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
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 Jefferson County, Louisville, Kentucky, in 1986 after serving as an associate minister. Twenty-eight later, the congregation has grown exponentially, seeing its membership increase from a hundred members to over five thousand members. In addition, the ministries of the church have increased and currently provide 58 diverse areas for people to serve and also provide, through the Bates Community Development Corporation, a number of additional, creative 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 as well as 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 was born, raised, and groomed in the Bluegrass State of 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 serving are distressed community through varies 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 KY Derby Festival, Louisville Water Company Foundation, Housing Partnership Inc., Kentucky Youth Advocates, Norton Healthcare Children’s Foundation, Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD) and as an Ambassador for Churchill Downs. Marita is married to Robert E. Willis. Together, they have two deceased children: daughter Ra’Tonya, son, RaShaan, and two grand guys – Noa’Sosa & Nehemiah Friedman that attend Collegiate. Marita shares a thought: 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!
Gladys Barclay holds the position Controller of Manna, Inc., B. F. South, Inc., and F. Illinois, LLC. She is responsible for the financial reporting and data analysis for the Wendy's restaurants located in the Kentucky and Illinois markets, as well as financial reporting for four holdings companies. Prior to joining Manna in 1996, Gladys worked as the Treasury Manager for Kone Holdings, headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.
Gladys currently serves on the Elder Serve and the Bates CDC boards in the Louisville area. She leads a diverse women’s bible study group in the Bible Study Fellowship Organization, is a member of the Christian Education Department and Senior Choir at Bates Memorial Baptist Church, and is one of the founding members of the EPIC investment club where she holds the position of Treasurer. She is also a co-owner and Treasurer of the RRG, LLC a Real Estate Investment Company and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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.
Terrence JohnsonBio coming soon.
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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