Meet the Bates CDC Team
With several decades of collective experience in both the private and public sectors, we are a dedicated, passionate group of individuals driven by our shared enthusiasm to effect real, impactful good in our community. Our doors are always open, and we love to hear from new friends and fellow advocates.
Nachand Hyde Trabue(502) 636-0573
Fourth generation of Smoketown Community and a business owner in Smoketown.
Lacy Beningfield(502) 636-0573
Raised in the Smoketown community and a current Smoketown resident.
Valerie Collins-Moore(502) 693- 3502
Raised in the Smoketown Community.
Board of Directors
Delquan DorseyDelquan Dorsey is the Community Engagement and Supplier Diversity Coordinator for the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs of Jefferson County Public Schools. He has served as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment, the Director of Network Organizing for the Network Center for Community Change and the Center for Neighborhoods in Louisville, a Policy Advisor for former Jefferson County Commissioner Darryl T. Owens, and the Assistant State Coordinator for the NAACP Voter Empowerment Program. Mr. Dorsey was born and raised in the Smoketown neighborhood, the heart of inner-city Louisville. He provides leadership to the African-American community and worships at the Bates Memorial Baptist Church. Some of his past involvement includes being a member of the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage Board, St. John's Homeless Center Board, Louisville Branch NAACP, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He recently was awarded the Secretary of State Regional Outstanding Civic Education Leadership Award. Mr. Dorsey has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Central State University, Wilberforce, OH. He is married to Shealonda Dorsey and they have 2 sons Delquan, Jr., and Destin.
Dr. F. Bruce Williams
Dr. Williams was installed as Senior Pastor of Bates Memorial Baptist Church located in Smoketown, one of the poorest ZIP codes in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1986 after serving as an associate minister. Twenty-eight years later, the congregation has grown exponentially, seeing its membership increase from 100 members to over 5,000 members. As a result, the ministries of the church have increased and offer more than 60 diverse areas for people to serve, including through the Bates Community Development Corporation, which provides a variety of ministry opportunities.
Dr. Williams’ desire to reach others extends beyond the pulpit in his position as Chairman of the Trustees at Simmons College of Kentucky, a historical college for African American students. Dr. Williams is also a 2013 Bingham Fellows Graduate, an organization that allows experienced professionals to work side by side with their peers to provide visibility to critical issues and generate momentum for moving the community forward.
Nachand Hyde Trabue
Nachand Hyde Trabue is a serial entrepreneur, an author, a non-profit executive, and a brand strategist. She is also a certified life coach.Nachand has an associate degree in Mass Communications and Media Studies from Western Kentucky University, a BS in Business Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a Master’s in Business Communications from Spalding University. She also holds a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Louisville. A serial entrepreneur, Nachand has founded the N'spire Network for Women Intl, co-founded the Smoketown Business Coalition and she is the Owner and CEO of Manhattan on Broadway, a premier event space in Louisville, Kentucky. An author, Nachand published her first book, Try God in June 2018. The book has launched a Try God lifestyle movement, and Nachand has become a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator. In the non-profit realm, Nachand serves as Executive Director of the Bates Community Development Corporation, providing various charitable services to the community. A brand strategist, Nachand provides consultative services and branding courses internationally.
Alfonso N. Cornish, system vice president learning and organizational development/chief learning officer, has been with Norton Healthcare since March 2006. He is responsible for the leadership of Norton University, which includes various staff, physician, leadership and executive development programs, as well as e-learning offerings. With more than thirty years experience in administrative, training, human resource and operations management, he has been in senior leadership roles in some of the most well-known Fortune 500 companies in America.
His community, professional, and social affiliations include Life Member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Louisville Branch, and several others. He serves on numerous boards that include the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, The Healing Place, Family Scholar House Board of Trustees, Spalding University Board of Trustees, Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, and many more.
Marita WillisMarita A. Willis is Louisville, Kentucky, where she studied at the University of Louisville. Professionally, Marita began her banking career as a teller at the Bank of Louisville. She quickly moved through the field of banking and acquired numerous experiences in lending, developing expertise to catapult her into the government and corporate financial service industry. Marita joined PNC Bank in August 2002 as Vice President of Community Development. As a Community Consultant, her primary responsibility was to aid in transforming low to moderate-income neighborhoods through education and financial resources. After leaving the banking industry, Marita worked at the Community Ventures Corporation, a non-profit, as President of eHome America; a suite of online financial education products that offer affordable financial education to thousands of customers across the globe. Marita worked as a Philanthropy Officer at the American Red Cross for three years. She is currently the Chief Empowerment Office at Hope Collaborative Inc., a non-profit agency that serves distressed communities through various programs. She is distinguished personally and professionally with her relentless efforts, giving of her time and energy, while working to empower youth and improve community relations and services. Marita serves on the boards of various organizations. She is the 2019 Chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Louisville Water Company Foundation, Housing Partnership Inc., Kentucky Youth Advocates, Norton Healthcare Children’s Foundation, Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and an ambassador for Churchill Downs. Marita is married to Robert E. Willis. Together, they had two children (deceased): daughter Ra’Tonya, son, RaShaan, and two grand guys – Noa’Sosa & Nehemiah Friedman. Marita's words of wisdom: Circumstances may thrust us into life situations that require strength to see them through. Drawing from that inner-strength reservoir, even when we don’t think we have the strength, will empower us to overcome those obstacles. Circumstances + Strength = Power Don’t be overcome by circumstances, draw from that inner strength, and be empowered!
Angie EvansAngie McDonald Evans was promoted to her current position of Vice President, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs in March 2018. She joined LG&E and KU Energy LLC in January 2015 as Manager, Corporate Responsibility. Evans is responsible for leading community engagement and investments, key corporate responsibility programs and grant-making processes. For more than 20 years, she has held leadership positions in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining LG&E and KU Energy, Evans was Vice President of Community Leadership at the Community Foundation of Louisville. Before that, she served as Director of Planned Giving at the University of Louisville and spent eight years in the financial industry as a Vice President and Private Banker at National City — now PNC. Evans’s career began in the public sector, where she worked as Special Assistant to Louisville Mayor David L. Armstrong as the Director of Affirmative Action. Evans currently serves on the Centre College Board of Trustees and the board of directors for Actors Theatre, American Printing House for the Blind, Bates Community Development Corporation, Community Foundation of Louisville, James Graham Brown Foundation and Women Influencing Louisville. Former board appointments include Louisville Urban League and the Kentucky Science Center, among others. Evans is a graduate of Leadership Louisville 2003 and Ignite Louisville 2006, and a member of the Business First Forty Under40 class of 2002. In 2014, she graduated from Leadership Louisville’s Bingham Fellows program focused on improving West Louisville. Evans is a graduate of Centre College and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Regina PorterRegina Porter is a retired Accountant who spent her latter years as a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator at Christian Care Communities. Regina has achieved the majority of her success with well-established companies such as TARC, Reynolds Metals Co. (now Alcoa Aluminum), and BFGoodrich to name a few. After spending over 30 years in manufacturing and another 12 years in the service industry, Regina has a vast understanding in project planning, budgeting, and cost analysis. She has also worked diligently to improve the lives of seniors and people who have been marginalized. Regina holds a Master's Degree in MBA from Bellarmine University in Louisville Kentucky. She holds a license from the Kentucky Board of Licensures as a licensed nursing home administrator (LNHA). She is also a member of Bates Memorial Baptist Church.
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