Who We Are

OneWest was conceived by a group of local leaders as part of Leadership Louisville Center’s 2014 Bingham Fellows Class, who together envisioned an economic renaissance in Louisville’s West End, with a focus on the built environment.

OneWest believes that in order for true positive change to occur, the right people have to be involved. These community leaders – chosen for their ability to drive investment and create change – represent major corporations, financial institutions, faith-based groups, non-profit organizations and civic organizations.

Board Members
  • Michael Ash, Regional President, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky
  • Maureen Brekka, Senior Vice President of Global Strategy, Brown-Forman
  • Jeff Bringardner, Regional Vice President, Humana Inc.
  • Rev. Brenda Burney, Chaplain, Robley Rex VA Medical Center and Algonquin neighborhood representative
  • Dan Caudill, Director, Caudill Seed Company
  • Rev. Dr. Kevin Cosby, President, Simmons College of Kentucky
  • Paul Costel, President, JPMorgan Chase, Kentucky Market
  • Charles P. Denny, Regional President, PNC Financial Services Group
  • Daniel Hall, Vice President of Community Engagement, University of Louisville
  • Maria Hampton, Community practitioner and retired finance and non-profit leader
  • Haven Harrington III, Russell neighborhood representative
  • Dreema Jackson, California neighborhood representative
  • Nikki Jackson, Senior Vice President and Regional Executive, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Louisville Branch
  • Rev. Vincent E. James Sr., President, Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition
  • Gwendolyn Kelly, arts advocate and California neighborhood representative
  • Donna McDonald, Board of Directors, West Louisville Chamber of Commerce
  • Michael B. Mountjoy, CPA, Chairman, Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP, and Chairman, Gheens Foundation
  • Steve Poe, Chief Executive Officer, Poe Companies
  • Woodford R. “Woody” Porter, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, A.D. Porter & Sons Funeral Home
  • Benjamin K. Richmond, retired non-profit executive and Shawnee neighborhood representative
  • Judy Schroeder, Co-Chair, Portland Now, Inc. Revitalization Committee and Portland neighborhood representative
  • Hon. Barbara Sexton Smith, Louisville Metro Council
  • Khalila Sharasika, Benefits Analysis Consultant, Humana Inc., and Park DuValle neighborhood representative
  • Donovan Taylor, Legal Associate, Williams & Associates, LLC and Chickasaw neighborhood representative
  • Tina Walters, Consultant, James Graham Brown Foundation
  • Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Chief, Louisville Forward and Mayoral appointee


  • Jenny Recktenwald, Interim Director
  • Col. Pamela Stevenson (retired), Community Advocate

OneWest’s board of directors continues to be supported by members of the 2014 Bingham Fellows Class.