LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer named 37 people on Thursday to a work group meant to find a way to reduce violence in west Louisville. It's also supposed to develop the community's resources into a single approach to help revitalize the area.
U of L Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. Blaine Hudson chairs the group, with Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, the director of the Department of Health and Wellness as a co-chair.
The group will meet for the first time on June 18th at the Mayor's Gallery in Metro Hall. The mayor asked the group to finish its initial work by October. That includes making an inventory of programs and charities that provide services to young people in west Louisville. Those groups are being asked to complete a survey at www.louisvilleky.gov by June 15th.
But the mayor cautioned, "The problem of violence in all American cities, including Louisville, didn't start yesterday and it won't be solved tomorrow."
The other work group members are:
Darrell Aniton, Louisville Metro Office of Youth Development
Merv Aubespin, retired Courier-Journal editor and author
Reverend Pedro Basden, Quinn Chapel AME
Col. Kenton Buckner, LMPD
Dr. Kevin Cosby, pastor of St. Stephen's Church
Bob Cunningham, civil rights leader
Raoul Cunningham, President of Louisville NAACP
Ralph De Chabert, Diversity Director for Brown Forman Corporation and Chair of Ali Center Board
Christopher 2X, community activist
Judge Sean Delahanty, District Court Judge
Waymon Eddings, Chair for the Parkland Community Advisory Board
Judge Brian Edwards, Circuit Court Judge
Tad Hughes, University of Louisville Southern Police Institute
Dana Jackson-Thompson, Executive Director for Network Center for Community Change
Councilman David James, who represents Old Louisville and parts of west Louisville
Rev. Vincent James, Elim Baptist Church, located in the Parkland Neighborhood
Dr. Ricky Jones, University of Louisville, Department of Pan African Studies
Eleanor Jordan, President of the Parkland Neighborhood Improvement Association
James Leavell, Urban League, Reentry Programming
Dr. Renee Mapp, Executive Director for Wesley House Community Services
John Marshall, JCPS Diversity Director
Rhonda Mathis, Community Activist
State Rep. Darryl Owens
Troy Pitcock, Louisville Metro Police Foundation
Neal Robertson, community and neighborhood leader
Christina Shadle, Greater Louisville Inc.
Councilman David Tandy, who represents downtown and parts of west Louisville
Steve Tarver, President and CEO of YMCA Greater Louisville
Sam Watkins, President of Louisville Central Community Centers
Lavel White, Connected Voices youth leader
Richard Whitlock, Getting All People
Jack Will, Executive Director for Jefferson County League of Cities
Aubrey Williams, Sr., attorney
Sylvia Wright, Shawnee Weed & Seed
Dr. Tony Zipple, President & CEO of Seven Counties Services