Board of Directors

The Michigan Oral History Association Board of Directors is made up from a diverse array of oral history professional who lead our organization.

Jim Cameron, President

He currently serves as the President of the Michigan Oral History Association with extensive experience in oral history. He taught Michigan History and U.S. History at Saline High School for 37 years incorporating oral history in his classroom. . Cameron’s book, “Voices over the Valley, An Oral History of Saline Valley Farms,” earned HSM’S Award of Merit in 2005. Other history activities include State and National History Day judge, board member and Co-Creator of HSM’s Center for Teaching Michigan History, member of the Saline Historical Society, HSM board member, chair of HSM’s Education and Conference Committee, and co-chair of the Local History Conference. Cameron is currently the Social Studies Consultant for the Michigan Department of Education

William "Billy" Winkel, Vice President

Serving as the Oral and Written History Project manager at the Detroit Historical Museum, Wall-Winkel worked extensively on Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, along with being a member of the Detroit 67 exhibition research and development team. He conducted over one hundred and fifty oral histories and carried out original scholarly research on the causes, events and impacts of the events of July 67. He contributed two essays to Wayne State University Press/Detroit Historical Society publication “Detroit 67: Origins. Impacts. Legacies.” Wall-Winkel is now working on a new exhibit on Detroit area neighborhoods.

Brad Jarvis, Treasurer

Associate Professor, History, Saginaw Valley State University. Research interests focus on colonial and early national history of Great Lakes including Michigan as territory. His “The Brothertown Nation of Indians: Land Ownership & Nationalism in Early America, 1740-1840” examines origins & experiences of Native community. He created a Public History minor at SVSU to introduce students to cultural resources management, museum studies, archives management, historic preservation, and oral history. He has worked closely with the Castle Museum of Saginaw County History, the Public Libraries of Saginaw, and the Bay County Historical Society on various local history and archaeology projects, many of which have involved active student participation

Veronica Johnson, Secretary

Veronica Johnson currently serves as a Project Manager for Issue Media Group, a Detroit-based media company that publishes local online magazines about growth, investment, and the people leading cities across the country into the new economy. Veronica received her Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2011 and received her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a focus on Archival Administration from Wayne State University in May 2017. She is also a freelance writer and has written for local and national publications including the Metro Times, Real Detroit Weekly, Model D, The Jazz Line, and The Michigan Historical Review. Her work on Detroit hip hop was published in the book A Detroit Anthology, which came out May 2014. She is also a board member for the Detroit Sound Conservancy, a grassroots music preservation organization and former board member of the Friends of the Hackley Collection at the Detroit Public Library. Veronica has done extensive archival research on Detroit jazz including writing a history of the Graystone International Jazz Museum. As an oral historian, her current project involves documenting the life stories of Detroit-born women jazz musicians through oral history interviews. The purpose of the project is to highlight the accomplishments of women from or based in Detroit who have significantly contributed to the city’s jazz culture. The interviews will be preserved by the Detroit Historical Museum.

Geneva Kebler-Wiskemann

Founder of the Michigan Oral History Council (parent title of MOHA), former MOHA President and long-time Secretary and newsletter production, she preserves the history of MOHA. She commits all MOHA records to the Walter P. Reuther Library of Wayne State University. She maintains the headquarters of MOHA, and serves the Education Committee by conducting workshops, chairing conferences, lecturing, and responding to queries. Wiskemann also serves on the Education Committee of the national Oral History Association.

Camron Michael Amin

Professor, University of Michigan-Dearborn. Camron joined the faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 1997. He currently serves as the History Discipline Representative, Coordinator of the Middle East Studies Certificate Program, CASL Representative of the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects Governing Board, Principal Investigator for the Michigan Iranian American Oral History Project and Program Chair for the 2018 Association for Iranian Studies Conference.

Brittany Bayless Fremion

Brittany Fremion is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Central Michigan University, where she teaches classes in environmental, public, and oral histories. Her research focuses on twentieth-century environmental initiatives in the American Midwest. In 2018 she worked with community members and researchers at Emory University and the University of Michigan to create The Michigan PBB Oral History Project, which documents the very personal and often painful memories of PBB contamination. The project was funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, with additional support provided by undergraduate and graduate students, the Department of History, Museum of Cultural and Natural History, and Office of Research and Graduate Studies at CMU. Brittany is also a proud member and secretary of the Pine River Superfund Citizen Task Force (St. Louis, Michigan), and is chair of the workshop committee for the Michigan Oral History Association. She lives in mid-Michigan with her partner, toddler, and pup. 

