Delores Butler (Vice President) is a proud Russell Community resident. She realizes the importance of a healthy food store in our West End neighborhoods. She is presently working to achieve knowledge and awareness in our community for the need for healthy eating and nutrition for our neighborhoods. She believes knowledge is power- and we all need one another to accomplish the goal for the people who live in our West End communities. Let us work together to make it happen- We are better together! Delores is a graduate of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth’s 2019 Organizing Academy and is putting her organizing skills to work for the Co-op. You can hear her voice in our Ownership Video!
Jeana Dunlap is an urbanist, strategist, recovering economist, advisor and facilitator based in Louisville, Kentucky. She was awarded a 2019 Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) where she explored community centered design, urban planning and social impact investment strategies like Opportunity Zones. Jeana’s local government experience includes working on affordable housing finance, public infrastructure and place-based strategies for neighborhood improvement. In 2017 she partnered with local advocacy organizations to facilitate he Redlining Louisville Community Dialogue series that shed light on the history and current impacts of past and present forms of redlining practices. Jeana believes that both changing mindsets and facilitating change through the built environment are paramount to achieving vibrant communities. Her efforts ultimately seek to instill confidence and build greater capacity among those residing within and committed to serving distressed neighborhoods.
Amanda Fuller (Treasurer) came to Louisville from Madison, WI, where she and her husband were members and/or workers at three different food co-ops. In Louisville she has been an active member of the Food in Neighborhoods group since 2009, and operated an urban agriculture and composting non-profit (Breaking New Grounds) for three years. Amanda bought vacant lots in 2013 to start Lots of Food, an urban market garden & orchard in west Louisville. As an Urban Agriculture Coalition member, Amanda has relationships with fellow growers, local restaurants and other produce buyers. She has been growing staple crops of corn, beans and squash with Sustainable Agriculture of Louisville, to educate and build community around local food. Amanda served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay for three years and holds an MS in Environmental Studies from the UW-Madison. She currently works as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Academy of Science.
Jamie Huddleston also known as Yahyah is Louisville’s very own vegan Chef. A vegan 16 years now, she aims to implement healthy organic meals in the homes of the west and abroad. Previously Jamie was a culinary instructor and head chef of Common Table for a year.
Jamie is a frequent guest chef for New Roots Fresh Stop Markets. Jamie is a holistic entrepreneur specializing in alkaline food, homemade hair and body products, as well as homemade jewelry.
Previously a resident of the Russell neighborhood she is currently a resident of Shawnee neighborhood.
Born and raised in Louisville, Ky in the Newburg area, Michael Jackson (Secretary) is the owner of Kentucky Greens Co. that was started with the focus to deliver locally grown Greens, packaged lettuce and more to surrounding corner stores and family owned groceries. Since starting the company it has been a task to locate stores willing to carry packaged produce and has made it a mission of his to encourage his fellow entrepreneurs and other organizations to invest in these structures and rebrand the meaning of a corner store. The past few years he has worked with many local chefs, two non profits and one retirement home community to consistently bring them the produce they need. His professional background has over eleven years working in retail management from Auto zone, Lowes, Valvoline and now LG&E KU currently. Michael believes in community and cooperative economics and that teaching people how to grow food or themselves personally through agriculture is key, “ Pick a career path, and there will be a way agriculture fits into your every day duties.” Says Mike. Mike is ready to represent the community grocery store as a small business owner, employee and board member.
Doug Lowry serves as an enspirited teacher, urban farmer, and group facilitator. Passionate about social justice and human need, he has worked as a change agent and board member on numerous civic and nonprofit projects from neighborhoods to LGBTQ fairness and racism, to organizational life, to aging and health care, to not-for-profit excellence, public K-12 education, food security and environmental sustainability.
After a BA in Philosphy/Psychology he pursued a Master in Divinity at Southern Seminary. Doug is a seminary-trained former hospital administrator and CWA union member who consults in organizational development. He is a current LACE board member. He teaches individuals, organizations, nonprofits, faith communities and businesses about food justice, urban farming, food growing for people and the more than human world and teaches about organizational life with an emphasis on connecting values to action and food to spirituality. As an artist, plant lover, and writer he seeks to add beauty, insight, and meaning along the way.
Kelsey Voit (President) is a Shelby Park resident and has been involved with the Louisville Community Grocery since 2016, serving on the Market Research and Outreach committees. Voit is passionate about the grocery’s mission and has ample experience with community building, farm policy, and food justice work. Kelsey has worked on several vegetable production farms in the area and grows with the Shelby Park Community Garden, currently serves as the Organizing Director for Community Farm Alliance and the New Roots Harvest Council Chair, and was a former organizer with the Student/Farmworker Alliance. Voit holds a B.S. in Geography with a minor in Social Change from the University of Louisville. In her free time, Kelsey, likes to ride her bike, make music, cook, and dance with friends.
LuTisha Buckner (LACE Representative) is dedicated to public and civil service with her years serving as an AmeriCorps Vista Member and working in nonprofits, education, and local government. She envisions a Kentucky that is no longer serving those of interests in the past, but a Kentucky that is progressive, innovative, accepting, and sustainability. She is a graduate of Emerge Kentucky as well, which trains progressive women in Kentucky to run for public office. She is currently the Data Manager for the Kentucky Civic Engagement Table. She works with organizations in Kentucky with voter files and with targeting and identifying voters with MapTheVote, which is a website that finds eligible and unregistered voters in local areas.