Meet the Board of Directors



Ashlee Clark Thompson
LLA Board President, Ashlee Clark Thompson is the Culture Editor at Louisville Public Media. She hosts The Moth Story Slam and the InKY Reading Series, is the creator of the casual dining blog,, and the author of Louisville Diners (History Press). Ashlee is pursuing her MFA in creative nonfiction at Spalding University.
C. Dean Furman, Jr.
C. Dean Furman, Jr. is an attorney in Louisville with Furman & Nilsen, PLLC. Dean is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Dean is also a Board member for the Louisville Bar Association. When he’s not litigating, volunteering, or spending time with his wife and children, he writes fiction.
Amy Jackson
Amy Jackson is a writer, as well as a marketing specialist who serves as LLA's Secretary. She holds an MA in English from the University of Kentucky and is currently at work on a fantasy novel.
Tim Johnson
Tim is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Louisville and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on a book about the history and significance of Ford Motor Company's motion pictures.
Laura Morton
As a writer, reader, and Louisvillian, Laura Morton happily joined the Louisville Literary Arts as Treasurer. She has a BFA in Theatre from the University of Kentucky and an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University (screenwriting). She has produced independent films and written for various arts publications. Currently, Laura is the Development Coordinator at 21st Century Parks and The Parklands. When not working or writing, she is always searching out that next great book, film, or play.
Bob Sachs
Bob Sachs is a retired lawyer who has served actively in leadership positions on boards of directors including the Jewish Public Relations Council and Louisville Central Community Centers. Bob writes fiction and is the treasurer for LLA.
Alice Speilburg
LLA Vice President Alice Speilburg is a literary agent at Speilburg Literary Agency and has worked in publishing since 2008. She represents authors in commercial fiction and nonfiction, and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators. For more information about Alice's business, visit her website You may contact Alice to discuss collaboration and outreach at
Alli Stack
Allison (Alli) L. M. Stack is a Lexington, Kentucky native who moved to Louisville 7 years ago and loves her adopted hometown! Alli is a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Political Science/Philosophy), the University of San Diego School of Law (JD), and Indiana University (MBA) and works as Process Improvement Professional at Humana. Alli is an avid reader and is working to install the same passion for the written word in her toddler son, Cohen.
Jenn Yates
Jenn Yates is a Louisville, Kentucky native and graduate of Bellarmine University where she studied music and arts administration. She has been a technical writer since 2007, and is working on a memoir of her world travels.
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