The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts makes new board appointments

Kate Latts, Paula Harshaw, Lindy Street, Doug Owen, Angela Leet, Bruce Merrick, Laura Melillo Barnum and Jeff Kosse among new members

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts has announced additions to its boards of directors. The newest members, who were appointed by Gov. Bevin, bring a wealth of corporate, civic and prior board experience to their roles. The newest members of The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Board are:

  • Kate Shapira Latts is a former brand manager at Procter and Gamble and current vice president of marketing for Heaven Hill brands, a privately held company that is primarily owned by the Shapira family.
  • Paula Harshaw is a civic leader and member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a global organization of life insurance and financial services professionals. Harshaw’s husband Frank owns Harshaw Trane, one of the world’s largest Trane air conditioner franchises.
  • Lindy Street is a philanthropist, civic leader and founder of Gilda’s Club Louisville (now Gilda’s Club of Kentuckiana), a nonprofit that provides support systems for those impacted by cancer. Street is the widow of the late Bill Street, former president of Brown-Forman.
  • Jeff Kosse currently acts as chief revenue officer at Republic Bank. Kosse has an extensive history with The Kentucky Center, including six years serving on The Kentucky Center Foundation Board of Directors, with five of those in the role of treasurer and as acting member of the Executive Committee.
  • Doug Owen is the senior vice president of the Louisville branch of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL), a real estate services firm. Owen’s appointment also comes after several years of working with The Center. For six years Owen has served on The Kentucky Center Foundation Board of Directors, including time in the roles of officer, secretary and on the Executive Committee.
  • Angela Leet, an environmental engineer, is the current president of construction company Aleetco and the former Metro Councilwoman for District 7. In addition to her corporate and government experience, Leet has served on the Fund for the Arts Board and Executive Committee, the WaterStep Advisory Committee and the Spalding University Board of Trustees.
  • Bruce Merrick is the chairman and former CEO of Dant Clayton Corporation, a bleacher manufacturing company.
  • Laura Melillo Barnum is founder of Melillo Media Strategies, a local public relations consulting firm, and the former vice president of global community investment at Yum! Brands Inc.

The Kentucky Center has also announced new appointments to the Board of Directors for The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts Foundation. Additions to The Foundation Board include:

  • Tim Galbraith is the former senior vice president of people development at Yum! Brands, Inc. and the current partner and chief learning officer at oGoLead.com, an online leadership development platform. Galbraith has served on The Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2010, and as chair since 2014.
  • Todd Lowe is the founder and president of investment advisory firm Parthenon LLC. Prior to this, Lowe was the senior vice president of the Louisville-based wealth management firm J.J. B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons Inc. Lowe brings to The Foundation a wealth of experience with local arts organizations, having previously served as board chair for the Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra, Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 and others, and currently acting as board chair for the Kentucky College of Art + Design.
  • Chris Kipper is a financial executive and the current chief financial officer of Louisville Tourism. In addition to his role on The Foundation Board, Kipper serves as a member of the CDME Board of Directors and Destinations International Audit Committee, and is the past chair and current member of the board for nonprofit ElderServe.
  • Rick Guillaume is the chairman emeritus and state marketing director at BB&T. Guillaume has also served on the boards for several local organizations, including: The Fund for the Arts, Louisville Orchestra, Louisville Community Development Bank, Norton Healthcare Services, Inc. and many others.
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