Biz Briefs of the Week: April 25, 2013

Tiffany Meredith.

Tiffany Meredith.

Tiffany Meredith named manager of public relations for UofL Physicians

Tiffany Meredith has joined University of Louisville Physicians (ULP) as manager of public relations.

She brings 16 years of experience in journalism, public relations and marketing, having held positions as a newspaper reporter and editor and as a public affairs specialist for government agencies.

In her new position, Meredith will be responsible for strategic communications, managing public relations initiatives and working with the media. She assumed the role on April 8.

“I’m thrilled to have joined UofL Physicians,” Meredith said. “Health care is an exciting and ever-changing field, and we are fortunate to have in Louisville this large network of talented physicians that are at the forefront of education and medical research. I look forward to helping people learn more about who we are, and how we can improve their health. Many aren’t aware that these top doctors with the university are available for them to see as their personal physician.”

Meredith began her career as a reporter for The Associated Press, covering stories of national and international interest on a variety of subjects, including health care. She later worked as an editor for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, and recently as night metro and public safety editor for The Courier-Journal in Louisville. During her time in the West, Meredith also worked as a public affairs specialist for the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Wyoming Game & Fish Department, handling media and public relations, managing a magazine and newsletter on natural resource issues and marketing the states as premier destinations to enjoy the outdoors.

A native of Kentucky, Meredith earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Louisville. She can be reached at, 502.588.0337 (office) or 502.588.4445 (cell).

University of Louisville Physicians is the largest, multispecialty physician practice in the Louisville region, with more than 78 sub-specialties, 1,200 dedicated staff professionals and nearly 600 primary care and specialty physicians. The group’s physicians also are professors and researchers at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, teaching tomorrow’s physicians and leading research in the most innovative medical advancements.

Copper Cupcake Dessert Café First Birthday Bash

Copper Cupcake Dessert Cafe, located in Norton Commons, will be throwing a party to celebrate their one year anniversary. The café is owned and operated by local residents Joe and Shannon Loucks and offers delicious hand-crafted treats baked with locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. Popular items include fresh made cupcakes, cookies, brownies, whoopee pies and breakfast breads.

“We feel so fortunate to not only celebrate our first birthday, but to have become part of such a wonderful community,” said Shannon, chef and owner of Copper Cupcake Dessert Cafe. “I love that we get the opportunity to contribute to our customer’s special events: birthday parties, weddings and anniversaries, and now we invite everyone to share in our birthday party.”

Copper Cupcake Dessert Café is located at 10616 Meeting St. in Norton Commons, in Prospect, Ky. The birthday party is being held on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The party will feature a prize wheel with a chance to win a free dozen cupcakes, T-shirt giveaways, and all who attend will receive a free mini birthday cupcake.

The bakery and cafe features photography from local Louisville artist Yuka Tanaka and is a certified Kentucky Proud business. Copper Cupcake treats have been featured at the Jeffersontown Farmer’s Market and at the 2012 Pink Tie Gala.

Copper Cupcake is an artisanal, small batch bakery committed to delighting customers with delicious hand-crafted treats created from the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. Headed by Shannon Loucks, graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Copper Cupcake is proudly dedicated to creating delightfully decadent treats that you won’t soon forget. Copper Cupcake only uses the finest, quality ingredients in its creations. All items are made with Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, local flour from Weisenberger Mill, cage free eggs from Rose Acre Farms, rich European butter and Guittard chocolate. Copper Cupcake feels that the quality of its ingredients can be tasted in every delectable bite. Visit for more information or find Copper Cupcake on Facebook and Twitter.

Cedar Lake Kicks Off Comprehensive Campaign

Cedar Lake hosted an event at the Olmsted on April 11 to publicly kick off a $12.5 million comprehensive campaign. Entitled the “Circle of Friends” Campaign and led by Co-Chairs Dr. John Hubbard, William Wagner and Donald Thompson, and Honorary Chairs Mary Nancy Chatel, Karen Roby Forrest, Lainey Jurich, Vickie Pusateri and Whitney Samuels, this five-year endeavor will impact all aspects of this thriving organization.

The Circle of Friends Campaign is an innovative plan for expansion of care and support and will intensify Cedar Lake’s commitment to excellence in their mission to provide highly compassionate, capable care to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they may experience a life of abundant possibilities. The campaign components include culture and core competencies, capital enhancements, client service expansion, community engagement and a $2 million indigent care endowment.

“The funding initiatives that we identified in our comprehensive campaign are a result of a well-executed strategic plan that lays a solid foundation for Cedar Lake’s growth now and well in to the future,” said Cedar Lake CEO Chris Stevenson. “We are not only transforming and expanding our support service options, but also further strengthening our internal culture to sustain our professional standard of excellence.

“We believe this vital campaign will transform the perception from Cedar Lake as simply a ‘pick-up service’ to an industry leader that provides a vast array of supports and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Once the community begins to understand what Cedar Lake is really about, they will eagerly become part of our ‘circle’ to advance our mission.”

Half of the campaign ($6.2 million) will be dedicated to capital enhancements and repurposing current space. These new facilities – including four Intermediate Care Homes for 16 people and a HUD funded apartment complex for eight people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – will supply Cedar Lake with trend-setting supports.

To date, Cedar Lake has received $3.25 million in pledges for the campaign including leadership gifts from board members and families served by Cedar Lake, a grant from the Gheens Foundation, corporate support from Brown-Forman Corp. and Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company and several estates.

“I am honored to be a part of this campaign,” said Honorary Chair Lainey Jurich. “We will raise the needed funds, but mostly we want people to know what wonderful work Cedar Lake does, and we want all our friends to come and see it for themselves. I know they will love it as much as I do.”

To learn more about Cedar Lake and the “Circle of Friends” Comprehensive Campaign visit