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MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs

Kirt Jacobs is the host and producer of MoxieTalk, a talk show that gives an intimate look into the courage, character and defining moments of today’s most inspiring individuals.
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Jun 24, 2017

A driving curiosity about the world and the desire to be “a part of the solution” drive Denton Randall each day.

Randall serves as chief development officer for ElderServe Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping senior citizens live independently with dignity. The organization provides a variety of support services for the senior community.

Originally from Los Angeles, Randall had a storied career in radio prior to joining the non-profit world. A well-known voice in Louisville since the early 1980s, he appeared on various radio stations, and had his own radio show on 84WHAS, the “Denton Randall Radio Sunday.”

In 2000, Randall had an epiphany when covering a story about a fire, and realized his role was more than just to report the tragedy. He recalled a quote by Eldridge Cleaver who said, “You are either a part of the problem, or a part of the solution.” Randall decided to be a part of the solution, which led to his leaving radio to help the Dare to Care food bank raise money as their development director. This role was key in securing a partnership with Yum! Brands.

When Randall isn’t helping others, he enjoys biking, blues guitar, magic, and Sunday golf games at Seneca Golf Course.

Jun 24, 2017

Bob Hill’s motivation to do the best he can at whatever he does culminated in a storied career that began with his decision to be a writer at age 25.

During his time as a columnist at the Courier-Journal, Hill wrote over 4,000 articles. After over 30 years with the newspaper, Hill believed he “had said it all before”. He left to write more long-form pieces and spend time with his family.

Hill says his career decisions begin with what he does not want to do, then determines what he’d like to do. Hill still finds himself writing columns about everything from gardening and Louisville Slugger bats to bipolar illness and the history of Centre College. He is best known for his book “Double Jeopardy,” based on a murderous true crime and the man who got away with it.

Hill has co-hosted a Sunday radio show, discussing politics, sports, religion, and community issues. Now, in his retirement, He and his wife own a nursery and sculpture garden just outside of Louisville.

Jun 24, 2017

Dave Stone’s passion for excellence and sharing his faith with others drives him in his role as senior minister at Southeast Christian Church.

Stone achieved his senior minister status due to his optimistic vision for the future of the church. Identified as a “mega-church,” Southeast Christian is Kentucky’s largest church with 17,000 people in weekly attendance.

Prior to his great achievements at Southeast, Stone attended Cincinnati Christian University. He is also a published author of the book “Refining your Style.” Known for his humor and caring nature, Stone is passionate about connecting people to Jesus and one another.

Jun 24, 2017

Driven by the desire to make a contribution to his community, Louisville-native Tom Owen serves as councilman for Metro Council District 8 in his hometown.

Owen was elected as one of the original council members of the newly formed Louisville Metro government in 2002. He had previously served as an alderman in the Louisville Board of Alderman from 1990–1998. In addition to his role as councilman, he participates in several Metro planning committees.

Owen has been a professor at the University of Louisville since 1968. He is a well-known local historian and activist, leading many historic tours of Louisville landmarks. He frequently contributes to television and radio, and also has a number of videos of his “walking history tours” of the city.

Owen has received several awards, including a distinguished service award from the Louisville Historical League and an Outstanding University of Louisville Employee award. Owen is passionate about biking, recycling and public transit in Louisville. He also holds a Bachelor of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Kentucky Wesleyan.

Jun 24, 2017

Bill McNulty is an actor and director who has performed internationally and enjoys a grounded life with a love for his work and his family.

McNulty grew up in New Jersey, where he earned a scholarship to the highly-rated theatre department at Rollins College. He then pursued his graduate degree from Penn State University, while studying under some outstanding teachers in the MFA acting program.

McNulty’s career includes performances on stages around the world, as well as roles in the major motion film “Brubaker” and the television series “Tales from the Darkside.”

He is a long-standing member, actor, and director at the Actors Theatre of Louisville acting company and has worked with the Humana Festival since 1977. McNulty received a Fox Foundation Fellowship, which is awarded to regional theatre actors. He has played over 150 roles, as well as directed and produced.

