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Ursula Mullins, Director of OPI

Dr. Ursula Mullins has been a proud public servant of Louisville for several years in various  capacities including performance management, departmental coaching and consulting, strategic  planning, project management, and Director of the Youth Detention Center. She recently  returned to Metro Government as Director of the Office of Performance Improvement after  being appointed to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky as Executive Advisor to the Secretary  of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. 

She has managed continuous improvement projects ranging from parks to public safety, led  strategic planning efforts, and steered innovation projects regarding strategies to reduce the  impact of the heroin epidemic on the jail, as well as violent crime reduction. She enjoys using  her passion for process improvement and data to help government serve the most vulnerable  among us. 

Ursula earned her undergraduate degree from Tennessee State University and her Master of  Science and PhD in Developmental Psychology from University of Kentucky. Her postdoctoral  fellowship was completed at the UK Center for Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR). She is a  proponent of lifelong learning and has earned professional certifications, is a founding member  of the Metro Motivators Club of Toastmasters International, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

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BJ Adkins, Community Resource Development Director

BJ came to Louisville Metro Government after establishing a non-profit agency and working in the business community.  Her passion for serving Louisville Metro residents provided opportunities in Resilience and Community Services, the Mayor’s Office, Public Health & Wellness and OPI. She successfully authored multiple grants leading to $50 million investment in our community.  BJ has a Masters of Education in Education, Counseling, Psychology from the University of Louisville and taught undergrad Psychology at Jefferson Community and Technical College and graduate students at the University of Louisville.  She serves on community boards focusing on the Russell Neighborhood and homeless residents at the end-stage of life.  During her career, BJ volunteered for Hosparus of Louisville, initiated a grieving program, taught nursing students and was a counselor for major corporation employees and their families when working at an employee assistance program.  She thrives on her family, yoga, hiking, reading and public speaking. 

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Annette Dangerfield, Senior Performance Coach

Annette joined Louisville Metro Government in 2019 as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Metro Parks and Recreation at Jefferson Memorial Forest. While there she helped author a grant totaling $50,000 to create a new full-time grant-writing position, and numerous other grants to fund improvements to Louisville's historically underserved parks. She transitioned to the Office of Performance Improvement in 2020, making good use of her past experiences with Lean business process improvement. She attended Berea College for her undergrad in Sustainable Community Development, where she also attained her Lean Greenbelt. She received her Masters degree from the University of Ireland, Galway in human geography. She has two beloved cats and enjoys walking in Louisville’s beautiful parks system.  

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Ethan Lambert, Performance Improvement Manager

Ethan grew up in Covington, Kentucky and came to Louisville in 2010 for college at the University of Louisville. He began working for Louisville Metro Government in 2017.  

Ethan started with the Office of Resilience and Community Services and transitioned into the Office of Performance Improvement in late 2021. He was first hired as the receptionist for Community Services and now manages the LouieStat performance improvement process for the city.  

In his free time he bakes too many desserts with his girlfriend, plays video games, tries to learn woodworking, and fosters cats/kittens from time to time. 

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Joshua Watkins, Executive Administrator 

Joshua is an innovator and community connector passionate about aligning his interests in project management, performance improvement, and community development. He has enjoyed several roles during his seven-plus years at Louisville Metro Government, ranging from Real Estate Coordinator with the Vacant and Public Property Administration to Executive Administrator of the Office for Performance Improvement. His current role has provided an opportunity to increase the city’s capacity to address homelessness, improve sustainability efforts and maintain a clean and vibrant community.   

Joshua graduated from the Executive Fellows Leadership Program during his government career and has won awards for previous urban revitalization projects. In addition, he has served as a Thrive Fellowship Mentor and has worked with several nonprofit agencies in support of their various causes. He currently serves as the President of Friends of Waterfront Park, Board Member of New Directions Housing Corporation, and Keeper of Exchequer of the Louisville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. In his spare time, Joshua enjoys singing, writing poetry, music, reading, cooking, and spending time with his family and friends. He is also a proud Dog Dad of Piper, a six-year-old Labbe.   

Joshua earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration at Northcentral University. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is a licensed Realtor in Kentucky.


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