On Wednesday, Leadership Louisville graduated its 11th class of Ignite Louisville, a seven-month leadership-development program. The class meets once a month for a full day and participates in an overnight retreat.

Each class participates in the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge and takes on a project proposed by a local nonprofit; Ignite Louisville teams have worked with over 62 nonprofit organizations since 2004.

A panel of judges heard presentations from the seven teams. The team working with New Roots was selected as winner of the 2014 Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge, winning $3,000, and a second nonprofit, Volunteers of America, will receive a $1,500 contribution. GE Appliances also will make a $500 contribution to each of the other nonprofit agencies who worked with an Ignite Louisville team this year.

Ignite Louisville is presented by Norton Healthcare.

Here are the profiles of the top two teams, descriptions provided by Leadership Louisville:

Winner: New Roots

New Roots

Erin Zuber, Archdiocese of Louisville; Errol Wint, University of Louisville; Genevieve Howard, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau; Karyn Moskowitz, New Roots; David McArthur, KentuckyOne Health; Kate Cross, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Ashley Duncan, Transit Authority of River City (TARC); Rob Kester, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff and Emma Brown, Strothman and Company.

Team RenewLou partnered with New Roots, working to increase access to affordable fresh food in Louisville neighborhoods lacking full service grocery stores.  Lack of food access leads to poor food choices and ultimately a shortened life expectancy.  The team built a fund development model, communications strategy, internship program, enhanced government relations and comprehensive board development.  Some key wins include increased access to federal grants, a rebranded logo, monthly newsletter, funding to pay interns through UofL and the formation of an Advisory Council.  RenewLou planted the seeds for sustainable success and looks forward to staying engaged and celebrate the success of New Roots.

“I wanted to thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for all of the amazing, inspiring, effective work you accomplished. When I think of where we were before we met, and where we are now, it makes me dizzy thinking of the heights we have reached. Each one of you has touched my heart, mind and spirit with your talents, enthusiasm and incredible drive. From the board, staff and leaders of the New Roots Fresh Stop, we thank you.”   – Karyn Moskowitz, New Roots

Runner-up: Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America

John Launius and Jennifer Hancock, Volunteers of America of Kentucky; Johnathan Woodall, Brown-Forman Corporation; Christina Julian, JPMorgan Chase; Meghan Mando, Humana Inc.; Karmen Martin, LG&E and KU Energy; Bradford Spencer, Humana Inc.; Anesha Blakey, Schiller, Kessler & Gomez PLLC; Adam Keal, EY; Gwen Cooper, Seven Counties Services, and B. Todd Bright, Kentucky Farm Bureau (mentor).

Team Quintessence partnered with Volunteers of America and Seven Counties Services, Inc. to create the Veterans Community Alliance of Louisville (VCAL), an integrated network of support for veterans and their families that coordinates services, resources, and initiatives to increase communication across organizational lines, enhance quality and delivery of care, and promote veteran-friendly community relations in Louisville. With an official endorsement from Louisville Metro Mayor Fischer, VCAL launched on April 10, 2014, and received a warm welcome from veterans, veterans services providers and the community. The team’s work to create VCAL will strengthen the community’s ability to support  veterans and their families.

“Team Quintessence has been tremendously impactful not only within our organization but within the community. They brought enthusiasm, perseverance and commitment to excellence. What they developed not only exceeded our expectations, but has already had an immediate impact with unlimited potential. We sincerely thank Team Quintessence for their support in the present and their vision for the future.” – Jennifer Hancock, Volunteers of America

Members of the Ignite Louisville Class of 2014 were (click for photo roster):

Shawn Anderson, Dean Dorton Allen Ford; Jay Baribeau, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Justin Beavers, Raymond James; Anesha Blakey, Schiller, Kessler & Gomez, PLLC; Jacqueline Brill, Tandem Public Relations;

Emma Brown, YPAL; Tameka Copeland, WellCare of Kentucky; Michelle Browning Coughlin, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP; Kate Cross, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Marisa Davis, Metro United Way;

Shelby Dehner, Kids Cancer Alliance; Daniel Duffy, Northwestern Mutual; Ashley Duncan, Transit Authority of River City (TARC); Anthony Ellis, Bluegrass Green Co.; Nicole Eovino, Greater Louisville Inc.;

Megan Gardner, Norton Healthcare; Courtney Gatti, Norton Healthcare/Children’s Hospital Foundation; Bert Griffin, Spalding University; Charles Hopkins II, Universal Woods Inc.; Genevieve Howard, Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau;

Marvin Jackson, Walsh Construction; Christina Julian, JPMorgan Chase; Adam Keal, EY; Brad Keeton, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Tiffany Keith, Ottawa University;

Rob Kester, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff; Meghan Mando, Fund for the Arts; Jade Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton; Karmen Martin, LG&E and KU Energy; David McArthur, KentuckyOne Health;

Jeffrey McMahan, Wehr Constructors, Inc.; Holly Meredith, 21c Museum Hotels LLC; Ryan Miranda, Churchill McGee Construction; Jennifer Moore, PNC Bank; Linwood Nelson, U.S. Army Human Resources Command;

Adrian Panduro, Humana Inc.; Phil Ransdell, Fifth Third Bank; Angela Reeves, ARGI Financial Group; Sarah Rogers, Humana Inc.; Audrey Roling, Brown-Forman Corporation;

Brandon Saxton, RecoverCare; Dayo Seton, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Stephanie Spalding, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Bradford Spencer, Humana Inc.; Joey Summers, Messer Construction;

Andrew B. Takami, Purdue University College of Technology, New Albany; Julie Torzewski, Baptist Health Louisville; Melinda Townsend-Breslin, Norton Healthcare; Brandon Walker, Yum! Brands, Inc.;

Angella Wilson, WIRED65 Regional Workforce Partners; Errol Wint, University of Louisville; Johnathan Woodall, Brown-Forman Corporation; Hala Ziady, Junior League of Louisville; and Erin Zuber, Archdiocese of Louisville.