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 Organizing.


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 1000 families of low income live in the nonprofit’s rental housing.  A robust resident services strategy creatively meets resident needs and encourages progress through four Youth Learning Centers, three 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 1,200 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
Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Thompson
Chief Operating Officer

Gerald Tyrrell 
Chief Financial Officer



Senior Staff

David Fannin
Director of Real Estate Finance & Acquisition

Michael Gardner 
Director of Home Ownership Preservation

Janice Hill
Management Information Systems Director

Bridgette Johnson
Director of Property Management

Amanda Sneed
Director of Resident Services

Board of Directors

Art Baltes
Executive Committee
Service Department Associate
Republic Diesel

Bryan Burns
Community Volunteer

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
Account Executive
Northern Continental Logistics

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


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

Beth Cress Rose                                      
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Parks and Weisberg Realtors

Attica Scott
Community Volunteer

Jim Stammerman
Community Volunteer

Elizabeth Stith
Board President
Executive Director
Louisville Youth Group

Councilman David Tandy
Louisville Metro Government

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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