Board and Staff The Oakland Literacy Council Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer members who are actively involved in promoting and advancing the council's mission. Judy Lindstrom, President Owner/President Harbinger Financial Services Board of Trustees Bloomfield Township Public Library Judy joined Oakland Literacy Council as a tutor in the mid 90's and became President ten years ago. She contributes her time to a multitude of local causes including Cranbrook Educational Community, the Bloomfield Township Public Library and Children's Hospital of Michigan, She is passionate about the good work OLC accomplishes and is proud of the staff, the hundreds of volunteer tutors and students who contribute their time and talent to make Oakland Literacy Council a success. Favorite books: Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Vanity Fair by William Thackeray, Possession by A.S. Byatt and anything by Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Robert Gaylor, Vice President Founder of Oakland Literacy Council Retired Associate Professor of Oakland University Robert was an Associate Professor at Oakland University for 38 years. He is the founder of Oakland Literacy Council and of the Public Library Trustee Association of Oakland County. He is the Past President of the Michigan Library Association and the Oakland Bar Foundation. Favorite book: Splendora, by Edward Swift. Judy Bryce, Secretary Past President of Oakland Literacy Council Judy has worked with Oakland Literacy Council for 20 years as an office volunteer, tutor and board member. She serves on the board of Glens of Copper Creek condo association and is a former Medical Technologist. Favorite Book: The World According to Garp, by John Irving. Harry Manza, Treasurer Retired Business Consultant, Current Oakland Literacy Council Tutor Harry comes to the OLC with 30 plus years experience in brand development, sales, program management, operations management, finance, and business planning. Harry currently serves as a tutor and even convinced his wife to become one too. Favorite Book: 1776 by David McCullough. John Almstadt, At-Large Michigan Works Director for Oakland County, retired John Almstadt is the recently retired director of the Oakland County Michigan Works! Agency and has more than 30 years of experience in workforce development. In addition to his service on the Oakland Literacy Council, John is a member of numerous other Boards, including Automation Alley, the Workforce Intelligence Network, and the Oakland County Human Services Coordinating Council, of which he is a former chairperson. Favorite Book: East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. Candy Geeter, At-Large Foundation Coordinator, Oakland Community College Candy joined the Oakland Literacy Council in September 2016. Working at Oakland Community College for the past 17 years in the Foundation, she understands the importance of education and giving back. It is her hope to rekindle the partnership between the OLC and OCC to provide even more resources for those lacking literacy skills. She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Pontiac and the Association for Fundraising Professionals. Her favorite books: (too many to list, but here’s a couple) Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Julie Hoensheid, At-Large Former Oakland Literacy Council staff member Julie’s background includes teaching children and adults English and Language Arts, as well as curriculum design and development. That, along with her passion for reading, made the Oakland Literacy Council a natural fit. She has been a part of the organization since 2006 serving as Literacy Services Coordinator, Tutor Trainer and tutor. Favorite books: too numerous to list, but include To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; The Shell Seekers, by Rosamunde Pilcher; and The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, by Julie Edwards. Ann Manning, At-Large Twenty-year Ford veteran in finance, governmental relations, and sustainability Ann serves on the Birmingham Youth Assistance board and is a Boy Scout leader. She has her Bachelors in economics from Cornell and MBA from Wharton. She is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese. Current Favorite Book: The Amazing Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce. Staff Lisa Machesky, Executive Director Lisa has over decade of experience leading nonprofits in Oakland County as a staff member and has also been involved in many nonprofit organizations as a Board member and volunteer. She is passionate about growing and connecting organizations and maximizing their impact. She has a MBA from Oakland University and received her Bachelors from Albion College. She currently serves as Chair of the Parish Fund at St. James Episcopal Church and as a Board member of the Oakland Woods community of Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and is a Leadership Oakland alumni. Current Favorite Book: Big Little Lies , by Liane Moriarity.