The Love Thy Neighborhood Staff and Board of Directors are passionate about equipping and mobilizing the next generation of Christian leaders to work with the poor, the suffering and the marginalized. Our team is dedicated to providing a whole-life support system for each intern, enabling them to make the deepest possible impact through the power of the gospel in the lives of their neighbors.
Jesse spent seven years serving as the director of Hope for Louisville, the precursor to Love Thy Neighborhood. Having raised over $2 million in the previous two years to help the homeless, Jesse launched Love Thy Neighborhood in January 2014, returning to his roots leading young adults to build relationships with people who are marginalized, serve with nonprofits, and experience spiritual formation in Christ. He geeks out over Ira Glass and Tim Keller, loves listening to his wife Lindsay rap Salt-N-Pepa lyrics, and wrestling with his son and daughter. Jesse and his family reside in the Audubon Park neighborhood.
Director of Operations
Kiana is a graduate of Wayland University in Texas where she received the Female Citizenship Award, Wayland’s highest honor. She is an alum of the Hope for Louisville program and even met her husband, Brad, who was a fellow team member. Before Love Thy Neighborhood, Kiana served as a special events coordinator and office administrator for area nonprofits. Kiana has an obsession with house plants, enjoys interior design, loves baking, and enjoys laughing at the humor of her husband as he entertains their son and daughter. Kiana and her family reside in the George Rogers Clark Park neighborhood.
Director of Advancement
Hillary caught the nonprofit bug while attending Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. She’s since served in a variety of ministry and nonprofit settings – including one of Love Thy Neighborhood’s service sites – with responsibilities ranging from development and volunteer management to marketing and communications. She will begin her M.S. in Communication at Northwestern University in Fall 2021. In her off-hours, Hillary loves re-watching The West Wing, improving her baking skills, and going for walks at the Crescent Hill Reservoir. She lives in the St. Matthews neighborhood.
Leandro is from Puebla, Mexico. After becoming a Christian, Leandro moved to the United States to attend Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Leandro serves extensively with his church community through counseling/care ministries and community life. Leandro is passionate about loving God and loving the church. He loves playing soccer, grabbing coffee with his wife, Kelsey, and is sometimes known to tell terrible jokes. Leandro and his wife reside in the Beechmont neighborhood.
Recruitment & Admissions Director
Rachel was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduating from Butler University, Rachel worked in a variety of roles: staff member with Cru, worship director, store manager at Starbucks, and most recently as the director of worship technology at Sojourn Church Midtown. In her free time, Rachel enjoys laughing loudly, watching British detective dramas, and after five years of asking, she finally convinced her husband to get their dog Juniper! Rachel and her husband, son, and puppy reside in the Shelby Park neighborhood.
Donor Relations Manager
Lindsey is originally from Fort Worth, Texas. Lindsey completed her undergraduate education at Texas A&M University and will soon graduate with her Master of Divinity in Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Lindsey comes to Love Thy Neighborhood with loads of experience in administrative assistance and Enneagram coaching. She also loves spending time with her husband and two daughters. You can most often find Lindsey drinking a Chick-fil-A iced tea. Lindsey currently lives in the Prospect neighborhood.
Rachel is from Florence, Kentucky and is an alum of Love Thy Neighborhood. After graduating from Campbellsville University in 2010, Rachel moved to Louisville to serve through Love Thy Neighborhood’s homelessness track. In 2016, she joined the staff to produce the Love Thy Neighborhood Podcast. A master storyteller with an ear for artistic excellence, Rachel’s production and oversight lead the Love Thy Neighborhood Podcast to rank #3 in Religion and Spirituality on iTunes. Rachel loves to dance, do yoga, and walk to as many places as possible with her dog Bagel. Rachel and her dog reside in the Shelby Park neighborhood.
Anna is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and is an alum of Love Thy Neighborhood. Anna graduated from Millersville University in 2018, she possess several years of experience in podcasting, and she is extremely skilled in audio production. Anna currently lives in the Beechmont neighborhood.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Managing Partner & Vice President, SinglePoint Solutions, Inc.
Trustee, Carson-Myre Foundation
Trustee, Novak Family Foundation
Marriage and Family Therapist, Orphan Care Alliance
HR Generalist, Dell Technologies
Owner, Prime Meridian Properties
PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Partner, Noltemeyer Company
Associate Dean of Academic Innovation, Boyce College
CPA, Greater Louisville Medical Society
Executive Director, Greater Louisville Medical Society
Marketing & Communications Specialist
Pastor, Third Avenue Baptist Church
BsideU for Life, Service Site Liason