Who We Are

About Wilderness LouisvilleJefferson Memorial Forest

Wilderness Louisville, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a mission to be champions for Louisville’s natural areas, from Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest municipally-owned urban forest, to the ones in your neighborhood. We work in partnership with the Louisville Metro Government’s Department of Parks and Recreation to promote the development, stewardship and community awareness of these important public spaces.

 

Mission Statement

We are champions for Louisville’s natural areas from Jefferson Memorial Forest, the nation’s largest city-owned urban forest, to the ones in your neighborhood.

 

Meet our Board

Theresa Zawacki
Board Chair
Louisville Metro Government

Lynn Rippy
Vice Chair
Executive Director, YouthBuild Louisville

Dan Caudill
Treasurer
Partner, Caudill Seed Company

Alicia Ariatti
Secretary
Ariatti Advising LLC

Bennett Knox
Exec. Director
Parks Administrator, Metro Parks, Natural Areas/JMF

Seve Ghose
Ex-Officio
Director, Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation

Jenny Johnston
Olio Event Group

Linda Witt
Member
Coordinator, LEEP Program, Jefferson County Public Schools

Tom Armstrong
Member
Retired, KY State Government

SteVon Edwards, MPH
Member
Organizer, Outdoor Afro KY

Joanna Erny
Member

Andy Reynolds
Member
Public Sector Manager, Waste Management

Richard H.C. Clay
Member
Senior Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Patricia Tennen
Member
Kentucky Youth Advocates

Jere Downs
Member
Associate Communications Manager
The Kroger Co., Louisville Division