Our Board and Staff

2018 Board Members

Barry Gary, Chair
Norton Healthcare, Director of Staff Development

Maria Elbl, Vice-Chair
Brown-Forman Corporation, Global Brand Associate, Tequilas

Paul Bagley, Secretary
UPS, UPS Airline Information Technology Applications Development Manager

Shawn Adams, Treasurer
Blue & Co., Manager

J. Barry Barker
TARC, Executive Director

Tom Bohnert
Wells Fargo Advisors
Vice President – Investments

Hillary Bonistalli
Crowe LLP, CPA

Katie Carter
Presbyterian Church (USA), Associate of Research, Policy and Information

Chip Hancock
Republic Bank,
Senior Vice-President

Eric Haner
District Court, Judge

Gill Holland

Sharon Landrum
Sharon Landrum Realty, President


Dr. Rana Latif
University of Louisville, Professor at the School of Medicine

Charles Theiler, II
Sitlinger, McGlincy & Theiler Law Firm

Scott Shoenberger
The Al J. Schneider Company, President & Chief Executive Officer

Ryan C. Simpson
University of Louisville, Assistant Director of Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Bill Summers

David Vawter
Doe-Anderson Advertising, Chief Creative Officer

Steve Woodworth
LG&E-KU Energy, Director of Distribution Operations & Emergency Preparedness

Current Staff

edgardoEdgardo Mansilla, Executive Director:  Edgardo, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, came to Louisville in 1990 on a scholarship to study social work.  He holds a master of social work from the Carver School of Social Work and a master of theology.  Edgardo is also a part-time professor at the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work.  He has extensive experience providing programs in Louisville to benefit refugee, immigrant, and low-income families. edgardo@americanacc.org

Emilie Dyer, Programs Director:  An indigenous Louisvillian, Emilie joined the Americana staff in early August 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master of arts in sociology from the University of Louisville. One of her favorite parts of being at Americana is that every day is different and that she can use her creativity to problem solve. In her free time, she does woodworking, gardening, and crafting of all types. emilie@americanacc.org


Abram Deng, Finance Manager: A native of South Sudan, moved to Egypt in 1996 then came to Louisville in 2000 with his immediate family to seek a better education. He holds a dual B.S. degree in Accounting & Business Administration from Spalding University. He is Co-Founder of a startup that promotes higher-education learning by providing an avenue that reduces the cost of college textbooks. As an adolescent, he spent most of his time at Americana learning, which is why he’s very excited to join Americana in helping other immigrants achieve. abram@americanacc.org

Dzemila Bilanovic, Workforce Development Coordinator: Dzemila was born in Munich, Germany to refugees from Bosnia. She and her family moved to the U.S. in 1999 where they were resettled to Kentucky. She attended the University of Louisville and received a B.A. in Anthropology. Upon graduation she spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA. The following year she was lucky enough to receive a Fulbright to teach English in Germany as a Diversity Fellow. At Americana Dzemila oversees several programs that support the financial stability and work of adult participants. dzemila@americanacc.org


Beverly Cox, Family Coach: Beverly was born in Nuremburg, Germany into a military family. When she was three, her family moved back to the United States to be close to family in Louisville, KY. She has received two Bachelor’s degrees in International Studies and Spanish and is working to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s degree. Beverly joined the Americana team as a Family Education teacher and now works as the Family/Youth Coach, providing support and guidance to families and teens. She is very excited to serve the international community through Americana. beverly@americanacc.org


Abby Rudolph, Community Garden Coordinator: Abby was born and raised in Louisville, KY, then attended Western Kentucky University where she received her B.A. in Literature and Creative Writing. Abby’s interest in sustainable agriculture stems from a background in gardening and a deep commitment to environmental and social justice. Throughout college she worked for WKU’s Office of Sustainability and maintained the University’s organic garden during the summer months. Abby manages our community garden plots and teaches garden classes during After School Program and Summer Youth Program. Here at Americana she has found the perfect place to explore the relationship between place and story, while contributing to a more just food system in the Louisville community. abby@americanacc.org

Lauren GottWorth, Youth Programs Coordinator: Lauren was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, and she received her Bachelor’s of Liberal Arts in both German and Art & Design from Purdue University in 2008. She is happily a Kentucky transplant, having moved to the Bluegrass State in 2011. Lauren spends her free time rock climbing with her husband & friends at Red River Gorge and applies her climbing knowledge to her ladies training classes at Climb Nulu. When she isn’t climbing, she is typically spending her spare time creating new things or drawing, with her kitten Bebe and husband watching Parks & Rec. lauren.gottworth@americanacc.org

Sarah Denison, Family Education Teacher: Sarah grew up in Bullitt County but now makes Louisville her home. In 2012, she graduated from the University of the Cumberlands with a B.A. in English and a minor in journalism.  She then served in the Peace Corps teaching ESL in Guinea. Sarah joined Americana in 2016 as a teacher for the Summer Youth Program and Family Education. She also helps teens with homework after school. She loves working with the students one on one and getting to know their unique personalities. sdenison@americanacc.org

Jennifer Brown, S.T.E.A.M. Coordinator:  Upon graduating from IU, Jenn taught English in both Asia and Europe, designing and implementing curriculum for children and adults. After returning to the States, she moved to Louisville and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Emerging Media Design and Development through Ball State University. Her thesis is on using design thinking to engage girls in S.T.E.A.M. On a personal note, she enjoys boardgames, trivia and walks with her rescue dog. Her favorite part of working at Americana is saying hello to every single student as they get off the bus. jennifer.brown@americanacc.org

Lubna Hindi, Family Education Teacher: Born in Indiana, Lubna moved back to Jordan as a one-year-old with her family. They moved to Mayfield, Kentucky in 2003 before coming to Louisville in 2009. Lubna attended the University of Louisville and graduated with a B.S. in Bioengineering in 2017 and currently is working on a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering. She joined Americana in February 2017 as a Family Education Teacher. Her favorite part of working at Americana is getting to be creative in creating my lesson plans and getting to work with the talented, fun students. lubna.hindi@americanacc.org

Roberto Guerra, Maintenance Attendant: Roberto is from Havana, Cuba and came to the United States in 1997. He is a maintenance attendant at Americana and has worked at the center for 4 years. Roberto spent many years working as an accountant back in Cuba before political issues forced him to turn to work as a plumber, carpenter and electrician. Roberto is the proud father of three children who are university students pursuing careers in nursing, medicine and engineering.

Prady Rivera, Facility Attendant: Prady is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and came to the United States in 2006. She has worked at Americana Community Center for 6 years. Prady enjoys the environment at Americana because her colleagues are kind and treat her with respect.

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