Meet the Commission
|Courtney Baron||Director of the Art Library||University Libraries||Courtney Baron is the Director of the Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville. She received her Bachelor of Arts dual degree in Classical Archaeology and Latin from the University of Georgia and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Valdosta State University. Baron currently serves as the Senior Co-Chair for SEI, the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management, and Co-Moderator of the Academic Division of ARLIS/NA. Her research interests include art librarianship and feminist pedagogy.|
|Carcyle Barrett||Paralegal||University Counsel||Carcyle Barrett is a native of Brooklyn, New York. She received her bachelor’s in Professional Studies from New York University in 2001 and continued to earn her Masters of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management & Policy at NYU Wagner in 2003. In 2015, Carcyle began her career at the University of Louisville as a Paralegal in University Counsel’s office. Service is a huge passion of Carcyle which is evident in her work across campus. In addition to serving as a Commissioner on COSW since 2018, she also serves as a Staff Senator, President of the UofL Black Faculty/Staff Association, and Ex-Officio to CODRE. She is also currently serving as the President of the Louisville Association of Paralegals where she has been a board member since 2018.|
|Meg Campbell||Director of Facilities and Planning HSC||Facilities Operations||I work primarily on the HSC campus working with all of the deans and staff in creating space, modifying space and creating ideas for better space utilization on the Medical Campus. My primary role is master planning for a better work and study space for Medicine, Dental, Nursing and Public Health. I have been with UL for 5 years and prior to that I had my own architectural consulting firm.|
|Sara Choate||Program Manager||Health Promotion||Sara A. Choate manages UofL Health Promotion, a division of Campus Health Services, which provides undergraduate and graduate students evidence-based wellbeing programs, services, and resources. She is a Masters level educator and trainer, and a staunch advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in K-12 schools as a means to disrupt and dismantle rape culture. In her role with Community Shield, she has developed and facilitated trauma-informed care training modules and coordinated annual conferences that address systems of power as root causes of violence in our community. She acts as Liaison for the White Women Demand Justice for Breonna, a group committed to using their power and privilege to stand with and behind Black leaders and the social justice organizations that defend Black lives from police brutality and systemic racism. Sara is currently completing her Ph.D. in Public Health Management with an emphasis in Social Policy at the School of Public Health & Information Sciences.|
|Ginevra Courtade||Professor, Dept Chair; Interim Director-Early Childhood Research Center||Special Education, Early Childhood, Prevention Science||I have been a member of COSW since 2013, first as volunteer and now in my second term as a Commissioner. I am proud to be a member of the COSW team; providing critical support for women across the university.|
|Lauren Freeman||Associate Professor of Philosophy||Philosophy||Lauren Freeman is an Associate Professor of Philosoph. She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a core faculty member in the M.A. program in Health Care Ethics. She works in the areas of feminist bioethics, analytic feminism, bioethics, and philosophy of medicine. Her research considers the question of how members of marginalized groups are oppressed in both obvious and subtle ways within the context of science, medicine, health, and health care.|
|Leondra Gully||Associate Director||Cultural Center||
Leondra Gully serves as the Associate Director for the University of Louisville Cultural Center assisting with diversity and equity efforts as part of the university's mission related to diversity. In her role she oversees the office's retention and student success initiatives including the Woodford R. Porter Scholarship Program. She also coordinates the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, a initiative supporting undergraduate students of color in STEM, in collaboration with the HSC Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Leondra serves as an advisor to several recognized student organizations (RSOs) and has served as a member of Staff Senate since 2018.
Leondra earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education in Counseling and Educational Psychology with a concentration in College Student Personnel, both from the University of Louisville. She's currently pursing a PhD in Counseling and Educational Psychology.
|Nisha Gupta||Specialist for Faculty Development||Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning||Nisha Gupta, Ph.D., works at the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning working in areas of faculty teaching and learning professional development, the Quality Enhancement Plan, and critical reflection. She has been teaching women’s and gender studies, philosophy, peace studies, and critical theory for over 20 years, previously at Syracuse University. Nisha's goal and purpose is to encourage people to THINK.|
|Riece Hamilton||Program Coordinator||Health Promotion||Ex-Officio member for the Black Faculty and Staff Association|
|Hedi Neal||Director of Student Success and Student Affairs||Speed School||
Dr. Heidi Neal serves has the Director of Student Success and Student Affairs at the Speed School of Engineering. Dr. Neal oversees the student experience and enrollment management efforts for undergraduate students within Engineering. Additionally, she leads initiatives within the student experience: Engineering Living and learning community, advising, diversity and inclusion programming, leadership development, retention initiatives, and engineering education outreach for the K-12 community. Heidi joined the Cardinal family in 2013 and serves on a variety of campus committees including: COSW, CPE task force, Campus Climate Committee, and the Community Engagement committee.
