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Alton B. Pollard III named Louisville Seminary’s tenth president

With a student body that represents 20 different denominations, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary has named a scholar of diverse religions and cultures as its tenth president.

Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard.

The Louisville Seminary Board of Trustees voted June 7 to appoint the Rev. Dr. Alton B. Pollard III as president. A scholar, author, consultant and speaker on the subject of African American religion and culture, Pollard was previously dean of the School of Divinity and professor of religion and culture at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Louisville Seminary offers master’s and doctorate degree programs that prepare graduates for a number of roles in ministry and administration for Presbyterian and other church denominations as well as for marriage and family therapy.

Pollard said he was drawn both by the history and the current trajectory of Louisville Seminary.

“Rare is the theological institution today that innovates well in contemporary society, modeling theological education for just inclusivity in an increasingly diverse world,” Pollard said. “As much of our society is focused on division, I will ensure that Louisville Seminary will continue to build bridges between people of different religious, social and cultural perspectives through teaching and scholarship, and the preparation of persons for lives of faithful witness and public service.”

Prior to his 11 years at Howard University, Pollard served as director of Black Church Studies and chair of American Religious Cultures at Emory University and taught at Wake Forest University and St. Olaf College. He earned degrees from Duke University, Harvard University Divinity School and Fisk University.

Pollard has authored, co-authored and edited a number of books and journal articles. He serves on the board of directors for the In Trust Center for Theological Schools and the advisory committee for the Luce Fund for Theological Education. He served on the board of commissioners for the Association of Theological Schools from 2010-2016 and was chair from 2014-2016. A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Pollard and his wife Jessica have two adult children.

Citadel Self Storage Facility Opens In St. Matthews

Citadel Self Storage will host a grand opening networking event June 28 at its new facility located at 1403 Browns Lane in St. Matthews. The event, which is open to the public, will feature a wine tasting with Scott Harper, master sommelier and co-owner of the Bristol Bar & Grille and the Cuvée Wine Table and designer of Citadel’s wine storage parameters.

The 130,000-square-foot self storage facility is unique to Louisville with 100 percent indoor temperature and humidity control, ideal for items that need to be stored in a climate-regulated environment. The three-story facility will have 990 units of various sizes available for short- or long-term rentals and is the only one in Louisville with state-of-the-art designated wine storage.

Citadel will offer a covered loading and unloading zone and individual unit security, with each unit having its own PIN number for access tied to an individual alarm.

“The self-storage industry has taken off, and we are so excited to bring our concept to Louisville,” said Allen Schubert, the developer of the property. “This unique and interesting facility takes the trend to a new level.”

Schubert recently opened similar properties in Nashville, Tennessee and Cincinnati, Ohio.

21st Century Parks Hires, Promotes Organizational Leaders

21st Century Parks, Inc., the non-profit responsible for managing and maintaining The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is pleased to announce new members of the leadership team to guide the organization’s mission to deliver a world-class experience to visitors of the donor-supported public park.

• David Morgan, President

David Morgan.

David Morgan has been named president of 21st Century Parks and began his new role on June 18. As president, Morgan will oversee the day-to-day operations of 21st Century Parks and lead the management team to achieve the organization’s goals in a fiscally responsible manner. From 1999 to present, David has held various positions with Main Street Realty, Inc. and Different Strokes Golf Centers including president of the golf venture and vice president of Main Street Realty’s Residential Division. During his employment with Main Street Realty, David has been involved with 21st Century Parks as an officer, serving most recently as the SVP of operations and administration and assistant treasurer.

• Sam Stewart, Director of Parklands Fund Events & External Relations

Sam Stewart.

Sam Stewart has been hired to lead development and communications as director of Parklands fund events and external relations. In this role, he will focus on growing new and existing fundraising events, including the non-profit’s largest fundraiser, Field & Fork. Stewart brings with him more than 12 years of experience in events management. Former roles include director of events and programming at The Frazier History Museum and facility and programs director at The Parklands of Floyds Fork as well as managing catering, weddings and large-scale events for Sodexo and the Louisville Zoo.

In addition to new hires, the organization recently promoted several staff members in recognition of their achievements overseeing park management and programming.

• Mike Nielsen, Vice President of Finance & Operations

Mike Nielsen was promoted to vice president of finance and operations to oversee accounting and finance as well as the operations, horticulture, education and facilities departments. His work helps to provide a world-class experience to visitors of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, while ensuring the non-profit acts as a responsible steward of donated dollars.

