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.   

Kristina Johnston - Chair
Chief Operating Officer
Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Kerry Downs - Vice Chair
Flint Community Education Initiative
Crim Fitness Foundation



Kathi Horton - Past Chair
FGLN Steering Committee


Mary Behm
Assistant Superintendent, Education & Learning
Genesee Intermediate School District


Jim Carney
Vice President - Commercial Loan Officer
Choice One Bank


Ja’Nel Jamerson
Executive Director
Educare Flint & Flint Early Childhood Collaborative

Jiquanda Johnson

Flint Beat


Mary Lorah-Hammond
Grants & Program Administrator
GST Michigan Works!


Robert Matthews
Associate Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development
Mott Community College


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


LaDelvin Walker
Parent/Family Engagement


Asa Ascencio-Zuccaro
Executive Director
Latinx Technology & Community Center


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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