Our Story


“I don’t know what we do, but we have to find a new direction.”  This call to action begins our story, when in 1969, Father Ben O’Connor ended a verbal account of his neighborhood’s challenges with this declaration.

New Directions Housing Corporation was born from the ecumenical efforts led by Father O’Connor at his parish, Saint William Church, a Roman Catholic congregation located at 13th and Oak Streets in Louisville, Kentucky.  From this declaration came an organization, incorporated as a nonprofit in 1971, which has evolved into a tri-county service agency offering excellence in Real Estate Development, Asset and Property Management, Resident Services, Home Ownership Preservation, and Community Building and Engagement.



New Directions Housing Corporation serves Jefferson County, Kentucky, and Floyd and Clark counties in Southern Indiana.  Its nonprofit community development strategies provide much-needed housing development, and today nearly 1,000 families of low income live in the nonprofit’s rental housing.  A robust resident services strategy creatively meets resident needs and encourages progress through five Youth Learning Centers, four Lifelong Learning Centers and its homeless shelter, Heverin House, one of our nation’s first established transitional shelters designed to serve single-parent families moving toward permanent housing.  The agency’s follow up strategy further supports shelter graduates to ensure that permanent housing is attained and sustained. 

In addition, New Directions delivers the region’s most comprehensive efforts in Home Ownership Preservation, including the volunteer-driven Repair Affair which annually links over 1,500 caring volunteers to elder or disabled home owners needing home repair help.  Community Building & Engagement initiatives include The Neighborhood Roundtable, our board’s advisory group comprised of grassroots leaders and neighborhood association members. 

New Directions is a member agency of Metro United Way and NeighborWorks®America, and is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity.


Our Mission

New Directions Housing Corporation develops and maintains affordable housing and vital communities in partnership with neighborhoods and other stakeholders.

Our Vision

Caring neighbors building community.




Executive Staff

Joe Gliessner
President & Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Thompson
Executive Vice President &                Chief Strategy Officer

Gerald Tyrrell 
Chief Financial Officer

David Fannin
General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development

Bridgette Johnson
Executive Vice President, Property Management


Senior Staff

Marshall Anderson
Director, Information Technology

Amanda Sneed, MSSW
Director, Resident Services

Board of Directors

Art Baltes
Executive Committee
Service Department Associate
Republic Diesel

Karen Branham
Asst. Superintendent, Curriculum Instruction, Jefferson County Public Schools

Bryan Burns
Research Assistant, Urban and Public Affairs, University of Louisville

Adel S. Elmaghraby, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Computer Engineering and Computer Science
University of Louisville

Rosetta Fackler
Community Volunteer

Nancy Fox
Community Volunteer

Gary Grieshaber
YUM! Brands

Adam Hall
Vice President
Community Development Relationship Manager
Fifth Third Bank

Todd Harrett
Chief Operating Officer
Hagan Properties

Stephanie Horne
Jefferson County Public Schools Board of Education, District 3                           Owner, Horne Title

Jennifer Jenkins
Director of Advertising
The Record Newspaper

Jason Knoy
Sr. Analyst
Energy Efficiency Planning and Development


Sharon Landrum                                   President/Broker
Sharon Landrum Realty, Inc.

Robert Lewandowski
UPS Airlines - Worldport
Air District Engineering Manager

Linda Onnen
Director Pricing, GE Appliances

John C. Pieper
Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP

Christopher Quirk
Historic Preservation Architect
Period Architecture

James Ritter
Associate Relationship Manager
Public Finance
PNC Financial Services Group

Attica Scott
Community Volunteer

Jim Stammerman
Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Stith
Board President
Community Volunteer

Greg Theil
Senior Project Manager
Messer Construction Company

Christopher Tompkins
Strategic Consultant
Humana Pharmacy Solutions

Bill Weyland
Immediate Past President
Managing Member
City Properties Group


PDFs of Quarterly Newsletters

Winter 2014 (January, February and March 2014)

Spring 2014 (April, May and June, 2014)

Annual Reports

PDFs of the 2005 - 2011 Annual Reports



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