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 1300 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.

 

Vision:

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.

 

Values:

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.

 

Executive Summary Recommendations of the Membership Roundtable:

The Membership Roundtable came together for five meetings February through April 2022 at the recommendation of the Leadership Council to assess the dynamics of the drop in membership and provide recommendations for its growth and enrichment. Click this link to see the results of that Roundtable.

History

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

 

Our Phone Number
734.998.9351

Our email address 
olli.info@umich.edu

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

Office Hours

* The OLLI offices, located in the Turner Senior Resource Center, are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-5pm. Masks are required, regardless of vaccination status per University policy.

Staff Directory

Angela A. Bingham
Director
734-998-9356
anabi@med.umich.edu
Angela Bingham is the new OLLI Director with University of Michigan Medicine. She is a nonprofit management professional with 20 years of experience and has held roles with regional and national nonprofits including Community Social Services of Wayne, UNCF, Wayne State University, American Diabetes Association and the American Heart Association. Angela is also a consultant, working with clients to increase branding and marketing, fund development, and donor engagement. Angela has been recognized for her work in strategic planning, fund development, volunteer and board engagement, along with creating a partnership with the NBA that has continued for 20 years. Angela is engaged with Inforum Michigan, Association of Women in Communications (AWC), and Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Additionally, she is a licensed realtor and board member with GMAR (Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors). She is a native Detroiter, graduate of Cass Technical High School and alumni of Wayne State University. Angela is a proud mother of three young adults, two daughters, graduates of Spelman College and Temple University respectively, and a son, graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She is passionate about making her impact within the community and is a lifelong learner.
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Julie Brown
Assistant Director
734-998-9357
julieba@med.umich.edu
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
Community Outreach Coordinator
734-998-7429
lutterrj@med.umich.edu
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.

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
Angela Bingham
OLLI Director
Lynn Boyer
 
President
Julie Brown
OLLI Assistant Director
Ruth Dunkel
Professor, U-M School of Social Work
Emily Eisbruch
 
Secretary
Susan Fisher
 
Chair, Development Committee
Bruce Friedman
 
Savvas Giannakopuolos
 
Treasurer
Will Hawk
 
Bill Hoge
 
Chair, Information Tech Committee
Jennifer Howard
Assistant Director, Geriatrics Center Community Programs, Director, Turner Senior Wellness Program
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
 
Chair, Shared Interest Group
Katherine Woo
 
† without vote
† without vote