Jun 24, 2017

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney is an American educator, lawyer, businesswoman and public servant driven by seeing the achievements of students and the impact education has on their lives and their families.

Her original plans in college to become a physician changed to study finance and law. This change opened doors that led Rooney to become the ninth president of Spalding University, a private, Catholic, doctoral–level university in Louisville, Ky. Her inauguration was held on September 27, 2003. Rooney is credited with turning around an institution facing severe financial challenges, stabilizing the university, and eliminating its debt. In 2006, she was named Most Admired Woman in Education by Today’s Woman magazine.

An avid athlete, Rooney grew up as a typical tomboy in Pennsylvania, enjoying such sports as baseball, softball, swimming, and rowing. She still enjoys sailing and athletics very much and trains year round for regional events and rowing competitions.

Jun 24, 2017

Pat Day is a legendary American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

His impressive resume includes an induction into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 1991, winning the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey an impressive four times, and 22 appearances in the Kentucky Derby, including his 1992 Derby win aboard Lil E. Tee. Day has won virtually every prestigious race in the sport during his career.

Beginning his career as a rodeo cowboy, Day’s height, weight and competitive nature led him to the fast-paced world of horse racing. He quickly became the leading rider in the country. Day eventually became the number one jockey of all time for earnings and the fourth-most winning jockey of all time.

Day made the difficult decision to retire in 2005. Since then, he gives back to the racing community as industry spokesperson for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America and helps support the work being done on the backside of horse tracks.

Jun 24, 2017

Dr. Wayne Creighton prides himself in helping those trapped in addiction regain hope and reclaim their lives.

As founder, president, and CEO of Interlink Counseling Services, Creighton has helped countless men and women veterans reclaim their lives from addiction, homelessness, and hopelessness.

He began his journey working in alcohol and drug education for court referral services, for those convicted of DUI violations. Creighton took that experience to Volunteers of America and served as a case manager, then as a program manager. He also helped design a residential recovery program.

In 1993, Creighton formed Interlink Recovery Services, a non-profit group located in the Okolona neighborhood of Louisville. Interlink offers a holistic approach of substance abuse treatment and encourages residents to work on all aspects of healing themselves. They advocate for the homeless, offer structured DUI services, and help individuals and families with counseling in a nurturing environment. Interlink also accommodates the unique needs of veterans, helping them to rehabilitate and change their lives.

Jun 24, 2017

Darryl Isaacs is a family man who learned his work ethic from his father.

Isaacs is co-founder and managing partner of Isaacs & Issacs, P.S.C., a personal injury law firm. Isaacs founded this law firm dedicated to putting the best interests of every client first. He is a seasoned personal injury attorney with decades of experience in winning the best possible resolution for people who have been injured by somebody else’s negligence or wrongful act.

Isaacs believes that when somebody suffers a grievous injury which impairs their ability to work and take care of family or other responsibilities, the entire community is also harmed.
Issacs received his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Kentucky and his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville.

Jun 24, 2017

Brenda Light’s desire is to help women not only look and feel their best but to empower them as well.

Light is the founder of Light Touch Spa, an accredited day spa center in Louisville, Ky. Light was a pioneer in the skin care business. When she founded Light Touch in 1981 she had to think outside of the box as it was one of only 64-day spas in the United States.

Times were tough in the beginning. At that time there were no reps selling materials, there were no guidelines or mentors available, and there was no networking. There was no place available to purchase products and equipment. She worked out of her home.

With little work experience, Light took a class in accounting and persevered. Today, almost 30 years later, Light Touch continues to expand and it now fills a generous 10,000 square foot space yet retains its intimate feel. Light has assembled the best products, tools, and education available to reduce stress and make you a more beautiful person inside and out.

Jun 24, 2017

Jim King believes that success breeds success and that as he achieves more, he is able to do more things for more people.

