Our Board and Staff

2017 Board Members

Gregory J. Brotzge, Chair
Impact Government Relations, President

Barry Gary, Vice Chair
Norton Healthcare, Director of Staff Development

Maria Elbl, Secretary
Brown-Forman Distillery, Marketing Administrator/Innovation Projects

Shawn Adams, Treasurer
Blue & Co., Manager

Aida Babahmetovic
KentuckyOne Health,
Grant Manager

Paul Bagley
UPS, UPS Airline Information Technology Applications Development Manager

J. Barry Barker
TARC, Executive Director

Tom Bohnert
Wells Fargo Advisors
Vice President – Investments

Gregory Carroll
PNC Bank,
Senior Vice-President

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

Chip Hancock
Republic Bank,
Senior Vice-President

Eric Haner
District Court, Judge

Hillary Hargis
Crowe Horwath LLP, CPA

Gill Holland

Sharon Landrum
Sharon Landrum Realty, President

Faustin Ndagijimana  
Strothman and Company

Charles Theiler, II
Sitlinger, McGlincy & Theiler Law Firm

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

David Vawter
Doe-Anderson Advertising, Chief Creative Officer

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


Kristin Burgoyne, Programs Director: Kristin is from West Virginia and joined the Americana staff in May 2009. As Programs Director, she works with our staff to coordinate programs and services at Americana. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Marshall University and a master of science in social work and master of arts in women and gender studies from the University of Louisville. Kristin hopes to pursue her doctorate in social work while continuing to work at Americana. Kristin supervises program staff, helps design and implement Americana’s programs, and forms the important partnerships Americana relies on to continue providing services. kristin@americanacc.org



Emilie Dyer, Family Coach:  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. As a Family Coach, she provides support services and guidance to families at Americana. 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



Clare Rutz, Director of Development: Clare grew up in Upstate New York and attended Syracuse University where she earned a dual B.A. degree in Policy Studies and International Development. After school she had the privilege to travel throughout Asia with GlobalGiving’s In-the-Field program, and then moved to Washington, D.C. to work on their team. Clare’s wanderlust and curiosity led to two years in the Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal, after which she found her way to Kentucky. Louisville’s compassionate community has made it easy to call this city home, and she is thrilled to be helping with Americana’s important work. clare@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



Beverly Cox, Family/Youth 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


Aaron Coomer, Youth Programs Coordinator: Aaron is an Indiana Native. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 2013 with his Bachelors in Music Education. Following this he served as a Volunteer in Peace Corps Mongolia, focusing on Elementary Education, ESL, and Youth Development. Aaron also spent his year prior to joining the Americana team as a music teacher in New Delhi and as member of the voice faculty at KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India. Aaron is truly excited to be back and Louisville and part of the Americana team. aaron.coomer@americanacc.org



Kristi Johnson, Creative Arts Coordinator: Kristi  was born and raised right here in Louisville, Kentucky, but has also lived in San Diego, California; Sasebo, Japan; and Phoenix, Arizona.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University Southeast, and a master of arts in Women and Genders Studies from the University of Louisville.  Kristi is a proud mom to her son, as well as her two dogs and two cats.  She is devoted to a life of serving others and was excited to become part of the Americana family in March 2014. kristi@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

Rasha Hassan, Fiberworks Artist Coordinator: Rasha has lived in the United States for 14 years and brings many artistic skills to the position from Iraq. She leads this woman’s arts and educational group to help immigrants integrate into our society.  Women share their interest and talents in Fiberworks and use their final pieces of art to sell to the general public to add financial support for their families.  rasha.hassan@americanacc.org

file-nov-11-9-48-11-amElizabeth Roberts, Grants and VISTA Project Coordinator: Originally from beautiful South Carolina, Elizabeth came to Louisville after graduating from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in Sociology. She joined the Americana team in 2014 as the Community Liaison VISTA and, following her year of service, stayed on to help with coordinating grants and the ‘Where Louisville Meets the World’ VISTA project, which supports VISTAs at more than 10 local non-profits in Louisville. She recently received a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisville with a research focus on organizations that serve refugees and immigrants. eroberts@americanacc.org

Kathryn Shields, Teen After School Teacher: Kathryn, originally from Fairmont, West Virginia, came to Louisville to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Following her year of service, she joined the team as a teacher for the teens in the After School Program. She earned her Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and Communication from Fairmont State University and hopes to pursue a masters degree after her service year ends. Kathryn’s favorite thing about Americana is the way the center comes alive during After School Program and Family Education. kathryn@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

Nejira Sukic, Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher: Nejira is a refugee from Bosnia who came to Louisville in 1997. She has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Louisville, and plans to pursue her masters while working at Americana. At the center, Nejira works as the lead infant/toddler teacher and is also involved with the teens during summer programming. She enjoys incorporating art into her lesson plans and collaborating with other teachers to provide the best services to Americana’s participants. nejira.sukic@americanacc.org

Alyssa Gilbert, Community Liaison VISTA: Alyssa is from Bunnell, Florida and joined the Americana staff as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member. As Community Liaison, she works to develop and enhance relationships with low-income families, ethnic groups, and other organizations in the community to strengthen Americana’s connection to the community it serves and its financial resources. She has a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of North Florida. Alyssa hopes to pursue both a master’s degree and a doctorate. alyssa.gilbert@americanacc.org

Lauren GottWorth, Family & Youth Programs VISTA: 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 focuses on strengthening Americana’s family and youth programs with a focus on youth mentorship and college and career readiness. lauren.gottworth@americanacc.org

Lydia Grossman, Financial Literacy VISTA: Lydia was born and raised in Louisville and recently graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a B.A. in International Affairs with a focus on Middle East Studies. She joined the Americana team as an AmeriCorps VISTA member. As a Financial Literacy VISTA, Lydia works to strengthen financial education, computer literacy, and career development programs at Americana. She is excited to spend her service year working with the international community in Louisville. lydia.grossman@americanacc.org

Sarah Flarsheim, VISTA Leader: Sarah is from Paducah and graduated from Murray State University in 2013 with her Bachelors of Science in Conservation Biology. She then spent a year working as an Environmental Educator for Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. Following this, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where she focused on Community Development and Coastal Resource Management in a rural fishing community. Sarah is new to the Louisville area and excited to join the community and be part of the Americana Team. sarah.flarsheim@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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