Angela Hood-Beaugard, MBA
Executive Director | | 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. Additonally, Angela serves as a local pastor, Secretary of the Governance Board of the local Homeless Council supporting families and children with housing instabilities, the State of Michigan’s Childhood Lead Environmental Elimination Commission, the Hurley Health Advisory Council, the Flint Promise Steering Committee, and the Mott Community College’s Accounting and Business Program Advisory Board. She is currently a PhD student at Michigan State University's Graduate School of Education.

Jessica Kitchner, MPA
Operations Manager || 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.

Ella Gill
AmeriCorps RSVP -Literacy Administrative Support | | 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. 

Ummy Siddiqui
Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps - Family Advocate | | 810-232-2526

Ummy Siddiqui is an AmeriCorps service member from the Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps serving as the Family Advocate at the Flint & Genesee Literacy Network. Ummy attained her Associate’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Northwestern Michigan College in 2013.  From a young age, she has been an active volunteer within her own religious community and performed many simultaneous roles;  including: student, tutor, business woman, wife, and mother. Ummy spent 7 years living in Istanbul, Turkey. where she researched Turkish history and culture; learned the Turkish language; volunteered at local elementary schools; and served as a private ESL educator. Prior to leaving Turkey, she initiated a fundraiser to aid struggling families and orphan Syrian refugees in her local neighborhood.

Most important, Ummy is a survivor of both domestic violence and homelessness.  Despite monumental personal and economic challenges, Ummy continues to pave her way to self-sufficiency and independence utilizing the many resources Flint has to offer. With that, Ummy knows first-hand the struggles faced by disadvantaged families, and she fully understands the significance literacy has in breaking the socio-economic barrier.  She is passionate and fully prepared to give back to other families like her own by serving the community she feels has given her and her children a fair chance.

Brenniss Carnes-Ferguson
Flint Urban Safety & Health Corps - Family Advocate | 810-232-2526

Brenniss Carnes-Ferguson is a born and raised “Flintstone.” She has been a local grassroots community change agent for over 20 years. Brenniss is a returning AmeriCorps service member formerly serving with Flint Urban Gardening and Land Use Corporation under the auspices of Salem Housing. Her service focused on building community capacity through gardening with block clubs and connecting community members to vital community resources. She has worked in the education field in many different roles:  SKIP family service worker; Rainbow Learning Center lead and assistant teacher; after-school coordinator; support staff for nutrition education; and a kitchen team leader. She currently has her Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for preschool-age children. Additionally, she is a poet, published author, and spoken word artist. Brenniss has a passion for cooking, creating, working with the youth, and building communities.