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Board of Directors

Jerry Stith, Opal’s Visionary Founder & Chairman of the Board

 Board Chairman Jerry Stith speaking at the Bell Awards

Board Chairman Jerry Stith speaking at the Bell Awards

Opal’s founder and very active chairman, Jerry’s strategic vision and clear sense of purpose have guided our foundation to continually achieve new successes. Despite being a prominent local business owner - overseeing 14 retail locations in Louisville & Southern Indiana - he dedicates 20+ hours each week volunteering for Opal’s. Always highly regarded among peers for his affability and compassion, Jerry’s devotion to this cause was stirred during a 2011 visit to Highlands Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he learned of Opal Grubbs – and saw the plight of so many nursing home residents firsthand. Since that day, he has devoted himself to improving quality of life for seniors living in nursing homes. Focused on community collaboration, and drawing on a deep well of compassion, he’s led Opal’s Dream Foundation to incredible growth - from serving one home in 2011 to over 50 homes today. For his inspiring work, Jerry was recognized as a 2016 WLKY Bell Award Recipient. Jerry received his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Louisville, served in the US Air Force, and is owner of a local business with 14 locations.

Pete Ramsey, Vice Chair of the Board

A volunteer since 2012, Pete joined the board in early 2013; he became our board's Vice Chair later that year. Pete has worked for the Kentucky Lottery since 1989, where he is now Vice President of Sales. Since 2017, Pete has served as CEO on a volunteer basis, working tirelessly to leverage his wide experience toward the success of Opal's mission. Pete’s passion, and dedication to our cause is a source of inspiration, and a driving force behind our ever-expanding operations.

Ken Dozer, Treasurer

Ken was one of the first sponsors of Opal’s dream foundation, moved to action by a compassion for the elderly which he shares with his wife; he has since distinguished himself as an incredible asset to our organization. Ken joined Opal’s team in 2013, and soon took on the role of Treasurer. Ken oversees our Annual Golf Tournament, and recently introduced the Thanksgiving Bourbon Raffle. Ken is the President of WesBanco in Hardin County, KY & surrounding areas. 

Lt. Colonel Bob Stith, USAF (Ret.), Secretary

Continuing a lifetime of public service as a board member of the Opal’s Foundation, Bob takes an active role in processing Dream Requests, and bringing them to fruition. After a distinguished career in the US Air Force - and almost a decade as a public servant at the Defense Intelligence Agency - he moved to Kentucky, and joined Opal’s Dream Foundation in 2013. In 2014, Colonel Stith took on the responsibility of Strategic Planning Chair; in 2017, this committee created the road map to our current growth

Dick Wilson

Dick Wilson began working with Opal’s Dream Foundation in 2013 in an advisory role. His expertise and knowledge of charitable organizations - gained through a lifetime of service - has helped to grow Opal’s Dream Foundation. Dick officially joined the board in 2015, and continues to offer his strategic vision to the organization. Dick is Senior Vice President of Wealth Management for the Trident Group at Morgan Stanley in Louisville.

Colleen O’Connor

Colleen O'Connor is a Louisville resident and local business owner who joined our board in 2015. Prior to moving to Louisville with her husband in 2003, she worked as a professional voice-over artist. She continues to divide her time between her business and voice-over work, and is acting Chair of the Marketing Committee.

 Our board members frequently visit the homes we serve. Chris Ann Cherry (former board member) & Pete Ramsey (Co-Chair) shown above.

Our board members frequently visit the homes we serve. Chris Ann Cherry (former board member) & Pete Ramsey (Co-Chair) shown above.

Jeff Healey

The child of a military family, Jeff moved to Kentucky in 1970, and has been an entrepreneur and business owner for over 36 years. Jeff is a member of St. Anthony's Anglican Church, where he serves as a member of the church Vestry. Jeff has been an active supporter of Opal’s for years, and joined our board in 2018. 

Lt. Colonel Bruce Coyne, US Army (Ret.)

Bruce served our country with distinction during his 20 years of active duty, including 4 combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He moved to Kentucky in 2003, spending 4 years at Fort Knox as Inspector General with the US Army Recruiting Command. A 2017 addition to our board, Bruce is now our Auction Chair, and a member of our Audit Committee.

Janet Stith

Janet, like her husband Jerry, is driven to serve, and has taken up our mission as her own. She helped establish Opal’s in 2011, and has worked behind the scenes to grow the foundation ever since.  Janet officially joined the board of directors in 2012 and was appointed Secretary, taking on the role of Fundraising Chair the following year. Janet served 6 years as Secretary, and is now Gala Committee Chair, and a member of our marketing committee.

