LEAD Presenters

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Adrian Bass is a leader, manager and educator with over 25 years of experience combining curriculum development, program planning and adult training.  Eleven of those years Adrian was at Lansing Community College as Director of Capital Quality Initiative (CQI), instructor and facilitator of quality management and instructor of computer software.

She values the importance of lifelong learning and always focuses on the customer.  Adrian Bass is currently a leader and volunteer with Capital Quality and Innovation (formerly Capital Quality Initiative).

Adrian’s volunteer work in Charlotte includes chairing the Leadership Pillar with the community organization CANDO (Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity) as well as Committee Chair on the Hayes Green Beach Hospital Development Council Executive Board.

Adrian graduated from Michigan State University with bachelors and masters degrees in education.   She lives in Charlotte, Michigan with her husband and four beagles on a 75 acre farm, where they have beehives and sell honey for a hobby.

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Bill Barnes, Ed.D.

Bill Barnes, Ed.D., has been the principal at Charlotte High School since 2011. Prior to that role, he was an English and math teacher, writing coach, football coach, forensics advisor, English department chair, and an interventionist for at risk students. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a math minor and secondary teaching emphasis from Western Michigan University in 2005, a master’s degree in K-12 administration in 2010, and an educational doctorate in educational leadership in 2015. He has presented at numerous state level education conferences, including at the 2017 Governor’s Education and Talent Summit in Lansing, and he presented on instructional and grading practices at a national conference at Marzano Research Laboratories in Denver, Colorado, in 2016. He has been an adjunct instructor at Michigan State University, a Michigan Educator’s Voice Fellow, and he has served on multiple state committees for the Michigan Department of Education. Bill is the 2017 CanDo! chair, active with Charlotte Rising and Love Charlotte, and is involved with the CanDo! youth pillar. Bill is originally from Grand Ledge, and he has a wife, Erinn, and two daughters, Ellee and Natalee.

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Lifelong Lansing area resident, C. Leslie Charles has educated, informed, and entertained audiences since establishing her company, TRAININGWORKS, in 1979. She has a long list of satisfied clients throughout North America.

As a speaker, Leslie offers practical ideas laced with inspirational anecdotes, real-life experiences, and doable examples.

As a writer, she has the ability to make complex ideas comprehendible and engaging. Leslie has seven books to her credit, including the critically acclaimed Why Is Everyone So Cranky? Her BLESS YOUR STRESS: It Means You’re Still Alive! is both a fun and refreshing read, having been described as “stress relief with a spoonful of sugar.” She’s been interviewed on national radio and appeared on most of the major TV network morning shows and was featured in a USA Today cover story.

A long-time member of the National Speakers Association, Leslie earned her Certified Speaking Professional certification in 1991 and in 2012 her Veteran Speaker Peers named her a “Legend of the Speaking Profession.”

Two of her more prestigious awards include being an LCC Distinguished Alumni and one of the MSU Communication Department’s Outstanding Alumni.

lead graphicBarbara Fulton, Ph.D.

Barbara serves as the Director of Community Development at Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital.  She was born and raised in Charlotte, then received her advanced training at Western Michigan University, where she earned her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (in Organizational Behavior Management.)  She taught on the faculty at WMU in Kalamazoo, Michigan until 1983.

Barbara lived & worked in northern California from 1983 until 2005, serving in a variety of leadership roles in business, nonprofits, health and in service to the public sector.  Her experience includes frequent facilitation of executive boards, as well as leadership curriculum development.  She also has extensive experience in delivering training and in program development related to performance management and organizational effectiveness.

Barbara was active in community service in Sacramento, California, completing the Leadership Sacramento program and serving on committees for local chambers and business associations, as well as on the Boards of Directors for several community organizations.

Barbara returned to live in Charlotte in 2005, joining Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital in January 2006.  She has served on the Boards of Directors for Charlotte Area Networking for Development Opportunity (Can Do!), Friends of Charlotte Performing Arts Center, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, and the Mid-Michigan affiliate of Susan G Komen for the Cure.

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Gregg Guetschow has more than 35 years experience in local government management in Michigan. He has been employed as Charlotte city manager since 2007. He previously served as manager in Owosso, Hillsdale and Dundee. He has also held positions on nonprofit boards of directors for organizations involved in business development, professional education and health care. He currently holds the office of vice chairman of Charlotte Area Networking for Development and Opportunity (Can Do!).

