Board &
Advisory Council

Board of Directors


Ralph de Chabert, Chair

Senior VP – Chief Diversity Officer, Brown-Forman

Muhammad and Lonnie Ali*, Vice-Chairs

Founders/Muhammad Ali Enterprises

Ina Brown Bond, Chair Emeritus*

River Bend Farm

Karl Schmitt, Vice-Chair

Executive Director, Louisville Sports Commission

Dave P. Calzi, Treasurer/Secretary

Audit Partner, Ernst & Young

Howard L. Bingham*


Jonathan D. Blum

Chief Public Affairs Officer, YUM! Brands, Inc.

Arnold Garson

Retired Publisher, The Courier-Journal

Shirley C. Willihnganz, Ph.D.

University Provost, University of Louisville

* Life Director

Board Members At-Large


David L. Armstrong*

Chairman, Kentucky Public Service Commission

Turney P. Berry

Partner, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP

Steve Beshear

Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky 

John Y. Brown, Jr.*

Entrepreneur & Former Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Ken Clay

Arts Consultant, Legacies Unlimited

Robert Croft, Jr.

Associate, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Laura Douglas

VP, Corporate Responsibility/Community Affairs,

Greg Fischer

Mayor, Metro Louisville

Kraig Fox

Senior Managing Director, Guggenheim Partners

Marla Green DiDio

Founder & Chair, American Benefactor Foundation

Donna Hargens, Ph.D.

Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools

L. Thomas Hiltz


Gill Holland

Entrepreneur, NuLu Business Association

Bennie Ivory       

Retired Executive Editor, Courier Journal

Donald Lassere

President & CEO, Muhammad Ali Center

Gail Lyttle

VP, Director of Marketing, Fifth Third Bank

Benjamin K. Richmond

President/CEO, Louisville Urban League

Barbara Sexton Smith

Former President & CEO, Fund for the Arts

Ozair Shariff

Attorney, Stites & Harbison PLLC

John D. Smith

Mid-North Region President, Caesar’s Entertainment
Horseshoe Southern Indiana Casino

Craig Young

President/CEO, Craig Young Family Foundation

* Life Director

Advisory Council


His Holiness, The Dalai Lama of Tibet

Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein

Seth Abraham, Sports and Media Entrepreneur

Derek Anderson, Athlete

Dr. Maya Angelou, Author and Poet

Howard L. Bingham, Photographer

Bono, Musician, U2

Homer G. Cablish, III, CPA, Cablish & Gentile CPAs LLC

Sean Combs, Artist and Producer

Bob Costas, NBC and HBO Sports

Billy Crystal, Actor and Comedian

Mario Cuomo, Former Governor of New York

Dick Ebersol, NBC Sports

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of Carnegie Corporation

Angelina Jolie, Actress

Quincy Jones, Producer

Larry King, Broadcast Journalist

Sean McManus, CBS News and Sports

A. Jerrold Perenchio, Media Entrepreneur

Myrtle Potter, Entrepreneur, Chapman Development Group

Anthony Pratt, Pratt Industries

R. Prophet, Musician, Nappy Roots

David Robinson, Athlete

Diane Sawyer, ABC News

John Schnatter, Papa John’s International

Tavis Smiley, PBS Host

Dennis D. Swanson, President, Fox Television Stations Group

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph. D., Professor, Arizona State University