THE OLD LOUISVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL
For over 30 years, the OLNC has sought community-based solutions to problems. Neighborhood leaders have fought urban blight leading to rejuvenated communities. Today, the national preservation district of Old Louisville boasts the largest contiguous collection of Victorian mansions in the United States.
Together we advocate for historic preservation, plant trees, work in a community garden, serve as good stewards of Central Park, work on zoning issues, establish neighborhood watch programs, put on free concerts in Central Park, give to the most vulnerable in our community, and support our local businesses. Yet, we are always striving to do more.
"We are always striving to do more."
Old Louisville’s commitment to the arts is unparalleled. The St. James Court Art Show is the top outdoor art show in America. The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival in Central Park is the longest running outdoor Shakespeare festival in the country. Old Louisville LIVE is a series of free concerts in Central Park.
The Old Lou Brew Craft Beer Festival brings friends and neighbors together for local craft beers, great food, and live music. The Garvin Gate Blues Festival is the largest blues street festival in the Midwest.
The gateway to Old Louisville is the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center in Central Park. Guided walking tours offer visitors historical and architectural information about this national preservation district.
In 2016, Old Louisville was named One of the Great Places of America by the American Planning Association, recognizing the strong residential investment in the community and its identification with the arts. The OLNC proudly accepted this award for the community.
To advocate, promote, and protect Old Louisville’s historic architecture and streetscapes within a diverse neighborhood of residents and businesses while advancing artistic and cultural events to build community.
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council
For over 25 years, the OLNC's Property and Improvement Committee (PIC) has fought abandoned and neglected properties, planted trees, and worked to preserve and protect this historic preservation district.
The OLNC's Zoning And Land Use Committee (ZALU) serves as an advocate on zoning issues related to Old Louisville, traditional neighborhood zoning district, short term rentals, and Louisville Metro planning and design proposals.
THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Derrick Pedolzky is an entrepreneur and experienced event & community organizer with a strong passion for cultivating relationships and fostering community through engagement. Derrick is currently a member of the West St. Catherine Neighborhood Association and served on the OLNC Board as their representative. He lives on 6th Street with his wife Olivia and their young daughter Isla. Derrick has previously served on the Forecastle Foundation Board & Friends of the Waterfront Board as well as being an active volunteer for the Louisville Independent Business Alliance, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Louisville Free Public Library, and Hosparus Health Gala. Derrick has been an Old Louisville resident for 11 out of the last 17 years and looks forward to many more years calling Old Louisville home.
Jena Blythe is a long-time resident and activist in Old Louisville. She and her husband Howard Rosenberg live on 6th Street and are active members of the Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association, serving as organizing members of the successful Garvin Gate Blues Festival. Jena has served on the Board of the former Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce, the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour Committee and Chaired the Victorian Ghost Walk. She is a retired registered nurse of 31 years and served as the Director of the High-Risk Neonatal Team of Nurses at Norton Hospital. She also serves on the board of the Shelp Charitable Foundation which donates to animal rescue centers.
Mike Meador has been a resident of Old Louisville since 2014; he lives on Floral Terrace with his wife, Kate, and their daughters Ava and Madeline. Mike previously served as the OLNC board as the representative for the Central Park West Neighborhood Association and spends much of his time volunteering at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum where his wife is the executive director. Mike is an actuary with Humana; he is an associate of the Society of Actuaries and a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
Chuck Anderson has been a resident of Old Louisville since 1995 and lives on the 1300 block of South 3rd Street with his wife Sheelah and their four dogs. Chuck is a retired Vice President and Director of Operations for the Louisville office of Strand Associates, a consulting engineering firm. He has been an active member of the Historic 1300 Association and has served in leadership roles for many years, including President. From 2005-2008, Chuck was the Chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. He was active in the former Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce and served on the Oak Street Task Force. Currently, he is serving on the OLNC executive committee as Secretary and is the Chair of the Zoning and Land Use Committee.
Shawn is a native of Louisville and has been a resident of Old Louisville since 2004. She and her family live in a historic home on Belgravia Court, which they restored. Since living in Old Louisville, she has been an active member of the Belgravia Court Association and has served in leadership positions. In 2012, she wrote a book, Belgravia Court: Old Louisville’s Premier Walking Court. As the Executive Director for the OLNC, Shawn works as an advocate for Old Louisville. In developing relationships with the government, arts organizations, universities, tourism partners, residents, and businesses, she is promoting our historic preservation district, advancing the arts, and increasing heritage tourism. Prior to joining the OLNC, Shawn worked for Senator Wendell Ford and managed the public relations and government affairs efforts of national trade associations in the Washington, D.C. area for about 20 years. When she returned to Kentucky, she did fundraising for public television documentaries.
Marketing & Tourism Assistant & Bookkeeper
Kelli Guinn is the Administrative Marketing and Tourism Assistant and Bookkeeper for the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council. A Louisville local, Kelli graduated from Bellarmine University with a Bachelors of History. She staffs the Historic Old Louisville Visitors Center and serves as the tour guide for the Historic Old Louisville Walking Tours. She is also a Certified Tourism Ambassador for the city of Louisville and a member of the American Institute for Professional Bookkeepers.