Lukas Dwelly is a social entrepreneur who has worked with some of the largest organizations in our community.
Currently, a Financial Advisor with Northwestern Mutual, Lukas concentrates practice on helping businesses grow, financial planning for families and creating opportunities for individuals to make transformational investments in charitable organizations.
Prior to joining the Northwestern Mutual team, he was the Principal of AddMor, a nonprofit consulting firm. There he led the fundraising operations for over 30 different nonprofits & community initiatives, raising tens of millions of dollars throughout the region.
As a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Lukas was recalled to active duty & deployed to Djibouti, Africa from March 2016 to February 2017. He served as the Officer-In-Charge for Intelligence, Surveillance, & Reconnaissance (ISR) multi-platform missions directly supporting the Combined Joint Task Force in East Africa. Beginning his military career in 1995 in the U.S. Marine Corps, he earned the rank of Sergeant, deploying as an Infantry Squad Leader aboard the USS Guam, supporting military operations in Bosnia & Herzegovina & in the Arabian Gulf.
Lukas has been recognized as a rising leader in the Louisville area by being named a Business ‘First Forty Under 40’. He was also a member of the inaugural class of Business First’s Salute to Veterans, & awarded the Pres.’s Volunteer Service Award by President George W. Bush for his volunteer work with the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.
He is a graduate of Leadership KY & a 2-time graduate of Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows program. In 2013, the Rotary Club of Louisville honored Lukas as a Paul Harris Fellow. He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Louisville & a Master of Arts in Communication from Bellarmine University.
Above all, he is a father to twin girls, Addison and Morgan.
Since 1990, she has served as Pres. & CEO of Maryhurst, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for kids & families in KY.
Having worked with Maryhurst for more than 43 years, Judy is nationally recognized for her work with children who are survivors of abuse & neglect.
She has held leadership positions in the field of children’s behavioral health at a variety of national, state, & local organizations.
In her work at Maryhurst, she oversees the many facets of the organization including residential treatment, community-based programs, foster care & adoption services, & outpatient & in-home counseling services.
Recognizing her nonprofit’s exemplary work, ABC News & Diane Sawyer have twice featured Maryhurst in interviews with Judy as part of the station’s in-depth reporting on the American foster care system.
Judy’s leadership has also been recognized with honors such as Presentation Academy’s Tower Award for Service & Advocacy, the Center for Women & Families Women of Distinction, Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman, & Leadership Louisville’s 100 Wise Women.
Judy holds a B.A. in psychology from Samford University, an M.R.E-SW from the Southern Baptist Seminary, & an M.S.S.W. from the Univ. of Louisville.
Summer was a victim of child abuse & sexual abuse & a victim of human trafficking which led to pain, gang violence, sexual torture, drug addiction, mental health illness including PTSD & she was even buried alive & pistol-whipped. While living with & in constant fear for her life, not to mention unrelenting anxiety, Summer was, in her words, delivered through a relationship with Christ.
Now it is her calling to work with women that are in similar situations & lifestyles. So much so, she has now founded a Ministry called Women of the Well Ministries which has a Residential Program to help women change their lives so they can walk in the destiny God created for them.
She is also the business owner of a Soap Co. called Esther’s Soap Company.
Where women in her Ministry learn a new trade on how to make all natural goat milk soap & all proceeds go back to the ministry.
She has a documentary out & is working on a book.
Sexually abused as a young child, Amy was told that she was to blame for what happened to her-which set off something in her mind, & made her believe that whenever something negative happened, it was her fault.”
Abuse followed her throughout childhood including a traumatic rape at age 19. Amy often felt “marked,” as though something inherently evil in her allowed abusers to find her. It was years before she gave up her rights to being a victim & began to live a healthy, restored life.
Her perspective widened, & she began to notice others who suffered the effects of sexual abuse, exploitation, & human trafficking. Now she devotes much of her energy to finding new approaches to prevent human trafficking & other sex crimes against women & children throughout KY, & ultimately to help victims begin their journey toward health & wholeness.
Through this perspective, she founded Free2Hope Inc., a non-profit devoted to prevention programs & public training on human trafficking with the long-term goals of mentoring survivors, job programs, a drop-in ctr, & establish a safe house for abused women & children in KY. On the way to that dream, she has garnered a number of awards, including In 2017, the Innovative Program Award from KY. Assoc. of Sexual Assault Programs & Nominated to the Survivor Council of KY. in 2016, The Voices for Victims Award from the Indiana Atty. Gnl. & in 2015, the Human Rights Award from the United Nations Assoc. Ky. Div. Kentucky Division & Liberator Award from KY. Rescue & Restore.
Dell Courtney is a native Louisvillian with an English Major from the University of Louisville.
Her hand print & influence has been instrumental for decades in the “Behind-the-Scenes” work as a consultant or volunteer on such notable Louisville festivals as the Ethnic Heritage weekends in the 1970’s under her company’s banner Visionworks, LLC.
She has overseen the development and management of such notable festivals as the:
St. Patrick’s Parade from 1999–2009, the Halloween Parade from 2003-16, WorldFest in 2005-06, the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial national Signature Event from 2000-03 as well as the iconic Light Up Louisville Winter Wonderland Parade from 2004-12.
She was also involved with Holidays Around the World from 2006-16 not to mention multiple 5K Runs & Walks, golf scrambles, community expos & summer festivals.
Most recently she has overseen Louisville’s Veterans Day Parade from 2011-16 with two co-chairs to the “Spirit of ’45” commemoration, end of World War II event in 2015 & 16 to co-chairing & co-producing the Bowman Field Aviation & Military Heritage Festival in 2017.
Lastly, she has served on the volunteer boards of Sister Cities of Louisville, Clifton Center of Louisville, The Fillies, Kling Center, & the Spirit of Louisville Foundation (Bell Awards) for over 25 years!
She is married to Frederick P. Courtney, retired from the US Coast Guard, and they have 1 daughter in Washington, DC along with 1 grandson.
Twyman Clements is a co-founder, CEO and President of Space Tango Inc. which enables R&D, bioengineering, and manufacturing in microgravity with the mission to create new industries to improve the lives of people on Earth. He is the lead designer of the KySat-2 CubeSat (under the Kentucky Space nonprofit), the TangoLab-1 research facility installed on the International Space Station and the company’s current product lines.