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. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month at the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church located at 1722 Bardstown Road from 7-8 pm. 

Tim Darst, Quadrant Avenue

Tim has lived in the Deer Park neighborhood for almost 50 years. He and his wife live in a solar-powered house, grow a lot of their own food, and are regular bicycle and bus commuters. A certified public accountant, he is the Executive Director of Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light and Associate Director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center while volunteering for Project Warm, the Food Literacy Project, the University of Louisville Sustainable Operations Committee, and the Louisville Sustainability Council. Tim was awarded the YMCA SafePlace Joyce Skees Volunteer Award, and the 2012 Green Building/Operation Brightside Acorn Award. He is currently working on graduate degrees at the University of Louisville and Harvard University. He has two grown daughters.

Alan Scherer, Stevens Avenue

Alan has been involved for 30 years on the DPNA board (including 12 years as president) and has been active as a neighborhood activist and revitalization of Bardstown Road. Appointed by Mayor Abramson, he represented neighborhood associations along the Bardstown/Baxter corridor for 10 years on the Bardstown Road Overlay committee. From leasing officer to social worker to self-employed, he started Man of Spirit landscape business 9 years ago. He has volunteered with Home of the Innocents, Children’s Treatment Center, and Foster Grandparent Program, and is a past recipient of the Bell Award for community service. Alan loves Deer Park and has a passion for the neighborhood that he feels is the best place to live, play, raise a family and retire.

Susan and Allee Harmon, Stevens Avenue

Susan and Allee have lived in the Deer Park neighborhood for more than 30 years and both agree that they wouldn't want to live anywhere else in the city. They and their two four-legged sons 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.

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.

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.

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).