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Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) Endorses Bringing Topgolf to Oxmoor

Over 90 percent of young professionals from around the city surveyed by YPAL expressed support for Topgolf at the Oxmoor Center location. YPAL’s endorsement joins those of other organizations throughout the city supporting the location, including Louisville Business First, WAVE 3 General Manager Ken Selvaggi, Oxmoor Center and RunSwitch PR.

“As the Young Professionals Association of Louisville, it is key that we take the concerns and opinions of our members into consideration. Topgolf is the first venue of its kind in Louisville and will serve as a fun, unique facility for both business and entertainment,” said Aimee Jewell, president of YPAL. “As an organization focused on both talent attraction and retention, this type of space is vital to keep Louisville moving forward.”

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Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates adds four new Board Members

Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) recently welcomed four new members to its board of directors. KODA is one of the 58 organ procurement organizations in the U.S. working to save lives through organ donation and enhance lives through tissue donation. The board of directors is KODA’s governing body and meets periodically to discuss and vote on KODA affairs.

Julie Bergin, BSN, MHA, KODA’s president and CEO, said three of the new board members – Denisha Henry, Eduardo Pino, M.D. and Mike Lutz – have already started their three-year terms, while Robert “Bo” Cofield Jr. will join in September. The current board chair is Hoyt Burdick, M.D., FACHE, who serves as chief medical officer at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.

Denisha Henry.


Robert “Bo” Cofield Jr.


Dr. Eduardo Pino.


Mike Lutz.

Bergin said the board of directors is essential to KODA’s continued success with its mission. “We truly appreciate the input of our board members and value the wisdom they can contribute from their various perspectives in business and in the community. We are very fortunate that these leaders have committed to assisting KODA in honoring the gift of donation throughout our service area.”

Originally from Louisville, Denisha Henry works as a clinical research coordinator with Associates in Neurology PSC in Lexington, Kentucky. She is also a donor mom. She first became associated with KODA after her daughter T’Neil Martin died in 2010 and was able to save lives as an organ donor. She has been an active volunteer, served on KODA’s donor family council and will become a member of the board’s quality committee.

“I am excited to serve on KODA’s board and make a difference in a new way,” Henry said. “I am honored to do this in memory of my daughter T’Neil and to make my service on the board a part of her legacy.”

Dr. Pino has served many roles at Cabell Huntington Hospital, including being the long-time chair of the donation committee. He currently serves as medical director of Hoops Family Children’s Hospital. Also, the Team for West Virginia Children recently honored him with its Service to Children Award. He will serve on the board’s quality committee, lending insight into the care of pediatric organ and tissue donors and their families.

“I am honored to be asked to serve with an organization that has such a noble purpose,” said Dr. Pino. “I hope that I can work to fulfill its mission and thereby help so many others.”

Mike Lutz is the human resources general manager at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Lexington. Lutz, who will serve on the strategic planning committee, is a transplant recipient and is grateful for his own second chance.

“I am very humbled by the opportunity to support and serve on KODA’s board,” he said. “I want to help others learn more about the life-saving experience I have been through. I can help others to understand the gifts that occur because of generous donors and their families.”

Robert “Bo” Cofield is the vice president and chief clinical operations manager at UK HealthCare in Lexington. He will fill one of the two seats on the board held by the UK Healthcare Transplant Center. Cofield will begin his term in September and will initially serve on the finance committee.

“I think serving on the KODA board will be an important opportunity to serve the community,” he said. “Since my organization is a health care provider, I hope to help translate some of the great successes we’ve had to help other providers.”

KODA is based in Louisville and has offices in Lexington, Paducah, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Pikeville, Kentucky, and in Huntington, West Virginia. KODA’s service area includes most of Kentucky, two counties in West Virginia, one county in Ohio and four counties in Indiana.

Upcoming 100 Wise Women events to feature Shannon Cogan and Carolyn Tandy

Together with presenting sponsor Chase, the Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine host 100 Wise Women to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers.

Shannon Cogan.

The remaining 2018 events will feature two well-known and loved Louisville women leaders. The Sept. 13 keynote speaker is Shannon Cogan, news anchor at WAVE 3 TV, who as the mother of twin boys is known for her family’s active work for organizations that assist children’s health. Prior to coming to Louisville in 2013, Cogan was a news anchor in Miami, Dallas and Orlando, covering stories about former Dallas Cowboys players, the Columbia space shuttle disaster and the 2000 presidential election.

The final 2018 event on Nov. 27 will feature Carolyn Tandy, diversity director for Texas Roadhouse.

Registration is now open for both the Sept. 13 and Nov. 27 events, both will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave.; the cost is $35. These events sell out quickly, so register soon at For more information, contact the Leadership Louisville Center at 502.561.0458 or email