For Immediate Release
Dr. Murray to grow support, stakeholders and operations in Metro Detroit to ultimately serve more students in the Lunchtime Reading Program
Detroit, April 8, 2019 – National literacy and mentoring non-profit, Read to a Child®, announced today that is has selected Dr. Stephen Murray as its next Metro Detroit Regional Director. Dr. Murray succeeds Kyesha (Ky) Lindberg and will build upon her success by adding stakeholders and expanding operations to serve even more students in Metro Detroit. Although moving cross country, Ky plans to remain engaged during the transition period and beyond. Dr. Murray will be introduced to Read to a Child’s stakeholders at its Magic of Reading Gala to be held on April 11 in Ferndale, MI. Click here for tickets and more information or visit tinyurl.com/DetroitGala.
Dr. Murray has enjoyed a successful career in higher education and in ministry, moving up through the ranks to eventually serve as the Dean of Barrymore College and then as President of the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. Currently serving as minister at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Detroit, Stephen holds an M.B.A and a PhD in Theology.
“I am very pleased with Stephen’s selection and look forward to his positive impact on achieving Read to a Child’s student growth goals in Metro Detroit,” said Paul Lamoureux, CEO of Read to a Child. “Ky Lindberg did an outstanding job over the last three years growing our program and our stakeholder community in the region and I fully expect Dr. Murray to continue this growth trajectory. Stephen’s successful track record in fundraising also bodes well in our expansion efforts.”
“I am thrilled to join Read to a Child as I am truly motivated by its mission, its history and its potential to make a huge impact on the lives of children and adults in Metro Detroit,” said Dr. Stephen Murray. “My combination of management experience, fundraising skills and the relationships that I have developed as a leader in higher education will translate well to Read to a Child. I’m also excited to be able to get out there on the front lines and make a difference.”
“I am excited that Dr. Murray’s skills and experience will help us achieve our expansion goals,” said David Walker, Read to a Child regional board chair and EVP, Level One Bank. “Stephen’s strong relationships with community leaders will be critical in continuing to develop and expand our stakeholder community. I am also pleased that Ky Lindberg will remain engaged, as her leadership has been exemplary during the initial phase of Read to a Child’s growth in Detroit and Pontiac.”
About the Lunchtime Reading Program
Read to a Child deploys hundreds of corporate and community volunteers to Metro Detroit elementary schools in its highly regarded Lunchtime Reading Program. Once a week, volunteers read aloud to their designated reading buddy during lunch. The volunteer relationship lasts the entire school year and often extends for multiple years through fourth grade. The simple act of reading aloud to a child once a week, over time, ignites a love of reading in children, while providing students with the skills and self-confidence to succeed in school and in life. The Lunchtime Reading Program also provides adults with a convenient, joyful, and meaningful way to give back to the community.
About Read to a Child
Read to a Child (readtoachild.org) is a national literacy and mentoring non-profit whose mission is to foster a love of reading, improve literacy skills, and empower underserved children by inspiring adults to read aloud to them regularly. Read to a Child’s Lunchtime Reading Program utilizes 2,000 corporate and community volunteer mentors who read one-on-one to 1,500 at-risk elementary school students in Greater Boston, Metro Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles and Miami.