SLCM staff


Clare Rutz Wallace
Executive Director

Clare grew up in Upstate New York and attended Syracuse University where she earned a dual B.A. degree in Policy Studies and International Development. After school she traveled throughout Asia vetting and consulting nonprofits for the GlobalGiving Foundation, and then moved to Washington, D.C. to work on their team. Clare spent another two years “in the field” with the Peace Corps as an agriculture volunteer in Senegal, after which she found her way to Kentucky. She’s since made (South!) Louisville her home. Formerly the Director of Development at Americana World Community Center, she also serves on the board of Louisville Chamber Choir, and founded Cairn, Louisville’s public giving circle.


Kate Husk
Assistant Director

Kate joined the SLCM team in 2001 after moving to Louisville from London, England. There she had serviced with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. coordinating international young adult volunteers throughout Great Britain.  Prior to that she worked extensively with children and youth in churches, camps, and community centers in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Kentucky and West Virginia (where she grew up). She has a BA in International Relations from The College of Wooster.  Passionate about diversity and helping others find hope, Kate has found her calling at SLCM. Her home life involves adventures traveling, hiking, camping and creating with her husband, daughter, and a menagerie of pets.


Adam Walker
Financial Assistance Coordinator

Adam was born in Southern Indiana but has lived in Louisville since 2011. He received his bachelor's degree from Indiana University Southeast. Music and science were his focus in college, but found himself interested in social justice and volunteering after graduation. He began his involvement with SLCM in 2013 as a volunteer delivery driver in the Meals on Wheels program, and soon after took a position as the Financial Assistance Coordinator. Hiking, camping, playing music, and adventurous travel are a few of his hobbies outside of work.  Helping to ease the suffering of others is his overarching interest, and working at SLCM allows him to achieve that on a daily basis.


Nisha Kishor
Meals on Wheels and Volunteer Coordinator

Nisha grew up in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Kentucky in high school. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned B.A in Political Science and International Studies. After school she taught English in South Korea for one year before returning to Kentucky. Nisha says "social service is my passion and I'm grateful to be able to do this every day." Outside of work, she enjoys outdoor activities, cooking, and relaxing at home with a good book.


Denise Thurston
Food Pantry Coordinator and Reception Assistant

Denise grew up in Wetumpka, Alabama until she returned to Louisville her 6th grade year. She went on to graduate from Atherton High school and took two years of community college at JCC. She studied and was certified at the Kentucky Health Care Training Institute where she became a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was also involved in various organizations such as Louisville Youth Alliance and The Neighborhood Youth Boards of Louisville. That's where she earned the job training award for great leadership. She also got recognition from the mayor of Louisville who picked her slogan, UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY, to be the best one for the stop the violence era in the 90s.