Albion’s Big Read: The Planning Committee, Donors, and Partners


Made up of college and community leaders, our planning committee works throughout the year. Most notably, these individuals choose the Big Read novel, collaborate with local partners, and further the progress of Albion's current and future Big Reads. We would like to thank the members of the 2019 Planning Committee for their irreplaceable support:

Dianne Guenin-Lelle
Lynette Gumbleton, Assistant Director
Jess Roberts, Director
Mary Slater
Cindy Stanczak
Ellen Wilch
Keena Williams

Elijah Armstrong
Kimberly Arndts
Jamie Bernard
Harry Bonner
Nels Christensen
Maddie Drury
Mandy Dubiel
Mae Ola Dunklin


We would like to wholeheartedly thank our generous supporters. Albion's 2019 Big Read was made possible by the support of the following amazing organizations and individuals. Click the green text of the donors below to learn more.
* denotes donors who have supported more than one Big Read

Barb Weiskittel*

Joyce Ferguson*

The Merck Company Foundation*

Albion Walk the Beat*

Albion College Office of the President*

Albion College Office of the Provost*

Albion College English Department*

Dene Roberts*

Libby Roberts*

The Franke Center

Dr. James L. Curtis

Office of Intercultural Affairs*

Hazel Lias*


Lewis Chapel AME Church*

John and Mardie Roberts*

Paul Mielke*

Rosemary Smith Zander*

Elizabeth Roberts and Jeff Hafner

Caitlin Roberts-Donovan*

Kirsten Roberts*

Lauren Ridenour*

Union Board


Eddie Williams*

Gwen Tabb*

Lauren Ridenour*

Vivian Davis


Albion’s Big Read is forever grateful for the incredible generosity of these marvelous organizations and individuals, which makes doing the good work possible.
*denotes donors who have supported more than one Big Read

National Endowment for the Arts*
Arts Midwest*
John and Karen Vournakis*
Albion Philanthropic Women
Cronin Foundation*
The Serra Family Foundation
Albion Community Foundation*
The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation*
Albion Community Foundation*
The Albion-Homer United Way*
Coy James Endowed Lecture*
Marilyn Crandall Schleg Endowed Lecture
Yinger Endowed Lecture
Albion College History Department*
Sandy and Paul Pimintel

Catherine Fontana
Albion Rotary Club
The Linda Kochinski Fund*
Team 1 Plastics*
Parks Drug Store
Caster Concepts
Albion College History Department*
Marshall Community Foundation*
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
Lubaway Masten and Co.
Gerald and Eddie Williams
John and Kathryn Fitzsimmons
Conrad and Peggy Sindt
John and Susan Cease
Ed and Ginnie Edwardson
American Association of University Women, Albion branch


Our partners are local individuals, organizations, and businesses who donate time and energy to Albion’s Big Read. They support our program from behind the scenes by hosting book discussions, sharing space and resources, and much more. We joyfully thank them!

  • Albion District Library

  • Marshall Public Schools

  • City of Albion

  • 4H Creative and Expressive Arts Program

  • The Bohm Theater

  • Stirling Books and Brew

  • Sisters Influencing Society

  • Psi Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

  • Schuler Arts Creativity Retreat Center

  • Albion's Sister City Committee

  • Local chapter of AAUW

  • Albion Branch NAACP

  • The Franke Center for the Arts

  • Albion Housing Commission

  • Pure Albion

  • Albion College First Year Seminar Program