Meet the 2017 Team


Albion's Big Read Student Leaders are rising 8th, 9th, and 10th graders who call Albion home. These students will independently lead and facilitate community-wide book discussions throughout October 2017. They are role models for their peers, neighbors, and the greater Albion community. We joyfully celebrate the open hearts and minds of the following 2017 Big Read Student Leaders:
* denotes students who return as Albion Big Read Leaders for another year

Ta'Liyah Austin
Carl Bates*
Emmylou Roberts Christensen*
Ta'hlia Davis
Jamiyah Funderburg
Ivan Green
Za'Riah Kemp

Tyland Martin
Aja Metz
Marshall Nicholson

Aaliyah Roberts
Malena Solis
Ja'Kobe Steward
Fred Steward*
Ta'Jyanna Steward*
Belevia Stovall
A'Veion Washington*
Nashanti Weatherall
Jason Whetstone*
Niya Williams

College Volunteers

Our summer training program would not be possible without the outstanding support, leadership, and commitment from volunteer student mentors at Albion College. The work our college mentors offer is entirely volunteer based. These students apply and interview for their role in Albion's Big Read, and we deeply value their hard work and dedication. We celebrate the leadership and commitment of the following 2017 college volunteers:

Emily Allison, Albion College Student

Richard Annorat, Albion College Student

Marley Guy, Albion College Student

Emily McCaleb, Albion College Student

Anna Moore, Albion College Student

Alex Tung, Albion College Student



In addition to local youth and college students, Albion's Big Read is made possible through the generous efforts of a committee made up of college and community leaders. Albion's Big Read Committee chose the Big Read novel, True Grit, and continues to meet to design events and programming, collaborate with countless local organizations, and further the progress of Albion's coming Big Read. We would like to thank the following members of Albion's Big Read Committee for their irreplaceable support of our program this year:

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Kimberly Arndts, Assistant Director of Donor Relations and Stewardship, Albion College, and Vice President, Albion District Library Board of Trustee

Jamie Bernard, Head of Youth Services, Albion District Library

Harry Bonner, Executive Director, Kids at Hope and Substance Abuse Prevention Services

Laura Brownell, English teacher, Marshall High School

Nels Christensen, Associate Professor of English, Albion College

Madeline Drury, Assistant Director of Albion's Big Read

Mandy Dubiel, Director of Admissions, Albion College

Mae Ola Dunklin, Albion NAACP, Board of Trustees, Albion College, and retired Albion educator

Joni Parks,  Principal and Assistant Superintendent, Albion Community School

Jess Roberts, Director of Albion's Big Read and Professor of English, Albion College

Mary Slater, Owner, Albion Heritage Bed & Breakfast, member, Albion Sister City Committee, and secretary, Friends of the Bohm Theatre Board of Directors

Cindy Stanczak, Director of Albion District Library

Rhiki Swinton, Admissions Counselor, Albion College and Albion College Graduate, class of 2016

Keena Williams, Director of Intercultural Affairs and President's Special Adviser for Global Diversity, Albion College