South Louisville Community Ministries Welcomes Clare Rutz Wallace as Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of South Louisville Community Ministries (SLCM) is pleased to announce the selection of Clare Rutz Wallace as its next Executive Director. She will be the eighth executive director since the agency was founded in 1976.

SLCM helps neighbors resolve their critical needs so today’s crisis does not become tomorrow’s catastrophe. Focusing on the South Louisville community, last year they distributed more than 100 tons of food to neighbors in need, while connecting more than 7,000 families with critical resources.

Wallace is coming from Americana World Community Center as their Director of Development. Under her leadership, she helped Americana enter into a new chapter of financial stability and community awareness.

“Clare’s energy, vision, and commitment to this community were key attributes we looked for in the next executive director ,” said Board Chair Michael Chinigo. “We are confident that she is the person to lead South Louisville Community Ministries to greater things.”

Prior to Americana, she traveled throughout Asia vetting and consulting nonprofits for the GlobalGiving Foundation, and then moved to Washington, D.C. to work on their team. Wallace spent another two years “in the field” with the Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal, after which she found her way to Kentucky. She’s since made Louisville her home.

She serves on the board of Louisville Chamber Choir, founded Cairn, Louisville’s public giving circle, is among the leadership of Trivia For Good, and is the Youth Director at Douglass Boulevard Christian Church.

Wallace earned her bachelor’s degree in Policy Studies and International Development at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

“As a proud resident of South Louisville, I am honored to join the team at SLCM and to help usher in a new chapter of this vital organization,” Wallace said. “This local organization fills a significant need of our neighborhood and does it with a tremendous amount of compassion and dignity.”

SLCM provide direct services through programs such as Meals on Wheels, a food pantry, and emergency funds and items for life’s necessities. They serve residents in 40208, 40209, 40215, and 40214, and also acts as a connector of the people of South Louisville to the resources that they need.

Wallace began her duties with SLCM on October 1st.


Board of Directors Announcement of Executive Director Resignation

From Michael Chinigo, Board President, South Louisville Community Ministries

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Yvette Livers' departure as Executive Director of South Louisville Community Ministries (SLCM), which was effective June 12, 2018. Since joining in September 2014, Yvette played a critical role in the development and success of the organization. While we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor as the Executive Director of Neighborhood House in Portland. We want to thank her for the 4 years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

·       SLCM experienced significant growth in signature fundraising events during her tenure

·        Was instrumental in improving policies and procedures of the organization and charting strategic objectives for SLCM

·        Ensured that the organization efficiently and effectively devoted resources to fulfill its mission

·        Coordinated with board to develop a new organizational structure and assisted in establishing board committees

Over the past few months, we have been conducting a search to find the new SLCM Executive Director. During this transition period, it has been our priority to find the best individual to lead, while still maintaining a stable and effective organization. We will be sharing the job announcement soon.

Again, we cannot thank Yvette enough for the dedication, passion, enthusiasm and motivation she has given SLCM over the past 4 years. She will be greatly missed by the staff, Board, members and partners alike. We look forward to following the success of her career and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of SLCM as we continue to empower our neighbors in crisis to move towards stability and self-sufficiency.




Michael Chinigo, President, Board of Directors, South Louisville Community Ministries