Meet the Board

Here are some of the people trying to make a difference in your neighborhood. We’re just ordinary folks, so come pitch in to help make a difference, or just join us for a meeting to see what is happening in your neighborhood. 

Bob and Ann Atkin, Co-Presidents, Ivanhoe Court

Ann and Bob have a well-traveled background, settling in Deer Park in 2017 after living in New York City, Miami, coastal North Carolina, Washington DC, and Oldham County.  After raising three children - scattered around the U.S. - they retired here.  Both like to get out and walk the neighborhood, help neighbors, and enjoy the Highlands.  Still travelling quite a bit, they volunteer with different organizations around the Metro area.

Charles Puckett, Vice President, Stevens Avenue

Charles and his wife Marsha have lived up on the hill at Stevens and Hartman for 24 years and will continue to do so as long as they can negotiate the twenty-some steps.  Charles has been on the DPNA board for at least 7 or 8 years (time flies....).  The things he likes most about Deer Park are the people and the walkability. Charles is retired from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the State of Ohio (Go Bucks).  He likes to spend his time working out and reading as well as volunteering and substitute teaching at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School.

Jeff Hughes, Treasurer and Immediate Past President, Richmond Drive

After 20 years on Louisville’s east end, Jeff Hughes and wife Carolyn moved to Richmond Drive in 2014.  Jeff, a native Ohioan, is recently retired from finance and marketing jobs at Assurant, Inc. and GE.   Deer Park is perfect for Jeff and Carolyn to live this next “chapter” in their lives, especially since their son Tom lives a mile away. Jeff wants to give back to the community through volunteerism and being active in his Deer Park neighborhood. Jeff likes travel, hiking, cycling, astronomy, reading, and DYI projects and landscaping around their new (old) Highlands house.

Helen Payne, Secretary, Roanoke Avenue

Helen is an artist and art educator at Olmsted Academy North and local universities. A New England transplant, Helen has worked hard to put down roots in Louisville, literally! As an avid gardener, her move to Louisville was an opportunity to learn about the amazing native plants of Kentucky.  It was also an opportunity to become involved with the Deer Park Neighborhood Association's Tree Champion Program, which aims to restore our canopy to improve air, soil, and water while mitigating the heat island effect. Helen lives with her husband, Jeff Young, the managing editor for the Ohio Valley Resource,  and their two young daughters, Hazel and Louisa. You can find them walking in the neighborhood led by their little dog, Harriet.

Michael Fautz, Stevens Avenue

Mike has live on Stevens Avenue with his wife Kathy and three daughters since 2007 and he grew up on Jaeger Avenue.  He started working at Reece Service (on the corner of Speed and Norris) in 1984, and he and Kathy bought the shop in 2006.

Jenifer Frommeyer, Rutherford Avenue

Jenifer has been a member of the Deer Park Board for over 20 years. She lives on Rutherford Avenue with her husband Steve, and 4 children: Derek, Alyssa, Gretchen and Sophia. She is the Executive Director and Founder of Dreams With Wings, a non-profit organization providing support for over 230 children and adults in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. She is involved in her church and also teaches Water Aerobics and Infant Swimming at Lakeside Swim Club

Susan and Allee Harmon, Stevens Avenue

Susan and Allee have lived in the Deer Park neighborhood for more than 37 years and both agree that they wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the city. They and their four-legged son love their home and neighbors on Stevens and are happy to be involved on the DPNA Board. Both are involved in social services, Allee with the developmentally disabled and Susan with services for troubled youth. Allee also works in the auction and appraisal business. When they aren't working or hanging out with neighbors they enjoy working in the yard and just relaxing at home. Stop by and say hello if you are strolling down Stevens Avenue.

Kate Miller and Mike Pfaff, Ivanhoe Court

Alan Scherer, Stevens Avenue

Alan has been on the Deer Park board for 40 years. He has served as President at different times for 14 years. He received numerous awards, including the neighborhood president of the year, the Bell award, and other honors. He was appointed to the Bardstown Overlay committee by then-mayor Jerry Abramson, where he served 10 years. Alan was responsible for the "No" campaign against a 24 hour service station at Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road.   He led the association to opposing movie theaters and a dance club at the Schuster building. The theaters decided instead to locate at Mid-City Mall. He led the Steven Avenue residents in P.R.I.D.E, Proud Residents in Defense of the Environment.  He also worked to support relocating Plasma Alliance from Stevens Avenue and Bardstown Road to Crums Lane. This led to the revitalization of Bardstown Road, and Seviche is now located there. Alan is a neighborhood activist and believes Deer Park is the best place to live, raise a family, eat, and retire.

