Our Board and Staff

2019 Board Members


Barry Gary, Chair

Shawn Adams, Vice Chair
Blue & Co., Manager

Paul Bagley, Secretary


Ann Triplett
Retired, Community at Large

Allyson Ibrahim

Sowmya Telaprolu

Keisha Deonarine
Park Community Bank

    Tom Bohnert
Wells Fargo Advisors
Vice President – Investments

Hillary Bonistalli

Gill Holland





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

Charles Theiler, II
Sitlinger, McGlincy & Theiler Law Firm

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

                        Bill Summers
                 Community at Large

Tim Finley

Tracy Davis

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


David Vawter
Doe-Anderson Advertising, Chief Creative Officer


Current Staff

Edgardo 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


Antigona Mehani, Director of Development:

Email: antigona@americanacc.org 

Phone: 502-366-7813 Ext 203



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 Coach, providing support and guidance to families. She is very excited to serve the international community through Americana. beverly@americanacc.org


Jon Sanders, Family/Youth Coach: Jon was a born and raised in Louisville and joined the Americana staff in April 2018. He holds a Bachelors of Social Work from Belmont University and a Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Jon loves providing support to the families of Americana.  jon@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


Jennifer Cross, Environmental Education Specialist: A native Louisvillian, Jennifer earned her Elementary Education degree from Northern Arizona University. After returning to Louisville, Jennifer taught special education and directed an after-school program. Through the years she has also been a tutor, science educator, and held other positions that included children, education, and fun. Jennifer enjoys travel, nature, learning about cultures, and being of service to others. jennifer.cross@americanacc.org


Elizabeth Rubando,  Creative Arts Coordinator: Liz grew up in Toledo, Ohio then attended the University of Kentucky graduating with a BFA in Art Education and Art Studio. She moved to Louisville from Washington, DC and started working for Americana in October 2018 as the Creative Arts Specialist for the After School Program. Liz is happy to be back in Kentucky, continuing her work in the nonprofit world, and to be teaching the wonderful exploration of art! elizabeth.rubando@americanacc.org



 Jasmine Wigginton, S.T.E.A.M Coordinator:  A native of Louisville, Kentucky, has been working in education as a tutor, teacher, mentor, and after-school leader/coordinator since 2012. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Louisville with a B.A in History. She is excited to work with the youth and Americana and create programming that is engaging, fun, and informative. jasmine.wigginton@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, an 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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