Annual Society Meeting Membership Votes in Board of Directors and Celebrates 14 Adoptions

The 2016 board of directors of St. Joseph Children’s Home was voted in unanimously by society members at the annual meeting February 7th. The meeting focused on the mission of giving children a home, and continued growth in caring for children in crisis. Executive director Grace Akers highlighted the agency’s 2015 accomplishments including the opening of the new residential cottages, the accreditation by the C.O.A. (Council of Accreditation), and increased census in the three core programs.

The Executive committee of the board: Incoming board president Barbara Carter is the Director of Field Education for Spalding University’s School of Social Work. Chris Whelan, Vice President of Communications with LG&E, KU, is the vice president. Dr. Jay Miller, Ph.D is with the College of Social Work for the University of Kentucky is the second vice president. Craig Harbsmeier is the agency’s treasurer. Grace Akers is the executive director. Ja Hillebrand, President of Stock Yards Bank, continues as president of the S.J. Kids Foundation. The caliber of leadership at the board and the staff level continues to excel for one of Louisville’s historic non-profit agencies.

The meeting also highlighted the 14 children who were adopted through St. Joe’s therapeutic foster care and adoption program and celebrated the forever families that were created. Some families were present to share in the celebration and give remarks on their experience.



St. Joseph Children’s Home
2823 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
(502) 893-0241
(877) 893-0241