Gregg earned a bachelor of arts, a master of public administration and a Ph.D. in public affairs and administration, all from Western Michigan University. He was an adjunct instructor at Baker College of Owosso from 2007 to 2011 teaching the class “American Political System.” Since 2010, he has been an advisor for Michigan’s Girls State program, overseeing a portion of the local government simulation component.

On numerous occasions throughout his professional career, Gregg has facilitated visioning, strategic planning and other group decision processes for nonprofit organizations. His many public speaking engagements have included service club presentations, a college commencement and keynote addresses for leadership development programs. In May 2002, he served as a panel member discussing conflicts of interest for a Research Ethics Symposium held at Western Michigan University. His article, “Values-based Discipline,” was included in Annual Editions: Human Resources 2001/2002.

Gregg is a member of the International City/County Management Association, the Michigan Local Government Management Association and the Charlotte Rotary Club.

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Tim Jewell is the President and CEO of Eaton Federal Savings Bank headquartered in Charlotte.  During a thirty-five year career in banking, Tim has held a variety of positions spanning the retail, credit analysis, commercial lending, and mortgage lending aspects of the industry.  In his current role as CEO, Tim is responsible for financial analysis and planning, strategic planning and general management of the bank.  Prior to returning to his hometown and joining Eaton Federal in 1999, he worked for two Detroit area banks and as a national bank examiner.  He has been active on numerous local and regional non-for-profits and municipal entities and currently holds leadership roles in state and national bank trade associations.  Tim received a bachelor’s of finance with a minor in accounting from Western Michigan University and a master’s in finance from Walsh College.

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Bryan Myrkle is the Community Development Director for the City of Charlotte, Michigan. He has worked for the city since 2000. He is Past-President of both Charlotte’s Can Do! community development organization, and the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.  He has also worked as a reporter and editor for a number of Mid-Michigan newspapers, including the Ionia Sentinel-Standard, the Durand Express and the Charlotte Shopping Guide. He is originally from Durand, Michigan, and attended Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.

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Mike Oyster

Michael Oyster, an Olivet College alumnus, led a storied career before returning to his alma mater.  He is now the executive chairman of the Business and Economics Department including the Risk Management and Insurance Center and the Global Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.  He is an active member of the Can-Do LEAD leadership team, committed to investing in the future of Eaton County business leaders.

As a former CEO of publicly traded and private companies, a multinational corporate executive and entrepreneur, Oyster brings a wealth of experience to his passion for developing leadership skills in individuals to achieve personal and career excellence.  “I worked for AT&T, the world’s largest corporation at the time, for 20 years. I led mid-size businesses, both established and start-ups, and experienced all facets of the business world including successful IPOs and significant financing transactions. I built and ran a small software company and became the CEO of a public corporation, becoming experienced in mergers and acquisitions as well as corporate restructuring. Finally, I started my own company as an entrepreneur, making use of the learning and relationships gained throughout my career.”

Michael was founder and CEO of Wise Connect, Inc. a national technology services company LLC.  He has formerly been a member of the Board of Directors of a publically traded holding  company  and became its Chief Executive Officer and President. Mr. Oyster has more than 30 years of experience in the communications, computer hardware and software industries.  Mr. Oyster was President and Chief Operating Officer of ZoEmail LLC, an early stage technology company focused on secure electronic messaging systems.  Mr. Oyster has held a number of senior executive positions including Chief Operating Officer of Fusion Telecommunications International, a global telecommunications company,  Executive Vice President  of Network Plus, Inc., an integrated telecommunications company, President of Network Plus Local services, a competitive local exchange company and ISP,  Corporate Vice-President and President of four New York subsidiaries for Teleport Communications Group, a pioneer telecommunications company, and had a successful 20 year career with AT&T including Director of its wholesale markets’ $3 billion business unit, National Sales Director, and Enterprise Technology product and marketing manager, managing the first nationwide introduction of a business product line  by AT&T. Mr. Oyster has also traveled worldwide with John Maxwell and the Equip Foundation, a non-profit leadership development association . He earned his Master of Science in management at Purdue University’s Krannert School of Business, and completed the Executive Program for International Management at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business, as well as the AT&T Leadership Development Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. with honors from Olivet College.

“I thrive on seeing others achieve their goals, passions and dreams,” he said. “Investing in others’ achievements is key to individual fulfillment and hones your own skills and abilities as a leader. The students at Olivet College are fantastic. They have dreams that will be achieved, and providing the catalyst for their ideas to be built on is what teaching and leading is all about.  Being a part of the Charlotte LEAD experience is all about translating theory and practical experience into actionable steps to the success of each participant.”