- Community Development
Mustard Seed Hill
Since 1993, Kevin has led Community Ventures from a staff of one with $450,000 in assets to today’s 70-member team in five regional offices managing over $121 million in assets. Kevin has over 22 years experience in designing, implementing and capitalizing nonprofit programs. He received a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, with completed studies in Economics from the University of London in London, England.
Wiley came to Community Ventures to help improve the curriculum for the online financial literacy classes and stayed for the opportunity to help the community. As a natural problem solver, Wiley likes to put his talent to good use helping clients. He spends his free time working on home improvement projects, playing with his four kids, or doing anything that allows him to enjoy the outdoors.
Brian comes to Community Ventures having spent more than two decades at Morehead State University, most of which as the Director of Athletics. His extensive leadership experience also includes a foundation in development and in program management. Brian understands how to grow programs at the grass root level and the importance of a cohesive marketing message. He is married to Elizabeth, and they have two sons, Benjamin and Riley.
Prior to joining the Community Ventures team, Brenda was in executive management with Kentucky Housing Corporation and served as regional director of Fannie Mae, covering Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Ohio. As the President of Housing & Multifamily, Brenda brings years of experience and expertise in affordable housing and real estate finance to the team, as well as extensive national relationships. Brenda has written and taught courses on home buyer education, real estate finance, and has conducted financial counseling for individuals. In her free time, Brenda enjoys spending time with family.
Milt has more than 20 years of experience as a neighborhood revitalization professional, and he previously served as senior homeownership specialist with NeighborWorks America in Washington D.C. Milt started working for Community Ventures in 2014, and since then, he has helped establish eHome America as the premier online homebuyer education course in the United States.
Marita has established a reputation in the banking industry as one of the leading executives in the Midwest region. Marita comes to Community Ventures with a proven record of career achievement, underscored with extensive years of experience in operations management, sales, marketing, and community development activities. Marita has expertise in several disciplines including: community development, new product introduction, strategic planning to increase earnings/market share; compensation, incentives and performance evaluations; setting sales goals; event sponsorship; budgeting and forecasting and sales/service training/coaching and development. Prior to joining Community Ventures, Marita has served in executive capacities with the Hope Collaborative, American Red Cross, and PNC Bank.
Shane has more than 20 years of experience as a project management consultant, training facilitator and curriculum developer. He previously served as a management consultant for The Leader In You Consulting, LLC. Shane started working for Community Ventures in 2018, and since then, he has helped establish mPact Pro as the premier client management system utilized by HUD approved nonprofit Housing Counseling Agencies in the United States.
Shawn has 20 years of experience working extensively in sales, procurement and operations. His roles have included assisting with the phenomenal growth of Crank and Boom Ice Cream as Director of Sales & Operations, Director of Operations with Aramark Sports & Entertainment, Owner of Techworks - scanning software/consulting company and as the Director of IT/Marketing for a large KY law firm.
His multitude of roles in both product and service industry driven businesses provides valuable insight into the diverse challenges and opportunities for scaling organizations in the Kentucky marketplace.
At Community Ventures, Shawn’s focus is creating revenue opportunities and scaling social entrepreneurship businesses within the organization.
His passion for economically viable, inclusive communities aligns well with the mission of Community Ventures. He believes all members of our communities should have lives enriched with access to education, employment, physical and spiritual wellness.
Mark helps entrepreneurs improve their businesses and enrich their lives. For him, the best part of his job is finding new programs that will help make clients’ dreams come true. Outside of the office, Mark produces glass art pieces in his home studio.
Tom graduated from the University of Louisville School of Public Health while also working and managing restaurants, catering/bar event companies, along with retail management. Prior to joining the Chef Space team, Tom worked at the Louisville Metro Health department, doing regulatory work with the environmental department including food inspections.
Tom came to know the members and administration team of Chef Space while conducting work for Louisville Metro and was always interested and excited about the work and opportunities available to the community through Chef Space. Tom’s role as President of Chef Space allows him to utilize his hodgepodge of professional experience in a kitchen setting where he feels most comfortable.
In his free time, Tom enjoys staying active with basketball and martial arts as well as lifting weights. He enjoys spending time with his son, Riley, and being outdoors, spending lots of time at the Parklands when the weather is nice. He also enjoys cooking and finding great spots to eat.
Dan has worked in the private sector, working for large corporations such as MCI and WorldCom. Dan’s passion, however, has been small business. Dan opened his first business at the age of 19 and has owned or been part owner of many successful businesses ever since that time. In recent years, Dan has put his corporate and small business experience to work by consulting for new and existing businesses of all sizes. More recently, Dan utilized his expertise in business startups mentoring and coaching others in realizing the American dream of entrepreneurship. Dan and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two girls and a boy.
Jonah brings a diversity of skills and experiences to CV, with backgrounds in higher education, government leadership, and as a former litigation attorney, along with his own entrepreneurial background and mindset. Jonah understands nonprofit markets and the value of marketing but is driven by opportunities to use his creativity to explore new ways to do business. Outside of work, Jonah enjoys traveling with his wife Chioma, and playing with their dog Polo.
Lowell has operated as a strategic management consultant for small- and medium-sized businesses throughout the United States. His history includes years of corporate experience as an internal audit manager for a North American auto manufacturer as well as a senior financial manager and project manager for a Fortune 150 aerospace and defense corporation, overseeing personnel and responsible for a $100 million dollar business unit. Sellards enjoys entrepreneurship, economic development, and helping others start up and make their business ventures successful.He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian Studies from Berea College and his Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
With over 20 years expertise in Banking and Business/Economic Development, Shirie returns to Community Ventures after working as a commercial lender for Community Trust Bank and as the director of the Lexington Small Business Development Center. As an advocate for the needs of small businesses, Shirie works to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with area businesses and community organizations. When not working, Shirie enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.