Marci Cameron, Editor/Guide Chair

Retired as Program Director, Michigan Department of Community Health, and life-long career in staff development and writing in long-term care, gerontology, and dementia care. Formerly instructor in Health Care Management at Concordia University and Spring Arbor University. Cameron has experience as a curriculum writer, senior newspaper editor and staff newsletter editor.

Daniel J. Clark

Professor of History, Oakland University. Dan is working on a book of life history narratives based on the oral history interviews he conducted for “Disruption in Detroit.” He is also working with his colleague, Graham Cassano, on an oral history project focused on Pontiac, Michigan since 1950. Dan has given a three-hour workshop on launching oral history projects for the Historical Society of Michigan, and he has given a “History Comes Alive” lecture (a series hosted by Oakland University’s History Department that is aimed at the general public) on oral history methodology. He will be teaching an oral history seminar this fall, so he has benefited from the last two MOHA newsletters for reports from the (virtual) field during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anne Donato, Strategic/Outreach Chair

Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/Language Studies from the UM – Dearborn Masters in Education/Special Education

Ph. D in Education/Early Childhood Education from Oakland University

Dr. Anne Donato currently serves the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hill, Michigan as Education Professional Development Specialist, after an extensive career in K-12 education spanning almost three decades. She has designed and led educational trainings in cross-disciplinary settings of both Social Studies and English and Language Arts, with a focus on fidelity to historical context through the lens of narrative and theory to action practice. Prior to her work at the Holocaust Memorial Center, Dr. Donato served as Director of Special Education for Warren Consolidated Schools, Macomb County’s largest K-12 school system. Her administrative work then expanded on an international scale as Director of the Galileo Educational Leadership Immersion Program at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan in 2017

Lindsay Hiltunen, Conference Chair

Lindsay Hiltunen, MLIS and MA, is the University Archivist at the Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections in Houghton, Michigan. She is also a PhD student in the Rhetoric, Theory and Culture program at Michigan Tech. In her time at the Michigan Tech Archives she has implemented several new initiatives and has secured funding for many grant projects, most recently a $240,000 grant from the Council on Library Information and Resources for a collaborative digitization project with the Michigan Tech Social Sciences Department. In addition to her service to MOHA, she is the current chair of the Oral History Steering Section of the Society of American Archivists and is the Vice President-President Elect of the Michigan Archival Association. Hiltunen is also a member-at-large or trustee on the following boards: Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan State Historical Records Advisory Board, and the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. She additionally serves on the oral history subcommittee for the Society for International Hockey Research. A native of the Copper Country, Lindsay is grateful to be a part of a collegial statewide network of archivists, historians, and cultural heritage professionals.

Russ Magnaghi

Dr. Magnaghi joined the faculty at Northern Michigan University in 1969. Beginning in 1974 he began to focus on regional history and in the early 1980s began to study the Italians in the Upper Peninsula. He also found time to develop one of the first courses on the history of Native Americans in a state university. Russ has researched and wrote over 200 articles and monographs and present a similar number of papers and radio programs. In recent years he has been appointed University Historian (1994) and Director of the Center for Upper Peninsula Studies (1996 and 2006). Since 2002 he has also worked with the community in a number of capacities using my historical expertise and people skills. He has co-edited the Discovering the Peoples of Michigan Series of Michigan State University Press since 2003.

Celestine Petoskey

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Cultural Library.

Celestine Petoskey has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development: Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and she is currently a student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Wayne State University. Celestine is currently the Cultural Library Specialist for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Education Department. Since her hire in February 2017, she has coordinated multiple community programs, including digital storytelling workshops which present oral history in an audio visual format. Celestine is also a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. She strives to be a team player with an attention to detail, an enthusiastic approach to learning new things, and a desire to identify and preserve cultural identity.

Elizabeth Ann-Berton Reilly, Database Chair

Elizabeth has a master’s degree in education in heritage studies. While working on my master’s degree at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, New Hampshire, I focused on both oral history projects and Northeast Woodlands Indigenous peoples, their histories and cultures. I also interned at the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, in Warner, New Hampshire. As part of my internship, I interviewed Indigenous veterans for a project the museum was doing honoring Native veterans. I also created a how to do an oral history manual for them.

Over the last few years I have been a PhD student at the University of New Mexico, in their Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies program. As of this summer I will be finished with my coursework and will be working on my dissertation.

