partner, FORVIS
  • Laurie Young, Director of Industry Partnerships, University of Louisville Research and Innovation


As the Leadership Louisville Center continues to invest in women’s issues through programming, in 2023 it launched a council comprised of top women leaders to provide counsel and support the up-and-coming participants in the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program. Elevate: A Women’s Leadership Council will unite and engage some of the city’s most generous and influential women to ensure that the generations following them are nurtured, inspired, and positioned for utmost success. Elevate membership will continually revolve, with new and renewing members each year. Their role will be to serve as a compass for the Center, providing meaningful impact for programming already in place and sparking new ideas and innovative recommendations for the future. Their participation supports scholarship funds that allow more women to participate in Leadership Louisville Center advancement opportunities.

2024 Members of Elevate: A Women’s Leadership Council:

  • Christy Ames, EVP, General Counsel, Republic Bank & Trust Company
  • Jill Bell, Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, Molina Healthcare
  • Kimberly Bunton, President, TKT & Associates
  • Divya Cantor, Chief Medical Officer UHC KY Medicaid, United Healthcare
  • Tiffany Cardwell, Senior Manager, Cherry Bekaert
  • Debra Clary, Speaker
  • Toni Clem, Executive Coach, TLC Coaching
  • Karen Cost, Chief of Immunology, Norton Healthcare
  • Kim Dickey, Vice President Human Resources – Gaming, Churchill Downs Incorporated
  • Cathe Dykstra, CEO, Family Scholar House
  • Angie Evans, VP and Chief DEI Officer, PPL Corporation
  • Yvette Gentry, Director of Safety, LDG Development
  • Elaine Gravatte, President, Givaudan Sense Colour
  • Kim Halbauer, Regional President – Kentucky, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jennifer Hancock, President & CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States
  • Maggie Harlow, CEO, Signarama Downtown
  • Schuyler Heuser, Director, Physician Relations, Norton Healthcare
  • Emma Hutchens, Chief People Officer, Impossible Foods
  • Keturah Jenkins, Associate Vice President – Clinical Operations, Humana
  • Christine Koenig, Director, DMLO CPAs
  • Carly Launius, Global Community Relations Manager, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Virginia Lee, President, Balanced Solutions LLC
  • Gretchen Leiterman, Chief Operating Officer, Baptist Health
  • Annie Likins, Chief People Officer, Bamboo Health
  • Martha Mather, Chief Operating Officer
  • Tammy McClanahan, Chief Administrative Officer, Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Norton Healthcare
  • Paula McCraney, Councilwoman, Louisville Metro Council
  • Tess McNair, Executive Director, E. and S. Foundation, Inc.
  • Lynn Moore, CEO/Owner, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
  • Renee Murphy, Senior VP & Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Norton Healthcare
  • Tawanda Owsley, SVP / Chief Development & Marketing Officer, Hosparus Health
  • Becky Phillips, Partner, Not-For-Profit Services Team Leader (Retired)
  • Von Purdy, VP of Advancement & Community Engagement, Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Theresa Reno-Weber, COO, GoodMaps
  • Mason Rummel, President and CEO, James Graham Brown Foundation
  • Danielle Schaefer, COO, Pappy & Company
  • Evon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, OneWest Corporation
  • Pamela Stevenson, Kentucky State Representative
  • Heather Vidourek, Chief Administrative Officer, Farm Credit Mid-America | Rural 1st
  • Tina Walters, Director of Investor Relations, Poe Companies
  • Michelle Wells, VP Finance & Information Technology
  • Mary Gwen Wheeler, former Executive Director of 55,000 Degrees, Chrysalis Ventures
  • Chris Whelan, VP Communications and Corporate Responsibility, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Jill Wilcox, Market Executive, JPMorgan Chase
  • Deborah Williams, SVP, Community Development Market Manager, PNC Bank
  • Marita Willis, President of Community Engagement, Community Ventures Corporation
  • Tammy York Day, President & CEO, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council
  • Cathy Zion, Publisher, Today’s Transitions

Leadership Louisville Center

The Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. With a purpose to inspire and equip leaders to be better and do better, it has graduated over 15,000 through its programs since 1979. The Center is recognized as a national best practice and is known for its dynamic programming and strong community connections. Programming includes five social impact leadership programs (Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Encore Louisville), the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program, leadership skills training courses presented through partner brand LeadingBetter™, and events designed to connect leaders and motivate positive change. Learn more at

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