Meet Our Team

Southwest Dream Team Board
The Southwest Dream Team started in 2008. Our goal is to involve South and Southwest Louisville in making positive changes that lead to economic growth and development in the area.
Vince Jarboe

Vince Jarboe | President

Owner, Agent
Vince Jarboe Insurance Agency

Vince has been a State Farm agent since January 2003. His first office was on Dixie Highway and he immediately felt that he wanted to be part of a renaissance for the South End. Vince co-founded the Southwest Dream Team in 2008 and is proud of what the Southwest Dream Team has accomplished.

Vince also founded the Pleasure Ridge Park (PRP) High School Alumni Association in 2003 that has raised over $350,000 in scholarship funds for Senior students, and honors the PRP community with a Hall of Fame.

Vince has been  married for 32 years to a wonderful woman and has two children in post graduate studies. Most of his free time is spent, either playing golf or spending time on Dale Hollow Lake in Southern Kentucky. Vince is ready and willing to continue to make the South End and Southwest Louisville the best place to live, work and play.

Ben Hill

Ben Hill | Vice President

Ben Hill has served as the Southwest Dream Team’s Vice President since 2010. He is committed to bringing positive change and attracting desired businesses to Southwest Louisville by working with business professionals and citizens. He and his family are actively involved in their church.

Professionally Ben is the founder and owner of BHC – Trusted IT, which began in 1996 as Benjamin Hill Consulting, a one-man IT service shop that was primarily started to provide a means of covering the financial burden of college for the ‘one-man’, Benjamin Hill. In addition to managing operations, Ben also serves as the lead technology consultant for the company. Ben enjoys the great side effect of focusing on ‘smaller businesses’ which is the ability to see very quickly how BHC’s work plays an active role in helping business owners reach their goals and dreams by simply providing a service that makes them more efficient in the way they operate.

Ben earned his Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Louisville. He also attended Union Commonwealth University where he studied chemistry and biology and was a member of the tennis team, pep band, and orchestra.

Ben’s business is still located where he calls home – Southwest Louisville.

Sharon Toms

Sharon Toms | Secretary

Realtor, RE/MAX

Sharon lives in southwest Louisville and has for the majority of her life. She was born in Louisville and attended southwest area Jefferson County Public Schools. Married for 45 years, three children, and eight grandchildren. Her children and grandchildren have attended and graduated from southwest public schools. Sharon has been a Realtor for 36 years and has recently retired. Her business was serving all areas of Louisville and the surrounding counties but came home to southwest Louisville.

Sharon is committed to volunteer her time on different boards; previous Greater Louisville Board of Directors active member of Beechland Baptist Church. She has been a long-time board member of Southwest Dream Team. She continues to collaborate with residents and business owners to invest in their community. Sharon makes time for outside activities participating at the Southwest YMCA and bicycling with friends. She is always excited to talk with others how to invest in the future of Southwest Louisville, a wonderful place to Live, Work and Play!

Rebecca Katz

Rebecca Katz | Treasurer

Legislative Aide, Louisville Metro Council District 12

Rebecca is the Legislative Aide to Councilwoman Betsy Ruhe, Louisville Metro Council District 21. In this role, Rebecca supports the work of the Council Office, addresses constituent concerns, and leads projects that enhance the health and vitality of District 21.

Rebecca is proud to be a Southwest Dream Team Board member where she previously served as Executive Director. Prior to joining the Southwest Dream Team, Rebecca directed communications and marketing for the annual Festival of Faiths at the Center for Interfaith Relations. Rebecca began her career as an AmeriCorps service member and has worked with numerous nonprofits since to build social capital in communities.

Rebecca lives in South Louisville. She holds a BA in Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration degree at the University of Louisville. Outside of work, you might find Rebecca in rehearsal with Keen Dance Theatre, or hiking the Purple Heart Trail in Jefferson Memorial Forest.

Lori Bischoff

Lori Bischoff

Lori is the Director of Business Development for UofL Health- Mary and Elizabeth Hospital. She is responsible for marketing and developing internal and external relationships that increase market share and service line development for the 298-bed academic community hospital. She is devoted to volunteering and serves on the board for Dixie Area Business Association as well as the Beechmont Neighborhood Association for the southwest community. Lori began her 18-year career in healthcare gaining her degree in medical imaging at St. Catherine College and is currently pursuing her MBA at University of Louisville. She helped develop and open Kentucky’s first free standing pediatric outpatient center but is most excited to bring back labor and delivery services to south Louisville for the first time in nearly 50 years.

