Bloomfield Hills, MI – Oakland Literacy Council announces the recent appointments of two new members to its board of directors. Joining the board are Shelley Taub and Damany Head.
“Our new board members bring to our organization valuable government and business expertise and belief in the power of literacy to advance communities,” says Lisa Machesky, Executive Director.
“We are fortunate to have Shelley, a longtime education advocate with 28 years serving in state and county government, and Damany, an entrepreneur and Pontiac business leader, to provide guidance and connect us to vital resources as we grow to meet the enormous need for adult literacy services in Oakland County.”
Shelley Taub was elected twice as Oakland County Commissioner, serving a total of 20 years until retiring in 2020. She also served one term as State of Michigan Representative. A former teacher, Shelley believes, “if you can ready, you can do anything.” As a member of the Oakland County Library Board, she worked to secure government funding for adult literacy. As a board member, Shelley wants to help open new sources of government and foundation funding. Shelley graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and completed post-graduate work in education, business, and medical management at the University of Kansas and University of Missouri.
Damany Head is the principal owner of Essential Recycling, a Pontiac-based business that provides recycling services to the HVAC industry. He has served over six years as chair of the Pontiac Regional Chamber. He is committed to economic development in Pontiac and increasing the per capita income of Pontiac residents. Damany believes that workforce development and breaking the cycle of illiteracy in families is essential. “Oakland Literacy really focuses on adults and young adults in Pontiac. I think that’s really critical – to think about the forwarding of educational outcomes though the ongoing education of adults and the community.” Damany graduated from Ohio Northern University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.