King has been successful in both the public and the private sector. In 1981 he formed King & Company, PSC. a CPA firm, and serves as president and CEO. In 1987, King acquired People’s State Bank, in Nelson County, KY with assets of $6 million and only one location. After expanding to the Louisville area People’s State Bank became King Southern Bank and has continued to grow. Today, King Southern Bank has over $160 million in assets and seven locations.

In November 2004, King won election to serve as councilman for District 10 to Louisville’s Metro Council. In January 2006, he became majority leader of the Metro Council and in January 2008, King was elected as the president of the Louisville Metro Council.

King is a member of the University of Louisville Board of Overseers, the Board of the Louisville Orchestra, and the Simmons College Board of Trustees. He is a past-chairman of the Kentucky Bankers Association.

In memoriam: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=james-o-king-jim&pid=173865683&fhid=29361

Jun 24, 2017

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

Corbett is the owner and chef of three acclaimed restaurants, Equus, Jack’s Lounge, and Corbett’s. Corbett’s mother Nancy is responsible for his cooking career. Upon returning home from college to help care for his mother as she battled lung cancer he noticed that she wasn’t eating. Corbett began cooking to nourish her back to health and has been cooking ever since. He has never taken a culinary course and remains self-taught.

Corbett began his career in Dallas, Texas at the renowned Chandler’s Landing Yacht Club and later at the Ram’s Head Restaurant.

Arriving in Louisville in 1982, Corbett grew through the ranks of the four-star restaurant, Casa Grisanti, a Northern Italian gem. It was with Grisanti that Corbett was able to take part in the Taste of America: a celebration of the top 50 restaurants for President Reagan’s inauguration in 1984.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Corbett. He helped start several dinner fundraisers throughout the city including Kosair Charities Bourbon & Bowties. He is active in countless other benefits including Juvenile Diabetes, Juvenile Autism, March of Dimes, Multiple Sclerosis, and the American Heart Association.

Jun 24, 2017

Georgia Davis Powers learned early life that to make changes you must be empowered.

Powers served for 21 years as a member of the state Senate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. When elected in 1967, she became the first person of color and the first woman elected to the Kentucky State Senate.

During her time in the Senate, Powers sponsored bills prohibiting employment discrimination, sex and age discrimination, in addition to introducing statewide fair housing legislation. Even as an elected official, she was not able to get a room in a hotel in segregated Frankfort. She also supported legislation to improve education for the physically and mentally disabled. Powers served as secretary of the Democratic caucus from 1968 to 1988. She chaired two legislative committees: Health and Welfare (1970–76) and Labor and Industry (1978–88).

After she retired from her seat in the Kentucky Senate in 1988, she remained committed to the continuing fight for equal rights and human dignity. In 1990, Powers created the Friends of Nursing Home Residents (FONHRI) to organize faith-based volunteerism in the Louisville area to serve as visitors to the local nursing homes. She also incorporated in 1994 an organization called QUEST (Quality Education for All Students) to monitor the work of the Jefferson County school board to halt the return to segregated schools.

In memoriam: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=georgia-montgomery-davis-powers&pid=177568559&fhid=4757

Jun 24, 2017

PJ Cooksey believes you should find what you are passionate about in life and go and do it.

Cooksey is a legendary horse racing jockey. She won her first race with Turf Advisor at Waterford Park (now Mountaineer Park) in 1979. A four-time Turfway Park leading rider, Cooksey has won 2,137 races since beginning her career in 1979, and she is second all-time in total victories by a female jockey. Cooksey’s career purse winnings total over $19 million.

Cooksey also worked as a thoroughbred racing commentator for WAVE-TV in Louisville and ESPN for racing’s most important events including the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and the Breeders’ Cup.
Cooksey is also a breast cancer survivor. She received the 2002 Lombardi Symbol of Courage which is awarded to a significant sports figure battling cancer.

Jun 24, 2017

Ed Hamilton has always been driven by a need to create and discover something new.

