Greta Williams

Greta Williams

School of Communication

Greta Williams

2001 Alumni Academy Inductee

Greta Williams received her undergraduate degree in education from Western Michigan University in 1964, followed by a year of foreign study at the University of Grenoble, France. In 1986, she earned a master's degree in organizational communication from Western Michigan University. Greta taught elementary, secondary and college French, English and English as a Second Language (ESL) in a variety of settings from 1964 through 1982. In 1982, she took the positions of job specialist and deputy director of Jobs for Michigan's Graduates. Greta continued in her roles with Jobs for Michigan's Graduate until 1986 when she became associate director of the YWCA of Kalamazoo. She was associate director until 1993 and during that time one of her many outstanding accomplishments was to establish the YWCA Mentoring Program for women seeking to get out of dependent care situations. In 1993, Greta became the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kalamazoo - a position she holds today. Under Greta's leadership Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kalamazoo merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of southcentral Michigan and became Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring. Over the years Greta has held numerous positions in community associations and received many awards for her work. Most recently, she served as program committee chair for 2000 Big Brothers Big Sisters' International Conference in Windsor, Ontario; presented papers (Integrating Asset Based Approach Language Into All Aspects of BBBS Agency and Integrating Program Outcomes into All Aspects of the Big Brothers Big Sisters' Agency) at the national conference of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the Ohio Association of BBBS, respectively. Greta is past president of the Michigan Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Greta and her husband met as undergraduate students at WMU. Following graduate school, Greta's husband, Larry, joined the WMU faculty in 1968. The Western tradition is a family affair. Greta and Larry's four grown children received three of their six degrees from WMU, bringing the total WMU family degrees to seven. Besides academia, Greta enjoys their two grandchildren, maintains extensive perennial gardens, participates in a book club, plays bridge, is a certified scuba diver and an enthusiastic white water rafter.

 

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