Chief Community Engagement Officer
This Kentucky-based officer’s entrepreneurial spirit, business mindset and leadership skills were developed early. His passion is engaging in the community, listening and understanding what needs to be done and how we can make an impact. Andrew was born and raised in Louisville, KY and is really excited to be a part of our team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Spalding University in June, 2015. He is the proud father of Trenton Pleasant, who is 8 years old.
Client Services Manager
Shauntrice is the enthusiastic mother of a 6 year old mogul. The Shawnee neighborhood is her home and she aims to leverage a decade of development experience to empower residents through LHOME's mission. Her financial literacy programs have helped diverse clients start businesses, boost their credit scores, and get out of debt. Shauntrice earned the 2017 Silicon Valley Woman of Influence Award, the 2019 Coalition of Black Excellence Impact Nonprofit Award, and the 2019 Louisville Business Forty Under 40 Award.
Chief Loan Officer
Dan Farris is a retired United Army Officer with varied assignments in Airborne and Ranger units in command and staff positions. He served as commercial loan officer at a commercial bank in Murray, KY, now Region’s Financial, as well as serving as mediator and councilor with Housing Partnership, Inc. during the 2008-2011 financial crisis. He owned and operated an auction and real estate company in West Kentucky. He has served on various community development boards and as Mayor of Hazel, KY for nine years, prior to moving to Louisville in 2003. He is married to Jo McKinley, and together they have two grown children and four grandchildren.
Victoria Spencer is your friendly neighborhood accountant, based in Shelby Park. She has four years of experience preparing taxes at public accounting firms where she specialized in small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Between the office and client meetings, she enjoys maintaining a garden at home and taking her dogs camping. The Louisville native attended St. Francis High School (’07) and later finished her BSBA in Accountancy and BA in Spanish at the University of Louisville in 2014.
COVID-19 Relief Collaborators
Allen Howie is Founder and Creative Director of Idealogy, a marketing and design firm dedicated to helping companies stand out and sell more. For more than twenty years, he and his award-winning firm have gained national recognition for helping clients distinguish themselves from the competition through strategic branding and marketing. The Louisville region’s only Certified StoryBrand Guide and co-founder of Brews & Brands, Allen is a popular speaker at regional and national marketing events, and has had numerous articles appear in industry publications. His first book, The Marketing Minute, was recognized as one of the top three marketing books of the year, and earned rave reviews from leading marketing authors and experts including Seth Godin, Al Ries and Guy Kawasaki.
Kala Spangler has been a small business owner for over 20 years. Prior to that she worked as a billing and fulfillment manager for an internet startup in Atlanta, GA. She is an animal rescuer, a quilter, a ukulele student, and loves all things related to water - her latest passion is paddleboarding. Kala is delighted to support the LHOME team during this critical pivot to provide COVID-19 funding for individuals and small businesses.
Shekinah Lavalle is a long-time tax and economic justice advocate. She is currently studying accounting at the University of Louisville, where she has already earned a BA in English Literature. Shekinah is passionate about sustainable business development, good communication, co-operative business development and platypuses. Shekinah’s happy place is a porch in Kentucky with a rocking chair, a knitting project and a bourbon—neat.
Sung Ju is passionate about community economic development. After graduation from college, Sung Ju joined Teach For America (“TFA”), helping students in a low-income community get on the same academic level with those in affluent communities. After fulfilling the 2 year commitment with TFA, Sung Ju joined American International Group (“AIG”) as actuarial analyst in Seoul, Korea, focusing on new product development over 2 years. The financial crisis in 2008 dramatically changed his career path and led him to a graduate education and a career that promote economic development in low-income communities. He has developed expertise in powerful community development financing tools such as the New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) program and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) program.
Sung Ju currently works as Managing Director at Critical Analytics LLC, a mission-driven financial consulting firm specializing in project financing and financial/statistical analysis. He has worked on more than $357 million of NMTC and LIHTC project financing transactions and has assisted Community Development Financial Institutions and Community Development Entities in financial underwriting, financial projections, credit risk valuation, and fund application writing.
Sung Ju has Bachelor of Arts in General Science – Mathematics from Grinnell College, Master of Regional Planning in Community Economic Development and Real Estate Finance from Cornell University, and Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Southern Maine.
Joyce Monty was born in Massachusetts and later moved to Minnesota where she lived until she was a teen. The family moved to Louisville, her mother’s hometown, just in time for her to attend Iroquois High School. She’s lived in west Louisville and east, in Crestwood, making her home in Highview now. After years as a data entry clerk, a baker at Kroger, a cook, a caterer, and a nanny, she found herself drifting and unemployed. Thanks to the Urban Seniors Jobs Corps Program at the Louisville Urban League, she is now putting into practice what she learned as a mature adult in college. With a smile, Joyce says “I am enjoying my training position at LHOME very much and hope to continue to be productive and happy well into the future.”
Chief Operating Officer
Leila Faucette loves people, is passionate about housing, and understands finance which makes her a perfect fit at LHOME. From 2001-2018, she handled operations at a nonprofit professional association of nurses. She made her living as a real estate agent in Baltimore and Louisville, worked in wholesale distribution, and restaurants back in the day. Leila has 25 years’ experience practicing Taoist Tai Chi to which she credits her relative calm in chaos.