About Us

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan (OLLI-UM) is a program established in 1987 by a group of Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers for people who share a love of learning. Under sponsorship of the University of Michigan Health System, OLLI-UM is affiliated with Elderhostel Institute Network and the Bernard Osher Foundation. The approximately 1700 members of OLLI-UM oversee and develop an extensive program of top quality lectures and offer a wide variety of study groups, travel excursions, evening and weekend events, and social/cultural gatherings.

OLLI members are a diverse group drawn from Ann Arbor and surrounding communities. Membership is intended for all enthusiastic learners over age 50, approaching or living in retirement, regardless of previous education. OLLI-UM is dedicated to challenging minds and stimulating the spirit to maintain healthy bodies.

Mission Statement

The mission of OLLI is to enhance quality of life by providing stimulating, meaningful, and high-quality lecture series, classes, travel and social events for an increasingly diverse group of persons 50 and older. OLLI is a volunteer centered organization in that it offers programs for older adults, designed by older adults. It capitalizes on the skills, knowledge, and experience of dedicated senior volunteers who actively plan and implement the learning programs for their peers.



OLLI at U-M responds in traditional and innovative ways to address the interests and needs of its members. Its programming will foster social engagement and ensure quality learning opportunities that enhance the lives of senior learners.

OLLI envisions a thriving local community that welcomes older adults of diverse backgrounds, interests, and subject matter expertise engaging in learning experiences and social opportunities that foster shared understanding, learning, and global change.

OLLI values our community assets: children, residents, those over fifty years old and lifelong learners. Within our membership we value the rich sharing of diverse ideas, experiences, identities, and backgrounds. We see OLLI's lifelong learners exploring, adding to, modeling, and challenging a more inclusive community.



OLLI is proactive with innovative programming responsive to the needs of the community.

OLLI is an open, inclusive, diverse, equitable organization that supports dignity for everyone.

OLLI provides opportunities for critical thinking and inspiring open and respectful discussion for lifelong learning.


The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U of M evolved from a program called Learning in Retirement, which was established in 1987 by Turner Geriatric Clinic volunteers at the University of Michigan. The successes of the Learning in Retirement program gained recognition from the Bernard Osher Foundation in the form of substantial grants to enhance and expand programming. In March of 2007 — in recognition and appreciation of Osher Foundation contributions — the Learning in Retirement Board of Directors changed the organization name to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan and hosted a celebratory program.

In 2012, Learning in Retirement/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute concluded 25 years of service to learners aged 50+. We are pleased to have enabled so many people to enhance their lives. We are proud of our long-term affiliation with the excellence of the University of Michigan Geriatrics Center.

OLLI Office

During the COVID-19 pandemic the OLLI office is closed to the public. To reach OLLI staff call (734) 998-9351 or send e-mail to olli.info@umich.edu.

Our Phone Number

Our email address 

Our address is
2401 Plymouth Road, Suite C 
Ann Arbor, MI 48105-2193

Office Hours

The OLLI Office is closed to in-person visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During more normal times the regular office hours are: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Staff Directory

Lisa Barton
Lisa Barton
Lisa Barton joined the team on March 14, 2011 as the Finance Coordinator and now serves as OLLI's Director. She holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the Ford School of Public Policy, as well as a BA in Political Science from U-M. She brings varied work experiences including data analysis for the U.S. General Accounting Office, freelance writing, administrative work in the technology and risk management fields, as well as bookkeeping and office management for a property rental company. Lisa was also a successful volunteer fundraiser for Beaumont Hospital and U-M Pediatric Endocrinology.
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Julie Brown
Assistant Director
Julie joined OLLI in January 2021. Previously, she was a middle school English teacher, specializing in ESL, and has worked for The Henry Ford in many capacities over the years. She is also an author and a very active member of the Players Guild of Dearborn.
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Ryan Luttermoser
Administrative Assistant
Ryan joined the OLLI program in April of 2021. He comes from the clinical side of Michigan Medicine where he started out in patient services in the Orthopedic Surgery Department and then later moved to the Arrhythmia program as an admin in Cardiology for the clinical care coordinators. Ryan headed the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee for his ambulatory clinic and was also the safety coordinator and language liaison for people who use English as a second language. In addition, he is an avid outdoor enthusiast and community volunteer participating in multiple events such as Washtenaw county conservation’s removal of invasive species and Ann Arbor’s downtown blooms day.
Jason Page
Community Outreach Coordinator
OLLI is excited to welcome Jason Page as our new Community Outreach Coordinator! Jason shares that he: "is very excited to join the OLLI team. I have spent more than a decade at Glacier Hills and look forward to continued growth in geriatrics outside of senior housing. I am excited to meet all of you!"
Amanda Murray
Office Assistant
Bridget Lally
Office Assistant

OLLI Leadership Council 2021-22

OLLI-UM members elect an 18-member Leadership Council which sets priorities and policies on behalf of OLLI’s more than 1,700 members. Volunteers who serve in a leadership role or as a committee chair enjoy a rich experience. This deep member participation provides opportunities to use expertise developed over a lifetime, apply it in new ways, and form close connections with fellow OLLI members.

Leadership Council Membership 2021-22

Nina Abney
Associate Director for Social Work and Community Programs, Geriatric Center, Michigan Medicine
Faye Askew King
Laurie Barnett
Special Projects Committee
Lisa Barton
Director, OLLI at Michigan
Lynn Boyer
Ruth Dunkel
Professor, U-M School of Social Work
Emily Eisbruch
Susan Fisher
Bruce Friedman
Savvas Giannakopuolos
Will Hawk
Bill Hoge
Chair, Information Tech Committee
Jennifer Howard
Assistant Director, Geriatrics Center Community Programs, Director, Turner Senior Wellness Program
Toni Stokes Jones
Camille Orso
Ruth Primas
Chair, Out of Town Committee
Craig Ramsay
Past President
Carolyn Russell
Social Interaction Committee
Frances Schultz
Vice President, Chair, Lectures Committee
Craig Stephan
Ann Tomlanovich
Chair, Study Group Committee
Rebecca VanDyke
Katherine Woo
† without vote