C.J. Felton, LOXXIII
Director of Resource Development & Communications
Community Housing Network
Prior to CHN, C.J. had over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and operations management in the manufacturing and retail fields. He also started and operated a small direct mail marketing and database management firm prior to relocating from Minnesota to Michigan in 1998.
In 2012 C.J. was appointed to the Farmington/Farmington Hills Commission on Children, Youth and Families. He also serves on the PNC Bank Community Development Banking Advisory Board, and was a member of Leadership Oakland class XXIII and remains active in the organization.
Linda Kruso, LOXVII
Director, Workforce Planning
Beaumont Health Systems
As Beaumont’s director of workforce planning, Linda is responsible for planning and developing pipeline, recruitment and retention programs and initiatives to ensure the Beaumont system has the workforce it needs. In addition, she is charged with developing partnerships with education, government and community groups to help to foster and create new programs to increase the pool of healthcare talent in the community.
Linda is the co-lead for the Michigan Action Coalition for Nursing and serves on several advisory boards focused on planning and addressing health care workforce development in the State of Michigan.
Ronny Lee, LOXXII
Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority
Edward M. Olson, LOXIX
Olson Law Firm
As an attorney Ed began his career as in house counsel for a national securities brokerage firm and then as in house counsel for an equipment leasing subsidiary of a fortune 100 firm. He has practiced law as an associate and as a partner of several law firms. He is now the sole owner of his own practice (Olson Law Firm) based in Rochester Michigan. He is a member of the Michigan Bar Association, the Oakland County Bar Association, and the Rochester Bar Association. Ed’s practice is a general business practice focused on a broad range of areas including commercial litigation, corporate planning, estate planning, securities (including securities arbitrations), contracts, employment, real estate and other general civil matters including bankruptcy. He is an arbitrator for FINRA (formerly the arbitration arms for the NASD and the NYSE). He is a trained facilitator/mediator and a case evaluator for the Oakland County Circuit Court. He is also a mediator and arbitrator for American Settlement Centers in Farmington Hills. He has taught business law and ethics classes at Oakland University, Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College. He also lectures on business matters, securities, estate planning and other issues.
The focus of his practice is business. As a business owner or manager you are probably comfortable making business decisions. Ed will help you make good decisions so that you can get back to your business and focus on what you do best.
Tammi Shepherd, LOXXIII
Chief, Land Management Technologies
Annie VanGelderen, LOXXIII
President & CEO
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Anne Williams, LOI
Kristie Zamora, LOXIII
Coordinator - Arts, Culture & Film
Ms. Zamora then parlayed that experience by joining the Oakland County Executive staff to support Arts, Culture & Film activities in one of the largest and progressive counties in the US. In her work she promoted regional artists and cultural activities throughout the area. In addition, Kristie fostered historic preservation and partnered with several organizations in the effort to promote arts and cultural funding. Her work emphasized the importance of culture in creating livable communities. She was appointed by Governor Snyder to serve on the Michigan Commission of Services to the Aging in 2011, term ending 2014.
Most recently, Ms. Zamora has been part of the movement to tie Arts and Culture to Economic Development. As a member of the Economic Development and Community Affairs staff for Oakland County, she is the founding editor of Prosper, an award-winning, bi-weekly electronic newsletter for Economic Development and Community Affairs. Much of her work is community based via participation on the Detroit Renaissance Creative Community Roundtable, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs grant review panel, Leadership Oakland Art & Entertainment Committee, Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center Robinson Committee, Uptown Film Festival and the nationally acclaimed Arts, Beats & Eats community cultural event in Royal Oak, Michigan.