Curtis Stauffer, Maplewood Place

Curtis has lived in Deer Park since 2011 with his wife, Rachel Cutler. They have a 3 year old daughter who occasionally joins DPNA meetings.  Curtis works for Kentucky Housing Corporation (KHC) in Frankfort with prior positions that include Assistant Director of Louisville Metro Government’s Develop Louisville Office of Housing & Community Development,  Executive Director of the Homeless & Housing Coalition of Kentucky in Frankfort, and Development Director/Advocacy Project Coordinator for Metropolitan Housing Coalition in Louisville.  He also volunteers as as a member of the ACLU of Kentucky Board of Directors and the St. John Center for Homeless Men Program Committee.   A native of Yarmouth, ME, Curtis lived in Jackson, WY, Philadelphia, PA, Summit County, CO, and St. Paul, MN before moving to Louisville in 2010.  He enjoys cycling, hiking, playing the drums, and walks through the park with the family dog. 

Past Board Members

Floyd and Estelle Benner, Deer Park Avenue

It wasn’t a difficult decision. The end of 1991, retired from their careers, Estelle as a nurse and Floyd as a chemical engineer and part of a corporate telecom support group, were making plans to relocate from their home in Wilmington, DE. As a second marriage for both, they each had three children scattered about the U.S., but none of the locations was as suitable as Louisville- especially since Estelle had a daughter and two young grandsons here. She frequently came to visit them from Atlanta, and got to know and like the Highlands. While cruising the area on a visit, they spotted a FSBO sign at a house on Deer Park Ave, made an appointment with the home owner for the next day, and knew they had found their next home. They made the move in February 1992. Both are DIY-ers and spent time altering the space to their tastes. But they also love to travel, bicycle, and work in the outdoors. They discovered the DPNA at a meeting in late 1993 and were invited to join the board, which they did. After 20 years, they recently retired from positions of co-treasurers and managing ads in the newsletter. Estelle has also chaired WinterFest for many years. Still board members, they decided it’s time to step down so newer board members can have these opportunities to add their perspectives to our DPNA.

Jody Caldwell and Jeremy Songer, Douglass Boulevard

From an apartment at the intersection of Bonnycastle Avenue and Bardstown Road, to a house next to Bellarmine University on Norris Place, to their current home on Douglass Boulevard, Jeremy Songer and Jody Caldwell have lived in Deer Park for a combined two decades. They are both career technologists, electronic music fans, casual gardeners, and can be seen regularly strolling the streets of Deer Park. Both Jeremy and Jody are eager to be more actively involved in the preservation and advancement of the neighborhood.

Art Cestaro

Tim Darst, Quadrant Avenue

Tim has lived in the Deer Park neighborhood for over 50 years. He and his wife live in a solar-powered house, grow a lot of their own food, and drive an electric car. He is a professor of Environmental Studies at Bellarmine University and Associate Director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center while volunteering for the Food Literacy Project, the Louisville Climate Action Network, and the Louisville Sustainability Council.

Dustin Edge, Fernwood Ave

Jason Greenberg

Marilyn Hrbek, Deerwood Avenue

Marilyn moved to Louisville in the fall of 1974. Originally from Omaha, Ne. She came to Kentucky by way of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). She's lived in the Highlands area the entire time & in Deer Park for 11 years. Within a couple of months of moving to Deerwood Avenue, she joined the Deer Park Neighborhood Association. She’s now been a board member for 9 years. Since walking is her main exercise, she's very pleased to be within walking distance to most of her needs. Her career was with the State of KY as a social worker. Upon retirement she ramped up her volunteer opportunities with animals (Alley Cat Advocate & Raptor Rehab of KY) & people (Catholic Charities, TRIAD Senior Crime Prevention Group & Highland Community Ministries) so much so, she received a WLKY Bell Award in 2011. Between volunteering & taking walks through most of Louisville's neighborhoods & caring for 4 cats, she often says “'I’m busier than I want to be!“ (But continues on, none the less).

Oli Tierney
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