The GLCL is current led by a five-member board of directors:
LISA H. MCNEILLEY, PH.D. Lisa is GLCL’s President. She earned her degree in English from Wayne State University; she also has a business degree (BBA Marketing) from the University of Michigan. Lisa has taught college courses from basic writing to business and technical writing for over 15 years. She is the owner of Writer’s Alley, which offers tutorials and workshops for writers. The Cascade Writers’ Group (CWG) was established by Lisa, and the CWG created Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology in 2013; Lisa is an editor for this publication, which will be continued in cooperation with GLCL for future editions.
JASON GILLIKIN. Jason Gillikin serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters. He is also a co-founder and CEO of Caffeinated Press, Inc., an independent publisher serving the authors and readers of West Michigan, and publisher and fiction editor of The 3288 Review, a semiannual journal of arts and letters. Gillikin started his career in journalism, working his way up the ranks at a small community daily newspaper until he transitioned to a career in health care quality. He earned his B.A. in moral philosophy from Western Michigan University. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, scuba diving and serving his feline overlords. His essays and opinion pieces have been widely published, including in America Now (5th ed., Bedford St. Martin’s) and Remaining Catholic When You’ve Been Hurt in the Church (Cascade Press, forthcoming).
KATHLEEN McGOOKEY. Kathi serves as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for GLCL. Kathi’s prose poems and translations have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Antioch Review, Boston Review, Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, Field, Indiana Review, The Laurel Review, Ploughshares, The Prose Poem: An International Journal, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Seneca Review, West Branch, and Willow Springs. She is the author of Whatever Shines (White Pine Press), October Again (Burnside Review Press), and Mended (Kattywompus Press), and the translator of We’ll See (Parlor Press), a book of prose poems by contemporary French poet Georges Godeau. Her book Stay is published by Press 53 and her book Heart in a Jar is just out from White Pine Press. She has received grants from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, the Arts Fund of Kalamazoo County, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in 2014, she received a grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, which supports writers who are parents. She has taught creative writing at Hope College, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Western Michigan University.
KELLY HAGMEYER. Kelly serves as the Director of Grants and Evaluation at the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids, where she channels her passion for building a culture of health by creating collaborative projects that meet the wellness needs of those living in urban Grand Rapids, including food access projects such as the YMCA Veggie Van and a new Health Corner Stores initiative. The first part of her career was spent teaching language arts, poetry, reading and writing at the middle school and college levels. Participating with GLCL allows her to spend her spare time helping make sure the cultural arts — and in particular the literary arts — are alive and thriving in Grand Rapids.
SUSAN MORRIS. Susan Morris, PhD, is Professor of Humanities at Ferris State University and has taught since 1979, first in English departments at Eastern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University before arriving at Ferris. She has taught Poetry, World Literature, Introduction to Literature, and Composition courses as well as courses in Philosophy, Race and Gender Theory, Film, and Eastern Religions. She is also a musician and performs regularly as a jazz vocalist with jazz ensemble Bluemonk. Susan brings her interests in music, cultural issues, and art into her writing and encourages a reflective, critical approach to poetry. She joined the board in early 2017.
MARJORIE STEELE. Marjorie joined the board in the summer of 2017. Her bio is forthcoming.
The GLCL Board respectfully recognizes our founder and long-time president, Roni K. Devlin MD. Roni served until January 2017; she was the spiritual heart of the organization and led its strategy for five years.