From 1999-2005, she served Healthy Families, Indiana--a child-abuse prevention program--and helped multiple sites pass a national credentialing process while directly supporting Healthy Families, Floyd County with training, statistical analysis, technical support, grantswriting and policy and procedure development. From 2003-2009, she served as the Director of Development and Administration for CHUM Church, helping a small and eager congregation expand service and outreach to the community through a non-profit incubator program, comprehensive health and wellness ministry, educational health workshops, annual health fair and the prestigious Calvin Institute of Christian Worship revitalization grant. She served as the Executive Director of Parkinson Support Center of Kentuckiana and increased the program's support services by 24 new monthly education and exercise programs, many of which were leading-edge (dance classes, yoga, music therapy), developed two new program management positions, actively collaborated with numerous hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, corporations and nonprofit agencies to increase the continuum of care for people with Parkinson's disease, oversaw the internal grants program and wrote and administered external grants for the organization, and guided the organization's healthy growth in funding, service and outreach. Jinn has also served as a grant reviewer for the Susan J. Komen for the Cure Foundation (2010 and 2011), as Treasurer of Jeffersonville Token Club (2011 to present) and has had active membership in many neighborhood associations, the Wayne E. Oates Institute and the American Society on Aging.
After 16 years in the world of social work, she thought she'd retired to focus on photography and writing, but her passion for gardening, social activism and justice and concern for our shared environment lured her back to community service. Jinn has served as our Director of Operations and Finance since March 2015.
Whitney completed her PDC under the guidance of Peter Bane, Keith Johnson, and Rhonda Baird in 2009 at The Lazy Black Bear in Paoli, Indiana. Enamored with this holistic system, she immediately put her education into practice during an apprenticeship at Cooley Family Farm in Lafayette, Indiana. Whitney installed perennials and explored systems development for saving water on this 14 acre organic farm while learning the formal techniques of annual production for a 100 family CSA and market.
Whitney’s interest in developing urban permaculture systems for community use took her to St. Louis, where she spent 7 years turning acres of empty lots and a downtown rooftop into food producing and water saving systems. She provided support to both the city government and the community for citywide land use, agriculture re-zoning, sustainability, and recycling initiatives. Whitney’s comprehensive efforts were recognized with St. Louis’s first sustainability award.
Whitney relocated to Louisville, KY in May of 2016 to continue her urban permaculture practice in developing a 7 acre reclaimed property, once public housing, near Churchill Downs to establish her second agriculture training program for new Americans. Whitney intends to also use this space as a community practice and demonstration space for permaculture principles in the urban environment.
Ron taught college/university for 20 plus years at the University of Louisville, Spalding University, St. Catharine College, Jefferson Community College, and Bellarmine University. He has presented numerous talks, lectures, and writing workshops around the world at colleges, universities, and institutions which include Trinity College (Dublin, Ireland), The University of Iceland (Reykjavik, Iceland), The University of Braga (Braga, Portugal), The University of Nijmegen (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), New York University (New York, New York), Hofstra University (New York, New York), The University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky), The University of New Orleans (New Orleans, Louisiana), The University of Jyvaskyla (Jyvaskyla, Finland), and many more. In 1992 Ron founded The Global Literary Renaissance, a non-profit organization, supporting the global literary (& all arts) community. Ron was Director of the Global Literary Renaissance for 14 years.
Ron has produced 3,000 music and poetry events throughout Europe and the USA including many 24, 48, 72 & 90 hour Non-Stop Music & Poetry INSOMNIACATHONs plus he produced The Official Hunter S. Thompson Tribute featuring Hunter, Johnny Depp, Warren Zevon, Douglas Brinkley, Roxanne Pulitzer, David Amram, Hunter’s mother, Virginia, & son, Juan, & many others, the London International Poetry & Song Festival, The New York City Underground Music & Poetry Festival, The Netherland’s 10-day International Meer Dan Woorden Festival, LIVE at THE RUD Benefit Concert, with Jim James, of My Morning Jacket, plus many more. Ron is co-founder of Gonzofest Louisville, an annual celebration of the life and work of Louisville native son Hunter S. Thompson.