Hamilton is an internationally renowned monument sculptor. His most famous work is The Spirit of Freedom, a memorial to black Civil War veterans, that stands in Washington, DC, in the Shaw neighborhood near Howard University.

Hamilton has also created monuments dedicated to Booker T. Washington, Joe Louis, York (William Clark’s manservant on the Lewis and Clark Expedition), and the slaves who revolted on La Amistad. In June 2009, Hamilton completed work on the memorial statue of Abraham Lincoln at Waterfront Park in Louisville, Ky.

Hamilton has received many awards for his work. In 2004 Hamilton received a doctor of arts honorary degree from the both the University of Louisville, and Western Kentucky University was the commencement speaker for graduations at both schools.

Hamilton is a graduate of the Louisville School of Art.

Jun 24, 2017

Michael Dalby is passionate about business and believes a strong and growing economy lead to a strong community.

Dalby is the president of the recently formed One Southern Indiana, the local chamber of commerce just north of Louisville. He has over 15 years of experience in economic development. From 1998 – 2006 Dalby was president of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce in Texas where was responsible for a $1.2 million budget and direction of 13-person staff. During that time, he grew the business membership from 960 to 1,300 members, a 35% increase.

Dalby is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as an intelligence analyst and a professor of English and communications.

Dalby received his bachelor’s in international affairs and humanities from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his MA in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jun 24, 2017

John Yarmuth has dedicated his life to public service so that he can make a difference for others.

Since 2007, Yarmuth, a Democrat, has been a congressman in the U.S. House of Representatives serving Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district. Yarmuth was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to young people to get involved in public service. After college, he worked on Capitol Hill on the staff Republican U.S. Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1975.

Yarmuth spent time in the publishing industry before life as a congressman. After working for Senator Cook, Yarmuth returned to Louisville and launched his publishing career by founding the Louisville Today magazine, which operated from 1976 to 1982. In 1990, Yarmuth founded the Louisville Eccentric Observer (LEO), a weekly newspaper for which he wrote a generally progressive political column. In 2003, Yarmuth sold LEO but remained as a columnist and consultant until January 2006, when he put his column on hiatus to run for Congress.

Yarmuth graduated from Yale University, majoring in American studies.

Jun 24, 2017

Ed Glasscock is motivated by three main priorities, love of family, dedication to clients, and commitment to the community.

Glasscock is Chairman Emeritus & Attorney, Frost Brown Todd LLC and is one of the most decorated and respected attorneys in Kentucky. He has a long and distinguished legal career. Elected at the age of 33 in 1977, Glasscock served for 23 years as managing member of the former Brown, Todd & Heyburn PLLC.

Glasscock is also a dynamic and energetic leader in civic and charitable causes. He has served on the board with over 20 non-profit institutions including Leadership Louisville Foundation, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Funds for the Arts, Greater Louisville, Inc., and Bellarmine University Board of Trustees.

Glasscock earned his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Jun 24, 2017

Jack Conway rejects complacency and is driven to move forward and accomplish his next goal in life.

Conway is Attorney General of Kentucky. Before his election as attorney general, he was the nominee for Kentucky’s 3rd congressional district in the 2002 elections, narrowly losing to Republican incumbent Anne Northup.

Before serving in elected office, Conway spent several years on the administrative side of state government. Governor Paul Patton employed Conway as legal counsel to his executive cabinet and his chief energy advisor. Conway was the primary architect of the Kentucky Higher Education Reform Act of 1997, one of Patton’s signature legislative accomplishments.

On August 3, 1999, Patton appointed Conway deputy secretary of his executive cabinet, serving under Secretary Crit Luallen. Conway was responsible for drafting Patton’s 2000 legislative package to the General Assembly.

Conway earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies from Duke University in 1991. He graduated with a Juris Doctor from George Washington University Law School in 1995.

Jun 24, 2017

Dr. Kevin Cosby is driven to see people grow and see their mind, life, and relationships transformed.

