About Us

Ten years of centering local voices

Hear from project authors and staff about the Louisville Story Program, our work, and our impact on the community.

The Louisville Story Program strengthens the bonds of community by amplifying unheard voices and untold stories. Through rigorous writing and oral history workshops, and with professional editorial support, participating LSP authors from historically underrepresented communities document the richness of lived experience in Louisville communities from the inside out, and in their own words. Their work is published in professionally designed books, exhibits, and radio programs that promote dialogue across the community and increase awareness of overlooked aspects of Louisville's culture and history. We leverage their achievements into as many additional professional, educational, cultural, and social opportunities for them as possible.


  • Darcy Thompson

    Darcy Thompson

    Executive Director

    Darcy has been at the helm of LSP since its inception in 2013. Prior to his work at LSP, he worked on the national staff of Teach For America for over eleven years, during which time he conducted research on teacher effectiveness in urban and rural schools, helped refine the organization’s framework for effective teaching, led their national STEM recruitment efforts, and helped found Teach For America – Appalachia. Darcy has lived in Louisville since 2003, and has enthusiastically adopted the city as his home. He is thrilled to combine his enthusiasm for stories and books with his lifelong commitment to education as an engine for social justice.


  • Joe Manning

    Joe Manning

    Deputy Director

    Joe helped establish Louisville Story Program in 2013 and worked as an instructor and editor before he came on board full time as the role of Deputy Director in 2016. Joe was a Jackson Fellow of Creative Writing at Hollins University's prestigious MFA program where he focused on nonfiction. He's published award-winning essays, columns, and features for The Louisville Eccentric Observer and The Louisville Paper, has written for Fjords, theRS500.com, and Oxford American. Joe's first collection of single-topic essays, Certain Relevant Passages, was published in 2017 by Dock Street Press. In 2018 Joe was awarded the Kentucky Arts Council's Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship.


  • Althea Allen Dryden

    Althea Allen Dryden

    Program Director

    Althea officially joined the LSP team in late 2021 but her love affair with the Louisville Story Program began in 2013 while working for LSP’s fiscal agent, the Network Center for Community Change. The Our Shawnee book launch is still one of her favorite professional accomplishments. She recently became a published author herself as a contributor to I Too Am America: On Loving & Leading Black Men & Boys by Shawn Dove and Nick Chiles. Althea comes to LSP after a decade in Louisville’s nonprofit community. Most recently, she served as the Director of Operations and later Director of Marketing and Storytelling at Cities United, a national organization committed to working with communities across the country to reimagine public safety and reduce the homicides of young Black men in boys. Althea has long dreamed of working alongside the staff, board, and authors to continue the heartfelt mission of the Louisville Story Program.


  • Christine Gosney

    Christine Gosney

    Director of Operations

    Christine joined LSP in 2022 to bring additional leadership in operations, development, and communications. Her time in the local nonprofit sector has included eight years at a refugee resettlement agency, Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Prior to moving to Kentucky, Christine worked in emergency shelter services and re-entry programs in Arizona.


Board Members

  • Mia Cooper

    Mia Cooper

    Director of Equity and Community

    Sacred Heart Schools

  • Kate Lacy Crosby

    Kate Lacy Crosby


    Tachau Meek PLC

  • Amber Duke

    Amber Duke

    Deputy Director

    American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

  • LaTanya Henry

    LaTanya Henry


    LMH Accounting & Consulting

  • Jodeci Thomas

    Jodeci Thomas

    LSP Author

    Candidate for Board Certified Behavioral Analysis

  • Stephen Kertis

    Stephen Kertis

    Founder and President

    Kertis Creative

  • Anne McKune

    Anne McKune

    Director of Philanthropy

    Community Foundation of Louisville

  • Michael Washburn

    Michael Washburn

    Executive Director

    Kentucky Waterways Alliance


  • American Printing House for the Blind
  • Backside Learning Center
  • Central High School
  • Dismas Charities
  • Festival of Faiths
  • Iroquois High School
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage
  • Kentucky School for the Blind
  • Kertis Creative
  • Louisville Free Public Library
  • Louisville Writing Project
  • Muhammad Ali Center
  • Rock Paper Jones LLC
  • Spalding University
  • St. John Center for Homeless Men
  • StudioWorks by Zoom Group
  • The Academy @ Shawnee
  • University of Louisville Oral History Center and Archives

Financial Supporters

  • Arthur K. Smith Family Foundation
  • C. E. and S. Foundation
  • Community Foundation of Louisville
  • Cralle Foundation
  • Emily Bingham and Stephen Reily
  • Fund for the Arts
  • Gheens Foundation
  • Kentucky Arts Council
  • Kentucky Colonels
  • Kentucky Oral History Commission
  • Louisville Metro Government
  • Matthew Barzun & Brooke Brown Barzun
  • Mrs. Christina Lee Brown
  • National Book Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • Norton Foundation
  • Owsley Brown III Philanthropic Foundation
  • Porter Watkins & George Bailey
  • Snowy Owl Foundation
  • Sociable Weaver Foundation
  • South Arts
  • Starlight Racing
  • Ted & Mary Nixon