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Christopher 2X
Executive Director

Christopher 2X has been an advocate for peace and justice for two decades. He is often contacted to help resolve high-profile incidents involving race and violence in the community. He knows that early childhood education is a vital key to ending gun violence long term. 

In 2018, Christopher 2X was urged by Charles Adkins, tax attorney and retired Special Agent of the U.S. Treasury Department, to expand his impact in Louisville. The result was the formation of Christopher 2X Game Changers, a 501c3 non-profit organization, which leads a movement for social justice through education and non-violence so all children can reach their full potential. The name “Game Changers” was inspired to Chris by his friend for over a decade, Entertainment Mogul Percy Miller aka Master P. Christopher 2X is Executive Director of Game Changers which has a diverse, Board of Directors. 

In September of 2021, Mayor Greg Fischer presented Chris with the prestigious Mayor’s Spirit of Louisville Award as part of the WLKY Bell Awards program that recognizes individuals who have demonstrated selfless volunteerism. 

In June of 2021, the Federal Bureau of Investigation awarded Chris with a certificate of appreciation. They said, “The FBI Louisville Field office is proud to honor Christopher 2X with a certificate of appreciation for his tireless work in the fight against gun violence and his unwavering support of the many victims, survivors and kids left behind.” Chris’s main focus has always been the kids and to make our community a place where they can truly grow and thrive.

In May of 2021, the University of Louisville Hospital Trauma Center honored Christopher 2X with the “Community Partner Award.” For 15 years Christopher 2X has assisted the trauma team doctors and staff by helping victims of violence and their families deal with grief and hard decisions. UofL Health recognized his “countless hours of sacrifice and service both seen and unseen in transforming the lives of those touched by violence.”

In December of 2020, Christopher 2X received a Full and Unconditional Pardon from the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Christopher 2X was grateful to receive this pardon and continued to focus on his work for justice, non-violence and education so all children can reach their potential.

In March of 2020, United States Senator Rand Paul recognized the importance of Christopher 2X’s Violence-Impact on Children Learning report and entered it into the Congressional Record from the United States Senate Floor. This report was authored by Christopher 2X, and Christopher 2X Game Changers, to study the impact violence has had on many families and communities in Louisville. 

Christopher 2X holds an honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree from Spalding University. He was awarded the Joan E. Thomas, M.D. Lifetime Achievement Award for Peacemaking by The Center for Women and Families in 2018. Christopher 2X frequently speaks to organizations and students about the devastating results of violence and the importance of education, especially early childhood education.

Christie Welch
Deputy Director

Christie graduated Cum Laude from the University of Louisville 2019 with majors in Pan African Studies and Humanities and minors in philosophy and religious studies. She is the owner of Through The Stone crystal jewelry line and runs a personal blog/community forum theblackbeatnik.com!


Board of Directors

David Nicklies

President &CEO, Nicklies Development

Board of Directors

Josh Crawford
Vice Chairman

Executive Director, The Pegasus Institute

Board of Directors

Aqueelah Haleem Secretary

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Therapist and Business Owner

Board of Directors

Russell Coleman

Frost, Brown, Todd law firm, former U.S. Attorney for the Western District of KY

Board of Directors

Lee Zimmerman

President/CEO, The Kidz Club

Board of Directors

Rich Gimmel

Volunteer executive director, KY Race Track Chaplaincy and vice president, Race Track Chaplaincy of America; former chairman Atlas Machine and Supply Co.


Volunteer Advisor

Jerron Jones

Behavioral Therapist

Jerron works with kids traumatized by gun violence

Volunteer Advisor

JaQuaz Terrell

UofL Dental School Student

JaQuaz works at the Chestnut Street YMCA, with kids in the before and after school program, focuses on engagement of children from kindergarten through 8 th grade

Volunteer Advisor

Dr. Keith Miller

UofL Hospital Trauma Team Surgeon

Dr. Miller advises the Future Healers program of UofL medical students who develop and teach a curriculum for children primarily from underserved neighborhoods


The Youth Advisory Board works with 2X and Deputy Director Christie Welch to develop programs and efforts to combat violence and support families and kids impacted by violence.

Youth Advisory Board

Alexa Wilson

Forensic Psychologist

Youth Advisory Board

Kendra Ford

Chemical Engineer

Youth Advisory Board

Maximus Montoya

University of Louisville Student

Youth Advisory Board

Zion Bonds

Mass Communications Student at Tennessee State University

Youth Advisory Board

Victoria Gwynn

Gun Shot

Youth Advisory Board

J'Lan Reed

Double Homicide Survivor