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January 20, 2022 3:10pm

Greater Louisville Foundation Announces New Chair, Directors  

Louisville, Ky. (January 20, 2022) – At its first meeting of the year, the Greater Louisville Foundation (GLF) announced its new leadership, including electing a new chair, and new directors.

Joe Ventura, chief legal officer of Humana, was named chair of the 2022 Greater Louisville Foundation. Ventura previously served as vice chair of the Foundation and succeeds Matt Thornton, who served as chair for two consecutive three-year terms. John Crockett, president of LG&E KU Energy, was elected to serve a second three-year term, also acting as secretary. Evelyn Strange, president of AES Advanced Electrical Systems, was elected treasurer.

In addition to new leadership, the Foundation also welcomed two new independent directors. Rocki Rockingham, Chief HR Officer of GE Appliances, and Ja Hillebrand, chairman and CEO of Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, were selected for three-year director terms. Russ Cox, president and CEO of Norton Healthcare, also joins the Foundation as an ex-officio director in his role as the 2022 chair-elect of Greater Louisville Inc.’s (GLI) Board of Directors.

“We are thrilled to welcome new leadership and new directors to the Greater Louisville Foundation,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO of GLI. “GLF plays an important role in supporting and funding degreed and non-degreed talent initiatives identified through GLI’s strategic planning process that have the potential to transform our community and regional economy. I am confident each of these leaders will bring their unique perspectives and skills to amplify our work.”

GLF is a 501(c)3 organization that was formed in 1987 to identify, mobilize and fund programs to address Louisville’s greatest challenges regarding business growth, and increased economic prosperity for all citizens in the Greater Louisville region.  Currently, the GLF funds Live in Lou and GLI’s Workforce and Education Initiatives.

For more information on the GLF, click here.

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