Our Team

Family & Children’s Place staff brings deep experience – in leadership; counseling and social work; programs, planning, and services; marketing, communications and development – committed to building better futures for child victims of violence, abuse and neglect and their families.

Senior Staff

Pam Darnall

President and CEO
head shot PamPam Darnall is president and CEO of Family & Children’s Place and has worked with the agency since 1994. She became president and CEO in January 2014 and is responsible for overall direction, leadership, and coordination of organizational activities.

The former president of The Family Place, Darnall helped lead the merger with Family & Children First in 2008 that created Family & Children’s Place. Darnall became chief operating officer of F&CP, with a staff of more than 100 and a budget exceeding $5 million. She has been in leadership roles for more than 20 years, including 10 years with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in a supervisory and training role for Child Protective Services.

Darnall is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Louisville Foundation’s Leadership Network and completed the Executive Leadership Institute at the University of Michigan in May 2011. She served on statewide committees which helped formulate Early Childhood Task Force Recommendations, known as the “Kids Now Quality Rating System,” to the governor of Kentucky, and served on the Jefferson County Early Childhood Local Council and on the Metro United Way Successful Children and Youth Community Solutions Committee. She also is a member of the Bingham Fellows Class of 2015.

Darnall holds a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Spalding University in Louisville, Ky.

Read about an experience Darnall received from an “Investing in Leadership Development” opportunity here.

Donna Russow, LCSW, ACSW

Vice President, Programs

Jack McQuade

Vice President, Finance

Joedy Isert

Vice President, Marketing/Public Relations

Vice President, Development

Larissa Reece

Liz Ferguson, ACSW

Vice President, Government Relations and Planning


Micah Jorrisch

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Jessica Luetzow

Director of Foundation Relations

Board of Directors

Steve Gutermuth – Chair, managing director, Green Square Capital, Louisville, Ky.

Will Thompson – Secretary/Treasurer, director, Transfer Pricing, Brown-Forman Corp., Louisville, Ky.

Shellie Benovitz, Louisville, Ky.

Fred Cowan, retired Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, Louisville, Ky.

Stephen “Steve” C. Day, Louisville, Ky.

Mary Eaves, partner, Bingham Greenbaum Doll LLP, Louisville, Ky.

Bill Ehrig, Louisville, Ky.

Chris Fears, controller, Bridgeman Foods, Louisville, Ky.

Kimberly Friend, tax partner, MCM, Louisville, Ky.

Rich Garner, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton

Jason C. Groneck, GBBN Architects, Louisville, Ky.

John Hamilton, principal, Alliance Cost Containment, Louisville, Ky.

Douglas Haynes, attorney at law, Louisville, Ky.

David Kaelin, Prospect, Ky.

Brian Krainer, director of sales, Delta Dental of Kentucky, Louisville, Ky.

Harriet L. Lair, vice president, public funds, Fifth Third Bank, Louisville, Ky.

Dr. Erica Lemberger, Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Ky.

Dwight Maddox, information technology manager, TARC

Aaron Marcus, attorney, JJB Hilliard, WL Lyons, Louisville, Ky.

Kevin Meriwether, division leader Medicare East region, Humana, Louisville, Ky.

Angie Morrison, director of finance and accounting services, ARGI, Louisville, Ky.

Ursula Mullins, director, Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services, Louisville, Ky.

Tony Schwallie, Republic Bank, Louisville, Ky.

Terrence Spence, Louisville Water Co., Louisville, Ky.

Sherry Steinbock, licensed marriage and family therapist, Louisville, Ky.

Gary Thompson, president/CEO, Imperium Health Management, Louisville, Ky.