Letter from the Editor

Speed Art Museum Chief Marketing Officer Steven Bowling and The Voice Photographer Andrea Hutchinson photographing Stephen Reily. Photo by Britany Baker.

I’ve always had an affinity for the month of February because of my tendency to reflect on where I’ve been since the start of the new year and where I’d like to go. If I’ve made any resolutions, I assess my progress or lack thereof, make adjustments and start anew. I also make sure to celebrate any met goals and personal and professional successes. This issue is filled with much reflection: Stephen Reily of the Speed Art Museum takes us on a look back at the museum’s role in our community. Writer J.C. Phelps shares his recent trip to Colombia. Dave Parks of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg Realtors delves into the history of the firm he owns with his sister Judie Parks. And Angela Burton of Feet to the Fire offers up inspiration and encouragement to those who seek to tell their stories.

Josh Moore, Volare Italian Ristorante executive chef and partner, recently appeared on an episode of Food Network’s “Chopped” and won the competition. He’s pictured with his son Gibson and wife Lindsay. Photo by Kathryn Harrington.

Speaking of reflecting, if you get the opportunity, stop by Volare Italian Ristorante to congratulate Executive Chef and Partner Joshua Moore for his recent win on Food Network’s “Chopped,” and you may get a bit of insider information about his experience. Josh certainly represented Louisville well and was more than deserving of the championship. You can view photos from his watch party at voice-tribune.com.

As a mom to a 3-year-old, I was enamored with Janice Carter Levitch’s interview with Dominique “Joy” Thompson, who is a professional model, certified nursing assistant and mother of three kids. When she’s not wearing one of these three hats, she is working on starting a nonprofit to provide essential items to the homeless members of our community as well as those staying in nursing homes and hospitals. Check out her story – and her stunning photos by Joe Goodwin – on page 18.

Lastly, you’re invited to join us 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 when we celebrate this month’s edition of The Voice – and the people featured in it – at The Champagnery, 1764 Frankfort Ave., Louisville’s first and only champagne bar.

Thank you for taking the time and care to pick up The Voice. Cheers!