The Junior League of Louisville (JLL) is proud to host a training panel on the Impacts of Poverty on Education on October 26th. This event will take place at Spalding University in the College Street Ballroom (812 S. 2nd St.) Breakfast and networking from 8:00- 8:30 with panel discussion beginning at 8:30. This event will come at the end of the JLL’s Little Black Dress Initiative (LBDI) Week (Oct. 22nd– 26th). Members of the JLL will be wearing the same black dress/outfit for the week as a small representation of the limited choices poverty presents members of our community. The main focus of the week will be adDressing how generational poverty affects the education of children in the Louisville community. Many JLL projects and programs aim to help combat these educational setbacks such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the 6 Little Libraries the JLL fills and maintains in our community.
Krista Drescher-Burke, JCPS Department of Diversity, Equity, & Poverty
Lisa Dejaco Crutcher, CEO Catholic Charities of Louisville
Daryl W. Unseld Jr., Chief Equity Officer, Metro United Way
Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad, President, Junior League of Louisville
Full bios of our wonderful panelists can be found below. We would love for you to join us for this event. There is a suggested donation of $10 for non-Little Black Dress participants and proceeds will benefit the LBDI which you can learn more about by visiting this website. If you plan on attending please RSVP by clicking the link here.
Dr. Drescher-Burke has been the Community Data Specialist in JCPS’s Department of Diversity, Equity, and Poverty since 2016. She works with community organizations and supporting philanthropic funders to evaluate the impact of community programs on academic outcomes for JCPS students. She is also actively involved in the implementation of the recently-passed JCPS racial equity policy. Krista and her husband, Bill Burke, are both Louisville natives and have three kids, all of whom attend the same JCPS elementary school (for one year—WOOT!). She graduated from UK and UC Berkeley.
Lisa DeJaco Crutcher is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Louisville, a position she has held since April 2017. Business First recognized her as an up-and-coming community leader in its “Forty Under 40” class of 2013. She has been active in a wide variety of civic and church activities, and has participated in Leadership Louisville, Bingham Fellows, and Leadership Kentucky. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Dare to Care and the Louisville Free Public Library Foundation and is the Archdiocesan representative to the Boards for St Joseph’s Children’s Home and Boys and Girls Haven. Her previous board services include the Americana Community Center, the Junior League of Louisville, and Volunteers of America Mid-States, where she was Chair of the Board for three years.
Prior to coming to work at Catholic Charities, Lisa spent more than 16 years as a commercial litigator in private practice at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, one of Kentucky’s oldest and largest law firms. A sixth-generation Louisvillian, Lisa earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Furman University and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. She is presently pursuing a master’s degree at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.
Daryle W. Unseld Jr. serves as the Chief Equity Officer for Metro United Way – charged with providing executive leadership, strategy development, planning, execution and accountability for Metro United Way’s focus on internal and external equity, diversity and inclusion.
Prior to his service at Metro United Way, the 11-year U.S. Air Force veteran held positions in Louisville Metro Government and the YMCA of Greater Louisville.
Daryle earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Louisville, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Saint Leo University and a Certificate in Nonprofit Executive Leadership from Indiana University.
Daryle is a member of numerous civic and professional organizations including, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc, 100 Black Men of Louisville, the National Black MBA Association, and Louisville Chapter of the NAACP. He currently serves on the governing boards of the West Louisville Performing Arts Academy and 15,000 Degrees. He was selected as a 2015-16 Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Connecting Leaders Fellow and is a member of the 2018 Leadership Louisville Bingham Fellows class. He and his wife Cecily are proud parents of two daughters, Jasmyne and Natalia.
Leigh Anne Burke-Schaad has been a member of the Junior League of Louisville since 2009. During her time in the League she has held positions in fund development, community and communications prior to becoming President in 2017. Leigh Anne is the first President to serve a two-year term under a new organizational structure implemented in 2016. During her time as President she has presented to other mid-size leagues at national conference, formed a task force for diversity and inclusion and fund development. She is also very passionate about ensuring every child in the Louisville community has access to a quality education by visiting with community partners and exploring opportunities for partnerships. Leigh Anne also serves on the Leadership Louisville Board of Directors and as Vice Chair for Alley Cat Advocates. In her professional life Leigh Anne works in marketing for Metro by T-Mobile.