Dr. Neal has two wonderful children (7&3). On her free time she enjoys running, cooking, and hiking.
|Kathy Hite||Retirement Plan Administrator, Sr.||Human Resources Total Rewards||Kathy Hite is a Retirement Administrator, Sr. with the Human Resources team and has completed 11.50 years of service with UofL. In her current role, Kathy works with the University of Louisville’s 403(b) and 457(b) retirement plans which includes administering the plans, working with the investment providers, and providing assistance to employees. Kathy has 11.50 years of experience working in the human resources field with a primary focus on benefits and retirement plan administration. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Louisville College of Business with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, UofL College of Arts and Sciences with a Associates of Arts in Paralegal studies, and Campbell University, Buies, NC., with a Certificate in Trust Administration. Kathy is currently enrolled UofL College of Education and Development Master of Science in Human Resources and Development program.|
|Christina Howard||Administrative Services Manager||University Counsel||I have been at the University for five years and am the Administrative Services Manager for the General Counsel’s Office. I am a member of the University’s Staff Senate, the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Commission on Diversity, Race and Equality. I am dedicated to education, social justice, and equity. Outside of the University, I volunteer with CASA of the River Region, Y-Now mentoring program, Kids Cancer Alliance, and Louisville Family Justice Advocates.|
|J'Aime Jennings||Associate Professor||Health Management & Systems Sciences||I have recently entered my 6th year as faculty at the UofL School of Public Health & Information Sciences and am entering my 4th year serving on COSW. My research is focused on strategic initiatives within organizations to improve health care acess and quality. I am also the Co-Director for the Center for Healthcare Organization Transformation, which allows me an even greater opportunity to explore my research interests as we work with local industry partners. During my time on COSW, I have served on the Communications Committee and have enjoyed being a champion for the great work that this body performs, as well as connecting it with my hobby of photography.|
|GlyptusAnn Grider Jones||Coordinator||McConnell Center||GlyptusAnn Grider Jones directs the McConnell Center’s communications and marketing efforts and facilitates the center's campus and community partnerships. She earned her PhD in Urban and Public Affairs from the University of Louisville in 2020. She serves as communications co-chair for UofL’s Young Emerging Professionals network and is an alumni mentor with the UofL National and International Scholarship Office.|
|Keith Lyle||Associate Professor||Psychological and Brain Sciences||I lead the Memory & Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and serve as Director of the Grawemeyer Award in Psychology.|
|Jennifer Koch||Dr./Professor of Medicine||Medicine||I did my medical training at UofL and have been on faculty for 15 years. I serve as the Program Director for the Internal Medicine Residency Program. My current resesarch interest is exploring gender differences in the experiences of internal medicine residents. I founded WIMN, which is the Women in Medicine Networking group in our residency program, and have successfully begun to recruit more women into our residency program. I also have a strong interest in building anti-racism curriculum into graduate medical education.|
|Amanda LeDuke||Coordinator||Political Science||Amanda LeDuke has been at UofL for nine years and is currently the Coordinator in the Political Science Department. An alum of UofL (BA, Political Science and Sociology, '98), she returned to UofL after working for various nonprofit social service and social justice organizations. She is currently in her second year of the Masters of Public Administration program at UofL. She enjoys gardening, travel, and all dogs.|
|Alyssa Murphy||Director of Student-Athlete Leadership & Development||Athletics||
Alyssa Murphy has been with the University of Louisville since 2005, working with New Student Orientation, undergraduate recruitment, merit based scholarships, and campus visit programs in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Beginning in February 2016, Alyssa transitioned into the Director of Student-Athlete Leadership and Development, focused on working with student-athletes to increase and strengthen their leadership skills, develop personal life skills, prepare for internship opportunities, develop career and graduate school plans, engage in community service and mentorship and explore and commitment to social justice and advocacy. All of these components are part of the Beyond The Buzzer programming model.
|Olfa Nasraoui||Professor||Computer Science and Engineering||Dr. Olfa Nasraoui is a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the founding director of the Knowledge Discovery & Web Mining Lab at University of Louisville. She conducts research in machine learning, AI, and data science, in particular mining high dimensional, heterogeneous data streams, web mining and recommender systems, and fairness and explainability in AI. She is a National Science Foundation CAREER award winner and twice winner of Best Paper Awards in the research area of machine learning and AI. She has served as Primary Investigator for over 10 research grant projects and as Co-PI on 8 research grant projects, funded mainly by the National Science Foundation, NASA and KSEF as a PI, and by industry or the university as a Co-PI. Dr. Nasraoui leads as PI the NSF funded ATHENA ADVANCE initiative for STEM faculty equity at University of Louisville. She serves on the Editorial board of the International Journal of Machine Learning and Computing as well as the journal of Applied Intelligence. She has also served as Associate Editor for the IEEE Access journal and guest editor for Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery. She currently serves on the leadership team of the Kentucky Girls STEM collaborative network and has previously served as faculty advisor of the University of Memphis chapter of the Society of Women Engineers.|
|Mary P Sheridan||Professor||English||Dr. Mary P Sheridan is a Professor of English, with teaching and research interests in digital composing, community engagement, and feminist methodologies.|
|Katherine Stevenson||Executive Director||Information Technology||Transgender woman, IT nerd, armchair historian|
|Kaila Story||Associate Professor/Audre Lorde Chair||WGST & PAS||Dr. Kaila Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies & Pan-African Studies at U of L. She also holds the Audre Lorde Endowed Chair. Dr. Story is also the co-host and co-producer of an award winning 8 year running podcast, Strange Fruit.|
|Carla Vidoni||Associate Professor||Health & Sport Sciences||Dr. Carla Vidoni is an associate professor of Physical Education Teacher Preparation in the Department of Health & Sport Sciences in the College of Education & Human Development at University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She joined the University of Louisville in 2010. Her primary teaching assignment is content and methods in elementary physical education. She also supervises teacher candidates from the Initial Certification program during student teaching and field experiences in elementary physical education. Dr. Vidoni worked as a physical education teacher (PK-12) in São Paulo, Brazil for 10 years before moving to the U.S. to pursue graduate studies in Physical Education Teacher Education. She received her Ph.D. in Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) from The Ohio State University, and Master’s of Education with emphasis in PETE from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the USA. She has conducted physical education studies in fair play behaviors, curriculum and instruction, and in early childhood. She serves as a guest reviewer for various physical education journals. She a Research Fellow of Society of Health & Physical Educators - SHAPE America.|