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Announcing: 45th Leadership Louisville Class and inaugural presenting sponsor Republic Bank

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Leadership Louisville Center announces 45th Leadership Louisville Class and inaugural presenting sponsor Republic Bank

62 leaders selected for the nationally recognized community leadership program, including second recipient of the Charles F. Herd Scholarship


The Leadership Louisville Center has selected the Leadership Louisville Class of 2024 presented by Republic Bank — the 45th class of the Center’s signature program for established community leaders. Since 1979, Leadership Louisville has ensured that the community’s most influential and esteemed leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked, and passionate about the success of the region. These talented leaders will spend ten months immersed in an active learning experience, diving into our community’s history, assets, and challenges, emerging ready to create positive change alongside a network of fellow influencers and decision-makers. Armed with new knowledge, connections, and perspectives, Leadership Louisville graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders. See a list of over 40 years of Leadership Louisville graduates. The 2024 Class includes leaders from the highest levels of organizations of all kinds, from all sectors. It also includes the second recipient of the Charles F. Herd Scholarship, created in memory of Charles F. Herd, a dedicated community leader and one of the founders of the Leadership Louisville Center. Visit for more program details.

“Now in our 45th year, we’re excited to welcome Republic Bank as our presenting sponsor of our flagship program. They share our belief that in today’s world, it’s critical that we have leaders who are knowledgeable of our history and who understand the complexity of the challenges we face as a community,” said Cynthia Knapek, president and CEO of the Leadership Louisville Center. “The 62 members of the 2024 Leadership Louisville class are about to embark on a life- and community-changing journey that is designed to prepare them for meaningful impact on our region’s growth and success. Together they will build understanding and connections to give them and the organizations they represent the ability to impact the greater good.”

“Republic Bank is thrilled to be the inaugural presenting sponsor of the Leadership Louisville program, especially in this 45th anniversary year,” said Logan Pichel, President and CEO of Republic Bank. “One of the main pillars of Republic Bank’s purpose and mission is to enable our community to thrive. At Republic Bank we recognize the immense responsibility we have to empower and support the leaders who will shape the future of our community. By fostering a culture of civic engagement and providing the necessary resources, we can inspire individuals to step forward, make a difference, and create a legacy of positive change that transcends generations.”

The Leadership Louisville Class of 2024 will begin in July 2023 and run through May 2024. The sixty-two members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2024 includes Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Adam Woytowich, Special Forces Branch Chief of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command, the second recipient of the Charles F. Herd Scholarship, designated for an outstanding public servant who demonstrates service to God, service to country through honorable military service, and a desire to enhance the regional community.

“The Herd family is excited to support LTC(P) Woytowich in this year’s Leadership Louisville class. He is just the kind of leader our father would be excited to have in Louisville,” said Colonel (Retired) Walter Herd.

The sixty-two members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2024 are: (View photo roster)

Donnie Adkins, The Palm Room
Jason Adler, German American Bank
Cristina Anez, Churchill Downs Incorporated | CDI
Casie Banquer, GE Appliances, a Haier company
Cyndi Benedict, Norton Healthcare
Matt Berrian, CPA, FORVIS
Laurie L. Bottiger, The de Paul School
Kofi A. Cash, MS, FACHE, UofL Health
Kim A. Clay, African American Amateur Golfers Association
Dan Clift, Wetterer & Co.
Mary Charles Collett, Kentucky Country Day School
Margaret Cotter, JPMorgan Chase
Tony Curtis, Metropolitan Housing Coalition
Kappie Farrington, Antecedent Development
Mikal Forbush, Center for Neighborhoods
Heather Fuqua, Louisville Regional Airport Authority
Chad M. Gahm, MCM CPAs & Advisors
Matt Golden, Jewish Community of Louisville
Lewis Hargett, MD, Greater Louisville Medical Society | GLMS
Melissa Hicks, Dean Dorton
Lindsey Higginbotham, Baptist Health
Amanda Higgins, CPA, Hardscuffle, Inc. | American Life & Accident
Anyah Hoang, PhD, DPA, Volunteers of America Mid-States | VOA
Donte’ L. Jackson, Simmons College of Kentucky
Tiffani Jett, Fifth Third Bank
Jaime Jorrisch, Jewish Heritage Fund
Rhona Bowles Kamar, Feed Louisville
Ben Keeton, RunSwitch PR
Justin C. Keeton, Messer Construction Co.
Shannon Kisselbaugh, CFRE, Park Community Credit Union Foundation
Kelli LeGaspi, Humana Inc.
Cecily Lewis, Brown-Forman Corporation
Jessica Loseke, Midwest Barrel Co
Ronald Marshall, Jr., EdD, Jefferson County Public Schools | JCPS
Lori Mattingly, Angel’s Envy Distillery | Louisville Distilling Co.
Monique McFarland, Republic Bank & Trust Company
John William McKnight, Humana Inc.
Chris Nall, Atria Senior Living
Kristie Phillips, Farm Credit Mid-America
Merry-Kay Poe, Unbridled Films
Scott Reed, Norton Healthcare
Jim Ritter, PNC Bank
Chris Seals, PhD, MEd., University of Louisville School of Medicine
Scott Self, Bellarmine University
Claire Simms, LG&E and KU Energy
Sister Paris Slapikas, SCN, Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc.
Austin Smith, The Healing Place
Sonya Smith, Horizon Commercial Realty
Roosevelt J. Stennis, Jr., Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP
William Sutter, DDW, The Color House – a Givaudan Company
Julie J. Torzewski, Down Syndrome of Louisville
Leyla Touma Dailey, Doe-Anderson
Dawn Urrutia, Georgia’s Sweet Potato Pie Company
Joshua Watkins, Louisville Metro Government
Michelle Weikel, Passport Health Plan by Molina Healthcare
Jessica Wells, CFRE, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
Jessie Whitish, Neighborhood House
Andrew J. Wise, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Rachel D. Worley, AIA, three-dot-design
LTC(P) Adam Woytowich, U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Katie Biggs Wright, Frost Brown Todd LLC
Sarah Wunderlin, Sacred Heart Schools