The Louisville Institute

The Louisville Institute
1044 Alta Vista Road Louisville, KY 40205 (502) 992-5432

Louisville Institute Staff

  • Edwin David Aponte

    Edwin David Aponte
    Executive Director
    (502) 992-9341

    Edwin Aponte graduated from Gordon College (B.A.), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.A.T.S.), and Temple University (M.A., Ph.D.). As a cultural historian Aponte explores faith, spirituality and culture, especially within Latino/a religions, African American religions, and race, ethnicity and religion. He is the author of ¡Santo! Varieties of Latino/a Spirituality (Orbis Books, 2012). He taught history of Christianity and congregational studies at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University. Previously he was Dean and Chief Executive Administrator of Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean at Christian Theological Seminary, and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at Lancaster Theological Seminary. Ed and his wife Laura Jakubowski Aponte reside in Louisville.

    • Don C. Richter

      Don C. Richter
      Associate Director
      (502) 992-5430

      A native of Alabama, Don Richter graduated from Davidson College (A.B.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div., Ph.D.). He served as Associate Minister of Education at Second Presbyterian Church in Louisville (1981-1984) and taught Christian education at Bethany Theological Seminary (1988-1992) and Candler School of Theology (1992-1998), where he was also founding director of the Youth Theology Institute. As Associate Director of the Valparaiso Project on the Education and Formation of People of Faith (1999-2010), Richter wrote Mission Trips That Matter (Upper Room Books, 2008) and with Dorothy Bass co-edited Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens (Upper Room Books, 2002). He has two children and lives in Louisville.

    • Keri liechty

      Keri Liechty
      Communications Coordinator
      (502) 992-5431

      Keri Liechty is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana with degrees in Communications, emphasizing Public Relations, and Spanish. Her career has included marketing, advertising, event planning and graphic design. Keri and her husband Kenny are actively involved with their church. They have one son and one daughter.

    • Pamala Collins

      Pamala Collins
      Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director
      (502) 992-5432

      Pamala is a graduate of Bellarmine University with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, focused in Communications. She was a founding member of MOCA; Ministry of Catholic Adults based at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Her career has involved her as an executive assistant, as well as catering, meeting planning and event management. Pamala and her husband, Aaron, have two children and are members of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish in Fern Creek.