LOUISVILLE, KY. – Today, at the Topping Out Ceremony for its West Louisville Opportunity Center, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky announced a newly established West Louisville Advisory Council.
The advisory council includes 11 members who live or work in West Louisville and represent a diverse combination of businesses, nonprofits organizations, religious establishments, Metro Council districts and professional expertise.
“Goodwill has committed to some lofty goals to serve West Louisville residents that will be facilitated by the $50 million Opportunity Center we’re building,” said DeVone Holt, chief external affairs officer at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. “But we know we can’t achieve those goals on our own. That’s why we enlisted the help of this respected group of West Louisville community members to ensure that we make a lasting, positive impact on people who need our help.”
Each member has committed to serve a one- or two-year term on the advisory council, where they will help Goodwill understand many of the deep-rooted needs, challenges and priorities of people who live in West Louisville, which is one of Kentucky’s most underserved communities that has suffered with decades of disinvestment. The advisory council is committed to gaining an in-depth knowledge of Goodwill’s programs and social services and share those details in their respective networks to ensure the community is fully aware of the resources that will be made available in the 125,000-square-foot resource center that the nonprofit organization is building on the corner of 28th Street and Broadway.
Last year, Norton Healthcare joined Goodwill in announcing a $100+ million commitment to build the Norton Healthcare Goodwill Opportunity Campus on 20 acres in the Parkland neighborhood that will include Goodwill’s multi-faceted resource center and the first comprehensive hospital in West Louisville in more than 100 years.
Read about each member of the council below or visit the West Louisville Advisory Council web page.
Alexander Browder Jr.
Browder Jr. is the workplace experience ambassador for a large, local healthcare company. He is 51 years young and born and raised in the west end by four strong women. He has worked in downtown Louisville for more than 30 years and hopes that he can show his community that a better life can be found with a simple walk down Broadway.
Bussey serves as the executive director of The Hope Bus, a 501(c)(3) organization focused on empowering families and individuals in its community. Bussey hails from the west end of Louisville and has a strong commitment to connecting to community issues.
Rooted in justice work and reconciliation, Bussey founded The Hope Bus and drives five initiatives through the organization that address food insecurity, violence prevention, health and wellness, emergency services and community engagement.
Reverend Clay Calloway
Calloway has long been an advocate for West Louisville through his work as a minister, community builder, radio talk show host and coalition leader. He has served as a member of the West Louisville Ministers Coalition and associate pastor at Saint Stephen Baptist Church. He also has spent time as the host of the Saturday Morning Solutions radio show, which aims to offer solutions to problems that will improve the West Louisville community. He lives in West Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood.
Reverend Ulysses C. Gober III
Gober III is a native of Louisville. He is the pastor of West Louisville’s Lampkins Chapel CME Church located at 2738 Algonquin Parkway. He previously worked as the neighborhood youth board coordinator in West Louisville. He is passionate about the lives of those within his community and hopes one day they all win in their own way. He was appointed to the Goodwill West Louisville Community Advisory Council by District 3 Metro Councilmember, Kumar Rashad.
Hargrove has seen the good, the bad and the ugly in his community, which is why he feels passionate about the work of the West Louisville Advisory Council.
He is affiliated with the Louisville Chapter of the A. Phillip Randolph Institute, is a member of the UAW Local 862 Publications, the Kentucky Alliance for Retired Americans, the Kentucky Chapter of the National Action Network and is on the Advisory Board for the Park Hill-Algonquin Community of Opportunity in District 6. He was appointed to the Goodwill West Louisville Community Advisory Council by District 6 Metro Councilmember, Phillip Baker.
Jackson is the CEO and principal broker of Noir Realty. Jackson is a licensed realtor-broker with an extensive background in property management of affordable housing developments and single-family scattered site homes.
Tamika currently serves on the Parkland Architectural Committee with Metro Louisville and the founder of the Parkland Business and Development Association in West Louisville, DEI Committee and delegate of Kentucky Association of Realtors.
She was appointed to the Goodwill West Louisville Community Advisory Council by District 1 Metro Councilmember, Tammy Hawkins.
Miller is a West Louisville Advisory Council member from the Shawnee neighborhood in West Louisville. She was appointed by District 5 Metro Councilmember, Donna Purvis, who represents portions of the Chickasaw, Shawnee, Portland and Russell neighborhoods.
Schroeder is a neighborhood mom, mediator and human rights activist who works diligently for housing and family welfare in her own neighborhood of Portland in West Louisville. She serves on several boards and committees for many community-based organizations, including Louisville Showing Up for Racial Justice (LSURJ), OneWest, the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign and the Louisville Community Grocery.
Reverend David Snardon
Snardon is the pastor at Joshua Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in West Louisville’s Russell neighborhood. He also serves as the president of the Interdenominational Ministerial Coalition. He has long been a person to know in economic development for West Louisville, as he has served as CEO of the West Louisville Opportunity Fund. Specifically, he’s fought for the rights of pastors in the Russell Neighborhood as president of the Concerned Pastors of Russell, a group of 10 churches from various denominations that advocate against economic gentrification in Russell. Snardon lives in West Louisville’s Chickasaw neighborhood.
Donovan C. Taylor
Taylor is a west end community native and current Chickasaw neighborhood resident committed to collaborating with residents and community groups to advance quality of life initiatives. Taylor serves as the director of The Plan Room, a OneWest, Inc. business accelerator program helping Black and minority businesses to scale-up and increase diversity, equity and inclusion in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry.
Taylor is committed to serve on the Goodwill West Louisville Advisory Council to advocate for programming that best addresses the needs and desires of the community and city at-large.
Townsend is a nurse and the chief administrative officer for Norton Healthcare’s West Louisville Hospital. Known as a changemaker and visionary, Townsend specializes in finding operational solutions where there are known and sometimes complex community and workplace opportunities.
Outside of Norton, Corenza is active in the Louisville community as a multi-small business owner in the food industry and a board member for several nonprofit organizations across the city.
Corenza earned both her Bachelor of Business and Marketing and nursing degrees from Sullivan University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated. She is the mother to Michael, a student athlete with JCPS.
For more information about the council or Goodwill’s move to West Louisville, visit GoodwillWestLouisville.com.
About Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
Goodwill Industries of Kentucky is a 100-year-old nonprofit organization that operates in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. The organization is committed to using resources from its 67 retail stores to help build pathways out of poverty for individuals who need a hand up in life. In 2022, Goodwill helped place 2,368 Kentuckians into jobs with 877 of its employer partners and inside its own retail stores. Goodwill uses approximately 90 cents from every dollar generated in its retail stores to operate programs and services that help Kentucky’s hardest-to-serve job seekers build the life they desire.