Lori was born and raised in South Louisville and lives in Beechmont with her two children. She values the inclusivity and diversity of South Louisville in both the economic and social development. Her focus is using her professional and personal skillset and influence to help improve outcomes for the southend. You can find her and the family enjoying the parkway and the Southend farmer’s markets!

Ryan Cecil

Ryan Cecil

As a dedicated real estate agent and enthusiastic community advocate based in Louisville, Kentucky, Ryan Cecil brings passion and expertise to the Southwest Dream Team Board. With a deep-rooted connection to the Southend, Ryan has built a successful career grounded in community involvement and client satisfaction. A Navy Veteran and a graduate of Sullivan University with a Bachelor’s in Business Management and Administration, Ryan leverages her skills in logistics and her considerable social media influence to enhance local initiatives.

Married and a mother of two, she is deeply invested in creating vibrant, welcoming spaces for families in the area. Ryan is committed to using her platform and professional acumen to promote the growth and prosperity of the Southwest Louisville community.

Karen Fallon

Karen Fallon

Karen is Senior Director of Development for Harbor House of Louisville, an Intergenerational Life Center serving children, adults, and seniors of all abilities. A caregiver whose twin brother, Bud, is a participant at Harbor House, Karen has worked at Harbor House for 10 years. She has served on the board of Dixie Area Business Association and Southwest Dream Team, and is a graduate of the Citizens Police Academy and Louisville College of Medical and Dental. Karen has been married to Patrick Fallon for 39 years and has two adult sons and daughters-in-law and eight grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, and reading.

Nicole George

Nicole George

In November of 2018, Nicole George was elected to represent the people of District 21 on the Louisville Metro Council. After redistricting in 2020, the District includes the neighborhoods of Beechmont, Wilder Park, Iroquois, Southside, Belmar, Preston Park, Sunshine Acres, My Old Kentucky Home, and the City of Lynnview. The District also encompasses the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) and the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).

In 2022, she served as the Chair of Metro Council’s Public Works Committee. She is also a member of the Planning and Zoning, Equity and Inclusion, and Budget Committees.

Nicole has spent her career working with families to improve child safety and wellbeing. For over 15 years, Nicole has worked as a public servant delivering both frontline services in child protection and holding an array of child welfare administrative roles. These jobs have focused on organization improvement, policy analysis, and project management.

Nicole spearheaded a statewide initiative to reduce trauma and enhance behavioral health services for children in foster care. Nicole is professionally trained to use available assets to drive positive change. Nicole values the ability of community to enhance the lives of all its citizens and support them in reaching their potential.

Nicole, a life-long resident of the Southend of Louisville, has been married for two decades to small business owner and IBEW, Local 369 member, Ricky George.

Nicole George, an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, is committed to serve the citizens of Metro Council District 21 through her leadership in economic growth and maintaining the beauty of our Metro 21 District.

June Meredith

June Meredith

Married since 1975, 2 adult children, 6 grandchildren

Retired October 2019 from Juli Creations, LLC, Catering Business, Owner (2004 – 2019), Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, Vice President (1980 to 2004)

Born in Louisville Ky and lived in Southend all of my life.

Graduate of Butler High School, Attended College level courses affiliated with banking industry

March of Dimes Board, 1993 to 2004, WalkAmerica Co-Chair(1998) and Chair(1999), Volunteer of the Year (2001)

PRP Business Association Board 2005 to 2010, President 2008 -2010, Lead merger of 3 business associations to become DABA

Dixie Area Business Association Board (2010 – 2019), President 2011- 2016

Enjoy Cooking and providing a dish or meal to those in need with my Church group. Enjoy spending time with my 6 grandchildren.

Saundra Robertson

Saundra Robertson

Saundra is the Senior Tourism Development Sales Manager for Louisville Tourism. Saundra is responsible for the planning and execution of sales and marketing strategies for the domestic travel trade market. She utilizes her sales, relationship building, communications and planning skills to develop tour itineraries and packages for clients looking to bring their groups to Louisville from all over the United States.

Robertson also represents the city of Louisville at major industry trade shows, hospitality marketplaces and sales missions. She has been with Louisville Tourism since 2007.

A longtime resident of South Louisville and before joining the Southwest Dream Team she has worked for many years with the area’s local parks, attractions and restaurants promoting the area to visitors. In her spare time, she also devotes her efforts and is passionate about volunteering in the community. Robertson serves on the Louisville Tourism Black Tourism Advisory Council, American Bus Association’s African American Motorcoach Council and is a member of the West Louisville Minority Political Club, Leadership Louisville and other community efforts.

She has recently completed the Certified Travel Industry Specialist program (CTIS) through the American Bus Association and Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPUI) and has also completed the Certified Tourism Ambassador program.

