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Louisville Parks Foundation

P.O. Box 5755

Louisville, KY 40255

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(502) 742-9120

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Our Board

The LPF board is made up of community leaders and individuals passionate about Louisville’s parks and are dedicated to help keeping our City’s parks a destination for nature and recreation.

Scott Kiefer



The Oliver Group, Inc.

Katina Whitlock

Vice Chair

Senior Manager of Philanthropy,

Kentucky Science Center

Joe Gilene


Independent Consultant

Jeff McCaffery




Rebecca Brady


Change Practitioner,

Centric Consulting

Janice Cates


Fundraising Director,

Mayor's Office for Special Events

Jessi Gross


Account Executive,

Enterprise Fleet Management

Steve Gumlaw



Metro Fence & Wholesale

Brian Gupton




Chuck Haddaway


Athletic Director,

Portland Christian School

Colleen Hagan


Executive Director, WellCare Community Foundation and Chief of Staff to Chief Public Affairs Officer,

WellCare Health Plans

Mary Helen Hamilton


Marketing Director,

Metro Fence & Wholesale

David Johnson


Metro Fence & Wholesale

Dana Kasler


Louisville Parks and Recreation

Brandy Kelly-Pryor


Senior Director of Programs,

Humana Foundation

Kyle Kulyan


Republic Bank,

Asst VP Treasury Management

John Lewellen


Regional Sales Specialist,

Medline Industries

Joe Mandlehr


Corporate Attorney,


Randy Mills




Jane Richards


Account Director,

RunSwitch PR

Donna Schuster


Development Director,

YouthBuild Louisville

Seth Todd


Associate Attorney,

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP

Terri Weber


Investor Relations, Retention,

Greater Louisville Inc.


Brooke Pardue
Ginger Wallace
Tyler Kordesich

Strategic Plan

The Louisville Parks Foundation completed a comprehensive Strategic Plan in March 2018. Our Strategic Planning Committee and Board of Directors worked for several months to identify strategies and measurable objectives to achieve our mission, and committed to revisiting the plan on an ongoing basis to ensure we respond to internal and external changes. In keeping with that commitment, the plan was updated in 2019, to acknowledge our progress, and establish new goals.



     The Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, LLC, (LMPF) was formed as a 501(c) non-profit in December 2005, to support the parks and community programs not funded by other local non-profits. The initial concentration of the Foundation was as the fiscal agent for land acquisitions for Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Loop.


     In 2012, the Foundation completed its first major signature project, the Breslin Park Walking Path. This success began a new focus for the Foundation, a goal to raise funds for playgrounds in three West Louisville Parks. Fundraising toward this goal was in its infancy until Jim Wood, from the Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau, brought Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular (JOLS) to town in 2013. LMPF agreed to partner with the producers of the show, and became the recipient of the proceeds.


     In the spring of 2015, (after the second JOLS) there were sufficient funds to install a fully-inclusive playground in California Park, which is utilized by the California Community Center and Wheatley Elementary School. In 2017, the Foundation installed the final two playgrounds from the initial plan, one in Lannan Park, and one in Russell Lee Park. The completion of these projects brought the total dollars invested in Louisville Metro Parks to more than $5 million.


     As the proceeds from JOLS grew, the Foundation grew too. The Board added members, developed new Mission and Vision Statements, updated the By-Laws, created a new logo, and the decision was made to “do business as” the Louisville Parks Foundation (LPF).


     In 2016, the Foundation contracted its first employee, a part-time Development Director, to focus on increasing JOLS Sponsorships, and expanding our community reach. This move not only increased sponsorships, but allowed the Foundation to spearhead a social media identity campaign, participate in two online fundraisers, and initiate two signature events, thereby creating exponential growth.


     By Fall 2017, it became clear the Foundation needed full-time leadership. A President/CEO was hired in November 2017, and the initial project for 2018 was to develop a Strategic Plan to create a clear path to even greater success, and increase the impact LPF can have on the community.  The plan was completed in Spring 2018, and can be reviewed through link above.

In June 2018, the Foundation brought on a Communications Director, as a direct result of the strategic planning process and the identified need to build awareness of the organization.  In June 2019, the Foundation opened an office at the Douglass Community Center, and brought on an Office Administrator. With three full-time employees, the Foundation is well-positioned to continue to deliver on our strategic priorities.​​



The Louisville Parks Foundation has earned the Guidestar Gold Seal of Transparency.  To learn more about the Foundation, you may visit https://www.guidestar.org/profile/20-4372292


To review our 2018 IRS Form 990, click the button below.

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