NOLI CDC STAFF
Grant Phelps, President and CEO
Grant joined the NoLi CDC team in July 2016; he oversees the administrative, fund-raising, and economic development aspects of the organization. He brings with him a wealth of experience in both the nonprofit and business sectors, including over seven years as Executive Director of Lexington Habitat for Humanity, during which time the organization became the 12th ranked housing producer of the more than 2,300 Habitat Affiliates in the United States. With an impressive history of involvement in various affordable housing, strategic planning, leadership, and capacity building initiatives, Phelps will provide vital support to NoLi CDC staff and the organization as a whole. Phelps has served as a member of the Downtown Lexington Corporation’s Housing SubCommittee, Founder and CoAuthor of the “Infill and Design Handbook,” Vice President of the Bluegrass Affordable Housing Authority, and President of the Board of Directors of the Lexington Community Land Bank.
Heather hyden, director of community & Cultural initiatives
Heather Hyden started with NoLi CDC in January 2017, where she heads up the Community & Cultural Initiatives aspects of our work. She grew up in Memphis, TN and has over 8 years of Community Organizing and Development experience. She recently received her M.S. in Community and Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky, and has formerly worked as a statewide Community Organizer for Community Farm Alliance, Program Coordinator for school health reform at the Metro Nashville Public Health Department. She has also worked in Youth and Faith-Based Community Development for Jacob's Ladder Community Development Corporation in Memphis. Most recently, you may have met her through the Castlewood or East End Fresh Stop Markets, which she co-founded with neighbors as a food justice and leadership development initiative. Her work for the North Limestone Community Development Corporation is focused on implementing the North Limestone Cultural Plan recommendations, and continuing this community engagement process.
Samantha johnson, director of communications & Events
Samantha has been with the NoLi CDC since February 2016; she plays many roles, managing the Night Market, as well as all other NoLi CDC events; she directs internal and external communication; she keeps the office running smoothly; she manages outreach and community engagement. A native of Versailles, Kentucky who has lived in the neighborhood since 2007, Samantha brings a wealth of experience - she was a Market Development Manager for Coca-Cola, Sales and Promotions Assistant at Cumulus Broadcasting, managed social media for the Roots & Heritage Festival and recently worked as event manager for Airbnb Open in Paris, France. She's been passionate about relief and development efforts in Haiti, and closer to home has been actively involved in Be Bold, and has supported young refugee women as a mentor.
KRISTOFER NONN, DIRECTOR OF design & Construction
Kris has been with the NoLi CDC since June 2014, where his role is to oversee all design and construction aspects of NoLi CDC's programs and operations. Kris and his family relocated from Madison Wisconsin, where he had worked at KEE Architecture for the previous 6 years. After earning his Bachelor of Trumpet Performance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he went on to get his Masters of Architecture from the University of Tennessee in 2006. This, along with subsequent experiences designing and building his own house in Madison, as well as more experimental design & construction work done in Santa Elena Venezuela, combine to inform how he thinks of the built environment as a framework for and representation of the community's aspirations, history, individuality, beauty, and challenges.