Cosby is the senior pastor of St. Stephen Church in Louisville which has grown from 500 to approximately 10,000 members. Outreach magazine named St. Stephen as one of the 100 largest churches in America. Cosby is also president of Simmons College of Kentucky, the oldest black-owned and operated education institution in Kentucky.

Cosby has held administrative and teaching assignments at Kentucky State University, the University of Louisville, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary. His exceptional oratory skills have produced lecture engagements at universities and institutions around the world, including Harvard University.

Cosby received a bachelor of science from Eastern Kentucky University, a master of divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a doctor of ministry from United Theological Seminary.

Jun 24, 2017

Chris Thieneman is a competitor who loves to dream up new scenarios and strategies for success.

Thieneman is president of Thieneman Real Estate, a commercial and residential development company in Louisville, Ky. Before his career in real estate, Thieneman played professional football as a defensive lineman in the World League of American Football (WLAF) and the Canadian Football League (CFL) during the early 1990s. He played collegiately at the University of Louisville, where he was an honorable mention All-American.

Thieneman translated his football experience into a business opportunity as the co-owner of the Louisville Fire arena football team. Thieneman is one of the original founders of the Mint Jubilee Gala, a Kentucky Derby-themed charity event that raises money for The James Brown Cancer Center in Louisville.

Thieneman graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Jun 24, 2017

Denise Vasquez Troutman is passionate about her work and believes there is still so much to do.

Troutman is president and CEO of The Center for Women & Families which provides trauma-informed advocacy and support for individuals, families, and communities affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. Previously, she was vice president of human resources for The YMCA of Greater Louisville handling full management and budget responsibility for payroll, benefits, and administration along with bringing new insight and procedures to the hiring, training, and development policies.

Troutman also has extensive experience in the private sector. She was the southeast regional manager for Starbuck’s where she oversaw the US retail field operation covering seven states and 146 stores. Troutman also spent 10 years with the Oracle Corporation in various leadership positions.

She is a graduate of the University of Windsor.

Jun 24, 2017

Terry Blackwell has devoted her life to helping people realize their potential and inner abilities.

Blackwell is a past CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana where she was responsible for 28,000 members in 57 counties in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee. Blackwell beat out over 140 candidates from a national search to win the Kentuckiana position.

Blackwell has over 20 years of leadership experience and is a life-long Girl Scout beginning as a Brownie as a little girl in New York City. Before joining the Kentuckiana council, Blackwell held two leadership positions in Girl Scouts. She worked at the Cumberland Valley Girl Scout Council in central Tennessee and most recently as CEO at the Connecticut Valley Girl Scout Council.
Blackwell received her bachelor’s in mass communications from the University of Old Westbury and her master’s in divinity from Vanderbilt University.

Jun 23, 2017

Jennifer Bielstein loves the art form and experience of live theatre and believes that it can change people’s lives.

Bielstein is managing director of Actors Theatre of Louisville where she oversees finance, marketing, fundraising and general operations for one of America’s most innovative theatre companies. Every year Bielstein manages one of the nation’s most prestigious new-play events, the Humana Festival while also managing regular season programming.

Bielstein moved to Louisville from Chicago, Ill., where she was most recently the executive director of Writer’s Theatre. She also worked for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, About Face Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, and Lincoln Park Zoo and served on the board of the League of Chicago Theatres.

Bielstein is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in business administration and theatre.

Jun 23, 2017

Brian Quail is passionate about the work and mission of the American Red Cross.

Quail is the CEO of the American Red Cross Louisville Area Chapter which covers 31 counties in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The American Red Cross provides relief to victims of disasters and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

As CEO of the Louisville chapter, Quail helped implement a national emergency services call center that assists 165 chapters in 35 states.

Before his time at American Red Cross, Quail served as president and CEO of the Heart of Florida United Way in Orlando where he helped raise over $143 million.

Quail has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in management for public and non-profits from the University of Chicago.

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