I want to say how honored I am to serve the SLD Read Organization as President of the Board of Directors. I have been on the Board of Directors since 2009 and served as Vice President for the last four years. I am a Kalamazoo native. I was raised in the Kalamazoo area and graduated from Gull Lake High School. I received a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in Geography with an Urban Planning concentration from Western Michigan University. I have worked in the field of municipal planning and zoning for the last 24 years spending the first six years with the City of Portage before transitioning to the City of Kalamazoo. I am a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association.
On a more personal note, I am married and my wife Michelle and I have two sons. Both of our boys received tutoring and testing services at SLD Read. Our oldest son is now a student at WMU studying physics and our youngest is a junior at Portage Northern High School. The perspective of what this organization can do to change a child’s life is something that I have witnessed firsthand and it is powerful.
I look forward to the challenges of the job and the rewards that come with knowing how important literacy is to the success of everyone in our community.
Peter C. Eldridge