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.
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.
Paula Brown, CFRE
Development Director, Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic
Paula Brown is a Certified Fundraising Executive. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a degree in music education and taught elementary music for a few years in the Detroit area. She discovered nonprofit fundraising as a career after moving to New York and New Jersey, and has served in this profession for the past 30 years. Paula has worked for a variety of organizations including Junior Achievement of New York, Covenant House, Brandeis University, Planned Parenthood of Metro New Jersey, the YMCA, Reading Works, and Starfish Family Services. She served as Vice President of the New Jersey Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, President of the Greater Detroit Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and twice chaired their National Philanthropy Day Dinner. She frequently is a speaker and presenter for the profession.
Damany Head, At-Large
Chair of the Board, Pontiac Regional Chamber
Principal, Essential Recycling
Managing Partner, Top Notch Enterprise Ventures
Damany is an entrepreneur, executive coach, leader, and strategist, and team builder. He has been the Chair of the Pontiac Regional Chamber since 2016, focusing on bringing forward environmentally-, socially-, and economic-minded solutions. Damany is a graduate of Ohio Northern University, BSME, Engineering.
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 Nazareth Manning
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.
Rev. Angela Ryo
Associate Pastor, Kirk in the Hills
Angela joined the Oakland Literacy Council in 2019. She has served as Associate Pastor at Kirk in the Hills in Bloomfield Hills since 2017. She was previously Resident Minister at First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the clergy, Angela was an English and English Language Learner (ELL) teacher for nine years. She brings to our organization important faith and education perspectives. She holds a Master of Divinity from Theological Seminary, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature.
Director of Corporate Quality, Comerica Bank
Alicia joined the Oakland Literacy Council in January of 2018. With a background in sales, operations, communications and instructional design, she understands that literacy is the foundation of business and necessary for financial competency. She is also a board member of the Pontiac Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., a public service organization, as well as a board Member, secretary and communications chair for the Comerica Michigan Women’s Forum. Alicia holds a Masters in education from Wayne State University and received her Bachelors in economics and Japanese from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Favorite books: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, and The Color Purple by Alice Walker.
Former Commissioner, Oakland County
Former Representative, State of Michigan
Shelley recently joined the Oakland Literacy Council board in February 2021 after many years supporting the organization. Recently retired from her position as Oakland County Commissioner, Shelley brings close to 30 years of experience in state and county government. As a legislator, teacher, and community activist, Shelley has been a forceful advocate for education, literacy, human services, and the arts for community members of all ages. Shelley holds bachelor’s in education from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with post-graduate work in education and business/medical management from the University of Kansas and University of Missouri.
Dean of College Readiness – Oakland Community College
Beverly has been in higher education for 30+ years and is an avid and passionate individual to the field of education. She has her undergraduate degree from Walsh College of Business, her graduate degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Education Specialist Certification from Wayne State University. Beverly’s current responsibilities at Oakland Community College consists of providing resources, updating systems and curricula that assist students with being eligible for and succeeding in college level courses. Beverly serves on many Boards that include but not limited to her High School Alumni Association, Michigan Center for Student Success, Oakland County Adult Education, Judah Tabernacle’s Board Ministry and she’s a strong advocate to the co-founders of her granddaughter’s enterprise “The Zuri Reads Initiative” that provides and organizes literacy-related events and resources for Detroit-area children, students, and families. Co-founded in 2017 by Raven Jones Stanbrough and Darryl Stanbrough, Jr. Favorite books – The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck; Becoming by Michele Obama and What I know for sure by Oprah Winfrey.
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 Board chair 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.