For the past 10 years, SLD Read has had two Executive Directors report to the Board of Trustees. One in Grand Rapids and one in Kalamazoo. As SLD Read has expanded to four locations and has broadened our service areas, the Board of Directors and two Executive Directors, agreed that the best course of action was for a single CEO to lead the organization to the next level. As of June 30, 2018, Maura Race, the Executive Director in Grand Rapids retired. Carol McGlinn, the Executive Director in Kalamazoo declined to interview for the position but will continue to support SLD Read in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek area.
The SLD Read Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Michael Stowell will be the next CEO of SLD Read. Michael has a long history of leading nonprofit, educational and religious organizations. He was the Executive Director of Love in Action, which had six individual locations, 33 employees and 400 volunteers. Furthermore, he was a Vice President at Grace Christian University where he developed and implemented a new adult, online educational department. He grew the program to 130 faculty members and 800 students. Michael is a dynamic individual with great experience and a grandson who struggles with learning differences. He is deeply committed to the vision and mission of SLD Read. Mike will be reaching out to staff, tutors and the communities we serve in the next few months.
MIchael Ryan Ph.D, President of the Board of Directors, SLD Read