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The Parklands

21st Century Parks Hires, Promotes Organizational Leaders

21 Century Parks, Inc., the non-profit responsible for managing and maintaining The Parklands of Floyds Fork, is pleased to announce new members of the leadership team to guide the organization’s mission to deliver a world-class experience to visitors of the donor-supported public park.

David Morgan, President

David Morgan has been named President of 21st Century Parks and will begin his new role on June 18. As President, Morgan will oversee the day-to-day operations of 21st Century Parks and lead the management team to achieve the organization’s goals in a fiscally responsible manner. From 1999 to present, David has held various positions with Main Street Realty, Inc. and Different Strokes Golf Centers including President of the golf venture and Vice President of Main Street Realty’s Residential Division. During his employment with Main Street Realty, David has been involved with 21st Century Parks as an officer serving most recently as the SVP of Operations & Administration and Assistant Treasurer.

Sam Stewart, Director of Parklands Fund Events & External Relations

Sam Stewart has been hired to lead development and communications as Director of Parklands Fund Events & External Relations. In this role, he will focus on growing new and existing fundraising events, including the non-profit’s largest fundraiser, Field & Fork. Stewart brings with him more than 12 years of experience in events management. Former roles include Director of Events and Programming at The Frazier History Museum and Facility and Programs Director at The Parklands of Floyds Fork, as well as managing catering, weddings and large-scale events for Sodexo and the Louisville Zoo.

In addition to new hires, the organization recently promoted several staff members in recognition of their achievements overseeing park management and programming.

Mike Nielsen, Vice President of Finance & Operations

Mike Nielsen was promoted to Vice President of Finance and Operations to oversee accounting and finance as well as the operations, horticulture, education, and facilities departments. His work helps to provide a world-class experience to visitors of The Parklands of Floyds Fork, while ensuring the non-profit acts as a responsible steward of donated dollars. 

Curtis Carman, Director of Education

Curtis Carman was promoted to Director of Education where he will continue to oversee The Parklands Outdoor Classroom, promoting STEAM-based education through engaging, hands-on learning both outdoors and inside the classroom. He will also implement the next phase of education programming at The Parklands, increasing both in-park and off-site educational experiences for underserved youth, adults and seniors.

Laura Morton, Development Manager

Laura Morton was promoted to Development Manager to manage grants and the donation acknowledgement process, as well as continue to support the fundraising of major gifts, donor relations and annual fundraising events including Field & Fork and the Kick-Off Luncheon.

Anna Rosales-Crone, Manager of Communications & Marketing

Anna Rosales-Crone was promoted to Manager of Communications and Marketing to run internal and external communications strategies for The Parklands, as well as marketing to promote facility rentals, educational programming, fundraising and overall park awareness.

For more information on these announcements or on The Parklands of Floyds Fork, please contact Anna Rosales-Crone at 502-815-0267 or

About The Parklands of Floyds Fork

The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000-acre donor-supported public park system within the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville. The $125 million project was funded through more than $70 million in private donations, combined with almost $50 million from federal, state and local government sources. Ongoing operations and maintenance are funded solely through private donations and an endowment fund. Community members may contribute to the annual fund by becoming a Parklands Member. Learn more at