• Curtis Carman, Director of Education

Curtis Carman was promoted to director of education, where he will continue to oversee The Parklands Outdoor Classroom, promoting STEAM-based education through engaging, hands-on learning both outdoors and inside the classroom. He will also implement the next phase of education programming at The Parklands, increasing both in-park and off-site educational experiences for underserved youths, adults and seniors.

• Laura Morton, Development Manager

Laura Morton was promoted to development manager to manage grants and the donation acknowledgement process, as well as continue to support the fundraising of major gifts, donor relations and annual fundraising events including Field & Fork and the Kick-Off Luncheon.

• Anna Rosales-Crone, Manager of Communications & Marketing

Anna Rosales-Crone was promoted to manager of communications and marketing to run internal and external communications strategies for The Parklands, as well as marketing to promote facility rentals, educational programming, fundraising and overall park awareness.

For more information on these announcements or on The Parklands of Floyds Fork, please contact Anna Rosales-Crone at 502.815.0267 or acrone@21cparks.org.

Teenager Pursuing Dream Of Yard Maintenance Business Is Back In Business After Devastating Theft Of Gear Thanks To Greenworks Commercial Tools

Michael Bonza Jr. (also known as Lil Michael) at age nine started his own lawn-and-landscape maintenance business in 2011. On May 9, Michael’s dreams of entrepreneurship were crushed when someone stole all of his equipment. Fortunately for Michael – and his growing list of customers – Greenworks Commercial, leaders in battery-powered outdoor equipment for landscaping, turf management and golf maintenance professionals, announced recently that it has stepped up to donate a complete set of free tools to Michael, helping him to get his business up and running again.

Michael Bonza Jr. is the founder and owner of Bardstown Mowing Company in Bardstown, Kentucky. Earlier this month, Bonza had his trailer full of landscape and lawn maintenance tools stolen from his home in an overnight theft that temporarily crippled his business. The loss of $5,000 worth of landscaping tools would be crushing to anyone, but especially to a 15-year old entrepreneur who built his business from the ground up over the past seven years.

Having learned about the theft after reading local news accounts and seeing that his GoFundMe page was trending, Greenworks Commercial decided to completely replace Michael’s stolen gas-powered tools with its best-in-class, brand new, lithium-ion battery powered tools, including the batteries and chargers necessary to fuel Bardstown Mowing Company’s future growth.

“In a time when teen summer employment is at an all-time low in this country, hardworking young people like Michael Bonza should be celebrated, not victimized,” said Tony Marchese, director of independent retail – Greenworks North America. “When we learned of Michael’s story, we immediately knew we wanted to help, and we were in a unique position to do so. Not only could we get Michael whole again with the donation of brand new tools, but with our proprietary lithium-ion battery platform, we were able to help Michael’s business propel forward with more profitability, never having to purchase another can of gasoline.”

The Inner Warrior Opens Louisville’S First 100 Percent Donation-Based Yoga Studio

A staple to Frankfort Avenue for more than three years, The Inner Warrior Yoga Boutique is relocating its heart and soul to historic Distillery Commons. Owners Sabine and Gabriella Gaona are excited to provide a yoga space dedicated for the city of Louisville at their new location.

The Inner Warrior’s goal is to create a “feel good” space for the growing and evolving community. The new space will provide a variety of donation-based yoga classes seven days week. They will also have weekly meditations, workshops and pop-up gatherings.

“This heart-based concept is about doing things for others and embracing our many differences along our collective journey.” says Gabriella.

Since opening in 2014, the yoga boutique has moved its clothing racks aside to offer more than 300 donation-based yoga classes and nearly 100 free events ranging from meditations, acro-yoga workshops, sound healing and guest speakers and gatherings involving live music, art and poetry.

“The yoga classes were always full to capacity and with a waiting list,” says Sabine. “It was clearly time for us to find a larger space and keep it donation based to make yoga accessible for all.”

The boutique will continue to carry a nice selection of unique, eco-conscious yoga apparel and accessories for all body types.

The Inner Warrior Yoga & Boutique will open again June 25 at 600 Distillery Commons, Ste. 250. The new space will be above Weightless Float Center, a sustainably conscious floatation therapy spa. Together they will exude a super healing synergy.

Follow the Inner Warrior at @innerwarriorlou on social media for the latest news and updates on the progress and visit their website at theinnerwarriorlou.com.