Dr. Danielle Wiegandt

Dr. Danielle Atzinger Wiegandt

Dr. Danielle Atzinger Wiegandt is a South Louisville resident and the President / Head of Holy Cross High School. Starting her career in teaching at Holy Cross, Dr. Wiegandt’s roles and contributions have been varied with increasing responsibility in relationship to school liturgy, admissions and recruiting, and coaching varsity softball, basketball, and volleyball. Accomplishments under Dr. Wiegandt’s leadership that have significantly impacted the school’s trajectory including developing the Holy Cross Profile of Graduate/Philosophy, creating the Holy Cross Guild System, implementing and supporting the Professional Learning Committees (PLC), and leading the systematic collection of data program for tracking A.C.T. growth. As the Coordinator of the School Technology Committee, Dr. Wiegandt serves as the principal and primary instructional leader. As such, she successfully implemented the 1:1 tablet program.

Dr. Wiegandt holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Religion from the University of Mississippi where she led on and off the court. Dr. Wiegandt lettered all four years in varsity volleyball, was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and Chairwoman of said Board one semester, and a member of the NCAA Certification Subcommittee for Athletic Compliance and its only student representative one semester. From Bellarmine University Dr. Wiegandt earned a Master’s Degree, M.A.Ed., in Instructional Leadership and School Administration, a Master’s Degree, M.A.T., Secondary Education with a concentration in English, and a Ph.D. in Education and Social Change, with a concentration in School Leadership. The topic of her Ph.D. dissertation was The Essence of Teaching in a large Catholic Archdiocese during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dr. Wiegandt is committed to improving South and Southwest Louisville. By partnering with Dr. Tony Arnold with the University of Louisville Justice Project, her students are studying the Mill Creek watershed community in Southwest Louisville and the associated environmental and investment needs which have been ignored for too long. Dr. Wiegandt strongly supports the need to fund the Mill Creek Greenways Project.

Maureen Welch

Maureen Welch

Maureen Welch is a lifelong South Louisville resident who is proud of her roots and committed to the future of her community. She credits her faith, family, and the South End for her moral compass, strong work ethic, and belief that every person matters.

Maureen passionately supports the University of Louisville. Her community support includes volunteering with the Friends of Iroquois Park, the Franciscan Kitchen, St. Vincent DePaul, and the WHAS Crusade for Children. Maureen also enjoys outdoor activities.

With over 30 years of accounting and finance experience at various corporations in Louisville, Maureen retired from Yum! Brands Inc. She has a MBA and a BSBA with an Accounting concentration from the University of Louisville. Maureen is a CPA.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Southwest Dream Team is to spearhead asset-based community engagement by connecting stakeholders to identify and facilitate economic development opportunities that lead to a unified vision and quality of life for South and Southwest Louisville.

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Louisville South FAQs
Quick Help Guide

FAQs

What are some of the best activities for outdoor enthusiasts?

There are so many activities in Louisville’s Southend for those who love the outdoors. Enjoy scenic hiking trails at Iroquois Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest, and Waverly Park. In addition to hiking, camping is also available at Jefferson Memorial Forest with an advance reservation. Reserve a campsite here, or by calling the Welcome Center, 502-368-5404. The best mountain biking course in Louisville is at Waverly Park. You can fish at both Waverly Park and Jefferson Memorial Forest. Horses can be ridden at Iroquois Park and Jefferson Memorial Forest. Bicycle trails are available at Iroquois Park, Jefferson Memorial Forest, Waverly Park, and Riverside Park. There are pickleball courts at Iroquois Park, Riverside Park and Wyandotte Park. If golfing is your sport, enjoy the courses at Iroquois Park, Bobby Nichols, and Sun Valley.

Are there public pools in the area?

Yes, the public can use the Fairdale pool, Wyandotte pool and Sun Valley pool.

Where can I find live entertainment?

Enjoy live entertainment throughout the spring, summer and fall at Iroquois Amphitheater, Colonial Gardens, and Riverside Park.

I'd love to help out, how can I get involved?
There are lots of ways you can volunteer and help us work toward our mission! Please contact us directly here and we’ll help you figure out a good fit.
I'd like to support your mission monetarily. Do you accept donations?

Yes! We’re always grateful for donations to help fund different projects and initiatives like the ones found here. You can make donations directly from our donations page here or by clicking the yellow DONATE button at the top of the page.

How do I get my business or event listed on your website?
Please contact our team directly here, or fill out the form on this page.
I have an idea or suggestion. Who do I talk to about this?
We’re always open to hearing directly from the community. You can contact us directly here.
What specific areas of Louisville is your organization focused on?

We’re focused solely on South and Southwest Louisville, from Shively to the County Line to the South and the Airport to the River.