Board of Directors
Greg Cascione, Ph.D
Pastor Corey Kennard
William "Bill" McKnight
Janet Stankowski, O.P.
"What we do is a call that touches the individual, their family, and our community."
Former Board Chair
MEET OUR STAFF
Program Support Associate
Katie has worked with students from children to adults in special education, social studies, math, phonics, and art programming. Other experience includes working in elder care, coordinating young adult volunteers, event planning, copy writing, and editing. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Florida.
Sister Janice Brown, O.P., is an Adrian Dominican Sister. She has been involved in adult education and the workforce training since 2005. Her background includes business, finance, education, and theology. Dr. Brown has both an MBA from Western Michigan University and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union. In addition to developing curriculum, Dr. Brown enjoys presenting on adult education including Adult Basic Education, Workforce Development, Student Motivation, Leadership Skills, and English Language Acquisition.
Learning Team Resource Coordinator
Zoë Dixon is a native Detroiter. She moved to California where she enjoyed a long and mostly successful career in Adult Education. She retired early and returned to Michigan to take care of her mother. Now, at Siena, she is thrilled to be returning to education. Besides education, she is interested in people, social justice issues, and fiber arts.
New Learner Academy Instructor
Derek has been an educator for more than 25 years, working with ABE, ESL, and GED students. He is a graduate from Spring Arbor University, and comes to Siena as New Learner Academy Instructor. Derek is pleased to have this opportunity to continue to educate and assist adult learners to accomplish their goals.
Bilal Khaled spent 30 years in the accounting, bookkeeping, financial and tax services field, primarily in administrative and business management. He has a Master's Degree in Business Accounting, a BS in Accounting, and a Math Diploma. Before joining Siena Literacy Center, he was an accounting and budgeting consultant & financial advisor for individuals and small businesses. In his spare time, Bilal is an active member of the local community who assists in education, medical causes, feeding the homeless, supporting poor families, and social communications.
Computer Lab Manager
Abdualsalam is our Computer Lab Manager. Abdual provides support in the computer lab to learners and tutors. He also provides support in the registration and retention of new learners. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Siena Literacy Center. He is married and the father of seven beautiful children.
Jermaine Minor is the Building Custodian. Jermaine works to maintain Siena Literacy Center as a clean and welcoming place to visit. He is very helpful to staff, tutors, and learners and always has a warm smile or greeting for all who enter the building. He is very committed to doing a great job!
Community Outreach Manager
Angel joined Siena in January 2022. She received her bachelor's degree in liberal studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. Angel is also a certified meditation instructor and enjoys the healing arts.
Assessment and Data Management Coordinator
Employed at Siena Literacy Center since August 2002, Sr. Mary Anna is a Certified ProLiteracy Action Tutor. She has taught and administered in elementary schools for 35 years, has a Master's of Education degree and an Associate's degree in Occupational Therapy. Sr. Mary Anna really loves traveling, taking pictures, and cooking, especially creating new brunch dishes.
Eva joined Siena Literacy Center in February 2022. Before joining Siena, Eva worked with foster care kids in Livonia, Michigan. Eva's passion for nonprofit and advocacy work stemmed from her experiences serving in the Washington, D.C., public schools as an AmeriCorps member. Her degrees are in history and criminal justice. Eva is a proud military wife, a coffee lover, and a bookworm. When she is not at work, she can be found in her favorite reading chair and drinking coffee. Eva's dream is to start an alpaca sanctuary one day in a very distant future....