Brian Riendeau – Chair
Brian is Executive Director of Dare to Care Food Bank. Established in 1971, Dare to Care delivers over 19 million meals each year through a variety of programs to Kentuckiana families struggling with hunger. He previously served as Vice President of Government & Community Affairs at Yum Brands, and spent six years as a Legislative Assistant for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in Washington, DC. Brian serves on the board of the Kentucky Food Bank Association and is a member of the Kentucky Hunger Task Force
Donna Benton – Vice-chair
Donna has served for over four decades as a secondary school teacher and is currently an administrator for Jefferson County Public Schools. The first half of her educational career was as a theology teacher, campus minister, and retreat director in Catholic High Schools. She facilitates Earth & Spirit Center programming that helps educators bring mindfulness into their personal practice and to apply it professionally within their schools.
Carl Gallmeister – Secretary
Carl works as a capacity manager for UPS and has 23 years of airline management experience. He brings hands-on experience with Earth & Spirit Center programming, having participated actively in twelve mindful meditation classes and the 2012 Pilgrimage to India. Carl has also served as a Mentor for young men at Brooklawn.
Crawford Wells – Treasurer
Crawford is retired from working in the restaurant industry for over 40 years. He sold his last restaurant, W. W. Cousins, in 2017. He is also on the board of Commonwealth Bank and Trust’s Holding Company.
Barbara Barry Banta
Retired from a 30+ year career in publishing, publication design and small business ownership, Barbara is a founding member of the Mindfulness Mentors, an Earth and Spirit Center outreach program in which volunteers mentor and share the practice of mindfulness with some of Louisville’s underserved communities. Barbara has been an enthusiastic meditation student at the Earth and Spirit Center for 10+ years. She and her husband have raised three sons within the Saint Agnes Parish School and community.
David M. Feldkamp
David is an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney prosecuting child abuse cases for over 20 years. He also maintains a civil law practice. David has completed multiple classes at the Earth and Spirit Center and is an advocate for mindfulness among his fellow attorneys.
Dr. Sharon Grant
Sharon is a retired hospital chaplain. She currently serves as a retreat facilitator, spiritual director, and associate editor of FORsooth, the monthly newsletter of Louisville’s Fellowship of Reconciliation community. Sharon is also an urban farmer and is involved in environmental work in the community.
Dr. Ashley Hicks White
Ashley is a specialist in couples/family therapy, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and assistant professor of marriage and family therapy at Louisville Seminary. Ashley has worked in a number of clinical settings serving clients from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, homeless and low socio-economic individuals and families. She currently operates a small private therapy practice in Louisville, KY where she serves individual, couple, and families in the local community and surrounding areas. Ashley is also a yoga teacher.
Di Anne Kerrigan
Di retired after selling MDI Technologies, a medical software business based out of St. Louis, MO. Di served on the Board of Directors for MDI Technologies, and was the Executive Vice President, Vice President Sales and Marketing, and partner for 14 years. Di currently serves as an Advisor to Interfaith Paths to Peace and sponsors its meditation program in the Portland neighborhood, volunteers with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and serves as a Mindfulness Mentor with the Earth & Spirit Center.
Br. John Monzyk, CP
Br. John has been a member of the Passionist community, a Catholic religious order, for over 50 years. He holds a doctorate in physics and has taught at the high school through university level. He currently serves as the Superior of the Sacred Heart Passionist Retreat, which founded the Earth & Spirit Center and on whose property the Center operates.
Dr. Robb Shrader, M.D.
Robb has been a practicing ophthalmologist in Louisville since 1989. He and his wife Anna have three children and are involved in service and formation as parish members of the Cathedral of the Assumption. In addition to taking courses at the Earth & Spirit Center, Robb has also earned a masters degree in theology from Saint Meinrad School of Theology.
Deryl is a meditation student and the co-owner of CoPilot LLC, a firm that provides marketing and technology solutions for a variety of for-profit and non-profit business. He is also the founder of CureCF, a foundation devoted to raising funds for medical research of cystic fibrosis.
Olivia serves as controller for the Woodford Reserve Distillery within Brown-Forman Corporation. Olivia holds degrees from Bellarmine University and Western Kentucky University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Jerry is the retired executive director of Boys and Girls Haven in Louisville, KY. He is active on several local nonprofit boards.