Meet the Team


Rashaad Abdur-Rahman, LCSW Director

Rashaad’s prior experience comes from working in the child welfare system as a direct care provider, therapist, and program director. He earned a master’s of science in social work from the University of Louisville and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Berea College, where he learned in an environment that emphasized service and social justice. Rashaad believes that community solutions are in the community, and that there should be nothing for us without us. He is an advocate for anti-racism, youth voice, and the truth that we all win when we lead with equity to disrupt structures that perpetuate violence and the root causes of conflict.

MA-headshotMaryam Ahmed, MPH Assistant Director

Maryam’s prior experience comes from the public, academic, and non-profit sectors. She previously served as a benefits coordinator, research interventionist, bilingual instructor, and children’s health policy advocate. Maryam serves as a Bridge Kids International board member and has completed volunteer work with the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice both locally and internationally. She earned a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Louisville’s School of Public Health and Information Sciences and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Pan-African Studies. Maryam is passionate about collective efforts to achieve systematic changes that promote as well as ensure equity, health, quality of life, peace, social justice, and opportunities to lifelong success.



Amber Burns-Jones, THRIVE Fellowship Coordinator

Amber Burns-Jones is a mother, partner, play-cousin and believes in the power of collective work. She is a proud West Louisvillian and can often be found trading stories with her neighbors. Amber is driven by her love for community and the belief that every person is creative, resourceful and whole. 





Lavel White, Community Outreach Specialist

Lavel is not new to community service. Lavel lost a friend to community violence as a teen which led him on this journey. He has worked with the Network Center for Community Change (NC3) as a youth video coordinator for Let The Kids Grow with Master P, and previously served as a member of the West Louisville Violence Prevention WorkGroup. Lavel received a B.A. in Communication and minor in Pan African Studies from the University of Louisville. He went on to start his own business and has produced documentaries for Louisville Metro Housing Authority, including More Than Bricks and Mortar: The Sheppard Square Story and More Than Bricks and Mortar: Smoketown A New Beginning. He also produced "We All We Got," Hood 2 Hood a documentary about violence and incarceration and the effects it has on the inner-city. Lavel was selected as a 2019 BMe Genius Fellow and received a generous grant to contribute towards a community impact project of his choosing as well as an Ignite Louisville Fall 2019 Classmember. 



Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, OSHN, Tim Findley, Faith Outreach SpecialistTimothy Findley, Faith Outreach Specialist  

Timothy Findley, Jr. is the Lead Pastor of the Kingdom Fellowship Christian Life Center and the founder/CEO of Life Development Corporation. He has established and implemented various community programs including the Every Little Bit Helps Outreach, HIV Support services, holiday toy and food drives, and free summer lunch programs. Through a host of achievements, Pastor Findley is dedicated to facilitating positive change through spiritual, social, educational, and economic initiatives.






Louisville Metro Government, OSHN, Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods, Louisville, Joe Newland Joe Newland, Project Specialist

Joe comes to the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods with several years of experience in Homeless Services.  Joe worked as the Homeless Youth Coordinator at the Coalition for the Homeless as well as a Family Resource Specialist with Home of the Innocents.  He facilitated the Youth Action Board to provide insight on policies related to young adult homelessness in Louisville.  Joe received a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from the University of Louisville, and he believes in the collective power of individuals to make an impact in their communities.  His beliefs are rooted in the desire for a safer, more equitable Louisville. Outside of work, he likes to spend time fixing up his house and spending time in the Portland Neighborhood with his wife, neighbors, church, and friends. 






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