New Board Members Effective 12/1/18

Joe Bille

Joe is a returning board member, who previously worked as Chief Operations Officer (and Executive Director) of Lyons Eye Bank. Joe has an impressive record of community service and nonprofit leadership, as a board member of World Sight, member and past President of the Downtown Louisville Lions Club, and past Vice President of the Dream Factory. Within days of his reappointment to our board, Joe has taken an active role in fulfilling Dream requests.

Brandi Ryan

Currently a District Manager for Starbucks, Brandi has supported Opal’s for years, providing tables and auction items for our Annual Gala since 2016. Accordingly, she is now a member of Opal’s Gala Committee. Brandi received her BSBA in Human Resources Management from Middle Tennessee State University, and has previously worked with a variety of nonprofits, including the Hildegard House, Supplies Over Seas, and Home of the Innocents.

Kimberly Thompson

Kimberly Thompson is a Louisville native, currently working at PCA Pharmacy. She is a founding member of the Community Involvement Committee there, whose mission is to raise money and awareness for residents of the long-term care facilities serviced by PCA. She serves on Opal’s Marketing Committee, focused on social media and public relations; she received her BSBA in Marketing (minor in management) at the University of Louisville. Kimberly recently conducted our first raffle live on Facebook.

Note: To avoid conflicts of interest as the relative of a paid staff member, Kimberly Thompson is not permitted to vote on employee-related matters such as wages, benefits, or performance reviews, in accordance with Better Business Bureau Guidelines. She is the only board member related to a paid staff member; her work is restricted to marketing & general program items. No board members receive any compensation for their work on behalf of the Foundation.

Advisory Board Members

Rep. Jason Nemes, Esq. | Vicki Dortch | Bob brown | DianA Shults | Robin Byrd

We’re grateful for the generous support and valuable counsel our advisory board provides - thank you!

Our Chaplain

Peter Kaufman MDiv.

Peter has specialized in ministry to senior adults since his career began. He has served as Opal’s Dream Foundation chaplain since 2012, providing ecumenical spiritual care to seniors in our facilities. His duties include weekly bible studies, resident visitation and counseling, hospital visitation, and eulogy performance. His outreach is continuous, and his impact in the lives of those he serves simply cannot be overstated.


Our mission at Opal’s Dream Foundation is to enrich the lives of people in long-term care facilities by meeting their physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. Many times, these simple requests require nothing more than socks, a robe, or a bar of Dove soap. Other times it’s a trip to Churchill Downs, the Louisville Zoo, or Derby Dinner Playhouse – perhaps even a last chance to ride a Harley or go fishing. To meet physical and medical needs, Opal’s has provided hearing aids, dentures, wheelchairs, even prosthetic limbs. We have a Chaplain, who visits and prays with residents, often with a pet rabbit in tow. And each year, with generous donations from our supporters, we bring Christmas cheer - and gifts - to nursing home residents across Central Kentucky and Southern Indiana. All this is possible only through the generous donations of people like you – people who care. I invite you to join us for our Annual Gala or Golf Scramble, or to volunteer your time and see for yourself the incredible impact that kindness can make in the lives of others. If you’re able to contribute financially, as I do, then Opal’s would be grateful for your gift, and we look forward to putting it to the best use possible. I humbly ask that you consider joining us, as we carry out this important mission to improve the lives of those who might otherwise be forgotten. And of course, your donations are tax deductible, and a receipt will be provided for your records. Thank you!
— Open Letter from Board Chairman Jerry Stith

Now serving 70 Homes Across Kentucky & Indiana!

  Our volunteers come from all walks of life, including the pet store.

Our volunteers come from all walks of life, including the pet store.

