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 Chair
Assistant Superintendent, Education & Learning
Genesee Intermediate School District
Vice President - Commercial Loan Officer
Choice One Bank
Educare Flint & Flint Early Childhood Collaborative
Grants & Program Administrator
GST Michigan Works!
Associate Vice President, Workforce & Economic Development
Mott Community College
President & CEO
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Director of Library Services
Flint Public Library
Sloan Executive Director
Sloan*Longway, Flint Cultural Center Corporation
Latinx Technology & Community Center
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.
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: