Our Staff

Lynn Kleiman Malinoff, Ed.D


I am the director of Eastern Michigan University’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers Programs, Bright Futures, which are located in three districts along the Michigan Avenue Corridor – Wayne-Westland Community Schools District, Willow Run Community Schools and Ypsilanti Community Schools. The project is centered at EMU’s Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Communities. For 35 years, I served challenged youth in K-12 education as both a general and special education teacher.  I have taught at all levels and developed grants and programs for at-risk youth with a focus on mentoring and service-learning. I received my doctorate in educational leadership from EMU where I studied the culture, history and politics of local communities along the Michigan Avenue corridor in Southeastern Michigan. I continue to use my entrepreneurial skills and systems knowledge to build bridges between higher education, the K-12 schools, and the community. I am grateful to have a wonderful family with two grown sons, a husband and two Shetland Sheepdogs. I am passionate about all things photography and culinary.

Scott Teasdale is an assistant director for the 21st CCLC Bright Futures programs operating out of Eastern Michigan University. Scott handles the business administration needs of the grants and takes great pride in serving some of the schools he attended during grade-school and while student teaching (Go Zebras! Go Eagles!). When he is not trying to get someone paid or completing a budget, you can find Scott playing/watching sports (trying to best his wife in tennis), hanging with his dog, or SUP boarding on a local lake. Scott earned his B.B.A. in Management from Western Michigan University, a secondary teaching certification in business education and a MBA from Eastern Michigan University.

Scott Teasdale
Assistant Director

As I often introduce myself at various functions, “I am half of the Evaluation Team,” the other half being Peggy Wiencek.  Peggy and I provide data and assessment support required by the Michigan Department of Education as well as internal measures and feedback for continuous program improvement.  I have unique opportunities to observe our programs from concept creation through student efforts and achievements.

I have had the honor of being a part of Bright Futures from the beginning, seeing our five fledgling sites grow to twenty serving students and communities in three districts in grades from second through twelfth.  Working with a strong and creative staff, both administrative and programmatic, and seeing their dedication supporting positive opportunities in the lives of children and families has been a singular pleasure.

John Benci
Local Evaluator

Ann Gersh, PhD

Local Evaluator

Anna Gersh joined the EMU Bright Futures’ team in 2017. She comes to the program via the David P. Weikart Center where she provided evaluation and grant compliance support to 21st Century Community Learning Center programs in Flint, Michigan, and at the state level in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Anna received her doctorate in Educational Evaluation and Research from Wayne State in 2014. Prior to that, she worked for 17 years as a classroom English teacher in public alternative programs for 9-12+ grades in Washtenaw County. Anna’s main work interests include professional development and curriculum development especially focused on developing social and emotional learning skills for adults and youth. She enjoys cooking and film and has written and produced an original interactive play about education.

EMU Bright Futures Program Model

We celebrate collaborations with the most inventive, spirited and dedicated community people.  They are resources for children to teach them something new, support their interests and mentor them as they develop goals and plans for their future. We welcome the strong collaborations we have with Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, local artists, and the non-profit and business worlds.

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203 Boone Hall

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

lmalinoff [at] emich.edu

(734) 487-0372

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