Reverend Dr. Jamesetta Ferguson – President and CEO
Under Dr. Ferguson’s leadership, the MOLO Village Community Development Corporation was established in 2011 to engage residents of the Russell neighborhood in holistic approaches to community development. MOLO focuses on individuals and families impacted by poverty, incarceration and recidivism, helping them transform into resources that benefit the entire community.
Dr. Ferguson received her Bachelors in Business Administration & Finance from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio in 1976. She graduated from University of Louisville with a degree of Master of Education in 1992, and from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 2006 and a Doctor of Ministry in 2013. In 2014, Dr. Ferguson was selected as Bingham Fellow from Leadership Louisville, and was a participant in the 2014 UPS Award-winning Bingham project “One West,” which envisioned an economic renaissance in West Louisville, with a focus on the built environment. She serves on several community Boards including Kentuckiana AIDS Alliance, Louisville Metro Community Services, Louisville Metro Housing Choice Task Coalition, and the Metropolitan Housing Coalition.
As a bi-vocational pastor, Dr. Ferguson has been employed at the University of Louisville as the Business Administrator and Clinical Practice Manager of the School of Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for over 26 years.
Dr. Ferguson is married to Minister and Deacon Levie Ferguson, and sharing in their joy are their two children: Au’yana Lee and Guante’; a son-in law, Dion Lee; and four grandchildren: Legend, Kennedy, Justice and Masiah.
Thomas Williams – Vice President
Thomas M. Williams Sr. is Vice Chair of the MOLO Village Board of Directors and an active volunteer in MOLO’s programming. For the past six years, he has also ministered to participant in the 300-man Community Transitional Resident Facility. The youngest of ten children, he graduated from Fairdale High School in 1987 and earned a certificate from Ahrens Vocational Center in Cabinet Making that same year. Thomas has been married to Reverend Sheree Cox since 2009; between them they have nine children and nine grandchildren.
Donanne Fitzgerald – Secretary / Treasurer
Donanne Fitzgerald, Secretary/Treasurer of the MOLO Village Board, began to serve as the credit building counselor with MOLO Village in October of 2015. Teaching and coaching come naturally to her as she has worked within the education field with both regular and special needs children and young adults for more than 25 years. Donanne holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics, Retail Management & Marketing from the University Of Kentucky. Donanne is invested in building a stronger Russell community by improving the quality of life in those she serves.
Betty J. (BJ) Adkins
Betty J. Adkins, the Community Resource Development Director for the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness, builds community relationships with the goal of assuring that all residents have optimal opportunities for a healthy life. She has built and fostered partnerships with residents, healthcare systems, government and nonprofit agencies, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville Metro Housing Authority, University of Louisville, and the juvenile justice system. As the first Executive Director of Shively Area Ministries (SAM), Ms. Adkins set a strong foundation for attracting volunteers and churches to provide food, clothing and financial assistance to residents in need. During that time she began the Shively Business Associate and was present of the Southwest Rotary Club. As a former Hospice of Louisville volunteer, she developed grief support programs and trained nursing students. Ms. Adkins has taught psychology at Jefferson Community and Technical College as well as master’s level students at the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. In addition to sitting on the MOLO Board of Directors, she serves on the Board of the Center for Neighborhoods and the Hildegard House. Ms. Adkins holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Louisville with a focus on education, counseling, and psychology.
Betty J. Adkins, M.Ed.
Director of Community Resource Development
LouisvilleMetro Department of Public Health & Wellness
Other Board Members Include:
Rev. Dr. James Dewey
Rev. James Harper
Rev. Teresa Walton O’Bannon