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Literacy group leader retiring

Former chamber chief appointed


There will be a new executive director of The Literacy Alliance – an organization geared toward teaching adults to read – beginning next month.

After 23 years helming the organization, Judith Stabelli, who introduced several new programs in the area, is retiring.

Taking her place will be Michael S. Landram, The Literacy Alliance announced Tuesday.

Landram previously served as president and CEO of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

Landram was also director of human resources and training for Pizza Hut in Fort Wayne.

“We welcome Mike and the leadership skills and vision he will bring to the organization to meet our future challenges in eliminating illiteracy,” said Jeremy Reidy, the chairman of the alliance’s board of directors, which picked Landram as Stabelli’s successor.

“His knowledge of the community combined with his 30 years of experience that bridge business and the nonprofit sector will be invaluable,” Reidy continued in a statement.

Landram will take over July 1, the day after Stabelli’s retirement.

Stabelli is credited with establishing learning centers in sites throughout Allen County, GED preparation classes, English classes for speakers of other languages, and a program model to support adults who need extra assistance.