Our Team

Our Staff

Steering Committee

Our Steering Committee is comprised of cross-sector community partners representative of the relevant ecosystem that provides strategic direction for the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network and champions its work.   

Kathi Horton
Interim Chair of FGLN


Jennifer Acree
Associate Program Officer
C.S. Mott Foundation


Mary Behm

Assistant Superintendent,

Education & Learning

Genesee Intermediate School District


Robert Matthews
Associate Vice President of Workforce

& Economic Development
Mott Community College

Kerry Downs

Program Manager of Special Projects 

Flint Community Education Initiative 

Crim Fitness Foundation


Vicki Johnson-Lawrence

Project Director

Flint ReCAST

Assistant Professor

Family Medicine, Division of Public Health

College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University


Kristina Johnston

Chief Operating Officer

Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce


Mary Lorah-Hammond

Grants & Program Administrator

GST Michigan Works!

Isaiah Oliver

President & CEO
Community Foundation of Greater Flint


Kay Schwartz
Director of Library Services
Flint Public Library


Todd Slisher
Sloan Executive Director 

Sloan Longway,

Flint Cultural Center Corporation


Jim Carney
Flint Community President
Chemical Bank


Fiscal Sponsor

Initiated by former Mott Community College President, Richard Shaink, a work-group of community organizations was formed to bring awareness to the basic skills crisis in the Flint area. Dr. Richard Shaink, President of Mott Community College, had become increasingly concerned that many high school graduates were beginning postsecondary education not fully literate. As part of the Achieving the Dream initiative, a national program designed to help community college students pursue their dreams, Dr. Shaink, and his team disaggregated local data and convened community leaders to discuss literacy work in Genesee County, including the libraries, the school system, a local literacy coalition and the foundation. A Literacy summit was convened, which raised the profile of literacy efforts in Flint, and began conversations in earnest with the United Way of Genesee County, the C.S. Mott Foundation, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

The Flint & Genesee Literacy Network is proud of our ongoing partnership with our Fiscal Sponsor, Mott Community College.

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Together, FGLN and its Partners are focusing on building the strengths of community organizations, as well as ensuring that individuals in need of improved literacy skills have access to sufficient and appropriate information and resources. The coalition is designed to serve Flint and Genesee County’s most vulnerable learners, across their lifespan. This development of strategic and accountable partnerships is critical to achieving Collective Impact.

All FGLN Partners serve in distinct roles within the Coalition. These roles are defined and outlined below:

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