Kentucky

Louisville The Altenheim (936 Barrett Lane), Brownsboro Hills Nursing Home (2141 Sycamore Ave.), Christian Care Center (920 S 4th St.), Diversacare of Seneca Place (3526 Dutchmans Lane), Colonial of Iroquois (formerly Georgetown Manor Nursing Home; 900 Gagel Ave.), Golden Living St. Matthews (227 Browns Lane), Golden Living Hill Creek (3116 Breckinridge Lane), Hazelwood Rehabilitation Center (1800 Bluegrass Ave.), Heartland of Louisville Rehab Center (4200 Browns Lane), Highlands Nursing & Rehab (1705 Stevens Ave), Jefferson Manor Rehab & Wellness Center (1801 Lynn Way), Jefferson Place (1705 Herr Ln.), Signature Healthcare Kindred Nursing SAU (1313 St Anthony Place), Klondike Center - Genisis (3802 Klondike Ln.), Oaklawn Health and Rehab (300 Shelby Station Dr), Park Louisville Personal Care and Memory Care Home (10451 Linn Station Rd.), Presbyterian Homes of Louisville (2116 Buechel Bank Road), Regency Center Genisis Healthcare (1550 Raydale Dr.), Regis Woods (4604 Lowe Road), Rivers Edge (6301 Bass Road), Rockford Health and Rehabilitation Center (4700 Quinn Drive), Springhurst Health & Rehab (3001 North Hurstbourne Parkway), Signature East (2526 Six Mile Lane), Signature Healthcare of Cherokee Park (2100 Millevale Rd.), Signature Healthcare Summerfield (1897 Farnsley Rd.), Treyton Oaks (211 West Oak Street), Wesley Manor Retirement Community (5012 East Manslick Rd), Westport Care Center (1101 Lyndon Ln.)

Bardstown Signature of Colonial (708 Bartley Ave.)

Bardwell Countryside Center (47 Margo Ave)

Bedford Signature Healthcare of Trimble County (50 Shepherd Ln.)

Beatyville Lee County Care & Rehab (246 E main St.)

Beaver Dam Beaver Dam Nursing and Rehab Center (1595 U.S. 231)

Brandenburg Brandenburg Nursing & Rehab (814 Old Ekron Rd)

Carrollton Signature Healthcare of Carrollton (1206 Eleventh Street)

Clarksville Wedgewood Nursing Home (101 Potters Ln), Riverview Village (586 Eastern Blvd)

Danville Danville Center for Health & Rehab (642 N 3rd St.)

Elizabethtown Elizabethtown Nursing & Rehab Center (1101 Woodland Drive), Helmwood Healthcare Center (106 Diecks Drive), Kensington Center (225 St. John Rd), Signature Nursing Home (1117 Woodland Drive)

Frankfort Golden Living Franklin Manor (117 Old Soldiers Lane)

Franklin Franklin-Simpson Health and Rehab (414 Robey St)

Greensburg Golden Living Green Hill (213 Industrial Rd)

Greensville Diversacare Home (521 Greene Dr)

Harrodsburg The Willows at Harrodsburg (464 Linden Ave)

Hodgenville Sunrise Manor (707 North Lincoln Blvd.)

La Grange The Richwood (1012 Richwood Way)

Lebanon Cedars of Lebanon Nursing Center (337 S Harrison St.), Village of Lebanon (105 Village Way)

Leitchfield Grayson Manor Nursing Home (505 William Tomason Byway), Spring View Health & Rehab Center (718 Goodwin Lane)

Lexington Bluegrass Care and Rehab Center (3576 Pimlico Pkwy), Mayfair Manor (3300 Tates Creek Road)

Mt. Washington Green Meadows Health Care (310 Boxwood Run Rd)

New Castle Providence New Castle (50 Adams Street)

Owensboro Hermitage Care and Rehab a Signature Home (1614 West Parrish Ave.)

Peewee Valley Friendship Manor (7400 Friendship Drive)

Radcliff North Hardin Health & Rehab Home (599 Rogersville Road), Radcliff Veterans Center (100 Veterans Dr.)

Shelbyville Crestview Care and Rehab, Genesis (1871 Midland Trail)

Springfield Springfield Nursing & Rehab Center (420 East Grundy Ave.)

Taylorsville Signature Nursing Home of Taylorsville (625 Taylorsville Rd)

Wilmore Thomson-Hood Veterans Center (100 Veterans Dr)

Winchester Fountain Circle Care and Rehab Center (200 Glenway Rd.)

Indiana

Clarksville Wedgewood Nursing Home (101 Potters Lane)

Jeffersonville River Bend Senior Living (2715 Charlsetown Pike)

New Albany Green Valley Care Center (3118 Green Valley Rd), Lincoln Hills of New Albany (326 Country Club Dr.), Providence-Diversicare (4915 Charlestown Rd.)

Tell City Golden Living Center/Lincoln Hills (402 19th Street)


Opal’s would also like to thank our corporate sponsors who have generously contributed to the success of our mission!

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