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Angela Hood-Beaugard, MBA
Executive Director | angela.hoodbeaugard@mcc.edu | 810-232-2001

Angela Hood-Beaugard is the Executive Director of the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network. As a Flint native, Angela has great passion for bettering our community and a keen understanding of the challenges faced by the greater Flint area. Angela is  devoted to using her skills to address these challenges by significantly improving literacy rates throughout Genesee County. Angela is a proud product of the Flint Community School system and has been active in the community as a faith leader, serving youth and families in crisis for the last 22 years. Prior to joining the network, Angela served as the Vice President of Community Development for Metro Community Development. She has over 30 years of management experience, largely in the private sector, and holds a MBA and a BS in Accounting from Northwood University and an Associates in Accounting and Business Management from Mott Community College.

Danielle Brown, MA
Partnership Director | danielle.brown@mcc.edu 810.232.2009

Danielle Brown is the Partnership Director for the Flint and Genesee Literacy Network (FGLN). Born and raised in Flint, MI, her greatest interest is supporting parents as empowered leaders of their family.

Ms. Brown graduated from Flint Northern High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from UM-Flint and a Master of Arts in Family Studies from Michigan State University. Her professional career predominantly has been in the field of Human Services in positions that serve families who have troubled teens, incarcerated parents, workforce barriers, health disparities, and overall literacy barriers.

Supporting the implementation of two-generation programming that moves families from poverty to self-sufficiency is an approach that Ms. Brown believes is beneficial and effective. This work creates an opportunity for building skills and relationships with parents.

Jessica Kitchner, MPA
Operations Manager | jessica.kitchner@mcc.edu| 810.232.4397

Jessica Kitchner is the Operations Manager for the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network. Prior to joining the FGLN team, Jessica spent 15 years working in education, primarily supporting English-language learners at the primary, secondary, and adult education level.   Jessica spent significant periods of time living and working abroad in Japan and Russia, and uses her professional and life experiences to promote inclusion and cultural competency within our community.  Jessica received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and International Relations from Central Michigan University and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.  Jessica is grateful and inspired to work alongside amazing colleagues and a network of like-minded partners committed to literacy, eliminating barriers, and cultivating positive change in our Flint and Genesee County communities.  Jessica serves on the Board of Directors for the Genesee County Youth Corporation and the Latinx Technology & Community Center, and continues to be an advocate for English-language learners as an Adult ESL instructor for Genesee County’s Adult ESL population.

Cyerra Haywood

Collective Impact Coordinator - MNA AmeriCorps Pathways to Employment VISTA | cyerra.haywood@mcc.edu | 810-232-2526

Cyerra Haywood is an AmeriCorps VISTA service member, serving as the Collective Impact Coordinator, at the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network through MNA Pathways to Employment VISTA program. Cyerra is a recent graduate of Howard University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in the humanities, ancient and modern.

At Howard, Cyerra had the opportunity to participate in many service opportunities, including participating in Alternative Spring Break where she spent one week volunteering with youth in Saint Martin to promote the importance of furthering their education. She also spent a year taking classes in the DC Jail and a youth detention facility; that experience inspired her to participate in AmeriCorps to make a difference in her community.  Raised to believe that a quality education is a huge key to success in life, Cyerra is excited to work at such an impactful organization in Flint, and she can’t wait to see how she can positively impact her community.

Ella Gill
SeniorCorps RSVP -Literacy Administrative Support | ella.gill@mcc.edu | 810-232-2526

Ella Gill is a retired senior analyst from General Motors serving as a SeniorCorps RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) service volunteer through the Valley Area Agency on Aging (VAAA). Ms.Gill attended Northwood University and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  

Ms.Gill enjoys being involved with programs focused on children, such as summer camps sponsored by her church. Through these opportunities she noticed that the children were lacking in their reading and math skills. To advance children's education, Ms. Gill got involved in afterschool mentoring, which made a substantial difference in the children’s academics. Ms. Gill  wants to share the knowledge that she has learned from working with the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network and inform anyone that wants to further their education.  Importantly, she wants to educate parents on engaging and showing an interest in their child's education.  Additionally, Ms. Gill serves on the Board of Directors for Compassionate Care Network, an organization that provides housing opportunities for veterans and those seeking assistance. 

 

Joseph Waters

Clerical Aide | jwaters8@mcc.edu

Joseph Waters is a resident of Flint, Michigan, and is a Mott Community College student working toward obtaining his associate’s degree in journalism. Joseph graduated from Grand Blanc High School and is currently a member of the FGLN team.      

Upon obtaining his degree, Joseph intends to use his writing to address the systemic issues that the Flint community  endures on a daily basis and the challenges he faced growing up in the community.  Through his own story, Joseph aspires to shed light on the resilience of children who have grown up in traumatic environments.  

Persevering through cancer and remission, Joseph aspires to raise awareness to all the long-suffering fighters and survivors who have or who continue the battle with cancer.  Joseph strives to reassure them that they are not alone in the fight, especially childhood cancer patients and survivors, those who are diagnosed at such an early stage in their lives and may feel embarrassed or ashamed by it.