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Family & Children’s Place adds leadership, board members

March 18, 2015

LOUISVILLE, Ky. ( March 18, 2015) – Family & Children’s Place has promoted JT Henderson to vice president, Resource Development, and named Joedy Isert vice president of Marketing and Public Relations, to help fund and promote the agency’s work to prevent and protect Kentuckiana children from violence, abuse and neglect, and to nurture safe, healthy, happy families. The agency – formed by the 2008 merger of Family & Children First and Family Place – also welcomes four new board members – Fred Cowan, Douglas Haynes, Audra Rankin and Terrence Spence. Henderson previously served as director of donor communication and stewardship, associate director of development and development assistant with Family & Children’s Place, and Isert most recently worked as public relations manager for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. Before that he worked as senior director, brand and communications, for Heifer International, an agriculture/human development nonprofit in Little Rock, Ark. Cowan, who retired as a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge in January, is a former Family Place board member and chair, and now joins the Family & Children’s Place board. As a three-term state representative from Jefferson County’s 32nd District, he often worked on domestic violence and child support issues. Haynes, a family law attorney in Louisville, worked as a VISTA volunteer in New York, provided short-term crisis counseling for acute and chronic patients, and helped establish a hospice and as part of a skilled care team working with dialysis patients in Yakima, Wash., before entering law school. He’s also a published poet. Rankin is a pediatric nurse practitioner at the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics, and an assistant professor at the University of Louisville School of Nursing. Her 2012 article, “School’s Out, Let’s Play!: Top 10 Sports, Games & Activities for Summer,” was included in the Spring/Summer publication of “Ready Set Grow: Raising Healthy Kids.” Spence is director of Human Resources for Gannett television stations WHAS-11, Louisville, Ky., and WBIR, Channel 10, in Knoxville, Tenn. He sits on the WHAS Crusade for Children board of directors and is listed in Who’s Who in Black Louisville’s annual publication. # # # Family & Children’s Place protects Kentuckiana children, families and communities from abuse, neglect and exploitation, and helps them heal. The organization has supported families for more than 130 years, and provides research-based and trauma-informed programs and services to nearly 5,000 children and family members annually. For more information, visit or call 502-893-3900.