Walter D. Woods is CEO of the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., where he is focused on helping eight targeted communities in the southeast- and through their example, communities nationwide – become exemplars of health equity where leadership, culture, and systems work to improve and sustain positive health outcomes for their residents. With financial assets of $260 million and an annual program budget of $14 million, the Humana Foundation works in deep collaboration with partner organizations in all sectors to address the social determinants of health that shape health outcomes at the community and individual level. The Chair of the Foundation’s 5 member board (inclusive of the Founder of Humana. Inc.) is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Humana Inc., Bruce Broussard.
Walter’s passion is in inspiring others to inspire themselves. He has over 25 years of social development experience working both with and for younger and older adults in America. Prior to assuming the CEO role of the Humana Foundation, Walter served as President of the Good Samaritan Foundation, Vice President – Strategic Programs, Isolation for the AARP Foundation, a consultant to The World Bank Group, Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Managing Director – Commercial Markets for the American Gas Association.
Walter has a MBA from Northwestern University – J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Evanston, IL, 1989; BBA, cum laude, from Howard University, Washington, DC, 1987; and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California, 2013, Leadership Greater Washington, 2003 and Leadership South Dakota, 2016.
He has been added to the 2001 Associations Advance America Honor Roll by ASAE for developing a program that “resulted in significant benefit to American society” and given a 2003 Award of Excellence by ASAE for developing a program that resulted in “significant benefit to American society.”
Away from work, Walter enjoys fly-fishing, cross-country/downhill skiing, sky diving and adventure.
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John Mittel is a Louisville native and co-founder of Clear/Cut Phocus. Mittel graduated with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Louisville, J.B. Speed School of Engineering before going on to receive his M.D. from the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Throughout both his undergraduate and med school experiences, Mittel was committed to excellence no matter what it took, and diligently found himself working long into the evening. Neither a fan of coffee nor sugary drinks, he has since developed an alternative option at Phocus.
Headquartered on River Road in Louisville, Phocus has taken off and is carried in a number of local venues including Rainbow Blossoms, Fresh Thyme, Lucky’s Supermarket, Lou Berry, Heine Bros., Paul’s Fruit Market, and Louisville area Kroger stores. The company has developed an avid following that Mittel has helped stoke through data mapping trends, while also working with local businesses and Amazon to help tailor to those consumer interests.
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A native of Elizabethtown, KY, Catherine Greenwell now calls Louisville home, but her business and a piece of her heart remain in Etown. A graduate of the University of Louisville with degrees in Economics and Political Science, Catherine pursued a career in economic development at Greater Louisville Inc., the region’s chamber of commerce. While tackling issues such as increasing the workforce pipeline and attracting talent, Catherine’s heart was pulling her to help the community in a slightly different way. After months of training and paperwork, Catherine was officially approved as a foster parent in Spring of 2017. Juggling single foster motherhood and a career, Catherine was looking for an opportunity that would allow her more time to pour into her passion for helping these children. October 2017, Denizen, a long time dream of her’s and her sister’s, opened its doors. A home goods store in Elizabethtown, Denizen is now a part of the revitalization of the downtown area, a place customers come to find unique wares for their homes, and the perfect solution for Catherine’s desire to impact her communities.