Advanced Leadership Institute-2


C.J. Felton, LOXXIII

Director of Resource Development & Communications
Community Housing Network

Full Bio
C.J. Felton joined Community Housing Network (CHN) in 2009 and is the Director of Resource Development and Communications. In this role he oversees CHN’s fund, program, and new business development; community relations; and communications. He is a licensed REALTOR® in the state of Michigan, and has played a key role in the revitalization of the Unity Park neighborhood in Pontiac through the use of Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding, and other initiatives. C.J. also serves as the manager of CHN’s Housing Counseling department, leading a staff of 10 that provides Homebuyer Education, Foreclosure Prevention and Financial Education services to SE Michigan residents. This team was named the Michigan State Housing Development Authority 2013 Counseling Agency of the Year in May, 2013.

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

Full Bio
Linda Kruso is the Director of Workforce Planning for Beaumont Heath System. Beaumont is a large complex health system located in southeastern Michigan operating 3 hospitals, Royal Oak at 1061 beds, and Troy and Grosse Pointe hospitals with 346 and 289 beds respectively. In addition Beaumont provides home care and hospice services and operates multiple alternative sites of care in the region. The system employs almost 20,000 people.

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

Full Bio
Ronny Lee is an Accountant at Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Eastern Connecticut State University. Over twenty years in Banking, Manufacturing and currently in non-profits as an Accountant. Ronny was born and raised in Connecticut with seven siblings. Ronny is also a “Big” for the Big Brother Big Sister program here in Michigan. Her “little” is a 12 year old from Waterford. Ronny enjoys working out, cooking for dinner parties, Jazz, concerts and dancing.

Edward M. Olson, LOXIX

Olson Law Firm

Full Bio
Ed has been a Michigan native his whole life. Born in Detroit and raised in Oakland County, he has since lived in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties. He attended Michigan State University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1982. He graduated “with high honor” as a member of the Honor’s College, Phi Beta Kappa and with several other honors. He was a member of the Tower Guard, which is an honor service organization serving blind students and professors at Michigan State University. Ed attended Wayne State University’s School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctor in 1985. As a student at Wayne State, he participated in the Moot Court program and other extra-curricular activities and graduated in the top one quarter of his class. He graduated from law school, passed the Bar, and was admitted to practice in Michigan in 1985. He has been practicing law in Southeastern Michigan ever since.

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
Oakland County

Full Bio
Tammi Shepherd is responsible for application development in Oakland County Information Technology. She oversees a team of approximately 50 people who provide applications that help County departments, Oakland County Cities, Villages and Townships do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. With expertise in project, program and portfolio management, as well as computerized mapping, Tammi has managed the implementation of technologies that are used daily by thousands of people to increase productivity, as well as access to government information. Tammi also serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for the Department of Political Science for her alma mater, Oakland University where she studied Public Administration and Policy. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, and boating.

Annie VanGelderen, LOXXIII

President & CEO
Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center

Full Bio
From sonographer to artist to art center CEO, Annie VanGelderen's career has been anything but ordinary. She was born in Detroit and spent childhood years living in Paris. Always considered “an artist,” she worked as a window decorator for department stores while attending Mercy College (Detroit MI) and Wake Forrest University (North Carolina). Even as she became a certified diagnostic medical sonographer, VanGelderen continued her own study and practice of printmaking. After a few years of classes at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC), she became a printmaking instructor and professional artist. Teaching gave way to volunteer work as a BBAC board member and, by 2009, a full-time volunteer staff position. In 2011, VanGelderen was appointed Interim President & CEO at the BBAC and named permanent President & CEO six months later. She continues her own practice of art-making and is committed to the BBAC vision of “art for all.”

Anne Williams, LOI

ExcellenceQuest, LLC

Full Bio
For the past 10 years, Anne has served as CEO for ExcellenceQuest, LLC, and leads performance excellence initiatives implementing processes and systems to increase capacity and effectiveness of organizations within the business, education, and the nonprofit sectors throughout the United States. Prior to that, Anne spent over 20 years in various executive/management positions in the automotive industry. Anne also has over 25 years of experience within administration and as adjunct faculty at numerous colleges and universities. She received her BS in Biochemistry and MS in Industrial Technology from Eastern Michigan University, and a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Lawrence Technological University. Anne is currently a doctoral candidate, Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD). In her spare time, Anne volunteers her time and expertise to various boards and currently serves as a trustee of Washtenaw Community College.

Kristie Zamora, LOXIII

Coordinator - Arts, Culture & Film
Oakland County

Full Bio
Kristie Zamora’s passion for arts and culture was formed early in her career.  With an educational background of Art History and Political Science at Kalamazoo College and international study at the Institute of Madrid, she brought her talents to the Flint Institute of Arts where she managed the curatorial department and art collection.  She attracted valued exhibits and raised considerable grant monies to maintain a reputable presence in the community.

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.