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54 leaders selected for Ignite Louisville 2024 Class

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Fifty-four emerging leaders have been selected for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2024 which will run from October 2023 to April 2024. This is the 29th class of the award-winning program, which has graduated over 1,200 up-and-coming leaders, preparing next-generation talent for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.

The Ignite Louisville experience grows high-potential professionals by developing the key components of leadership, with a core curriculum developed by the Leadership Louisville Center and partners including Norton Healthcare, Brown-Forman Corporation, and the U.S. Army. The class puts these lessons to work through the Ignite Louisville Challenge, which is an opportunity to be part of one of the Center’s Community Acceleration Teams and work with a local nonprofit to develop and implement solutions for their needs. The teams compete to do the most good for their nonprofit, gaining hands-on experience performing on a diverse team and serving the community. Since the first class graduated in 2005, Ignite Louisville participants have worked on over 170 projects for area nonprofits to plan, execute, and sustain new strategies for success.

Members of the Ignite Louisville Class of Spring 2024 (Oct. 2023 – Apr. 2024) are (click for photo roster):

  • Le’Artis W. Allen, Senior Corporate Responsibility Specialist, LG&E and KU Energy
  • Alexa Bacon, Sr. Marketing Manager, Glow Brands
  • Marcella Bagniefski, Digital Marketing and Content Coordinator, Delta Dental of Kentucky
  • Lance Ballard, Director of Pharmacy, Baptist Health
  • Tommy Bell, Senior Agent and Producer, Triangle Talent
  • Cole Bruner, Assurance Manager, Dean Dorton
  • Kevin M. Buechler, AVP & Commercial Banker, WesBanco
  • Brad Butler, Managing Associate, Frost Brown Todd
  • Sara Butryn, Teacher, Jefferson County Public Schools
  • Matthew Butts, VP, Product Management, Aline
  • Jordan Clemons, Senior Investor Development Manager, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Kaylee M. Collins, Assurance Manager, Cherry Bekaert
  • JaFayre Covington, Senior Project Manager, Messer Construction Co.
  • Cameron Curry, Project Manager, Thieneman Construction, Inc
  • Skyler Daugherty, Technical Account Manager, Advanced Business Solutions
  • M. Jordan Elmallakh, Psy.D
  • Charles D. Evans, US Import Brokerage Engineering Manager, UPS Airlines
  • Alesha Frazier, HR Generalist, Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Ce Garrison, Social Services Policy & Advocacy Supervisor, Louisville Metro Government
  • Andrea R. Ghooray, Director, Patient Experience, Volunteer and Guest Services, Norton Healthcare
  • Jennifer Hamma, Director, HRIS, Confluent Health
  • Angelina Marie Harlow, Senior Executive Associate, Volunteers of America Mid-States
  • MaShayla Hays, Legal Counsel for Pro Bono Initiative, The Lawyering Project
  • Oscar Heithaus, National Director, Blue Wave America
  • Whitney D. Hickman, SWMS Compliance & Enforcement Supervisor, Louisville Metro Government, Department of Public Works
  • Brandon Hill, Oracle Systems Administrator, Louisville Water Company
  • Sarah A. Hugenberg, Relationship Strategist, Vice President, PNC Bank
  • Jay Jones, Director Collateral Management Services, Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Alex Keeling, Whiskey Blending Scientist, Beam Suntory
  • John King, Jr., Financial Center Manager, German American Bank
  • Ashley Kuszynski, Senior Front Office Manager, The Al J. Schneider Company
  • Robert Leasure, Director of Business Development, Confluent Health
  • Sand Lundbom-Krift, ACT Team Lead, Seven Counties Services Inc.
  • Dan Mazza, Talent Acquisition Operations Lead, Confluent Health
  • Natalie McGraw, Director of Client Services, Go Social
  • Aaron T. Miller, Director Credit Food and Agribusiness, Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Mariah Mitchell, Administrative Assistant, University of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Katie Molck, Senior City Editor, LOUtoday
  • Camille Moore, Chief Auditor, Farm Credit Mid-America
  • Roshni Patrawala, Human Resources Manager, The Al J. Schneider Company
  • Lili Peters, Partner Relations Specialist, DNA Hospitality
  • Vashti Proctor, Marketing and Communication Manager, AMPED (Adventurous Minds Produce Extraordinary Dreams)
  • Alexus Richardson, Director of Communications, Dare to Care Food Bank
  • Jane Rudnick, Marketing & Communications Specialist, Spalding University
  • Katie Scales, Sr. Manager of Patient Engagement and Outcomes, Confluent Health
  • Johnecia Seay, United Community Coordinator, Metro United Way
  • Jacob Shepard, Clinical Effectiveness Director, Norton Healthcare
  • Erin Sigmund, Community Relations and Policy Advisor, American Printing House for the Blind
  • Joel Stinnett, Senior Reporter, Louisville Business First
  • Layne Taylor, Chief of Staff to the Chief Medical Officer, Humana Inc.
  • Charlie Todd, Senior Financial Analyst, Stored Value Solutions
  • Jerrica Valtierra, Communications Manager, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana
  • Brian Wehneman, Director, Risk Management, Humana Inc.
  • Austin Young, Tier 2 Engineer, Advanced Business Solutions

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