Charlie “Chard” Crawford is a Vice President at private equity firm Chrysalis. He believes engaging youth in hands-on food education creates healthier, stronger communities.
Luckett Davidson, now a coach and illustrator and former owner of a restaurant and catering business, believes strongly in a variety of healthy, well-prepared food choices for everyone in our community. Getting kids into the outdoors and growing and cooking food there – what an impressively empowering activity. It promises to increase the demand for diverse food choices in all our neighborhoods, making Louisville healthier and therefore more prosperous. In addition, the Food Literacy Project is managed sensitively, has a bold vision for the future and has committed and energetic staff and board. FLP is on the way to changing the world – one kid and one carrot at a time. Luckett’s background in food service and in the world of social justice and organization development has brought her to FLP. She’s proud to do her part as a board member.
A native Kentuckian, Rick was born in Hopkinsville. He attended Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Bellarmine universities and retired after a lengthy career in banking, international trade promotion, and information technology. He has been a Rotarian since 1999, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Louisville. He has served the Rotary District in various capacities and is currently the District Rotary Foundation Chair. He is active as Administrator of Rotary’s International Travel and Hosting Fellowship.
Dr. Gil Liu is a Louisville pediatrician, member of the University of Louisville School of Medicine faculty, and medical director for the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. He was recently named as the University of Louisville School of Medicine Endowed Chair and Distinguished Scholar in Urban Health Policy Research. A graduate of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, Dr. Liu completed an internship and residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) School of Medicine. He also completed an additional fellowship in medical informatics and earning a master’s degree in biomedical engineering while at UNC. Dr. Liu has taught general pediatrics and his research interests include obesity prevention, environmental health, spatial analysis, and improving medical education. He resides in Louisville with his wife and four children.
Craig “Carrot” Oswein has been Board member since February 2019. Since 2005, Craig and his wife Jenny Kute have owned and operated the Taylor Blvd. Save-A-Lot, which is located in front of the Iroquois Farm. Born and raised in Louisville, Craig has a strong passion for operating his business with a strong community focus. Craig and Jenny have 3 children: Megan, Ellen and Henry. Craig has a degree in Finance from Washington University in St. Louis.
Dr. Julia “Ginger Root” Richerson, MD, FAAP loves the dirt and grew up visiting her grandparents’ family farm in Marshall County. She loves playing in her flower garden and feeding the butterflies. Now a city girl, she has been in Louisville for 15 years taking care of children and families as a pediatrician at the Family Health Centers- Iroquois office in South Louisville, adjacent to Iroquois Farm. She believes families are incredibly powerful and are the foundation for a strong and healthy community.
Chef Patrick Roney’s passion for cooking came from an early age in his mother’s garden, outside Baltimore, Maryland, with a salt shaker and a sun ripened tomato. Today his philosophy has come full circle, his roots shine true in the fact that he is ingredient driven and prefers little confusion on the plate. During Patrick’s culinary training at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, New York, he became skilled in several cuisines. Although, today he truly is focused on Contemporary American Cuisine with an emphasis on Farm to Table. Roney recently joined the hospitality team at Ashbourne Farms where he is Chef de Cuisine under Jason Jones and helped to open the doors to the kitchen at the Show Barn.
Brad “Blackberry” Savko was born and raised in Louisville. He has been a banker at Republic Bank since 2010 and was introduced to Food Literacy Project through Leadership Louisville’s Ignite Louisville program. While he is far from having a green thumb he got involved because of his belief in teaching youth the importance of having a healthy lifestyle and developing our young leaders.
Brenda “Brussel Sprouts” Stokes is a 24 year Jefferson County Public School employee currently working at Environmental Magnet Coordinator at Portland Elementary. I grew up on a family farm in Texas and love gardening. At Portland Elementary, I started themed grade level gardens where students plant, tend, harvest and eat food from their gardens.