I moved to Michigan this past July to be close to the tribe I am working with—the Wyandot of Anderdon Nation. I have been working with them for a few years now, mostly focusing on tribal histories and oral history projects.

My other focus is on mixed-race Indigenous identities (specifically passing as White and being White-coded), as well as non-federally recognized Indigenous communities and peoples. Finally, I am interested in family oral histories and conducting family oral history projects.

Sherry Tuffin

University of Windsoe (Canada) – B.A. English

Wayne State University — 2009-2010 HASTAC* SCholar

Sherry served as a Graduate Research Assistant at Wayne State University on a variety of projects including Digital Learning & Developmental Environment Grant (WSU); Library Book Reviewer and Blogger, and Editor of Library Digital magazine L+ideas at Lawrence Technological University; and the Yankee Air Museum. Sherry conducted the WWII Oral Histories at the Yankee Air Museum through a Ford Motor Co. grant which included a Marine at Battle of Okinawa, a 369 Bomb Group Medic, a Ranger at D-Day, and an Air Commander Transit Pilot. She also serves as a Book Reviewer for: Gold Seal Reviews (California) and Reedsy/Discovery (Great Britain).

Sherry Tuffin is the Lawrence Technological University (LTU) library book reviewer and creator of the LTU book review blog Book Looks. Additionally, she is the host of the library non-traditional monthly book discussion group and is the editor of the library’s digital magazine L+ideas. She also does book reviews for the Michigan Oral History Association’s newsletter and for Reedsy/Discovery (London, England). She graduated with an BA in English from the University of Windsor (Canada). During her time in the MLIS program at Wayne State University she was chosen as the 2009 HASTAC* scholar with a focus on digital storytelling and co-hosted a HASTAC International Digital Storytelling Forum in 2009. Her background in oral history includes: family oral histories, academic oral histories and WWII veterans oral histories as part of a project for the Yankee Air Museum that was funded by a Ford grant. When not writing book reviews or working on oral histories, she is a public speaker on topics as varied as Hidden Secrets of Belle Isle, It Happened in Detroit First, and Remembering Motown. Time permitting she is a tour director for TravelwithNance Tours. Sherry loves the diverse storytelling opportunities provided by oral histories, book reviews, book clubs, digital magazines, public talks, and tours.

*Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory

Karen Schaumann-Beltran

Asst. Professor of Sociology and Service Learning Director, Schoolcraft College.

Oral history has been a connecting force in Karen’s family, life and career. Her interest first began as a child, while spending summers with her grandmother with a first official oral history interview for an undergraduate gerontology paper. Later oral and tribal history with an elder and an oral history with her great-aunt, taught her many things about family and traditions and presentation with the Michigan Women’s Studies Association. She has coordinated a number of oral history projects with Detroit area activists in civil rights and anti-poverty movements. Generations of Eastern Michigan University students helped to conduct the interviews, and co-presented research at academic conferences and community-based presentations. In addition, she works with girls on an urban Indian drum group.

Matthew Wilcox

(he/him) is the Audiovisual Archivist at Michigan State University (MSU). Matthew is a member of the Media Preservation Unit at the MSU Libraries, with a secondary assignment at the MSU Archives & Historical Collections. In addition to his service at MOHA, he is also a regional representative of the Association of Moving Image Archivists’ Regional Audiovisual Archives (AMIA RAVA) Committee. He has given numerous workshops and presentations on audiovisual digitization and preservation at the Michigan Archival Association, Mid-Michigan Digital Practitioners, and the Historical Society of Michigan’s History Skills Workshop series. Matthew works out of the MSU Archives’ Multi-Media Lab, where he digitizes many formats of audio recordings, video tapes and motion picture film in-house. His primary focus has been preserving and making accessible audio and moving images related to Michigan State history, especially Spartan athletics. Matthew is a resident of the Lansing, Michigan area, and is the proud father of a pre-teen son, Ben

Kim Schroeder

Kim Schroeder spent more than twenty years consulting on audio visual archival collections for top corporations, museums and academic institutions. She worked as an Adjunct Faculty member beginning in 1999 and has taught Indexing and Abstracting, Introduction to the Information Profession, Administration of Visual Collections, Archives and Libraries in a Digital World and Digital Imaging. Joining the full-time faculty in 2013 she added more technology and archival courses to her portfolio. Now Coordinator of the Archival Program, she has updated curriculum and created an Archival Advisory Board.