Ron has edited, published, and recorded over 2,000 titles including work by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, President Jimmy Carter, Seamus Heaney, Jack Kerouac, David Amram, Diane di Prima, Lucien Stryk, Allen Ginsberg, John Updike, BONO, Frank Messina, Yoko Ono, Andy Warhol, Amiri Baraka, Rita Dove, Thomas Merton, Wendell Berry, Edvard Munch, William S. Burroughs, Hunter S. Thompson, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Gregory Corso, Herbert Huncke, James Laughlin, Douglas Brinkley, Lee Ranaldo, Robert Hunter, Anne Waldman, Ed Sanders, Bob Holman, Eithne Strong, Theo Dorgan, Jim Carroll, Jean Genet, Jan Kerouac, Christopher Felver, Brother Patrick Hart, Robert Lax, Olafur Gunnarsson, Jim Irsay, Frank Messina, Michael Madsden, John Ventimiglia, Gerald Nicosia, Bragi Olafsson, Jim James, Ed McClanahan, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Richard Taylor, Guy Mendes, Frank X Walker, Crystal Wilkinson, Jim Wayne Miller, Chief Arvol Looking Horse, Stephen Donaldson, and many others.
Ron’s work has been exhibited round the world from New York City to Louisville to New Orleans to San Francisco and from India to Czech Republic to Italy to Portugal to Ireland to The Netherlands to Iceland and beyond. The UN/UNESCO “Poetry On The Peaks” program selected The Dalai Lama/Ron Whitehead “Never Give Up” message/poem poster as its theme for 2002. Thousands of copies were donated and shipped to cities, mountain villages, Buddhist, and other communities, groups, and organizations round the world. The “Never Give Up” poem has been published in numerous publications including NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, books by His Holiness The Dalai Lama, and many others. Ron’s “Never Give Up” poem can also be found on t-shirts, cards, posters, and banners all over the world. Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson featured a poem by Ron on the cd soundtrack cover for Cameron’s film ELIZABETHTOWN.
For the past 26 plus years Ron has been living and being his dream going non-stop on fire birthing creativity in all its manifestations. He is the author of 30 books and he has work on 40 CDs plus dvds and numerous videos. Thousands of Ron’s works have been published round the world in a diverse range of publications (all mediums) from TRIQUARTERLY (Northwestern University/Illinois) to ARTFORUM (Czech Republic) to BLUE BEAT JACKET (Japan) to BEAT SCENE (England) to SOUTHERN REVIEW (Louisiana) to TRIBE magazine (NYC). Ron’s work has been translated into 15 languages.
Ron has presented over 6,000 readings of his own creative work round the world. He reads his work solo and with musicians from around the world, in all genres of music. Ron performs with the energy of ten bands. At 66, he continues to collaborate with musicians and artists in all genres round the world.
Ron’s work is in museum, library, and private collections around the world. The University of Louisville Rare Books & Archives, Directed by Delinda Buie, is the permanent repository for Ron’s work (past, present, future). Six exhibits have been held. A major exhibition, with catalog, is being planned. Several thousand, of tens of thousands, of items have already been catalogued. For a time Ron was Velocity’s (Kentucky’s Courier-Journal) Advice Columnist. He has been Guest Editor for numerous publications including TRIBE, STORY, and LITERARY LEO. He has written for and been featured in a multitude of publications around the world. Ron has been a featured poet at International Poetry Festivals in Nicaragua. Brazil, The Netherlands, Estonia, England, Iceland, Finland, Portugal and other countries. Ron recently returned from performances with rock band Blaak Heat (Paris/Los Angeles) in Copenhagen Denmark, Oslo Norway, and Helsinki Finland.
Ron´s official website,
www.tappingmyownphone.com, annually receives over one million hits from more than 80 countries.
While at the University of Louisville, Madeleine served as Freshman LEAD Director where she mentored seventy incoming freshmen at the University of Louisville, planned and facilitated bi-weekly meetings, established dialogue and connections with community mentors, and organized several service leadership projects. Madeleine also worked as a Study Abroad Office Peer Advisor to assist students in their study abroad program selection, paperwork preparation, and scholarships/financial aid application.
At Louisville Grows, Madeleine builds capacity by managing social media and online newsletters, planning large- and small-scale events, implementing a community outreach and empowerment policy, and designing training manuals.
Board of Directors
Tony Curtis, Board Chair (Kentucky Historical Society)
Yvonne Adkins, Vice Chair (I Can Schools)
Brian Caudill, Treasurer (Kindred Healthcare)
Scott Osborne, Secretary (Tom James Company)
Victoria Boggs (Napier Gault Schupbach & Stevens)
James Bushong (RFX Technologies)
Kevin Cowherd (Humana)
Regan Hunt (Humana)
Daryl Proffit (Ben Tyler Building and Remodeling)
Ked Stanfield (Metro Louisville Department of Public Works)
Katina Whitlock (Louisville Urban League)