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 7 years serving as the Director for Hope for Louisville – the precursor to Love Thy Neighborhood. Having raised over $2M in the last two years to help the homeless, Jesse launched LTN 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 Poplar Level neighborhood.
Kiana is a graduate of Wayland University in Texas where she was awarded the Female Citizenship Award, Wayland’s highest honor. She is an alumni of the Hope for Louisville program (where she met her husband who was a fellow Team Member). Before LTN, Kiana served as a Special Events Coordinator and Office Administrator for area nonprofits. Kiana has an obsession with organizational systems (“Look at all the pockets!”), sweats way too much when she exercises & enjoys laughing at the humor of her husband, Brad, as he entertains their son and daughter. Kiana and her family reside in the Shelby Park 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 and 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.
Rachel Szabo is from Florence, KY and is a LTN Alumni. After graduating from Campbellsville University in 2010, Rachel moved to Louisville to serve through LTN’s Homelessness track. Rachel joined the LTN Team in 2016 to produce the Love Thy Neighborhood Podcast. A master storyteller with an ear for artistic excellence, Rachel’s production and oversight lead the podcast to rank #3 in Religion and Spirituality on iTunes. Rachel loves to dance, do yoga and walk to as many places as possible. Rachel resides in the Shelby Park neighborhood.
Rachel was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After graduating from Butler University, Rachel has worked in a variety of roles: staff member with Cru, Worship Director, Starbucks Store Manager, and most recently, the Director of Worship Technology at Sojourn Church Midtown. Rachel has been married to her husband Casey since 2015, who is endearingly opposite from her in nearly every way. Casey and Rachel are foster parents and they hope to adopt children out of foster care in the future. In her free time, Rachel enjoys laughing loudly, watching British detective dramas, and employing every tactic imaginable to convince Casey to let her adopt a rescue dog (five years in, no dice). Rachel and her husband reside in the Shelby Park neighborhood.
Director of Donor Relations
Becky Edmondson has worked in ministry and nonprofit fundraising in Louisville for over 30 years. She was the Executive Director for a crisis pregnancy center for 20 years – focusing on saving unborn lives and caring for the overall needs of young mothers – before moving into fundraising development for various agencies. Becky has been married to her husband for 45 years. They have two adult children and 4 grandchildren. She enjoys talking with donors over a good meal – which is secretly just a way to avoid cooking for herself. Becky and her husband reside in the Beechwood Village neighborhood
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chairman of the Board
Managing Partner & Vice President, SinglePoint Solutions, Inc.
Director of Sales Trade Marketing, National Tobacco Company
Chapter President, Kentucky National Black MBA Association
Trustee, Novak Family Foundation
Marriage and Family Therapist, Orphan Care Alliance
Trustee, Carson-Myre Foundation
Trustee, The Price Foundation
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