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Louisville Orchestra names new chairman of the board

Seven new board members appointed
Lee Kirkwood
Lee Kirkwood

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Orchestra has appointed seven new board members to the governing body of the organization at the beginning of the new fiscal year, on June 1, 2020. Lee Kirkwood will assume the role of chair at that time, taking over for John P. Malloy whose term has expired.

Kirkwood is the founder and CEO of United Mail and joined the LO Board in 2017. He has been a member of the LO Development and Finance committees during his tenure.

Kirkwood said, “I’m coming in at a challenging time but John (Malloy) has been a strong leader and managed this organization with great acumen. He has been showing me the ropes for about a year now, and I feel like I can take the reins and navigate the treasured Louisville Orchestra into a strong future in spite of the uncertainties of our time.”

The Louisville Orchestra is grateful to Malloy for his dedication and leadership of the organization. The LO would also like to acknowledge the commitment and stewardship of Kendra Foster whose term has also expired.

Along with a new board chair, the LO brings new talent to the team.

Mariah Gratz is the CEO of Weyland Ventures and is also serving on the boards of Greater Louisville Inc., UofL Real Estate Foundation, UofL Family Business Center Advisory Board and The Louisville Downtown Management District.

Michelle Hawk Heit is a nurse by trade and an independent fine art professional. She grew up with music and her daughter is studying to be an opera singer. She served on the board of Stage One Family Theater.

Carol Barr Matton has served as development director and special events coordinator for The Historical Society of Greenwich and has held management positions in the hotel industry. She serves on the boards of The Speed Museum, The Darien Historical Society and the Lockwood Matthews Museum among others.

OJ Oleka is the founder of Oleka Management Consulting Inc. and the president of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. He serves as the president of the board for the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition, a board member for Supplies Overseas, and a committee member for the GLI Education and Workforce Development Committee.

Jeff Roberts is a financial advisor and senior vice president at Baird with over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Roberts serves on the finance committee at Second Presbyterian Church, Mid – KY Presbytery, and is a board member of Cabbage Patch.

Min K Son co-founder of Refinery Consulting and an English-Korean medical and business interpreter for Vocalink Global. She is also the principal of the Korean School of Louisville, she serves on the marketing committee for the Anchal Project, and is a digital ambassador for Leadership Louisville.

Dennis Stilger is the managing director for Concord, LP where he has been rising in the ranks for 11 years. He is a board member of the WHAS Crusade for Children and an advisory board member for Bellarmine University Rubel School of Business.